October 18, 2007

Scotland County Courthouse Centennial Celebration to be Held October 22nd

The Scotland County Courthouse has withstood the test of time for 100 years. Now the group hosting a centennial celebration for the facility is working to insure the historic landmark continues to keep time for future generations.

The Scotland County Community Betterment Group will host a special celebration on Monday, October 22 to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the county seat.

The services will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the courthouse with Judges Gary Dial and Karl DeMarce serving as masters of ceremony. Judge E. Richard Webber will be the keynote speaker. The Scotland County R-I Band as well as the Brothers and Sisters Quartet will provide entertainment.

An open house and reception will follow the ceremony until 3:00 p.m.

The event will cap off months of preparation by the community group, which has targeted restoration of the courthouse clock as a goal working forward from the centennial celebration.

The fundraising efforts are approaching the $10,000 level, with organizers hoping a good turnout at the special event may further boost those efforts.

Costs for repairing and restoring the clock located atop the courthouse have been estimated at $46,000.

The community betterment group is preparing an application for the Missouri Heritage Properties Program through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The grant program assists in the preservation of historic buildings in public, governmental ownership. For the initial round of grants, priority will be given to projects assisting in the preservation of county courthouses. The program provides a financial incentive for the preservation of important National Register listed or eligible properties that currently cannot benefit from other assistance programs such as the state and federal tax credits. Buildings selected should still be used for their historic purpose.

The grant, which would provide 70% funding for the project, must be completed by November 30th with the group hoping to know by the first of the year if the project has been approved for funding.

Fundraising efforts would be used to fund the remaining 30-percent of the cost if the grant is approved.

In addition to the donations, the betterment group is selling commemorative paperweights honoring the courthouse centennial. A limited number of the collectibles remain at a cost of $15.

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