10 Years Ago
(2008) Becca Mitchell was pictured showing off her Valentine’s Day present, a one-karat diamond ring, to her third-grade students at Vilonia Elementary School. Her husband, who was in Mississippi preparing for deployment to Iraq, gave her the ring.
Milton and Claudia Davis were presented the Good Neighbor Award at the annual Conway Area Chamber of Commerce banquet. The couple had spent almost 30 years in philanthropic activities in the community.
The children of James and Clestine Herring Goodwin hosted a celebration at Springhill Baptist Church to celebrate their parents’ 50 years in the ministry.
25 Years Ago
(1993) John Workman of Conway, a United Methodist minister who spent ten years as the religion writer for the Arkansas Gazette, was featured on a segment of “Catch the Spirit,” the national television program of the United Methodist Church.
Judy Isom and Jimmy Fowler, as Elvis Presley, were pictured “cutting a rug” during a’50s Valentine party for residents of Village Park Residential Living Services.
The cause of a Valentine’s Day fire that seriously damaged an unoccupied home was ruled arson. The house was owned by Ryan’s Steak House of South Carolina, which was planning to build on the site.
50 Years Ago
(1968) Demolition of the building at 1013 Front Street, formerly occupied by Steed’s Laundry and Dry Cleaners, was under way. First National Bank purchased the property from the F.U. Halter Estate and the site was being cleared for parking. It joined the bank’s parking lot on the south side of the building. The owners of Steed’s had changed the name to Chip’s 60-Minute Cleaners and moved to 807 Parkway. The new area would enlarge the parking lot to accommodate 30 cars. Lindsey Trucking Co. had the contract for tearing down the building.
75 Years Ago
(1943) Volunteers were needed for the Red Cross’ war fund drive as well as in the surgical dressing room.
Miss Sue Marshall, clothing specialist from the extension service in Fayetteville, gave a demonstration at the courthouse on remodeling a wool coat and mending wool materials.
An open house was held in the reception room of McAlister Hall at ASTC, honoring Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Farris, Miss Katherine Cagle and Miss Hester Lichlyter, all recent additions to the ASTC faculty. Refreshments were served by Dorothy Mae Short, Eleanor Ferguson, Virginia Reynolds and Sarah Lee Minton.
100 Years Ago
(1918) Vernon Castle, the well-known dancer and aviator, was killed in an airplane accident. Castle was instructing an American cadet and swerved his machine to avoid collision with another American cadet who was landing at the same time at Benbrook Field in Ft. Worth, Texas.