Area News In Brief
Lightning scatters chimney bricks
HAZLEWOOD — Construction workers were dismantling a chimney at Hazlewood High School on Wednesday after it was damaged by lightning last week, Lawrence County Superintendent Dexter Rutherford said. The lightning flung bricks from the chimney to the surrounding area. The chimney hadn’t been used in years. No one was injured, he said.
Limestone annex testing may end
ATHENS — Groundwater monitoring for the Clinton Street Courthouse Annex may be ending.
Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert said Wednesday that the county has been monitoring the site through wells since 2002.
During construction of the annex, soil and groundwater contaminated with chemicals were discovered when workers smelled an odor. A dry cleaning business and gas station formerly operated on the site.
The county hauled away 1,000 yards of contaminated dirt and installed monitoring wells.
On Tuesday, the commission will vote on an agreement with Shaw Environmental Inc. to conduct this year’s testing for $23,059. “Hopefully, this will be the last time,” Seibert said.
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