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Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District among five to receive $10,000 grant



One in a million? They’re just happy being one in maybe 200.

The Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District is getting a $10,000 grant from Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful. In getting the grant, the district is one of perhaps 200 applications nationally that will share $150,000 in grants.

In fact, Lawrence County was one of only five that received the maximum amount given.

The grant was announced late last week.

The grant will be used to help pay for necessities at the newly created Life Intervention & Diversion (LID) County Work Farm. The farm was created as alternative sentencing for people who are found guilty or who plead guilty to various charges in the county’s court system and to help to address the overcrowding issue at the Lawrence County Jail.

Ohio officials no longer allow state prisons to accept people convicted of fourth- or fifth-degree felonies and even some third-degree felonies. The farm is one way to both punish the offender by making them work and, hopefully, rehabilitate them through various other connected programs.

“We need posts for fencing and two more rototillers. We need some more shovels and (garden) hoes,” LSSWMD Director Dan Palmer said. “We’re averaging 15-18 people a day at the farm. It’s really going well.”

The food produced at the farm will be used to supplement the food services at the county jail, the local juvenile group and shelter home, two senior centers, several Head Start Centers and local food banks.

The solid waste district has also gotten a donation of 300 tomato plants from Weber’s Florist and Greenhouse.