100 years ago
January 29, 1922
• To ensure that students who live several miles from their school can benefit from a hot meal during the winter, the teachers of almost all the rural schools in Pulaski County have inaugurated the “family cooking pot” in their schools. The “family pot”, as described by Mrs. Jennie Dodge, superintendent, is a community food plan in which each student brings something to eat. No two students should bring the same item. Lunch is cooked and served hot.
50 years ago
January 29, 1972
• EW Standridge, 67, of Plainview was charged in North Little Rock on Friday with manslaughter in the murder of Cecil Turner, 27, of Mayflower. Turner was shot at Boot’s Place on the Old Conway Freeway, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Capt. AM West said. Standridge owns the facility. The shooting reportedly took place after an argument between Standridge and Turner and two other men over whether the men could be allowed onto the dance floor. Turner was dead on arrival at Conway Memorial Hospital.
25 years ago
January 29, 1997
• The state Child Care Licensing Review Board on Tuesday revoked the license of a Little Rock daycare center where a 2-month-old child died eight months ago. …Social workers with the state Department of Social Services said the center had failed to correct problems in three areas: maintaining an appropriate staff-to-child ratio, separating older children from toddlers and infants and maintain employee records. Dated. … The state medical examiner’s office determined that the child was suffocated due to “positional asphyxia” – placed face down with his head in a foamy depression in a torn mattress that blocked his breathing. The council temporarily closed Grigsby Academy in May after the death, ordering operators to train staff and obtain new crib mattresses before reopening.
10 years ago
January 29, 2012
• A 66-year-old Fort Smith wholesale distribution company looks poised to grow after becoming a member of one of the nation’s largest wholesale grocery suppliers. Glidewell Distributing Co. Inc., founded in 1946, recently obtained approval to join Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc. of Kansas City, Kan. This decision gives Glidewell access to more than 42,000 products. Nick Glidewell, Sales Director, said the move “has dramatically increased our buying power” and will allow the company to offer customers up to six times more product than in the past. … Glidewell, which has about 70 employees, primarily supplies convenience stores in Arkansas and Oklahoma from its five Fort Smith warehouses. Its staples are cigarettes, candy, groceries, and other standard convenience store items, but the company has also tapped into the wholesale liquor market and offers several hundred wines and spirits.