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Dixons present $180K to local groups

The Solon and Martha Dixon Foundation presented checks totaling $180,380 to local charities and organizations Tuesday.

Among the recipients was the City of Andalusia, which received $50,000 for work on Springdale, the historic estate acquired by the city last year.

Mayor Earl Johnson said the funds will be used for completing a parking lot between Springdale and the city hall, which will increase accessibility.

Superintendent Terry Holley accepted a check for $35,380 on behalf of Covington County Schools. The funds will be used to fund a technical resource center at Red Level.

Opportunity House, which provides shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence, received a $50,000 gift to assist in its operation. The organization was among those hit hard by cuts in state funding.

Crossover Ministries, an addiction recovery ministry based in Opp, received $20,000 for its operating fun and an additional $5,000 to fund a mission internship.

Opp City Schools received $20,000 for a multipurpose room at Opp Middle School.