Originally created 11/20/02

Supreme Court justice to preside at dedication

Most of the cleanup work is finished, and the tent and chairs are in place.

This afternoon, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will preside over the dedication of the Columbia County Justice Center.

"Everything is in order and ready for the dedication tomorrow," County Administrator Steve Szablewski said.

On Tuesday night, Justice Kennedy was the featured speaker at an invitation-only dinner at Savannah Rapids Pavilion sponsored by the Augusta Bar Association.

Today's festivities begin at 2 p.m. in front of the judicial center on Ronald Reagan Drive in Evans. The ceremony is open to the public.

The judicial center will be closed to walk-up business from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Workers will be in the center answering phone calls and e-mail inquiries. The center will open at 8 a.m., then reopen shortly after 3 p.m., Mr. Szablewski said.

"(The closure) is really just to allow the sheriff's department to secure the area," he said.

The past week has been extremely hectic for local officials. On Nov. 11, a sprinkler head in the Justice Center snapped, sending water into several offices and the main lobby.

Augusta Millworks and the Columbia County Construction and Maintenance Department had crews in the building all weekend to clean carpets, replace molding and touch up paint, officials said.


WHAT: Columbia County Justice Center Dedication

WHEN: 2 p.m. today

WHERE: Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans

SPEAKER: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Reach Jason B. Smith at (706) 868-1222, Ext. 115, or jbsmith@augustachronicle.com.


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