OZARK, Ark. (AP) - A gathering to mark the one-year anniversary of a tornado that devastated parts of two counties was both a memorial to the five people who died and recognition of those who helped the area recover.
About 100 people attended a service at Arkansas Tech University Friday to remember Franklin County residents Teena Evans, Julie Holloway and Cheryl Jackson, who were killed when the twister struck the towns of Etna and Denning late May 24 and May 25. The tornado then moved through Johnson County, killing Angel Petts and R.G. Baker.
According to an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/JlqaCt) story, Rep. Steve Womack told the audience the tornado was a sobering reminder of the uncertainty of life and a testament to local residents' resiliency.
About 200 homes were destroyed in Franklin County.