Arkansas courthouse, 74, gets grant for elevator

BATESVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Independence County has received a $150,000 state grant to install an elevator in its 74-year-old courthouse.The Batesville Daily Guard reports ( ) the elevator will be installed in County Judge Robert Griffin's office.The courthouse is equipped with a chair lift that county officials say is inadequate. Griffin says the building is likely not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.Officials estimate the cost of the elevator at $200,000. Griffin says the county will have to use money from the general fund or a low-interest loan to pay the difference.The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program provided the grant. The program has awarded more than $2 million in grants for projects in 33 counties.