Paragould Community Center Opens Its Doors

March 8, 2005--Posted at 2:30 p.m. CST

PARAGOULD-- Dozens of Paragould citizens gathered today to celebrate their new 52 thousand square-foot community center.

After setbacks in the project, the anticipation is over. This center will open it's doors to the public on Monday.

"Last night when I went home and tried to go to sleep, it was just like Christmas Eve. You know when you were a kid and you couldn't sleep? That's how I felt last night anticipating what we would have today," Mayor Mike Gaskill says.

"It's something that we've needed and it just goes to show you what you can do if you make it a group effort, and that's what we did here," Gaskill says.

In this group effort is a man who helped make the project possible. His name is Danny Futrell, and his family owned the property before they sold it to the city.

The property is of great value, but he and his father wanted to make it cost efficient enough for all of Paragould to enjoy.

"We were born and raised here. My father was born here and I've been here all my life. Anything we can do for the city that's what it's for," Futrell says.

Danny's father Jeptha Futrell lost his battle with cancer just before the center was complete.

The Futrell family furnished the upstairs portion of the building in his honor.

"I wish he could have lived long enough to see this but he knew what it was going to turn out like," Futrell says.

"I really think that the people of Paragould are going to be really proud of this. As a citizen of Paragould not just the mayor, as a citizen, I am very proud of this," Gaskill says.