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SHCDC plans annual meeting, chili supper

The South Harrison Community Development Corp. in Elizabeth received a huge financial boost recently when it received $730,000 from the Harrison County Community Foundation.
The corporation is holding its annual meeting and chili supper on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at the SHCDC building.
The meeting will focus on the awarding of the grant from HCCF and a proposal of renovation work at the center. Representatives from general contractor James L. Shireman Inc. in Corydon will also be on hand to discuss their plans for the project.
All SHCDC members are encouraged to participate in the meeting, and the public is invited to hear the long-term plans for the center and goals of the corporation.
The first phase renovation will include electrical, HVAC and septic renovations along with an industrial kitchen and new rest-room facilities.
‘This will allow us to start a meals-on-wheels program, enhance the food pantry and open the gymnasium up for large events,’ said Steven Day, vice president of SHCDC. ‘Currently, the gym could only be used for athletic practices due to the lack of rest-room facilities. The renovation will also enhance the safety of the building with a sprinkler system, fire alarm and security cameras. This phase has been funded by HCCF, and work will begin later this week.’
The renovation is planned over the next two years. Kovert Hawkins is the architect. Some of the long-term goals include housing a satellite branch of the Harrison County Public Library, using the center for meetings, senior-citizen meals and wedding receptions, and possibly a satellite branch of the YMCA of Harrison County.
The center will continue to have three or four rental spaces available at a low cost to provide economic development opportunities on a small-town level.
Day pointed out that the SHCDC will continue to host the annual Spirit Days festival, which will be held next year on July 4 and will also provide food baskets during the Christmas season.
As always, Day said, volunteers are needed for fundraising projects, Spirit Days, the food pantry, senior citizen and meals-on-wheels committees.
‘We are also looking for volunteers to help oversee the open gyms,’ Day said.

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