News & History

Week in Clark County history: Oct. 1-7

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)

Participants as far as Montana, Massachusetts and even Canada traveled to Arkansas to show off their skills with the iron pot at DeGray Lake Resort State Park; many others, such as Texas and Louisiana residents, traveled to the lake to join the cooking fun, as well. Upwards to 100 pots of food were prepared at the Dutch Oven cooking event.

A young squirrel taken to a Clark County courtroom by a drug court graduate made friends with District Court Judge Randy Hill.

20 years ago (2003)

An indecent exposure charge against a Little Rock resident was dropped before his first court appearance in Clark County District Court. The man was cited by Caddo Valley police after he had walked into Taco Bell wearing only skimpy swimming trunks and a T-shirt. When he tried stealing a soft drink, employees called the police. The man had already paid for the drink before police arrived, but officers determined his attire was a bit too revealing.

The Clark County Historical Museum opened its doors to the public for the first time to display the timely relics and artifacts from the past. Shirley Graham, pictured, works on mounting the last of several photos to be displayed for the grand opening.

Arkadelphia’s Recreation Center was entering the final stages of construction. The facility, located in Feaster Park next to the Aquatic Park, features a gym with a second-level walking track, meeting and event rooms, and parks and recreation department offices.

30 years ago (1993)

Gov. Jim Guy Tucker, an Eagle Scout himself, talked to members of Boy Scout Troop 24 at the Clark County Courthouse. Tucker gave a short speech and presented a check for $49,000 to help the Arkadelphia Area Chamber of Commerce renovate the old Union Pacific Railroad train depot, now the Clark County Historical Museum.

Children at Fun Times Learning Center, 1039 S. 13th St., met with Arkadelphia Fire Department firemen Ricky Arnold and Keith Francis during National Fire Prevention Week.

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