Commissioners OK road agreement; cornerstone ceremony announced

CADIZ — The Harrison County commissioners on Wednesday approved another road agreement and announced that a cornerstone ceremony has been scheduled at the site of the Harrison Central school complex.

Masons from the Grand Lodge of Ohio, Harrison Lodge 219 and Freeport Lodge 415 will conduct a cornerstone ceremony at the new Harrison Central school complex, located at 100 Husky Way, south of Cadiz off of state Route 9 near Sally Buffalo Park. The event is scheduled for 1 p.m. Aug. 25 and will be open to the public.

Because of their heritage as builders of cathedrals and other public structures, Freemasons have historically performed this ceremony during construction of new buildings, upon request. The ceremony can only be performed for public buildings such as schools, government buildings and churches.

During the ceremony, the stone is inspected using ancient tools to ensure it is square, straight and level. The cornerstone is consecrated with corn or grain, wine and oil, all of which are Masonic symbols of prosperity, health and peace. The stone then is symbolically tapped in place with a gavel.

Freeport Lodge 415 Brother Doug Crabtree said this ceremony will be symbolic, because the school has already been built. He said the school complex is a huge investment in Harrison County and the youth of the area. Crabtree said he wants to make the project shine.

“These events don’t happen very often, and I’m glad to share this one with the community and let Harrison County experience such a rare event,” Crabtree said.

Harrison County Commissioner Paul Coffland is among those who will speak at the event.

For information about the cornerstone ceremony, call Crabtree at (740) 491-0163.