Within 24 hours of putting in a call in to state Rep. Doug Cox, the Jay Community Center's broken stove had been replaced with a new one.

Cox, R-Grove, received a call last Wednesday from Bonnie Rudick of the Oklahoma State University Extension Office reporting that the community center's electric stove was broken. He immediately phoned state Sen. Charles Wyrick. Together they and Mayor Wayne Dunham were able to contact Metro Builder Supply in Joplin who offered to donate the new stove.

 “A lot of civic organizations - including the OSU Extension office, quilting groups and groups that raise money for a number of causes - use the center and the stove to put on functions,” Cox said. “Charitable organizations hold Indian taco fundraisers and chili feeds. It was very important to replace it.”

 “I was pleased we were able to help out the community center so quickly,” Wyrick, D-Fairland, said. “The community center serves a very important function in providing a number of groups with a place to hold their events. I am also grateful to the donor for saving the taxpayers a bit of money in this tough year.”

 Cox said that Wyrick drove the stove to the community center himself.

 “If it hadn't been for a delay caused by an issue they ran into hooking it up, they would have had that thing up and running just a short while after reporting it broken,” Cox said. “Senator Wyrick drove the stove there himself after locating a home builder who was good enough to donate the stove. With the budget shortfalls we face this year, every little bit helps and I am grateful to the donor for giving taxpayers one less thing to fund.”