- Associated Press - Sunday, August 17, 2014

OZARK, Ala. (AP) - The Dale County courthouse is getting its first major renovation since the doors first opened 46 years ago.

The Dothan Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1oZV384 ) county officials are spending $2.8 million on upgrades that include a new heating and cooling system, new doors and windows and improved safety features.

County Chairman Mark Blankenship says work on the roof and third floor started three months ago, and it should begin on the courthouse’s second floor before the end of August.

Blankenship says little improvement has been done to the courthouse since it opened in 1968, and the county was “spending a fortune” keeping the heating and air-conditioning systems running.

Another big change - the courthouse law library’s book collection has been slimmed down so the room can be converted to a fourth courtroom.

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Information from: The Dothan Eagle, https://www.dothaneagle.com

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