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Week in Clark County History: Nov. 6-12

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

Nov. 6, 2012
An 18-wheeler hauling 27 tons of lyme turned on its side at Arkadelphia’s westbound entrance ramp to I-30. It took a crew a little over an hour to clean up the wreckage and subsequent spill.

Nov. 7, 2012
Richard Womack won a seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives. Womack’s win was historic in that his victory secured Republican control over the House of Representatives.

Nov. 8, 2012
The Arkadelphia City Board of Directors approved a measure creating a drug testing policy for certain city employees, namely those who operate machinery or public servants who interact with the community.

Nov. 9, 2012
Newly elected city directors Dick Rudolph and Julian Jaeger spoke out in a newspaper interview about their desires to switch the city’s form of government, ditching the city manager/city board body for a mayoral form.

Nov. 12, 2012
A deer hunter was shot in the leg by his cousin, a fellow hunter, on a property off of state Highway 84 near Amity. The victim, who survived, was reportedly mistaken for a deer. Poor visibility was to blame on the accidental shooting.

15 years ago in Clark County

Nov. 6, 2007
Ground was broken for the construction of 125 single family houses in the Somersett subdivision, located west of the junction of state highways 8 and 26. U.S. Rep. Mike Ross was the keynote speaker at the event.

Nov. 7, 2007
Ouachita Baptist University unveiled its plans to create a “front door” entrance to the campus from North 10th Street. The boulevard would eventually be named in honor of Dr. Ben Elrod.

20 years ago in Clark County

Nov. 6, 2002
Tim Welch was elected as Clark County coroner.

Nov. 7, 2002
Two candidates for District 1 Justice of the Peace would have to wait a week to learn which would be the victor, as challenger Claudia Riley’s poll watchers contested about 170 ballots based on questions about certain voters’ residency, namely Ouachita Baptist University students. Incumbent Jonathan Huber would go on to maintain his seat on the court.

Nov. 8, 2002
Arkadelphia was the recipient of a $100,000 grant for improvements to Dexter B. Florence Memorial Field. 

Nov. 12, 2002
Justices of the peace rejected an ordinance that would have increased county property taxes by 2 mills. The millage increase was proposed to build a new jail facility.

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