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— One of the best kept secrets of Northwest Arkansas received national attention this past summer.

Businessman John Clough of New Holland, PA, spearheaded a week-long trip to Sulphur Springs to provide finances and manpower to assist the newly established Shiloh Conference and Retreat Center renovate its gymnasium.

John Clough, along with David White, Paul Clough, Shaun Marquis and Larry Sarrell - all from Pennsylvania - joined the Harris Steele family of Sulphur Springs and the Reverend Bret Beauford family of Noel.

Thanks to everyone’s hardwork old walls were removed, new wiring was installed and studs were put in place for two wings for future sleeping quarters. Three fresh coats of paint brought a facelift to the exterior.

Plans are now in place to build an indoor climbing wall, install handicap accessible restrooms complete with showers and refinish the floors in preparation for a basketball/volleyball court.

Shiloh Conference and RetreatCenterwillusethehistoric gymnasium to accommodate youthandyoungadultretreats inthenearfuture.

The volunteer team was also able to remove sheetrock and strip floors at an additional building on the property. This sixteenbedroom, eight-bathroom house is being prepared to become a safe place for single mothers and their children to live.

During the week Shiloh Conference and Retreat Center donated printing supplies to Robert Fitzpatrick of Neosho Bible School in Neosho, MO, which is now equipped with two 1250 presses plus all equipment needed to run a print shop.

Shiloh Conference and Retreat Center believes this is only the tip of the iceberg for the plans God has in His vision for the facility. For information about the Conference and Retreat Center, including booking, pricing, etc., e-mail

News, Pages 5 on 10/21/2009

Print Headline: Old Gymnasium Taking On New Life At Sulphur

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