Twister-hit businesses take stock

Retailers in Mayflower, up to 85% in Vilonia decimated

Posted: May 2, 2014 at 3:15 a.m.

Robert Perkins (top) and Ken Sullivan, owner of Wet Willy’s Super Auto Wash at 1725 Main St. in Vilonia, clean up storm damage Thursday.

Kieth McCord’s slightly damaged service station was the gathering spot for donations and volunteers helping others after the 2011 tornado, but this week dozens of people went to the station to help him.


Cindy Eason takes pictures in the rubble Thursday of her Innovation Hair and Tanning business at 1086 Main St. in Vilonia. (By: Rick McFarland)

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