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Library remains shut after renovation

The renovations at the White Hall Public Library were started over the winter and wrapped up this summer, but with high covid-19 case numbers in Jefferson County, it remains closed.

The $270,000 revamp of the 8,580-square-foot library included the addition of two four-person study rooms, a lounge and four computers dedicated to teenagers, one family computer and one preschool computer.

The 24-seat conference room was given a face-lift, the old carpet was ripped up and replaced with a hard-surface floor, and new furniture was placed throughout the library.

Fred Reed of the Reed Architectural Firm of Pine Bluff was the lead architect on the White Hall renovation, while East Harding Construction of Little Rock oversaw the work.

Ellen Bauer, the head librarian, said, “I like it. We are looking forward to welcoming our patrons back … as soon as we can.”

The 41-year-old library, at 300 Anderson Ave., is part

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Future of Northampton ‘impossible to predict’ as supermarkets shut, says Business Improvement District

Footfall is slowly increasing in Northampton town centre, a council report has said.

While Tesco aims to downsize to an Express, Sainsbury’s, which has been in the town for half a century, is not reopening another store in Northampton.

The Business Improvement District (BID) – who are paid for by local businesses through a business rate levy to promote the town – has said more people than ever are shopping from home.

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Tesco in Abington Street is relocating. Pictures by Kirsty Edmonds.

Mark Mullen, BID operations manager for Northampton town centre BID, said: “How to manage and address closing businesses, vacant units and the challenges of COVID are questions being asked up and down the country by all town and city centres. Because this pandemic is so new to us all and the situation is changing so

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