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Week in Clark County History: March 5

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

March 5, 2013
Local author Travis Stinnett of Sparkman announced the release of his first publication, “The Silent Soldiers.” It was the first book in a young adult supernatural and paranormal series taking place in Arkansas.

March 6, 2013
Bill Wright received the “President’s Award: Citizen of the Year” during the 2013 Arkadelphia Alliance and Chamber of Commerce Banquet. He is praised for his service to the Arkadelphia community as a member of the Arkadelphia Chambers of Commerce, Henderson State University Board of Trustees, the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee for Continuing Education, and the Arkadelphia City Board of Directors.

March 7, 2013
Former city manager Jimmy Bolt announces that the spot for the new Ouachita River bridge will be right next to the old one.

March 8, 2013
Former mayor Hollingstead reads to a group of kids at Ascent Children’s Health Services.

March 11, 2013
Local author Dr. Charles Hughes releases a new book called “Accordion War” about his experiences serving in the Marines.

20 years ago in Clark County

March 5, 2003
Henderson State University and the Phi Lamba fraternity have a dispute over whether or not HSU can construct a new building on the fraternity’s land. Former HSU president Dr. Charles Dunn expressed concern that the fraternity may build an unsightly structure.

March 6, 2003
David Thomason of Friendship wins a $30,000 Arlen Hess motorcycle from a drawing held by Hotbike magazine. Thomason, however, cannot afford to keep the bike because the sales tax would be over $10,000. He decides to sell the vehicle on Ebay.

March 7, 2003
The Arkadelphia city board unanimously rejects a “peace petition” presented by a group of Henderson State University and Ouachita Baptist University professors asking the city to officially urge the Bush administration to seek a peace-treaty to end the United States conflict with Iraq. Political science professor Dr. Chris Ward of OBU and history professor Dr. Martin Halpern of HSU were members of the group.

March 11, 2003
The Henderson State University men’s basketball team wins their fourth consecutive Gulf South Conference Championship against Alabama-Huntsville, 54-39.

30 years ago in Clark County

March 5, 1993
Ouachita Baptist University professor Jonathan Kelly speaks to the Clark County Quorum Court about removing a cigarette machine from the Clark County Courthouse as it allows minors to have easy access to them.

March 8, 1993
Goza Junior High School career orientation teacher Sharon Clark is named “Guidance Division Teacher of the Year” by the Arkansas Vocation Association.

March 9, 1993
After hearing an attorney general’s opinion, the Clark County Quorum Court overrides a veto to pass an anti-smoking ordinance consisting of the removal of the cigarette machine located in the Clark County Courthouse.

March 10, 1993
Henderson State University basketball coach Danny Ebbs resigns from the position, following his arrest for battery. Former assistant basketball coach Eric Bozeman fills the vacant position.

March 11, 1993
Henderson State University hosts the 17th annual Henderson 100 where high-achieving highs school students from across the country attend college classes to better acclimate to college life.

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