February 24

10 Years Ago

(2008) Lenett Thrasher, assistant principal at Greenbrier Westside Elementary for the past two years, was named the principal at the new Wooster Elementary which would open for the 2008-2009 school year.

A $3.5 million renovation was taking place at the corner of Donaghey and Dave Ward Drive. An Olympic-sized track and field with a soccer field in the middle would be built there according to UCA Athletic Director Brad Teague. A fence would be built around it.

Construction was beginning for the new Taco Bueno on the corner of Dave Ward Drive and South German Lane.

25 Years Ago

(1993) Federal, state and local officials were still searching for a man suspected of kidnapping a Conway woman. James Avery Slack of Maumelle allegedly kidnapped JoAnn Lieblong at her home on Cadron Gap Road. Mrs. Lieblong was released unharmed after her husband, Alex Lieblong, paid the kidnapper $1 million in ransom which was recovered. The search for the suspect was concentrated in the Camp Robinson area.

Worthen National Bank of Conway President Marlin Jackson was pictured reading an award to Al Hiegel for Hiegel’s outstanding service during his term as president of the Conway Pilots Association.

50 Years Ago

(1968) Dr. Edwin L. Dunaway was named president of Security Savings and Loan, succeeding George Shaw who passed away February 5. Arch. W. Ford was elected chairman of the board.

Bill Arnold, CHS swimming coach was pictured conferring with swimmers Jimmy Loyd and Johnny Bumpers at the Grove gymnasium pool.

First State Bank would hold an open house at its new banking facility in Greenbrier on the west side of Highway 65. Three members of the Conway bank staff, Louis Stell, G.L. Lieblong and Mrs. Kay Reynolds, were assigned to work at the facility.

75 Years Ago

(1943) WPA aid which supported the assistant librarian of the Faulkner County library and two rural branch librarians would be withdrawn but the library service expected to be continued without serious curtailment. Volunteers would work in the branches at Enola and Vilonia.

Frank Matchett and Joe B. McGee were winners in the city Democratic primary elections. Mayor James J. Kane was nominated for a second term without opposition. The general election would be held in April.

The public was invited to the opening exercises of the WAAC school at the Ida Waldran Auditorium memorial chapel on Saturday, February 27.

100 Years Ago

(1918) There was a benefit given at the Ideal Theatre for the Conway Public School. Manager J.M. Garrett consented to give the school the net proceeds realized from the sale of tickets. In addition to the regular movie, “Wrath of Love,” a special program was arranged. The program included a song by 12 little girls; a song by Mary Lillian Evans; a reading by Marjorie Hogan; a whistling performance by Mattie Mae Gardner; and a humanophone given by seven boys. The price of admission was five and ten cents.