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Crowd marvels at courthouse
Historic building re-opens to rave reviews
Effingham County Commission Chairman Dusty Zeigler, center, accepts the plaque for the renovated historic Effingham Courthouse from Josh Simpson and architect Andy Harper of J.T. Turner Construction. - photo by Photo by Pat Donahue
With modern flourishes and touches and an eye toward its century of life, the doors to the Historic Effingham Courthouse swung open again Saturday afternoon.
The courthouse, now 101 years old, had been closed for more than a year as a team of architects, engineers and workers labored to painstakingly restore the venerable edifice and adapt it to 21st century use. 
“This has been the most fulfilling and rewarding project I’ve ever worked on,” said Josh Simpson, project manager for J.T. Turner Construction.
Work began in the summer of 2009, and the refurbished historic courthouse will be the home for the tax assessor, tax commissioner, district attorney and GIS starting Wednesday.
For the complete story, see Tuesday's edition of the Effingham Herald.