BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The last of nine rural Alabama churches
that were burned by arsonists is slated to be rebuilt starting next
Ashby Baptist Church was one of nine that were struck by Birmingham college student arsonists in 2006.
Since then the congregation changed pastors and shuffled proposed building plans but now appears ready to start construction in January on a $1.7 million campus in Bibb County.
The work could conclude a dark chapter in the life of the state's rural churches.
Turmoil at the churches continued even after suspects were arrested in the fires. Several of the churches underwent changes in pastors and infighting over how to use money donated for rebuilding.
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