The Spotlight: Judge Ben Cross
Posted by Sara Alvis on Friday, March 4, 2022 at 10:58 AM By Sara Alvis / March 4, 2022 Comment
Pope County Judge Ben Cross discusses the county's strategic growth plan as well as achievements in his first three years in office.
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