Governor Hands Armory Deed Over to Piggott Mayor

MARCH 15, 2006 - Posted at 7:55 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Five armories closed by the Arkansas National Guard could find new life as community centers or other facilities.

In a ceremony at the state Capitol yesterday, Governor Huckabee turned over the deeds for armories in Piggott, DeWitt, Lake Village, Marianna and McGehee to the mayors of those cities.

Huckabee announced the closures of the eastern Arkansas facilities last year due to a declining population in the region and antiquated facilities.

The value of the facilities ranges from $200,000 for the Piggott and McGehee armories to $1.3 million for Marianna's.

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