Public Health Lab

Houston county commissioners are expected to decide the fate of a Dothan laboratory.

The local branch of the state public health lab, which serves 10 counties, is scheduled to shut its doors this month because of Alabama’s budget problems.

But the "county" is considering taking the facility over. However, there would be some changes though.

The facility would no longer test for things like rabies and sexually transmitted diseases. It would just be used to check water quality.

Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver says he believes the county would actually make about $7,000 a year if it takes over the lab.