The Andalusia Chamber of Commerce held the first Covington County Day. A chance for business owners and the community to hear about the state of the city, schools, and upcoming elections.
Andalusia's mayor, Earl Johnson, says the city is ranked as the 33rd best small town to live in in America. He says business licenses and sales tax receipts are up, and he expects to see job growth in the near future, "I think 100 jobs is a lot, but even 10 jobs is important, and so we know that we will have some job increases in the next year. To tell you specifically what that number is? Don't know that yet, but we would expect to see some significant job opportunities increase."
Andalusia City Schools superintendent, Ted Watson, says they are completing additions for school buildings. By January, they will move seventh and eight graders into a new Junior High wing. He also says starting in ninth grade, students can now earn scholarship money,"This coming year we will have offered our senior class over 1.4 million dollars in scholarship opportunities for our kids."
Tex Powell, who has lived in Andalusia his entire life, says, "Our schools are building, growing, and just real proud of the additions that we have going on at our schools and hopefully education will be much improved in the future for our children."
The Chamber invited nearly 500 people to this event, but fewer than 100 showed up.
Each of the candidates up for election in the Covington County primary also made a platform speech.
The executive director for the Chamber of Commerce says she hopes to hold this event every election year.