75 years ago


Mr. and Mrs. S.C. Benton entertained last evening at a 6 o’clock dinner at their home on Scott Street in honor of the birthday anniversary of their son, Sherbert. The table was covered with a white damask cloth and a color motif of white and green was used in the attractive decorations of the dining room, lighted by tall Christmas candles. The menu served suggested the chosen colors. Covers were placed for Elizabeth Kinkle, Ray Hart, Jerry Hudspeth, Frank Wiggs (Morrilton), Vivian Cole and the host.

50 years ago


Santa Claus shines almost every day in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. Marvin Bush at 403 Locust Ave.

Bush, a retired grocer salesman, purchased a red and white Santa Claus light bulb at a Kress store in Little Rock Dec. 21, 1921, and it is still in service.

The 25-watt Japanese-manufactured bulb provides light for a closet in the Bush home.

25 years ago


Rex Lovell, an athletic director for the University of Central Arkansas since 1981, announced today that he will retire at the end of December.

Lovell, 60, will be taking advantage of the state’s early retirement incentive program, which offers financial bonuses to state employees to take an early retirement.

Lovell and Bill Stephens became dual athletic directors in 1981, succeeding Dr. Sid Simpson. Lovell was named the full-time athletic director in 1983 after Stephens’s title was changed to associate athletic director, with the primary emphasis on fund-raising and the Purple Circle Club.

Lovell is a 1953 graduate of UCA. He received a master’s degree from UCA in 1962.

Lovell is married to the former Hilda Presley and they have a son, Roy Dale.