Poinsett County Community Spotlight

November 30, 2006-- Posted at 11:00 pm

JONESBORO-- All week long K-8 news has been shining the good neighbor spotlight on Poinsett County.

And tonight county residents were able to ask some of the questions that mattered to them about their county's future.

As the camera's rolled, Poinsett County officials came together to discuss the most important issues facing their community.

"It gives us a chance to get our views out there. It also gives them a chance to give us their input and to ask questions. I think it's important because we have to have communications and we have to have connections with the community in order to be successful," Poinsett County Sheriff Larry Mills says.

One of the focuses tonight was on the drug problem in Poinsett County... particularly with Methamphetamine. It's a problem Poinsett County Sheriff Larry Mills says his department is working on.

"I can tell you that we're going to work diligently on it. I think it's going to take the combination of early intervention drug education programs, longterm rehabilitation and I think faith based rehabilitation. And it's going to take jails and penitentiaries," Mills says.

The other issues discussed were economics and housing... issues a small County like Poinsett most commonly faces.

"We're losing population. That means our schools lose population. When you can't sustain your schools, communities lose something when that happens. It's important that we do something on a county level... that we all pull our resources and work together," Publisher of Modern News Charles Nix says.

All of these officials are working together to remedy problems and promote the attributes of the county.

With it's size, officials say Poinsett County is a place where voices, big or small, can and will be heard.

"Somebody once said that when you live in a small community, everybody knows your business before you know it. But the other side to that coin is... When you live in a small community, they're the first ones to come to your aid when you need it," Nix says.