Randolph County makes push to complete courthouse renovation

CUTHBERT, Ga. -- The Randolph County Chamber of Commerce will kick off a fundraising campaign today as the final push for the $500,000 needed to restore the Randolph County Courthouse gets under way.

Built in 1885, the historic structure is reaching the completion mark of work begun in earnest in 2011. Some of the final needs include the building's elevator, the heating and air-conditioning system, inside furnishings, landscaping, a sprinkler system and public bathrooms.

The original sticker price for the project was $2.8 million, but the county halved that amount by using Department of Corrections labor.

Today's festivities are set to begin at 5:30 p.m. and courthouse tours will be conducted. State Rep. Gerald Greene, R-Cuthbert, will be on hand to make some remarks, and a brief history of the structure will be presented by Randolph County historian Karen Pittman.

The intent of the evening, however, is to raise the final half-million dollars needed to complete the renovation.

"We want people to come out and see the work that has already been done and what remains to be done," Chamber administrative assistant Clara Hammock said. "We will have several ways people can help support this worthy project."

Hammock said one of most popular offerings has been the Brick Project. Commemorative bricks bearing the names of the donor or loved ones will be available for $75 for a first brick and $50 for each subsequent brick an individual buys.

Other offerings include the rights to name a room within the building, which costs $5,000. Hammock said the rooms will be named in honor of a person or persons, and several rooms within the facility remain available for naming.

T-shirts will be available for $15 each, as well as courthouse floor plans at $45 each.

For more information on the event and renovation work, call the Randolph County Chamber at (229) 732-2683.