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D-U-R-H-what? Courthouse might lose an A

Posted July 29, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014

— The lettering atop the new Durham County Courthouse is showing a bit of wear – just a little more than a year after it opened.

The "A" in the city name was listing ominously Tuesday afternoon, and crews had roped off an area outside the courthouse to prevent an accident should pedestrians be nearby when the letter falls.

A county spokesman said an employee noticed the "A" was loose during routine maintenance, and others moved to rope off the area below. 

The spokesman couldn't say for certain how much the letter weighs. "I can tell you that it requires at 3-inch bolt to secure the letter to the brick building," he said.

Several doors to the courthouse are inaccessible while the danger is present, but county workers hope to have the "A" back upright by Thursday.

The 11-story, $120 million courthouse building in the Durham County Justice Center opened in February 2013. It has 20 courtrooms and also houses the Durham County Sheriff's Office and the Durham County District Attorney's Office.


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  • Donald Holder Jul 29, 2014
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    Just get some duct tape and tape it to the H and M until someone can fix it.

  • A person Jul 29, 2014

    "I can tell you that it requires at 3-inch bolt to secure the letter to the brick building," he said.
    That would be the length of course. If it required a 3 inch in diameter bolt, the sign would weight tons. This "spokesman" obviously had no idea what he was talking about, but what would we expect from a government official in Durhm

  • sunshine1040 Jul 29, 2014

    Yep here in the US a building is 20 years old it is really old yet Buckingham Palace is how old sorry but it sounds more like poor workmanship to me

  • Kimmy Baldwin Jul 29, 2014
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    Wooo! Thank god I know about this. I was worried sick I was missing out on the day-to-day activities of the sign industry.

  • Jul 29, 2014

    It amazes me sometimes what is considered newsworthy.

  • nostel123 Jul 29, 2014

    Lol I thought the A was always missing anyway.

  • Stephania Sidberry Jul 29, 2014
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    yeah, you're right about that!

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jul 29, 2014

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    Five Star Comment of the Day!!!

  • farm Jul 29, 2014

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  • 68_dodge_polara Jul 29, 2014

    "showing a bit of wear"

    That is a brand new building.