Boles Community Center In Jeopardy of Closing

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On the evening of Tuesday, May 7th, nine people met in a small
white building at Boles to discuss its future. Sitting on approximately 6 acres
back off Highway 71 to the east, the Boles Community Center – once the Boles School
cafeteria building – has a personal connection to these nine people and
hundreds of others who attended school there until it closed in 1968. Most are
unaware that the building is in danger of being lost.

Equipped with a full
kitchen, handicapped accessibility, and tables and chairs to seat dozens, the
building is available for rent for a fee that helps cover the cost of keeping
it open and general upkeep. In the past, it has been a venue for small local
music groups, birthday and anniversary parties, family reunions, and Bunco
groups.

Anna Gayle House, Pat Ray
and Gerri Biggs, and Tony and Vanessa Reed have done such a great job taking
care of the facility and grounds, often with funding from their own pockets,
that no one realized they need help. Unfortunately, this is unsustainable
without additional assistance. The long-term goal is to preserve the building;
however, the most immediate concern is funding for monthly bills for water,
electricity, propane, and insurance.

Boles has lost its school
building and gymnasium along with its small country stores. We need to come
together as a community to preserve this piece of our heritage.

If you are interested,
please attend our next meeting at the community center. We will be there at 7:00
p.m. on Tuesday, June 4th.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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