News & History

Week in Clark County History: Aug. 13

For the Week in Clark County History, we combed through bound copies of the Daily Siftings Herald housed in the archives at Ouachita Baptist University. Here are some front-page news briefs from editions dating 10, 20 and 30 years ago.

10 years ago (2013)

Gov. Mike Beebe paid a visit to Gum Springs to announce the opening of a chicken processing facility, Vikon Farms. The operation was set to bring 172 jobs to the area but the deal fell through and the company never located in Clark County.

Magnolia Manor was unveiled as the year’s featured Christmas ornament, sold by the Clark County Historical Association.

Arkadelphia High School’s principal told the newspaper he expected 620 students to fill the campus halls.

20 years ago (2003)

Arkadelphia Public Schools reported a “heavy” turnout at its campus open houses. The district expected a head count of 2,300 pupils to show up on the first day of classes.

A triathlon event at DeGray Lake attracted a “large” group of athletes who tested their endurance in a pair of events: swimming and biking.

30 years ago (1993)

Work was under way to construct a 500,000-gallon clearwell, or storage tank, as part of improvements being made at the Arkadelphia Water Treatment Plant on North 10th Street.

A prompt response by Arkadelphia firefighters saved the Thermogas butane fuel office at Caddo and 1st streets, where they were quickly able to douse a blaze caused by an electrical malfunction. Employees had just left the office for the day.

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