History on the Line: Preserving County Courthouses
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Historic county courthouses stand as iconic symbols of Arkansas's development as a state, elegant testaments to justice and important sentries to the history of the state. "History on the Line: Preserving County Courthouses" introduces unsung preservationists and architects who travel the state finding ways to rehabilitate a building or, at the very least, fix a leaky roof to save the precious records inside. Also featured are county judges who deal with the financial burden of the historic buildings' maintenance needs. The film visits the pristine, stately and recently restored Desha County courthouse in Arkansas City, shares stories from the record room in Madison County, and follows Mississippi County's political and legal struggle over the viability of maintaining their split judicial district and their two historic county courthouses. The documentary follows their struggles while telling stories of preservation and the importance of the historic county courthouses of Arkansas.
Arkansas City Ghost
Mark McElroy, Desha County Judge from 1992–2012, tells the story of Willard, the ghost
Madison County Clerk, Faron Ledbetter, tells the story of a night when the surveillance cameras caught some suspicious/unexplainable activity. Unfortunately the footage has been lost.