News & History

Week in Clark County History: May 28

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 this week (2013)

The Caddo Valley-based Cajun Snow held a ribbon cutting for its grand opening.

The Arkadelphia Public School District would opt out of the Arkansas Public School Choice Act, which allowed parents to apply for admission for their child to attend a school in any district beyond the one in which the parent resides.

Three structures in Amity, including a mobile home with five people inside, sustained damage from what local authorities believed to be a tornado. The National Weather Service would later confirm the storm to be an EF-2 twister that left a 300-yard “path of destruction” for its 8.9-mile duration.

20 years ago this week (2003)

Then-Sheriff Troy Tucker took issue with Clark County Quorum Court members for not taking action on building or renovating the county jail, saying they were more concerned with finding new space for the county’s adult probation office than finding funds for the jail.

Of the 109 people who voted in an online poll, 89% of Siftings readers said they their biggest health threat was the West Nile Virus, while 6.4% said SARS and 4.6% said Terrorism.

Perritt Primary School began offering hands-on learning as part of a “Music in Education” lab with 15 keyboards that were each split into two separate boards, allowing two students to use one keyboard at the same time.

Despite losing 75,000 pounds of food in a May flood, the Southwest Arkansas Food Bank in Arkadelphia was “doing pretty good” by serving 17 counties.

30 years ago this week (1993)

Wet weather that affected the area “for some time” was the root cause for local farmers having trouble planting their crops, as they raced for a July 1 cutoff for planting soybeans.

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