PIERCE CITY - The National Guard Armory in Pierce City that wasdamagedby a 2003 tornado is being transformed into a mentalhealthcenter. Clark Center and the city have entered into aone-yearlease agreement. The mental-health agency can renew the leasefor sixyears and buy the building at any time. The tornado on May 4,2003,badly damaged the armory and much of Pierce City's businessdistrict.Since then, a grocery store, a drug store, a library and amunicipalbuilding have been built. The Clark Community Mental HealthCenter willoperate 24 hours a dayand house up to 60 workers. PierceCity Mayor Carol Hirsch says thetown's survival depends on the centerbringing jobs and businesses tothe area.
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