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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

100 YEARS AGO July 31, 1917

TEXARKANA — The crime for which the ne­gro, An­drew Avery, was lynched at Gar­land City tonight, was one of the most bru­tal ever recorded in Miller County. It was not dis­cov­ered un­til late yes­ter­day, when Will Woods, a levee con­trac­tor on Red River, was found at a lonely place in the woods, ap­par­ently in a dy­ing con­di­tion. While his con­di­tion is con­sid­ered crit­i­cal, the at­tend­ing physi­cians say he has a fight­ing chance to live, un­less pneu­mo­nia should de­velop or other com­pli­ca­tions set in.

50 YEARS AGO July 31, 1967

BATESVILLE — This north cen­tral Arkansas city is pre­par­ing for a large in­flux of vis­i­tors for the White River Wa­ter Car­ni­val Fri­day and Sat­ur­day. The 24th an­nual fes­ti­val is spon­sored by the Batesville Jaycees in co­op­er­a­tion with busi­ness firms and in­di­vid­u­als. Among the fea­tured at­trac­tions will be two beauty pageants, two dances, a street pa­rade, boat races, river ex­cur­sions, an archery tour­na­ment, and a Cat­fish Day pro­gram high­lighted by a mu­si­cal va­ri­ety show.

25 YEARS AGO July 31, 1992

ARKANSAS CITY — A De­sha County Cir­cuit Court jury Thurs­day evening found Ben­nie La­mar Cleve­land guilty of cap­i­tal mur­der, kid­nap­ping and other charges stem­ming from a re­venge-mo­ti­vated shoot­ing at a con­ve­nience store rob­bery. Cleve­land, 27, of McGe­hee, also was con­victed of at­tempted cap­i­tal mur­der, ag­gra­vated rob­bery and theft of prop­erty in con­nec­tion with the De­cem­ber 1991 shoot­ing at Cash’s Quik Chek at McGe­hee. The jury went out at 3:40 p.m. Thurs­day and re­turned at 5:30 p.m. with the guilty ver­dict.

10 YEARS AGO July 31, 2007

JONES­BORO — Mo­torists who thought they would be re­im­bursed by po­lice for be­ing im­prop­erly is­sued ci­ta­tions this year have hit a red light. Jones­boro Po­lice Chief Michael Yates has put the brakes on re­fund­ing 18 driv­ers who were cited for fail­ing to yield to po­lice of­fi­cers who were con­duct­ing traf­fic stops. Yates said ear­lier this month that the mis­de­meanor tick­ets were given wrongly by po­lice and he would re­im­burse the $250 fine and $100 court costs to all who were tick­eted. But on Mon­day, Yates changed his mind, say­ing he found a pa­trol unit’s video tape shot dur­ing a traf­fic stop that val­i­dates the is­suance of one ticket a mo­torist chal­lenged.

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