By Sheila Duncan

The Perry County Commission unanimously voted to honor two notable women during their meeting on Tuesday, April 11th. Commissioner Anthony Long proposed a motion to rename the old Marion National Guard Armory after Mrs. Inez Barnett and Mrs. Coretta Scott-King, both of whom had made significant contributions to the local community. The motion was met with unanimous approval from the Commission.

The Perry County Commission recently approved a plan to transform the old Armory into a community housing and community center. The Commission will receive a grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) for the renovations, which will include a commercial kitchen, public showers, freezer storage, exercise/weight room, community meeting space, a stage, and a full auditorium that can be converted into a regulation-size basketball court. Additionally, the facility will provide space for the Perry County Healthcare Coordinator and serve as a community health center.

The State of Alabama has been awarded a 10 million dollar pool of funding from the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to be administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), with Perry County set to receive a portion of the funding.