LOCAL PLAQUE FIGHTHamilton County wound up in a legal battle when it posted the Ten Commandments in the county courthouse shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The American Civil Liberties Union and county residents filed suit to have them removed, and a federal judge agreed in May 2002 that the plaques violated the constitutional separation of church and state. The judge ordered the commandments removed and ordered the county to pay the ACLU's legal fees.Source: Newspaper archives
A Meigs County woman who helped convince county commissioners to display the Ten Commandments in the courthouse said she is proud of local leaders for their decision.
"It's putting God back where He deserves," said 43-year-old Kim Duckett, a deputy county clerk. "The people want it."
On Friday, the Meigs County Courthouse became home to a display of the Ten Commandments, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence.