News & History

Week in Clark County history: Oct. 8-14

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)

Presidential authority was set to be conferred to Glen Jones, who was inaugurated as Henderson State University’s 17th president with a formal ceremony and symbols of high office.

20 years ago (2003)

The Gurdon revenue office was among 33 others to halt operations in Arkansas. With the office closed, Clark County residents living in the Gurdon area were to travel to Arkadelphia to take care of vehicular affairs like registration.

The Clark County Quorum Court approved an expansion for the county jail. With an estimated cost of $650,000 the project would add 34 beds to the jail, nearly doubling the facility’s capacity.

30 years ago (1993)

Peake Elementary School received a visit from an Arkansas Army National Guard AH-1 Cobra helicopter from Camp Robinson.

A $40,000 HUD grant was awarded to the Arkadelphia Housing Authority, with part of the funding earmarked to help AHA residents to set up their own businesses.

Ashley Helms, daughter of Richard and Sandra Helms of Arkadelphia, rests on the back of her father’s guernsey after a big day at the Arkansas State Fair. More than 5,000 head of livestock and poultry competed in various livestock divisions at the state fair.

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