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      The hefty price behind re-opening a Dougherty County library

      In February, the Westtown library re-opened after being closed for more than a year. / Franklin White


      In February, the Westtown library re-opened after being closed for more than a year.

      Now, there are talks of re-opening the Southside branch, but it won't come at a small price.

      County officials say in order to re-open the Southside Library branch for six months at 29 hours a week, it would cost about $125,000 - which includes utilities, maintenance, and part-time employee salaries.

      Library Board Chairman Walter Kelley explains, it's a hefty cost, but well worth it.

      "It's very difficult in this age to apply for a job, take online courses, do research, do homework, that are computer related if you don't have access to a computer."

      If the Dougherty County Commission approves the re-opening of the library, they will have to take money from the reserves to fund it.

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