“If you can lie down at night, knowing in your heart that you made someone’s day just a little bit better, you know you had a good day.” ~ Unknown
Last Friday I had the chance to see renovations to the community center in West Liberty. It used to be the high school until 1977 (ish) when they built a new high school at Index. Then, it became the middle school until they built a new one of those at Index, too. That’s when it became the community center. It was built by the WPA and dedicated in 1937 by Eleanor Roosevelt. It took a direct hit in the 2012 tornado. Blocks from the top fell through the roof into the basement three floors below. During my lifetime the gym was always dark. I learned that the windows are original to the buildings design. The balcony still remains, although there are fewer bleachers and it doesn’t extend the length of the entrance side. Even the ceiling is different. There isn’t one. The rafters and duct work used to be hidden above a dropped ceiling. Really, the only thing that looks the same is the stage where I received my high school diploma, and the score board. And that’s alright by me. They saved the old gal, and that’s a lot to be grateful for. She deserved a facelift after all the years of good service she has given Morgan County.