The Booneville Senior Activity Center received general improvement funds checks from Rep. Jon Eubanks and Sen. Gary Stubblefield last week.

Combined, the checks, total $24,000. Accepting the checks on behalf of the center were Rhea Nelson, the now retired executive director of the center, and her replacement Diane Thompson.

"We’re both glad to be here," Eubanks, R-Paris, said. "We have some general improvement funds we are going to be able to give to the senior center for projects that you have ongoing. The reason we’re able to do this is the state of Arkansas has a balanced budget amendment, so we have to be very diligent how we allocate our resources."

"It’s an honor for me to be here too," added Stubblefield, R-Branch. "I appreciate what senior centers do (it’s) a lot more than what people realize."

As far as the funds are concerned they have been earmarked to complete a re-carpeting project — Nelson said several donations have been received already and the project has been envisioned for a long time — and installation of energy saving materials on the west facing windows of the facility.

Nelson said the senior center is important because of a trend showing an increased number of seniors due to baby boomers reaching senior center age.

On hand for the announcement were Booneville Mayor Jerry Wilkins and the senior activity center board of directors, James Roberts, LeNeal Christie, Joyce Rodatz, Shirley Young and Mel Brewster.