Manila senior activity center holds open house/dedication ceremony

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Local, county and state officials, along with other guests were on hand Thursday, Dec. 15, at the West Mississippi County Senior Activity Center located at 855 Airport Road in Manila, for the dedication of the new senior activity center.

Suzanne Allred, Mississippi County director for senior services, introduced Judge Randy Carney at the dedication of the new home of the west senior citizen site.

Several members of the quorum court were recognized, East Arkansas Area on Aging Board members, Suzanne Allred, director of Mississippi County centers, staff and volunteers of the senior center attended in spite of the rain.

Allred welcomed everyone.

"This is an exciting day to be in Mississippi County," Allred said.

She praised the centers and said there is more activities to come. The Manila center will be receiving four computers.

She recognized the quorum court members, Executive Director of the East Arkansas Area on Aging Ed Doman, and everyone who supports the senior centers.

"Our goal is to keep people out of the nursing homes," she said. "We want you to come out and participate in the activities."

Allred introduced Mississippi County Judge Randy Carney who spoke briefly congratulating the seniors on their larger center.

'I think the rest of us in the county could learn from our friends in the west and see how Manila and Leachville work together."

He praised the people, churches, businesses, educational facilities, and the local leadership.

"You have two of the best mayors anywhere," Judge Carney said. "I have worked with Sheila Spurlock, Leachville, and Wayne Wagner, Manila and they do an excellent job. Our congress listens because they know Mississippi County counts. I pray for Mississippi County every day. I hope you enjoy your new center."

Allred recognized Linda Donovan and Donna Wallis for the decorations, and the staff Lois Hunter, Bobby Austin and Jerry Austin.

She also recognized Mayor Wagner and State Representative Charolette Wagner.

Mayor Wagner thanked everyone for working together. He gave a brief history of the community center building which came about under the leadership of former Mayor Clifford Veach.

"It took the city, county, and state working together go make it happen," Wagner said. "We are proud of it."

Mayor Wagner praised the city council and the city hall staff for all they do.

"We also appreciate Judge Carney," Mayor Wagner said. "He goes out of his way to work with us. We want to be a part of Mississippi county. Someday I hope we do not say, north, south or west, but just Mississippi County.

"If we take care of our seniors and our youth, the people in middle will take care of themselves."

Former Mayor Clifford Veach serves on the 12 county board for the Area of Aging.

"I appreciate the agency and what they do for the communities," Veach said. "We are always looking for input from the citizens of the county. Anyone who needs more information on what the agency offers and I will be glad to discuss it with them."

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