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C.O.C. decides not to host July 4th event

In light of the economic downturn, the Pike County Chamber of Commerce has decided not to host the county’s Fourth of July fireworks this year. The decision was made after the chamber board unanimously voted to not seek funding for the event from the county government, as a “fiscally-responsible” act. The chamber membership was also surveyed about the event. The fireworks, which cost about $12,000, were privately-funded up until 2007; then Pike County paid for the fireworks. The total cost of the Fourth of July event was $20,000, and the chamber funded the balance with proceeds from parking and booth rental fees.

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