GASTON, Ind. (AP) — A small Gaston church that appeared in need of a miracle to keep from being converted back into a tavern has apparently been blessed with one.
"The papers were signed yesterday," a joyful Michael Osborne, pastor of Gaston Community Church, said Thursday.
Site of a former tavern that the state shut down, the church -- which now also includes a coffee shop and community center featuring exercise equipment and a library -- moved into the building in September, as members began scrubbing it clean and hauling out trash.
By mid-March, however, the church's effort to buy the building stalled, leading to a threat by the state to repossess it for sale to someone who planned to turn it back into a bar.
That's when Osborne put out a call for help.
The day a story about the situation appeared in The Star Press, townsfolk began approaching Osborne with donations.