By Kevin Barlow Herald & Review

CLINTON — State Rep. Bill Mitchell was only half joking when he told a group of seniors at the DeWitt County Friendship Center in Clinton that because there was not enough parking available, he had to park illegally.

On future visits, however, that shouldn’t be a problem as Mitchell, R-Forsyth, announced during his visit that the center would receive a $100,000 grant from the state to build a new parking lot.

“This project was started several years ago,” Mitchell said. “But sometimes, these projects take a little bit of time.”