WAGT reports that the Hancock County Courthouse in Sparta Georgia burned overnight:
Georgia arson investigators are currently are on the scene of a fire that has destroyed the Hancock County courthouse in Sparta. The call came in around 3:30am. No injuries have been reported. The courthouse holds the public records for the entire county and it was currently undergoing restoration.
While those of us in metro Atlanta may no longer view the “county seat” or our courthouse as much more than the hub of legal activity, courthouses in more rural areas still signify much more than a place where legal proceedings are held. It’s the anchor of the town, and in many ways it represents “where we are from”.
I remember when the courthouse in Fayetteville burned back in 1982 (+/-). It was a true loss for the community that went well beyond the legal community. Luckily for the people of Sparta the important thing is “no injuries were reported”. Now they’ll have some rebuilding to do.