- Associated Press - Sunday, January 19, 2014

HOLMESVILLE, Miss. (AP) - A grant application to restore the original Pike County courthouse at Holmesville was rejected because the projected cost was too high, Pike County Board of Supervisors President Chuck Lambert said.

Lambert told The Enterprise-Journal (http://bit.ly/19ziHSY) that he received an email from the Southwest Mississippi Planning and Development District recommending the board apply again this year for the grant, but break the project into phases extending over more than one year.

Supervisors last year applied for a Community Heritage Grant, which requires a 20 percent local match.

The project was estimated to cost $374,536, and supervisors pledged $75,000.

Lambert said the development district said the application scored high on merit but was too expensive to fund in a single grant year.

The building dates to the early 1800s and now serves as a community center and voting precinct.

Authorities said it has serious structural problems, including cracked walls and a buckled floor.

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Information from: Enterprise-Journal, http://www.enterprise-journal.com

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