Friends of the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Veterans are thankful for funds totaling $70,000 they received Thursday toward the purchase of a building to permanently house the Warrior’s Exhibit. 

Lincoln County and the City of Fayetteville had each appropriated $35,000 to go toward the purchase of the building, located at 113 Main Avenue North, next to The Art Teacher’s business, which the local Friends’ group is in the process of purchasing the building from Hue and Karen Counts for $59,000. Williams stated that the owners of the building have reduced the price so that the extra funds could be used to purchase construction materials.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s work crew, supervised by Mike Davis, have already begun ripping up the old flooring and laying down new floors in the building. They will also be installing new peg board, painting the walls and putting up track lights to accommodate the exhibit, which the local veterans’ organization hopes to have open by Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11. Davis and the

“We’d like to express our appreciation to Murray [Sheriff Blackwelder], Mike Davis and the work crew,” said Linda Williams last week on behalf of the Friends of the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Veterans.

“We look forward to following this transition to a more central and visible place on our town square for visitors to learn about the history and sacrifice given from people in this great community,” said City Mayor Michael Whisenant.”

Lincoln County Mayor Bill Newman concurred, commending Friends of the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Veterans on accomplishing its objectives.

Friends of Fayetteville-Lincoln County Veterans, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, considered acquiring a building about a year ago. The photos and memorabilia have been housed at the Fayetteville Recreation Center for more than four years.

Now that the dream of a home for the exhibit has become a reality, veterans who have served Fayetteville and Lincoln County for every period of United States’ history will have a place of honor and a lasting tribute to their service.

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