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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - OBITUARIES -

100 YEARS AGO Nov. 10, 1918

NOR­FOLK — Sell Weaver, a con­duc­tor on the White river railroad, who lives at Batesville, who spent sev­eral days fish­ing at this place in the North­fork river, caught a three-pound bass un­der pe­cu­liar cir­cum­stances yes­ter­day. Bass were not strik­ing and he started to fish for perch. As he caught them he strung them and tied the string to a pole and left them in the river. Sud­denly he no­ticed the pole be­gin to jerk and bend. He rushed to it and af­ter a five-minute fight got back his perch and a three-pound bass which had swal­lowed them.

50 YEARS AGO

Nov. 10, 1968

The earth tremor which shook 22 states about 11 a.m. Satur­day did lit­tle more than fas­ci­nate Arkansans, who watched rock­ing chairs, tele­vi­sion an­ten­nae and lamp­shades “come to life.”… The tremor was re­ported through­out north­east Arkansas with scat­tered ob­ser­va­tions around Lit­tle Rock and Fayetteville. No dam­age or in­juries were re­ported. At Wal­nut Ridge, po­lice first be­came aware of the event when flash­lights be­gan rolling round on desks. … Dishes and win­dows rat­tled over a sec­tion of north­east Arkansas from the borders of the state to Salem, Batesville, Stutt­gart and He­lena.

25 YEARS AGO

Nov. 10, 1993 FORT SMITH — Bar­ling city of­fi­cials have agreed not to vi­o­late the state Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act with fur­ther closed meet­ings to dis­cuss rou­tine busi­ness, and no charge will be filed over an ap­par­ently il­le­gal closed meet­ing Sept. 2, a pros­e­cu­tor says. “It is clear that there has been a vi­o­la­tion of the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act by clos­ing por­tions of this meet­ing and pos­si­bly other meet­ings from the pub­lic,” Pros­e­cut­ing At­tor­ney Ron Fields of Fort Smith said in a let­ter to Bar­ling Mayor Jerry Bar­ling. … Fields said the Board of Di­rec­tors should record closed-door ses­sions in the fu­ture so the Se­bas­tian County Cir­cuit Court can re­view those pro­ceed­ings.

10 YEARS AGO

Nov. 10, 2008 SPRING­DALE — Amid the squalor of a four-bed­room house where 23 peo­ple lived was a child who wound up at the North­west Med­i­cal Cen­ter-Spring­dale with a mouse-bit­ten head and legs. When nurses dis­cov­ered the child’s con­di­tion, they called the De­part­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices, which con­tacted Spring­dale Po­lice. In what is be­lieved to be the largest known case of over-oc­cu­pancy in the city’s his­tory, po­lice raided the house Oct. 29 with code of­fi­cers and found piles of garbage, fe­ces, faulty util­i­ties, flammable ma­te­ri­als stacked next to a wa­ter heater and mat­tresses in the bed­rooms, liv­ing room and the garage.

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