When visitors come to Richmond town square, they can take in the view of a beautiful tree on the west side of Ray County Courthouse. It was donated by the citizens of Swanwick, an unincorporated village west of Rayville, to Ray County Court. This is the second year that a Swanwick tree has graced the courthouse lawn for the holiday season.
The tree was harvested and placed on location by the Ray County Road and Bridge Department. Keith Sharp and Clarence Stevens supervised the placement of the tree at its new location, which is a flower bed during the spring and summer months.
The electrical lighting was added by Jerry and Betty Sanson and John Dee Thompson. The decorative bows were created and added by Carol Proffitt and Shirley Odell, courthouse employees.
This new holiday tradition is a great example of holiday cheer that is free of charge to the citizens of Ray County.
– Linda Emley/Richmond News