The same old roof and electrical wiring that has served Forkland Community Center, a 75-year-old building, will stay in place as residents of western Boyle County have heard that government officials plan to renege on their agreement. With architect's plans in place and bids awarded, they watch as the government giveth and the government taketh away.
Former Gov. Paul Patton came and the big grins were captured on film as the community accepted an oversized cardboard check for a promised quarter of a million dollars for needed repairs. But the promise was as flimsy as the paper the check was printed on.
Now the federal highway department says it is re-evaluating the grant applications. Federal officials say they're reviewing grant applications - grants they already gave approval on - because the focus has shifted. They're saying the money should go to restore places that attract drive-by tourists.
The state has always administered the money but is saying it's being held up at the federal level. State officials are promising to meet with Forkland residents and insist that the project is important.