August 10, 2011 Edition

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Dotson to attend training

Leslie Ginn
Staff Writer

It was announced at Monday night's Quorum Court meeting that Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson has been nominated and accepted to attend training in the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Washington, D.C.

Dotson is the only sheriff in Arkansas to be accepted into this program this year. Upon completion, the Lawrence County 911 Communication Center will be able to become part of the national network involved in recovering missing children.

Two resolutions were also passed. The first allows the county judge to apply for a grant to help the County Fair Association replace the roof of the exhibition building at the county fairgrounds. The association has raised over $4,400 with hopes to be matched by a $4,000 grant possible through the Arkansas Rural Development Commission.

The second resolution allows for an emergency interim plan if the county's sheriff is unable to fulfill his duties due to death or disability until the Quorum Court could assign a replacement, if needed.

There was also discussion regarding conflicts arising from a lack of courtroom availability. State auditors needing the courthouse conference room for up to eight weeks have complicated matters further. A decision was made to offer the use of the Lawrence County Meeting Room, located next to the library in Walnut Ridge, for the needs of the judges.

Court member Junior Briner announced the completion of the third phase of the Rails to Trails project. Paperwork is being submitted to regain any money the county invested before continuing with phase four. Bids on phase four have been received and sent to the highway department in Little Rock for approval.

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