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Mar 2, 2013 11:57 PM

East Bernstadt Community Honors, Remembers Tornado Victims

Laurel County was among the hardest hit when a tornado passed through East Bernstadt in 2012, taking 6 lives. Now, one year later, the town is taking a look back at their journey.

To say life is back to normal for those in East Bernstadt is a bit of a stretch, but what a difference a year makes. Saturday's events were about rebuilding but never forgetting.

"Renewing hope, we will remember," that was the theme the services at East Bernstadt Baptist Church. "We want to offer hope that there is hope that there is a new day coming and the whole part of this service was to help take a glance back at last year but also recognize there is a new day upon us and that God has a new hope for us," says Tommy Tapscott with the church.

The church opened their doors and their hearts after March 2nd providing food and shelter for victims and for rescue crews and volunteers who were helping people like Beluah Chadwell. "I come home and there was no home. We lived beside the Allens that didn't make it and I was walking around thinking how lucky we was to be living," says Chadwell.

She says she can't thank her neighbors and the community enough for all their help. "They give us a home when we didn't have a home and they have been such a good neighborhood, very good people."

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