Fourth of July celebration chairman John McGinley has announced that this year’s annual celebration will take place on Saturday, July 3.


Fourth of July celebration chairman John McGinley has announced that this year’s annual celebration will take place on Saturday, July 3.

In years in which July 4 falls on a Sunday, the celebration has traditionally been moved.

As a belated adjunct to the celebration, the 50-member 257th US Army band will perform a free family concert on the evening of Thursday, July 8, on Court Street. Mayor Rader says that the event may turn into a full-blown Military Appreciation Day.

In other action, the City Council approved its continuing support for the PRO program at Ripley Middle School at Tuesday evening’s regular meeting. Capt. Ron Smith, the PRO assigned to the school, will write and submit the grant that pays for the program.

Council also approved a payment of $53,821.25 for continuing work on the water system upgrade by Bruce Allen, Inc.

Superintendent Tim King reported that the sign for the skateboard park has arrived and will be installed as soon as weather permits. Ramps are in place, and the area in city park is being used by local skaters.

King also reported that enough money remains in the sidewalk project fund to extend the walk on Second Avenue all the way to Charleston Drive. That work will be done in the spring.