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May 13, 2013

Schools building box blinds for disabled

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"Colbert County is going to build one of each," Robison said. "Muscle Shoals will build one shooting house and Cherokee will build one duck blind. Lowe's is going to sell us the materials at a discount."

Students at Muscle Shoals High School are building their shooting house, and lumber has been delivered to Colbert County and Cherokee high schools, Robison said.

Joel Retherford, building construction instructor at the Muscle Shoals Center for Technology, said about 40 students from freshmen to seniors have been working on their shooting house for a couple of weeks. He said the students have enjoyed working on the project, both because of the size of the project and the fact that they will be helping the community.

"That's the great thing about this," Retherford said. "They love it and they really enjoy getting in there on something big like this."

The students are enrolled in the center's carpentry class.

"A lot of them want to go into carpentry," Retherford said. "This will prepare them for a career."

Once the shooting houses are built, Marks said, they will be placed in the 240-acre Cherokee Physically Disabled Hunting Area, and will be ready for use by the time hunting season begins.

Marks said a road will be built to an area near a greenfield hunting area. Stumps will be cleared, a pad will be built from gravel and chipped concrete block material, and the house will be placed on the pad.

He expects the shooting houses and the new hunting locations to be ready for use by the beginning of hunting season. The duck blinds are being built, but officials are still working out the details concerning their location, Marks said.

Marks said a disabled hunter must submit an application to the state Department of Conservation and be approved before he or she can use the shooting houses. A doctor must sign off on the hunter's disability.

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