Shelby Valley High School can now pay off debts from their new football field thanks to a state grant.
Pike County School officials say they had to replace the football field after rocks and other bad conditions were injuring players. The project cost close to a million dollars, but the district couldn't afford the costs for the new field. Tuesday morning, state officials gave the board $100,000 in coal severance funds to pay off the project.
"It gives our children one of the better athletic facilities in the state which we were in need of. It adds to the community. Safer surface, a lot less injuries on this field," said Former Chairman of the Board Gregory Johnson.
Officials say companies and citizens donated around $750,000 to help pay for the project.