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Magistrates approve community requests

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By Stephen Lega

The Marion County Fiscal Court on Oct. 18 approved requests for assistance for Loretto Head Start and the Generation Gap's Toys for Kids program.

The magistrates voted unanimously to give $12,000 toward improvements to the playground for Loretto Head Start.

The judge and the magistrates agreed to contribute $1,500 combined to the Generation Gap's annual Christmas toy give-away. Junior Adams estimated that 175 to 200 children received toys last year through the program.

In other business:

- The court approved a $2,380 annual contract with Core Controls for maintenance at the judicial center.

- The court agreed to modify its original lease agreement with the Marion County Historical Society. The court had discussed providing insurance for the historical society's display at the old courthouse and having the society reimburse the county for the $311 expense.

Magistrate John Arthur Elder III was concerned this would set a precedent and other community organizations would want reimbursement agreements with the county as well. Instead, the court voted to change the original lease agreement, but Elder and Magistrate Steve Masterson gave $250 each from their community project funds to help the historical society purchase insurance.