The AHTD (Arkansas State Highway &Transportation Dept.) started work lastFriday, Dec. 4 on the collapsed portion ofHwy 323 just south of the levee and ballpark near the Des Arc city limits.State Engineer for Heavy Bridge Main-
tenance, Stewart Linz, advised WRJ yes-terday (on site) that the temporary bridgeis being constructed for the publics use -until the White River and Beine Creek canrecede enough for the damaged portionof two adjacent 8x9x150 concrete cul-verts to be replaced. Its estimated that the water level will
have to drop approximately 20 to com-pletely expose the culverts and before thepermanent fix can begin - which will re-quire closing the highway again. (WRJcomment: it could possibly be as long asnext summer before the water drops 20.)Per Linz, the permanent fix will includeremoving the bridge, replacing the cul-verts and rebuilding the embankment(dump) - as originally existed.Engineer Linz began the design for the
temporary bridge Dec 2, just two days be-fore AHTD had equipment, material andemployees on site only two days later,Dec. 4. Equipment and material have in-cluded trackhoes, dumptrucks, crane, piledriver hammer, compressor, lights,
welders and various size steel beams upto 60 in length and 27 in depth.Four steel vertical pilings (40 cut-in-
place length) are being driven down onthe north & south side of the culverts (8pilings total). They will support a 27deep E/W steel cap on each side, whichwill in turn support N/S steel beams (overa 56 span) which will finally carry thebridge decking. The decking material willbe 6x6 wood planks. Concrete roadconstruction barriers will be used for rail-ings.
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At their regular December meeting Tuesdaynight, Dec. 8; the Prairie County Quorum Courtunanimously approved the 2016 total budgetrequest of $2,463,208. To help insure there willbe adequate funds to cover this budget, it iscompared to $2,532,347 (90% of total anticipat-ed revenues of $2,813,718 during 2016).The budget includes an annual pay raise of
$1,000, effective Jan. 1, 2016 for 52 county em-ployees (and officials). Also included is a basepay (starting salary) increase of $600 from$15,900 to $16,500 for new employees - and a$250 Christmas bonus this year for all currentemployees.
The largest department budgets for 2016 are:COUNTY ROAD ....................... $ 1,684,741JAIL ............................................... 678,976SHERIFF ........................................ 474,615COUNTY & CIRCUIT CLERK ............... 219,379ASSESSOR ..................................... 185,884COLLECTOR .................................. 168,341PRAIRIE COUNTY LIBRARY ... ......... 163,020REIMBURSE CITIES ..................... 117,100TREASURER .................................... 82,922
The Sheriffs budget includes the purchase oftwo new 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 4WD pickuptrucks ($46,948 total). On Tuesday night, Dec.8 the Court unanimously approved Ordinance
No. 2015-8 providing for these purchases.
The Journal welcomes your input ( comments, suggestions, personal news, photos, etc)New/Renewed Journal Subscribers . .Contact Us: Email: [email protected] Mail: PO Box 1051, Des Arc, Ar 72040 Tel: 870-256-4254
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FRI., DEC. 11, 2-4 PMRetirement Reception forDebra Whitson, F&M Bank
FRI., DEC. 11, 6 PMChristmas ParadeCotton Plant - Cash PrizesLine-up 5:30 Old High School
SAT., DEC. 12, 4-7 PMChili Supper fundraiserAmerican Ag. Bldg.
SUN., DEC. 13, 11 AMChristmas PageantMethodist Church
TUES., DEC. 15, 10 AMWhite River IrrigationDistrict Board MeetingHazen Office
WED., DEC. 15, 10:30 AMAlzheimers Support meetLower White River Museum
WED., DEC. 15, 12 NOONPCRTA meeting at HickoryMethodist Church; bringitem for County Food Pantry
TUES., DEC. 15, 7 PMCity Council at City Hall
WED., DEC. 16, 11 AMFriendship Club MeetingDeValls Bluff Methodist
THURS., DEC. 17, 12 NOONChamber of CommerceFarmers & Merchants Bank
THURS., DEC. 17, 2-4 PMFarmers & Merchants BankDes Arc-Open House
MON., DEC. 21, 9 AMPlea Day Hearingsw. Judge Tom HughesDeValls Bluff Courthouse
TUES., DEC. 22, 9 AMPlea Day HearingsDes Arc Courthouse
TUES., DEC. 22, 12-2Open HouseDes Arc Public LibrarySanta & Door Prizes
OO b i t u a r i e sb i t u a r i e sPgs. 3 & 4
Jolena Barnett, 81, DeValls BluffDonnie Bass, 68, BeebeLinda Cavalier, 71, CarlisleLorie Clark, 49, BrinkleyWayne Daniels, 88, StuttgartMyrtle Doles, 87, AberdeenCharles Foshee, 66, Des ArcBonnie Holden, 57, CabotBobby Long, 82, Des ArcVera McGraw, 87, PalestineNancy Sikes, 72, StuttgartR.C. Smith, 73, StuttgartMargerette Tucker, 65, CarlisleGrace Turner, 78, Cotton PlantJerry Walters, 52, Hazen
The Journal will carry LetThe Journal will carry Let --ters to Santa, Christmasters to Santa, Christmasgreetings, and extragreetings, and extraChristmas Parade photosChristmas Parade photosin its Christmas edition.in its Christmas edition.
To place To place GGreetingreetingss, please, pleasecall WRJ at 870-256-4254call WRJ at 870-256-4254or come by office at 5th &or come by office at 5th &Main by NLT Dec. 14 to Main by NLT Dec. 14 to personally select the perpersonally select the per --fect one for you or yourfect one for you or yourbusiness.business.
Free Commodities Available Prairie County Judge Mike Skarda announced that free com-modities will be given away next week (limits may apply -call 870-256-3741 to verify). The USDA surplus foods maybe picked up on December 15, 16 and 17 at the Des ArcCourthouse Annex located at Hwy 38 Bypass & 5th St.,during regular business hours - 8 am to 4 pm. The sackscontain non-perishable food items including canned veg-etables.
WINNER AGAIN - On Oct 27, it was $50,000Wanda Swaim of Des Arc (left) won this TV given away in a draw-
ing by the Des Arc Chamber of Commerce at the conclusion of theAfter Parade activities at the courthouse Saturday evening. Pre-senting it to her was Molly Walker, Chamber member and DANRCAdministrator.
Only about 40 days ago, Wanda won $50,000 with a $20 scratch-off Arkansas Scholarship lottery ticket purchased here at Ringlos.
Visitors at Mondays Open House at the new County Jail listen to Amber Duerson(red coat) explain operation of the Control Room (More photos - Pg 12)
VVOLUMEOLUME 109 109 (18TH WEEK OF 109TH YEAR - 5,653 TOTAL WEEKS SINCE 1907) DES ARC, ARKANSAS (COUNTY SEAT) PRAIRIE COUNTYA FREE PRESS AND A FREE PEOPLE - AN UNBEATABLE TEAM
TH UR S D A Y , D E C E M BE R 1 0 , 2 0 1 51 SE C T I O N - 1 6 PA G E S PU BL ISHED EACH T H U R S D A Y S I N C E 1 9 0 7
MAIN STREET ONLOOKERS READY FOR CHRISTMAS PARADE . . . Saturday afternoon, Dec. 5
Quorum Court approves 2016 budget,pay raise, Christmas bonus, ordinancesDes Arc Extension Office to close Jan. 1
Judge Skarda accepts Plaque from Bruce DeVore, left
See QUORUM COURT - Page 2
Prairie County Jail is state of the art -impresses one and all at Open House;Very nice place to visit when new, but wouldnt want to live there
Highway 323 south from Des Arc expectedto temporarily reopen within 2-3 weeks
Collapsed portion of Hwy 323 as of Dec. 3(Road was closed by AHTD Nov 9)
Photo by HJ Sanner
AHTD personnel and equipment arrived on scene - ready to start temporary bridge Friday, Dec. 4
Ron & Betty Baldwin (Ron pictured) traveled furthest fromMadison, AL to attend 60th DAHS Alumni Banquet Nov. 28
(Additional Alumni Banquet photos - Page 13)