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Week in Clark County History: Dec. 4

For the Week in Clark County History, we combed through bound copies of the Daily Siftings Herald to choose some front-page news from editions dating 10, 15 and 20 years ago.

10 years ago in Clark County

Dec. 7, 2012
A triple murder left two girls and their father dead inside their Arkadelphia home. The homicides prompted an investigation that led to the arrest and subsequent conviction of the murderer. 

Dec. 10, 2012
After announcing he would not be seeking re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Mike Ross donated official papers and related material from his political career to Ouachita Baptist University. 

15 years ago in Clark County

Dec. 6, 2007
Caddo Valley’s Advertising & Promotions Commission was in the midst of talks about what to do with a trio of signs welcoming people to the city after confusion between the sign maker and the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, the latter of which removed the signs because they weren’t made of the proper material.

Dec. 10, 2007
The Brian and Nan Kirksey family of Alpine were named the 2007 Arkansas Farm Family of the year.

The search for Henderson State University’s next president was narrowed to three candidates, including Charles Welch, who was chancellor at the University of Arkansas Community College in Hope.

20 years ago in Clark County

Dec. 4, 2002
An electrical fire overnight caused extensive damage to Laster’s Furniture Store in downtown Arkadelphia.

Goodrich Aerospace and Aviation Technical Services announced it would suspend operations at its Gum Springs plant for three years, beginning in July.

Dec. 5, 2002
The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department was busy erecting a series of light poles at the Pine Street and Interstate 30 interchange.

Dec. 6, 2002
The Arkadelphia Board of Directors approved an ordinance allowing the city to sell water to the Clark County River Valley Public Water Facilities Board. The agreement allowed the buyer to purchase 11.5 million gallons per month.

Dec. 9, 2002
A city committee was seeking survey feedback from about 200 residents living west of Henderson State University. The survey asked for suggestions on naming the neighborhood (University Heights was the name chosen from a list of six), lighting options and ways to improve the neighborhood.

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