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50 years ago in the Cabot Star-Herald, June 28, 1963 (Spelling and grammar as in original)

Court Adopts Recommendations For New Jail, Court House Remodeling

Committee recommendations for a new county jail and remodeling of the court house were approved Monday morning by the Lonoke County Quorum Court.

Meeting in special session, the Court approved the committee’s recommendations as presented.

The Court also voted to ask County Judge W. L. “Bill” Walker to call a special election “to see if the people wish to approve a $250,000 bond issue to finance the project…”

Plans outlined by the committee, Judge Walker explained, call for one of the most modern and best equipped jails in the state.

The court house remodeling entails a complete overhaul including wiring, plumbing and fixtures, central heating and air conditioning, an elevator, removing of the jail from the top floor, new roof, and work on the exterior walls…

The court house was constructed in 1928. Aside from repairs necessitated by prisoners tearing out plumbing in the jail with resulting water damage, very little has been spent on upkeep for the court house, Judge Walker noted…

Judge Walker said plans for the jail include facilities for keeping youthful offenders separated from adults.

Members of the committee making recommendations to the Quorum Court included Jeff Wood, Cabot, Chairman; Earl Jackson, Lonoke, secretary; Garland Cazer, Carlisle; Les Ray, Humnoke; and Acie Baxley, England.

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