Daily Press photo by John Gore
The public will have an opportunity to inspect the new
Greene County Courthouse at 2 p.m.
Planners Set Dedication Date
By Dick Clifford
The wraps will officially come off the new Greene
County Courthouse at 2 p.m. Sunday when the structure, which cost
$4.1 million to build and furnish, is dedicated. County officials
and employees moved from the old courthouse, built in 1888, into the
39,000-square-foot building Monday and Tuesday. It opened for
business at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Here is a tentative schedule of events, provided by
Lange will also introduce Jonesboro architects Jerry
Brackett and George Krennerich, who designed the courthouse, as
well as the Ramsons Construction Co. of Jonesboro, which erected
The Light, West and Howell estates, who contributed to
construction of the building, will also be recognized. Another
open house is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday. Ramsons' $3.148
million bid was the lowest in a field of six companies. The
two-story, brick building, which took about 14 months to
complete, houses all county offices. Circuit, chancery and
municipal courtrooms are located upstairs.
In August 1994, county voters approved a l-cent,
countywide sales tax to pay for the courthouse. The tax, which
expired March 31, also generated $750,000 to pay for the
renovation of the former City Light & Water building on West
Court street into a new Paragould City Hall.
To make room for the courthouse, the 90-year-old Trice
house at the corner of West Court and 3 1/2 streets was torn down
in August 1995, as were two smaller houses on the farmer Miles
property at the rear of the lot. The new courthouse will boast a
link from the county's earliest days with the display of the
that dates from the 1877 courthouse at Gainesville. The safe,
which weighs between 8,000 and 10,000 pounds, is located to the
right of the doors on the north side of the building.
[December 13, 1996 Paragould Daily Press]
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