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Submitted by leonard.sparks on Fri, 07/24/2009 - 05:22.
|John Sampier Jr. (Photo by Leonard Sparks)|
ROGERS, Ark. - The previous decade is beginning to fall away from John Sampier Jr.'s memory as the former Rogers mayor focuses on developing environmentally friendly wastewater treatment plants and enjoying time with grandchildren.
But he thinks it was 1992 when he first recognized a significant Latino presence in Rogers, which sits between Springdale and Bentonville in northwest Arkansas. Then a soccer coach, Sampier was walking toward a practice field when he noticed two teams of young Latinos playing each other.