The tornado of March 19, 2018, upended many lives but took none. The year since the storm has been one of recovery and reflection for many in Wellington, Angel, Jacksonville and Nances Creek. The stories below document the paths to rebuilding for the community, for Jacksonville State University, and for families and individuals.
- By Tim Lockette, Star Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org
- 5 min to read
If the survival of everyone touched by the March 19, 2018, tornado was a miracle, it still left questions as old as Job and the whirlwind. And it left questions that ought to be easier to answer. How much does Jacksonville owe to dumb luck? How much did the community do right? And were there lessons in earlier storms that helped us later?
- By Bill Wilson, Star Staff Writer, email@example.com
Jacksonville Mayor Johnny Smith spoke to the group about the tornado and how remarkable it was that there was no loss of life during that dreadful night. In doing so he referred sympathetically to the plight of Alabamians who lost loved ones and property in the more recent Lee County tornado.
Officials at Jacksonville State University still aren’t sure when the two most heavily damaged buildings from last March’s EF-3 tornado will be demolished and replaced, so Merrill Hall and Wallace Hall remain in ruins.
“I never believed a tornado would actually hit us," said Darren Spruill, athletic director for the Anniston Parks and Recreation Department.
On Tuesday, it will have been one year since an EF-3 tornado struck the city of Jacksonville and the campus of Jacksonville State University, …
It seems like yesterday and also like decades ago that my husband, the dog and I huddled in a tiny closet with a cell phone and bike helmets (…
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