McDONOUGH – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta is opening its first club in Henry County in August.
The club will serve up to 200 kids and teens each day at a renovated facility housed in the former Henry County Middle School.
BGCMA officials said they have received overwhelming support from several partners, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the city of McDonough, Henry County, the Henry County Board of Education, and a local advisory board that led a three-year community engagement effort to bring a club to the area.
“Our community hope project has finally come into fruition, and I am thankful to the Henry County partners who have made this possible,” said Henry County Commissioner Dometrice “Dee” Clemmons, chair of the local advisory board. “As a Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta alumna, I am proof of the impact BGCMA has on the lives of those who need us most. This new club will help our young people in Henry County reach their unlimited potential.”
Renovations are underway to repurpose the club space to include a learning center, computer lab, arts & crafts center, music studio, game room, multipurpose room and gym.
The Henry County Club will be led by Executive Director Debra Pickett and Program Director Jesse Coltrane. Pickett assumed her new role July 1 and brings more than 20 years of youth development experience that includes teaching and youth counseling. Coltrane will assume his role July 20 and brings 17 years of youth development experience, most recently serving as program director of BGCMA’s Camp Kiwanis.
The club is actively recruiting full and part-time staff. Applicants can inquire and apply for open positions at www.bgcma.org/careers. Families who are interested in enrolling their kids and teens should complete a pre-application interest form at https://tinyurl.com/EnrollHenryCounty.
ELLENWOOD — ARAC Roof It Forward installed a new roof for U.S. Army veteran Ronald Johnson Tuesday, July 6, as part of the Owens Corning National Roof Deployment Project.
Johnson, who lives on County Line Road in Ellenwood, served 13 years in the U.S. Army. He started out as a storage specialist and then trained as a small engines and diesel tech. He was stationed in Fort Jackson, Fort Bennett, Fort Hood and deployed to the Canal Zone and Germany. He was injured and retired from active duty but then re-enlisted as a reservist. He still undergoes therapy for his injuries.
He and his wife have four children and 15 grandchildren.
ARAC Roof It Forward installed the new roof on the home that was built by Johnson’s grandfather in 1955. According to Johnson, his grandfather purchased 10 acres of land and built four houses for family members as they could afford it. His mother was able to purchase a home from the grandfather, and he purchased it from his mother. Although the property has since been divided up, there are still three houses left that are owned by family members.
Johnson said he has addressed some of the issues with his home over the years, such as windows, replacing a water heater and HVAC; however, he reached out to Habitat DeKalb for assistance with his leaking roof and a sump pump to control water coming into his basement.
Habitat. DeKalb partnered with ARAC Roof It Forward, an Owens Corning Platinum Roofing contractor, to make the new roof possible.
The Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project is a nationwide effort to show gratitude and honor the veterans who served our country and the families who support them. Since the inception of this program in 2016, more than 275 military members have received new roofs.
McDONOUGH — The Henry County Senior Services Department has started phase three of its reopening plan. The phase also includes the reopening of Heritage Senior Center on Tuesday.
In this new phase, with the exception of Heritage, the centers will be operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Heritage Senior Center will only be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the same times as the other centers. No meals will be served at centers. However, drive through lunches will continue being served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
An increase in class size and activities will be offered in phase three that consists of card playing, board games and billiards on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Senior Center activities or events will be permitted only to those who pre-register for classes because of space limitations. Masks are optional for vaccinated persons, but temperature screenings are required.
To ensure the spread of COVID-19 is reduced, all areas where programs are conducted will be cleaned and disinfected immediately after usage and common touch points will be disinfected following CDC guidelines.
For more information or to make a reservation, call your local senior center listed below.
♦ Hidden Valley Senior Center — 770-288-7002
♦ Bear Creek Senior Center — 770-288-6994
♦ Heritage Senior Center — 770-288-7001
♦ Locust Grove Senior Center — 770-288-6944
STOCKBRIDGE — Henry County will continue its bicentennial celebration events this week with Picnic in the Park, Friday, July 30, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The event, which will take place at J.P. Moseley Park, will feature fireworks, games, music, cotton candy, snowcones and inflatables for the kids. Residents are invited to bring their picnic items, chairs and blankets for an evening of entertainment and fun.
J.P. Moseley Park is located at 1041 Millers Mill Road, Stockbridge.
Residents are encouraged to use the hashtag #henrycounty200 when sharing photos from Bicentennial events on social media to showcase efforts in celebrating Henry County.
According to the county’s webpage, Henry County, created in 1821 from Creek Indian lands, was named for Virginia patriot Patrick Henry, and the county seat of McDonough, was named for Commodore Thomas McDonough who was victorious over the British on Lake Champlain during the War of 1812. The state legislature later divided land originally set aside as Henry County into Butts, Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton, Newton and Spalding counties and large portions of present day Rockdale and Fayette counties. Modern-day Henry County consists of 326.482034 square miles and is home to an estimated 218,700 residents.
For more information and to stay up to date with all Bicentennial news, visit www.henrycounty200.com.