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Senior Citizens Center seeking funds

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By Stephen Lega

Last summer, the Lebanon Senior Citizen Center needed help from the City of Lebanon and the Marion County Fiscal Court to stay open.

The city and the county gave $11,500 apiece for the 2008-09 fiscal year. Last week, Susan Mattingly and Frankie Powell (who work for the center) appeared before the city council again seeking additional funds.

Mayor Gary Crenshaw said the city agreed to help last year.

"I thought that would be a one-time situation," he said, later adding, "Now, I'm concerned we are back in the same situation."

For now, the city council said it did not have the funds available in its budget to help again, although council members noted that the city already provides the building and pays the utilities for the center.