Court approves repair of old courthouse clock

By Vernon McDaniel

A $17,500 grant obtained through Western Arkansas Planning and Development District will help make re­pairs to an old Ozark land­mark.

The courthouse clock, which for many years was wound by hand before later being wired for electricity, should soon return to its early l900s stature.

Meeting in Charleston Thursday with all justices present, Franklin County’s quorum court appropriated money for the project. As­sisting in securing the grant funds were state representatives Bill Gossage and Brian King, according to Judge Janet Powell.

Appropriations, Resolutions

Other appropriations were as follows:

A total of $5,558 ror extra part-time help in the County clerk’s office.

A library grant from USDA for $112,273.

An Act 833 grant of $2,659 for Altus Rural Fire Department.

Resolutions were approved for appointment of David Stobaugh to the county library board and

to se­cure $67,500 in grant funds for drainage work at the Ozark-Franklin County Air­port.

Also approved was a resolution declaring a va­cancy in JP District I following the death of Justice Paul Schaffer.


Teresa Williams, Mercy Ozark Hospital administra­tor., announced that plan are being reviewed and updated for a required awning and other renovations at the hos­pital.

Williams said no survey has yet been made of the land and added that the de­sign will take time.

It was suggested she discuss the plans with the hospital advisory board which is expected to

meet in Septem­ber.

An announcement was also made that 35 percent of the cost may be eligible for rural development aid.