Rep. Russell Bedsole Awards $5000 Grant to Woodstock Community Library and Honors Late Council Member Arvell Kornegay 


By Savannah Logan 


Representative Russell Bedsole demonstrated his commitment to enhancing community resources by awarding a $5000 grant to the Woodstock Community Library building fund. This generous grant aims to support ongoing efforts to improve and expand the library facilities and to ensure that residents have access to vital educational and cultural resources. 


Mayor Jeff Dodson accepted the contribution on behalf of the Woodstock community with great gratitude. In his remarks, Mayor Dodson commended Rep. Bedsole’s continuing advocacy for libraries and described him as “as a pivotal supporter of local initiatives that promote literacy and community engagement” according to the Town of Woodstock news release.  


“We are deeply grateful to Representative Bedsole for his unwavering support of our community library,” Mayor Dodson stated. “His dedication to enriching our educational resources is invaluable, and we are thrilled to see such proactive involvement from our state representative.” 


In addition to this significant contribution, the town held an official dedication ceremony for the Arvell Kornegay Walking Track. This event honored the late Arvell Kornegay, a lifelong resident and instrumental figure in the formation and growth of Woodstock. The Town of Woodstock expressed gratitude to Rep. Bedsole, former Mayor Rickey Kornegay, the Kornegay family, and all who contributed to making this dedication possible. 


The planning committee for this memorial included Tiffney McCulley, Carla Smotherman, and Dorinda Smith, whose thoughtful care went into every aspect of making the memorial as special as it is.  


The memorial inscription reads: “DEDICATED TO AND IN MEMORY OF COUNCIL MEMBER ARVELL KORNEGAY. This walking track is dedicated to the tireless efforts and community service provided by life long resident Arvell Kornegay. Council Member Kornegay was instrumental in the formation of the Town. He was an invaluable asset to its citizens and a friend to many. The Town could not have grown to its current size and potential without his passion, hard work and dedication. Because of his servant’s heart, Council Member Kornegay has touched the lives of all citizens of the Town of Woodstock. July 2006.” 


(Photos are courtesy of Michele Dickey, Town of Woodstock.)