CAWACO, legislators announce grants


From left, Chief Kenny Booth, Oneonta Fire and Rescue Department; Chief Scott Payne, Allgood Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department; Doug Smith, CAWACO vice chairman and Blount County CAWACO member at large; Sandy Holland, mayor of Allgood; Polly Morris, district coordinator for Blount County Soil and Water Conservation District; Mitchie Neel, executive director of Blount County Education Foundation (and grant recipient); Merry Gaines, conservationist with USDA Natural Resource Conservation District; Barbara Andersen, executive director of Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce; District 17 Sen. Shay Shelnutt; and District 34 Rep. David Standridge.

From left, Chief Kenny Booth, Oneonta Fire and Rescue Department; Chief Scott Payne, Allgood Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department; Doug Smith, CAWACO vice chairman and Blount County CAWACO member at large; Sandy Holland, mayor of Allgood; Polly Morris, district coordinator for Blount County Soil and Water Conservation District; Mitchie Neel, executive director of Blount County Education Foundation (and grant recipient); Merry Gaines, conservationist with USDA Natural Resource Conservation District; Barbara Andersen, executive director of Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce; District 17 Sen. Shay Shelnutt; and District 34 Rep. David Standridge.

CAWACO Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D), in partnership with the Alabama Legislature, announced grants last week totaling $15,500 for three Blount County entities.

(1) The Blount County Commission received $8,000 for replacing bleachers at the Agri-Business Center. (2) The Blount County Education Foundation received $5,000 to support its Summer Learning Program. (3) Hayden Middle School received $2,500 for The Reilly Center, a center that serves students who are unable to perform in a regular academic setting due to an identified disability. The money will be used to purchase a C-pen reader, a scanner to assist those who suffer from reading difficulties such as dyslexia.

CAWACO RC&D is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports educational and community development projects in five central Alabama counties, including Blount.