Community building results from Shows’s Eagle project



Once upon a time, the Dallas-Selfville Volunteer Fire Department had a covered building next to the fire station used for fundraisers and other community activities. But that was years ago. The community needed a new one.

That’s where scout Houston Shows, pictured above, of troop 159 came in. For his Eagle Scout project he suggested building the new community activity center shown– then found himself doing a considerable part of it. He first applied for a CAWACO grant on the fire department’s behalf. That was just the beginning of the process that culminated in the new building.

He had help along the way. Other scouts of troop 159 shown above pitched in to prepare the site. From the left are Barry Calamusa, Cody McCoy (partially hidden), Ben Loggins, Colton Clayton, and Matt Loggins. They also built picnic tables for use inside and outside the structure. Local businesses donated materials, labor, and equipment for the project, including Walker Brothers Building Materials, Jack Best Construction, Hicks Trucking and Poor Boy Store, Dale Patterson Electric, Jimmy Marsh Concrete, District 4 Commissioner Waymon Pitts, and Boy Scout Troop 159 itself.

CAWACO (CAhaba/WArrior/Coosa Resource Conservation and Development Council), following state Rep. Elwyn Thomas’s recommendation, provided a $5000 grant for the project. The council has funded numerous similar grants over recent years to assist local communities, schools, towns, and fire departments with projects of vital civic interest.

The building will be used for the fire department’s fundraising activities, and will be available for use by the community at large.