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Week in Clark County history: Feb. 19

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. 19, 2013
The top story detailed the proposed whereabouts of a new Highway 7 bridge over the Ouachita River, a year after the state Department of Transportation announced its plans to build one. City directors had juggled the options of building it farther south, near Siplast on Highway 67, or keeping it near the site of the old bridge. Another proposal that was being considered was the creation of a bypass connecting Highway 67 to Red Hill Road.

Goza Middle School counselor Vanilla Hannah was the recipient of a lifetime teaching certificate.

Feb. 20, 2013
The Caddo Valley City Council OK’d a measure that required owners of pit bulls to keep their dogs in an enclosed, covered pen.

Feb. 21, 2013
A number of Caddo Valley’s restaurants and hotels came under fire when an alderman took issue with the fact many of them weren’t paying taxes collected for the city’s Advertising and Promotions Commission.

Feb. 22, 2013
Lighting was the cause of a fire in the roof of First Presbyterian Church’s sanctuary. Emergency officials reported they saw flames taller than the steeple, where the lightning hit in broad daylight.

20 years ago in Clark County

Feb. 19, 2003
Brad Harris was hired as Arkadelphia High School’s head football coach.

Susan McDougal, who served prison time as a result of President Bill Clinton’s Whitewater scandal, visited Arkadelphia for a book-signing event.

Feb. 20, 2003
Amtrak was in talks with Arkadelphia city officials on ways to improve the local market for passengers to use the Texas Eagle, which makes twice-daily stops in Arkadelphia on its Chicago-to-Dallas line.

Feb. 21, 2003
In a report to city directors, City Manager Barbara Coplen predicted financial turmoil for the city and urged department supervisors to tighten their belts.

Feb. 24, 2003
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at DeGray Lake received $4.62 million in federal funding for its fiscal year operating budget.

Feb. 25, 2003
A round of wintry precipitation kept local emergency crews busy as heavy sleet put a sheet of ice on roadways overnight and forced the closure of local schools and government offices.

A Henderson State University fraternity was at odds with university officials over a fraternity-owned property the school had considered acquiring through eminent domain.

30 years ago in Clark County

Feb. 19, 1993
Residents were urging Arkadelphia city directors to make better efforts at recycling. At the time, a group of volunteers known as the Recyclers periodically collected paper, glass and other materials. The representative of the state’s Department of Pollution Control & Ecology told directors each Arkansas city would be required to create a collection center for recyclables by July of that year.

Fifty Fabulous Places to Raise a Family listed Arkadelphia as one of the best places in America to raise a family, citing the area’s growing industry and school system as reasons to live here. Fayetteville was the only other Arkansas city included in the list.

Feb. 22, 1993
Four Goza Junior High students, ages 13-15, were jailed for their involvement in a fire set in the school’s economics classroom.

Feb. 23, 1993
Arkadelphia’s chamber of commerce floated the idea to merge with the Gurdon chamber to create a countywide organization. The idea was not well-received.

Feb. 24, 1993
City leaders were brainstorming what to do with the vacant railroad depot at 6th and Walnut streets. A proposed renovation would make way for a museum and/or a chamber office.

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