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CARAWAY, AR (KAIT) - The tornado that hit Caraway Halloween night damaged several buildings, many of them are now condemned. TrueValue, also known as Western Auto to the community, is set to be demolished after the new year. The building has been in Lynn Haag's family for 66 years. His father bought it after WWII and in 1980 Haag become the owner.

"It's been our home ever since," Haag said.

The idea of retiring wasn't even an option for Haag and his wife, but when the tornado damaged their businesses, they felt they had no other choice.

"The damage was so great and at our age it would be hard to rebuild and get back in," Haag said.

Haag said he isn't worried about what could become of Caraway. He sees a lot of promise for his little town.

"It's a good opportunity for people to come in," said Haag. "We didn't quit because it was dwindling, we quit because of the tornado."

He and his wife will finalize their end of the year book keeping before anything is torn down, but as Haag took a moment to think about the buildings final months, he couldn't help but get a little emotional.

"We'll get over this but it's been home for a lot of years," Haag said.

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