Battle Of Losing Historic Courthouses in East Arkansas County

Aug 5, 2015

Former Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, in a file photo from May 7, 2013, speaking during a press conference in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The city of Osceola has retained former Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel to look into the actions of Mississippi County over the city possibly losing its historic courthouse.

County Judge Randy Carney and several quorum court members are leading an effort to consolidate the county's two courthouses, located in Blytheville and Osceola, into one larger courthouse in Blytheville. The county has purchased land intended for a new courthouse, and has hired an architectural firm to begin drafting plans.

State law mandates the consolidation or move of a county seat be approved by county residents. McDaniel, who now practices law privately, says the county has spent too much money and resources on a project that hasn't even been approved.

Messages seeking comment from Carney were not returned.