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Evans County wraps up Centennial year

Courthouse ceremony marks close of
County’s centennial celebration

By Mickey Peace
Enterprise Publisher

After a hundred years in the making, a few years of planning, and a full year of celebration, Evans County’s centennial observance concluded Sunday afternoon with the ‘burial’ of a time capsule near the front right corner of the courthouse.
Although members of the Centennial Steering Committee had planned to place the sealed container in a hole dug for that purpose, near the base of a granite slab marking its location, its actual interment was delayed until the ground dries out. The capsule’s manufacturer, according to committee member Curt Hames, asserts that the box is designed to remain free of moisture. However, additional steps were taken to seal the container and the actual burial will take place within a week.
“The hole we have here has filled up with rainwater,” Hames told the group assembled for the 2 p.m. ceremony. “It’s really too damp to put the time capsule in there right now, even though it is sealed. According to the manufacturing standards it should be good to go, but we did some extra sealing of it and wrapped it up real good ... so hopefully it will last.”
The capsule – which contains a few books, newspaper articles, letters to residents of the future, photos, videos and miscellaneous items – will not be opened until November 2114. Hames noted that the process of deciding what to place in the time capsule was difficult, taking into consideration the passage of time and the technological changes that will have occurred over the next century.

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