100 YEARS AGO Feb. 11, 1919
RUSSELLVILLE– Miss Cantrell, head nurse at the Russellville infirmary, was seriously burned and a patient was injured when fire destroyed the infirmary building here last night. Miss Cantrell was burned while rescuing patients from the building. The patient was in the infirmary with a broken leg, which was mending, but which he broke again when he jumped from a window during the fire.
50 YEARS AGO
Feb. 11, 1969
■ Representative J. B. Smith of Marianna introduced a resolution (HCR 21) Monday in the House of Representatives asking Governor Rockefeller and Correction Commissioner C. Robert Sarver to reinstall the electric chair at the Arkansas Penitentiary and “carry out executions of death sentences as required by law.” The resolution said that if they didn’t do it they should “forfeit their offices for nonfeasance or malfeasance in office.” Smith said the resolution was designed to remind Governor Rockefeller that the legislature soundly defeated a bill two years ago to repeal the death penalty and thereby declared its intention to keep it. He said it was the governor’s duty under the law to set executions for those men who have completed their appeals.
25 YEARS AGO
Feb. 11, 1994
■ The two Arkansas state troopers who claim they helped arrange extramartial affairs for then-Gov. Bill Clinton will hold a news conference today to announce the establishment
of a “whistleblower fund” for those who come forward with information about Clinton’s activities. The troopers, Cpls. Larry and Roger Perry, also will provide further “corroborating information” to back up their claims, their attorney, Cliff Jackson of Little Rock, said Thursday. That will include another person with direct information about the alleged incidents, Jackson said… Jackson said money contributed to the fund would “go to (replace) income loss and otherwise benefit the whistle-blowers” who release information about the president. 10 YEARS AGO
Feb. 11, 2009
■ Plans to demolish four historic buildings in the 400 block of Main Street prompted a Little Rock city director Tuesday to call for a moratorium on razing the vacant structures, which are owned by companies with ties to Warren Stephens. Stephens’ 111 Center Street Partnership took out permits Monday to demolish 400, 406, 412 and 420 Main St. The addresses include the former Woolworth store, the site of a 1960s civil rights sitin, and buildings that once housed Montgomery Ward and Kempner Brothers Shoe Store in downtown’s heyday. “I think everybody wants the revitalization of the Main Street corridor,” said at-large City Director Joan Adcock on Tuesday after a city directors’ agenda meeting. But Adcock doesn’t want any of the buildings razed until the city knows what Stephens is going to build in their place. At her request, a resolution for a moratorium was placed on Tuesday’s city board meeting agenda.