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County seeks FEMA money for tornado aid

Van Buren County spent $48,000 to aid Faulkner County after the April tornadoes and has turned in the paperwork for reimbursement to FEMA, the county judge told the Quorum Court last week.

Roger Hooper told the justices of the peace that the county will have to wait and see how much of that is reimbursed.

Also at last week’s meeting, Donnie Collins of the Hospital Board of Governors gave an update on hospital construction. He said work has begun on the oncology building, which will be about 2,000 square feet. He said the cost for the construction is estimated at $400,000 and it should be completed in about four months.

The professional building for the county hospital grounds is still in the design process, he said. Ozark Health is tweaking the plans and the board is awaiting engineers’s plans for the foundation. The building will be between 6,400 and 8,000 square feet.

Sid King was one of the recipients of Hooper’s monthly proclamation of appreciation honors for his broadcasting services. King started the county’s first radio station 37 years ago and was a founder of the Clinton Optimist Club.

Also recognized was the Angel Tree project, which has been operating for more than 30 years. Debbie Whillock and Jo Nell Warren started the program, and in 2009 it was taken over by the Chamber of Commerce.

The Quorum Court approved one ordinance last week to amend appropriation ordinances 2014-14 and 2014-15.

JPs Robert “Bogie” Bramlett and Randy Story were absent from the meeting.

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