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      Sylvester invests in lengthening its airport's runway

      Mayor Bill Yearta says the Sylvester City Council has been making some important decisions lately, including beginning construction to build an extra 1,000 feet of runway space at the airport

      / Colby Gallagher


      The city of Sylvester has been forced to rely on a back-up sewage pump after one of their main pumps broke, and on Monday evening the city council met to approve the purchase of a new one.

      Mayor Bill Yearta says the council has been making some important decisions lately, including beginning construction to build an extra 1,000 feet of runway space at the airport.

      The city will be responsible for about $300,000 of the $2 million deal, but they say it's worth the benefits.

      "That's one of the main things, especially to land larger planes, corporate planes that may come look at our community. With a 3,500 foot runway, you're limited in your access to a lot of planes and certainly the safety there," said Mayor Yearta.

      Yearta hopes once the year-long project is over, larger companies will be able to fly in and look at possibly investing in Sylvester.

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