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Mining Road Landfill not charging to accept county courthouse debris

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By Jenny Hartley

KERSHAW – Mining Road Landfill in Kershaw is making a donation to the Lancaster County Courthouse by taking "donations" from the county.

The landfill, a subsidiary of Griffin Brothers Companies in Cornelius, N.C., will accept construction debris from the reconstruction efforts of the courthouse for free, which was burned by an arsonist on Aug. 4. No one has been arrested yet for the arson.

The landfill usually charges $18 a ton for debris.

The landfill is run by Larry Griffin Sr. and his sons, Larry Jr. and Mike Griffin.

Mike Griffin said he learned of the fire on the news, and saw the blackened shell of the courthouse the next day.

"It's sad, because it's such a beautiful building," Griffin said.

The landfill has accepted 20 tons of construction debris, mainly from cleanup of the burned building, so far. It will also accept debris from new construction when the courthouse is rebuilt.

"A lot of people don't realize, most of your construction debris comes from new construction," Griffin said.

The company expects at least 40 more tons of debris to come from the courthouse, he said.

Griffin said the historic value of the 180-year-old county courthouse, which was designed by Robert Mills, who designing the original plans for the Washington Monument, makes the building worth preserving.

"We hope other companies will be motivated to help in any way they can with the costs of renovation," he said.

The company told County Council about their gift at Monday night's meeting.

"All I can say is thank you, sir," Council Chairman Rudy Carter said. "We appreciate that a lot. That says a lot about our business community."

Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at jhartley@thelancasternews.com or (803) 283-1151