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Sweetwater Community Center One Step Closer to Becoming a Reality

web posted April 25, 2014

MERRIWETHER What started out as a long-shot dream of saving the old "Cooper's School", and later known as the Sweetwater Community Center, is now a firm reality. The final plans, engineering, and specifications have been completed and delivered to the county. That means the county is now able to put the renovations out for bid and get things underway in short order. It has taken nearly two years to get to this point.

Once a bid has been accepted, the general contractor would then begin the process of bringing the old school house new life as a community center that all of Sweetwater and Merriwether can be proud of.

The effort, spearheaded by County Council Vice-chair Genia Blackwell (R-Merriwether), community activist Linda Anderson, Merriwether Fire Chief Joey Smith and fellow firefighters, and most importantly the generous donation of the land and building by Ambassador Hank Cooper and his wife Bobbye Cooper, as well as their son Scott, who have all been following the progress together. (Above: Photo taken before clearing began - behind all those trees is a building)

Vice-chair Blackwell said she hopes the county council can vote to move forward on the final stage of the project perhaps as early as June. Funding was approved in December of last year. She also pointed out that this will be the first county owned community center of its kind and will be used by residents all over the county.

"This is going to be a first class facility, something we can all be proud of," Blackwell said. "I believe it will be used for weddings, family reunions, community meetings, birthday parties, and will be used by people from all over the county, not just Merriwether."

Other phases of the renovations include restoring the bar-b-que pit and installing a "kidde park" behind the building. There are also plans to build a Merriwether Fire substation as well as an EMS and Sheriff's Office substation next door. 

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web posted December 18, 2013







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