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It will cost more to play ball in 2018

It will cost more money for local youth to participate in Grady County Recreation Department activities in 2018.
Grady County commissioners last Tuesday night approved rate increases proposed by Recreation Department Director Becky Bracewell.
According to Bracewell, the last time registration fees were adjusted was 2007.
Mrs. Bracewell is proposing an increase for all activities from $15 to $20 with the exception of football, which will increase from $25 to $30. The recreation director explained that football requires the county to routinely purchase replacement helmets, shoulder pads and mouth pieces as the reasoning for the higher fee for that sport.
Bracewell said that similar sized communities charge anywhere from $25 up to $45 per child to participate.
Grady County Commissioner LaFaye Copeland said her concern was for families with multiple children that may be unable to afford the higher fee.
Bracewell said she addressed every case based on need and commented she never wanted to prevent a child from participating due to not having the money.
She said that she has worked out payment plans for parents. Commissioner Copeland and Chairman Ray Prince volunteered to donate what they could to help if Bracewell was made aware of a need that could not be met.
Commissioner Copeland also questioned what could be done to improve the basketball program sponsored by the recreation department.
Bracewell said that due to the lack of a dedicated facility for basketball, her department has to depend on using local school gyms for the program. She said the basketball program is more or less an instructional program, rather than league play like the other sports.
Bracewell also reported that in 2017, 1,100 local youth participated in recreation department activities.

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