Old Greene County Courthouse Restoration Nears End

PARAGOULD, Ark. (AP) - The restoration of the 1888 Greene County Courthouse in Paragould is finally nearing an end. It was only supposed to take about three years but has taken about 13 years, instead.

Building the courtroom furniture is the last phase of the restoration work. Joel Helms of Helms Custom Fixtures has taken on the job of constructing the judge's bench, jury box, counsel tables and other furniture for the courtroom.

Helms says his goal is to have his work done before the end of the year. Retired Circuit Judge Gerald Brown and other residents joined together to convince county officials to restore the old building, rather than tear it down and build a new one there.

State grants, matching grants and generous donations made the work possible.

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