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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

100 YEARS AGO

July 8, 1917

TEXARKANA — It was hot in Texarkana last night. Many peo­ple said that it was al­most un­bear­ably hot, and they tried ice-wa­ter, elec­tric fans and auto rides, in ef­forts to keep cool. But Dick Davis, aged 22, adopted a method of mit­i­gat­ing the heat that not only cooled him and caused his neigh­bors to for­get the heat for a few mo­ments, but brought an auto ride and a trip to the mu­nic­i­pal cooler as well. Some of Davis’ neigh­bors liv­ing along East Tenth street ex­cit­edly called the po­lice sta­tion early this morn­ing and said that a young man was walk­ing about the res­i­dence streets un­ham­pered by cloth­ing and seem­ingly un­em­bar­rassed.

50 YEARS AGO July 8, 1967

PINE BLUFF — Mrs. Clair Ann Mor­row said from her jail cell here Fri­day that she paid “a man at the gate” $150 to help her hus­band Odell Mor­row, 24, es­cape from Tucker Prison Farm Thurs­day. Mor­row, whom Mrs. Mor­row said she picked up from a ditch near the gate about 2 p.m., and the woman were cap­tured by State Po­lice at a road­block near Eng­land within hours of the es­cape. They ap­par­ently were headed for Ore­gon, where four other Tucker es­capees have suc­cess­fully fought ef­forts to bring them back to Arkansas.

25 YEARS AGO July 8, 1992

RUSSELLVILLE — A truck driver was sen­tenced to four years in prison Mon­day af­ter plead­ing guilty to man­slaugh­ter in the death of a high school stu­dent. Rod­ney Dean Pike, 38, of Phoenix pleaded guilty in Pope County Cir­cuit Court in the Nov. 2, 1991, death of Jennie Lyn Swil­ley, 16, of Dar­danelle (Yell County). Au­thor­i­ties said Swil­ley, a cheer­leader, was killed and 12 stu­dents were injured when Pike’s truck struck a small school bus on In­ter­state 40 near Atkins (Pope County).

10 YEARS AGO July 8, 2007

■ A pro­posal to close off a down­town Lit­tle Rock street has been stalled so spar­ring neigh­bors can try to work out a com­pro­mise. The Cathe­dral School had asked the city to close Spring Street be­tween 16th and 17th streets so stu­dents could walk the school and church grounds with­out be­ing ex­posed to traf­fic. The school and af­fil­i­ated Trin­ity Epis­co­pal Church lie on each side of the oneway street. That idea stirred up the church’s down­town neigh­bors, who ar­gue that clos­ing the street would re­strict traf­fic and oth­er­wise cause headaches. For now the plan is on hold.

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