For the last two years, the Eureka community has been busy moving forward since it was devastated by a tornado for the second time within a short two-year span. It was the evening of Tuesday, June 26, 2018 when an EF3 tornado traveled from the southwest corner of town, moving northeast at 152 mph, leaving many damaged homes, businesses and Eureka Junior Senior High School in its path. The storm grew quickly in intensity and left almost as quickly as it began. Over 150 properties were damaged, with over a dozen that were total losses. There were eight injuries reported, one critical.
Growing up, Kathleen McKenzie knew she wanted to pursue a career in the medical field, but what title she would hold was uncertain. “I went back and forth between going to medical school or physician assistant (PA) school,” commented Kathleen. “My mom (Nancy McKenzie, a PA-C at Greenwood County Hospital, in Eureka) has been extremely happy with what she does. She was a big reason I chose the option I did,” stated Kathleen.
A Eureka Junior Senior High School 2020 graduate recently signed a letter of intent to attend Fort Scott Community College (FSCC) next fall and serve on the FSCC Rodeo Team.
This fall, Jason Torrey a member of the Eureka Junior Senior High School Class of 2020, will attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham, while participating with the BFA Musical Theatre. Only 12 students were accepted into the program this year.
A GoFundMe account to help a Eureka man who was critically injured in a motorcycle accident last Monday, June 1, has been established.