During the Anna School Board meeting on March 16, Brad Duncan with Claycomb and Associates updated the board on numerous projects happening around the city. The Judith Lindsey Harlow Elementary, Anna third elementary school, is approximately 27 percent finished. The beams, joints and steel beams are currently being installed, along with the construction for Leonard Avenue along the east side.

The renovations on the Anna Middle School are 90 percent finished. The teachers and students are currently able to move into the Fine Arts addition. Even though crews are still completing the punch lists and doing the final touches, the building is operational. In the classroom wing, the drywall and roof is finished, with the exception to the metal coping that goes along the perimeter. The finishing touches to the floor, walls and ceilings will be done soon.

Executive Director of the Greater Anna Chamber of Commerce Kevin Hall presented updates around the city as well. Hall touched on the new Wal-Mart that is close to being completely finished and open for business. Even though it is not written in stone, there is a proposed Whataburger that might be constructed on one of the pad sites in front of Wal-Mart, north of CVS Pharmacy. There has also been quite a bit of interest from other businesses to move to Anna Town Center, as well.

Hall said him and the GACC are excited about the future.

“The chamber is looking forward to the opportunities in store for our city and community,” Hall said. “With the population growth projected for Anna, we will need these businesses to support the area. It is an exciting and challenging time as we go through the growing pains, but we know it will be worth it in the long run.”