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County Commissioners Vote to Allow Fireworks Labor Day Weekend

Russell County CourthouseRussell County Commissioners voted Monday at their regular meeting to allow the discharge of fireworks this upcoming Labor Day weekend after banning the use of fireworks the last two Independence Day holidays because of drought conditions.

Commissioner Steve Boxberger explains only the discharge and not the sale of fireworks will be permitted during the three-day period. Also, this temporary lifting of the fireworks ban only applies to rural and unincorporated areas of Russell County.

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Also Monday, Commissioners continued talks of county facilities upgrades and changes. At their August 5 meeting, the Commissioners voted to move the county extension office from the Russell County Courthouse to the EMS building on South Fossil Street. The Commissioners met Monday with Midway District Extension Agent Jamie Rathbun and spoke with her about the changes and other staffing issues in the extension office. There is no timetable as of yet to when the office movement will take place.

Commissioners also briefly discussed handicap accessible upgrades and possible building additions to the Russell County Courthouse, but no formal action was taken.

Various road and bridge work projects around the county were also addressed.

CLICK HERE for the August 5 meeting minutes. The minutes from the August 19 meeting will be made available when they are released.

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