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Pearl River clerk seeks money to preserve old public records

The chancery clerk says Pearl River County needs to finish making electronic copies of old paper records that could deteriorate.

The Picayune Item reports that the clerk, Melinda Bowman, is asking county supervisors to set aside money for the job.

Supervisors paid the previous chancery clerk, David Earl Johnson, $50,000 a year from 2011 until 2014 to get records scanned. In 2015, they paid him $12,500.

Johnson says he hired a company that scanned 31 years’ worth of records. Bowman estimates it would cost the county about $250,000 to get caught up with all the records.

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