Hall County Corrections Officers May Have Beards

GRAND ISLAND (AP) - Hall County supervisors have decided to split a few hairs but leave a grooming issue to the corrections boss. The board on Tuesday considered a request to let corrections officers grow facial hair as part of a Christmas fundraiser for children at the Hope Harbor homeless shelter. Board chairwoman Pam Lancaster described the proposal as "so on the edge." Corrections Director Fred Ruiz is on the shelter's board of directors. He told supervisors he doesn't like facial hair on the officers, preferring they maintain a professional look. But he said the cause is a good one. The board asked Ruiz to shorten the proposed growing period to 100 days from 150 days and to ensure the beards, sideburns or mustaches are well-groomed.