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BY JOHN CONLEY
Associate Editor

An unlikely source provided funding for a basketball backboard at The Way Youth Center in Mullens.
Wyoming County Prosecuting Attorney Rick Staton presented a check for $800 to the center last Saturday to pay for the backboard.
The money, he explained, came from the Drug Forfeiture Fund, which consists of property and cash confiscated from drug dealers.
Assets seized must be used for education, law enforcement or, as in this case, to help the community keep youth off the streets and away from the lure of drugs.
The donation is just the latest good news for The Way, which has seen a big up tick in usage in recent weeks, according to Mark Robinson of the Helping Hands RV Ministry.
It was Robinson who moved to Wyoming County from Florida with a vision of establishing the center.
There were 74 young people and 30 adults at the center for New Year, and the thing that makes Robinson happiest is that he had nothing to with it.
Vickie Walker, a volunteer at the center, organized the New Year event to keep youth off the roads.
"I was out of town," Robinson said. "I praise the community for coming together and supporting this."
The turnout last Friday night was 84.
A Super Bowl party is the next big event planned.
Robinson urged those who want to support the center to buy gift cards at location's such as Wayne's Supermarket and WalMart to help with the center's cafe.
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