75 years ago
The Conway High School debaters met teams from Joe T. Robinson High School in a practice debate under the supervision of Miss Mary Sue Wood. Debaters were Frank Dunn, Jack Wendy, Dena Rae Jones, Billy Clark Davis and Maurice Lanier. The team from Robinson school, under the supervision of Guy H. Jones, were William Bradley, Thomas Johnston, Franklin Clay, James Goodwin and William J. Ward.
E.S. Hahn, Victor Wagner and Dr. S.T. Button were in Little Rock yesterday assisting in organizing a Veterans of Foreign Wars post.
50 years ago
A week ago, the Employment Security Division office started accepting applications for employment at Conway’s newest industry, Customade Products Co. Today according to Rocky Dunn, manager of the employment office, applications continued to pour in. Mr. Dunn said applications would continue to be accepted until the new plant, scheduled to start operations April 1, was fully staffed. Between 150 and 200 men would be hired. The plant would manufacture refrigerated cabinets. About 1,200 applications for jobs were on file at Mr. Dunn’s office as of March 1.
George J. Schichtl completed training at the Bailey Technical School in St. Louis, Mr. Schichtl, accepted a position with the Lewis Diesel Co. in Little Rock. He ranked at the top of a class of 12 at the St. Louis school. He formerly was employed at the International Shoe Co. factory in Conway.
25 years ago
Mrs. Mary Cureton Brumley, 88, 1722 Caldwell St. died. She was the wife of Dr. Ira A. Brumley. Other survivors were her daughter, two grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
A long-time landmark, Conway Cabins, 1208 Front St., was being removed and the land was being sold. Several units had been moved already. The cabins were originally built by J.G. Opitz in the late 1920s as a tourist court when Front Street was part of Highway 64-65 a major route for travelers. Opitz’s son, Otis, operated the court. Another son, H.G. "Buck" Opitz, operated a service station nearby on the corner of Front and Mill streets. They continued to operate the cabins and service station until the early 1940s they were bought by Mrs. Minnie Dempsey. They were converted to apartments for a while. Mrs. Dempsey’s grandson, Jackie, now owns the Conway Cabins and the property.
10 years ago
The Conway School District’s Board of Education officially decided not to adopt a uniform policy for the 2000-2001 school year. Reasons the uniform committee gave for its recommendation of not having uniforms included the following: Making sure uniforms would be available to all students would be a substantial cost to the district. Another reason was that any uniform policy had to legally allow anyone who did not wish to participate that option. A third reason concerned the idea that wearing uniforms would deter violence in the school. Committee members felt programs in anger management and peer meditation for students, and diversity training for staff, would be more effective in combating school violence. Supt. Steve Fulmer said surveys given by school staff, parents of students and students showed 51 percent favored uniforms. But, if the figures were taken separately, the number of students wanting uniforms was much lower, while parents and staff members had a higher percentage of favorable votes.