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Ozark officials: Major progress made on Holman mansion

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)

On Monday, Ozark officials said that major progress has been made on a piece of local history.

It was more than a year ago when the city of Ozark purchased the Holman mansion for $296,000.

"There is so much history in our local community that we want to preserve it," said Billy Blackwell, Mayor of Ozark. "When we saw the opportunity for the mansion to be preserved, that's what we wanted to do."

The biggest challenge in repairing the Holman mansion came with the columns on the outside, but it was a real community effort in making the whole project cost effective.

"Really an awful lot of work is going on with a small about of money being put out," said Blackwell. "We are only looking at around $30,000 that has been put into this facility."

As a way to cut cost on repairs, city employees like Ozark fire fighters were tasked with helping with the renovation. The Ozark Heritage Foundation Corporation was also founded in order to raise funds.

For residents like John Adams, who have a special connection to the home, he's looking forward to the opening.

"The house is my great grandfather's house," Adams said. "We like seeing the house come up instead of go down."

The first event will be a reception held on October 2nd at 6pm, and the public is invited. If you are interested in finding out more information about the Holman mansion, call 334-774-3300.

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