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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

100 YEARS AGO July 24, 1917

FORT SMITH — Forty del­e­gates, rep­re­sent­ing about 1,000 United Mine Work­ers in Arkansas, met in spe­cial con­ven­tion here to­day to take ac­tion on Gover­nor Brough’s re­fusal to reap­point Thomas Shaw of Mid­land, their choice for state mine in­spec­tor. Mil­ton Dol­lar of Jenny Lind was elected chair­man, Hugh Hamil­ton of Mid­land vice chair­man, Bert Bai­ley, Green­wood, sec­re­tary.

50 YEARS AGO July 24, 1967

■ Six in­mates at the Pu­laski County Pe­nal Farm sawed through the bars in a cell­block and es­caped about 11:30 p.m. Sun­day. The six were iden­ti­fied as Thomas Ray Yon, 36, of 3614 Harper Road; Wil­lie Reynolds, 28, of 504 East Six­teenth Street; Danny T. Hol­comb, 17, of Fort Smith; James W. Walker, 24, of Jack­sonville; Jack N. Estes, 42, of Arkadel­phia; and Ed­ward Whittick, 24, of Port Neches, Tex. Deputies at the County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said the men waited un­til the night clerk, a trustie, went into an­other part of the build­ing to wake up a cook, then slipped out through the of­fice.

25 YEARS AGO July 24, 1992

MOUN­TAIN VIEW — Tac­ti­cal changes made by mar­i­juana grow­ers since law-en­force­ment of­fi­cials be­gan aerial sur­veil­lance in 1989 were ev­i­dent Thurs­day in Stone County. Gone are the large plots of mar­i­juana in hid­den but gen­er­ally ac­ces­si­ble lo­ca­tions. In their place are small, scat­tered plots lo­cated in re­mote, rugged ar­eas. Nev­er­the­less, with the help of the Arkansas Army Na­tional Guard, state and lo­cal of­fi­cials lo­cated and erad­i­cated 86 5-foot-tall mar­i­juana stalks. Each plant has a street value of about $1,000, law of­fi­cers said.

10 YEARS AGO July 24, 2007

■ An in­mate who was set to tes­tify Mon­day about a fed­eral de­fen­dant’s jail­house con­fes­sion to a DeWitt mur­der sur­prised pros­e­cu­tors by declar­ing from the wit­ness stand that “it was a lie,” then deny­ing that his grand­mother’s life was threat­ened overnight. “Did you not just tell your lawyer that Joshua Howe sent word to you through an­other in­mate that he knows where your grand­par­ents live?” As­sis­tant U.S. At­tor­ney Ed Walker asked Charles Wayne Moore. “No sir,” replied Moore, a 26-year-old state prison in­mate who sat in a fed­eral court­room in Lit­tle Rock in an or­ange jump­suit from the Pu­laski County Jail, where he was housed over the week­end while wait­ing to tes­tify in a mur­der case against Howe, 27, and Robert Phillips, both of Pine Bluff.

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