The Deweyville Citizens Committee for Progress, and its Senior Citizens Committee, says a senior citizens center in Deweyville is needed and recently approached Newton County Commissioners about it.

Commissioners responding by approving the David J. Waxman firm of Jasper to apply for a Community Block Development Grant from the Office of Rural and Community Affairs.

“In this community, we have a lot of senior citizens here,” said committee chairman Robert Green, 70.

“I would say 60 percent of Deweyville is senior citizens.”
Seniors now meet at 2 p.m. Mondays in the Community Center, behind the subcourthouse on Spur 272 for dominoes and other activities. Everybody brings a covered dish for a late lunch.

“This tells me that in the last year we’ve gotten numerous seniors out of their houses, and that is good for this community,” Green said.

“[The present location] is an old building, and it’s used by other groups. We can’t leave anything; can’t lock it up and can’t keep it there. We’d really like to see a permanent structure here, 60 by 80 feet with central air and heat. This wouldn’t only affect seniors in Deweyville but in areas such as Devil’s Pocket and Shepherd’s Settlement.”

Lesley Waxman with the Waxman firm said the grant-consulting business has been around about 37 years.

“Applying is a highly-competitive process,” she said. “Out of 40 or 45 applications received, only 10 or 20 will actually be funded.

Oct. 17 is the deadline for all materials to be at the O.R.C.A. offices, she said.

“It’s a lot of legwork,” she said. “And one of the major requirements is that area being applied for has to meet a low to moderate income standard. We must provide all the materials to verify that.”

For more information, call Green at 746-9193.