Corning Courthouse Closing?
Letter to the Editor
Well folks - That has been the threat as long as I can remember and I’m old now but a good friend of mine says “I’ve seen things and I know things!” I worked in the Corning Courthouse for 20-plus years - Collectors Office & Revenue. I only know of five elected officials from the Western District, Carl Ermert and Travis Boyd were county judges. Buster Griggs was Treasurer and Cloyce Pierce and Terry Miller, Sheriff and Collectors. What does that say about us - disinterest?
For the benefit of young people who may not know - Clay County was created in 1873. In 1881 Clay County was divided into two judicial districts due to flood water that could only be crossed by boat. Corning served the Western District and Boydsville; the Eastern until 1888 when Piggott replaced Boydsville. I don’t know if that’s when the wall went up but I do know the Berlin Wall came down in 1990 - Not so with Clay County. Our courthouse burned in 1963 and Piggott sent trucks over to move our record books to Piggott. At that time we had Corning people who stepped up and said no way. It didn’t happen.
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