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Sharp County senior centers safe...for now

SHARP COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

Senior centers throughout Sharp County avoid shut down after a new agency takes control.

The North Arkansas Development Council announced this summer it could no longer fund the senior centers like it had in the past.

Centers throughout Sharp County reached out to their Representative Scott Baltz and the community for help.

After months of worrying, the centers finally have hope that their doors will stay open.

The White River Area Agency on Aging (WRAAA) has agreed to take over funding for the centers.

These centers are important to communities throughout the county and coordinators say it would be devastating if they shut down.

"A lot of people don't have family around so the senior center gives them a place to go and talk to friends and just have fun," Rita Cude, at the Ash Flat Senior Center, said.

WRAAA will help fund center activities and provide food for the seniors.

The agency switch is expected to occur on Oct. 16.

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