The community center's board of directors received a USDA grant of $10, 870, along with local matching funds of $3,630 to finance a major renovation of the building, including new heating and air conditioning systems.
This important and historic facility serves a population of 10,344 area residents.
Anita Janie Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development was in attendance to celebrate the improvements made to the Thomasville Community Center, in the Eleven Point River area.
"I commend the dedication of this not-for-profit board and this caring Oregon County community," said Dunning.
She also extended thanks to U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt along with U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson for making the funding available for rural Missouri.
Representative Emerson commented, "I am very pleased that USDA Rural Development has identified this opportunity to participate in improvements to the community building in Thomasville. Support for our rural communities is essential to helping us make key investments in the future of the wonderful quality of life we enjoy in southern Missouri."
Eugene Miller, president of the board of directors expressed his appreciation.
"Our not-for-profit board of directors would like to thank Rural Development for the grant funds allowing us to update our heating and air conditioning systems and final renovations to our local community center. The center is utilized as our public library, serves as a polling facility for local elections, and may be rented for various local community functions. The original building was a school house built in the 1930's by WPA workers."
The historical building has been used as a community center for several years but was in need of a renovation.
The facility may be used by the community to host events.
Wesley Daves, who serves on the board said, "We are very pleased with the outcome of the building."
Daves also said that volunteers from the Thomasville community go to the library once a week to read to the children.
The Thomasville Fire Department is also located on the premises.