Jones County hoping to be back in historic courthouse in September

TRENTON, NC (WITN) - It will still be months before one Eastern Carolina courthouse can reopen after being damaged from Hurricane Florence.

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley toured the Jones County Courthouse in Trenton this morning.

Beasley said, "They are doing a whole lot with very little, and I think that says a lot about the spirit, resilience, and commitment to the people."

The historic courthouse has been closed and court moved temporarily to the Jones County Board of Elections Building, just outside of Trenton.

The Jones County Courthouse dates back to 1939, and all walls have a plaster finish. The Jones County Manager said repairs to the historic structure will cost $2 million and take longer than repairs to more modern buildings. Only select contractors are able to do the work. .

Several courthouses in the state were closed in the aftermath of the hurricane, but all have reopened except for the one in Jones County.

Beasley says, "It's just been amazing to see the spirit of people who have lost a lot personally, to still go forward and work really, really hard."

The county hopes to be back in the courthouse in September.