By Greg Grisolano
While hundreds of Joplin residents are eagerly waiting for power to be restored so they can return to their homes, others without homes to go to are making due at area shelters.
Classie Barber and Jay Tysver said they have been spending their days keeping warm at City of Refuge, a faith-based shelter for area homeless in Joplin, but have been sleeping in their tent under a railroad bridge at night.
“We usually come in in the morning and stay until just before we want to go to bed,” Barber said.
Barber, a diabetic on disability, said she has been volunteering in the pantry during the day to help out.
“Right now, the Refuge is a great help keeping us warm and fed,” she said. “If we weren’t here, we’d be freezing. We probably wouldn’t make it.”
Tysver said the city isn’t allowing the couple to build a campfire at night, so they turn on a small hunting stove right before bed and right after they wake up to heat the tent.
More than 40 people have been staying overnight at City of Refuge, a Christian ministry and shelter, at 502 E. Seventh St., according to the group’s senior pastor, Dan Anderson.
“Our intention here is to house a hundred people, if need be, or more,” Anderson said. “We do it completely faith-based. We operate completely off of donations.”
Anderson said several people who were without power at their homes donated food from freezers, and staff members and some of the residents are helping to prepare daily meals for about 150 families in Joplin.
“It’s probably doubled the number of people normally coming through,” Anderson said of the ice storm
Mattresses and blankets are spread out in the building, which used to be a cold-storage warehouse. Many are sleeping in a converted loading dock or on the floor of the building’s sanctuary, the only part that has heat.
By Greg Grisolano
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Longtime Democrat dies at 81
Sapp, 81, died Thursday. Funeral services were Monday at the First Presbyterian Church of Joplin. A longtime Jasper County Democratic committeewoman and volunteer, Sapp for years was secretary to the county’s central committee.
PART TWO: Joplin City Council report documents continued
As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. Documents are converted for digital viewing.
The amount of documentation we received is extensive, and testimonies are continued here.
PART ONE: Joplin Globe receives copy of investigation named in court order
As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. As documents are converted for digital viewing, they will be uploaded here.
In City Council race, Joplin voters elect two newcomers, three incumbents
Joplin voters rejected two incumbents who voted to fire City Manager Mark Rohr, instead electing two newcomers and returning three incumbents to the City Council who had supported Rohr.
Joplin voters reject all three charter changes
The changes were placed on the ballot by the City Council acting upon recommendations by a Charter Review Commission that met last fall.
Three incumbents returned to Carl Junction posts
Voters in the Carl Junction area on Tuesday decided leadership positions on the Carl Junction School Board and City Council.
Two new faces, one incumbent win Joplin School Board seats
The top three vote-getters for open seats on the board were Debbie Fort, with 4,765 votes; Lynda Banwart, with 4,532 votes; and incumbent Randy Steele, with 3,300 votes, according to complete but unofficial results from Jasper and Newton counties.
Joplin voters reject curbside recycling
City voters in Jasper and Newton counties cast 3,835 "no" votes and 3,466 "yes" votes on the issue, according to complete but unofficial results.
Council votes to waive appeal of court order, release full investigation
The Joplin City Council voted 6-3 Thursday night to waive an appeal of Judge David Mouton's ruling ordering the city to disclose the Rohr report and witness testimony in a controversial council investigation.
UPDATE: Police release name of murder victim; autopsy scheduled
Police have identified the man murdered in his apartment at the Housing Authority of Joplin complex as Jerry D. Loflin.
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