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[22 Jun 2011 | 2 Comments | 3,173 views]
Hope – Joplin, MO one month after the tornado

It’s been a month, to the day, since an EF-5 tornado swept through Joplin, Missouri.  It’s one of those major events we will look back on and say, “Where were you when the tornado hit Joplin?”
I know where I was… I was in my car on I-44 traveling back to NW Arkansas from St. Louis heading straight into the storm.  I had switched back to the radio after listening to my iPod just as one of the many emergency broadcast messages came over the airwaves warning everyone to take cover …

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[31 May 2011 | No Comment | 1,705 views]
Arkansans show support for Joplin

Last Sunday, thousands of people … including U.S. President Barack Obama … traveled to Joplin, Mo. to memorialize those who died and to offer support for survivors. It was a day of remembrance, of healing.
As most of you have probably heard by now, the controversial group Westboro Bapstist Church, which is known for protesting at funerals, etc. tried to get there. The news that Westboro might be there led many people to head to Joplin to block the protestors in a peaceful way to protect the mourners. The thousands of …

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[24 May 2011 | One Comment | 2,160 views]
Cleanup in Joplin

Sunday’s tornado in Joplin, Mo., sent scores of volunteers and workers to clean up the mess left in the wake of the storm.
As of Monday evening, the death count in Joplin rose to 122 with more than 750 people injured in the city of 50,150 people in southwest Missouri. Those grim statistics have marked the Joplin tornado as one of the worst in U.S. history.
One of the people who helped clean up the mess is Buck Wright of Bethel Heights, Ark. Wright snapped some photos while in Joplin on Monday …

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[23 May 2011 | One Comment | 4,510 views]
Joplin undigging from tragedy

JOPLIN, MO–Yesterday, Joplin, Mo. made a tragic mark in history by being the site for what is now being called the deadliest single tornado in U.S. history. So far, 116 people are confirmed dead.
Late afternoon on Sunday, a rated EF-4 tornado struck the southwest Missouri town that is about an hour north of Bentonville. The estimated winds were 190-198. By the way, it takes 200 mph winds to get an EF-5 rating. There’s been some talk that the tornado could be given that rating once all the damage is surveyed.
The …