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Senior center saved, for now

June 14, 2006

Albany - A popular east Albany senior center, set to close after budget cuts, may get a temporarily life-line. Albany commissioners agreed to allocate $25,000 to run the James H. Gray, Sr. senior center for a year, if Dougherty County commissioners will do the same. Second Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church volunteered to run the center to keep it from closing.

"The year will give us a opportunity to get grants or to work with other corporations that are willing to fund it. We have individuals and civic and community organizations who've said they are willing to assist us," said City commissioner Dorothy Hubbard.

The city has paid to operate the east Albany center since the Council on Aging was forced to shut it down in 2004 after the federal government cut their funding. An average of 16 seniors attend the center each weekday.

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