Opp After School Project

A Wiregrass clergyman says it's his mission to set a straight and narrow course for inner-city youth, but a lack of funds will temporarily close Reverend Timothy Williams' after-school program.

The Elba native operates the program at a one-time nightclub in Opp. The kids range in age from kindergarten to middle school.

Since the beginning of the operation last September, Reverend Williams says many of the youngsters have shown a dramatic improvement in their test scores.

However, this summer the program will be out of money.

"The program will end to September when we can get funding. We were trying to get funding before we closed down. Now we will have to end the program until the funds," said Rev. Williams.

In August, Reverend Williams hopes that the Opp city school district will once again help fund his after-school project. Until then, it will cease operations after Saturday.