New basketball court com­ing to Aragon

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Aragon has been pour­ing time, ef­fort, and money into giv­ing lo­cal youth a safe place to play and get ex­er­cise by build­ing new basketball courts within the city, but coun­cil mem­bers have also ex­pended ef­fort into draft­ing rules and pun­ish­ments for mis­use of the courts.

Those look­ing to hit the courts and show off their basketball skills are en­cour­aged to know the rules and po­ten­tial reper­cus­sions be­fore use.

While one of the new courts is al­ready up and run­ning, the city plans to build a much smaller, child-ac­ces­si­ble court at the corner of fifth and Aragon Road.

The new court sports a bud­get of no more than $8,500 to be paid for out of the spe­cial as­sets ac­count, and rules and penal­ties will ap­ply to both courts.

“We’re try­ing to get kids out of the streets,” Mayor Garry Bald­win said of the new court.

Al­ready ap­proved court rules are as fol­lows:

In­spect the court be­fore sur­face be­fore you be­gin to play.

No skate­boards or bikes al­lowed on the court.

Al­co­holic bev­er­ages and drugs are pro­hib­ited.

Spec­ta­tors and pets not al­lowed on the court dur­ing games.

No hang­ing from basketball back­board, rim, or net. Tag­ging or graf­fiti found on the play­ing sur­face or back­board may re­sult in clo­sure.

Court avail­able for use dur­ing day­light hours only.

Use at your own risk. The penal­ties for break­ing rules are a dif­fer­ent sub­ject be­cause the listed reper­cus­sions ex­ist only in or­di­nance form.

The coun­cil has a list of what they would like the penal­ties to be, but the city can­not en­force court­spe­cific pun­ish­ments un­til the or­di­nance un­der­goes a sec­ond pub­lic read­ing and is put up for re­view at a pub­lic hear­ing.

“We passed the rules, but we didn’t do much as far as en­forc­ing them,” Bald­win said. “The goal is not to drag kids to Juvy, but we have to have a lit­tle bit of teeth as far as en­forc­ing them.”

Should the or­di­nance be passed, break­ing the court rules could have pun­ish­ments such as a fine of not less than $100 but no more than $ 500, and a po­ten­tial ban on us­ing the fa­cil­ity.

Par­ents will be held ac­count­able for those age 16 and un­der.

Sec­ond read­ing date, pub­lic hear­ing, and fi­nal ap­proval dates are yet to be de­cided.

The mem­bers of Rock­mart P r e s b y t e r i a n Church got into char­ac­ter and acted out the story of the birth of Je­sus for lo­cal res­i­dents and out-oftown visi­tors alike.

The church puts on the pro­duc­tion dur­ing the hol­i­days every other year, and de­spite some chilly con­di­tions they put on their an­nual show on Dec. 16 and Dec. 17. Church mem­bers all take part in the event, with some don­ning cos­tumes and roles while others do their part with help set­ting up the out­door manger or en­sur­ing cos­tumes are pressed and ready to wear.

“Peo­ple love the Christ­mas mu­sic and it isn’t just nos­tal­gic of it but also for a deeper mean­ing,” Rev. Maryellen Hit­tel said in pre­vi­ous cov­er­age of this year’s Na­tiv­ity scene. “I think par­tic­u­larly at this time of year peo­ple are look­ing for mean­ing and in our world to­day we con­tin- ue to look for that. We be­lieve that is in com­mu­nity, and the Christ­mas story is one way we can share with the com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially the mes­sage of love.”

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