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Disasters Hit Home

By Staff | May 18, 2011

Linda Martin Graham and husband Kenneth were tragically killed on April 27 in the horrific series of storms and tornadoes that hit the South. A tornado killed 34 people in the Valley Head, Ala. area, where the Grahams lived.

While such natural disasters rarely touch down in our area, they still hit home for some. Linda Martin Graham was the half-sister to Terry Martin of Pine Grove. “I still find it hard to believe,” Terry says of losing his half-sister, to whom he grew close in later years. Terry was raised in West Virginia, and Linda in Mississippi, but they grew close in their later years through letters, phone calls, and e-mail. It is most apparent Linda’s time here was far too brief, along with all who lost their lives in the tornadoes.

This instance serves as a reminder that even though some stories may seem to be disconnected from our lives here in the Ohio Valley, we are all interconnected. It is reported 15 people are still missing in the Valley Head area. Our thoughts and prayers to all affected and devastated by the recent sweep of tornadoes.

Similarly, we hope everyone will consider lending a hand to Beth Adler’s Rescue Farm in Tyler County that was destroyed following a flash flood last Thursday.

Horse Feathers Farm and Rescue, located on Little Sancho Creek Road just outside Middlebourne, greatly needs cleanup assistance.

We are fortunate for such government organizations that aid in relief efforts following natural disasters, however in this particular case, the farm is on its own. We hope many will answer the call to help our neighbors.