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Lightning damages airport runway

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Photo/ Damon Howell

Engineer Phil Eberly, an aviation program manager, measures the crack from a lightning strike that damaged the edge of the runway at the Pickens County airport Wednesday night. The lightning damage, covered a 12-feet-long area,  and was near the edge of the runway so planes were still able to land and takeoff on Thursday.

An airport employee said they picked up chunks of asphalt hundreds of feet away.

Nearby electrical outlets were also blown out.

School board to hold called meeting

The Pickens County Board of education will conduct a called meeting which will include several policies issues, executive session, and personnel recommendations, followed by a finance workshop Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

This meeting will be held at the Board Conference Center on D.B. Carroll Street. The public is invited to attend.

 

Tate in uproar about Post Office hours

“The post office is part of their identity,” says postmaster

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    Jasper Post Master Rick Ballew fields question from upset Tate residents at a public meeting scheduled for discussion of a reduction to the office’s hours. The Tate Post Office is located at the intersection of Highway 53 and Highway 108. 

    Last Wednesday, July 10, dozens of Tate residents attended a public meeting to protest a proposed reduction of hours at the Tate Post Office and were infuriated when the U.S. Post Office representative who called the meeting failed to attend.

 

State law will hamper groups using school facilities

 

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     With vice chairman Byron Long saying, “we don’t have to be happy about it, but we have to do it,” the school board last week adopted a state-required policy making it tougher for groups to use school facilities.

Specifically, the board added the state legislature mandated ordinance that any group seeking to rent school facilities will have to carry a $1 million liability insurance policy. (Above, the new visitor's concession stand at PHS was also discussed at the most recent school board meeting.)

See more about the latest board meeting in our print edition or e-edition now on sale.

 

Conservative groups clash over proposed energy plan

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By Pam O’Dell,

Capitol Reporter

 

 “The type writer, the phone book and the payphone had their day and the businesses that relied upon them either got busy changing or got busy dying." Barry Goldwater Jr. Former United States Representative and Chairman, Tell Utilities Solar Won’t Be Killed (TASK) Arizona