The tornado moved their home about five feet off its foundation and ripped away the 100-year-old oak trees, but everyone was safe. (May 3, 2010, Page 1A-10A)
The tornado that left one Abbeville woman dead and two homes destroyed was an EF 2 tornado, which means it was fast and powerful, according to the National Weather Service. The twister produced winds of up to 130 mph.
Two tornadoes were spawned by a supercell thunderstorm; the other hit Ashland where it killed three people. (May 3, 2010, Page 1A)
Diagnosed with cancer, Daniel Mertz was struggling with medical bills and other expenses when he sat down with Ability Works general case manager Phyllis Sabbatini on Thursday.
“I was without hope, but after just 30 minutes of talking to her, I had hope again,” Mertz said this morning. “She was just that type of person. Very kind and very understanding.”
Mertz found out this morning that Sabbatini died Sunday morning when her Abbeville home was ravaged by an EF2 tornado. (May 3, 2010, Page 1A)
When Mary Catherine Guest was asked by her daughter, Olivia King, to help her open her food emporium in Madison, Guest agreed and helped with developing recipes and served as a support, both financially and emotionally.
Her role as helper soon turned into business operator when Olivia asked her mother to open a second Olivia’s Food Emporium on the Square in downtown Oxford. (May 3, 2010, Page 6A)
Whether you’re in the business of mowing and manicuring lawns and other sites or you just worry about your own yard and outdoor work and the equipment you need, Ronnie Williams and Terry Sparks are hoping their new business, Oxford Power Equipment, has what you need. (May 3, 2010, Page 6A)
A survey by Monster.com about jobs and earnings for college graduates doesn’t pain the prettiest picture for those graduating this spring. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at some of the survey’s results and their application in the real world. (May 3, 2010, Page 4A)
Galen Armstrong writes about the offshore oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico and how we need to deal with it, while Lee Harris writes to clarify an advertisement and the position of Funky’s restaurant and bar in regard to Double Decker and Sunday alcohol sales. (May 3, 2010, Page 4A)
The Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow, or LOFT, the Lafayette County affiliate of the CREATE Foundation in Tupelo is looking to give away $20,000 in community grants this year, which is about $9,000 less than it gave away last year to local non-profit organizations.
LOFT began taking applications for the 2010 grant cycle on May 1. For more information on LOFT, visit www.lafayetteoxfordfoundationfortomorrow.com or contact Mayo at 662-801-4991. (May 3, 2010, Page 3A)
A tornado touched down in Abbeville early this morning, killing one woman, downing trees and causing structural damage in the area, according to local officials.
Phyllis Ann Sabbatini, a 45-year-old woman, was reportedly killed when the storm hit around 3:30 this morning, according to witnesses on the scene.
An unoccupied house trailer was also destroyed during the severe weather that moved through the northern part of the county this morning.
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