According to Keith Mattox, 20 or so years ago Locomotion was organized and dances were held in the old Pomeroy High School and later moved to the Mechanic Street warehouse. After a few years they were discontinued. Mattox was one of the teens who attended those dances.
Now married with teens of his own, Mattox decided to reactivate Locomotion where kids could come and have a good time in a well-chaperoned and safe place.
Plans are moving forward for the non-profit venture and June has been set as the goal for opening Locomotion in the Rutland Civil Center for teens 12 to 18.
Currently fund raising is under way. Mattox says it will take between $2,000 and $3,000 to buy needed equipment. Several DJ’s have already volunteered their service, and several parents have stepped up to serve as chaperones and handle refreshments.
Last weekend a yard sale was held by Chris Parker. On May 8 a car wash will be held at McDonalds by Makya Trussell and friends. The big event will be a poker run on May 22 organized by Teresa Trussell.
The run will start at the River City Sports Bar in Pomeroy. Signup will be from 11 a.m. to noon, T-shirts and tank tops will be for sale there.
The run will begin at River City with the first bike out at 11:30 a.m. The stops will be at Hogg Haven in Gallipolis, Mizway in Pomeroy, Smiling Skull in Athens, Summerfields in Chester, and back to River City in Pomeroy, where events will be held throughout the evening.