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Confederate monument refurbished this week

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An iconic downtown monument is finally getting a fresh look.
Nearly one year after plans were made to restore a century-old Confederate statue on the Bulloch County Courthouse lawn, work to spruce up the old soldier began Monday.
An orange construction barrier went up around the statue and crews began buzzing on the lawn.
Ogeechee Rifles Camp No. 941, Sons of Confederate Veterans, commissioned the nearly $26,000 refurbish job to Macon-based Clark Memorials.
Mike Sorrell, the commander of Ogeechee Rifles Camp, said the project is hoped to be completed by week’s end.
“The entire foundation has been inspected and stabilized, and the statue is being polished and sealed,” Sorrell said Tuesday, as crews labored on. “We will be putting four cannonballs, which had been missing, back on the monument, planting roses around the statue, adding a fence and putting in lighting to illuminate the monument at night.”
“It’s going to be a beautiful son of a gun when we get done with it,” he said.
Ogeechee Rifles Camp first drew up plans to revive the memorial — which had become worn and decayed — in December. Since then, the group collected several thousand dollars and received matching funds from the Georgia Division of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans to afford the project.  
Sons of Confederate Veterans will unveil the new and improved monument in a ceremony next month, Sorrell said.
“It is gong to look good,” said Mike Mull, the lieutenant commander of the Georgia Division. “The monument is going to be a showcase.”
For information about the project, and to learn when Ogeechee Rifles Camp No. 941 will schedule the monument ceremony, email or call Mull at (912) 618 -3613.

Jeff Harrison may be reached at (912) 489-9454.

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