The family that feeds the famous bird tree off 20th Street in Joplin has come out of the woodwork. In late August of last year Eldon and Rudy Howery decided to make a home for all the birds that lostMore >> A little more than a year after the May 22, 2011 tornado one of the few trees remaining in the area of 20th Street suddenly became decorated with paint and bird feeders. The experiment started slow.
"When we first started this project we thought 'well - useless, nothing coming,'" Eldon Howery says. "But in about two or three weeks here they come and they've been here ever since."More >>
With the National Boy Scout Jamboree starting in a few days two Parsons, Kansas men are heading to West Virginia, but they aren't just hauling their bags. They're also taking a 1,600 pound log that'sMore >> Two Parsons, Kansas men will be hauling a 1,600 pound log over the next few days to the National Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. The transformation of the scout pole began in Parsons and will be finished at the Jamboree.More >> The Wesley House in Pittsburg announces plans to expand. The expansion is to accommodate a growing number of families using the food pantry. Sally Burdick has been going to the Wesley House Food PantryMore >> A 1,500 square foot expansion will allow Wesley House in Pittsburg to increase the storage capacity for it's food pantry...More >> Pittsburg police believe alcohol played a role in a crash that damaged a Pittsburg home and sent the driver to the hospital. Around 12:45AM Sunday morning Jed David Perez, 25, was eastbound on 7th street.More >> Pittsburg police believe alcohol played a role in a crash that damaged a Pittsburg home and sent the driver to the hospital.More >> So far this year sales tax proceeds are either staying steady or going up in jasper and newton counties, but in Joplin numbers are down. This time last year Joplin's tax receipts were more than $8.7More >> So far this year sales tax proceeds are either staying steady or going up in jasper and newton counties, but in Joplin numbers are down.More >> Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center officials announce they're searching for a new center director. Former center director Robin McAlester will soon be leaving the center. Potential candidatesMore >> Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center officials announce they're searching for a new center director.More >>
Officially declared a disaster area, temporary morgues are set up throughout the city of Joplin, including on the campus of Missouri Southern. A call out for volunteers who can help in anyway that they can, as schools and other organizations gather supplies to help those in need. More than 20,000 people are without power, residents are asked to boil water, and they're on edge as more storms roll through the area.More >> Difficulties communicating makes it difficult to get an exact count of the number of people unaccounted for. The death toll climbs to 122. An estimated 8,000 structures are damaged over a 1,800 acre area; and, the National Weather Service confirms that it was an EF-5 tornado that went through Joplin. Officials beg "sight-seers" to stay out of the disaster area and an old friend in Joplin covering the tornado aftermath stops by the KOAM station.More >> Hospital officials say they will rebuild. 14,000 are still without electricity, but around 10,000 are in the disaster area. K-9 units search the area as authorities warn tornado victims about scam artists. And washing clothes, charging cell phones and computers becomes one less thing victims have to worry about.More >> A list of 232 people still unaccounted for is released by officials - and the first person listed says "get me off that thing". Desperate to find their loved ones, residents turn to Facebook, Twitter and a radio station group who abandoned their music formats for 24/7 tornado coverage.More >> People who survived the tornado will always remember it and for Tom Cook, the twister conjures up another memory he would rather forget.
It was three years ago on May 11th that Tom Cook's wife, Terri, of 19 years, died after a tornado destroyed their home near Racine. More >>
There is a tale of survival a week and a half after the twister.
Pat Cole had been walking with her brother-in-law looking at his home when they heard barking, a cry for help.
Pat Cole, found the dog, says, "He said well it sound's like it's hurt so we started looking around and he had to go inside and come back and look through those windows and look down in that hole."More >>