Demolition: The fall before the rise

This view shows the front of the building as of Saturday. A Mississippi Landmark, the courthouse was completed in 1915 and burned Jan. 17, 2013. The site will be transferred to the village of Walthall after the job is complete and a new courthouse will be built on the west side of Highway 9 in Walthall.

COURTESY PHOTO Demolition of the burned ruins of the historic Webster County Courthouse in Walthall began last week, in conjunction with asbestos removal. Using a forklift and trackhoe to push the second-floor wall in on the west side of the building on Feb. 17 are Jimmy Bell and Ken Knight. The county has contracted with Bell Demolition and Environmental Services to remove asbestos-containing material and with Knight for demolition. As of that day, Knight said Bell had removed all of the asbestos on the first floor and part of it on the second floor. Knight is to save 30,000 bricks for the county.

COURTESY PHOTO
Demolition of the burned ruins of the historic Webster County Courthouse in Walthall began last week, in conjunction with asbestos removal. Using a forklift and trackhoe to push the second-floor wall in on the west side of the building on Feb. 17 are Jimmy Bell and Ken Knight. The county has contracted with Bell Demolition and Environmental Services to remove asbestos-containing material and with Knight for demolition. As of that day, Knight said Bell had removed all of the asbestos on the first floor and part of it on the second floor. Knight is to save 30,000 bricks for the county.

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