News & History

Week in Clark County History: Oct. 16-22

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

Oct. 16, 2012
Sgt. James Rogers of Arkadelphia was among other National Guardsmen recognized for risking his life to aid victims in a 2009 car accident on U.S. Highway 270 near Hot Springs.

Oct. 17, 2012 
A barrel containing an explosive liquid fell off the trailer of an 18-wheeler, shutting down state Highway 53 near the Little Missouri River. Local officials determined the liquid to be methyl acetate. The driver kept on truckin’.

Oct. 19, 2012
The 2012 Arkadelphia Public School District Teachers of the Year were Kelly Bell (district teacher of the year), Amanda Harris (Central Primary School), Tori Rocole (Peake Elementary School), Kaki Forthman (Goza Middle School) and Ashley Keener (Arkadelphia High School).

15 years ago in Clark County

Oct. 16, 2007
Parolee Corey Thornton was arrested in Arkadelphia and charged with aggravated assault after a man told police he had shot at him for trying to talk to a woman at a Clay Street residence.

Oct. 19, 2007
Work was wrapping up on a project that provided sewer utilities to W.P. Malone Drive, as a crew had finished boring a pipeline beneath Interstate 30 for the next phase, running the pipes.

The Arkadelphia City Board approved a finalized version of an ordinance restricting the ownership of pit bulls within the city limits. Breed owners would have 90 days to come into compliance with the law, which includes micro-chipping the animal and installing a concrete-embedded chain-link fence to house those kept outside.

Oct. 22, 2007
Funding concerns for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers forced the temporary closing of 400 Corps-owned campsites at DeGray Lake.

20 years ago in Clark County

Oct. 16, 2002
Work on a new Pine Street bridge spanning Interstate 30 had yet to begin. The project was slated to take off the following spring.

Former Caddo Valley police chief James Ezell was threatening to sue the City of Caddo Valley over claims that he was owed nearly 800 hours of compensatory and sick time.

Oct. 21, 2002
Henderson State University reported a fall enrollment of 3,497 students, while across the ravine 1,553 students had enrolled at Ouachita Baptist University.

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