News & History

Week in Clark County History: April 16

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.

This week in 2013

Prosecutors were in the midst of filing charges against several out-of-state drug distributors following a February “saturation” on Interstate 30 by Arkansas State Police.

At a press conference in Prescott’s Industrial Park, former Democratic U.S. Congressman Mike Ross announced his candidacy for Arkansas Governor, pledging to fill empty or suffering industrial parks like the one in his hometown.

More than 770 Ouachita Baptist University students participated in the annual Tiger Serve Day, conducting 105 projects throughout the community.

Arkadelphia High School seniors Megan Left and Griffin Rucker would be the first two high school students in Arkansas to complete an aviation career readiness training program, a partnership between AHS, Henderson State University and Dawson Education Cooperative.

This week in 2003

The Arkadelphia City Board removed a 25% fee out-of-town adult sports teams were required to pay in city league games.

Value Line Furniture, a manufacturer near Pizza Hut on 10th Street, was offered business and financial incentives to move its operation and 130 jobs to Nash, Texas. The company had been in Arkadelphia for nearly 20 years and was looking to expand, but apparently was getting not help from local jobs officials in finding a larger location.

This week in 1993

The Gurdon School Board was set to vote on how cheerleaders had been selected to the squad after a special meeting attracted around 100 residents split along racial lines. The board would go on to vote 5-2 in favor of retaining the all-white squad of cheerleaders.

Goza Junior High School geography teacher Ann Linn and student Paul Martin represented Arkadelphia at the Arkansas State Geography Bee. Martin placed third in the preliminary round.

Tuition at Henderson State University would rise from $750 to $820 per semester. President Charles Dunn blamed “flat funding” from state legislators.

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