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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - DEATHS -

100 YEARS AGO

March 14, 1918

HER­MITAGE — How fast can a tin lizzie run, and why wont a gun hit a man af­ter it shoots, are two ques­tions giv­ing Con­sta­ble Sam Quimby con­sid­er­able worry since his tie-in with an al­leged boot­leg­ger near this place Mon­day af­ter­noon. The con­sta­ble had a war­rant for Thorn­ton Smith, charg­ing him with dis­pos­ing of wet goods un­law­fully. Hear­ing that his prey had gone out in the coun­try, pre­sum­ably to re­plen­ish his stock, the con­sta­ble in­vited sev­eral to ac­com­pany him on his trip to over­haul Smith. “He saw us com­ing and beat it. We shot at him, but he only picked up speed.”

50 YEARS AGO

March 14, 1968

Gov­er­nor Rock­e­feller dis­closed Wed­nes­day that he had dis­cour­aged the ap­point­ment of Thomas O. Mur­ton to a po­si­tion in Alaska be­fore Mur­ton was fired as su­per­in­ten­dent of the state pen­i­ten­tiary. He said he had learned that Mur­ton had ap­plied for a job in Alaska be­fore Mur­ton sub­mit­ted a let­ter of res­ig­na­tion to John H. Ha­ley, chair­man of the state Pen­i­ten­tiary Board, in Jan­uary. Mr. Rock­e­feller said he had talked with the gov­er­nor of Alaska about Mur­ton. He said he still felt that Mur­ton was an “ex­tra­or­di­nary pe­nol­o­gist” but be­cause of other short­com­ings “I could not in good con­science rec­om­mend him.”

25 YEARS AGO

March 14, 1993

A group of Cen­tral High School stu­dents staged a mock hear­ing Satur­day to poke fun at ses­sions be­ing held by the Lit­tle Rock School Board over the fate of sus­pended Prin­ci­pal John L. Hickman Jr. About a dozen stu­dents put on a half-hour play de­pict­ing the board’s hear­ing as con­tra­dic­tory and un­fo­cused. The stu­dents crit­i­cized the pro­ceed­ings as be­ing side­tracked too of­ten from al­le­ga­tions of fi­nan­cial and sex­ual mis­con­duct by Hickman. Hickman, who was sus­pended with pay Jan. 7, has de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tions. As of Wed­nes­day, that school board has held the hear­ing for three days.

10 YEARS AGO

March 14, 2008

Seven for­mer West He­lena city of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing the mayor and five al­der­men, are ex­pected to stand trial on theft charges af­ter the Arkansas Supreme Court re­versed a judge’s dis­missal of their cases. The high court, in seven sep­a­rate opin­ions re­leased Thurs­day, re­versed the de­ci­sions by Cir­cuit Judge L.T. Simes II, who dis­missed the 1st Ju­di­cial Dis­trict cases last year be­cause no judge au­tho­rized the ar­rest war­rants. Each of the seven jus­tices wrote one of the rul­ings.

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