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Rock quarry to go operational next year

The Vulcan Minerals rock quarry on Hwy. 36 East will go operational in the second quarter of 2021, according to county commissioner Nancy Thrash. A meeting of the NE Lamar Community Association will be held Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. to discuss the matter. The quarry, originally sought by Florida Rock Industries, is located on a large tract of land near the intersection of Highway 36 East and Chappell Mill Road. The quarry generated huge controversy and multiple lawsuits before approval was won. Florida Rock sold out to Vulcan in a multi-million dollar deal in 2008. The quarry was mothballed when the demand for gravel plummeted as the housing/construction industry tanked. Vulcan had an agreement to buy water from the now-defunct Lamar County Water Authority. Thrash said she hopes the quarry will buy water from the City of Barnesville for the project. Vulcan is required to put in acceleration /deceleration lanes at the quarry entrance.

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