Ashley County

Ashley County, the fifth largest county in the state, was formed on November 30, 1848, from part of Drew County with final boundary adjustments made in 1861. Hamburg is the county seat. The Ashley County courthouse is early contemporary in style and has a unique, round, courtroom where all participants in a trial face one another. The landscape of the county is coastal plain, level to rolling, flat cropland, and pine-forested hills. Two-thirds of Ashley County is hill land, most in pine timber and forest products with the first blocks of forestland being bought up by lumbermen in 1898. The original sawmill was in operation in 1901. Another quarter of the county’s land is devoted to agriculture. The rich sandy loam soil created by the Mississippi and Bayou Bartholomew rivers has been farmed for generations. Although cotton is still king, livestock, poultry and other commercial cash crops are grown. Bayou Bartholomew, the longest bayou in the U.S. runs through the county. West of the bayou is Overflow National Wildlife Refuge that offers excellent hunting and fishing. Ashley County has an innovative recycling program that has taken 65 percent of the waste stream out of their landfill. The county owns equipment to press paper and yard waste into small cubes, which are then sold to Georgia-Pacific for use as fuel. The population of Ashley County is 21,853 (2010 Census).

205 E. Jefferson St.
Hamburg 71646

(870) 853-2000

County Judge
Jim Hudson
Phone: (870) 853-2000
Fax: (870) 853-2005

County Clerk
Christie Martin
Phone: (870) 853-2020
Fax: (870) 853-2082

County Circuit Clerk
Vickie Stell
Phone: (870) 853-2030
Fax: (870) 853-2034

County Sheriff
Tommy Sturgeon
Phone: (870) 853-2040
Fax: (870) 853-0017

County Treasurer
Stacey Breshears
Phone: (870) 853-2010
Fax: (870) 853-2082

County Collector
Sherry Stanley
Phone: (870) 853-2050
Fax: (870) 853-2055

County Assessor
Beth Rush
Phone: (870) 853-2060
Fax: (870) 853-2002

County Coroner
Steve Hartshorn
Phone: (870) 853-5252
Fax: (870) 853-5253

Justices of the Peace
Corliss McCain, Carlton Lawrence, Danny W. Rice, Hiram Taylor, Connie Timmons, Jeff Langley, Rhonda Pippen, Ricky Sims, Bob Rush, Ronald Wheeler, Bill Rawls

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