Roby Dome to get new score board

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By Jesse Osbourne

When the old scoreboard went away in the Roby Dome, fans wondered where it went.

The hanging gem was something that made the gymnasium stand out from other high school gyms.

Fans that still pine for the hanging scoreboard are in luck, as a new one is on its way.

"Four years ago I sat down with Pepsi, Chuck Hamilton and Wayne Keene," said Stacey Hall, Marion County High School assistant principal and athletic director. "Coke was wanting to come in (and be the school's soft drink distributor) so Pepsi said they would give us $40,000 over the next four years."

Hall said the school chose to purchase new scoreboards with the money. So far a new scoreboard has been added for the baseball, softball and soccer fields.

"It was a reasonable price and a local donor contributed so everything fell into place," Hall said.

The scoreboard will feature four panels that are seven feet by eight feet in size. Three of the panels will feature advertisements for local businesses including Pepsi, Mordecai's, Farmer's National Bank and Southall's Pharmacy.

Hall said Southall's Pharmacy would have the most prominent display on the scoreboard. The fourth panel will feature the MCHS logo.

The scoreboard will be set up for multi purpose use, including volleyball and wrestling if the school were to ever get a team.

Hall said the scoreboard was supposed to ship on Monday and should be at Marion County High School by the end of the week.

"We're going to have it up as soon as the fans are installed," Hall said. "We hope everything is up and running by Midnight Madness at the end of October."

Since the American flag is currently hanging in the center of the dome, it will need to find a new home.

Hall said it would likely reside on the back wall over the back doors or somewhere else along the walls.

The scoreboards that are currently being used will also need to find a new home. Hall said that one is already spoken for at A.C. Glasscock Elementary School. The other one is still available for purchase or negotiation.

Hall also mentioned that any business wanting to advertise should contact him. Advertising is done on a yearly contract basis.