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Blair Park: A Huge Community Thank You to Jim Blair

Chairman Grimsley announces fund drive kickoff. New Columbia/Adair County park is officially named in Blair's honor by sign unveiling on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, of the "Jim Blair Community Recreation Center"
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By Charles Grimsley, Chairman
Columbia/Adair County Parks & Recreation Board

It is with the Thank You to Jim Blair that we announce the kickoff of a fund raising program for improvements to this new park. The City and County government are currently committing $25,000 each per year for this community project, but donations for improvements are always appreciated.

We also wish to express Thanks to all those who have given time or money, or committed donations to the Jim Blair Community Recreation Center.

  • Jim Blair
  • The Bank of Columbia
  • United Citizens Bank
  • Judge Anne Melton
  • First & Farmers National Bank
  • Walmart
  • 25 donations in memory of Oreta Morris
  • Ricky Collins
  • Anonymous donations of appliances, time, money, and efforts
Also a thank you to others who have aided in improvements
  • Personnel of City and County government
  • The Adair Co. Garden Club
  • Taylor County R.E.C.C.
  • Terry Moore
  • Carson Lewis
The Columbia-Adair Co. Parks Board is now looking for donations and grants to expand our building and for improvements to the playground area. Our most current project is the repairs to the softball field and replacing chain link fencing and other improvements at an estimated cost of $13,000.

If anyone is interested in making donations to the Jim Blair Community Recreation Center, please contact City Hall, Fiscal Court Office, or Charles Grimsley or any Parks Board member. Columbia-Adair Co. Parks Board members : Charles Grimsley, Chairman, Bobby Bowe Vice-Chairman, Bruce White Treasurer , Donna Shirley Secretary, Billy Coffey, Craig Dean, Tommy Steele, Greg Thomas, and Rebecca Schmidt. -CHARLES GRIMSLEY

This story was posted on 2011-09-21 18:51:18
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New sign honors Community Benefactor, Jim Blair

2011-09-21 - 901 Hudson ST, Columbia, KY - Photo by Greg Thomas.
JIM BLAIR, third from left, above a major Columbia/Adair County philanthropist, and the man whose generosity made the acquisition of the former Christian Life Center for use as a city/county recreation and senior citizens center, was honored Tuesday afternoon, September 20, 2011, at the unveiling of the sign renaming the center "The Jim Blair Community Recreation Center." Others in the group are C/AC Parks & Recreation Board Member Tommy Steele, Adair County Judge Executive Ann Melton, (Blair), Board Member Donna Shirley, and Krystal Cundiff, the director of the Jim Blair Community Recreation Center. Back row: Craig Dean, Mr. Blair's niece, Dianne Blair; Columbia Mayor Mark D. Harris, Board Member Billy Dean Coffey, and Board Chair Charles Grimsley.

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