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The Carthage Press
  • Mural dedicated in courthouse just in time for Art Walk

  • A mural that hung in a local restaurant for several years was dedicated on Friday on a wall of the Jasper County Courthouse on the Carthage Square.
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  • A mural that hung in a local restaurant for several years was dedicated on Friday on a wall of the Jasper County Courthouse on the Carthage Square.
    The 14-foot-by-three-and-a-half-foot mural hung in the McDonald's Restaurant on Central Avenue in Carthage since its creation in 2005, but McDonald's owners Joe and Patty Coss decided to donate it to the county when they decided to tear down and replace the restaurant this spring.
    The mural was taken to Cherry's Custom Framing, where owner Cherry Babcock framed the mural in a dark wood that closely matches the benches that sit under it and the trim around the doors inside the courthouse.
    “This was the largest frame we've ever built,” Babcock said. “It was complicated, but it looks good.”
    Joe Coss said he and his wife, Patty, had the interior of the McDonald's Restaurant on Central Avenue renovated in 2005.
    As part of the remodel, Dayton, Ohio, artist Sandy Bee, with the design firm Interior Systems Inc., created a colorful mural of typically Carthage and Jasper County items, including the Jasper County Courthouse, maple leaves, the statue of Marlin Perkins from Central Park, and other scenes.
    “We think that anything that’s 15 feet long and four foot high can add something to the Courthouse,” Honey said at the time of the donation. “It’s going to be bright, it has great color to it, it has history to it, it shows the courthouse, it shows the Phelps place, it shows Marlin Perkins in the picture, who was a hometown hero to Carthage.
    “It shows the history of Jasper County, not just Carthage and that’s what we’re always looking for and we think it will be a good center-piece to go in that west foyer of the courthouse.”
    An old photo of the Carthage Light Guard, dating from the late 1800s, was moved to make room for the colorful mural, which sits across the hall from three colorful original paintings by Bob Tommey and Andy Thomas of various Carthage Square scenes from the 1800s.

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