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Fair board pays rent, makes donations

By Ronnie Thomas
DAILY Staff Writer

rthomas@decaturdaily.com 340-2438

In a special meeting Thursday, the Morgan County Fair Board paid its 2005 rent to the State Products Marketing Authority, and Chairman Roger Glaze presented $1,000 checks to five worthy community organizations.

Retired Dr. George Hansberry accepted a check on behalf of the Community Free Clinic. Danville High School sophomore Darwin Witt represented the Morgan-Lawrence County Chapter of the American Red Cross and Tim Parker represented Hospice of the Valley.

Other checks went to Parents and Children Together and the Morgan County Chapter of the Master Gardeners Association.

Sonny Wright, who serves with Gary Porter as the fair board's assistant chairmen, said the fair also spends about $7,500 each year during Education Day. Wright said Morgan County students including kindergartners through third-graders come to the fair when the midway isn't operating to watch demonstrations and view exhibits.

Hansberry said the clinic, which opened in March 2004, has served more than 1,300 patients. He said the clinic boasts more than 2,500 donors.

"During the spring, we will add dentists and optometrists to the services we provide," Hansberry said. "We have received two dental chairs to be shared by both."

Parker said Hospice of the Valley celebrated 20 years of service in August. He said the agency combined the Bereavement Center in its building after renovating the former St. Ann School.

"We have managed to put back $370,000 into the community," he said.

Witt, accompanied by Red Cross official James Tardy, said the Red Cross will use its donation on local disaster relief.

Bob Campbell of Decatur and Ed Monroe of Hartselle, board members of the State Products Marketing Authority, also attended the meeting. Campbell applauded the fair board for "doing a good job of making the fair a viable part of Morgan County."

Campbell would not give the dollar amount his group charges for rent. Wright said it amounts to 20 percent of the net proceeds.

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