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Sen. Miller gives $35K to Horseshoe

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Helping Hand: State Sen. Paul Miller (left) stopped at the Horseshoe Bend City Hall Sept. 20 to give the city a $35,000 check to be used for city's new library. The check was among several Miller and state Rep. Eddie Cooper doled out to communities across Izard County. Photo/Jared

The city of Horseshoe Bend is on the verge of opening its new library.

State Sen. Paul Miller gave the city a $35,000 check Sept. 20 to finish the four-year project.

"Thank you, Senator Miller, for helping make our dream come true," said Horseshoe Bend Alderman Erv Metzinger.

Metzinger's wife, Ellie Metzinger, is the president of the Friends of the Library, a group who has been raising money to build a new library in Horseshoe Bend.

Miller said the money he gave the Friends of the Library came out of the state's General Improvement Fund.

"I have about $750,000 (from the General Improvement Fund) to give out for projects in the five counties I represent," Miller said.

Those counties include Izard, Fulton, Sharp, Stone, Randolph and a portion of Independence.

In Izard County, Miller said he has allocated $50,000 for the Izard County Museum and Library in Melbourne; $20,000 for the Calico Rock City Park; and $200,000 for Ozarka College.

The funds must be used for capital improvements and cannot be used for maintenance, Miller said.

State Rep. Eddie Cooper, who accompanied Miller on his trip through Izard County, gave the Horseshoe Bend Fire Department $3,500. Cooper said he will give a $3,500 check to every fire department in Izard County.

He said the money for the fire departments was allocated by the state Legislature.

"It been great to go around and give these communities this money," Cooper said. "It's a great feeling."

Ozarka College will also receive a $27,000 check from Cooper for building improvements, he said.

The money the Friends of the Library received should be enough to complete the project, said Friends secretary Beverly A. Young.

"If asphalt doesn't go too high, it should be enough," Young said.

Metzinger said the asphalt parking lot must be in place before the library can open.

Young's husband, Al Young, was the first president of Friends of the Library. Al Young died just before the building phase of the $300,000 project began.

Metzinger said even if the $35,000 from the state doesn't cover the cost of opening the library it will open soon.

"I think we're in good shape, but if we're not we'll just go out and raise some more money," Metzinger said.

Miller said Fulton and Sharp counties will receive their portion of the General Improvement Fund next week.

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