Bono Lake Project Gets Reprieve

SEPTEMBER 15, 2006 - Posted at 7:42 a.m. CDT

BONO, AR - There is renewed hope this morning for the proposed Bono Lake project in western Craighead County.

The idea has been in the works for about six years, but appeared doomed last month when Arkansas Game & Fish Commission officials announced that they planned to sell the 280 acres of property that had been set aside for the 130-acre lake.  But yesterday in Little Rock, Game & Fish Commissioners agreed to give supporters for the project a six month extension to get the necessary funding needed to help develop the land.

"We're going to go through, we're going to do the politics," said Craighead County Quorum Court Justice Michael Hawkins of Bono.  Hawkins told K8 News, "We're going to go back to our representatives and senators and work it so we can get some interest built back into this thing and get it up and going again."

When completed, the project is expected to not only provide Craighead County with its only state park, but supporters say it would also help with flooding and drainage problems that the Bono area has experienced for several years.

(K8 Reporter Brandi Hodges contributed to this report.)