Residents of the Oak Grove community, near Cabot, were awarded $5,000 to make renovations to the Oak Grove Community Center from Central Arkansas Planning and Development District in Lonoke on Monday, July 16.

The grant is supported by state Rep. Walls McCrary, D-Lonoke, and the grant comes from Central Arkansas Planning and Development District from state General Improvement Funds.

The money will be used to install a septic system and construct handicap-accessible rest rooms.

"The community center was used for voting poll for years; however, because of the lack of rest room facilities, [the polling site] had to be moved to a nearby church," according to the project narrative. "It has kitchen facilities but no restrooms. This addition would make it much more conducive for public functions."

Resident Randy Hicks noted that the money also would be used to repair the roof and paint. Hicks said the money means community residents can do something to modernize the center. Resident Duffie Gibson said the center is the hub of the community and residents want to restore it.

The narrative stated that the center, built about 40 years ago, is used by the people in the community and nearby churches. CAPDD program manager Leigh Ann Pool said the center is used for events such as family reunions, baby showers and church socials.