(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
Three St. Bernards Senior Life Centers in the area received checks on Friday afternoon at a special presentation in Monette.
State Representative Ray Kidd, District 76, was on hand to personally award the checks to senior citizen site managers from Caraway (Cleffie Gipson), Lake City (Jerry Freeman), and Monette (Nelroy Wright). Also on hand for the presentation was Becky McDaniel, Director of St. Bernards Senior Life Center.
The three $10,029.41 checks are part of the state surplus funds. Rep. Kidd said senior citizen sites and fire departments are two of the groups chosen to receive general improvement funds.
"The legislatures approved where the surplus money would go and we chose senior citizens sites," Rep. Kidd said. "It is not my money, it is your money you paid in taxes. I am honored to be here with you today."
Kidd went on to say he is a senior himself.
"The senior centers are important to the area," he said. "It is a place to meet and help each other."
Gipson expressed her appreciation to Rep. Kidd for everything he does for the area.
"He is a representative who really cares and works for the senior citizens," Gipson said. "I am glad to call him my friend."
The individual sites will decide how to use the funding to best meet some of the needs of the different sites.
McDaniel also expressed her appreciation for the funding. She also introduced Nelroy Wright incoming site director for the Monette Senior Center. Mrs. Wright will be assuming her duties as director on Nov. 5.