December 25, 2013 Edition

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State Senator Robert Thompson (second, from left) presents a $10,000 grant check to (from left) A.J. Henry of Walnut Ridge, board member of East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging, John Holsapple, president of Walnut Ridge Senior Center, and Monte Callicott, executive director at East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging. The money will go towards improvements for the Senior Citizens Center.

Grant awarded to
Senior Citizens Center

The Walnut Ridge Senior Citizens Center was recently awarded a grant for $10,000 from the state of Arkansas.

State Senator Robert Thompson sponsored the legislation that became Act 365 during the 2013 legislation session. This legislation provides funding for capital improvements for senior citizens centers.

These funds were disbursed to the East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging and the Black River Area Development Corporation (BRAD). Thompson encouraged both of these agencies to use the funds for services and improvements to the Senior Citizens Center.

"The Senior Center in Walnut Ridge is a vital institution that serves senior citizens in the local community," Thompson said. "I am glad to have assisted in advancing its worthy projects."

The funding for the grant came from the state's General Improvement Funds, part of the budget surplus appropriated by the legislature earlier this year.

"Because Governor Beebe and the legislature were conservative with budgeting over the past year, we enjoyed a budget surplus that can now be used to help organizations like senior citizens centers," Thompson said.

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