100 years ago

May 2, 1922

• Swarms of blackbirds this spring invaded cornfields at the bottom of rivers in Arkansas and wreaked havoc on grain growth. Many planters found it necessary to plant twice. Galloway’s Mark Valentine will plant a 50-acre field for the third time next week. Some planters put out bird poison, but most put out boys with shotguns to shoot the flocks and get them moving. Blackbirds are so plentiful this year that when they light up a field they sometimes sweep it almost blank.

50 years ago

May 2, 1972

WASHINGTON — The Cooperative State Research Service has approved a $112,440 grant to Arkansas AM and N College in Pine Bluff for a study comparing the aging poor and economically secure people in Jefferson County, the office of Sen. J William Fulbright (Dem., Ark.) announced Monday. It was also announced that the agency had approved a $93,120 grant to AM and N to study the effects of family orientation on the personal characteristics of freshmen.

25 years ago

May 2, 1997

FORT SMITH – The FBI Criminal Division’s Fraud Section is investigating OK Foods Inc., one of Fort Smith’s two largest private employers. Joseph S. Beck, a Justice Department attorney in Washington, DC, said Thursday that about 30 FBI agents executed four search warrants Wednesday morning at four buildings belonging to the poultry producer. Beck would not say what the investigation was about. … He only said that the investigation was continuing. OK Foods officials would not comment on the raid on Thursday and referred inquiries to Scott Able, the company’s director of human resources. Able did not respond to requests for comment. … The company built a new headquarters on the north side of Fort Smith and was rebuilding after arson attacks at three of its local factory buildings in 1994 caused damage estimated at $10 million.

10 years ago

May 2, 2012

• The City of Little Rock on Tuesday issued a call to neighborhood organizations asking them to find ways to improve their blocks and bring their neighbors together in the process. Mayor Mark Stodola and other city staff announced a grant competition, called Love Your Block, which will award five grants of $1,000 for neighborhood improvement projects in each of the city’s seven neighborhoods. . …Staff members chose to hold the grant announcement at Woodruff Community Gardens at Seventh and Brown Streets in the Capital View/Stifft Station neighborhood because the garden has received several challenge grants during its development and has become a focal point for classes at nearby schools, volunteering for neighborhood youth organizations, and a place for neighbors seeking exercise and a sense of community. … The initiative is part of the broader Cities of Service program, which began in 2009 and includes more than 120 cities across the country. Little Rock was selected as one of two dozen cities to receive a Service Cities Leadership Grant in 2010.