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12-21-11 Early Files

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25 years ago
Dec. 24, 1986
Farming out prisoners
Marion County Fiscal Court granted County Judge-Executive Abell Thomas the authority on Saturday to check into contracting with another county for the housing of Marion County’s prisoners.
The court gave the authority to Thomas in light of recent discussions about the possibility of closing the Marion County Jail. Thomas was instructed by the court to gather figures on how much it would cost the county to have prisoners in some other jail and to determine if facilities are available to hold them.
“We need to look into a whole lot of things before we do anything,” magistrate Donnie Thompson told the court. “We need to find out all we can about it.”

10 years ago
Hourigan files for re-election
Incumbent David R. Hourigan has announced that he will run for the office of Marion County Judge-Executive in May.
The Democratic candidate ran unopposed for the office in 1998.
In 1993, he unseated incumbent Merriell Mattingly in a race that included six candidates.