The Jacinto Foundation is looking up as they prepare for major renovations thanks to a quarter-million grant from the state of Mississippi.

Foundation members formally accepted a $250,000 state grant on Tuesday which will be used first for roof repairs and then other renovations at the historic courthouse. The funds were part of bond funding appropriated earlier this year for projects across the state by the Mississippi legislature.

“We’re so appreciative of everyone who helped with this,” said Foundation Board Member Dale Fortenberry.

Foundation Executive Director Charlette Foster said they’re grateful to all those involved in securing the funding, including state representatives Nick Bain, Bubba Carpenter and Tracy Arnold.

She said the first project slated for the funds is much-needed repairs to the courthouse roof.

“If we don’t get it fixed, we’ll have other problems,” she said.

They’re considering numerous other renovations as well.

Foster and Fortenberry noted they’re also awaiting word later this month from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History regarding another grant they’ve applied for to assist with renovation work.

The foundation has had a busy fall and winter season as they hosted the courthouse’s first-ever fall festival and a month-long celebration of Christmas in Jacinto. More events and improvements are coming.

Fortenberry said they’re excited about the future and grateful for the huge amount of support they’ve received from the community and local governments.

“You would not believe the amount of community support we’ve had. We’ve been totally taken aback by it,” he said.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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