30 Years Ago: Res­i­dent Romeo Ping ar­rived in park

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - NEWS - Com­piled by Jackie Brooks

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.

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