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Century-old cornerstone to be part of new jail building

Friday, September 3, 2004

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Sheriff Robert Carter, Judge Ernest Yelton, Clay County Jail Owners Representative Gary Rodgers, and Kenny Pickett stand behind a 109-year-old cornerstone donated to the county by Pickett. The stone, once a part of the old Clay County Jail, was salvaged by Pickett when he and his late father, former Mayor Norval Pickett, demolished the building in 1963.

Pickett donated the stone, which weighs approximately 700 pounds, to the county on behalf of his father.

"I think my Dad would be pleased," he said.

The stone will be used in some capacity in the new Clay County jail. Rodgers and Yelton said its use will be discussed at the Sept. 13 County Commissioners meeting. Rodgers said he did not know if the stone would be used for construction or decorational purposes.

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