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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

100 YEARS AGO July 26, 1917

■ The trans­porta­tion of ma­te­rial through Ar­genta to Camp Pike is now se­ri­ously hin­dered and a fur­ther hin­drance is threat­ened by the pro­posed re­con­struc­tion of the Cato-Batesville pike, Ma­jor John R. Fordyce, con­struct­ing en­gi­neer of Camp Pike, said yes­ter­day. Ma­jor Fordyce also said that it is im­per­a­tive that a com­mu­nity the size of Camp Pike should be con­nected with com­mu­ni­ties of the im­por­tance of Lit­tle Rock and Ar­genta by more than one road.

50 YEARS AGO July 26, 1967

■ A pe­ti­tion in which Al­fred Stur­geon, an in­mate at Tucker Prison Farm, sought re­lief from what he said were “in­tol­er­a­ble prison con­di­tions” was dis­missed Tues­day by Judge Gor­don E. Young in fed­eral Dis­trict Court. Judge Young granted a mo­tion by the state at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice to dis­miss the pe­ti­tion on the ground that it failed to state a cause of ac­tion on which re­lief could be granted in the fed­eral courts. Stur­geon, 21, of Enola (Faulkner County) had com­plained that he was forced by two other in­mates to com­mit a ho­mo­sex­ual act shortly af­ter ar­riv­ing at Tucker on May 18.

25 YEARS AGO July 26, 1992

■ About three dozen North Lit­tle Rock School Dis­trict em­ploy­ees were ad­vised Satur­day not to sign 199293 con­tracts be­cause do­ing so would sur­ren­der their cur­rent con­trac­tual rights. The em­ploy­ees may soon be send­ing form let­ters to Su­per­in­ten­dent James Smith that state, in part, “Thank you for of­fer­ing me a con­tract for less than the con­tract I al­ready have, but I pre­fer to stick with my ex­ist­ing con­tract.”

10 YEARS AGO July 26, 2007

PRESCOTT — An Arkadel­phia teenager was sen­tenced to life in prison with­out pa­role Wed­nes­day af­ter a Ne­vada County jury found him guilty of cap­i­tal mur­der in the shoot­ing death of a pop­u­lar area pro­duce ven­dor. Robert Lee “R. J.” Williams, 19, also was found guilty of ag­gra­vated rob­bery and res­i­den­tial bur­glary in the July 15, 2004, mur­der of James “Booger Red” Cum­mings, 80. For the bur­glary charge, the jury of five men and seven women rec­om­mended Williams re­ceive an ad­di­tional 20 years in prison and a $1,000 fine. Ac­cord­ing to tes­ti­mony, less than $ 1,000 was taken in the rob­bery.

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