A local boy scout recently performed a service for Dawson County Middle School and in doing so may have secured his place among the scout's elite.
Involved with the Boy Scouts of America since the first grade, Austin Little hopes to earn the rank of Eagle Scout by the end of the year.
To earn the rank, the Dawson County High sophomore needed to complete a service project within the community.
Little was in luck. His old school, Dawson County Middle, also had a need. Since re-opening in 2008 the school's football field lacked a concession stand.
Tricia Leete, acting president of the school's Parents Teachers and Students Organization, contacted Little and asked if he had any interest in building a stand for the school.
"[Leete] called and said they were looking for a scout in the area to build it for them," Little said. "I've done a little construction before, so I said yes."
For the construction plans, Little and a friend turned to a gazebo at his friend's house.
"We modified it for a concession stand, but the plans were pretty easy based off the gazebo," Little said.
Little and a group of friends got together Aug. 20 and began to build the stand.
"I thought it would take at least two weekends," Little said.
Instead, it took two days.
"It went right up, I had a lot of great support from my friends and they really helped a ton," Little said.
The scout also received support from several local businesses.
"The PTSO handled most of the funding, but I had to find another $400-$500," Little said. "So I went around to local businesses and got some donations."
Little said that he plans to stay in the Boy Scouts for as long as he can.
"I've made great friends and had some really great experiences," Little said. "So I want to be in the organization for as long as they'll have me."
As for plans after high school, he said he wants to go to college but doesn't know what he wants to major in.
"I like math and science, they're pretty cool, but I don't know what I would want a degree in," he said.