Four Historic Courthouses in Region 8 Get Restoration Money

JUNE 17, 2005 - Posted at 7:58 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program says a recent boost in real estate sales has made more money available to help restore county courthouses around the state.

Spokesman Mark Christ said the program distributed just more than a million dollars in grants to 20 counties this year for courthouse work, more than twice what was given in 2004.

The program is funded from the state's real estate transfer tax, paid by parties to purchases and sales of property.  Christ said 2005 has been one of the best years since the program's inception in 1988.

The biggest recipient in Region 8 was the old Stone County courthouse in Mountain View, with $30,000.  Others include the old Greene County courthouse in Paragould ($20,000), as well as courthouses in Poinsett County ($15,000) and Independence County ($28,000).

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)