2013-05-23 / Local & State

Donations Sought For Texas School District

Local librarian heading collection efforts
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

A local school librarian is heading up a collection effort to replenish the books lost during a recent fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas.

Angela Adams told the “News” she was watching CNN Headline News when she first heard about the explosion that killed 14 people and obliterated sections of the town near Waco last month. Among the areas suffering damage was the West Independent School District, which lost almost its entire collection of library books and materials, Adams said.

After speaking with the district’s librarian, Roger Cox, Adams began working on her plan that could result in money and gift cards being sent to the district to rebuild its collection in anticipation of the upcoming 2013-14 school year. While she hasn’t set a goal or an overall amount she would like to collect, she hopes local residents and avid readers will respond accordingly with donations.

Adams said that in her conversations with Cox she learned any type of donations are greatly appreciated. While new and gently used, unmarked books can be sent to the school district, shipment costs that would be incurred by Adams could be costly. As a result, monetary donations are preferred and would be earmarked for gift cards from major library book and supply companies.

Local residents wishing to make a contribution to this worthwhile cause are asked to contact Adams directly at 717-830-1807 or via email at agalrp@yahoo.com.

Officials from the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives reported a formal announcement is slated to be made this week regarding the April 17 explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. More than 200 leads developed following the fire and subsequent explosion in the 12,000-square-foot fertilizer and seed business. From those leads, more than 400 interviews have been conducted.

One of the first responders on the scene, paramedic Bryce Reed was arrested following the incident after he was found in possession of pipe bomb components. Media reports indicate state officials have said no evidence has linked Reed’s arrest to the plant disaster. Federal authorities stated they will not speculate on a possible connection between the arrest and the explosion.

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