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Sarah Sticklen: Lessons learned: Remain faithful, move forward
As I walked into Missouri Southern’s Leggett & Platt Athletic Center on May 22 for my high school graduation, all I could think was: “I cannot wait until this is all over. Then, I can finally relax.”
Wally Kennedy: Cici’s Pizza in hopes of rebuilding at same location
As shopping centers go, the Bel-Aire at the northwest corner of 20th Street and Range Line Road was a cut above. It’s owners were not reluctant to invest in that property, and it showed.
Sarah Coyne: First day of school emotional
Of course, none of that is necessarily true, but the association still occupied my thoughts as I stood in a busy department store, searching for my daughter’s size. Shades of dark and light denim blurred my vision; it was a moment before I realized that it wasn’t the stack of denim causing me to see funny, but the tears that had begun to form.
Carol Stark: Joplin tornado redefines mission of newspapers
Their job is to look out for the newspapers in their own state. But the story of Joplin’s tornado is one that apparently knows no boundaries.
Wally Kennedy: Southtown Sporting Goods down, but not out
There are a handful of places in Joplin that are original to this city. They were built from the ground up by hardworking families. One of them is Southtown Sporting Goods, 3030 S. Main St.
Rich Brown: College students make a difference with volunteer help in Joplin area
It would be hard to calculate the enormous contributions made by the 187 students from Missouri and six other states with (appropriately named) World Changers, part of the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board.
Susan Redden: House panel calls for use of Rainy Day Fund
A special legislative session being planned for later this year is to include a recommendation that Missouri tap its Rainy Day Fund to pay for costs of dealing with tornadoes, including the EF-5 on May 22 in Joplin, flooding and other natural disasters in the state.
Clair Goodwin: Praise for an undefeated spirit
Over the past two months, I’ve had the privilege to visit with and personally thank dozens of volunteers from all parts of the country who rushed to Joplin to help this devastated community dig out and clean up after the horrific tornado of May 22 leveled nearly a third of the city with swirling winds exceeding 200 miles per hour.
Carol Stark: Looking for owner of this found ‘memory’
As hard as we might try, we can’t wish ourselves back to May 21. Going forward is a daily battle for the survivors of the May 22 tornado. And while the storm has robbed them of their homes, their possessions and in some cases, their loved ones, it should never be allowed to take away memories.
Mike Pence, guest columnist: The path forward
Our path forward as a community has never been more imposing than it is today. However, the horrific May 22 tornado has clearly served to bond us together as a community more tightly than ever before.
It also prepares us for the challenging rebuilding opportunities we now face.
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