Grants sought to help Ellisville courthouse

Grants sought to help Ellisville courthouse

ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - There was some positive news for the Ellisville courthouse during the Jones County Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday.

The board voted unanimously to allow for grants to be sought in order to renovate and restore the historic Ellisville treasure.

Concerned citizens met with the board during the regularly scheduled meeting, represented by Grant Hedgepeth, an Ellisville based attorney, who spoke on their behalf.

Hedgepeth said that he is encouraged by the vote and that it was good news for the courthouse.

"Thank goodness the board of supervisors voted to investigate what grants are available," Hedgepeth said. "There are state and federal grants that will cover anywhere from 50 percent of the cost all the way up to eighty-percent of the costs. Today is the first steps I have seen towards preserving that courthouse."

Also speaking during the meeting was Lance Chancellor, who specializes in seeking for grants for other agencies in the county.

According to Chancellor, the courthouse could benefit from being designated as a historic landmark by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. It was also placed on the National Register of Historic Places in Mississippi.

It is estimated that the cost for repairing the courthouse to be in the neighborhood would be $800,000.

The group also stressed that there are about 10 counties (including neighboring Jasper County) that also have two courthouses that serve the citizens in those areas.

The Ellisville courthouse was built in 1908.