Lebanon Reporter

State News

November 20, 2013

Ind. businesses work to recover from tornadoes


About 35 people were staying in two shelters in the city, while most others whose homes were damaged or destroyed were staying with family or friends, said David Tharp, a development specialist with the city.

The Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance has provided four area businesses with spaces to relocate.

Linda White, a co-owner of Mid-Central Trophy, which makes plaques, trophies as well as jackets and hats, said she was amazed by the help they have been offered.

"We have customers coming by to check on us. Our landlord has been very gracious in trying to help us any way that he can. Between that and the police department coming in and helping, it's been awesome," she said.

In southwest Indiana, near Vincennes, students and teachers in the South Knox School Corp. are planning a fall polar plunge where students can pay $1 to try to dunk a teacher in water or $3 to simply hit the lever to knock a teacher in.

"It's going to be cold, and the kids are just eating it up," teacher Tim Salters told the Vincennes Sun-Commercial

At least five homes in the area were completely destroyed, while several others suffered significant damage.

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