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Lawmakers Remember Deadly Tornadoes on One Year Anniversary

May 4, 2004
By: Missy Shelton
State Capital Bureau

One year ago today (Tuesday), tornadoes ripped through southwest Missouri, leaving death and destruction in their path.

As Missy Shelton reports, the Missouri House of Representative honored members of three churches that helped victims immediately after the storm.

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Not long after a tornado tore through Lawrence County on May 4th, 2003, Darla Sanders says she and her father met others at Elm Branch Christian Church between Aurora and Marionville to help the storm victims.

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Darla Sanders came to the capitol on the one year anniversary of the storm, along with other members of her church.

The House honored the Elm Branch congregation with an Outstanding Missourian Award.

The congregations of Liberty United Methodist Church and St Mary's Catholic Church also received the award.

Representative Jack Goodman's district arguably was hit hardest by the storm.

He says these churches deserve recognition for all they did.

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Goodman says churches and other organizations in the community responded with so much assistance, outside groups took notice.

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Goodman says he was delighted that the House recognized the three churches for their kindness and generosity.

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Goodman says while there's been tremendous progress over the last year, there's still much to be done.

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As folks in southwest Missouri reflect on what happened one year ago, Darla Sanders says it's important to remember that some good did come from the tragedy.

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The tornadoes that swept through southwest Missouri killed 19 people.

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