Members of the community were stunned to learned Parkview Lanes, the last bowling alley in the Greene County, was set to shut the doors for good Monday.
"It's just a sad situation that this happened. There are so many people and different age groups it effects," Dennis Hancock, president of the Linton-based United States Bowling Congress Association, said.
Association manager Jamie Woodward said while some bowlers may be joining other leagues, the closing of the Linton bowling alley will cause an issue for youth and elderly bowlers.
"It's the only thing in Linton to do. It's a place for kids to go, so they are not on the street. We have a senior league that is just devastated for the winter because they can't travel out of town," Woodward said.
Parkview Lanes was the last remaining bowling alley in Greene County, and Woodward said it served as one of the few places residents of all ages can gather.
"It's just a place for everybody to meet. I remember bowling as a kid there, and that's why it's so shocking to us right now," Woodward said.
Both Woodward and Hancock stressed their fear for the youth of the community if the bowling alley is not purchased and re-opened soon.
"Kids are so pushed today, they have such high demands on them at school and home. They need an outlet. The youth could go up there. There were games, or they could bowl. It kept them off the street. That's what I look at," Woodward said.
Hancock said he fears the youth who frequent the bowling alley will take to running around town at night since they can no longer meet at the bowling alley.
"I feel sorry for the youth. All I keep thinking is, where are they going to go now? The only other place is out running the streets," Hancock said.
Woodward added the members of the bowling league have become an extended family, and have spent a lot of time together.
"You go there every week. You see the same people. You go with your friends, and you make new friends," Woodward said.
Those who frequent the bowling alley have hopes someone will be able to purchase the establishment and get it running again soon.
"I'll be glad when someone buys the place. Hopefully someone will pick up pretty soon, and we will be able to get the leagues back in there," Hancock said.
Hancock added there has been discussion of joining other leagues, but bowlers would have to travel as far as Sullivan, Terre Haute or Washington.
"A lot of people don't like driving at night," Hancock added.
Although, nothing has been set in stone for the future of the bowling there is still hope.
"There are just rumors, but I haven't heard anything solid yet," Hancock said.