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Center helps seniors who are Learning to use the Internet

Monday, January 6, 2003

(Photo:) The Clay County Senior Center bought two new computers with a grant from the Clay County Community Foundation. Standing by one of the computers are: Back: Charles "Chuck" Smith, vice president; Dorlene Woodrum, bookkeeper; William Joe Wilson, board president; Rose Mary Price, board secretary/treasurer; Mark Cooper, van driver and computer instructor; and Rob Moore, Clay County Community Foundation board member. Seated: Andrew Thomas, Harold Moore and Gerald Deakins, all board members.

The Senior Citizens Center of Clay County recently purchased two new computers with a $2,000 grant from the Clay County Community Foundation.

The senior center, located at 120 S. Franklin St., has three other computers but they are old and not capable of connecting to the Internet.

Center bookkeeper and spokesperson, Dorlene Woodrum said, "We want to have Internet access so seniors can talk to their kids from out of town. Also, they can have access to many things that would be of interest to them especially Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security information."

Woodrum and Senior Center driver Mark Cooper applied for the grant last August.

The center was awarded the money at the end of October and the computers were installed and hooked up about three weeks ago.

Basic computer classes are being offered to any interested senior.

The classes started Jan. 3. There will be three classes a month. The next two January classes are scheduled 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Jan. 13 and Jan. 24. Mark Cooper is the instructor.

"For the first three classes, I will be teaching basic, beginning computer usage, "Cooper said. "We'll start with Windows 98 and eventually move to Windows XP. Free transportation will be provided for anyone who needs it," Cooper added.

The only requirement to be a member of the Senior Citizen Center is to be 60 years of age or older. There is no cost to join. The center is open 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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