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Alapaha citizens continue to restore historic gym

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Mark Davis Mark Davis
Norma Gaskins Norma Gaskins
Local citizens gathered in the Alapaha Historic Gym to talk about why the gym is so important to the community. Local citizens gathered in the Alapaha Historic Gym to talk about why the gym is so important to the community.

Renovations continue on an historic gym in Alapaha.

It has a new roof... And volunteers are raising money for more repairs on this important building

Without the community, the Alapaha Historic Gym would likely be gone today.

It was once a part of the city's elementary school and has been a part of the community for 75 years.

And that's exactly why the community is working together to keep up with the repairs. To preserve all of the memories, the history and the building that is the heart and soul of this small community.

Several locals shared their experiences with the gym over the years and how important this gym still is to the community today.

"It's just astonishing to me really that we have done as a community has come together," said Mark Davis, a member of the local school board. Davis was a student when the gym was still a part of the elementary school in Alapaha.

Davis continued, "former people that's lived here has heard of these efforts  has sent money to lend a hand because it meant so much to them. This was the place, and I guess in some degree still is to this community."

Norma Gaskins is also a former student and has fond memories of the gym serving as the location for the community cake auction.

"Every year we would have a cake auction, and they still do that at the Alapaha celebration," Gaskins said.

"We had two people in the community that wanted to out do each other and one of them was my father...so, my father and Mr. Carl just kept bidding and bidding until finally the cake sold for two thousand dollars."

Everyone agrees that the gym is the one place in the whole town where the community can truly come together. And with the citizens' help, the gym will continue that tradition for another 75 years.

The community is currently working to replace the gym's ceiling and lighting.

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