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Winfrey to attend dedication of facility



Published: Tue, September 5, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Talk show host Oprah Winfrey plans to be in her birthplace of Kosciusko to dedicate a state-of-the-art Boys & amp; Girls Club she helped sponsor.

The estimated $5 million facility houses a gymnasium, computer lab and garden.

"We know how valuable her time is and happy that she is giving us a little of it to come down here," said Jimmy Cockroft, mayor of the city of 7,334.

Paul Powers, vice president of special projects for The Oprah Winfrey Boys & amp; Girls Club of Kosciusko and Attala County, said the facility will be used mainly for after-school activities for boys and girls 5-18 years old. After homework is finished, children can participate in arts programs or take advantage of the building's gymnasium.

The facility should open in a few weeks.




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