Notebook offers sights and sounds and news from Tuesday
In the second day since residents of Greensburg, Kan., were allowed to return to the rubble of their community, people continued their effort to salvage the past as they look to the future.
Here are some of the sights, sounds and news from Tuesday.
Church bell rings
The First Baptist Church bell rang for the first time since before the
tornado around 3 p.m. Tuesday. Parishioners stood watching as the bell’s chime rang across the town, something the pastor said he hoped all the residents heard.
A little help
First Baptist Pastor Marvin George gave $200 to seven families from the congregation who were present at the church Tuesday. Resident Patty Christman said the money means a lot for her family, which lost everything, and tells her that the church is there for them in their time of need.
A tough year to celebrate
Fleener Furniture was celebrating its 100th year in business this year. The Main Street staple has been reduced to rubble.
No longer a one-traffic signal town
A stop sign at U.S. 54 and Main Street has replaced the only traffic signal in Greensburg. It was also the only traffic signal in Kiowa County.
Trailers, wreckers coming
Trailers and wreckers will make their way into Greensburg for the first time Wednesday since the community was opened to the public after Friday night’s tornado, according to City Administrator Steve Hewitt. This will give people a chance to haul away the larger items they were able to salvage from the debris. Only passenger vehicles have been allowed in since the town was opened to residents Monday.
Six people were arrested on Monday afternoon suspected of looting, according to Dave Starbenz, incident commander and deputy chief for the Topeka, Kan., fire department. The people did not have proper credentials to be in town and were unwilling to comply with lawful order, he said. The six were sent to the Ford County, Kan., jail.
Blackhawk helicopters were seen around 5 p.m. Tuesday landing in Greensburg, prompting many passersby to stop and watch. President George W. Bush is scheduled to tour the area on Wednesday.