100 YEARS AGO July 23, 1917
CONWAY — The annual summer session of the Arkansas State Normal School is nearing its close. Only one more week is left in which to complete the work. Twenty-six graduates will receive diplomas and several young men were awarded diplomas when they enlisted for army service. With the closing of the summer term, the presidency of Dr. J. J. Doyne, for the past nine years president of the institution, ends. Dr. Doyne has resigned to accept a position as principal of the high schools in Lonoke, his former home.
50 YEARS AGO July 23, 1967
WARREN — James Ray Ederington, 17, who has been on trial here since Tuesday on a charge of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting March 30 of a Bradley County farmer, James Henry (Junior) Maroney Jr., was found guilty of second-degree murder in Bradley County Circuit Court Saturday afternoon and was sentenced to a 15-year prison term. The jury, which was made up of 11 men and a woman, deliberated for two hours and 10 minutes before reaching a verdict. Ederington, his mother, and his sister, Linda, 19, took the verdict calmly.
25 YEARS AGO July 23, 1992
■ Almost a year after Lonnie Hubbard killed his former son-in-law outside a Pine Bluff elementary school, the victim’s relatives pleaded Wednesday that Hubbard not be released on parole. Hubbard, 65, originally was charged with capital murder in the Jan. 24, 1991, shooting death of Richard Davidson, 39, of Pine Bluff on the campus of L. L. Owen Elementary School. Hubbard was convicted of manslaughter and received a five-year sentence in June. The state Board of Parole and Community Rehabilitation met Wednesday in Little Rock to hear people opposed to Hubbard’s release on parole.
10 YEARS AGO July 23, 2007
EUREKA SPRINGS — A pro-marijuana initiative approved by Eureka Springs voters in November has had no impact on how police handle arrests for misdemeanor possession, city officials say. Voters passed an ordinance directing police and prosecutors to make possession of less than an ounce of marijuana a low law-enforcement priority. Under Arkansas law, such possession is a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Eureka Springs Mayor Dani Wilson contends there’s been no change.