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April 20, 2020 at 2:56 a.m.

100 years ago

April 20, 1920

• Dismissal of the charge of bigamy against ex-Major Phillip J. Keiffer in a justice court at Benton yesterday morning does not alter the status of the former Camp Pike adjutant in the slightest, it was declared yesterday by State Senator Grover T. Owens, attorney for Mrs. Beatrice Brett Keiffer of Long Island, N.Y., first wife of the ex-major.

50 years ago

April 20, 1970

YELLVILLE -- Mr. and Mrs. Sam E. Smith of Colt (St. Francis County) spent Saturday night in a tree, stranded by rising waters of the Buffalo River. The Smiths were on a fishing and camping trip on the Buffalo Saturday and had camped at Hutch Shoot Island, near Yellville. Early Saturday night Oren Bell of Calico Rock passed the island in his boat and warned the Smiths that there were severe weather warnings for the area and that they should leave the island. The Smiths stayed, but at midnight cold rain poured on the area and the Buffalo began to rise, separating them from where their boat was anchored.

25 years ago

April 20, 1995

• When supporters developed plans to expand Carver YMCA, they first discussed relocating the central Little Rock center. But not for long. "We always came back home," Larry Rodgers of K&A Construction said, referring to the 14th and Cross streets site. "This area is where we started, and this is where we want to keep it." So Carver YMCA will undergo about a $900,000 renovation this fall, allowing Carver to alter its focus from youth-oriented programs to family oriented programs. The renovation was announced Wednesday. The expanded center will add a weekly senior citizen program, adult aerobics and weight classes, a swimming pool, a media/library center and a computer lab, among other additions.

10 years ago

April 20, 2010

• At 10 a.m. today, Hot Springs will be the center of the coin-collecting universe. Officials expect at least 2,000 numismatists, also known as coin collectors, to roll into the Spa City for the ceremonial release of the new Hot Springs quarter. The event, which U.S. Mint Director Ed Moy plans to attend, is expected to attract a big enough crowd of hard-core coin junkies that officials are going to block off sections of Central Avenue and Reserve Street before and after the ceremony outside the Hot Springs National Park's administration building. "It's a big event. I won't be surprised if they get double [2,000 people]," said Allen Grimmett, who operates an online coin and bullion business out of Little Rock. "Right now, this is what's hot."

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