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'Shop with a Cop' sends extra help to Gifford families
When a tornado destroyed the family farmhouse outside Gifford last month, Nicole Swinney feared there would be no Christmas for her 11-year-old twins at the Rantoul rental they now call home.
Sat Dec 07, 2013
Relief funds collecting, giving money
More than $66,000 has been distributed to homeowners and businesses affected by the Nov. 17 tornado that struck Gifford and surrounding communities, even as money continues to flow into various relief funds.
Sun Dec 01, 2013
Urbana kennel aiding Gifford pets
While the Animal Clinic of Paxton has been providing shelter and services for many dogs and cats, Crossroads hopes to help lighten their load, especially in the coming weeks.
Sat Nov 30, 2013
Dates set to aid Gifford on tax abatement
The multi-township assessor for the Gifford area has scheduled two times for residents whose property was damaged or destroyed in the Nov. 17 tornado to fill out forms for the abatement of property taxes.
Fri Nov 29, 2013
In Gifford, Thanksgiving is a feast of plenty
Less than two weeks after a tornado lifted the home of Vicki and Jack Russell off its foundation with them inside, the Gifford couple sat down to an abundant Thanksgiving feast in Vicki's onetime home church.
Tue Nov 26, 2013
Salvation Army seeks tornado disaster donations
The Salvation Army has been active aiding victims in the aftermath of the Nov. 17 tornadoes.
Donations start flowing to those in need
The United Way of Champaign County announced Monday more than $82,000 has been collected in the past week for its Gifford Area Relief Fund.
As school resumes, officials vow to help Gifford recovery
The little village hall has been condemned and is no longer available for board meetings, the water plant is operating but a boil order probably will remain in effect for months, and the town's landmark water tower may have to be demolished.
Sun Nov 24, 2013
Steps can help when rebuilding after disaster
People who suddenly find themselves without a home - such as the tornado victims in Gifford - may find the rebuilding process takes longer than expected, a veteran contractor said.
Sat Nov 23, 2013
Facebook helps reunite owners with tornado-strewn items
Personal possessions scattered by Sunday's tornado are piling up in a couple of bins at the Gifford State Bank, where Tanna Suits has become a human lost and found.
Fri Nov 22, 2013
Emergency agency begins to end its part of Gifford operations
The Champaign County Emergency Management Agency is beginning to phase out its operations in the small, disaster-stricken town as residents continue the cleanup on their own.
11-22-13 Penny for Your Thoughts
Jim Turpin with a two hour Penny open line. And conversations with Jeff Ingrum, CEO Health Allilance Medical Plans, to update state employees on health insurance.
Thu Nov 21, 2013
Gifford - FEMA Assesses Tornado Damage
Federal Aid could be coming to Champaign County. FEMA and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency gathered in Gifford today to assess the damage from this weekend's storms.
Community's gotten a lot of help, but you can still pitch in
Among the volunteers helping sort, trim, haul and clean up Gifford on Wednesday were about 150 students and staff members from Armstrong Township High School.
American Legion Magazine
Legion support felt in wake of Midwest storms
The town of Gifford, Ill., felt winds of 140 miles per hour in Sunday's storms, leaving behind wreckage and forcing the community to rebuild; The American Legion has been on hand in the wake of the disaster, providing aid and helping Legionnaires and Legion Family members affected by the storm.
Residents' German roots shine through in tenacity
Margie Lewis clutches the family Bibles she salvaged from the wreckage of her home Wednesday on Summit Street in Gifford.
Wed Nov 20, 2013
Services being restored in Gifford
Emergency management officials reported that electricity had been restored by 5 p.m. Wednesday to most Gifford homes where it was safe to do so.
11-20-13 Rick Atterberry, Champaign County Emergency Management Agency
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Tom Kacich: 'Are you all thankful?'
Gifford mayor Derald Ackerman, right, listens to Al Kurtz, Champaign County Board Chairman, during Gov. Pat Quinn's visit to Gifford on Monday, November 18, 2013.
Devastated communities begin recovery
A man walks through a damaged home in Gifford, Ill. on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter.