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County Judge Alex Latham signs a proclamation declaring May as Extension Homemakers Month in Lawrence County as Leisa Phillips (left), president of the Lawrence County EHC Council, looks on.
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Leslie Ginn
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The Lawrence County Quorum Court voted unanimously to pledge support to a proposed regional intermodal facility authority. Milton Smith, president of First National Bank headquartered in Walnut Ridge and chair of the Economic Development committee for the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, and Wayne Gearhart, executive director for Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, presented information regarding the Authority.

The Court will contribute an estimated $13,500 if all proposed cities and counties participate. (See related article.)

"Once the authority is established and built, it will charge fees and taxes on those making use of it. This is how it will pay for itself," Smith said.

President of the Lawrence County Extension Homemakers Council Leisa Phillips presented a proclamation to the court to support May 2008 as Arkansas Extension Homemakers Month. The theme for the month is "Open the Gates in 2008 Because Team Work Makes the Dream Work."

The Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council was organized in 1912 to strengthen, support and develop higher standards for family and community life. The proclamation invites the people of Lawrence County to participate in the program.

The proclamation was accepted by the court and signed by Judge Alex Latham.

Peggy Miles, 911 coordinator, announced the completion of phase two of the 911 project. This phase allows 911 to locate anyone calling by a current cell phone or landline within a few feet of the position of the individual. It is estimated to be in effect in two weeks.

"I am thrilled with how thorough the company has been in implementing the centerline mapping," Miles said. "Every structure and road has been pinpointed."

Initial cost to the county is just under $42,000, but all of the money will be recovered through approved grants from the Arkansas TS Board and Homeland Security.

Permission to seek grants to pay for building a new courtroom was approved. If received these grants would cover approximately $200,000 of the building cost.

The court approved an $80,000 pass-through grant for the Rails for Trails Project. The county would initially pay the money for the project, but the grant would reimburse costs.

Another resolution was passed to apply for a $30,000 grant that would replace the roof and improve the building used by 4-H Horse and Pony Club that is located just outside Black Rock. The building belongs to the county, but is leased by 4-H.

It was also decided that the court will now meet in the courtroom, rather than the conference room, to accommodate seating for visitors.

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