An ordinance making Martin Luther King Jr. Day a paid holiday for county employees was placed on its first reading Tuesday night by the Baxter County Quorum Court.Baxter County, you may recall, has a contrary streak. It took a federal court suit to stop religious displays at Christmas on the courthouse lawn. Several operators in the county also have long resisted anti-gambling laws at private clubs. Also, a black dialect joke about lazy welfare recipients was a big hit at a Tea Party gathering in county seat Mountain Home a few years back.
Ordinances must be read three times before justices of the peace may vote to accept them, meaning the proposal will probably be read again in November and a final time in December.