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July 16, 2020 at 2:58 a.m.

100 years ago

July 16, 1920

TEXARKANA -- Following the order of the Texarkana (Ark.) City Council, made at Tuesday night's session, for the institution of impeachment proceedings against City Treasurer James McMahon for his failure to make a bond in the sum of $35,000, as collector for improvement districts, it was announced today that an alleged shortage of $5,000 in the treasurer's accounts had been cleared up by the discovery of missing vouchers in a local bank. This discovery, however, is not expected to have any effect on the impeachment proceedings.

50 years ago

July 16, 1970

TEXARKANA -- A recent survey conducted in Model City neighborhoods here has shown that possibly 15 per cent of the residents were not counted in the 1970 census. Tom McRae, Model City director, told a committee of the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce Wednesday that out of 116 families surveyed, 15 per cent said they were not counted. Preliminary census figures show that there are 14,523 residents in the Model City areas. He said if 15 per cent of the entire city was missed, the population would be about 60,000 instead of 50,487 as shown in the preliminary figures.

25 years ago

July 16, 1995

HEBER SPRINGS -- Hospital officials on Friday discharged one of five teen-agers injured in a van accident that killed two of their companions after a basketball game Tuesday. Jason Green, 16, of Heber Springs, the only passenger in the 1993 Plymouth van reportedly wearing a seat belt, was discharged from White River Medical Center in Batesville. Arkansas State Police officials said Friday that the final report on the accident indicates that the driver, Rex Reeves II, 16, of Tumbling Shoals was driving too fast for conditions when the accident occurred north of Locust Grove in Independence County. Authorities said Reeves was traveling south on Arkansas 25 when he missed a curve, causing the van to slam into a telephone relay box and then travel 93 feet through the air before landing. Killed at the scene were Seth Decker, 16, and Josh Park, 17, both of Heber Springs.

10 years ago

July 16, 2010

BATESVILLE -- A jury on Thursday found that a former state prison inmate's rights were violated when she was shackled to a hospital bed while she was in labor, but it awarded her just $1 in damages. The verdict came after a trial in U.S. District Court in Batesville over Shawanna Nelson Lumsey's claims that the shackling exposed her to unnecessary pain and increased her risk of complications as she gave birth to her son while she was a prison inmate in 2003. She asked that Patricia Turensky, the guard who attached the shackles, be ordered to pay unspecified damages as compensation for inflicting physical pain and mental and emotional suffering.


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