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February 19, 2009   Email to Friend 

Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
February 19, 2009

'It distresses me greatly to see historic buildings torn down,' says McCool.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Diane McCool, chairman of the Pickens County Farmers Federation Women's Committee, has been appointed to the Alabama Historical Commission by Gov. Bob Riley.

McCool, a 1967 graduate of the University of Alabama, succeeds Frank Grant as the Alabama Farmers Federation representative on the commission. Grant formerly served as president of the Barbour County Farmers Federation.

The Alabama Historical Commission is the state agency charged with safeguarding Alabama's historic buildings and sites. Created by an act of the state legislature in 1966, it consists of 21 appointed members who represent a broad cross-section of Alabamians. Architects, historians, archaeologists and representatives of Alabama's universities are members of the AHC.

"We're pleased with Gov. Riley's appointment of Diane McCool to the Historical Commission," said Federation President Jerry A. Newby. "Diane is a proven leader, and as one who treasures Alabama's rich history, will be an asset to the Commission. She understands the value of remembering our rural roots and the role they play in shaping Alabama's future."

McCool, who is her family's unofficial historian, said she loves "anything about the past."

"It distresses me greatly to see historic buildings torn down," she said.

McCool, who co-chairs the Pickens County Farm-City Committee, served as chairman of the Alabama Farmers Federation State Women's Committee in 1999. She also serves as chairman of the Pickens County Soil and Water Conservation District and is a member of the Department of Agriculture's Committee of 100.

McCool and her husband, Pickens County Farmers Federation President Harold McCool, raise poultry and beef cattle on their farm near Gordo.

"I am grateful for the dedication and expertise Commissioner Frank Grant shared with us during his service," said AHC Executive Director Frank White. "We look forward to working with Commissioner McCool. She is an excellent addition to the board."

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