The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

July 5, 2013

July 4th saluted with fireworks, parades, parties

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"It's wonderful. Everyone's been so depressed," said Mary Chepulis as she watched a local band perform on a stage that stood where the home next to hers had been.

Every July 3, she and her friends and family would stand on a deck packed with people, food and coolers and watch the fireworks. Next week, she'll find out if the grant money she'll receive is enough to rebuild the home where she lived for 15 years.

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