When people tell the story of the April 3, 1974 tornado, it begins with small details of the afternoon- letting the dog out, going for pizza, watching TV after school. The Andy Griffith show was interrupted by the WHIO TV weatherman with a warning to take cover. Donna Otneal shared her memories of that day with our series producer.
Yesterday, we heard from Janine and Brian Montgomery of Xenia. They were in the downtown Pizza Hut when the F5 tornado hurtled through on April 3rd, 1974. When it was over, there was no roof on the Pizza Hut and Brian says he started to look for his wife Janine in the jumble.
On April 3, 1974 people in Xenia saw black smoke rising, like a wall. Then the wall started turning, in slow motion and they knew what was coming. It was an F-5 tornado. There were twisters all through Ohio and in other states- 148 were confirmed that day throughout the United States and Canada.
The tornado that struck Xenia killed 32 people and injured over 1000. Two National Guardsmen also died fighting a fire. Hundreds of homes were shredded into bits and downtown was demolished.
The University of Dayton men's and women's basketball teams were honored Sunday evening with a public celebration at UD Arena. Hundreds of fans packed the east side of the arena to congratulate the players and coaches for having a season that garnered national attention.
Fans came to cheer members of the 11th-seeded UD men's squad that made an improbable run in this year's NCAA tournament.
The 17th Annual Butterfly Identification and Monitoring Workshop is Saturday at Aullwood's Marie S. Aull Education Center, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is for everyone from individuals who want to identify a few butterflies to long term monitors and serious lepidopterists.