Images of Fox's Jim Knox and green Baylor fans, Regency Trailer Park residents preparing to move out and $100,000 in disaster relief for Joplin from the One State, One Spirit Classic were among the Missourian's best photos last week.
Jim Knox of Fox Sports prepares to run on the field with Baylor fans before their game against Missouri in this photo from Missourian photographer Matthew Busch. The Tigers lost 42-39 at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas, on Saturday — the team's fifth loss of the season.
Pinar Istek captured this shot of students Adrian Maddox and Alissa Perkins hugging their teacher Deann Washington after the lunch break Tuesday at the Cedar Ridge Elementary School playground. Washington, who has 205 students, said, "I love this job. I wouldn't be anywhere else. All the kids are like my babies." Washington, or Miss Deann as the students call her, has worked at Cedar Ridge for four years as a recess and lunchroom supervisor and as a paraprofessional.
Istek captured this photo of Shirley Forgy, left, and Natalie Gibson singing and celebrating the return of World War II and Korean War veterans who were on the 17th Honor Flight. The pair were waiting among the more than 100 friends, family and volunteers who were gathered at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel to await the veterans returning from the flight to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night.
Regency mobile home park resident Melissa Dinwiddie, 31, prepares to power wash the outside of her mobile home Tuesday to get ready to move in this photo by Busch. Dinwiddie and other park residents were mailed notice that the park will close Feb. 29.
In this photo by Jeremy Jardine, the Missouri Southern State University student section stands for a moment of silence before the One State, One Spirit Classic game in Joplin last Sunday night. The moment of silence took place at 5:41 p.m., the same time the tornado struck in May, to honor everything and everyone lost in the disaster. The game raised nearly $100,000 to benefit tornado relief efforts in the area.