Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden break ground Friday, Sept. 22 on the new Mid-County Community Building along with Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., Tribal Councilor Frankie Hargis, of Stilwell, Community & Cultural Outreach employees, members of the Mid-County Community Organization and Adair County residents.
BARON, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Tribal Councilor Frankie Hargis recently gathered in the Baron community of Adair County to break ground on a new community building.
The Mid-County Community Organization received a $50,280 Community Work Grant from Cherokee Nation Community and Cultural Outreach to begin work on the building.
“This is a great day for the Mid-County Community Organization and the Cherokee Nation,” Deputy Chief Crittenden said. “You know, I can recall playing ball here as a young man, and I have fond memories in the Baron and Peavine communities. Anytime a community organization can partner with the Cherokee Nation, it allows us to do wonderful things for both Cherokee and non-Cherokee citizens. I’m proud of the work put in by the organization, and I look forward to seeing this building being used for the good of the community.”
The new 7,500-square-foot facility is being built on the former site of the Baron community’s schoolhouse, next to the Mid-County Fire Department. Completion of the project is tentatively set for 2018.
“Mid-County Community Organization would like to thank Cherokee Nation and the community for all their help and support on getting our community building started,” said Roy Johnson, chairman of the organization. “This community building will help our community in several ways such as weddings, family reunions, power outages and ice storms like we had in 2009, where a lot of people were out of electricity for 10 to 12 days. They will have a place to come, stay warm and be able to cook and take showers.”
For more information about Cherokee Nation Community and Cultural Outreach and its work with community organizations, contact Brad Wagnon at 918-453-5000, ext. 7226; Patti Mitchell at 918-453-5000, ext. 4227; or Chris Welch at 918-453-5000, ext. 4953.
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