Commission working to create a walking trail at old Hurtsboro school

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By Blenda Copeland

The Russell County Commission is trying to move forward on starting work to develop a walking trail at the former elementary school in Hurtsboro.

Movement had been stalled while the Russell County Board of Education and its lawyer and the commission and its lawyer communicated final desires and worked out last details in an agreement allowing the project on the site.

The commission approved June 13 Commissioner Larry Screws’ motion to let the county engineer’s office coordinate an attempt to survey the property lines and also to secure a lease for the project.

Meanwhile, the commission also approved, as the City of Phenix City has, to participate in the state’s annual “Back to School” Sales Tax Holiday. The holiday begins past midnight CT on July 20 and ends at midnight CT on July 22. For general details of which clothing, certain computer equipment and other “school” type items will be considered tax exempt that weekend and a list of Alabama cities that are participating, see the Alabama Department of Revenue’s Web site at:

Also note that there are specific shopping limitations in Geneva and Jefferson counties (see the department’s Web site for more information).