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Sign recovered after flying 20 miles in tornado

HARRIS COUNTY, GA (WTVM) -

Families and businesses in Hamilton spent Wednesday rebuilding from the tornado that came through Harris County one week ago.

Crews have been working at the High School and the Performance Learning Center to clean up the damage.  Tarps cover the school's commons area and metal light poles snapped by the strong winds are still in the parking lot. 

Harris County High Senior Brogan Banister was in the school auditorium when the tornado came through Hamilton.  He remembers, "We stared seeing shingles fall off the roof.  It started leaking and doors flying open."

When the storm settled, students found their cars damaged in the parking lot. Banister's truck bed was bent and a window broken.  He said he was "kind of bummed.  It is not really how I wanted to spend my Thanksgiving Break.  But, I was just happy to see that nobody got hurt and nobody got really messed up."

Students and teachers will return to Harris County High School on Monday.  The Head Start program will meet at Park Elementary and PLC students will meet at Harris County Carver Middle School. 

A Harris County Cattleman's Association sign was picked up by the winds from the Agriculture Center on Highway 116 and landed in Raleigh, GA.  Raleigh is 20 miles from Hamilton. 

The sign has a small cut and a smudge of grease on it after the flight. It is now in the hands of the Cattleman's Association.  They say the storm may have destroyed the building where they meet and hold the annual pro rodeo, but they will continue serving the community. 

 "We will have the rodeo next year.  You get bucked off, you get back on," said Sandy Reames.

The Cattleman's Association told News Leader 9 they will raise funds for materials. They have plans to rebuild. 

If you would like to help in the fundraising efforts for the Harris County Ag Center, call First People's Bank in Pine Mountain.

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