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Bicentennial logo unveiled

The committee coming up with events for the Lawrence County bicentennial in 2016 has adopted an official logo to accompany newsletters and other correspondence.

The logo was designed by Chesapeake High School art teacher Robin Kimball and features items indicative of the county.

“They wanted it to represent Lawrence County well and we did research,” Kimball said. “We didn’t want it to be just red, white and blue stripes. We wanted it to tell a story.”

LC BICENTENNIALThere is the Rome beauty apple, a sternwheeler, an iron furnace a barn and an ear of corn.

“The corn is because you can look in any direction in Lawrence County and see a farm,” Kimball said.

Each element was created by hand, then Kimball scanned them to create the single logo.

“I wanted it to have that woodcut look and yet be modern too,” she said.

So far the bicentennial committee has focused on replicating the first courthouse that stood in Burlington in 1816. That project is estimated to cost $250,000 — approximately half will come from Community Development Block Grants.

Later this month the committee will meet to come up with a calendar of events to mark the occasion throughout the year.

Kimball would like to paint quilt squares on the barns at the farms in the county.

“I think this is a perfect opportunity for the county to come together and celebrate our history and make a new history, a new tradition,” she said. “We can celebrate together.”

Anyone interested in participating in the bicentennial can contact Shirley Dyer at the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce.