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|Knox County Gets Federal Substance Abuse Grant
|All of Knox County will get to share in a federal grant awarded to a local drug prevention group.
The City of Galesburg and the Knox County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition say they're the recipients of a $125,000 a year federal grant for five years, that Mayor Sal Garza says will help expand and improve substance abuse prevention efforts county wide, ranging from training efforts to benefits for local school districts.
Abingdon High School Principal Chad Cox is on the coalition, and says the money will help a great deal.
"While great strides have been made in out area by stepping up to the plate to help us out by addressing substance abuse in Knox County, this grant will allow the coalition to focus on two important areas: under age alcohol usage and marijuana usage. We're very excited about seeing some of our visions of the coalition become a reality."
The money comes from the federal Office of National Drug Control Policy, and as one of the requirements of the grant, officials say someone will be hired to carry out the responsibilities of the grant, under the supervision of Galesburg Police.
An additional $125,000 a year must come from a local match, and officials say that will primarily be made up with volunteer hours along with some donations.
(Churchill Junior High School principal Bart Arthur speaks Thursday at Galesburg City Hall during a press conference announcing the $125,000 grant, while Mayor Sal Garza and other members of the Knox County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition listen. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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