Blasting causes concern

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Betty Curtiss has lived behind Curtiss Trophy Shop on Devil's Hollow Road for more than 29 years.

Since blasting has been going on in the Choateville community the past six weeks or so, Curtiss said her bathroom door won't stay closed and her home's foundation seems to be tilted slightly to the left.

"I thought maybe I just needed a new door knob until I saw the tilt in the dining room," Curtiss said, demonstrating how an ink pen rolls off the table instead of lying straight. "All I know is when you can't close the bathroom door without it opening back up on its own, that's bad."

Many of her neighbors say they also have suffered property damage since the blasting began about six to eight weeks ago for construction of Franklin County's new school to replace Bald Knob Elementary located at the corner of Devil's Hollow and Pea Ridge Roads.

The new school is scheduled to open for the 2004-2005 school year. Sherman Carter Barnhart of Louisville is the architect and D.W. Wilburn is the construction contractor for the project.

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