by Max Brantley
Not in Phillips County, where county government is prepared to shut down because of a divided Quorum Court. A report from Andrew Bagley in Helena:
It's really going to happen. I talked with County Judge Don Gentry this morning. No Quorum Court meeting is scheduled, and the Courthouse will shut down on Wednesday. People in the county are being urged to take care of urgent business today. The split on the QC is not racial like it was in 1999 the last time this happened. Five black people and one white are opposing the budget. Three black people and two white people are in favor of it.
Helena-West Helena Mayor James Valley has issued a statement offering whatever assistance he can to ease the effects of the shutdown, including but not limited to allowing, the Circuit Court to use the city courtroom and council room to hold hearings and making sheriff's deputies members of the auxiliary city police force and allowing the sheriff to deputize city police as well until the crisis is abated.