Over the course of its history, the Georgia National Guard's Armory in Montezuma has been home base to weekend warriors. In 2004, it deployed the 648th Engineers Bravo Company to Afghanistan.
But now, after that crew returned and was reassigned to Augusta, the Montezuma facility was left vacant. But instead of leaving it vacant, and up to government surplus property, they decided to give it to the City of Montezuma to put in a building for the Boys and Girls Club of Macon County.
In a ceremony Tuesday, Major General Jim Butterworth ceremonially handed over the facility to Montezuma Mayor Willie Larry. "This property, formerly of the Georgia National Guard, is now in your capable hands," Butterworth said reading the plaque.
The Boys and Girls Club will partner with its branch in Americus/ Sumter County to come up with afterschool programs in Macon County. "We have basketball going on. We have cheerleading for girls. And its just going to be a great impact for the community to keep 96 kids of trouble."
Congressman Sanford Bishop (D-2nd District), says that while some other old buildings often become abandoned, he was glad that community leaders came together to find a good use for the facility.
"It will be transformed into a real opportunity to build and mold and shape the lives and the dreams and the values and the character of the young people in the Macon County area," Bishop says.