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100 years ago

Jan. 12, 1919

• There will be plenty of gas for the cooking of Sunday dinners today, officials of the Arkansas Natural Gas Company and Little Rock Gas and Fuel Company said last night. Full pressure is promised this morning. There was only 11 pounds pressure at the reducing station southwest of Little Rock at 4:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon when gas was turned into the city mains. This pressure was quickly reduced, when housewives began cooking suppers last night. Soon after the supper hour the pressure began to rise steadily ... The gauge at the reducing station indicated last night that there was plenty of gas down the line and since no fresh trouble was anticipated, gas officials were confident that the entire main line was now in good working order. No word was received here yesterday as to what caused the stoppage of flow of gas through the pipe line Friday.

50 years ago

Jan. 12, 1969

• Little Rock's downtown building boom got another boost Saturday with the surprise announcement by Harian Lane that he and his affiliated companies, including Union National Bank, would build a 35-story building on the northeast corner of West Fourth and Louisiana Streets, site of the present bank building ... Construction of the new building, which will be 11 stories taller than the Worthen Bank and Trust Company building, also under construction on Capitol Avenue between Louisiana and Center Streets, may start this year, Lane said.

25 years ago

Jan. 12, 1994

FAYETTEVILLE -- An apparent suicide victim was found on the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville campus Tuesday, wearing a full dress uniform of the Poinsett County sheriff's office. The body of Darryl Ray Hampton Jr., 22, of North Little Rock was found in woods west of the Chi Omega Greek Theatre about 10 a.m., according to UA police. He apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the head. UA police Lt. Mike Terry said Hampton was a former unpaid auxiliary officer with the Poinsett County sheriff's office in Harrisburg, and was not a UA student.

10 years ago

Jan. 12, 2009

TEXARKANA -- At the Miller County jail, even the mop handles are under scrutiny. After a year marked by 13 escapes and nearly as many arrests of guards who stand accused of supplying inmates with sex, drugs and other contraband, the new sheriff has vowed a complete overhaul. Ron Stovall, who took office this month, has immediately started the transformation that he hopes will bring relief to the community and restore the agency's credibility. So, in a locked conference room, sit brooms, buckets and other cleaning items that were rounded up and taken out of reach of inmates. The wooden handles, too easily fashioned into weapons, will be replaced by safer ones that are designed to break if used forcefully ..."We're assessing every aspect," said Stovall, a retired captain with the Arkansas State Police. "We've started a system of accountability."

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