Suspended youth group, Union Bridge seek to end community center dispute

August 27, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A youth group barred from Union Bridge Community Center after a window was broken early this month might regain use of the center if a committee can resolve issues between the teen-agers and town government.

Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr., who suspended the Teen Action Group on Aug. 7, has directed Councilwoman Dawn Metcalf to work with the town parks board, local recreation council and parents supervising TAG on recommendations for the teen group.

Metcalf heads the council's recreation committee.

The committee was appointed after an exchange of accusations and denials at the Town Council meeting Monday night. The exchange focused on reports that the youths had played ball indoors, left footprints on walls, damaged curtain rods and failed to turn off lights and lock doors when they left.

Tyrell Hefner, 18, who led TAG initially, said the window was broken when the group used a soft football to play dodgeball. His mother, Kim Hefner, told the council she and her husband took over supervision of the group three weeks after it began in June because group members refused to obey the rules Tyrell established.

Recreation council member Janet Mickey said the council might be able to help TAG find a gym for indoor sports. The group could use the community center for meetings rather than ball playing, she said.

"I think they should be given another chance, but only after rules have been worked out," Mickey said.

Jones said he will leave it to the council to decide whether to reinstate TAG's privilege to use the community center.

Pub Date: 8/27/98

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