State Rep. Craig Redmon, R-Canton, addresses the crowd Wednesday at the courthouse dedication in Kahoka, Mo. Redmon also attended the Aug. 2, 2011, ground breaking for the courthouse.
Sen. Brian Munzlinger, a Republican representing Missouri’s 18th District, described the new Clark County Courthouse Wednesday as a place “where everything starts for the people of Clark County.”
Members of the local Missouri Freemasons lodge conducted a brief Masonic cornerstone dedication Wednesday. In Masonic tradition, the cornerstone symbolizes stability because it historically was the first piece to be laid when constructing a building.
American Legion members and state and local dignitaries assume a patriotic demeanor Wednesday as the American flag is flown over the new Clark County Courthouse in Kahoka, Mo. The flag was first flown over the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
Attorney General Chris Koster speaks Wednesday during the dedication of the new Clark County Courthouse in Kahoka, Mo. He noted that while Jefferson City, Mo., is seen as “the heart of state government, that distinction belongs to each of our courthouses.”
Supreme Court Justice Mary Rhodes Russell addresses hundreds of attendees to Wednesday’s courthouse dedication ceremony. Russell congratulated the community for allowing the project to proceed.
Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Webber speaks Wednesday to those who gathered for the dedication of the new Clark County Courthouse in Kahoka, Mo.
Clark County, Mo., residents check out photographs of the former Clark County Courthouse, which hang in the entryway of the new structure, following Wednesday’s dedication ceremony. The old stucco courthouse was built in 1871 at a cost of $22,815.
Former Clark County Commissioner Shawn McAfee gives the closing remarks and benediction at Wednesday’s dedication of the new courthouse. McAfee served on a committee for the project.
Clark County, Mo., Presiding Commissioner Ron Brewer presents the American flag to an American Legion member Wednesday during the dedication of the new courthouse. The flag was delivered to the county by Betty Anne McCaskill, mother of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
The Clark County R-1 High School Marching Band stands at attention Wednesday during the dedication of the new Clark County Courthouse in Kahoka, Mo. The band played at the opening and conclusion of the ceremony, and performed the national anthem as the American Legion raised American and state flags.
Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students from Running Fox Elementary in Wayland, Mo., attended the dedication of the new Clark County Courthouse Wednesday in Kahoka, Mo. Grades 3-5 from Black Hawk Elementary in Kahoka also witnessed the event.
Wednesday’s courthouse dedication in Kahoka, Mo., drew many of the county residents who voted in favor of a half-cent sales tax to fund the $4 million project.
Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students from Black Hawk Elementary in Kahoka, Mo., witness history Wednesday as the new Clark County Courthouse is dedicated. Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Webber pointed out that the building was constructed not only for those who use it now, but also for future generations.
Attendees of Wednesday’s courthouse dedication service stuck around to view the building’s interior, including the circuit courtroom on the second floor. The associate courtroom is located adjacent to the circuit courtroom.