Area residents mourn for the lost shuttle crew


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Community leaders voiced feelings of sadness today for the loss of the seven astronauts aboard space shuttle Columbia and expressed their condolences to the families of the fallen.

"It's a loss to the nation," Hill County Commissioner Pat Conway said. "It takes a toll on everybody. To say the least, it's devastating."

Conway said one of his most profound memories was watching Neil Armstrong land on the moon 33 years ago.

"I remember sitting with my father watching it happen," he said this morning. "The most astonis...

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