Heartland Family on Alert
By: Wes Wallace
(Murphysboro, IL)--Murphysboro native Mark Lipe now lives in Jacksonville, Texas. Early Saturday morning, he heard the sonic boom in the skies over his home, and saw the some of the debris from the space shuttle Columbia that tragically rained down over parts of Texas.
Lipe still has family in Southern Illinois, who were worried for their loved one's safety, after learning of the location of the explosion. Jennifer Clinton, Mark's sister, says she called and checked in with her Texas relatives, who were still in shock.