Sidewalk underway, new animal clinic opens

Town of Locust Fork

While the pandemic delayed the start of Locust Fork’s sidewalk project, construction signs have finally been put up. The sidewalk will follow Ala 79 between Locust Fork Baptist Church and Locust Fork Park.

In 2018, the town received a $600,000 grant for the almost three-quarter mile long sidewalk project. The grant was allocated for the installation of sidewalks and pedestrian lighting. COVID-19 slowed the process, but things began to move quickly after ALDOT and FHWA approved the design.

Construction actually got underway a couple of weeks ago. At the 2018 grant announcement, Mayor Joe Hughes said, “The sidewalk connects activities at the park to activities at the school to activities at Locust Fork Baptist Church, which has programs for adults and after-school kids.”

April Putman, Locust Fork town clerk, said, “They estimate the project to last about six months. As soon as the project is finished at the park, the town plans to repave the walking track and the parking lot at the park. Our (Locust Fork) park board is looking for additional grants that will help expand the playground equipment once these projects are complete.”

Also, the town recently celebrated the opening of a new business. Dr. Michelle McDonald, a graduate of Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, opened Locust Fork Animal Clinic. It is a full-service animal medical clinic that seeks to provide the best medical, surgical, and dental care for their valued patients.

“Your pet’s best health is our goal. We strive to offer excellent veterinary care for Locust Fork and surrounding areas,” their website states. They are located at 30324 State Highway 79 and can be reached at 205-687-7323. Locust Fork Animal Clinic is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. They are closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. throughout the week.