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Circuit Clerk Receives Grant

By Mark Keith, 02/26/19 4:24 PM

Hempstead County Circuit Clerk Gail Wolfenbarger is pleased to announce the receipt of a $29,568.09 grand from the Association of Arkansas Counties Automated Records System Fund. Wolfebarger completed the application process in 2018 and was awarded the grant at the fall meeting of the Association.
The process of updating the automated technology equipment and software in the Circuit Clerk’s office began with the installation of six new computers, five purchased with awarded funds and one bought with county recorder funds. Wolfenbarger was able to re-purpose three of the replaced computers as terminals available for public use, bringing the number of public access computers in the office to five. The public is able to access office records such as deeds, mortgages, judgments, and court records at those stations. It makes the office more efficient and prepares the office to accept e-recording and e-filing, which will soon be required in the court system. The equipment will be used now and when the Circuit Clerk’s office moves to the new Courthouse next year.
All awarded grant funds must be used within six months of receipt, or all unused funds must be returned to the awards committee. Grants are funded by the class 6 and 7 (larger) Arkansas counties to benefit the class 1-5 (smaller) counties of the state.