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Summer Lightnin’ Series gets HOT


Commissioners Canvass Votes

By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

HOUSTON COUNTY – This year, the 2019 Summer Lightnin’ series is going to get HOT … funding, that is.

During a meeting of the Houston County Commissioners Court it was unanimously approved to provide the annual event, sponsored by the Piney Woods Fine Arts Association (PWFAA) with $3,000 to help promote the June concerts.

Once the measure had been approved, Ann Walker, Executive Director of the PWFAA addressed the court.

“Please come out,” she said. “Five years ago the Sallas Foundation gave us money to build an amphitheater down at the train depot museum. The train depot is also open the same night we have concerts.”

“We moved the concerts to Friday night this year in hopes that we could attract more people. This way people don’t have to worry about going to work the next day. Typical attendance has been about 300 people on a Thursday night and now that it’s on a Friday night we’ll hopefully have even more,” Walker added.

Prior to the HOT funding discussion, the court accepted a donation in the amount of $2,938.18 from Currie Construction, Inc. for improvements to County Road 2080 in Precinct Two.

The final agenda item concerned canvassing the votes from the May 4 election concerning the sale of beer and wine in JP Precinct 1.

Elections Administrator Cynthia Lum provided the commissioners with several printouts and documents which she said, “Everything balanced out and all the ballots have been accounted for.”

Other than where to sign, no other questions were asked and the canvass was approved.

In other matters brought before the court:

  • The commissioners approved the minutes from previous meetings.
  • The payment of bills and expenses incurred by the county was approved.
  • The Houston County Treasurer’s, Environmental and Community Service reports were received as information by the court.
  • The court approved salaries for new and transfer employees.
  • Approval of a depository contract was tabled.



Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.

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