News & History

Week in Clark County History: Jan. 29

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. 29, 2013
The driver of an 18-wheeler hauling wood chips escaped injury in a rollover on Highway 51 that left the highway closed for a few hours during the cleanup.

Jan. 31, 2013

20 years ago in Clark County

Jan. 30, 2003
The Southwest Arkansas Technology Learning Center and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Center were in the process of moving into their new combined office building on South 6th Street.

Jan. 31, 2003
In an effort to boost the number of students who eat at Henderson State University’s Caddo Dining Hall, the school unveiled its concept titled “Real Food on Campus” with dining options from catering company Aramark.

Feb. 3, 2003
Residents in South Arkansas witnessed space shuttle Columbia disintegrate after the launch from its base in Cape Canaveral, Florida. One Stamps resident told reporters her husband had witnessed an explosion. Meanwhile, government officials were warning folks to steer clear of any wreckage that might have landed in Arkansas.

Feb. 4, 2003
Two of Arkadelphia’s three nursing homes reported they did not carry liability insurance for their residents, as it was too expensive in light of tort lawsuits.

The annual January count of bald eagles at DeGray Lake found 33 birds, including 11 mature birds, 20 immature and two unidentified as to age. The largest eagle count recorded by that point was in 1988, with 48 birds counted.

30 years ago in Clark County

Feb. 1, 1993
A Friday night fire that broke out in a home economics classroom at Goza Junior High School caused an estimated $8,000-$12,000 in damages. Most of the room’s contents were destroyed in the blaze.

Feb. 2, 1993
A flu epidemic led to the closing of Bismarck schools for two days after absentee rates shot up to 23 percent. 

Dr. John Waymack was named Arkansas Veterinarian of the Year by the state Veterinarian Medical Association.

Feb. 3, 1993

Feb. 4, 1993
Local newspaper columnist Joe May, now publisher of The Southern Standard, was in the midst of writing a 128-page hardcover book on Clark County’s history.

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