News & History

Week in Local History: Jan. 15

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, 20 and 30 years ago.

10 years ago in Clark County

Jan. 15, 2013
The Clark County Health Unit reported an uptick in flu cases, with the office getting bombarded with residents looking to receive a flu vaccination.

Jan. 16, 2013
Taco Tico, located at 2909 W. Pine St., was forced to close up shop after the company had failed to make sales tax payments to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. That building now houses a different restaurant, Walk & Taco.

Jan. 17, 2013
John Chad Griffin was in police custody after the overnight shooting death of another man at a North 13th Street residence. Griffin would go on to be found guilty of first-degree murder.

Jan. 18, 2013
Gurdon’s municipal airport, Lowe Field, was featured in a front-page article, with its manager voicing hopes of doubling the number of the airport’s eight occupied hangars.

Jan. 21, 2013
The Caddo Valley Police Department was the grant recipient of equipment allowing officers the ability to obtain mobile access to the Arkansas Crime Information Center’s database.

20 years ago in Clark County

Jan. 15, 2003
In response to Gov. Mike Huckabee’s proposal to consolidate rural schools and to regionalize the leadership of public school districts, Superintendent Tony Prothro told local reporters the Arkadelphia School District would be safe from the governor’s plan given the district’s 2,200-plus student enrollment. Huckabee’s plan called for consolidating districts with fewer than 1,500 students.

Jan. 17, 2003
Members of a committee for the newly constructed Youth Sports Complex were requesting corporate donors to purchase advertising space on the facility’s perimeter. The city board complied with the request, allowing willing corporations to spend upwards of $920,000 to sponsor a sports field.

Jan. 21, 2003
More than 100 Arkadelphia residents, black and white, marked a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with a “parade” from Mt. Olive Baptist Church to the Clark County Courthouse gazebo. A brief program followed at the courthouse.

30 years ago in Clark County

Jan. 18, 1993
Ouachita Baptist University’s Jones Performing Arts Center and Henderson State University’s Garrison Center were selected as the best designed buildings in the state by the Arkansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Jan. 19, 1993
Arkadelphia fashion designer Martha Dixon was highlighted for designing First Lady Hillary Clinton’s dress, which she would go on to wear for the presidential inaugural activities in Washington, D.C.

Jan. 20, 1993
The Gurdon School Board was grappling with how to extend city water services to a new high school on Highway 67.

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