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City pursuing grant funding

The Andalusia City Council agreed Tuesday to pursue grant funding through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs to expand services offered to local victims of domestic violence, and to pave several streets.

Chief Paul Hudson said his department already has a support program in place for victims in Covington and Butler counties through a federal grant.

“But we’ve had 198 case of domestic violence just for the City of Andalusia this year,” he said.

Hudson said if awarded, the grant could fund a case manager, and substance abuse therapist.

The city also is pursuing Community Development Block Grant funds totaling $356,000 for a paving project.

“There’s no guarantee we’ll get the money,” Mayor Earl Johnson said. “But you’re guaranteed not to get it if you don’t apply.”