CAN WE HAVE A PAINTER, PLEASE? - The Laurens County Board of Commissioners knew that the courthouse needed a good coating of paint, inside and out. After all, the nearly twenty five year old government house hadn't had a thorough whitewashing in many years. In the summer of 1918 when the "War to End All Wars" was raging in Europe, painters were busy atop the handsome structure putting paint on every piece of exposed woodwork. All of sudden, a swinging scaffolding snapped, sending two of its terrified occupants plummeting to their
deaths on the ground forty feet below. Fearing that the building was jinxed, no one would step forward to finish the job. For more than half a year, the commissioners tried and miserably failed to get someone, anyone to come forward to complete the project. Finally, the work was finished in the winter of 1919. Macon Telegraph, January 20, 1919.