Moving Day: Owen County Senior Citizens Center relocates to former library building

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Adult education moving to old center building in November

By Molly Haines

On their first day in a newly-renovated facility, attendees of the Owen County Senior Center were already getting down to the business of fun Monday.
Some congregated in the kitchen area over Halloween crafts, while others played cards or Scrabble, but the seniors all agreed that the spacious new center would provide them with years of enjoyment.
The center officially moved to 118 N. Main St., the old Owen County Public Library, Monday.
The property was deeded to the Owen County Fiscal Court for use by the Owen County Senior Center in February by the Owen County Library Board.
In exchange for the building, the court agreed to have the county road crew remove snow from the parking lot of the library’s new facility on Hwy. 22, with the understanding that all county roads will take first priority.
The county will also mow fields around the library.
The agreement is set for 10 years, but Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said earlier this year that the agreement is expected to be something that goes on for many years.
Over breakfast in the renovated facility Tuesday, senior center attendee Ethel Hammond said she’s happy the facility is more split up than their former building.
“We’ll be able to have more games and entertainment with everything divided up,” Hammond said. “If someone wants to play cards and another wants to watch TV, they can do that without one interrupting the other.”
The center now includes a reading area, an area for exercise, area for the Health Rhythms drumming program, a sitting area to watch television and a kitchen area separate from the main area.
Another attendee, Wanda Moreland, said the facility would be great inspiration for newcomers to attend the facility.
Nellie Smith agreed, adding that the center was cleaner and having windows to see what’s happening outside was another plus to the facility.
“You can see out over here,” Smith said. “The old building was a little like a dungeon.”
The Owen County Adult Education Center will now move into the old senior citizen building at 103 W. Perry St.
“We plan to move in November,” Owen County Adult Education Center Director Veronica Gayle said. “It’s going to be better for us because it will give people easier access to the facility and more visibility. It will be easier for people to know where we are. It’s just going to be much more accessible.”
The adult education center has been housed in the courtroom of the Owen County Courthouse for about a year.
“We’re just totally excited and looking forward to the opportunity to serve the community in the most efficient way,” Gayle said.