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Officials working on courthouse celebration

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

BENTON -- According to one county resident, the Scott County Courthouse used to smell like cigars and whiskey. There's been a lot changes over the last 100 years with most of them -- such as the scent of clean floors -- being for the better.

County Commissioners met with Judy Stewart, secretary, Deborah Gunter, correspondence secretary/newsletter editor, and Glenda Milam, member, of the Scott County Historical and Genealogy Society during the regular County Commission meeting Tuesday.

Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger said commissioners are working with the Historical Society on a celebration for the 100th anniversary of the courthouse's construction on June 16.

"A 100-year celebration doesn't come around very often," Burger said. "Not many courthouses have stood the test of time as well as ours."

When the courthouse was built, "things were a lot different," Gunter said.

Courtroom floors used to be covered with sawdust, she said.

"They didn't like to hear people rustle their feet so they put sawdust down," Gunter said.

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