Joplin Police Sgt. Gabe Allen carries Aspen Bowman to safety from the remains of Academy Sports building along Range Line Road following a tornado strike in Joplin, Mo., on May 22, 2011. The EF5 tornado was the seventh-deadliest tornado in U.S. history, killing 160 people.
Rain clouds move in as the Boots Court neon lights are relit during a ceremony on Saturday evening in Carthage. The restoration of the iconic Route 66 motel to its former glory continues with the relit green neon.
Even though the roller coaster is miniature, the thrills are large for Britney Schum and Maci Williams at the annual CPA Picnic in Eudora.
Quiet descends on the half-time locker room of the East Newton Patriots after head coach Larry Perkins vocally criticized their performance in the first half of a game.
While trick or treating at the FEMA housing park over Halloween, Savannah Martin, 8, jumps up to see if a neighbor is home. Martin's family lost everything in the May 2011 tornado in Joplin, Mo., and they are now trying to get back on their feet while living at the FEMA-provided trailers.
Paula Barnett and Susan Dodson, both of Joplin, comfort each other during a moment of silence ceremony at Cunningham Park. The ceremony marked one week after the deadly EF-5 tornado struck Joplin.
Carl Junction's Tyler Armentrout avoids the diving tag from Aurora's Dallas Peterson as he runs back to first base during a game in Carl Junction, Mo.
Jenna Garretson, as the Caterpillar, performs on the silk during Midwest Regional Ballet's performance of "Alice in Steampunk Wonderland" at Pittsburg's Memorial Auditorium.
Lamar's Kaelyn Sturgell dives in to start the 200-yard freestyle during the Joplin Invitational at Schifferdecker Pool, in Joplin, Mo.
Sgt. Dennis Spence, Monett, gets a thank you kiss from his son Cooper, 3, after bringing him him home a stuffed bear following the return of the 414th Military Police Company. After a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan, the 414th returned to their waiting families in Joplin.
(from left) While Wyatt, 10, Nathan, and Ethan, 12, Cawyer listen to a sales pitch on a truck at the Four State Farm Show, Leon, 7, explores the truck bed. The Oronogo family visited the show on Friday.
Jessica Ward lets out a nervous laugh as her family checks in on her
before her wedding to Brent Wart at Lavern's Wedding Chapel in Miami on Friday the 13th.
Kidridge enjoys the thrill of rodeo, already is starting to compete in more adult rodeo competitions, including team roping with his father Ethan. His father Ethan hopes Kidridge inherits his love for the land and animals, as Ethan did from his father.
Nicole Thorn uses a goofy face to catch the attention of her kindergarten class during a math exercise at Jefferson Elementary. This is Thorn's first year of teaching, and she is eager to make to make it a successful one for students and herself.