The old Heber Springs Post Office on Main Street was the recipient of a $40,533 grant from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.
The old Heber Springs Post Office on Main Street was the recipient of a $40,533 grant from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Governor Mike Beebe announced on Wednesday that Cleburne County had received grant money, along with projects in 32 other Arkansas counties through the program, which is an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. The grant funds are raised through the Real Estate Transfer Tax and are earmarked to “rehabilitate buildings listed on the Arkansas or National Registers of Historic Places and owned by local governments or not-for-profit organizations,” according to the Arkansas Heritage Department.
The money will be used to restore the roof at the old Post Office building, which also served as the court building before the new Cleburne County Court Building was constructed. It also served as the temporary location of the Cleburne County Library during the construction and renovation of the new library building. While the building has been in need of renovation for many years, the issue reached critical condition when roof leaks during heavy winter rains earlier this year threatened the library collection. The quick response by library staff and county employees saved the books from permanent water damage