Henry County Spruces Up Courthouse

Abbeville, AL (WSFA) -- Henry County spruced up their courthouse Tuesday morning.

It's been a long time coming said Henry County probate judge Joann Smith.

"Touch it up, you know re groom it," said Smith.

They are planting live oaks at the courthouse.  Smith says designs from almost 40 years ago had trees lining the sides of building.

As well, they are replacing ones lost almost six years ago when a tornado rolled through Abbeville.

Homes and businesses were damaged and trees uprooted in November of 2002.

Smith said she's excited about the new landscaping at the courthouse.

"It's exciting to know we're moving forward doing more beautification around our city and our courthouse," says Smith.

Helping with the planting process was a friend to Abbeville, former Auburn coach Pat Dye.

"You know I'm always excited about planting a tree," said Dye.

The oaks planted are about three years old.

Live oaks stay greener longer during the year and their mature size will mean enjoyment in just a few weeks.

"They don't shed and stay dormant," said Smith.

Coach Dye says, "They'll be beautiful in the years to come."

Four trees were planted at the courthouse.

Reporter: Daniel Curtis