Thursday, April 12 2012 4:09 PM EDT2012-04-12 20:09:27 GMT
Students at the University of Alabama hunkered down as a massive, mile-wide tornado came within a mile of the campus that houses thousands of people. It became the site of terror many of them had never experienced before.More >>
The spring of 2011 is shaping up to be a record-breaking season for weather fatalities. At 45, the number of people who have died from April storms now matches the total number of weather fatalities in 2010.More >>
Thursday, May 5 2011 7:46 PM EDT2011-05-05 23:46:40 GMT
It may have seemed like searching for a needle in a haystack, but one Lawrence County woman said it was divine guidance that lead to her finding her engagement ring.More >>
It was one of the most heartbreaking stories on a day filled with heartbreak.
Five members of the Hallmark family lost their lives when a tornado roared through the Ruth community near Arab.
One of them, Jennifer Hallmark, was on the verge of attaining a dream when this nightmare intervened. She was attending Snead State, pursuing her nursing degree and she was just days away from graduating.
Hallmark was an outstanding student, with the highest grade point average in her class during the two-year program at Snead State in Boaz.
One of her instructors, Lisa Brock, said Jennifer had a "Grade A" personality to match.
"She always had a smile on her face," said Brock. "A laugh you still remember."
Jennifer and her sister-in-law, Mandy Garmany, went through the nursing program together. Garmany said Hallmark had the knowledge, but also had the compassion to be a great nurse.
"She was always caring and had a heart for those that needed help," said Garmany.
They were set to graduate the very next week.
"I can remember praying and not even having the words to say," said Garmany.
The graduation ceremony was bittersweet as Hallmark's seat was empty. Her daughter, Ari, accepted Jennifer's diploma for her.
"It was very hard. It was great, but very hard," remembered Garmany.
Hallmark's memory will live on at Snead State in many ways. They've established a scholarship for nursing students in her memory.
"She was back for herself to make a difference in people's lives," said Brock. "And in this way, she will continue to make a difference."
They're holding a 5k run Saturday morning, April 28th on the campus to raise money for that scholarship fund.
Monday, April 30 2012 12:17 AM EDT2012-04-30 04:17:45 GMT
Most of the homes along Highway 20 in Hillsboro that were destroyed by those deadly tornadoes have been rebuilt, but there's still a long road to recovery. Lawrence Davis Jr. didn't imagine April 27th,More >>
Most of the homes along Highway 20 in Hillsboro that were destroyed by those deadly tornadoes have been rebuilt, but there's still a long road to recovery.More >>
Sunday, April 29 2012 12:24 AM EDT2012-04-29 04:24:01 GMT
The road to recovery still a long one ahead for a Harvest family that lost two loved ones from the April 27 tornadoes. Misty Cornwell held a memorial Saturday afternoon to remember her 15-year-old daughter,More >>
The road to recovery still a long one ahead for a Harvest family that lost two loved ones from the April 27 tornadoes. Misty Cornwell held a memorial Saturday afternoon to remember her 15-year-old daughter, Katie, and her father, Harold Fitzgerald, who were both killed by the storm one year ago.More >>
Thursday, April 26 2012 5:30 PM EDT2012-04-26 21:30:15 GMT
An August 29, 2011 Gov. Robert Bentley announced the formation of the Tornado Recovery Action Council, or TRAC. The group of industry and government leaders had a simple mission; to help Alabama recoverMore >>
The Tornado Recovery Action Council of Alabama researched and developed 20 key ways to improve disaster preparedness in the state.More >>
With the cleanup process under way and the death toll holding steady, federal, state and local officials are teaming up to put the pieces back together for the broken communities slashed by last week's devastating tornadoes.More >>