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Deed books go from shelf to van as movers set up the newly renovated courthouse. / April 01, 2021

Moving vans have been running up and down the street from the Bethune Complex’s temporary courtroom facilities to the Halifax County Courthouse all week, moving materials back into the renovated historic courthouse in time for the planned opening Monday.

On Monday, crews and trucks with Durham, N.C.-based moving company Hildrup arrived at the Bethune Complex in Halifax to scoop up items to relocate back inside the courthouse, which has been closed for three years for extensive renovations and reconstruction. The week-long transition was made a bit smoother for courthouse staff when Hildrup provided packing totes and rolling carts to gather up materials days beforehand.

“The packing was much easier this go around,” said Circuit Court Clerk Cathy Cosby. This time heavy duty plastic totes were provided. The totes, used in place of cardboard boxes, were piled on rolling carts and could be stacked on top of one another.

At the offices of Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, the staff there had packed up, too, ready and eager to move into their new home.

“We are looking forward to our new spacious location,” said Juvenile Justice director Kara Comer, noting there is more room and better security measures in place at the newly renovated courthouse. “It is a huge improvement and definitely better than before.”

Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and General District Court offices have been housed on a temporary basis at the renovated industrial arts center at the Bethune Complex, which in its former life served as a school building. The offices of Halifax County Circuit Court were set up inside the main Bethune building, around back where the old gym is still used for county recreational programs.

While moving crews were busy this week, so were contractors finishing up last minute details at Main Street site of the circa 1820s county courthouse. There were several contractor vehicles alongside the courthouse square on Tuesday including Historic Window Restoration, audio and visual company StageSound, waterproofing contractors with HippoSeal Inc, S & R Painting, mobile storage company Patterson Pope, and CRB Electrical and Mechanical.

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