Former area residents escape harm

Ray Sweany and his wife, Shirley, both of whom grew up in Allen County, escaped injury during the weekend tornado spree that ravaged Kentucky and other Midwestern states. The couple live in Mayfield, Ky., one of the hardest-hit communities.

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December 15, 2021 - 8:30 AM

In an aerial view, homes and businesses are destroyed after a tornado ripped through town the previous evening on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, in Mayfield, Kentucky. (Scott Olson/Getty Images/TNS)

Ray Sweany and his wife, Shirley Goodsell-Sweany, formerly of Allen County, escaped the wrath of tornadoes that devastated several towns across Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas.

Ray is originally from LaHarpe; Shirley from Gas. They live near Mayfield, Ky., one of the hardest-hit areas by the tornado.

Their daughter, Debbie Cabbitt, who lives nearby, also was able to avoid any significant damage, aside from losing power in the storm’s aftermath.

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