The city of Magazine will soon be equipped with a storm siren.

Magazine was one of 15 rural communities to receive funding through the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Program at an awards ceremony held at the State Capitol in the Governor’s Conference Room on Thursday.

The City of Magazine received $8,975 to purchase the storm siren.

Magazine Mayor Stan McConnell said last week city aldermen would decide on placement of the siren during its scheduled meeting on Monday. The most likely options, McConnell said, were near City Hall or near the Magazine Fire Department.

McConnell said the siren is also expected to be equipped with a transmitter which, when activated, will open the doors on the Magazine School District’s tornado safe room.

Including the Magazine award, Governor Mike Beebe and Department of Rural Services Director John Andrews presented $168,000.00 to the communities selected for Fiscal Year 2014 Cycle 3 funding. In attendance were representatives receiving an Arkansas Rural Community Development Grant award on behalf of Magazine in Logan County.

The Department of Rural Services works in partnership with the Arkansas Rural Development Commission to administer the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Programs in three cycles each year. Incorporated cities and towns and unincorporated communities in rural areas of less than 3,000 in population are eligible to apply for assistance through the mayor or county judge’s office.

For more information about the Department of Rural Services and their grant programs contact Rural Services at 1-888-RURAL-AR.