After the 2011 tornado in Joplin, the huge stained glass window at First Community Church became the focal point of church members’ loss — and recovery. The window spanned the front of the church sanctuary, making it a backdrop for every service and church program. It was destroyed when the EF-5 tornado demolished that wall and the roof of the church at 2007 E. 15th St.
Service crews with Empire District Electric Co. spent most of Saturday responding to power outages in Jasper and Newton counties after a winter storm covered the area in up to three-tenths of an inch of ice.
For six and a half hours Friday in a brisk wind and temperatures that never exceeded 30 degrees, a Salvation Army bell ringer at the Pittsburg Wal-Mart found himself working up a sweat. And burning nearly 5,000 calories. Pittsburg resident and avid cyclist Todd McGeorge, 47, was ringing the bell on a bike. Or rather, his bike was ringing the bell.
Friday was a historic day for the residents of south Joplin. Firefighters moved in and took up residence in the new Station No. 4 at the southwest corner of 36th Street and Hearnes Boulevard.
Eric J. Hicks declined either to admit what he’d done or to express remorse when given an opportunity at his sentencing Friday in the 2011 murder of 18-month-old Emjay Corn.
His public defender, Darren Wallace, spoke for Hicks at his hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin.
On sunny afternoons, the light from stained glass windows at Bethany Presbyterian Church bathes the church sanctuary in a multi-hued glow. That was not the case after the Joplin tornado, which destroyed a number of stained glass windows in the historic church and damaged several others.
Focused on the spirit of giving, English teacher Angela Martino-Lewis announced on Nov. 6 a small goal to meet by Christmas: to get enough items from friends, family and community members to fill 20 stockings to distribute to students at Pittsburg Community Middle School.