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Xenia remains determined 40 years after tornado hit

By Sharahn D. Boykin and Mark Fisher - Staff Writer



Forty years ago today, one of the largest and most destructive tornadoes in history obliterated homes, destroyed businesses, damaged schools and killed 33 people in Xenia and Wilberforce.

Xenia Mayor Marsha Bayless, who huddled with her mother and sister inside her family’s home when the tornado struck the city, will help commemorate the anniversary with a memorial service at 4:15 p.m. today in the Hudson Meeting Room at the Xenia Community Library, 76 E Market Street. The event was previously to be held at the 1974 Tornado Memorial in front of Xenia City Hall but has been changed because of the weather.

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