Renovation project underway at courthouse

By: Maisie Insko Email
By: Maisie Insko Email

A southeastern Kentucky courthouse is undergoing some major renovations to provide more space for elected officials.

Government officials have found a way to pay for the project without busting the county budget.

The opening of the Whitley County Judicial Center back in November freed up a lot of space in the court house.

“You got your circuit clerk, where you get your driver’s license, or where you file lawsuits and your circuit court and family court are all in the new judicial center,” Whitley County Judge Executive Pat White said.

The building is in the middle of a major renovation project that is transforming the old....into the new.

The facelift gives more office space to everyone in the building and some say they really need it.

"This sheriff's office was setup for a sheriff, a couple clerks, and maybe two or three deputies, now there's 23 people out of this one office,” Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell said.

The best part is this process is that it isn't breaking the bank.

The county actually received the money for the project from the old abandoned Whitley County Jail.

“When we sold the jail to the judicial center there was 115,000 dollars set aside to help pay for the old courthouse,” Judge executive White said.

With the help of a few signs, those visiting will soon be able to navigate themselves around the newly remodeled building.

Judge Executive Pat White says he expects the renovation project to be completed by mid-summer.

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