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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

100 YEARS AGO July 12, 1917

■ The or­ga­ni­za­tion of a fire depart­ment for the Twelfth Divi­sion can­ton­ment was per­fected yes­ter­day. Tom Exum, chief of the Ar­genta Fire Depart­ment for eight years was ap­pointed chief of the Can­ton­ment Depart­ment. Mr. Exum re­signed from the Ar­genta depart­ment April 11. He will se­lect his four as­sis­tants. A chem­i­cal fire fight­ing ap­pa­ra­tus, mo­tor driven, was or­dered yes­ter­day. The fire sta­tion will be cen­trally lo­cated. Forty other mo­tor trucks will be at the dis­posal of the depart­ment if a fire breaks out.

50 YEARS AGO July 12, 1967

■ A squall line that moved through Lit­tle Rock about 5:30 p.m. Tues­day caused con­sid­er­able wind and light­ning dam­age in the west­ern part of the city and dumped an es­ti­mated inch of rain on por­tions of east and west Lit­tle Rock. Two thun­der­storm cells ahead of a cold front passed over Lit­tle Rock from the north, mov­ing to the east and west of the Weather Bu­reau at Adams Field and con­tin­ued on into south­ern Arkansas, bring­ing high wind and some hail. The tem­per­a­ture at Lit­tle Rock dropped from 95 — the high of the year — to 81 in about 20 min­utes.

25 YEARS AGO July 12, 1992

■ One man was killed, an­other se­ri­ously in­jured, and a third pre­sumed dead af­ter a boat­ing ac­ci­dent Satur­day in the Arkansas River near Burns Park in North Lit­tle Rock. Robert Whit­te­car, 32, of North Lit­tle Rock was pulled from the wa­ter shortly af­ter the ac­ci­dent by wit­nesses. He was pro­nounced dead at the scene, po­lice said. It was not known Satur­day night if Whit­te­car drowned or died of in­juries from the crash. Richard Brooks, 29, of Ma­bel­vale was found in the wa­ter near the boat. “He was in­jured pretty badly,” Sgt. Steve Canady said.

10 YEARS AGO July 12, 2007

■ A for­mer North Lit­tle Rock pas­tor who was on the run for about a year af­ter aban­don­ing his con­gre­ga­tion in the mid­dle of the night, tak­ing along church money and a pricey car, ad­mit­ted his guilt Wed­nes­day be­fore a fed­eral judge. Robert David Keith, who will turn 37 next week, ad­mit­ted de­fraud­ing the church and oth­ers, in Arkansas and else­where, of $131,075 al­to­gether. The theft and fraud he com­mit­ted in other ju­ris­dic­tions were part of a “global plea agree­ment” in Lit­tle Rock that will al­low him to be sen­tenced for all the crimes at the same time, said U.S. At­tor­ney Jane Duke.

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