News & History

Week in Clark County History: Oct. 23-29

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. 23, 2012
A Carthage woman contracted to take tourists’ money at a DeGray Lake campsite was charged with felony theft, having pocketed $9,500 from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

15 years ago in Clark County

Oct. 23, 2007
The City of Arkadelphia was in the process of making portions of Feaster Park and playground equipment on it into compliance with federal regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Oct. 24, 2007
The Alcoa Foundation gifted the Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranch $25,000.

Oct. 26, 2007
An Arkadelphia man was arrested and charged for deliberately setting fire to a laundry cart of linens at a nursing home that at the time was Golden Living Center.

20 years ago in Clark County

Oct. 23, 2002
Clark County Circuit Judge John Thomas ruled that Arkadelphia college students wouldn’t be allowed to vote in the upcoming election. Thomas’ ruling sparked backlash from Gov. Mike Huckabee and ignited protests from local college students.

Oct. 28, 2002
Sarah Huckabee, a student at Ouachita Baptist University, was among other college students who filed suit for their right to vote in Clark County. Huckabee, who’s now running for governor, was pictured among a crowd of students protesting their stance against a local ruling that said they couldn’t vote in local races.

Oct. 29, 2002
U.S. District Judge George Howard Jr. was named to hear the aforementioned voting case. He would go on to rule that college students would be able to vote in local elections despite their permanent residency in their hometowns.

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