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It's a homecoming in Hackleburg, Alabama

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 8/29 7:10 pm
HACKLEBURG, Alabama, (WTVA) -- Tabatha Lolley is among those who will stand on this field tonight and celebrate.

"It's gonna be a praise and celebration tonight," said Lolley.

This moment comes more than three years after a deadly tornado.

Her home was in the path.

"We lived, but all of our neighbors died," added Lolley.

The tornado claimed lives and devastated this town, but the spirit for survival would thrive which brings us here-the new football field.

"Community is all fired up about it, so it's just a real exciting day today," said Hackleburg High School Principal John Hardin.

Preparations are underway in the new concessions facility.

Volunteers are hard at work preparing for a huge crowd.

After all, some 30 games have been played out of town over the last three seasons.

"It's been very tiring. It's been very emotional and sometimes even frustrating, but we've make it through it and we're seeing the light at the end of the tunnel," said volunteer Angela Fincher.

"It's been pretty tough not having a home field to practice on. It's been hard," said Hackleburg High School Football Quarterback Matt Harper.

Those days are over. This day began with an old fashioned pep rally. Everyone came.

"Seemed like old times again and a lot of the older people in the community-you could see it touched their heart," added Principal Hardin.

He is touched to see this field ready for play and the new school nearby nearing completion.
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