The Woodward News


May 3, 2012

A note to our readers

Woodward, Okla. — April 15, 2012 is a day most everyone will remember.

The tornado that swept through the west side of the city left a trail of devastation and 6 deaths, including 2 southwest of town before Woodward was hit.

Almost certainly, however, everyone in Woodward was affected in one way or another. For instance, one employee of our paper lost his home, another was injured during the tornado, yet another rode out the storm in a bathtub. Those stories almost certainly can be repeated at any local business or organization.

The Woodward News and various other news organizations have published stories of the storm, survivors and the recovery that is in progress.

We are looking to publish even more.

Our summer edition of BoomTown magazine will focus on the tornado and the recovery.

In doing this we are asking for help from our readers. We want you to share your stories of survival, or escaping the storm, how you or your friends were affected, your thoughts on the rescue and recovery effort, the future and anything else you want to share about the tornado.  We would also love to hear from the volunteers who so generously responded in our time of need.

For this edition, we would like to gather as many personal stories as possible to go with our other coverage.

You can send your stories to Or you can mail them to the Woodward News, PO Box 928, Woodward, OK 73802.  

Please include your contact information, including name and phone number, so we may contact you for additional information.  The phone number will not be published.

We ask that you send in your stories by May 18.


We are also looking for photographs of special items that folks were able to recover after the storm.  Please include some details about the item, why it means so much to you and how you felt when you recovered it.

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