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In a June 1, 2012, photo, Wiley Bernard, right, director of the AlabamaMusic Hall of Fame, stands with Humphrey Lee president of NorthwestShoals Community College, in Tuscumbia, Ala., in front of the hall,which was closed when state funding for the facility was eliminated. OnMay 9, the hall board of directors accepted a letter of intent fromNorthwest-Shoals Community College to purchase the facility. If successful, it will lead to a rebirth of the hall of fame. (APPhoto/TimesDaily, Matt McKean)
Alabama Music Hall of Fame reopens thanks to new partnership withcommunity college
Published: Thursday, June 14, 2012, 11:34 AM Updated: Thursday, June 14, 2012, 11:35 AM
The Associated Press
MUSCLE SHOALS, Alabama — Wiley Barnard isbreathing a sigh of relief these days. After all, hedidn't accept the job as executive director to seethe hall of fame close its doors for good.After being closed for more than seven months,the Alabama Music Hall of Fame is reopening tothe public this week."We have been working so hard to get to this pointand I believe visitors to our area and thecommunity will really reap the fruits of our labor,"Barnard said.Barnard and Northwest-Shoals Community CollegePresident Humphrey Lee addressed the reopeningand the partnership between the hall of fame andthe college on Wednesday during a newsconference.Barnard said the hall of fame will be open this week, through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is freethrough Saturday.The Alabama Music Hall of Fame was in jeopardy of closing for good until its board of directors approved a letter of intent from Northwest-Shoals to purchase the property and buildings.The letter of intent was approved by the hall of fame's board of directors and a contract was signed by Barnard onMay 25 that allows the college to operate the facility for up to six months.Under the lease agreement, the college will cover the everyday operating costs of the facility and pay a monthly$5,000 "lease" to the hall of fame board of directors.