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Tornado Leaves $7M in Damages at OGHS

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Seven million dollars in damage is what the February 10 tornado left behind that hit Oak Grove High and its baseball and football facilities.

The Lamar County School District has a $50,000 insurance deductible it hopes to have covered by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

District construction manager Johnny Downs says they've taken bids on the repairs to the football field, lighting, replacement of the high school's windows and gym floor, replacement of the score boards for baseball, football and softball facilities and replacement of the maintenance shed.

"The lighting, the football field, the score board the p-a system," are all part of the renovations to the football, baseball and softball facilities will be included in the first bid packet presented to the Lamar County School Board which will be voted on May 20.

Oak Grove High School's football field was covered with debris from the twister but was salvaged. "[We] vacuumed all the debris and stuff out of the turf as well as a lot of the rubberized pellets and we replaced all those." That process cost about 100 thousand dollars the press box will also be replaced along with pieces of the bleachers like, "the fences, the hand rails things of that nature." The baseball facilities and field as well as the football field house will be in a different bid packet. That will be voted on at a later date.

But the big question on everyone's mind... Will the Oak Grove Warriors get to play home games on their turf this year. "We should be able to play football this fall and hopefully we'll be playing baseball at the baseball field next year and that's our goal," assures Downs.

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