Tree full of Cheer: Special meaning in downtown holiday landmark

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The centerpiece of downtown Seymour’s annual Christmas celebration has delighted children and adults for years.

This year’s Christmas tree, however, holds special meaning for the woman who donated it to the city in honor of her brother, who was injured during the March 2 outbreak of tornadoes that swept through southern Indiana.

“It got a good grin out of him,” Darlene Oathout of Seymour said of when her brother, Alvin “Ted” Tolbert, was told about the donation.

Tolbert, who lives in Holton in western Ripley County, was severely injured along with his wife and dog in the tornado that hit that area. The former Seymour resident suffered multiple injuries including a broken neck and severe head injuries. He is still on life support recovering from his injuries.

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