50 years ago in the Cabot Star-Herald:
STUDY REMODELING PLANS - Members of the Lonoke County Courthouse Remodeling and Jail Committee inspect proposed remodeling plans with architect Ben Allen, right, at a recent meeting. Pictured, clockwise, are Acie Baxley, England; Garland Cazer, Carlisle; Jeff D. Wood, Cabot, chairman; Earl Jackson, Lonoke, secretary; Les Ray, Humnoke, and Mr. Allen.
Lonoke County Judge W. L. “Bill” Walker sets a special election for Sept. 27, 1963 on a $240,000 to $250,000 bond issue to finance the estimated $480,000 cost of a new jail and for courthouse renovations.
“The entire project is estimated to cost $485,000. The estimated cost of the new jail is $160,000 and the court house modernization is $325,000.
“The proposed improvements includes construction of a new jail on the east side of the court house. The building would be designed to care for county prisoners in a safe, efficient and humane manner.
“It will contain living quarters for a jailer so someone may be on duty at all times.
“The project also includes removal of the jail area from the existing court house, installation of an elevator, rearrangement of partitions to provide better utilization of available space, modernization of rest rooms, and repairs to exterior walls and replacement of roof.
“The present court house was constructed in 1928.”
25 Years Ago: Enrollment passes 8,000 in county: More than eight thousand students in Lonoke County attended public schools on opening day, August 29.
Among the five school districts in the county, Cabot’s enrollment is largest. Superintendent Donald Turney said 4,508 students reported for classes on Monday.
Superintendent Charles Knox said 1,676 students entered classes in the Lonoke district on Monday.
The England School District enrolled 1,138 students Monday, said Superintendent Carroll King.
Superintendent Leon Miles of the Carlisle district reported 727 pupils entered classes on opening day
Superintendent Edsel Weaver of the Humnoke School District said opening day enrollment totalled 190.
Total enrollment for Lonoke County schools is 8,239 students.