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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

100 YEARS AGO Jan. 13, 1917

PINE BLUFF — Plans for build­ing a steel bridge across Sa­line river in Cleve­land county, and the con­struc­tion of a first class high­way from Pine Bluff, south through Cleve­land county, were made at a con­fer­ence at the Cham­ber of Com­merce here to­day, at­tended by busi­ness men of Cleve­land and Dal­las coun­ties. The Cham­ber of Com­merce agreed to do­nate $1,000 to help pay for the bridge, and to buy $1,000 worth of Cleve­land county scrip to be is­sued for that pur­pose.

50 YEARS AGO Jan. 13, 1967

The Arkansas Sher­iffs As­so­ci­a­tion ended its an­nual con­ven­tion Thurs­day with the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the only law­men’s as­so­ci­a­tion in Arkansas thus far to avoid a res­o­lu­tion fa­vor­ing the state’s con­tin­ued use of the death penalty. Pre­vi­ously, the Arkansas Prose­cut­ing At­tor­neys As­so­ci­a­tion and the Arkansas As­so­ci­a­tion of Chiefs of Po­lice had voted such res­o­lu­tions at their an­nual con­ven­tions. The sher­iffs de­bated such ac­tion Thurs­day but fi­nally de­clined to place a res­o­lu­tion on cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment be­fore the con­ven­tion meet­ing at Ho­tel Mar­ion.

25 YEARS AGO Jan. 13, 1992

When is it no longer safe — or legally ad­vis­able — to op­er­ate a pis­tol shoot­ing range near the cen­ter of a metropoli­tan area? For Lit­tle Rock of­fi­cials, the of­fi­cial an­swer is when the range no longer meets cur­rent Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion stan­dards. For the city’s many gun en­thu­si­asts, it’s when the po­lit­i­cal forces pulling against you for years fi­nally sweep you down­stream. “I feel like we’ve been had,” said Luke Moor­man Jr., for­mer pres­i­dent of the Lit­tle Rock Shoot­ing Sports As­so­ci­a­tion. The as­so­ci­a­tion has op­er­ated the Reb­samen Park Pis­tol Range since sign­ing an agree­ment in 1980 with the city, which owns the land. On Jan. 3, Lit­tle Rock Po­lice Chief Louie Caudell closed the range, call­ing it un­safe for con­tin­ued use.

10 YEARS AGO Jan. 13, 2007

PINE BLUFF — A cir­cuit judge found prob­a­ble cause Fri­day to jail a 39-year- old Pine Bluff woman pend­ing charges of felony neg­li­gent homi­cide in the death of a 14-year- old girl mo­ments af­ter she stepped off a school bus Thurs­day af­ter­noon four miles south of Pine Bluff. Shan­non L. Dop­son also faces charges of fleeing the scene of an in­jury ac­ci­dent and driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated. Po­lice say Dop­son was driv­ing a sport util­ity ve­hi­cle that struck El­iz­a­beth Cim­prich about 4 p.m. and dragged the Wat­son Chapel eighth- grader roughly 100 yards along U.S. 79. Dop­son stopped briefly, then drove on un­til she reached her home nearby, po­lice said.

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