News & History

Week in Clark County History: July 2

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: 2013

Mazzio’s Pizza closed up shop in Arkadelphia.

Baptist Health Medical Center-Arkadelphia celebrated its 30th anniversary with a drop-in reception and by recognizing 10 employees who had worked at the hospital since it opened its doors in 1983.

Dr. Jonathan Bradshaw was a new veterinarian in town, taking over the former Waymack Animal Clinic on Pine Street.

20 years ago: 2003

The city of Arkadelphia was applying for a federal grant to stabilize Mill Creek against flooding. The grant application noted six sites along the creek, ranging from the Highway 7/67 bridge south of OBU’s football stadium to a creek tributary area near W.P. Malone Drive.

Arkadelphia parks and recreation committee members set Little League baseball and soccer fields at the top of its list of priorities for what to add to the Youth Sports Complex.

The Arkansas Highway Transportation Department (now ArDOT) was prepping to widen the Pine Street bridge over Interstate 30, a $2 million project that would take a year to complete.

30 years ago: 1993

The Clark County Historical Association launched a new self-guided tour of local historical landmarks, which included the Turner House, county library and courthouse, Flanagin Law Office, Benjamin House, Barkman House, Bozeman House, Cobb House, Habicht House, Magnolia Manor, Stuart House and Strong House.

The city of Arkadelphia owed police department employees more than $13,000 in unpaid overtime, according to a U.S. Department of Labor study. The city board agreed to pay the cost; the city manager at the time, Steve Beck, said a labor department official spent three weeks in Arkadelphia “looking for something.”

Following a customer trial for a new service, Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. reported Caller ID proved to be “extremely popular” with Arkadelphia-area telephone customers. Arkadelphia and West Memphis were two municipalities where the service was first introduced in Arkansas, and the company was looking to expand it to a number of other cities throughout the state.

Hot Metals Technologies Inc. announced a $1.5 million expansion to its Gum Springs plant, doubling its employment to 15 with a goal of 200 jobs by 1997. The company manufactured aluminum lock-bolt housings for General Motors Corp.

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