Little presents service grants

State Rep. Ted Little, D-Auburn presented community service grants to 22 local organizations Tuesday during a ceremony at the new Russell County Government Center.

Little, whose Senate District 27 includes Phenix City, Ladonia and Crawford, presented $183,166.63 in grants. "That's not bad in one opportunity," he said.

The community service grants, created by the Alabama Legislature in 1998, are awarded through an application process that begins in April of each year. Projects funded in earlier years include such things as sports uniforms, school computers and library books. The legislators made the decision on which projects receive grants. The projects must have an educational component and are reviewed by a legislative committee

Organizations receiving grants from Little Tuesday ranged from school systems to small non-profits. The Phenix City and Russell County school systems each received $5,000 grants, as did the Phenix City Arts Council and the Dorris Weaver Girls Club of Phenix City.

Troy University Phenix City Campus and Chattahoochee Valley Community College each received $5,000 grants.

The recipient of the largest sum was the Russell County Historical Commission, which received a total of $200,000 for its restoration of old Fort Mitchell. The commission received two grants of $100,000 from the Alabama Senate and the Alabama House of Representatives.

The grant from the Alabama House, through state Rep. Lesley Vance, D-Phenix City, was not included in the grant total.