The renovation of Barrow County’s historic courthouse complex in downtown Winder will begin on Sept. 17. The Barrow County Board of Commissioners last week approved a $4.4 million contract with John W. Spratlin & Son to do the renovations to the 1914 courthouse, adjoining office building known as the courthouse annex, and the old jail. Of the three companies competing for the work, Spratlin, which is based in Lincoln, submitted the highest original bid. But the selection committee chose the company primarily due to its experience with historic courthouse renovations and reputation, and at a meeting Monday, about $200,000 in cost reductions were made. Project architect Ben Carter told the BOC that the changes involved several items that would not affect the quality of the project’s outcome.