Board gives approval for courthouse landscaping

The Leflore County Board of Supervisors gave the go-ahead to the Greenwood Garden Club on Monday to begin landscape work at the Leflore County Courthouse. Supervisors stopped short of allowing the removal of the magnolia tree next to the entrance to the building on Market Street. In May, Garden Club member Debby Cooper told the board that it’s recommended by a landscape architect that the tree be cut down since it’s too close to the sidewalk and obscures the courthouse’s safety lights at night. District 1 Supervisor Sam Abraham asked for clarification from the state Department of Archives and History whether the county could have the tree removed. The state said it could. Board President Wayne Self said supervisors would wait until after the tree is trimmed to determine if it should be removed. Sheriff Ricky Banks said supervisors should consider the history behind the tree. The Garden Club planted the trees as living memorials dedicated by Greenwood families in memory of their loved ones after World War II.

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