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Shott Foundation picks up tab on Armory renovation

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PRINCETON, WV, January 3, 2013 :  Since last summer when the Mercer County Board of Education proposed renovating the Brushfork Guard Armory for Beaver basketball, overtures and responses have flowed between Mercer County Schools and the Hugh I. Shott, Jr. Foundation.  Although the county was prepared to foot the bill for the hardwood floor, goals, and scoreboards at the Brushfork Armory, school board members knew that, without financial backing, the project would be costly and mean sacrificing other projects.

According to Superintendent Deborah Akers, the Foundation's board members wanted assurance that the Armory was going to remain open into the foreseeable future.   "That was certainly understandable," she said.  "There had been some talk of the facility's closing."

Akers said she received that assurance from the National Guard and passed it on to Buzzy Wilkinson, Foundation president.

Prior to Christmas, Akers learned that the Foundation had approved the project.  "I recently received a check for $93,255.13 – payment in full for the complete renovation," Akers said.  "The gift is a testament to the Shott Foundation's commitment to the Bluefield community, its athletes and fans."

"We want to publicize the Foundation's huge contribution," Akers said.  "While I believe the Board of Education members deserve recognition for their vision and commitment to the project, I also want the community to know that the Shott Foundation stepped forward to underwrite this tremendous facility upgrade."

Akers said that the local Foundation has been a faithful ally through the years, providing the financial backing to achieve many goals of the school district and the community at large.

"They have never sought out recognition," Akers said.  "Yet, so many improvements in the county can be traced back to Shott Foundation support."

Beaver High boys' and girls' basketball teams began their season the week of December  11th.  The much-awaited games marked the return, after 12 years, of BHS teams to their once-familiar National Guard Armory at Brushfork.

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