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8- May 01, 2014 Yollr Hometown Newspaper News Outlook Large crowds on hand for Sharpsburg Community Open House and Dedication .By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGronp cecil@kynewsgronf).conl This past Saturday and Sunday were busy days for the City. of Sharpshurg as Mayor I)orothy Clemons, City Council members Thehna June Gulley, Pat Richardson, l)avid Jones, and Philip Fetters, and many community mem- bers and officials held ()pen House and an ofli- cial dedication ceremony for the Sharpsburg Com- munity Center: Built on the site of the Sharpsburg High School and utilizing the shell of the old gymnasium, the project was a lonDtime dream of Sarah Ratliff Ford, whose family owned the property following the closure of the school in 11963. Ford worked with Mayor Clemons for the past seven years to help get the project off the ground, and for the past three years, the combina- tion of federal, state, and loe fl flmding and public and private partnerships helped get the $3.1 million project completed. The new structure was completed by RJ Construc- tion of ' anceburg several weeks ahead of schedule in January and has been in use by Maysville Commu- nity and Technical College and Bath County Coopera- tive Extension since Feb- ruarg The facilily features a fully-flmctioning class- room with state-of the-art equipment, a branch of tIie Bath County Memorial Library, a full kitchen, and a gymnasium wi% seating for over 150 people. Display cases in the main hallway in the build- ing also feature a list of all the graduates of the Sharpsburg High School since its construction. Bath County Schools, Morehead State Univer- si , and the Gateway Area Development District Area Agency on Aging also plan to use the facility for vari- ()us programs beginning this year. The facility is also open for private rental and community functions and has already hosting training sessions for lo- cal businesses, a job fail indoor yard sales, a crafts fair, and. birthdw parties and reunions. Rep. Andy Barr presented Mayor Dorothy Clemons a certificate of Congressional Recognition of her achieve- ment in bringing the Sharpsburg Community Center to completion. Tom Fern, U. S. Dep. of Agriculture Director of Ru- ral Development for Ken- tucky, and Fleming County native, spoke during Sun- day's dedication ceremony. Teresa Shields, Gate- way Area Development District Community Plan- ner, worked tireless with Mayor Clemons and the Sharpsburg City Council for three years on the community center project. The Sharpsburg Greater First Baptist Church Choir sang "My God Is Awesome" during the dedication ceremony Mayor Clemons looks on as Sarah Ratliff Ford dis- cusses her 15 year dream of making the old Sharps- burg High School property into a community center for Sharpsburg. Clemons, the Sharpsburg City Council, and Ford's family, all worked hand in hand with the Appalachian Regional Commission, USDA Rural Devel- opment, Kentucky Dept. of Local Government, and the Gateway Area Development District to make the com- munity center a reality. Library staff members Kristy Perry-Ashby, Melinda Carolyn Shelley finds her name listed on the board of Visitors during Saturday's Open House enjoyed a table Smith, Sarah Scott, and Director Brenda Vance. graduates of Sharpsburg High School. of school memorabilia in the renovated gymnasium. r Affordable Concrete Insured and hem for aft your residential needs! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Call for a free estimate! Driveways Sidewalks Slabs Patios - Steps Vinyl siding roofing decks etc. ,. 30 years combined experience "