100 YEARS AGO
Dec. 8, 1918
■ Within the next few months the Sam Browne belts of commissioned officers, overseas caps and spiral leggins of the enlisted men will become a common sight at Camp Pike and on the streets of Little Rock, the first contingents of men wearing the overseas issue having arrived at Camp Pike this week. Over 200 arrived from Camp Dix, N. J., several days ago, and an additional 600 came yesterday morning from Camp Upton, N. Y., where they were undergoing final training for embarkation to foreign ports. The men were originally from the Replacement Regiments at Camp Pike.
50 YEARS AGO Dec. 8, 1968
■ John T. (Jack) Meriwether, the city manager of Texarkana, will be Little Rock’s new city manager, Acting Little Rock City Manager Joseph C. Kemp announced Saturday. Kemp said the city had received a letter from Meriwether accepting the job, effective about January 17. Little Rock has been without a city manager since Clifford W. O’Key resigned his $23,500 post under pressure in August. Since that time Kemp, the city attorney, and E. Jack Murphy, the finance director, have been acting city managers.
25 YEARS AGO Dec. 8, 1993
■ Owners of the Camelot Hotel say they want the city to take the property off their hands. Mehta Associates Inc., owner of the hotel, announced Tuesday that it cannot follow the reorganization plan it filed two weeks ago in bankruptcy court. Representatives of the company told shocked members of the Advertising and Promotion Commission that Mehta hopes to turn over the hotel to the city as soon as possible. The commission was to vote for or against the plan by Friday.
10 YEARS AGO Dec. 8, 2008
■ Under a new plan being considered, the Junction Bridge would remain accessible from the North Little Rock side when Little Rock begins excavating the landmark for which the city is named next year, said Billie Ann Myers, chairman of the Pulaski County Bridge Facilities Board. The board met late last month for a special meeting to discuss keeping the Arkansas River crossing open while Little Rock works to uncover the little rock formation supporting the bridge’s southern foundation. The bridge opened in May and is popular with pedestrians and bicyclists. Initially, the board was told the bridge would have to close for the construction of the walkway, which will explain the rock formation’s history.