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Spann gets unexpected blessing

Widow Louise Spann on Crawford Road has been almost happy with her tornado recovery — she has someone to share it with, and to help her. ’I have a new fellow in my life,’ she said, ‘Bryant Starling. We’ve been seeing each other about five months now. He is really good and kind and has helped a lot.’ At her home, she lost parts of her house, a barn, workshop and ‘so many trees I couldn’t count.’ She has replanted about 10 trees and other plants. She says she ‘just keeps plugging along from day to day, and I guess in about 20 years we’ll get it all together.’ The Barnesville-Lamar County Community Foundation arranged a donated storage shed for Spann, who weathered the tornado with her two dogs after one of them woke her up. She now has another, larger storage building and her front porch and steps have been rebuilt but not painted. She found out the hard way that her fence posts could not be removed with a Bobcat and had to hire a backhoe operator. The lady with the warm heart and upbeat personality has sustained a couple of falls, injured a foot and knee but she is not down. ’It’s always something, but I’m glad to be here,’ she said.

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