100 YEARS AGO Jan. 31, 1918
DARDANELLE — Mrs. Jaggers, aged 60, was burned to death, the 18-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Coleman so badly burned that she died a short time later, and another child, five years old, is not expected to live as the result of a fire which destroyed the Coleman home yesterday morning. Mr. Coleman was also badly burned about the face and body, but his injuries are not serious. Mrs. Coleman escaped unhurt. She is a daughter of Mrs. Jaggers.
50 YEARS AGO Jan. 31, 1968
CUMMINS PRISON FARM — State Prison Superintendent Thomas O. Murton disclosed Tuesday that an inmate had told him that a prisoner had been buried at this sprawling prison farm as recently as 1961. The implication of Murton’s remark was that the prisoner was another in an unknown number who allegedly were slain by overseers and buried in unmarked graves in a pasture about a mile from the administration building. The criminal Investigation Division of the State Police is investigating the discovery Monday of three skeletons in as many graves in the pasture.
25 YEARS AGO Jan. 31, 1993
Tears were shed and harsh words were exchanged Saturday at the state Capitol as 20 members of the Parents of Murdered Children support group denied any racial motive in their insistence that state Sen. Jerry D. Jewell resign. Group members, several blacks among them, chastised Jewell, the president pro tempore of the state Senate, for having used his recent stint as acting governor to order the release of convicted murderer Billy Ray Davis and drug dealer Tommy McIntosh.
10 YEARS AGO Jan. 31, 2008
CONWAY — A former Little Rock School District principal fired in 1998 over sexual-harassment allegations is appealing a misdemeanor sexual assault conviction involving a Guy-Perkins Elementary School student. Franklin Davis, 47, of Conway will go on trial Feb. 15 before Judge Charles E. Clawson Jr. of Faulkner County Circuit Court. The bench trial amounts to an appeal of Davis’ conviction in Guy City Court for fourth-degree sexual assault. Judge Jack Roberts sentenced Davis on May 3, 2007, to six months in jail with all but 60 days suspended. Roberts also fined Davis $1,000 with $500 suspended.