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Randolph County briefs: Donor spots available on Popeye Trail statue; Rotary donates benches

updated: 7/13/2022 8:33 AM

Donor spots available on Popeye Trail statue

Sponsorships are currently being accepted for the 2022 statue being added to the Popeye and Friends Character Trail. This year's character is Oscar, Popeye's comedic comrade. Oscar will welcome visitors at Cole Memorial Park.

Sponsor tributes, carved into the statue's granite base, cost $150 for a 4x12" brick on the back of the base with three lines of text (18 characters per line); $500 for a 12x12 square on the back of the base with 10 lines; or $750 for a 12x12 square on the front of the base. Logos can be added for an extra $150 to $200.

For more information, contact Michael W. McClure at or (618) 826-5125. More photos and information can be found at

Rotary donates benches at Cole Park

The Chester Rotary Club recently donated two metal park benches to the City of Chester. Both bright red benches have been placed in Cole Park.

County board sets meeting dates

The Randolph County Board of Commissioners will meet on the following dates: July 22, Aug. 5, Aug. 19, Sept. 2, Sept. 16 and Sept. 30. Meetings are at 9 a.m. in the courthouse boardroom. For an appointment with the board, call Melanie L. Johnson, county clerk, at (618) 826-5000, ext. 115.

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