30 Years Ago: Resident Romeo Ping arrived in park
50 Years Ago From the Herald and Democrat in 1967 Plymouth Barracuda, successfully expanded to a full three-car line that posted record sales in 1967, packed a new performance punch for 1968. Barracuda continued with the sports fastback, convertible coupe and hardtop coupe models, but the engine lineup featured a new 340-cubic-inch power-plant exclusive in the Barracuda line. The all-new, lightweight, high winding V-8 was standard on the Barracuda Formula “S” and featured a high performance camshaft, extra large valves and ports, four-barrel carburetor, dual exhaust and other performance items. Standard Barracuda V-8 was the 318-cubic-inch engine, rated at 230 horsepower at 4400 rpm, the largest, most powerful standard engine of any car in its class. Also available was the improved Super Commando 383 V-8 and the 145 horsepower, 225-cubic-inch six, which had a modified combustion chamber and a lower axle ratio with automatic transmission.
30 Years Ago From the Herald-Democrat in 1987
There was a new boy on the banks of Sager Creek. Ping the duck arrived to fill the position of resident Romeo.
The Siloam Springs Tourism Committee realized that female ducks in the parks were unable to hatch their eggs because there were no male ducks in the group … So the Tourism Committee went looking for a male duck and found him at the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Walker, who donated Ping.
Mr. and Mrs. Walker’s son, Don Walker, and his daughter, Jessica, took Ping to the park one evening and let him loose. Suellen Coleman, chairman of the Tourism Committee, was also on hand to witness the event.
10 Years Ago From the Herald-Leader in 2007
Gene Shepherd of Siloam Springs was accepted as a first-year student at Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Medicine.
Shepherd, the son of Mark Shepherd of Battle Creek, Mich., and Esta Combs of Siloam Springs, was a Siloam Springs High School graduate. He earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Oklahoma State University.
He received the Otha Grimes Memorial Scholarship and the Joseph Fleming Memorial Scholarship. Shepherd was selected as one of the 82 new students from across the country for the class of 2011.