The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

February 22, 2013

UPDATE: Courthouse operations may relocate to event center

By Kim West

— The 39th Judicial Circuit might be moving from the downtown Limestone County Courthouse to the Limestone County Event Center on Pryor Street to allow the ongoing courthouse renovations to be completed by mid-2014.

Commission Chairman Stanley Menefee and Brian Moore, who is the president of the project’s general contractor, Martin & Cobey, have discussed moving the county’s court operations sometime in June.

Menefee cautioned this is only a preliminary plan but he said moving the courts to the event center would allow the estimated $2 million renovation project to be completed more quickly, and the court’s four presiding judges might have the use of four small courtrooms instead of the two courtrooms currently available at the courthouse.

“We’re looking at changing directions on the courthouse, which might speed it up. What we’re looking at doing is shutting down the courthouse, and moving (the courts) out to the event center — everything except for the first floor,” Menefee said Thursday.