100 years ago
May 20, 1922
MENA – Polk County will hold another contest for county office in the September general election. Until now, it has been customary to let the winners of the Democratic primary run for office unopposed, but two weeks ago a citizens’ ticket was launched against the party’s regular candidates. The Citizen’s Post supports another similar political movement this year and has called a nominating convention to be held in Mena. Local highway district unrest will be the basis of the campaign.
50 years ago
May 20, 1972
MARKED TREE — A special ‘Marked Tree Recognition Day’ program was scheduled here June 2-3 as part of the Marked Tree Airport Grand Opening and the opening of the renovated Marked Tree Bridge on the Saint-François river. The program includes street dances, a parade and other ceremonies. The unveiling of a tree bearing the name of the community, recently located in the river area, will take place. The Millington Naval Base Volunteer Band and Memphis Flying Rifles Drill Team will participate in a parade downtown.
25 years ago
May 20, 1997
• Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editorial cartoonist John Deering on Monday signed a 10-year contract with Creators Syndicate, Inc. The deal calls for the creators to syndicate four of Deering’s editorial cartoons each week to other newspapers . The 41-year-old Little Rock native, who joined the Arkansas Democrat in 1981 as a cartoonist, will be syndicated nationally and internationally… Other cartoons distributed by Creators Syndicate include “Kudzu” by Doug Marlette, “BC” by Johnny Hart and “the identity wizard.”https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2022/may/20/other-days/ “I’m really excited,” said Deering said of the deal. “I’ve been the full-time editorial cartoonist here since 1988 and a lot of friends are unionized now and it seems to be working really well for them,” he said of his colleagues across the country. Deering’s cartoons in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette will not be altered in any way because of the contract, he said.
10 years ago
May 20, 2012
• The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act would legalize medical marijuana in the state, although it remains illegal to use, produce, or distribute the drug for any reason under federal law. The measure would establish a system for growing and distributing marijuana to eligible patients through nonprofit dispensaries. Arkansans for Compassionate Care, the committee supporting the initiative, raised $42,534 and spent $32,209… The Coalition to Preserve Arkansas Values opposes the move, saying potential patient benefits are outweighed by the risks of marijuana, and that while THC has any medicinal value, it can be delivered in any way other than through smoking.