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Updated: 07/24/2014 08:00:01AM

Smith Brown Gym group seeks funding

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ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com

Among those taking part in Thursday's meeting about funding the Smith Brown Gym improvements were, from left, COunty Commissioner Buddy Mansfiueld, Alan Johnson of the DeSoto Co. Health Department, City Administrator Tom Spaughter, City Planner Carl McQuay, Smith Brown Gym Foundation's Ashloey Coone,k City Public Works Director Steve Underwood, DeSoto Co. Building Department Director Lester Hornbake, State Rep. Ben Albritton and Coach Richard Bowers.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com

Ashley Coone shows Rep. Ben Albritton and Justin Carter how the Smith Brown Gym property is connected closely to Louis Anderson Park.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com

Sitting in the tiny chair at the Redlands Christian Migrant Association classroom, State Rep. Ben Albritton listens to Foundation members explain the planned renovations for the Smith Brown Gym.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com

From left, Jaccarie Simons, Ashley Coone, Justin Carter, Alan Johnson and Rep. Ben Albritton inspect the Smith Brown Gym to see what might need to be replaced.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com

From left, Alan Johnson, Adrian Cline and Justin Carter listen to Coach RIchard Bowers explain the need for a center where young people can hang out and socialize.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com

Ashley Coone, who started the Smith Brown Gym Foundation, explains her vision for a much-needed community center at the Smith Brown Gym.

By SUSAN E. HOFFMAN

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State Rep. Ben Albritton toured the Smith Brown Gym Thursday with members of the Smith Brown Community Foundation. Albritton and District Secretary Karen Whaley were invited by Ashley Coone to tour the gym property and learn what the Foundation hopes to do with the facility. Coone is on the Smith Brown Community Foundation Board and Chair of the Smith Brown Gym Renovation Steering Committee.

Begun by “Coach” Richard Bowers and Bill Hackney in 1998, the Foundation created the Smith Brown Gym Renovation Steering Committee to remodel the gym and related facilities for the community to use.

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