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April 16, 2014

Hedrick building has friends

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Another volunteer who was glad they did was Earl Mefford. In the 1950s, he helped install the floors as the building was erected. Until the 800-plus citizens of Hedrick took over, he worried the building would just end up falling down.

The civic center hosts weddings, birthday parties and community basketball games, at least one of which was played on the backs of sneaker-wearing donkeys. It's name comes from the former custodian at Hedrick's high school buildings: Carl Craff was liked by adults and children alike, Cavin said, and he was well respected.

"He was custodian here for 50 years," Cavin said.

Carl Craff's photo has a place of honor at the entryway, right across from a picture of the town's namesake, Civil War General John Morrow Hedrick.

News reporter Mark Newman is on Twitter @couriermark

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