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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

100 YEARS AGO July 20, 1917

HOT SPRINGS — Seven in­dict­ments have been re­turned by the Grand Jury, af­ter sev­eral days’ in­ves­ti­ga­tion, against J. J. Bandy, six al­leg­ing ar­son and one first de­gree mur­der. Bandy is well known here. About two weeks ago an early morn­ing fire de­stroyed six cot­tages near the end of Malvern av­enue, and a Mrs. Holleman, who oc­cu­pied a house owned by Bandy, was burned to death.

50 YEARS AGO July 20, 1967

■ A dy­na­mite ex­plo­sion tore a hole 14 inches wide and 2½ feet long in the con­crete block wall of Club 70 on the old Mem­phis High­way near Eureka Gar­dens Road east of North lit­tle Rock, about 3:30 a.m. Wednes­day, Sher­iff Frank Mackey said. An out­side stair­way that led to an up­stairs apart­ment was ripped apart and wooden sid­ing also was dam­aged, Mackey said. A stick of dy­na­mite ap­par­ently had been placed near a gas meter un­der the stair­way to set fire to the build­ing dur­ing the ex­plo­sion.

25 YEARS AGO July 20, 1992

■ Now that the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion in over, Gov. Bill Clin­ton’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign is brac­ing it­self for at­tacks from Pres­i­dent Bush’s camp, an aide said Sun­day. Ge­orge Stephanopou­los, Clin­ton’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor, man­aged to sling a few darts of his own, re­fer­ring to Bush twice as a “failed pres­i­dent,” with the “worst eco­nomic record since Her­bert Hoover.” Stephanopou­los made the re­marks while field­ing ques­tions about the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee and his cam­paign on ABC’s “This Week With David Brink­ley.”

10 YEARS AGO July 20, 2007

ASH FLAT — He waited more than 20 years for the con­vic­tion and sen­tenc­ing of the man who gunned down his brother and sis­ter-in-law, but the fi­nal jus­tice was worth the de­lay, John Watts said Thurs­day. A Sharp County Cir­cuit Court jury rec­om­mended Thurs­day af­ter­noon the death sen­tence for Steven Vic­tor Wertz, 58, of Kis­sim­mee, Fla., for killing Terry Watts, 25, and Katherine Watts, 22, in their south­ern Ash Flat home on Dec. 31, 1986. The seven men and five women on the jury took just an hour to de­cide on the sen­tence. On Wednes­day, the jury found Wertz guilty of two counts of cap­i­tal mur­der af­ter only 40 min­utes of de­lib­er­a­tion.

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