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Athletic overhaul continues across JCHS campus

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    A new bathroom facility is being constructed for baseball and softball competition. BRAD HARRISON/Contributed
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    Track resurfacing at the Jones County High School track is underway as part of more than $3 million in improvements to the campus. BRAD HARRISON/Contributed
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    Enhanced stands are under construction adjacent to the new turf football field, which features purple and gold end zones. BRAD HARRISON/Contributed

Across the athletic facilities at Jones County High School, the overhaul of playing surfaces and other nearby areas continues.

The biggest footprint, at Greyhound Stadium, continues to be on track to be complete by the middle part of August. The Field Turf Vertex Prime artificial turf has now begun to be put in place with yard markings and even the purple- and gold-colored end zones being added on.

Other areas in progress continue to be the new visiting team dressing room plus the new visiting team grandstands.

“The turf will help big time. That field just takes a beating when you play four times a week on it,” Jones County head football coach Mike Chastain said. “It will definitely help with doing stuff in the mornings when we start with school and when we have rainy nights.”

On the other side of the JCHS campus, the aged surface at the track and tennis courts have begun to be overhauled, and the new bathroom facility at the baseball/softball location is also underway in its construction. Light poles have also arrived to be installed to provide new lighting for baseball and softball competition.

“The thing about turf is that it is always going to be in great shape,” Chastain said. “When you play as many games as we do on that turf, it’s almost impossible to keep it in playing shape for 15-16 weeks or 17 if you play in game 15. It’s really big for us to have something like that.”