Amber Harvey

What started out as an idea over 16 years ago has finally becoming a reality for White Hall.

On June 26 a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site of what will soon be a community center and water park for the city.

City officials and former White Hall Mayor Jitters Morgan gathered at the site with golden shovels to ceremoniously kick off the start of the construction project.

White Hall Mayor Noel Foster spoke of Morgan and said, “This is something that he started when he was mayor, and we as a city are just continuing on with his plans.” He then asked Morgan to say a few words.

Morgan said, “In 1997 we had a council meeting and they agreed with me that we needed to start this project. We passed what is known as the hamburger tax and we have been saving ever since.”

The project has been made possible by grants, the hamburger tax and the determination of the council to want see Morgan’s dream come to fruition.

Morgan went on to say, “I want to congratulate Mayor Foster on the job he has done.”

Foster said, “I want to thank the council for helping me through the process. This has been a collective effort to get the project underway.”

The crowd applauded as the group dug into the soil. Dirt flew to signify the official beginning of the project. Excavation will soon be underway to make the area ready for construction.