Shorts gives computers to senior center

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SALYERSVILLE - Representative John Short delivered five new Dell laptops to the Magoffin County Senior Center on Monday after receiving a request less than a month ago.

Mae Bryant, who frequents the center, asked Judge Executive Dr. Charles Hardin a few weeks ago if they could get some old computers for the seniors to learn how to use them. Hardin then, in turn, asked John Short if he could help, which led to a surprise delivery on Monday of the brand new computers.

"I can't think of another group of people who would be more deserving or appreciative of something like this," Short said.

Bryant said they are "tickled to death" to receive these leftover state office computers.

"This is something us seniors need," Bryant said. "We need to learn to be on top of this stuff. Right now we don't know anything (about it). We have games and things, but we need to be more technical."

Marlene Howard, program director at the Senior Center, said she and the office staff spend a lot of time looking up information for the seniors, which now they will be able to do themselves. They hope to bring in students from the high school, possibly, to help the seniors get familiar with the technology.