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December 26, 2013

Cold Springs Community Center nearly complete, gets $2,500 check from state

BREMEN — Builders are putting the finishing touches on a new Cold Springs Community Center, and the project just got a little bit of help Monday with a $2,500 check from the state.

Cullman County Associate Commissioner Stanley Yarbrough presented Bremen residents Dale Harris and Gerald Crook, who spearheaded efforts to build a community center, with a check from the Alabama Department of Senior Services. Earlier this year, the county donated two acres of property next to Cold Springs Elementary on Cullman County 109 for the community center.

Another 12 acres of the same tract was donated to the Cullman County Board of Education for Cold Springs school. The sheriff’s department seized the property from the late Samuel Aaron and his wife, Darlene, who were convicted on charges of trafficking and illegal distribution of prescription medication. Alabama law allows property seized in drug cases to become a state asset, or to be dispensed to other eligible parties.

Harris, Crook and other Bremen residents have raised around $30,000 for the community center, in addition to a $14,000 appropriation from the county and $2,500 from the state, Yarbrough said.

“Cold Springs doesn’t currently have a senior center so this will be a great project for them, a landmark for that community,” Yarbrough said.

Harris said residents hope to the have the building ready for a  ribbon cutting ceremony tentatively planned for mid February.

Cullman County operates senior centers in Brushy Pond, Colony, Cullman, Crane Hill, Hanceville, Holly Pond and West Point. Satellite locations are in Baileyton, Center Hill, Dodge City, Fairview, Good Hope, Jones Chapel, New Canaan and Hill Top.

Tiffeny Owens can be reached by email at towens@cullmantimes.com or by phone at 256-734-2131, ext. 135.

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