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Church re-opens after tornado damage

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It has been five months since a number of tornados touched down in Arlington and terrorized people in its path.  Fox four's Emily Lopez shows us one Arlington community that has come a long way -- with a long way to go.


Ben Blackshear lived in his Arlington farmhouse for the past 17 years.  Back in April a tornado decimated the neighborhood – now there's nothing left of his house, it was too damaged to repair.


He was forced to tear it down and haul off the debris.  Today there's not a lot left on the property, just a huge hole in the ground and in his heart.


Since then, Blackshear has been living in a travel trailer.  He's selling the property and moving out of state.


There are reminders of that day all over town.  Blue tarps dot the landscape – bricks and debris litter front and back yards.


The recovery process has been slow - some of the scars are esthetic, some are emotional.


Cathy Smith is in charge of the children's ministry at St Barnabas United Methodist Church.  She and a handful of other adults were with a group of children when the twister touched down.=


On this day, church goers celebrate the re-opening of the building which sustained the most damage - the building Smith was in


While St Barnabas was able to rebuild - Blackshear was not as fortunate, yet he remains positive.


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