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Ground was broken for the long-awaited Lamar County Animal Shelter Thursday morning. Pictured are (front, l-r) commissioners Nancy Thrash, Ryran Traylor, Ashley Gilles, Jerrod Fletcher and county administrator Sean Townsend; (back, l-r) former commission chairman Charles Glass, county public works director James Rigdon, shelter advocates Tom Wellner and Fred Morris, Rev. Ann Mann who gave the invocation and shelter architect Dennis Armstrong. (Photo: Walter Geiger)

Ground broken for animal shelter

A large crowd was on hand Thursday morning for groundbreaking ceremonies at the site of the Lamar County Animal Shelter. The shelter will be built on Roberta Drive between the rodeo arena and the wetlands trail.

At the ceremony, it was announced the shelter will be run by the sheriff’s office and that donor funds for the project have topped $188,000.

The county has earmarked $250,000 in SPLOST funds for the project.

There were multiple reports early Thursday that protesters would mar the ceremony but none showed up. There was subtle extra security in place in case of trouble.

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