It was a story that shook the small town of Hale and the surrounding communities.  Calls began coming into the news room during the afternoon hours of July 2nd with stories of a possible shooting at the post office.

Details into the incident wouldn’t become clear until the following day when we learned that local business owner Bill Bell walked into the facility and shot Postmaster Michelle Bell, who was also his newly-ex wife.

While Michelle recovered from critical injuries at an area hospital, Bill died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

Michelle, who is a Carrollton resident, was surrounded by family and friends throughout her recovery and a benefit dinner and auction was held on her behalf in mid-July when organizer, Abbey Mayden,  told KMZU news that Bell was making significant progress in the healing process.

Today, friends report Bell is doing considerably well considering the events of the summer and that she is well on her way to a full recovery.