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Union Station prepares to open

With the last of the students out for the summer, support from the neighborhood garnered and legal hurdles cleared, organizers of the Union Station project are moving forward with a plan to open a community center on July 1.

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FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Liz Carter, director of Union Station, stands near the entrance to the former Southeastern Elementary School, which will begin operating as a community center July 1. ABOVE: The kitchen inside the center will be used to cater events but will also be avail- able to groups like the Logan County Farmers’ Market to teach courses such as canning and freezing or other cooking techniques. BELOW: This large classroom near the main entrance will be used as a community room that can be rented for events or parties.

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The project, which is supported by several local churches, was driven by growing social problems, such as drug use and poverty and the effect they have on the community as a whole, Union Station Director Liz Carter said.

“Like all communities in our nation, we are facing an increase in the number of families needing assistance and a decrease in the funds for the government to meet the needs,” she said. “We are facing an attack on the family. Families are falling apart in the wake of addictions — from drugs to pornography to food. Addictions then lead people to do things they would not do in their right mind. Theses issues are no longer just in the big cities, they are everywhere.

“The answer to these issues can only be found in the gospel of Jesus Christ,” Mrs. Carter said. “Union Station is a community center whose desire is to partner with the body of Christ to identify and provide gospel-centered ministries to meet the needs of our community.”

The first step in that process will be organizing the former Southeastern Elementary School, which is located at 613 Hamilton St., and getting ready to take over the building on July 1.

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