The ongoing land grab for mineral rights to White County, Arkansas land has caused a struggle over record books in the county courthouse. White County Clerk Tanya Burleson said the landmen who have holed up in the county's record vaults in recent months are destroying century-old White County tax and probate records as they research land ownership.
"I've seen people standing on the books, using them as ladders," Burleson said. "It wouldn't be so bad if they showed a little respect. My books are being destroyed."
In her letter Burleson writes that crowds of landmen in the record vault interferes with county government work and genealogical researchers who might stop off in Searcy on vacation.
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