By The Arkadelphian
For the Week in Clark County History, we combed through bound copies of the Daily Siftings Herald, housed in the archives of Riley-Hickingbotham Library at Ouachita Baptist University. We choose some front-page news from editions dating back 10, 15 and 20 years ago.
Here’s what happened this week 10 years ago
July 10, 2012: Linda Shuck returned to her home in Arkadelphia following a coast-to-coast bicycle trip with friend Coreen Frazier. The two rode from San Diego, Calif., to St. Augustine, Fla.
July 11, 2012: Callie Hunley was named principal at Louisa E. Perritt Primary School.
July 12, 2012: Dr. Glendell Jones Jr., the newly named 17th president of Henderson State University, told the newspaper his goals for running the university were making sure students are challenged, nurtured and retained. “I’m in a position to do a lot for this university,” he later told a reporter.
Here’s what happened this week 15 years ago
July 11, 2007: Clark County pledged $100,000 from its Re-Use Fund as incentive to attract what was then an unnamed “high technology manufacturing” company.
July 12, 2007: A record rainfall for the month of July of 6.05 inches was recorded at the newspaper’s South 26th Street office. Rainfall and temperature records had been recorded at the office since 2000.
A downburst storm damaged homes on Phelps Circle and Carter Road.
July 16, 2007: Construction began on what would become the Holiday Inn Express on state Highway 7 across from Cracker Barrel restaurant.
Here’s what happened this week 20 years ago
July 10, 2002: Foundations were poured for the Arkadelphia Aquatic Park and the Recreation Center.
The City of Arkadelphia earned recognition for the “Best Trail Website” for a site city staff had created for Feaster Trail.
July 11, 2002: Arkadelphia Police Department patrolmen Don Cleek and Robbie Plyler were named school resource officers at Arkadelphia High School and Goza Middle School, respectively. Cleek is now an investigator at APD, and Plyler is a patrol sergeant at the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
July 12, 2002: The Sheriff’s Youth Ranch was the recipient of a $600,000 gift from the Tulsa-based Mabee Foundation. Funds were to be used for construction at a facility on DeGray Lake.
July 15, 2002: A zoo in Bismarck was shut after a failed inspection by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Eleven species — including kangaroos, lemurs and sloths — were among the animals being housed at the 15-acre site. A reporter’s calls to the zoo operator went unreturned.
Amazing the amount of damage one man can do in just 10 years, destroying 132 years of tradition