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Scouts add color to courthouse lawn

Boy Scouts from Whigham Troop 383 and other volunteers lead by Scout Isaac Bivins braved the hot temperatures Saturday to complete a landscaping project at the Grady County Courthouse.
The landscaping effort was Bivins’ Eagle Scout service project and Grady County administrator Carlos Tobar reports the project was a huge success.
“Isaac orchestrated all the work that was done on the grounds. I am grateful to Isaac for all he has done for Grady County in the last two years,” Tobar said.
Bivins, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Jeff Bivins, was previously an intern in the county commission office and developed specifications for the new computer servers at the sheriff’s office and tax commissioner’s office, according to Tobar.
In addition to recruiting his fellow scouts to assist with the planting of new plants on the courthouse grounds, Bivins developed a budget for the project including a list of plants, materials and supplies.
Tobar expressed thanks to Derrick Major, owner of a local landscaping firm, for assisting county personnel in identifying plants and shrubs that needed to be removed and replaced as well as making recommendations for replacement plants and shrubs.
Tobar said that the old growth was removed by inmates under the supervision of jail administrator John Walton and with assistance from Kevin Starling of the county’s building and grounds department.
Flowerwood Nursery donated all of the new plants, Tobar noted.
According to Tobar,  five hydrangeas, 20 Encore azaleas, 14 Carissa holly and 14 dwarf Yaupon were planted by the Bivins lead team of volunteers Saturday both on the courthouse grounds and in front of the Board of Registrars office behind the courthouse.
Tobar noted that other plants and shrubs need to be cut back, but that would have to be done at the opportune time.
According to county officials, this is just the first phase of an effort to improve the landscaping at the county courthouse.
“I’m glad to see something done about improving the looks of the courthouse. We need to look at how often the grass is cut around here,” Commission Vice Chairman Elwyn Childs said Tuesday night.
County clerk Carrie Kines-Croy said that Kevin Starling would now be responsible for the lawn maintenance at the courthouse. Tobar said that Starling is also responsible for making sure the new plantings are properly watered and cared for.

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