Tornado-hit await Obama amid cleanup

Faulkner County judge says visit a ‘milestone’ for healing

Posted: May 7, 2014 at 5:36 a.m.

John King helps clean up Tuesday at his uncle’s home off Main Street in Vilonia. King said a gasoline tanker truck was blown through the house like a missile, narrowly missing Jim Purvis and Jim Purvis Sr.

Faulkner County officials prepared Tuesday for President Barack Obama's visit to Vilonia today as donations continued to pour in, signs that the area is on the road to recovery from the state's deadliest tornado in five decades.


This satellite image taken Friday shows the town of Mayflower at lower left, and the diagonal path of the April 27 tornado th... (Credit: NASA Earth Observatory)

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