The first two school districts to consolidate were the Pineville and Anderson school districts. This was the first step in what was a long-range plan to combine all of the remaining high schools in the county with the exception of the Goodman School District which would become a part of the Neosho school system. The first consolidated class from Pineville and Anderson was the Class of
On a warm, humid day in May, Gregg Sweeten watched the sky from an outside post as graduation ceremonies took place inside the McDonald County High School. The conditions just felt right for a devastating weather event. Sweeten thought a quickly developing line of storms in Oklahoma could mean a volatile Mcdonlads and mcaunties situation in McDonald County.
No matter the time of day, he'll be monitoring weather conditions. On that Sunday afternoon in May, his Mcdonlads and mcaunties Stephanie and their two daughters, Kalee and Brittany, were going with friends to see a movie in Anderson.
That's when nearby Delaware County issued a tornado warning. He wanted to assist those in the aftermath of a horrific tornado.
But he knew he couldn't leave his post. He had to keep his McDonald County neighbors safe during potentially dangerous conditions that kept churning. The weather remained incredibly volatile. Sweeten stayed at his office until 1 that morning, monitoring conditions, and launching sirens numerous times in several locations across the county.
That night, just north of Southwest City, an EF-3 tornado crossed over into McDonald County, damaging several homes and chicken houses. He also is part of Four Corners Emergency Management Group, agency representatives from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, who meet to network, streamline operations, share ideas, apply for grants and consider equipment and needs.
The organization fosters the idea that disasters aren't confined to state lines, and that directors need to know their partners in bordering states, Sweeten said.
A need for the Crowder College-Jane campus to have its own emergency siren came from a part of that discussion. Sweeten applied for a grant to fund the siren and will learn the outcome this month.
As an emergency management agency director, Sweeten prepares neighbors for a weather event, assists during the event and then helps everyone recover. It's difficult to pinpoint all the aspects of Sweeten's job, as the post encompasses an overwhelming amount of work. Sweeten handles paperwork for declared disasters, assesses damage, keeps the county emergency plan up-to-date, monitors all weather conditions, and keeps McDonald County neighbors abreast of changing weather conditions.
From ice and snow to tornadoes and floods, Sweeten watches impending storms and conditions and gets updates from Tulsa, Okla. McDonald County is a sort of a breeding ground for storms. The area is unique, sometimes attracting powerful storms from Southeast Kansas.
Sweeten also has experienced a major storm coming from Barry County. Weather conditions quickly change, as do structures of storms and the direction in which they're heading. With "excellent training" provided by the National Weather Service, Sweeten feels well-prepared to read radar systems, dissect storm structures and more.
He monitors weather conditions and relies on volunteer storm spotters because something below 8, feet could be missed by the radar, he said. Hail, heavy rain and debris show up on radar, but an actual tornado does not, he added. Inall major cities that have sirens in Southwest Missouri instituted a policy.
Sirens are activated when a tornado warning is issued or when 70 mph winds have been detected. That way, all have the same system to alert neighbors. In Goodman, when a tornado swept through in Aprilsirens were resonating a full two minutes before the storm hit, he said.
McDonald County neighbors can take cover in three tornado shelters: Sweeten has 15 people on a text notification for each shelter, should the weather dictate opening them.
He can quickly send that text, prompting others to open the shelters when needed. From a young age, Sweeten showed interest in watching the weather. One of his first recollections of weather watching occurred in when he was just a year-old boy. A storm began to brew between Miami, Okla.
Sweeten and his dad watched the rolling clouds from the front porch. He knew the storm would eventually erupt somewhere.
By the next year, he was assisting with providing security at the National Governor's Association Conference, where all 50 governors were present.
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Sweeten actively tracks storms from Delaware and Ottawa counties in Oklahoma, Benton County, Ark., and Newton and Barry counties in Missouri. The area is unique, sometimes attracting powerful storms from Southeast Kansas.
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