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Jones Park Bandstand Facelift

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Stephen Craig, senior at Kennett High School, stands before the bandstand at Jones Park.
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Local scouts work to improve community park

Recently, one local youth decided that it was time to give back to the community in which he lives.

Stephen Craig, a senior at Kennett High School, along with the help of Boy Scout Troop 272, decided to give the Jones Park bandstand a facelift by giving it a paint job as part of the Boy Scout Leadership Service Project.

Boy Scouts from Troop 272 work on the bandstand at Jones Park.
After choosing this project to complete the requirements for his Eagle Award, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America, Craig contacted Debbie Stokely of the Kennett Park Board for approval.

Together, they decided to paint the concrete bandstand two shades of gray, a color from days gone by. This is a marked change from what it has been for the last few years, a dark brown.

Those members from Boy Scout Troop 272, that helped with the project included Ethan Seats, Wes Gibbens, Gage Olson, Dalton Craig, Josh Troutt, Blake Padrones, Joe Mobley, Chaz Brown, Greg Orf, Justin Roberts, Britt Harris, Garrett Donehoo and Nathan Spence.

There were also a number of adults involved in the project including Will Mobley, Audie Padrones, Dr. Everett Mobley, Freddy Gentry, Debbie Stokley, Charlie Brown, Eleanor Dalton, Corky Dalton, Beth Craig and Robert Craig.

Local businesses that were involved in the project by donating funds or materials in order to make the project possible included, Southern Bank, Senath State Bank, Dalton Cotton Company, Burke True Value and Sears.

Craig expresses his appreciation to all those who helped with the project whether is was by donating their time or money.

According to Craig, he did this in the hopes of making Kennett a nicer looking place.

"It had graffiti on it. I wanted to make it look better for the park and the little kids and the shows they put on there." he said.

Before taking on this project, Craig was involved in other Eagle Scout Projects. He and fellow Boy Scout, Joe Mobley built a pavilion for the Delta Children's Home and a few years ago made an improvement to the poles and the paintings out at the fairgrounds.

Craig is the son of Robert and Beth Craig and has been a member since January of 2004 of Boy Scout Troop 272 which is sponsored by the Kennett Kiwanis Club. He has been an active member of the troop and attended the Boy Scout Centennial Jamboree near Washington, D.C. last summer. His future plans include attending college in Pittsburgh, Kan. and majoring in Marketing.

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Thanks for our town a better and beatiful place for everyone to enjoy. I love that bandstand and many days and evening on it pretending it was a stage. As a matter of fact, once when I was in the six grade we had to write, produce and present a play for our class. That bandstand was our place we held rehearsals. Lots of fond memories and glad to see someone take care of it for future "plays".

-- Posted by bbsage on Sun, Oct 31, 2010, at 3:38 PM

I used to play on the bandstand many years ago; it wasn't used back in the 60's, to my recollection, for anything. Great to see these young men helping to restore it to its original appearance.

-- Posted by JungleJim on Mon, Nov 1, 2010, at 9:56 PM

that is where my parents got married and thats where me and my friends use to hang out and have fun

-- Posted by bigboy16 on Wed, Nov 3, 2010, at 8:37 AM

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