100 YEARS AGO
March 14, 1918
HERMITAGE — How fast can a tin lizzie run, and why wont a gun hit a man after it shoots, are two questions giving Constable Sam Quimby considerable worry since his tie-in with an alleged bootlegger near this place Monday afternoon. The constable had a warrant for Thornton Smith, charging him with disposing of wet goods unlawfully. Hearing that his prey had gone out in the country, presumably to replenish his stock, the constable invited several to accompany him on his trip to overhaul Smith. “He saw us coming and beat it. We shot at him, but he only picked up speed.”
50 YEARS AGO
March 14, 1968
Governor Rockefeller disclosed Wednesday that he had discouraged the appointment of Thomas O. Murton to a position in Alaska before Murton was fired as superintendent of the state penitentiary. He said he had learned that Murton had applied for a job in Alaska before Murton submitted a letter of resignation to John H. Haley, chairman of the state Penitentiary Board, in January. Mr. Rockefeller said he had talked with the governor of Alaska about Murton. He said he still felt that Murton was an “extraordinary penologist” but because of other shortcomings “I could not in good conscience recommend him.”
25 YEARS AGO
March 14, 1993
A group of Central High School students staged a mock hearing Saturday to poke fun at sessions being held by the Little Rock School Board over the fate of suspended Principal John L. Hickman Jr. About a dozen students put on a half-hour play depicting the board’s hearing as contradictory and unfocused. The students criticized the proceedings as being sidetracked too often from allegations of financial and sexual misconduct by Hickman. Hickman, who was suspended with pay Jan. 7, has denied the accusations. As of Wednesday, that school board has held the hearing for three days.
10 YEARS AGO
March 14, 2008
Seven former West Helena city officials, including the mayor and five aldermen, are expected to stand trial on theft charges after the Arkansas Supreme Court reversed a judge’s dismissal of their cases. The high court, in seven separate opinions released Thursday, reversed the decisions by Circuit Judge L.T. Simes II, who dismissed the 1st Judicial District cases last year because no judge authorized the arrest warrants. Each of the seven justices wrote one of the rulings.