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U.S. Constitution is honored at new courthouse

September 16, 2010|By TRISH RUDDER
  • Boys and Girls Club members, from left, Lyric Hammer, Maddie Risinger, Danielle Dugan and Ally Mellott, stand with the club's education coordinator, Geri Bilka, who participated Thursday in the dedication of a display of historic documents including the U.S. Constitution at the Morgan County Courthouse in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
Trish Rudder, Staff Writer

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - In celebration of today's 223rd anniversary of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution, the Morgan County Commission held a ceremony Thursday to dedicate the documents which are on display at the new Morgan County Courthouse.

Local artist Chris Bosley built the 12-foot-long, 30-inch-high oak table that has copies of the original U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights displayed under glass across from the Circuit Courtroom on the third floor.

Commission president Brenda J. Hutchinson read the resolution that Morgan County will observe Constitution Day.

Seven members of the Morgan County Boys and Girls Club were on hand to help dedicate the display and Mikayla Mellott, 13, recited the Constitution's Preamble.

Bosley said he felt the Constitution is not being seen enough, especially in schools, and he built two wall hanging displays that are in Berkeley Springs High School and Warm Springs Middle School.

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He said the Morgan County Republican Club, Prosecutor Debra MH McLaughlin, Sheriff Vince Shambaugh and other county citizens donated funds to build the courthouse display.

Commissioner Thomas R. Swaim said he was impressed with the men who got the table display in the building.

"It would not fit in the elevator, and they had to bring it up three flights of stairs," he said.

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