75 years ago


The price of beer advanced in Conway today as the law placing a sales tax on the beverage went into effect. Twelve-ounce bottles of beer formerly selling for 10 cents now retail for 13 cents or two for 25 cents. The bottles formerly selling for 15 cents now are 16, with the increase amounting only to the tax.

50 years ago


Five members of the Vilonia chapter of Future Farmers of America received Arkansas Farmer degrees, June 5 at the 37th annual state convention held at Southern State College in Magnolia. This is the first time in several years the chapter has had as many winners in the competition, Unice H. Latimer, agriculture instructor at the school, said. Wayne Hendricks, also placed third in a soil and water management contest and received a check for $50. The other members were Jimmie F. Harris, Eddie Sellers, Jerry Woodward and Charles Mize.

25 years ago


Frank B. Flanagin, a recent Conway High School graduate, has been awarded a four-year academic scholarship to the University of Central Arkansas beginning with the fall semester in August.

Flanagin is a son of Dr. and Mrs. J.H. Flanagin Jr. of Conway.

10 years ago


Jokes and jabs were flying at the St. Joseph Alumni Association’s Roast and Toast on Monday, but Ray Simon proved he can dish it out as well as he can take it.

Simon, a 1963 St. Joseph High School graduate, was honored as the first Distinguished Alumnus with the newly organized group.

Now assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Education, Simon was honored by friends, family members and former co-workers.

About 200 people attended the event, but Simon said he figured out that 30 were there to see him, and "the other 170 thought (singer) Paul Simon was here."