10 Years Ago
(2008) Central Baptist College had a dedication ceremony for the Ratliff Bell Tower, erected in place of the former Old Main, demolished in 1984 due to irreparable damages.
A go cart track was under construction just west of the former Spirit Homes on Dave Ward Drive. Jim Reed, the owner, said there would be 20 go-carts for the quarter-mile road course.
Starstruck Video was planning to move back into the shopping center at Oak and Harkrider where it started business in 1992.
Andrea Woods was named corporate vice president for Nabholz Construction and Brad Hegeman was named corporate executive vice president.
25 Years Ago
(1993) Five Conway residents passed their CPA examination: Karen Dayer, Charles Myers, Douglas James Nelson, Kevin Reynolds and Fred Wiedower.
Greg Smith, district manager of Community Water Systems, told members of the Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce that the end was in sight for the effort to transport water from Greers Ferry Lake to seven cities in Faulkner and Cleburne counties; they were just awaiting word from the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission concerning a $1.8 million grant. The grant would complete funding for the $20.3 million project begun in 1985. A $6.4 million loan had already been secured from the National Rural Development Administration.
50 Years Ago
(1968) Joseph Robbins, son of Dr. and Mrs. Joe Robbins, sang the lead role in a one-act opera by Wolf-Ferrari presented by the Lindenwood College Opera Theatre at St. Charles, Mo. Robbins, a leading bass-baritone with the St. Louis Opera Theater, was an assistant professor of music at Lindenwood.
First grade students at Pine Street School, after studying the importance of a well-balanced breakfast, planned, prepared and served breakfast to Mrs. Dorothy Mattison’s first grade class. First graders who served were Carlton Mattison, Ramona Black, Marcus Dickerson and Joyce Williams. Mrs. Norma Jean McCuien, room mother, assisted the first graders.
75 Years Ago
(1943) Fourteen homing pigeons from the high-bred birds of Ed Phillips were shipped to Camp Crowder, at the request of the army to remain there for the purpose of breeding carrier pigeons for use in the signal corps.
Applications for payments of government soil-building for 1942 and farm plan sheets for 1943 for approximately 3,500 Faulkner County farms would be brought to 19 communities. At each meeting, war crop goals and all new phases of the 1943 farm program would be discussed. The soil building payments were expected to bring $230,000 to the county.
100 Years Ago
(1918) The “Old Maid’s Convention” was presented by the young women of Arkansas State Normal School before an audience that filled the large auditorium of the school. The “convention” was staged for the purpose of obtaining money for the YWCA liberty bond fund. It consisted of twenty spinsters who gave heated discussions on “men.” The performance included the introduction of a “transformer” that could change the oldest maid into an attractive young lady. The audience enjoyed the performance that ended when the infernal machine blew up!