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Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd says the county jail needs an expansion.  Boyd told the Craighead County Quorum Court last night the jail is 29 years old and more beds are needed to properly house the inmates.

“Due to the growth of the county and the age of our facility, we have simply outgrown our bed space,” says Boyd.

Boyd says this is needed because of the rapid growth of Jonesboro.

“We are growing two percent every year and with that our problems grow.  Good things happen when the population grows, but bad things happen as well and crime is one of those.”

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The Craighead County Quorum Court unanimously approved 13-thousand-dollars for a needed upgrade to the radio system that rural firefighters use.  The analog systems will be converted to digital signals and improvements will be made in the 911 center for dispatchers to communicate with firefighters a lot easier.  Jeff Presley is the director of Jonesboro and Craighead County’s E-911

“It will be a command control radio system that will integrate into the current system and bring it up to date,” says Presley. 

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Craighead County has ten firefighting districts…mainly in rural areas.  The districts are mostly volunteer.  The Craighead County Quorum Court heard concerns from those fire districts about the need for communication upgrades.  

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Craighead County's Treasurer says he is nervously watching the county's year end budget numbers through the rest of the month.  

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Arkansas State University may not have a polling site for the mid-term elections.  Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday says a lack of a road near the Military Science Building, and lack of parking, made it difficult for voters to cast their ballots.  

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Craighead County Tax Collector Marsha Phillips is under fire from the Quorum Court over a lack of being able to collect over 300-thousand-dollars in delinquent business property taxes.  Several Justices of the Peace questioned what the next step would be in collecting those taxes. 

The Craighead County Quorum Court has approved an amendment to the 2016 budget that would allow for grant money to be accepted by the county and used as directed.   

The money is broken down for different Craighead County Courts as follows: $30,938 for the Mental Health Court; $27,435 for Accountability Court, Veterans Diversion Fund; $24,458 for DWI Court, $64,000 for Adult Drug Court and $30,935 for Crittenden County’s Mental Health Court. 

8 Cities and Craighead Co. to Split District Court Fines

Feb 23, 2016

 

  An intergovernmental agreement has been reached that will allow eight cities and Craighead County to each electronically receive monies that have been paid through fines and fees from misdemeanors or other violations that are collected through District Court. 

Bay, Bono, Black Oak, Brookland, Caraway, Cash, Egypt, Jonesboro, Lake City, Monette, and Craighead County all have entered into the one year agreement, which states that the cities in which the offense takes place shall receive those funds on a monthly basis. 

Craighead County’s District Court has millions of dollars of unpaid fines and penalties on the books. 

In order to get more people to pay, the Quorum Court’s Finance Committee is recommending the District court look at a 90-day period where those who owe money can pay less than what they owe, or receive a tax credit. 

Committee Member Ken Stacks says he thinks the 90-day window would be fair, and it would give those who owe an incentive to pay. 

Craighead Co. JPs to Get Docked Pay

Dec 16, 2015

  The Craighead County Quorum Court is deciding whether to dock the pay of several justices of the peace this month for missing meetings earlier in the year. 

The Jonesboro Sun reports about $4,000 was mistakenly paid to justices this year since January 1.  Since then, 5 justices missed a combined 16 meetings. 

Arkansas law only allows justices to be compensated for 1 missed meeting a year.  Also, state law requires justices to be compensated per meeting.  In the Sunday paper of the Sun, it was revealed the justices were still compensated even after missing one meeting.