The American flag is raised for the first time outside the new Texas County Justice Center at the beginning of Saturday afternoon's dedication.

The new Texas County Justice Center was dedicated Saturday afternoon at a public event that included tours of the justice center and jail, where work continues.

The $10 million project is nearing completion and occupancy will begin in the near future. Texas County Presiding Commissioner Don Shelhammer said some of the offices will begin moving this week, but the majority of the offices will move after the open house. The sheriff’s office and prisoners will be the last to move the latter part of November.

The new facility includes all offices related to justice and law enforcement, including sheriff, prosecuting attorney, circuit and associate court clerks, circuit and associate judges’ offices and courtrooms, juvenile division, coroner and public administrator.

The Texas County Commission expressed its appreciation to Treanor Architects and Septagon Construction Management for a job well done. It said the facility is much needed, and the group is pleased to present it to the citizens of Texas County.

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