Jackson Road will have new community center

Lamar County residents in the Breland Voting District will soon have a new gathering place.  Construction is set to begin shortly on the Jackson Road Community Center.

Today, ground was broken for the $300,000 project which is located next to the Longleaf Trace.  The 2,400 square-foot facility will be available for all types of get togethers.  The county bought the property from the family that once operated the old Davis Timber Company.

"(The Davis Family) came through for the county when we really needed property and this is a hard area to find property, but they stepped up to the plate and they helped the county out tremendously," said District 5 Supervisor Dale Lucus, who was among those who shoveled the first dirt at the construction site this morning.  "It's (the property) been here vacant for years, so this is wonderful," said Brooke LeBlanc, a member of the Davis family.  "There are going to be many people and children and families and all sorts of different things going on here, so that's wonderful," LeBlanc said.

Officials expect the construction to be finished before the end of this year.