An official ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Thursday at the Newton County Judicial Center, 123 E. Main St., Neosho.

An official ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Thursday at the Newton County Judicial Center, 123 E. Main St., Neosho.
"This is a grand (finale) of the opening of our new justice center for the county," Newton County Presiding Commissioner Marilyn Ruestman. "The center has actually been open about a year, but we have been waiting for finishing touches. We are really excited to be able to open it."
The center which was purchased by the county in 2015, is a 17,000-square-foot building and has a lot to offer including all three courtrooms which were located in the Newton County Courthouse - which is located across the street.
"The building itself is able to offer more space, much more privacy for citizens that are come to do business, for the bailiffs, for the judges, for the clerks, much more privacy and security," she said. "In this building, we we are able to have a 'sally port' it is a secure back entrance where inmates can be transferred from the jail to the courtroom. They don't have to walk in front of everyone, down the halls. They don't have to intermingle. that has been an advantage also."
Another advantage is that the courtrooms are all on one floor.
"In the old facility (the courthouse), we were very, very cramped," Ruestman said. "We are very proud of it (new center) and proud to be on the (Neosho) Square."