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Animal shelter named for longtime advocate Fred Morris

Construction has yet to begin on the long-awaited animal shelter, the lone unfinished project from the 2017 SPLOST, but the facility has now been officially named.

The county commission approved the shelter name at its regular meeting Feb. 20. It will be called the Lamar County Animal Shelter and Morris Adoption Center in honor of longtime animal advocate Fred Morris who has led the drive for a new shelter for decades.

“My friend Fred has worked tirelessly on the animal shelter project,” commission chairman Ryran Traylor said.

Morris could not attend the meeting due to health concerns but spoke remotely.

“This facility will be world class. People should remember that animal shelters are not for animals, they are for communities,” Morris said.

After multiple delays, a construction start date for the shelter is nearing. Wright Woodall of Flint Building Company is receiving a final few bids for the project, county administrator Sean Townsend said.

New entrance to Greenwood Cemetery planned

Members of the Greenwood Cemetery Preservation Association and city officials gathered at the cemetery recently to plan a new entrance which will be on Adams Street on the south end of the cemetery near the grave of mayor Dewaine Bell. Work should get underway later this year.

Pictured are (front, l-r) Linda Akins, Carolyn Parker, Audrey Smith and Hedy Cauthen; (back, l-r) Patsy Fountain, mayor Kelly Hughes, Jimmy Matthews, city manager Tim Turner and council members Butch McDaniel and Sammie Shropshire.

It’s over! LC falls 57-42

The #7 LC Lady Trojans (24-6), doomed by a three point second quarter, were eliminated from the state basketball tournament by Athens Christian here Tuesday night 57-42.

Check back often tonight for scoring updates from the game.

End 1st qtr: LC 12 AC 12

HALF: AC 27 LC 15

End 3rd qtr: AC 40 LC 25

FINAL: AC 57 LC 42

Historic building soon to get new life

The long-neglected Murphey Building downtown will soon be transformed into a residential/commercial hub with two business slots and 11-12 apartments. Zach Westerfield of Southern Venture Partners (SVP), which bought the building late last year, said renovation work will begin this summer with completion in the spring of 2025.

Westerfield is also considering a microbrewery for the site. SVP recently completed the renovation of the historic Collier Building downtown.

Sweet 16 basketball: LC beats the fight out of Irish

The LC Lady Trojans (23-5) host the Dublin Fighting Irish (20-8) in the Sweet 16 round of the GHSA state basketball playoffs here tonight. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. at the LC gym.

Coach Adam Ballard’s LC team is ranked #7 in the latest polls. Dublin is unranked. LC entered the playoffs as a #1 seed. Dublin is a #2 seed.

Check back here often tonight for scoring updates.

End 1st qtr: LC 20 Dublin 8

HALF: LC 36 Dublin 14

End 3rd qtr: LC 51 Dublin 23

FINAL: LC 63 Dublin 40

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