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Workers race to complete Soaring Heights Elementary School

Soaring Heights Elementary School is a hot spot of activity this week as construction crews race to prepare the school for the first day of classes on Monday. “We’re doing construction work while the faculty’s moving into their classrooms all at the same time, so it’s a madhouse,” said Mike Johnson, the Joplin School District’s director of construction.

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2013: Killings, Carthage fire, Joplin recovery, Miracle Field among area’s top stories

The abduction and killing of a 12-year-old Golden City girl, the parking lot shooting of a university coach, and the murder of a Parsons, Kan., mother and her three children shocked the area as details of each story unfolded. The top headlines of the year, as selected by Globe editors and staff members, weren’t all crime-related, however.

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‘Deadline in Disaster’ wins China Academy Award for foreign language film

The documentary film “Deadline in Disaster” was named best foreign language film on Sunday at the third China Academy Awards of Documentary Film in Beijing. The film, which was screened in Joplin in 2012 and has been shown on Public Broadcasting Service stations across Missouri, follows the staff of The Joplin Globe in the aftermath of the May 22, 2011, tornado.

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