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Fallen Hallsville ISD light pole damages stadium restrooms

By Bridget Ortigo
July 14, 2017 at 4 a.m.

One of Hallsville ISD Bobcat Stadium's  light poles is seen  Tuesday in the east parking lot after being dismantled. The pole fell during storms over the July Fourth  weekend.

HALLSVILLE - Storms from the Fourth of July weekend left behind some damage at an East Texas football stadium.

Hallsville ISD Superintendent Jeff Collum said the district is working with its insurance company to determine the district's cost in repairing damage to the stadium's visitor side restrooms after one of the stadium's four light poles fell during a Fourth of July weekend storm.

"We are actively working on repair costs estimates for the damage done at the stadium to the light pole and visitor restroom areas," Collum said Tuesday in a statement.

"The pole fell over the Fourth of July weekend holiday and we have been waiting for insurance adjusters and repair costs estimates to come in so we can get the repair work started ASAP."

The light pole, more than 100 ft. tall and containing 16 lamps, fell from its spot on the east side of the stadium, coming down on top of the visitor side restrooms.

Caution tape now surrounds the visitor side restrooms and the fallen light pole lies in the stadium's east side parking lot with tape around it.

Collum and district officials would not respond to questions about the scope of damage done to the restrooms, or about who would handle repairs or comment on the proposed timeline for repair.

In 2016, the Hallsville High School Bobcat Football Booster Club privately raised the funds for the stadium's new $292,000 scoreboard with video screens for instant replay and video advertising.

The board has four cameras, one wireless, one dome and one that can be remotely operated.



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