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Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 • An Advertising Supplement to The Leader


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Above, this room is for small group exercises and Barre fitness classes. Participants will be able look out of the glass wall at the fitness center. Right, the exterior of the fitness center’s new addition at the Cabot Community Center. It is scheduled to open in March. JEFFREY SMITH/Leader photos

Cabot community center makeover By JEFFREY SMITH Leader staff writer

The $5.2 million expansion of Cabot’s Veterans Park Community Center nears completion. The project will make its exercise space and events center larger, increasing the community center from 3,500 square feet to 6,750 square feet. The project is being funded with a one-cent sales tax approved by voters in 2013. The tax supports a $42 million bond issue. Engineering and architecture is by ETC of Little Rock. Construction is by Dayco Construction of Damascus, which also built the new Cabot Public Library.

FITNESS CENTER The fitness center is scheduled to open in March. Walls are being painted and flooring will soon be installed. “We are excited for the community to offer a full-range fitness center along with aquatics and basketball facilities to the city of Cabot,” Cabot parks and recreation director Travis Young said. Please see Cabot, Page 3

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Above, the events center at Cabot Community Center is slated to open Feb. 9. Left, the Cabot Veterans Park Community Center fitness center addition is two-stories with group fitness upstairs with a balcony overlooking cardio and weight-lifting equipment on the ground floor.

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“We want to offer a fitness experience for the family whether it’s aerobics, lifting weights or running. It’s multiple aspects of fitness under one roof,” Young said. The exercise facility is a two-story 3,500 square-feet addition. The first floor has a fitness center with treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical machines, weight training machines and benches. Also on the first floor is a racquetball court, a secondary aerobics room for yoga and other small classes, office space and storage. The second floor is for aerobic classes, an assessment room for personal trainers, daycare, locker rooms, restrooms and showers and a small laundry facility. It has a viewing area looking down on the racquetball court. The aerobic room has wood floors with cushioning for lessening impact to joints. The entrance has an atrium-style entryway.

EVENTS CENTER The events center has a 9,000 square-foot banquet hall with a stage. It

has seating for 600 tables and chairs. The events center has 800-square-foot kitchen for caters to use with a station for waiters. The banquet hall can be divided into three different spaces with accordionstyle partitions. It has a storage area and restrooms. The banquet hall features carpeted floors and eight chandeliers and an outdoor concrete patio. The events center opens Feb. 9 with the Starlite Community Theater of Cabot’s production of “Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming.” Tickets for the dinner and show are $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Tickets for the show-only are $15 and for $10 dinner only. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and showtime is at 7:30 p.m. For reservations, call 501941-2266.

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Access Rehab offers unique therapies By CHRISTY HENDRICKS Leader staff writer

Thomas Bartole has been a physical therapist for nearly 25 years, and the most important thing he’s learned in that time is “if you don’t talk to them (patients), if you don’t educate them, the compliance, the follow through generally isn’t as good.” Bartole owns Access Rehab at 2126 N. First St. in Jacksonville. Access Rehab opened in 2006 and offers general physical therapy, treatment for orthopedic injuries, post-surgical rehab, motor- vehicle accident recovery, Parkinson’s, amputee training, dry needling and more. There are two support aides and one person on staff in the office/billing department. “I always knew I wanted to get into medicine,” Bartole said. “I just wasn’t sure if I wanted to go to medical school.” Bartole suffered an injury as a football player in high school that landed him in a hospital for eight weeks. “The doctor would check in in the morning, but then I would spend the rest of the day with the physical therapist. I wanted to do something that, to me, was more meaningful and patient focused,” he said. Bartole treats a lot of general joint injuries, but he likes “to see neurological patients and amputees because it’s a little more rewarding to see someone come in in a wheelchair, and be able to walk out.” The office uses equipment such as modalities, ultrasound, electric stem, laser and infrared, as well as traditional physical therapy equipment. “I do a lot of functional activities,” Bartole said. “A lot of the exercises I do, especially for lower extremities, are weight bearing.”

He likes to start treatment plans with simple core-strengthening regimens that focus on functionality, like bearing weight while standing rather than sitting. He said, “It’s more about what you can do, not about what we can strengthen. It’s fine to be able to strengthen to where they can kick 75 pounds on the machine, but if they can’t climb a ladder without pain...” Bartole likes to end a patient’s round of visits with what he calls the “feel good part of the treatment” — modalities like electrical muscle stimulation and ultrasound. He encourages those having an elective surgery to do pre-therapy to help prepare joints for recovery after surgery. He often speaks to groups such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s care givers, giving them tips on how to take care of not only their patient or loved one, but their selves also. “Education is a big part of what I do,” he said. Access Rehab is an independent business and isn’t connected to any specific hospital or network. “I like the autonomy of being able to do my thing here,” Bartole said. “In a hospital or a big clinic setting, you have a lot more guidelines. But I wanted to be able to treat my patients the way they need to be treated. I know I’ve done well when someone comes back.” Bartole said while it’s a blessing, he also doesn’t have the automatic feed of patients from a hospital. But this allows him to spend more time with his patients. “We get to know them,” he said. “Our door and phone are always open.”

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Like father, like son at neck and back clinic By CHRISTY HENDRICKS Leader staff writer

Chad Bryant joined his father, Tim, at Bryant Neck and Back Pain Center in December 2015, when he became a licensed chiropractor. “I think it’s been really nice to have my dad, to have somebody I know and trust to bounce different questions about patients off of,” Chad said. “I can ask him what to do in certain situations, and work with him on patient communication.” Chad, a 2008 Cabot High School graduate, earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Arkansas in 2012. He graduated in 2015 from the Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, Kan. Chad, who is 27, grew up around chiropractics. His father started the business 28 years ago. Chad started working around the office as a seventh grader during the summers and continued on and off through college. “It was something that I always had in mind as a possibility,” Chad says of following in his father’s footsteps. “I started getting older and looking around and seeing that I was healthier than other people. The big difference was that I was being adjusted and others were not.” Chad spoke of a patient he remembers from his high school years who came into his father’s office and could barely walk down the hallway. “After a few appointments, he was just about skipping out of here, and I thought ‘there’s something cool going on here that I’d like to be a part of.’” Chad said people seeking alleviation from back or neck pain have lingering effects from car wrecks and muscle tightness from high-impact jobs, such as construction or military activities, and even sports. Neck and back pain can compound to cause headaches. Chad said chiropractors can help pregnant women deal with the back pain from carrying the extra weight and pressure on their spines. He said children can also benefit from chiropractics. Chad has a son approaching his first birthday who he does adjustments on.

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Second-generation chiropractor Chad Bryant (right) his father, Tim, at Bryant Neck and Back Pain Center, which is located at 1014 W. Main St. in Cabot.

“He hasn’t had any sickness or colds or anything like that, which I know for little kids is quite a task,” he said. Adjusting infants is a much more gentle task than adjusting adults, according to Chad. “It’s closer to a massage, basically a massage of the spine instead of the muscles. The big difference is obviously the force.” Chad said the adjustments he’s done on his son have helped him when it comes to colds and earaches. “He’s pulled at his ear and started acting fussy, so I adjust his ear and the next day, he’s not pulling at it anymore.” Tim said anyone can benefit from a chiropractor, even if they aren’t in pain. Neck and back pain may affect hairdressers who are standing all day. Computer users sitting behind a desk and truck drivers can experience issues. People who frequently look down at their smartphones can bring their necks out of position. Bryant Neck and Back Pain Center is at 1014 W. Main St. in Cabot. Jeffrey Smith contributed to this report.

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Roller derby workouts By CHRISTY HENDRICKS Leader staff writer

Every Saturday afternoon a group of girls from all around central Arkansas ranging in age from 8 to 17 meet up at Joyland Skate Center in Cabot, where they spend two hours training. They do cardio, strength and agility, endurance and speed training. They are members of Juvenile D’Rinkrats Roller Derby. “Roller derby is an amazing sport,” said head coach Brittany “Lily O’ssassin” Hicks. “The physical health benefits for the girls are phenomenal. It’s great cardio, which promotes a healthy heart. It not only promotes weight loss, but it’s great for balance and strength,” she said. Players must pass a series of skills tests that include being able to skate 27 laps in five minutes, jumping, falling, stopping and more. It is a very physically demanding sport and training between practices is highly encouraged. Some of the skaters, like 13-year-old Mercedes “Toyota” Linz of Cabot, participate in other sports like track, basketball and swimming. Others have started working out at home between practices. Practices are intense and include drills such as 10 minutes of alternating sprints and a movement like sit ups, push ups and burpees, line drills, agility drills that include grapevines. There are occasional off-skates workouts as well. But the biggest health benefits these girls are experiencing isn’t physical. It’s mental and emotional. “The benefits don’t end with just physical health, roller derby is great for the girls’ mental health,” Hicks continued. “It instills confidence in these young women. Skating helps ease self doubts and depression by creating a body-mind connectivity.” Linz said, “It helps your self esteem a lot because when you’re part of a team you feel like you’re accepted by everyone.” “Socially, the girls benefit, too,” Hicks said. “They learn about real teamwork. It creates a sense of belonging and teaches these girls to be more open to learning. Not just for their own benefit

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but for the benefit of the whole team.” “All these people know what you’re going through, and we all work together to try our best,” said Linz. “We’re just a big team. We’re kind of like a family.” “It helps me physically because it builds strength in my legs, knees and back,” said Payton “Pay Day” Mize of Cabot. “And mentally makes me feel like a stronger person because you have to be tough to be in a tough sport.” During practices you hear the skaters giving words of encouragement to each other. The skaters chat while they put on their skates and safety gear, building friendships in the process. “I enjoy roller derby because you get to skate around with your friends – your derby sisters,” Ripley “Orange Crush” Martin, 10, of Little Rock Air Force Base. Please see Derby, Page 7

Above, skaters participate in a pace line drill, where the first person must pull the rest of the line for two laps around the track. Pace line drills help build endurance and strength. Left, Mercedes “Toyota” Linz weaves through a series of cones during a drill.


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“I find that really enjoyable. I like it,” Martin said. The parents have their own reasons for signing their daughters up. Ripley’s mother, Tiffany Martin, said, “The reason I love youth roller derby is the fact that I see little girls come out here and its kind of scary at first. All the girls encourage each other. It encourages Ripley definitely to get off the couch. And it encouraged her to try something very new and very different and potentially scary. I’ve seen her confidence level grow immensely since she’s been out here.” Julie Kennedy of Bryant, said, “I enjoy junior derby because I like having a bunch of pre-teens that are all supportive of each other. They’re all friendly, and they’re nice, and most kids this age are not generally

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friendly and nice. It’s great to have a group of girls that can all get together and care for each other.” Kennedy’s daughter, Madeline “Mad Hatter” Kennedy, and two other skaters, come from Bryant each Saturday for practices. Roller derby, a team sport, has been around in some form since the mid-1930s. The modern incarnation is very athletic and features two teams of five skaters – four blockers and one jammer for each team. The blockers must clear the way for their jammer to break through the pack. A pack consists of blockers from both teams. The jammer must break through the pack and lap it to get points. Juvenile D’Rinkrats Roller Derby practices are held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturdays at Joyland Skate Center in Cabot. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/juveniledrinkrats.

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Head coach Brittany “Lily O’ssassin” Hicks reviews the rules as skaters finish stretching at the beginning of practice. Players must pass a written rules test and a skills test before they are eligible to play in a bout to ensure the safety of skaters.

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Attitudes toward mental illness slowly shifting By DEBORAH HORN Leader staff writer

Perceptions are changing, slowly, as are the stigma and shame associated with mental-health problems says one Jacksonville mental health professional. Andrea Stiles, the clinical supervisor at Families, Inc. Counseling Services’ Jacksonville office, says, there’s more tolerance and a growing awareness of the causes of mental illness now. Stiles, a trained social worker, has 15 years on the job with Families, Inc., and prior to that she worked in institutional and youth-home settings. “Almost all of us have someone in our lives who is suffering and the more we understand and talk about it, the less the stigma there will be,” she says. Like breast cancer or diabetes, she says, “It’s an illness, often triggered by a chemical imbalance…It’s a medical condition that needs to be treated, and it can impact every aspect of life, including your relationship with your spouse, with your kids, and can manifest itself in physical conditions such as high blood pressure.” Perhaps the perceptions in Arkansas are changing more quickly than in other parts of the nation, because, she says, “Arkansas has one of the highest rates for mental health services for its population. Things are moving in the right direction.”

PUTTING FAMILIES FIRST Stiles says Families, Inc. is working hard to change the negative connotation of mental illness. The philosophy behind Families, Inc. takes its services to a whole new level. “When Joy Davis started the company, she saw need for a therapist to get out into the community, whether in a person’s home, school or the courts. We meet families where they are,” Stiles says. Davis is a licensed counselor, and Families, Inc., president and company owner. Many of their clients still worry about the shame of going into a mental health clinic or because of limited resources, can’t travel to a clinic, Stiles says. “You don’t have to be rich to get the help you need,” she adds. They accept payment methods, such as self-pay, Medicaid and insurance.

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A GROWING CONCERN The first Families, Inc. clinic opened in Jonesboro 17 years ago and has grown to 11 locations throughout central, north central and northeast Arkansas. Mark Thurman, Families, Inc. CEO, says, “This is very real to us, and we have been living it successfully since 2000.” There are 25 therapists and 20 paraprofessionals and psychiatrists and nurse practitioners who can write prescriptions when needed. The Jacksonville outpatient clinic opened in March 2009, and the clinic moved from its original location to a larger facility at Jacksonville Crossing Plaza at 2126 N. First St. because of rapid growth. It is the second largest clinic in the company’s system. Its services include mental health paraprofessional intervention, psychological testing, psychiatric evaluation and medication management, screening and assessment, play therapy, school-based services and education and training for mental-health providers. These are provided for individuals and groups as well as marital and family counseling for children as young as four, adolescents and adults.   With new patients, Stiles tries to pair

them with the right professional, and if that doesn’t work out she reassigns the patient. “We get a lot of calls from people asking questions like is it normal to be crying all the time, feeling hopeless. No, that’s not normal. I suggest people reach out and get help,” Stiles says. Sometimes a person isn’t ready for help but when the time is right, Stiles says, “You can do nothing or make a call. Our services are private, confidential, unless they hurt themselves or someone else…We’re here. We want to help.” The Jacksonville Clinical Office serves Pulaski, Lonoke and Faulkner counties and is at 2126 N. First St. in the Jacksonville Crossing Plaza. For more information about its services, call 501-982-5000 or call the Family, Inc. hotline toll free at 877-595-8869.

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Get Fit for a better life By DEBORAH HORN Leader staff writer

Eighty-six-year-old Carlotta Barnhill makes the yoga moves look easy, as do the other 60- and 70-somethings who fill the large meeting hall at Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church in Cabot. They’re participating in the Lonoke County Extension Office’s Get Fit program. Barnhill says exercise is important to her. “I need to exercise and our exercise group keeps me going. Every exercise we do strengthens my core and helps with my balance, and dancing makes me feel young and alive,” she says. It’s crucial that Barnhill stay in shape because she participates in the Arkansas, regional and national Senior Olympic games in high and long jump, discus, javelin, shotput, and 50, 100, 200, 400 and 900 meter dashes. She holds a number of gold medals and has set records at every level of Senior Olympic competition. She started competing while in her 70s and is inspiration for the younger members of the class. Get Fit member Margaret Kinley says, “She is amazing.”

GETTING FIT A couple dozen people have gathered for their Wednesday morning Get Fit class under the direction of certified instructor Ekko Barnhill, Carlotta Barnhill’s daughter. The class is organized by Lonoke County Extension Office. Ekko Barnhill went through a one-day training Get Fit workshop, and she says the Mt. Tabor group “appreciates working with a motivational coach who emphasizes core strength and balance.” Get Fit is a comprehensive exercise program developed by the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service for middleaged and older women and men. “It’s a low-impact routine that incorporates yoga, movement, dance and weights to improve flexibility, core strength and balance,” Dianne Bowen says about its many benefits. The routine can be modified to accommodate anyone’s needs or limitations. An extension agent like Bowen gener-

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Members of the exercise class at the Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church in Cabot recommend that everyone get strong through Get Fit. Everyone is welcome to attend the exercise classes, which are held Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. ally oversees the program for about the first 12 weeks. Classes usually meet on a bi-weekly basis, but once the training period is complete the class continues to meet under the supervision of a trained and certified instructor. At Mt. Tabor, it costs participants $12 per year. “We test for flexibility and balance at the beginning, and most see improvement,” and, Bowen adds, “Everyone is welcome.” Member Trudy Cotton suggests checking it out, adding, “None of us could do all the exercises in the beginning either.” Liz Smith, a Get Fit member, says, “You’ll be surprised at how quickly you see improvements.” Before starting the class Smith jokes she couldn’t have passed a sobriety test sober but that’s changed, and she adds seriously, “Now, I have better balance and flexibility.”

STRONG WOMEN WORK OUT Prior to Get Fit, the class was lead by Barbara Garza, who was a Strong Women instructor and an original member of the exercise program. Four other original members, Trudy Cotton, Faye Hudgins, Margaret Kinley and Evie Stewart, are still with the program. Please see Fit, Page 10


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Pat Graham, doing a yoga move, says in addition to the exercise, the class gets her out of the house and make friends.

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Instead of bi-weekly, the women at Mt. Tabor meet Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings and have been doing so for almost 10 years — March 5 is their 10th anniversary. For these women, the class is so much more than about staying in shape. Class member Faye Hahferty says, “Exercise is good for the spirit, and the interaction in the class is the best motivator.” Pat Graham agrees, saying, “It gives me a reason to get up and out of the house.” Carol Jones says she feels more physically fit but says there are other benefits, too. “I have a more joyful attitude,” she says. Mary Ann Taft agrees, adding, “It’s great companionship…And belly laughs are the best exercise of all.” Graham adds, “and we share lots of laughs.” After their workout, most of them

Gael Cockrell, a Get Fit member at Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church in Cabot, says she focuses on building core strength.

participate in other church activities like making fried pies or feeding the hungry, while others go to a local restaurant for coffee and more laughs.

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Barbara Garza participates in the Get Fit exercise class at Mt. Tabor church.

Every Christmas, Cotton invites the whole group to her home for a holiday tea and brunch celebration. “It’s wonderful,” Kinley says. Bowen says that research shows that social activities help with both mental agility and overall health, and Barnhill is living proof. Barnhill looks, acts and moves much younger than the number on her driver’s license, and she says she plans to live to 100. Then she adds, jokingly, “Maybe longer” if enjoys her first year as a centenarian. Exercise is key to a good quality of life, Barnhill says. The Get Fit class meets at Mt. Tabor United Methodist at 4100 Hwy. 89 in Cabot from 8:30 until 9:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, and everyone is welcome. For more information about the Get Fit program or to start a class, call Margaret Kinley at 501-843-8175, or for more information about starting a Get Fit class, call the Lonoke County Extension Office at 501-676-3124 and ask for Dianna Bowen.

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The Peer Exercise Program Promotes Independence class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Cabot Senior Center. Right, Billie Allgood, 93, of Cabot does stretching exercises to help her mobility and stay agile.

PEPPI promotes activity for seniors By JEFFREY SMITH Leader staff writer

The Cabot Senior Center is helping older adults stay active with Peer Exercise Program Promotes Independence program. PEPPI is held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursday at the Cabot Senior Center, 600 N. Grant St. PEPPI is a free program. You do not have to be a senior citizen or a member of the seniors center to participate. Classes are small, averaging about 15 people. The program has low-impact stretching exercises to help seniors keep their joints flexible and works on muscle building and balance. Many exercises are done from a chair. Instructors have training to teach the program. PEPPI helps to increase the level of physical activity, maintain a level of independence and be active with friends in a fun environment.

The first 30 minutes is a warm up and stretches, then a short walk followed by muscle building exercises. Billie Allgood, 93, of Cabot has been coming to the senior center for the PEPPI for 10 years. ‘My late husband was a World War II vet. I sat with him while he was at the VA Hospital in Shreveport. I began having trouble with my leg. I could hardly walk. The exercise has helped me,” Allgood said. David King, 72, of Cabot said, “It causes me to do exercises that I normally would not do at home. It is nothing strenuous. It is entertaining and is a good group of people.” Senior center director Cherry Goodwin said PEPPI has been held at the center for almost 20 years. “We were one of four sites in the state for the pilot program through UAMS,” Goodwin said.

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New Cabot Senior Center blueprints released By DEBORAH HORN Leader staff writer

The bid process on Phase I of the Cabot Senior Citizens Center’s new facility gets underway this week, and for Buster Lackey and senior center members the excitement is building. “Everyone’s ready for it,” said Lackey, executive director of Lonoke County Council on Aging (LCCA), referring to the renovations to the city’s old library, which will become the new Cabot Senior Center. Last week, Cabot Director of Operations Eddie Cook released the newly minted designs drawn by North Little Rock architectural firm Clements & Associates Architecture. Gary Clements owns the firm. “We thoroughly enjoyed working with Gary. He made the process much easier,” Lackey said. Cabot Mayor Bill Cypert, Cook and Lackey have been working on the details of the rehab since last fall. Lackey said, “The mayor’s heart is into developing something great for the seniors, and I enjoyed working with the mayor, the Cabot City Council and with Eddie Cook. A project of this size can be hard but it’s been easy process.”

GREAT FOR SENIORS Lackey says members have outgrown their current 4,000 square feet space at 600 N. Grant St. and will be moving into the former Cabot Pubic Library next door at 506 N. Grant St. At their current facility, Lackey said, “We have one big room.” The move and redo “doubles the space,” Lackey said. The new center will be about 8,000 square feet, so Lackey said, “We don’t have to worry about rushing through lunch” to make room for afternoon activities. There is a large conference room and a media room where we can hold lectures or other activities,” Lackey said. Also, the ceramics class will have their own, larger room. The move will also include space for staff offices, a common area, and activities and media rooms, and a commercial kitchen and dining room.

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Cabot Director of Operations Eddie Cook released the architectural plans for the Cabot Senior Citizens Center. The center is moving from its current location to 506 N. Grant St., which was previously the Cabot Public Library.

Lackey says the new facility means the center’s 135-plus members will not have to share areas when doing activities. Cook said the “light facility upgrade” will be done in two phases but doesn’t require any structural changes. Phase I, where the adult section of the library was located, will add five offices and four cubical spaces for employees, and will require the construction of a couple interior walls, paint and flooring. Cook said Phase II, where the children’s section of the library was located, will include the construction of the kitchen and dining room, and it is expected to take longer than Phase I. The work includes the purchase of kitchen equipment and dining furniture.

Currently, LCCA feeds as many as 500 seniors each day.

OUTREACH IN LONOKE COUNTY Lackey said the additional space will allow his agency to “better reach out to more seniors.” It’s greatly needed in Lonoke County. According to the 2010 census, Cabot’s over-65 population was almost 8 percent. The 2015 census counted 8,599 people over 60 in Cabot, and Lackey said the 65-and-over population jumped a couple percentage points with middecade count. In Lonoke County, there are more than 11,000 seniors. Meals are free to seniors 60 and older, and Lackey says, “Everyone is welcome

to join the senior center, even if you don’t live in Cabot.” In addition to the new facility, Cook says the city recently purchased a 12-passagener bus at cost of $52,000 for the senior center. Lackey says, “It’s a really nice gift,” and will be used to transport seniors to and from the center, as well take them to the doctor, shopping or on outings. The city is also in the process of buying the senior center a van that can transport smaller groups. The Cabot Senior Center welcomed Paul Hirleman, site director and program administrator, last week. “The year is off to a busy start,” Lackey says.


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