- May 2011 Joplin tornado
Open house held at home built by Catholic Charities volunteers
The framed photograph was of a picture of the new house at 2201 S. Harlem Ave. Around the border, it had been autographed by many of the volunteers who had donated their time to build the home from the ground up.
Habitat house carries signatures of volunteers who rebuilt Joplin
Not much is known about “Gary F.” He came to Joplin from an unknown state and helped build walls at the latest Habitat for Humanity home. In red Sharpie marker, he penned a blessing on a two-by-four that was used to frame a kitchen window.
Rebuilding after tornado damage, Joplin parks get ready for spring
Today’s temperatures in the 70s invariably will attract some area residents to local parks for some summer-like recreation. Winter can be a downtime for park systems. Crews generally catch up on maintenance and prepare to shift into high gear in the spring.
New home for storm victims begins, ends with nod to Orioles
The construction of a home at 2630 S. Wall Ave. started and ended with former Baltimore Orioles players Cal Ripken Jr. and Brooks Robinson. They are superheroes to homeowner Ed Kunce, who with his wife, Angela, officially took possession of the Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity home Wednesday afternoon after a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Tornado services center to close soon
Whenever Randall St. Pierre needs something, he hops on his bicycle and pops over to the Human Services Campus that serves tornado survivors. His bike is his only transportation as a result of his losses in the 2011 Joplin tornado.
VIDEO: Tornado researchers to visit MSSU, schools during visit Thursday
Some of the nation’s leading tornado scientists and their high-tech tornado intercept vehicles plan to roll into Joplin on Thursday. Don’t worry, they won’t be chasing a twister.
Steel superstructure for Mercy Hospital Joplin takes shape
With the experience that comes from doing something over and over again, the crane operator lifted the final steel beam to the top of the seven-story patient tower, where ironworkers quickly fastened it into place.
City, MSSU officials see progress in Joplin by air
Some scars apparently remain long after the wounds have begun to heal. That was the impression Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean had after viewing Joplin from the air Wednesday.
Funds from $1.73 million raised by Columbia United Way still available
Activity at the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri is still running at a level higher than it was before the May 2011 tornado, executive director Rhonda Gorham said recently. Tens of thousands of extra dollars, raised by a United Way organization in central Missouri, helped fill funding gaps so the organization could continue its programs, she said.
Area schools at forefront in providing storm shelters
Webb City grandmother Kathy Wright favors a plan that would see her grandchildren’s school district combine federal grant money with local tax dollars to build safe rooms for students. In all, Webb City school officials want to add 90,000 square feet of shelter space in six rooms. The largest, at the high school, would protect up to 3,000 people.
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- Open house held at home built by Catholic Charities volunteers