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A senior center is breaks ground in Tyronza

TYRONZA, AR (KAIT) - A groundbreaking ceremony took place Wednesday morning in Tyronza by city officials and local residents, to celebrate the start of construction of their future senior center facility.

Mayor of Tyronza, Marion Bearden, says this is something residents need. "We're blessed to have a lot of senior citizens, here, in our town," Bearden said. "Not having a facility for them to come together and enjoy fellowship and have activities.  We just saw the need for it and decided that we were going to go after it."

Bearden says it's taken a lot of hard work and time to get to this stage in the project. "This project has been a long time coming," Bearden said.  "This has been in the making about four or five years, now.  It's been a vision of mine and need we've had for so many years in Tyronza."

Bearden said this new facility wouldn't be possible without the help from a lot of people. "We're just lucky," Bearden said.  "To come into contact with others who had the same vision to work with me and actually get it on paper."

Bearden said this facility is something she dreamed of for Tyronza when she first went into office around ten years ago. "If I talk too much, I'll probably get chocked up," Bearden said.  "Because it does mean that much to me.  It's just a dream come true to be able to have it finally come to a reality and know that we are going to obtain our center."

Bearden said she and local residents are anxious to see the project complete. "We're just looking forward to the day we can open the doors," Bearden said.  "And have activities for our seniors.  Quilting activities, dominos, checkers, whatever our seniors want to do we're going to try to provide for them."

The new senior center will include a meeting room, exercise room, kitchen, storage area, patio and garden.

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