‘In God We Trust’ goes live

Courthouse now adorned with ‘national motto’

JEFFERSON-Ashe County joined the ranks of countless other local governments in North Carolina and the greater Bible Belt this week in placing the “In God We Trust” lettering on the exterior to the county’s courthouse.

Sitting comfortably in the bucket of cherry picker, crews carefully fastened the gold letters, one by one, to the facade of the building above the main supporting columns. The placement of the lettering follows an April 2015 decision by the Ashe County Board of Commissioners.

Ashe County officials didn’t take the lead in boldly attaching the letters to a county build, but instead, joined a growing movement.

Originally, Rick Lanier, co-founder and vice chairman of the U.S. Motto Action Committee, invited commissioners to join other North Carolina counties and cities who now place “In God We Trust” on the exterior of government properties.

Lanier served as a Davidson County Commissioner from 1998-2002, and co-founded the U.S. Motto Action Committee in 2002. That’s the same year Davidson County voted to display “In God We Trust,” on their buildings.

Although the lettering was originally suppose to be paid with private donations, commissioners have since decided to use county funds to foot the bill.

Reach Jesse Campbell at 336-846-7164.

Courthouse now adorned with ‘national motto’
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