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Located in northeastern Arkansas, Craighead County has an area of 717 square miles and a population of 107,115 according to the 2017 census.

The creation of Craighead County occurred on February 19, 1859, in the Arkansas Legislature in Little Rock, Arkansas. Senator William A. Jones, representing St. Francis and Poinsett Counties, sponsored an Act to create a new county from parts of Greene, Mississippi and Poinsett Counties. One of the Senators opposed to the creation of a new county was Senator Thomas B. Craighead who represented Crittenden and Mississippi Counties. Senator Craighead did not want to lose a large part of Buffalo Island. The loss of rich farmland and revenue from his section were the main reasons for Craighead’s non-support of the Act.

Senator Craighead was not in the chamber when Jones pushed the bill for final passage. When Craighead was informed of the passage of the bill, he was surprised to learn that Senator Jones had named the new county in honor of him. Senator Craighead followed Jones’ act with a resolution for the naming of Craighead County’s new county seat Jonesboro after Senator Jones.The original Craighead County Courthouse was a two-story frame building. This building was destroyed by fire on February 14, 1869. The fire was set by the Northern biased militia based in the courthouse.

A-frame building just west of Court Square was used to conduct county business until 1876. Craighead County moved its records back across Union Street to a new frame Courthouse. Then, two years later, another fire destroyed the Courthouse, its records and eight other businesses in downtown Jonesboro. Due to these fires, Craighead County’s records are only continuous back to March 28, 1878.

In 1886 a new Courthouse was completed. This building stood until 1934 and was torn down to make room for the present main portion of the Courthouse.The present Courthouse was dedicated on April 3, 1935. The new Craighead County Courthouse Annex was added to the main Courthouse and was dedicated November 5, 1995.This new annex to the Craighead County Courthouse marks a new chapter in the history of Craighead County. It was built on the site of the old Malone Theater and where a Civil War skirmish occurred over 133 years ago.

In 1883, an Act to establish a second county seat in Lake City was put into effect. A courthouse was erected in 1901, and this facility presently serves persons in that area. As the two locations are approximately 16 miles apart, these two locations provide convenient services for all residents of Craighead County.

Craighead County’s industry is strong and well-diversified. Some of the County’s most important products are bricks, chemicals, clothing and shoes, concrete products, dairy products, feed and fertilizer, electric motors, furniture, lumber, wood products, and food products.Southeast of Jonesboro is St. Francis Floodway, which offers fishermen and duck hunters ample sport, as do the rivers, creeks, and bayous in the County.

Arkansas State University, the second-largest state-supported institution of higher education in the state, is located at Jonesboro. From a small agricultural college founded in 1909, Arkansas State has grown into a major University. Its beautiful 800-acre campus is designed so that students of the University can walk from one academic building or service area to another in 10 minutes or less.

County Ordinances

2019-9 Allowable Activities at Bono Lake
County Ordinance
2019-9 Allowable Activities at Bono Lake
2019-13 Subdivision Ordinance
County Ordinance
2019-13 Subdivision Ordinance
2020-1 Appropriation for Court transfers incurred in 2019
County Ordinance
2020-1 Appropriation for Court transfers incurred in 2019
2020-2 App Ord, Fund 3581, Y20 Acct Court Grant Mental Health
County Ordinance
2020-2 App Ord, Fund 3581, Y20 Acct Court Grant Mental Health
2020-3 App Ord, Fund 3579, 2020 Juvenile Officer Grant Fund
County Ordinance
2020-3 App Ord, Fund 3579, 2020 Juvenile Officer Grant Fund
2020-4 Budget amendment for Sheriff's Office vehicles
County Ordinance
2020-4 Budget amendment for Sheriff's Office vehicles
2020-5 Employment policy DOT Drug and Alcohol Use
County Ordinance
2020-5 Employment policy DOT Drug and Alcohol Use
2020-6 App Ord, add 3009 Early vote workers
County Ordinance
2020-6 App Ord, add 3009 Early vote workers
2020-7 App Ord, add 3009 Medical services
County Ordinance
2020-7 App Ord, add 3009 Medical services
2020-8 Fund 3577 CY20 Accountability Grant
County Ordinance
2020-8 Fund 3577 CY20 Accountability Grant
2020-9 Clean up Ordinance
County Ordinance
2020-9 Clean up Ordinance
2020-10 Policy for Vacation-Paid Time Off
County Ordinance
2020-10 Policy for Vacation-Paid Time Off
2020-11 Emp policy, Ann date, Exempt Non-exempt
County Ordinance
2020-11 Emp policy, Ann date, Exempt Non-exempt
2020-12 Travel policy
County Ordinance
2020-12 Travel policy
2020-13 Amend Ordinance 2014-3 Exempt Employee Leave
County Ordinance
2020-13 Amend Ordinance 2014-3 Exempt Employee Leave
2020-14 Ordinance Amending 2020 Budget for Blue & You Grants
County Ordinance
2020-14 Ordinance Amending 2020 Budget for Blue & You Grants
2020-15 App Ord, Covid Preparedness Grant Fund
County Ordinance
2020-15 App Ord, Covid Preparedness Grant Fund
2020-16 App Ord, add Dept 128, Fraud Recovery
County Ordinance
2020-16 App Ord, add Dept 128, Fraud Recovery
2020-17 App Ord, add Fund 3550 & 3551 for CR 312 & 780
County Ordinance
2020-17 App Ord, add Fund 3550 & 3551 for CR 312 & 780
2020-18 App Ord, add Fund 3555, CTCL Covid-19 Response Grant
County Ordinance
2020-18 App Ord, add Fund 3555, CTCL Covid-19 Response Grant
2020-19 App Ord, Add Fund 3553, Y20 Acct Grant Veterans
County Ordinance
2020-19 App Ord, Add Fund 3553, Y20 Acct Grant Veterans
2020-20 App Ord, Add Fund 3549, STAR Court Grant
County Ordinance
2020-20 App Ord, Add Fund 3549, STAR Court Grant
2020-21 Establish the rates of taxation
County Ordinance
2020-21 Establish the rates of taxation
2020-22 App Ord, 2021 Annual Operating Budget
County Ordinance
2020-22 App Ord, 2021 Annual Operating Budget
2020-23 App Ord, Add Fund 3547, Veterans CARES Act grant
County Ordinance
2020-23 App Ord, Add Fund 3547, Veterans CARES Act grant
2020-24 Ord for Fire Districts Reporting to the QC
County Ordinance
2020-24 Ord for Fire Districts Reporting to the QC
2020-25 Ord to Establish Protocols for Dept Internal Controls
County Ordinance
2020-25 Ord to Establish Protocols for Dept Internal Controls
2021-1 Ord Setting Rules of Procedure for the Quorum Court
County Ordinance
2021-1 Ord Setting Rules of Procedure for the Quorum Court
2021-2 App Ord, Correct certain salaries & Pros Attny budget
County Ordinance
2021-2 App Ord, Correct certain salaries & Pros Attny budget
2021-3 Ord Setting forth Prof Services to include Tech needs
County Ordinance
2021-3 Ord Setting forth Prof Services to include Tech needs
2021-4 App Ord, Add Fund 3555 to 2021 budget
County Ordinance
2021-4 App Ord, Add Fund 3555 to 2021 budget
2021-5 App Ord, Add Funds 3591 & 3548, Rural Community Grants
County Ordinance
2021-5 App Ord, Add Funds 3591 & 3548, Rural Community Grants
2021County Ordinances
2021-1

Ord Setting Rules of Procedure for the Quorum Court

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2021-2

App Ord, Correct certain salaries & Pros Attny budget

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2021-3

Ord Setting forth Prof Services to include Tech needs

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2021-4

App Ord, Add Fund 3555 to 2021 budget

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2021-5

App Ord, Add Funds 3591 & 3548, Rural Community Grants

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2021-6

Appropriation Ordinance Transferring Misc funds

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2021-7

New vehicle purchase for Sheriff's Office

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2021-8

Adding Fund 3553 to 2021 budget

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2021-9

Reduction of Circuit Clerk's 2021 budget

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2021-10

Repeal Ord 2021-8 adding Fund 3553

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2021-11

Amend 2020-24 Fire District Reporting

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2021-12

2020 Clean Up Ordinance

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2021-13

Blue & You mini grants to buy AED machines

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2021-14

App Ord, Fund 3599, Local Law Enforcement Block grant

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2021-15

App Ord to add funds to Circuit Court for Security Personnel

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2021-16

Establish Fund 3046, Special Revenue Fund for American Rescue Plan Funds

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2021-17

Amend 2021 budget to add line item 8888-9999 for fund to fund transfers

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2021-18

App Ord, Fund 3541, DHS Veterans Cares Act Grant

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2020County Ordinances
2020-1

Appropriation for Court transfers incurred in 2019

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2020-2

App Ord, Fund 3581, Y20 Acct Court Grant Mental Health

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2020-3

App Ord, Fund 3579, 2020 Juvenile Officer Grant Fund

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2020-4

Budget amendment for Sheriff's Office vehicles

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2020-5

Employment policy DOT Drug and Alcohol Use

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2020-6

App Ord, add 3009 Early vote workers

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2020-7

App Ord, add 3009 Medical services

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2020-8

Fund 3577 CY20 Accountability Grant

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2020-9

Clean up Ordinance

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2020-10

Policy for Vacation-Paid Time Off

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2020-11

Emp policy, Ann date, Exempt Non-exempt

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2020-12

Travel policy

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2020-13

Amend Ordinance 2014-3 Exempt Employee Leave

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2020-14

Ordinance Amending 2020 Budget for Blue & You Grants

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2020-15

App Ord, Covid Preparedness Grant Fund

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2020-16

App Ord, add Dept 128, Fraud Recovery

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2020-17

App Ord, add Fund 3550 & 3551 for CR 312 & 780

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2020-18

App Ord, add Fund 3555, CTCL Covid-19 Response Grant

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2020-19

App Ord, Add Fund 3553, Y20 Acct Grant Veterans

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2020-20

App Ord, Add Fund 3549, STAR Court Grant

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2020-21

Establish the rates of taxation

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2020-22

App Ord, 2021 Annual Operating Budget

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2020-23

App Ord, Add Fund 3547, Veterans CARES Act grant

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2020-24

Ord for Fire Districts Reporting to the QC

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2020-25

Ord to Establish Protocols for Dept Internal Controls

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2019County Ordinances
2019-9

Allowable Activities at Bono Lake

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2019-13

Subdivision Ordinance

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Arkansas Rural Community Grant program Brookland Fire
Resolutions
Arkansas Rural Community Grant program Brookland Fire
Reappointment of Louise Rose to Egypt Fire
Resolutions
Reappointment of Louise Rose to Egypt Fire
Public Health Emergency Declaration
Resolutions
Public Health Emergency Declaration
Board Member Southridge Fire
Resolutions
Board Member Southridge Fire
MAPC Board Kevin Bailey
Resolutions
MAPC Board Kevin Bailey
NAIP Board Brent Stidman
Resolutions
NAIP Board Brent Stidman
Craighead Nursing Center Board JDPayne
Resolutions
Craighead Nursing Center Board JDPayne

2021 Craighead County Holiday Schedule

New Years Day, January 1, 2021

Martin Luther King Day, January 18, 2021

Presidents Day, February 15, 2021

Memorial Day, May 31, 2021

Independence Day, July 5, 2021

Labor Day, September 6, 2021

Veteran’s Day, November 11th, 2021

Thanksgiving, November 25-26, 2021

Christmas Holidays, December 23-24, 2021