Bricks and stone were crushed and spread on the ground nearby, apparently in an attempt to create a firm base for heavy wrecking equipment.
B&B Wrecking and Excavating of Cleveland, which was hired by county commissioners to demolish the historic courthouse for $373,000, also delivered a large crane to the fenced-off courthouse site.
Brenda Stultz said did not expect any demolition until Thursday. She said she “lost it” when the destruction began.
“That’s why I was able to sleep last night because I thought we had a bit of breathing room,” she said.
Ms. Stultz said the lack of trust she feels in her county commissioners is worse than the lack of a courthouse.
“My money is being used to do this,” she said, looking at the wrecking equipment. “I don’t want my money invested this way.”
B&B Wrecking is to have the courthouse demolished and the site cleared by Feb. 1.