photo by TANIAH TUDOR

Area civic leaders were at the Emergency Operations Center in Van Buren to cast their early vote on the renewal of the 1-cent countywide sales tax. From left: Crawford County Justice of the Peace Cathy Gifford, Director of Emergency Management Dennis Gilstrap, Don and Alice Swaim, Stacey Smith, Van Buren School District Education Foundation executive director Debbie Thomas, Carolyn Loyd and Bill Thomas.