10 Years Ago
(2008) Bruce Haggard and Dan Frith were pictured feeding absentee ballots through the electronic counter as poll workers gathered final voting numbers for the preferential primary. Former Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Arkansas first lady Hillary Clinton were chosen in their respective primaries.
Water damage at the James H. Clark Auditorium forced the relocation of the Faulkner County Spelling Bee to Raymond and Phyllis Simon Intermediate School.
Conway High’s Chelsea Burnside was a double winner for the CHS swimmers at the Central Arkansas Invitational meet in North Little Rock. She won the 100 free-style and the 100 breast-stroke.
25 Years Ago
(1993) Randy Ort, public affairs specialist for the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department told the Log Cabin Democrat that AHTD plans were to give the historic Toad Suck Ferry to the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce which had been seeking its return from Bull Shoals Lake for two decades.
Andy Hawkins opened Country Companies, an insurance office at 1100 Main. He was a 1977 graduate of the University of Arkansas and had been the public-address announcer for Razorback football games for nine years.
Dr. Jack Sternberg, a Little Rock oncologist, would present a seminar “Christianity, Its Jewish Roots” at Second Baptist Church.
50 Years Ago
(1968) Bob Riley paid for a billboard on Cemetery Street, off Highway 64-65, immediately south of Town House Motel and Restaurant that simply said, “Bernard Nabholz is the Greatest Guy in all the World. Thanks for all your Help—Bob Riley.” Riley, who worked for Little Rock Advertising, had a flat tire enroute to Little Rock from Ft. Smith. Nabholz stopped when Riley began trying to flag someone down to help him when his lug wrench wouldn’t fit. Nabholz took him to four service stations to find a lug wrench that fit. Riley said Nabholz went “above and beyond.”
75 Years Ago
(1943) Jeff D. Farris, recently named director of physical education and coach at Arkansas State Teachers College, arrived from Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Mr. and Mrs. Farris and their children, Jeff Jr. and Anne were the weekend guests of his brother Guy R. Farris. They would move into their apartment in Doyne Hall next week.
James Marion Adams,75, veteran Cadron township justice of the peace and member of one of Faulkner County’s oldest families, died at his home one mile west of Conway on Highway 60. He was born at Gold Creek and watched the construction of the railroad.
100 Years Ago
(1918) In the annual “Who’s Who” election at the Arkansas State Normal, Professor C.C. Denney of the department of education was unanimously elected the “biggest flirt.” The most popular teacher was Professor F.H. Harrin. The election was held as a fundraiser for the YWCA liberty loan fund. Between $60 and $70 was realized.