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Local Habitat chapter dissolved

After nearly 18 years, the Lamar County Habitat for Humanity is dissolving its corporation and merging with the Griffin Habitat group. The public notice of the dissolution appears on page 7B of the July 17 issue of The Herald-Gazette. ’They’ll have the responsibility for our properties and everything here,’ said CEO Rev. Kelly Runyan, 82. ’They’ve got a very active Habitat in Griffin and we’d gotten to where we just couldn’t do it any more. We talked to the attorneys and decided this was the best thing to do.’ Lamar Habitat for Humanity was first incorporated on Oct. 28, 1994 and its corporate filing was corrected in 1998. It filed annual registration from 2001-2011. During its active time, Habitat helped build seven houses in Barnesville. ’It’s been a long time,’ said secretary Sue Dunbar. ‘Our membership has dwindled and gotten much older so we’re turning our assets over to Griffin and will be active with that program. All the assets will be switched over once the legalities are complete.’ Lamar’s Habitat closed on its first home on March 22, 1996. ’We’ve closed on seven homes,’ said Dunbar. ‘We were rehabbing the eighth and the Griffin unit has put a rental family in there for now.’ Rather than being stick built, that home was moved from the current site of Walgreen’s and Wendy’s to the Habitat for Humanity property on Guy Lane off Cherry Street and has not yet been sold as a Habitat house. Habitat sells homes to owners, who put in work on the house as a form of ‘sweat equity,’ at no interest and at cost. Guy Lane was named for Guy Hutchison, who with his wife Joyce was instrumental in starting the Lamar Habitat organization. They have since moved away.

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