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100 years ago

June 23, 1918

• No shortage of ice is expected, E. E. Johnson of the Retail Grocers Ice Company said yesterday. Grover T. Owens of the Food Administration said that the appointment of an Ice Committee followed a request from Washington, asking that the prices and distribution of ice be regulated in all cities and towns of any size, in order to prevent abnormal prices this summer. The rumors regarding an ice shortage seem to have started from a few complaints by the small consumer because he has not been able to buy in five and ten cent quantities, it is thought. The smallest amount sold by wagons here, except to downtown customers, is 25 pounds, at 15 cents.

50 years ago

June 23, 1968

LAKE VILLAGE -- Alfred (Ace) James, 35, who was charged Thursday with first degree murder in the stabbing death of a woman here Wednesday, was captured about 11:20 p.m. Friday as he walked on a street at Wilmot (Ashley County). James was apprehended by State Trooper James Robinson. Officers said James was carrying a knife but he did not resist arrest. Ashley and Chicot county officers and state police had conducted a three-day search for James in the Portland and Montrose area of Ashley County. James' home is located between the two towns.

25 years ago

June 23, 1993

• A Jacksonville woman who admitted embezzling $180,000 from a North Little Rock company was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison by a federal judge who decided she was unable to pay a fine or pay restitution. U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright told Joy J. Francis, 57, to report to prison Aug. 7. Francis pleaded guilty in April to a mail fraud scheme in which she was accused of using accounts at two local banks to launder $180,000 that she had embezzled from Capitol Service Co., a North Little Rock heating and air-conditioning contractor.

10 years ago

June 23, 2008

• TEXARKANA -- Sixty years after enrolling in law school and stepping into history, Silas Hunt has finally received his degree. Hunt, who was the first black to study law at a public university in the South, died of tuberculosis April 22, 1949, before earning his degree. However, the University of Arkansas law school now has bestowed a posthumous degree in his name. Law school Dean Cynthia Nance said the college wanted to honor Hunt as the 60th anniversary of his enrollment came this year. On Feb. 2, 1948, Hunt enrolled in the University of Arkansas law school without any trouble, though he was forced to attend segregated classes in the school's basement.

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