Friday, April 17, 2015
Friday, April 18, 2014

Of the one-year anniversary of the West fertilizer plant explosion on April 17, 2013, I can only reflect back on how that day changed my life and how God used one of the most horrific and chaotic times in Central Texas to reveal himself and his power. Having only been a registered nurse for little more than a year, I had finished a long 12-hour shift on my unit at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center that day. Weary in mind and body, I headed home to unwind on what I thought would be a normal, peaceful night.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

As Joe Pustejovsky prepares to move into the house he and his wife are rebuilding on North Reagan Street, he sometimes gets the notion to call his middle son to lend a hand. Then he remembers Joey is gone, along with the easy smile and gung-ho attitude that helped make him an irreplaceable part of the family and his community.

April 17, 2014, is upon us. It is one year since the town of West experienced a life-changing moment for so many of us. West and its residents were devastated by an explosion. No one should ever see his hometown in such fashion on CNN. No one should ever hear his town’s name uttered in this grave context by the president of the United States. No one should ever hear his town mentioned so in prayer by the pope.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014

Considering the catastrophic tragedy of nearly a year ago, urban planner Herman Howard can be forgiven for his recent hesitation at a community meeting in raising the possibility of another fertilizer plant in West. He need not have worried. West residents have been quick to demonstrate optimism — and that includes returning life to the way it was, with some admitted improvements.