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Renovated Lamar courthouse to be dedicated Thursday

A major feature of the new Lamar County Circuit Courthouse is a restored clocktower.  It was damaged in the 1908 tornado and destroyed in a fire in 1934. A major feature of the new Lamar County Circuit Courthouse is a restored clocktower. It was damaged in the 1908 tornado and destroyed in a fire in 1934.
LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

Lamar County residents are invited to attend the dedication ceremony Thursday morning for the renovated Lamar County Circuit Courthouse.

Work on the 108-year-old building began about 15 months ago. The most noticeable external feature is a fully-restored clock tower, which was destroyed in a fire in 1934.

Inside the building, first floor offices have been redesigned, a courtroom balcony has been re-opened and a west side staircase has been rebuilt.

The price tag for the project was about $4.5 million.  

"The process has been a long one," said Chuck Bennett, Lamar County administrator. "We kind of took our time and we were trying to be good stewards. The county only borrowed about $3million. The rest we kind of paid for as we went," Bennett said. 

The ceremony at the courthouse Thursday begins at 10 a.m.

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