Getting a new paint job after almost 15 years, the KP Hall- located on East Firth Street- looks brand new thanks to donations and the Logan County Concerned Citizens who reside in the structure.
The KP Hall was built in 1920, says Doris Vick, director of the non-profit who helps citizens of the county with clothing, food and a tutoring program for disadvantaged youth. The Concerned Citizens organizations helps 520 people a month through their food pantry.
“The building needed to be painted,” said Vick. “The last time it was painted was in 2004, and is was in dire need of some paint. We had to wait through until we got enough money to do the project.”
The non-profit group used inmate labor for part of the job, and has now hired two painters to finish up, which should be this week. Unfortunately, the money has run out, and there are still four doors on the building that need to be either repaired or replaced.
“Well, we have done just about as much as we can do with what we had,” said Vick. “Now we have to raise more money for the doors.”
The Concerned Citizens moved into the KP Hall in 1996. They share the building with others such as the NAACP who meet there and scheduled events to help raise needed funding to run.
The KP Hall has a long history and has been utilized by several others over its almost 100 years including: a school, funeral home, masonic lodge, church, pool room, restaurant, barber shop, Logan County Black Library, meeting hall, Knob City School gym for African American children, Knobb City class rooms for African American children, and a learning center.
“We have really outgrown this building,” said Vick adding, “but we are doing the best we can with what we have. We depend on the generosity of the public to allow us to continue to help others, and we are grateful for that help.”
The Logan County Concerned Citizens held an annual pork chop barbecue Thursday, Oct. 1, in front of the Logan County Chamber of Commerce to raise funds to help the tutoring program. They raised $1,200, which was a great amount.
“We are so grateful for those who came out and supported the program, and also to those who helped with the barbecue,” said Vick.
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