School Election Tuesday

School election Tuesday

Fayetteville voters will be asked to go to the polls on Tuesday to vote for or against a 47.8 mill tax increase for the construction of a new high school.  The proposed 515,000 square foot structure would replace the existing high school, which would be torn down. Cost of the new school is estimated at around $83 million.

Early voting will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today, Friday and Monday at the County Clerk’s office in the Washington County Courthouse on the southeast corner of Dickson Street and College Avenue.

On Tuesday, the polls will be open at the following locations from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. If you have questions on where to vote call the clerk’s office at 444-1711.

Dwelling Place (N. Porter Road), Northeast Baptist (Oakland Street and Zion Road), St. John’s Lutheran Church (Township Avenue and Crossover Road), Trinity Fellowship (Rolling Hills Drive), Baldwin  Church (E. Huntsville Road), Buckner Baptist Church (Wyman Road), First Assembly of God (15th Street), First United Presbyterian (E. Calvin Street), Goshen  Community Building, Northeast Baptist (Oakland Street and Zion Road), Yvonne Richardson Center (Rock Street), Clarion  Inn (Shiloh Drive and Arkansas 62), Covenant Church (W. Wedington Drive), Mt. Comfort Church of Christ (3249 Mt. Comfort Road), Wiggins Methodist Church (E. MLK Boulevard), Sang Avenue Baptist Church (Sang Avenue), Sequoyah Methodist Church (Old Wire Road), Trinity Methodist (Sycamore Street and Garland Avenue), Central Methodist Church (Dickson Street).

New law may help renters caught in the foreclosure debacle

In the wake of record home foreclosures around the nation, it is not just homeowners who are losing their homes. Many of these homes are occupied by renters, and in a typical foreclosure, the renter can be evicted and forced to move even if he or she is current on their rent. However, one section of a recently enacted federal law, the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009, may provide some protection for these innocent families.

The new law applies to the foreclosure of “federally-related” mortgages, which includes residential mortgages made by any bank or insured or guaranteed by the federal government or sold to any of the federally regulated agencies such as the Federal National Mortgage Association.

Most residential mortgages will be covered. Under the new legislation, in most cases, renters who are current on their rent will be protected for at least 90 days and perhaps longer. Even if there is no lease or if the property is sold after foreclosure to someone who plans to use it as a primary residence, the law will requre that the rental tenant be allowed at least 90 days to relocate.

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