News & History

Week in Clark County History: Feb. 12

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

Feb. 12, 2013
The newly formed Southwest Arkansas Regional Intermodal Authority was discussing its interest in purchasing the right-of-way for the Caddo Valley Railroad, which spanned 53 miles from Gurdon to Caddo Gap.

Feb. 14, 2013
An 18-wheeler hauling rice bran became high-centered on the railroad tracks near the Clark County Historical Museum, forcing rail traffic on the Union Pacific line to halt operations for about an hour until the truck was moved. Hearing the whistle of an oncoming train engine, an officer yelled at the truck’s driver to evacuate the cab. The train was able to stop about 100 yards shy of the stalled truck.

20 years ago in Clark County

Feb. 12, 2003
Clark County justices of the peace were on board with funding weather radios and an enhanced 911 program that uses GPS to pinpoint the location of a caller’s cell phone.

Feb. 13, 2003
In the war against terrorism, city officials were asking Arkadelphia residents to be on alert for any suspicious activity around the city’s water system.

Feb. 14, 2003
Henderson State University launched a student-oriented TV ad campaign designed to attract future prospective students to enroll.

Feb. 17, 2003
A weekend fire destroyed a home at 1524 Logan St. No injuries were reported, and no cause had been determined by the newspaper’s print deadline.

30 years ago in Clark County

Feb. 17, 1993
Gurdon school board members were in discussion on where to purchase property to erect a new high school. 

150 years ago in Clark County

As a bonus and with credit to the Clark County Historical Association, we’re including newspaper writings from 150 years ago:

February 15, 1873
To Land Holders: All parties having land in Clark County, the deeds for which have not been recorded, had better have them recorded in this office at once, as I am preparing a perfect abstract of titles for all lands within the county and desire to make a complete history of every tract in the way of transfers, etc. —Ludlow B. Clark, C.C.

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