The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

May 16, 2012

Tornado anniversary to be observed at Third Thursday

Children to ‘rebuild Joplin’ with building blocks

A wall-building event, a play, a building-block session for children and a slate of other activities are on tap for today’s Third Thursday event centered around Joplin’s one-year anniversary of the May 22 tornado.

The event is being put on in coordination with Rebuild Joplin and the Joplin Long Term Recovery Committee.

Participants can help build walls that will go into some of the houses that are replacing some of those destroyed by the tornado. Wall construction will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Main Street. A time of remembrance and a wall raising will be held at 7:30 p.m. Messages of hope can be left on the walls from 8 to 8:30 p.m.

Children who attend the Third Thursday event can help “rebuild Joplin” at a Lego Education Showcase from 6 to 8 p.m. on Main Street near Fourth Street.

A large table upon which participants will display their creations will be set up. Organizers are hoping that the children who participate will build an entire town with the kits of building blocks.

At the conclusion of the Third Thursday event, the Community Partnership will use the kits for block parties and other events.

“We’re so excited to have received this showcase grant,” said Jamie Blood, an event organizer. “The whole idea behind Legos — being able to build and create with them — fits so well with the theme for this Third Thursday, which is ‘Rebuild Joplin.’”

The Lego Education Showcase grant was made available through the Education Blueprints Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing learning resources and programs that deliver education solutions to individuals, teachers and students.

“Leaves of Hope: A Play for Joplin” will be performed at 8:30 p.m. at the Gryphon Building, 1027 S. Main St. Theater professor David White compiled the play with material from Joplin High School students and alumni.

Memorial art exhibits are planned at the Post Memorial Art Reference Library, Spiva Center for the Arts, the Local Color Art Gallery and the Mystery Gallery. A number of other galleries will be open during the event.

Also planned:

• Face painting at Dance Universe, 531 S. Main St.

• A car cruise with vintage cars in the 200 block of Main Street.

• An Art Feeds auction at JB’s Piano Bar, 112 S. Main St., with a silent auction from 5 to 9 p.m. and a live auction at 7 p.m.

• The YMCA Corporate Challenge, an obstacle course, in the 400 block of Main Street.

• Cars, Bikes and Tattoos, 628 S. Main St.

• An open rehearsal of the Midwest Regional Ballet Company, 507 S. Wall Ave.

• A “tiki” party pig roast with fire dancers at 8:30 p.m.

Stages will be set up for performers from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Sixth and Main streets, and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Fifth and Main streets.

Shuttle service

A SHUTTLE WILL RUN through downtown to take people to the various event locations.

Text Only
Local News
  • Embezzler from Joplin car dealerships sent to prison

    A federal judge has sentenced Kathryn M. Stayton to 13 months in prison for embezzling more than $100,000 from Frank Fletcher Ford and Credit Cars of Joplin. U.S. District Judge Greg Kays assessed the 36-year-old Joplin woman the prison term at a sentencing hearing this week in federal court in Springfield. The judge also ordered the former controller at both car dealerships to pay restitution totaling $121,249. 51.

    April 18, 2014

  • Screening of MSSU presidential applicants to wrap by end of April

    The Board of Governors at Missouri Southern State University could be in a position to name a president as early as the end of June, according to a timeline presented Friday by the co-chair of the presidential search committee.

    April 18, 2014

  • Teams from Carl Junction, Diamond advance in Destination Imagination

    Student teams from Carl Junction and Diamond will be traveling to Destination Imagination finals May 20-24 in Knoxville, Tenn., after being top finishers in competition this month at Missouri Southern State University.

    April 18, 2014

  • Neosho Dogwood Tour reset, after false start

    The 53rd annual Neosho Dogwood Tour will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27. The event, presented by the Neosho Rotary Club and the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce, originally was scheduled for Sunday, April 13.

    April 18, 2014

  • r041814capbus4.jpg Funding shortfall could hinder public transportation in Southeast Kansas

    For the past two years, Pittsburg State University sophomore Travis Cook has been using public transportation to get to and from his classes. He began using the bus his freshman year, when he didn’t have a vehicle to drive even to the grocery store — which is said to be the case for many who use the service.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bruner denied change of venue for murder trial

    Circuit Judge Gayle Crane has denied a change of venue for a defendant charged with fatally shooting an assistant football coach at Missouri Southern State University. The attorney for Jeffrey Bruner claimed pretrial publicity as the reason for seeking a change of venue in Jasper County Circuit Court.

    April 18, 2014

  • Russell family sues city, Joplin police

    Family members of a teenage girl whose suicide a year ago brought them into conflict with police officers and emergency medical technicians are suing the city and the Joplin Police Department. Kevin and Julissa Russell and their son, Brant Russell, are the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed in Jasper County Circuit Court. The action filed on the Russells’ behalf by Kansas City attorney Andrew Protzman names the city, the Police Department and Officers Austin Wolf and Tyler Christensen as defendants.

    April 18, 2014

  • Kansas Regents stick with social media policy

    After directing a committee to study a controversial social media policy and make recommended changes, the Kansas Board of Regents appears to not be changing the policy at all. It’s left some in academia baffled by why it appointed the work group in the first place.

    April 18, 2014

  • Pittsburg Farmer's Market to open in new building, new location

    The official market season in Pittsburg, Kan., will kick off in the market’s new pavilion-style building at a new address, 11th and Broadway, on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. Market hours will continue throughout the season on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to noon, with some Wednesdays or other special days throughout the season as announced.

    April 18, 2014

  • 041714 School safe rooms4_72.jpg Joplin school district readies community safe rooms for storm season

    Thousands of Joplin residents will soon be able to stay safe during storms in some of the region’s newest shelters. Community safe rooms at Cecil Floyd, Stapleton, McKinley and Eastmorland elementary schools, which double as gymnasiums, and Junge Field, which will double as a field house, are expected to be open within the next few weeks, according to Mike Johnson, the school district’s director of construction.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

Must Read


A Missouri Senate committee has endorsed a 1-cent sales tax increase to fund transportation projects. The proposed constitutional amendment passed the House earlier this month. If passed by the full Senate, the measure would head to the November ballot for voter approval. Would you vote in favor of it?

     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter