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Mike Pound: Tornado help just keeps on coming
I was trying to thank Josh Saunders and wound up confusing him. “It’s great that you guys came to help out here even though you’re not getting anything for your work,” is what I said.
Mike Pound: Billy Staples helping ‘one story at a time’
Billy Staples has some kind of energy. A former corporate executive with AT&T, former actor, former award-winning teacher, and current author and motivational speaker, Billy likes to talk.
Mike Pound: State library to help write a new chapter
Sometimes the obvious things escape me. Like the other day, when Gloria Turner was talking to me about the Joplin Public Library.
Mike Pound: T-ball league pays tribute to Howard family
The little girls in the yellow T-ball jerseys, standing in the small softball field in Webb City, were between the ages of 5 and 6. They were sad. The reason they were sad, in part, is because all of the adults standing around them were sad. Little kids are that way sometimes.
Mike Pound: Storm-created uncertainties tough for kids
Cassie Chandler on Thursday walked back from a table that was covered with items that had been salvaged from the rubble that used to be St. Mary’s Elementary School, carrying three books and a plastic, purple, vase-like container.
Mike Pound: Time goes on ... as does Joplin
Boy, talk about time flying. That’s one of the things that probably ran through Bruce Seesengood’s mind when he surveyed the wreckage — on the night of May 22 — of what used to be his Quality Jewelry and Repair shop at 2322 S. Main St.
Mike Pound: Fundraiser another chance to help one another
In the past month, thousands of people and millions of dollars have poured into the Joplin area to help folks recover from the May 22 tornado.
Mike Pound: Emotions mixed on Father’s Day
Did anyone else have mixed emotions on Father’s Day? I thought so. On one hand, I had a great Father’s Day. My wife and our 13-year-old daughter fixed me breakfast, and this time they didn’t try to serve it to me in bed.
Mike Pound: Downsized, but still laughing
Mae Smith said there is a reason she survived the May 22 tornado. “God didn’t have room for me in heaven yet, and the devil was afraid if I went with him, I would try and take over,” Mae said, giggling.
Mike Pound: Believing in dreams ... and guardian angels
As dreams go, Tracey Welch’s was a pretty good one. Tracey, who was the principal at St. Mary’s Elementary School in Joplin from 1997 through 2006, wanted to do something to help kick-start rebuilding efforts for the Catholic school, which was destroyed in the May 22 tornado.
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