Annual keepsake ornament tells history of Sumter County's judicial center

Sumter Volunteers' Keepsake Series on sale now

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Sumter Volunteers continues its annual Keepsakes Series with a gold-plated brass depiction of Sumter County Judicial Center.

A brief history of the building is included with the 2017 ornament, the 24th edition and third of the series offered by Sumter Volunteers, which is now on sale for $16 each. The text states:

"On Nov. 8, 2008, the citizens of Sumter County passed a 1-cent capital sales tax to fund various projects throughout Sumter County. The largest project on the list was the Sumter County Judicial Center located at 215 N. Harvin St. in Sumter, South Carolina. Sumter County officials broke ground for the project on Sept. 13, 2011.

"In less than two years, the project was completed, and on Tuesday, July 15, 2013, the grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremony was held with South Carolina Supreme Court Justice Jean Toal as the keynote speaker.

"This three-story structure contains 80,000 square-feet of office and courtroom space equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

"The judicial center has five courtrooms used for circuit, family, master of equity, probate, and a jury assembly room used for multiple judicial purposes. Offices located in the judicial center include the clerk of court, solicitor, probate, public defenders, and Sumter County Sheriff's Office security office."

The 2017 ornament can be purchased at the Sumter Volunteer's office in the Liberty Center, 12H W. Liberty St.; Simpson Hardware at 40 W. Wesmark Blvd.; Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce at 32 E. Calhoun St.; and Swan Lake Visitors Center at 822 W. Liberty St.

Many of the previous ornaments are also available for purchase.

For more information, call Sumter Volunteers at (803) 775-7423.