News & History


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.

10 years ago in Clark County

Aug. 14, 2012
A wildfire in Beirne endangered several homes and burned more than 400 acres of forest. It started around 5 p.m. and took three local fire departments and the Arkansas Forestry Commission all night to get the fire under control.

Aug. 16, 2012
Unemployment rates for Clark County were up to 10%.

Aug. 17, 2012
Arkadelphia firefighters rescued a worker from a bucket truck whose hydraulics failed while he was changing lights at Patterson Federal Credit Union.

The summer was recorded as one of the hottest and driest in Clark County history.

15 years ago in Clark County

Aug. 14, 2007
Members of the Quorum Court argued over the selection process of the Economic Development Corp. of Clark County. County Judge Ron Daniell had to choose from a list of 47 names to serve on what was then to be a five-member board. Some justices voiced that they wanted to see the list before the judge decided on his appointments.

Aug. 15, 2007
Under the direction of Jim Lloyd, the 104-member AHS Band was preparing for a “difficult” halftime performance show.

DeGray Lake Resort State Park topped the Better Homes & Gardens list of best camping locations in the nation.

Aug. 16, 2007
Convicted of killing one man and awaiting trial for the murder of another, Nevada County teenager Robert Lee Williams shanked a Clark County jailer with a homemade knife while medications were being distributed to inmates.

Nevada County authorities charged Kelvin Box for slaying two Arkadelphia residents in Prescott.

Aug. 17, 2007
Twenty-six new teachers and two new administrators were hired at Arkadelphia Public Schools.

Aug. 20, 2007
The U.S. News & World Report ranked Ouachita Baptist University as the best baccalaureate college in the South.

20 years ago in Clark County

Aug. 15, 2002
More than 100 OBU professors and administrators spent the weekend cleaning student dorms as a sign of “brotherly love” for incoming students.

Aug. 19, 2002
A triathlon at DeGray Lake attracted “hundreds” of extreme athletes to the area.

Aug. 20, 2002
Henderson and Ouachita’s libraries signed a pact with Innovative Interfaces Inc. to bring online a library computer system allowing students to access any online library in the world.

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