Because of repairs to the pool at the Carpenter Center, the Logan County High School swim team has had to resort to practicing four times a week at Western Kentucky University's Preston Center in Bowling Green.

"A week before this season began, the Carpenter Center pool was closed to have more essential work done," said Logan County swim coach Rachelle Wharton. "We are currently commuting by bus to WKU's pool at the Preston Center four days a week, using lanes that are rented by the hour. Our athletic department is graciously paying for us to be able to practice there, but it forces us to not be able to host and home meets and thereby increases our transportation needs."

In order to help offset some of the added expenses, the team is having a series of fundraisers to help offset those costs. Including accepting donations in several amounts, which will result in an individual or business name being printed on the back of the team T-shirts that are worn to all events.

To help out the swim teach, email coach Wharton at

The Russellville City Council recently approved the purchase of a new sand filter system that is anticipated to be installed sometime in January and will allow the pool here to reopen.

"It will take five to seven weeks to get the pump delivered," said Carpenter Center Supervisor, Joann DeArmond. "They customize these orders and we have to wait until it is built. Then it will take about 10 days to install."

The Spear Corporation was selected by the council to supply the new system for $88,975. They will also be handling the installation.

"This is a pretty major process," said DeArmond. "This system is responsible for the filtration of the entire pool. This involves all new piping and valves as well."

The current system has lasted 20 years since the center opened in 1998.