The Grant County Quorum Court met at the Grant County Courthouse on Tuesday, Feb. 19 with two main items on the agenda.
Both of the items on the agenda were resolutions extending County Judge Randy Pruitt’s authority to apply for grants and purchase services.
Resolution No. 2019-01, which was passed unanimously, gave authorization to the county judge to purchase goods or services through Sourcewell without soliciting bids. Sourcewell is a service cooperative created by the Minnesota legislature as a local unit of government that assists government entities and nonprofits in purchasing, according to its website.
At the most recent Poyen School Board meeting, held on Tuesday, Feb. 12, it was announced that one school board member had resigned her position, and the group voted to approve the appointment of another.
The Sheridan School Board met at the Administration Building on Monday, Feb. 18 and one of the main topics of discussion was a program called Capturing Kids’ Hearts and implementing it into next year’s school district’s schedule.
“Dad, what do you think about getting into the marijuana business?”
Not exactly the conversation most fathers and daughters think of having, but it’s exactly the type of conversation Kattie Hansen had with her father and now business partner, Walter Koon, when she decided she’d like to apply for and open a medical marijuana dispensary just north of Grant County on U.S. Hwy. 167 North in Saline County.
According to the latest unemployment numbers released by Arkansas.gov, Grant County has one of the lowest rates of unemployment in the state with 2.7 percent, as of November 2018.
The 2.7 percent rate of unemployment places Grant County in a tie for fourth overall with Carroll and Craighead counties. The only counties with a lower unemployment rate than Grant County were Washington County (2.4 percent), Madison County (2.5 percent) and Benton County (2.6 percent).
The Town of Tull saw some changes in its first council meeting of the new year on Monday, Jan. 7. One of the biggest changes came in the form of the one conducting the meeting, newly elected Mayor William Davis, who takes on the role occupied for the past eight years by Jeff Westbrook.
While not acting in official capacity, Davis had attended many of the meetings leading up to becoming mayor.
During the first meeting of the Sheridan School Board of the 2019 calendar year on Monday, Jan. 21, the agenda was packed with positive updates about the district, including construction, enrollment and new classes and tools available for students and parents.
Sheridan’s Director of Communication and Recruitment Lauren Goins started off the night with a presentation to the school board members honoring them for their service as part of School Board Member Appreciation Month.
The Grant County Solid Waste Authority has been accepting recycling for paper, cardboard and metal for some time and, as of the start of the new year, residents can now recycle glass at the facility on Highway 46.
The SWA recently added a container for glass recycling as part of a pilot program that is originally set for three months. The SWA will accept all types of glass at the facility, excluding ceramics, Grant County Judge Randy Pruitt said.
In December, the Grant County Quorum Court passed an ordinance approving the 2019 budget. At the Tuesday, Jan. 22 meeting of the Quorum Court at the Grant County Courthouse, another ordinance was brought up for a vote, this one to amend some “mathematical errors and omissions,” according to County Treasurer Tim Stuckey.
Kickstart Sheridan held its most recent meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Sheridan First Baptist Church and the focus of the event was on how to get the eyes of millennials on the city of Sheridan for the sake of its future.
Millennials are defined by those reaching adulthood in the early 21st century, being born in 1981 or later. With the older set of the group nearing 40 years old, cities around the nation are looking for ways to make their city more attractive to this large group to keep their areas thriving.