Best of Sarah Elms:

Newsman. Serviceman.
In 2007, Jerry Jacob left his post as co-anchor at KY3-TV to join the Army as a combat medic. Now he’s back on air, a familiar face in a familiar job trying to find his way in a newly unfamiliar world.

Life In Modular Home No. 1651707.
Hundreds of Joplin families found themselves homeless after the tornado. The Slimps are one of them. Now they’re trying to find a way out of their temporary FEMA trailer and back into a normal life.

A Second Home On The Medical Mile.
When Bobbie Crigler gave birth to her son after only 26 weeks, doctors in West Plains, Mo., told her they couldn’t save her newborn. The nearest hospital that could was in Springfield, two hours away. but Bobbie didn’t have a place to live. Then she found the home she desperately needed.

Turner Hall blends history, music, wellness
The four-story building was constructed in 1882 out of Milwaukee’s famous cream city brick. It houses a ballroom, restaurant and gym all in one structure, and it has survived two fires – one in 1933 and one in 1941. It is recognized as a national landmark, a local historical landmark and holds a spot on the National Registry of Historical Places. No other building in Milwaukee can lay claim to all three.

The fall — and unlikely rise — of the Grand Avenue mall
The Grand Avenue mall has been on life support for more than a decade, and its chances for survival look slimmer with each closing shop. Ideas about how to restore the former retail hub back to the condition of its glory days—from putting in a Super Target to building up office space—have been tossed around, though nothing has caught on yet. But the end of summer marked the time for business-minded folks to step aside and let the creatives try their remedies on the dying landmark. The result may be just what it takes to nurse the Grand back to health.