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100 years ago

Aug. 1, 1920

BALD KNOB -- Clark Pearrow, charged with complicity in the theft of several thousand dollars' worth of merchandise from box cars at Bald Knob last spring, was found guilty by a jury in White Circuit Court here today, and sentenced to two years in the penitentiary.

50 years ago

Aug. 1, 1970

• Preliminary census figures issued Friday showed that 31 of Arkansas's 75 counties lost population between 1960 and 1970. However, only 16 of the state's 141 towns with more than 1,000 population showed a loss. The state population was listed as 1,886,210, an increase of 5.6 percent over the 1960 figure.

25 years ago

Aug. 1, 1995

• The state ended the first month of the fiscal year Monday with $16.8 million more revenue than forecast. State officials attributed the windfall to a healthy economy. The state brought in $205.1 million in net available revenue in July. That was $16.8 million more than anticipated. The state collected $182.3 million in net available revenue in July 1994. Net available revenue is money that falls in categories other than the state's monthly obligations, such as the Little Rock school desegregation case and income tax refunds. "We have been expecting the economy and job growth to slow down since last spring, and we have missed the boat," said Richard Weiss, director of the state Department of Finance and Administration. "The economy has stayed stronger and healthier than expected."

10 years ago

Aug. 1, 2010

CONWAY -- Music students at the University of Central Arkansas soon will play the pianos that musicians from Irving Berlin and Cole Porter to Billy Joel and Harry Connick Jr. have chosen -- the Steinway. UCA employees were on hand Friday as workers unloaded five of the pianos, the university's first purchase toward becoming the state's second "All-Steinway School." "The piano is the core of any music program in the world," said Jeffery Jarvis, chairman of UCA's music department. "Every music student takes piano, and every music class uses a piano. We hope [the Steinway project] helps in sending a message about how serious we are about music here and about how strong our program is," Jarvis said. "We're telling the world, telling Arkansas, that this matters to us. Hopefully, it will help recruit."

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