New Bank is Good News for Tornado-Ravaged Reading

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READING, Kan. -- Six months after a deadly tornado flattened much of the town, residents of Reading, Kansas, got some good news on Monday as a new bank opened for business.

Nearly half of the town's homes were destroyed, and one person was killed in the storm last May. But in a step towards rebuilding and healing the battered community, Citizens State Bank of Woodbine opened a branch in the town on Monday.

"Only in Kansas I'd say but I might be biased. It's just that pull ourselves up from our bootstraps, and we're not going to let something like a storm take away all the hard work that many generations in this area as well as new people coming in are putting into this town," said Reading resident Jaret Moyer.

The bank is one of three important businesses reopening in Reading this month. Across the street from the bank, Miracle Cafe owner Reta Jackson is set to reopen her restaurant next week. Jackson was forced to rebuild after the tornado destroyed the original building - the oldest building in town.

"It took a lot of miracles to open the first Miracle Cafe. All the towns people came together and they did all the work on the little house, they donated tables and chairs plates, everything. So when the old Miracle was blown away everybody has rallied again and said what can we do. They've come in and they've painted and they've cleaned," said Jackson.

The town's grain elevators, also destroyed in the storm, are also set to reopen later this month.

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