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.