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100 years ago

June 6, 1919

• Russellville, June 5 -- All the stores, banks, offices and other places of business in Russellville will be closed tomorrow and the proprietors and their employes spend the day hoeing cotton in an endeavor to get the farmers "out of the grass." Yesterday was about the first in nearly a month that it did not rain and many cotton fields will have to be abandoned and planted to other crops.

50 years ago

June 6, 1969

FAYETTEVILLE -- The University of Arkansas announced Thursday that its Reserve Officers Training Corps program would be changed from a compulsory to a voluntary system this fall. A statement from the office of Dr. David W. Mullins, the president, said the Board of Trustees recently discussed a voluntary program and that a majority favored the change. Mullins said other institutions making the change have noticed "an upgrading of the quality of ROTC programs" when placed on a voluntary basis. He said only four of the nations' land-grant universities still had mandatory ROTC.

25 years ago

June 6, 1994

• North Little Rock police officers will begin arresting residents who drink alcohol in their front yards, Mayor Patrick Henry Hays said Sunday. Hays said he instructed police Friday to begin making arrests, and that his directive was part of the city's summer concentration on improving life in central North Little Rock. City Attorney Randy Morley said he was not sure such arrests would be legal, and Police Capt. Danny Bradley, who heads the patrol division, said he knew of no arrests through Sunday afternoon. Bradley said drinking on a front porch could be considered illegal because a city statute prohibits drinking in a public place or in public view. He said he often gets complaints from residents of the city's central area about neighbors drinking in front of their houses.

10 years ago

June 6, 2009

• The Arkansas Lottery Commission on Friday hired the executive director of the South Carolina Education Lottery as the Arkansas lottery's first executive director at a salary of $324,000 a year. Ernie Passailaigue, 61, has led the South Carolina lottery since 2001, managing its startup. A certified public accountant, he previously served 13 years as a South Carolina state senator. The nine member Arkansas commission unanimously approved commissioner Joe White's motion to select Passailaigue (pronounced passa-leg) after a nearly three-hour closed meeting at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Passailaigue had not applied for the job. Commission Chairman Ray Thornton of Little Rock and White of Conway said they recruited him this week. More than 70 people applied, including 11 with lottery experience, one of whom directs the Colorado lottery.

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