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R.A. Hubbard gets new band uniforms
COURTLAND — The R.A. Hubbard Band became $900 richer this week when the Lawrence County Commission allocated money for band uniforms. A spokeswoman for the band asked commissioners for at least $500 to help replace uniforms that she said were in poor condition. The money will be sent to the Lawrence County Board of Education, commissioners said.
Lawrence County airport to get grant
COURTLAND — Lawrence County Airport will be better equipped with the help of a federal grant next year, airport manager Jim Achord said.
The airport authority is applying for a 2008 Federal Aviation Administration grant to help pay for an Automated Weather Observation System. The system is a suite of sensors that measure, collect and disseminate weather data.
The data helps pilots and dispatchers plan flight routes and provide information for correct take-offs and landings.
“Most of the airports, Muscle Shoals, Decatur, have this type of unit, especially the bigger airports where you have larger planes coming in,” Achord said.
The total cost of the system is $210,336. The airport will pay $5,258 of the cost, he said.
The local airport currently monitors the weather using AWOS systems at the Muscle Shoals Airport, and at airports in other towns, said office manager Kari Achord.
Work to improve the taxiways at the airport was finished Monday. The project had been under way since summer and in the works since 2005.
Squirrels causing trouble for library
MOULTON — Squirrels are terrorizing the Lawrence County Library, said the library’s assistant director, Regina Anderton.
Anderton said the squirrels have chewed through ceiling tiles in the back corner of the building. The library staff is constantly cleaning to prevent exposure to the dust, she said.
“The dust from the ceiling tiles actually falls in the juvenile book area,” Anderton said. “We don’t want kids breathing that stuff in.”
The Lawrence County Commission agreed Monday to have someone from the county’s Maintenance Department evaluate the building before making repairs.
Anderton said the library was built in 1973. The building has sustained weather damage and cinder blocks are separating, she said.
Lawrence board appointments OK’d
MOULTON — The Lawrence County Commission has approved two appointments to county boards.
On Monday, the commission appointed local businessman Benny Williams to replace his father, Joe Williams, on the hospital board. Also, the commission appointed former County Commissioner Larry LouAllen to replace Jamie Weatherwax, who is relocating, to the Industrial Development Board.
Morgan retirees to receive pay hike
The Morgan County Commission approved a one-time lump sum increase for county retirees during a meeting Tuesday.
The commission gave the increase based on information from the Retirement Systems of Alabama. RSA stated in the letter that the Legislature made provisions for counties to give the one-time increase.
Retirees will receive $1 per month for each year of service.
County Administrator Syble Atkins said the increase would cost the county about $25,000 more each year.
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