The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

May 22, 2012

Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity continues to hammer away on new home construction

Between the school groundbreaking ceremonies in the morning and the Walk of Unity across Joplin on Tuesday afternoon, you could hear the hammers pounding at the corner of Wall Avenue and 24th Street.

A welcome sound indeed to Chris Tucker, Leilani Powell and their three children on the one-year anniversary of the tornado that caused extensive damage to their current rental home and belongings, and destroyed so much of their town.

For this will be their new home that Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity is building at 2401 S. Wall Ave. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house could be ready by the end of June.

“Oh, I’m far more than excited,” Tucker said as he watched Gov. Jay Nixon and the governor’s wife, Georganne, join other volunteers in nailing siding on the home.

He said the family members had just moved into their current home at 1909 S. Wall Ave. a week before the tornado. The storm broke out all the windows, tore up the roof and ruined almost all their possessions. They’ve continued staying there for a year, he said, despite the house’s electrical problems and remaining vulnerability to the elements. But they are eager to get their new place five blocks to the south.

“This is going to save us so much money,” Tucker said. “We pay a lot at the other house for utilities with it not being weatherized.”

The house is one of 16 that Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity has under construction in the city. The organization already has completed 14 others and will be kicking off the Governor’s Joplin Habitat Challenge in mid-June. The project aims to build 35 more houses in the city’s tornado-affected area with a $3.6 million Community Development Block Grant and the help of seven sports organizations.

The governor and the state’s first lady donned tool belts and picked up hammers to help out on the home for about half an hour Tuesday. Nixon said he was there to do something “tangibly productive,” and to let other volunteers know this was not his first time on a job of this type. He worked construction for seven years putting himself through college, he said.

“I’ll get better,” he let onlookers know after his first few swings of the hammer.

At one point, the governor took a break to pose for a photo with Sage Welch, a boy who showed up with his mother to present a $5,000 check to Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity. The money was raised at the family’s annual memorial golf tournament honoring the boy’s late uncle, Mark Welch, at the Honey Creek Golf Club in Aurora.

The governor praised what Habitat for Humanity is accomplishing in Joplin.

“It is an organization with deep roots in churches and communities across the country,” Nixon said.

Text Only
Local News
  • Pension funding improving, actuary reports

    An extra $1 million contribution by the city of Joplin last year to the Police and Firemen’s Pension Fund boosted the funding ratio of the plan by 2 percent, the plan’s actuary told the board Thursday morning.

    April 17, 2014

  • Special counsel to be appointed in ethics complaint against Neosho council members

    The Neosho Ethics Board on Wednesday voted to ask the City Council to appoint a special counsel to provide legal advice to the board’s remaining two members as they investigate a complaint against two members of the council.

    April 17, 2014

  • Mike Pound 2010.jpg Mike Pound: Will new Earth-like planet have better cable offerings?

    When I read that astronomers have discovered the most Earth-like planet yet, I had a couple of deep scientific questions. First: What’s the Wi-Fi like? And: Are their TV channels better than ours? Hey, I didn’t get an “Incomplete” in college astronomy for nothing.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Christian ministry plans Missouri camp expansion

    A nondenominational Christian ministry is planning a $21.5 million expansion on land it owns near Table Rock Lake in southwest Missouri, with a goal of offering gatherings beyond the traditional summer camps.

    April 17, 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

  • 041714 Treble Makers.jpg Carl Junction ‘Treble Makers’ to sing at Springfield Cardinals’ stadium

    Next month, 75 Carl Junction sixth-grade students will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Hammons Field before a Springfield Cardinals game. And with more than 600 parents, family members and other residents planning to attend, the May 3 event has been dubbed “Carl Junction Day.”

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Public hearing set on posed TIF district

    Financial details of a proposed new tax increment financing district for the Silver Creek Galleria area will be discussed in detail at an April 28 public hearing, members of the city’s TIF Commission were told Thursday. Chris Williams, a TIF attorney representing the city of Joplin, told the panel the Thursday meeting was intended to walk commissioners through the public hearing steps.

    April 17, 2014

  • Volunteer projects spark two bills in Jefferson City

     moving through the Missouri House and Senate were inspired by a volunteer project in Carl Junction last year that stalled over a question of whether those volunteers had to be paid prevailing wage under Missouri law. “This bill is very simple. All it says is if someone is a volunteer, they won’t be forced to be paid prevailing wage,” state Rep. Charlie Davis, R-Webb City, told lawmakers during a hearing on his bill last week.

    April 17, 2014

  • Chairman of Neosho Ethics Board resigns

    The chairman of the Neosho Ethics Board unexpectedly resigned on Thursday as the board investigates a complaint against Neosho City Council members David Ruth and Steve Hart.

    April 17, 2014

  • CWEP receives top honor from national power group

    The Carthage Water and Electric Plant has received the top award for reliable electrical service from the American Public Power Association.

    April 17, 2014

Must Read
Sports
Photos


Facebook
Poll

Would you use a community safe room when the area is under a tornado warning?

Yes.
No.
     View Results
Opinion
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter