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100 YEARS AGO

Feb. 27, 1917

The City Coun­cil last night, on mo­tion of Al­der­man Frank, di­rected the city at­tor­ney to pre­pare an or­di­nance defin­ing the district in which the in­stal­la­tion of gaso­line fill­ing sta­tions should be pro­hib­ited. Mr. Frank said that some time ago the coun­cil went on record as be­ing op­posed to fill­ing sta­tions be­ing in­stalled on Main street, north of Eighth, but said this was not def­i­nite enough and be­lieved an or­di­nance defin­ing the district would be bet­ter.

50 YEARS AGO

Feb. 27, 1967

State Se­na­tor Dan T. Sprick of Lit­tle Rock said Sun­day that he’d apol­o­gize to Rev. James F. Drane, a Roman Catholic priest, when some­one had proved “that Hell has frozen over.” Fri­day, eight cler­gy­men met and is­sued a state­ment in which they said they were “com­pelled to ask Se­na­tor Sprick to pub­licly re­tract his ac­cu­sa­tion and of­fer Fa­ther Drane his apol­ogy” for charg­ing on the Se­nate floor Thurs­day that Fa­ther Drane was a Com­mu­nist. Sprick re­vised his state­ment Fri­day, say­ing that he had not re­ally in­tended to call Fa­ther Drane a Com­mu­nist be­cause he couldn’t prove it, but he said the priest “talks like one and acts like one.” 25 YEARS AGO

Feb. 27, 1992

PANGBURN — This ru­ral White county town, named af­ter a doc­tor, has its first full-time doc­tor since the 1950s. Dr. Bill Green­ing, 44, opened the Lit­tle Red River Health Clinic on Main Street last week. Green­ing, a Texas na­tive, said he moved in Au­gust 1991 to Searcy from the Bri­tish West Indies, where he taught, and started look­ing for a small town need­ing a doc­tor. “And you couldn’t find one smaller than Pangburn,” teased pa­tient Jimmy C. Cro­ker on Wed­nes­day. Pangburn’s pop­u­la­tion is 630.

10 YEARS AGO

Feb. 27, 2007

The Lit­tle Rock Board of Di­rec­tors could re­con­sider to­day its ap­proval of a new home for a Pu­laski County cir­cuit court judge’s pro­ba­tion pro­gram. Since win­ning the board’s bless­ing last month, Cy­cle Breakers Inc. has bought and be­gun to ren­o­vate the for­mer Al­ter­na­tive Learn­ing Cen­ter at 800 Ap­per­son St. in east Lit­tle Rock. But At-large Di­rec­tor Gene Fort­son has changed his mind. In a rare move, he hopes to get enough of the 11-mem­ber board to do the same and make the pro­gram find a spot that isn’t so close to a school. The site is a few blocks from Carver Mag­net El­e­men­tary School. Par­ents of school­child­ren there have lashed out at the pro­gram since the board’s Jan. 30 vote.

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