Burkhalter to run for Lee County board

A Smiths Station man has qualified to run for a seat on the Lee County school board.

Milford Burkhalter has qualified to run for the District 1 seat on the Lee County Board of Education. The seat is the only one up for election this year and is currently held by Lee Ann Roughton.

In a written statement, Burkhalter said he is mainly concerned with traffic congestion around Smiths Station High School and the portable classrooms in the Smiths Station area.

He is also concerned with the construction of the new high school and the effect growth due to the Base Realignment and Closure will have on the area.

He would like to see more electives to the school curriculum and see more scholarships offered to students who excel in academics and in sports.

Burkhalter has been a resident of Smiths Station since 1957. After graduating from Smiths Station High School in 1964, he attended Southern Union State College, Livingston State University and served in the Army.

He is now self-employed as a finish carpenter. He and his wife, Martha, attend Smiths Station Baptist Church.

Burkhalter currently serves on the Hall of Fame Induction Board of Smiths Station High School.

He was inducted into the Smiths Station Sports Hall of Fame in 2000 and in 2005, he was inducted into the Alabama A S A Softball Hall of Fame in Dothan, Ala.

In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing and golfing.