News & History

Week in Clark County History: Sept. 18-24

By Joel Phelps | 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

Sept. 18, 2012
A Hollywood feed company named several defendants in a trademark infringement lawsuit, namely Dominator 365.

Sept. 19, 2012
An 18-wheeler hauling 970 cases of Busch Light rolled on its side on Interstate 30 near the Gurdon exit, sending 17,400 cans of the gods’ nectar to a landfill in Howard County. It would mark one of few occasions this reporter bawled while having to write a sad story.

Karrie Goodman won a seat on the Arkadelphia Board of Education as its Zone 6 representative, defeating opponent Dr. January Schultz, 57-19.

Sept. 20, 2012
Local law enforcement paired up with federal agents to execute warrants and arrest 23 drug dealers in a pre-dawn sting in southern Clark County. Dubbed “Operation Ice” the bust targeted methamphetamine and crack cocaine dealers.

15 years ago in Clark County

Sept. 19, 2007
Paulette Blacknall and Charlie Williams secured 48 and 43 votes, respectively, to Stan Rogers’ 24 votes in a school board election for Arkadelphia’s Zone 3. Blacknall and Williams campaigned in a runoff election, with Blacknall being the victor.

Sept. 21, 2007
Volunteers of the Caddo Valley Fire Department accused the city’s mayor and council of waging a political vendetta against its fire chief, Terry Hearnsberger, over cutting his full-time position to part-time.

20 years ago in Clark County

Sept. 18, 2002
A horse from an unnamed farm about 10 miles east of Arkadelphia tested positive for West Nile Virus. Veterinarian Rob Rucker described the horse as being “ataxic” and struggling to maintain balance, but reported the horse was treated and would live.

Sept. 19, 2002
Caddo Valley Police Chief James Ezell left his post to pursue a career in counseling at Gurdon, an occupation for which he’d been studying for 10 years. He had served as the chief since 1998.

Sept. 20, 2002
The Arkansas Crime Information Center ranked Arkadelphia as among the safest cities in Arkansas — falling short only to Bryant and Mountain Home — based on the city’s low crime rate.

The Arkadelphia City Board delayed construction on the Youth Sports Complex, citing poor soil conditions and the onset of cooler weather. Directors were informed that construction crews were battling wet areas on the southern end of the park.

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