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Local Business Owner Busy Repairing Structures in Quapaw to Revitalize Town

In Quapaw, Oklahoma....Out of the 8 businesses on main street that sustained damage in the April 27th tornado.. 4 of them remained closed. But one local business owner is working to move the community forward, and won't stop until his work is finished.

Joshua Glidewell, Owner of lifetime exteriors is a Quapaw native, and understands the value of the phrase "Quapaw strong".

"I just get up and do it. Because if you don't, we're going to be pushing into winter trying to get everyone back into order." Glidewell says.

He and his team have been working non-stop around the community since April's tornado to revitalize damaged homes, structures and businesses.

"36 days straight we've worked. Trying to help everybody out. The first week was real crazy and real shocking and after that everything kind of slows down, and then you start putting it together." Glidewell says.

Pastor Ray Clonts of the Highway Tabernacle Church says he knew he wanted to hire local for the repairs.

"From the moment I hired him he came right down, put tarps on for us, and everyday he's been here." Clonts says.

One of the biggest problems that the communities faced was roofing problems. But officials tell us that is almost a blessing in disguise. Because now you can rebuild it and make it better than it once was before.

"It's good for the community because it updates everything. Everything gets remodeled, and its good for local businesses because all the restaurants, all the hotels, all the gas stations they get all the people coming into town working. It just helps the community and it gets good business." he says.

Highway Tabernacle Church is Glidewell's current repair project.

Clonts says people like Glidewell are the reason for continuous progress.

"Tragedies are going to happen in our lives. But if I get knocked down once, I'm going to get back up. And that's the type of community that if you were to move here, that's the type of people we deal with everyday." Clonts says.

Glidewell expects to finish his work with the church in the next several weeks.
 The Highway Tabernacle Church has continued its normal Sunday services.
Hemi's cafe and Dallas' Dairyette had minimal damage during the tornado and remain open for business.
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