10 Years Ago
(2008) Crafton Tull Sparks, a surveying, engineering and landscape architecture firm that had been in business since 1963, opened a location in the Conway Industrial Park.
B.S.W. Advertising in Plumerville was the subject of the Chamber Member Spotlight column. The business, which did screen printing and embroidery, opened in 1982 and was owned by Beverly Brown and Ronny Mauldin.
Habitat for Humanity was starting its 18th house in Faulkner County at 401 Shannon Circle in the Pine Street community.
Jeff Stephens announced he would run for re-election as the Faulkner County Tax Assessor. He had served eight terms.
25 Years Ago
(1993) James Avery Slack, 40, accused of kidnapping JoAnn Lieblong, pled not guilty in Faulkner County Circuit Court. He was charged with two counts of kidnapping, one count of burglary, two counts of theft of property and one count of terroristic threatening. Bond was set at $1 million, the same amount he got in ransom money for the kidnapping.
First National Bank announced plans to construct a branch in west Conway at Salem Road and Prince Street.
Sgt. Chip Stokes was named “Officer of the Year” by Chief Tim Daley of the Conway Police Department. Stokes had been with the police department for eight years.
50 Years Ago
(1968) An open house was held for the new church library at the First Methodist Church. Mrs. Robert Shoemaker was the librarian.
The new SCA Fine Arts Center was dedicated with a program in the center’s 307-seat Little Theatre.
Glendon Wilson was pictured talking with bank president Thomas G. Wilson at the opening of First State Bank’s Greenbrier facility. He and his mother, Mrs. Paul Wilson, operated Wilson’s Grocery and Station which made the first deposit at the new teller’s window. The Wilsons had been in business in Greenbrier for 24 years.
75 Years Ago
(1943) Arkansas Attorney General Guy E. Williams ruled that beer and wine cannot be sold on Sunday in Arkansas and cited an 1885 blue law and a 1939 decision by the Arkansas Supreme Court to support his opinion.
Mrs. R.F. Rogers entertained with a family dinner at her home 1029 Clifton Street, honoring her husband’s birthday.
Eddie Lynn Goad, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Goad, celebrated his fifth birthday with a party at his home. Guests were Kathaleen Purtle, Eddie Lynn Swofford, Peggy Joe Shelby, Johnny Patterson, Carolyn Sims, Pat Sims, Judy Lindsey, Butch Lindsey and Nanny Joe Hahn.
100 Years Ago
(1918) The 80-acre farm of Joseph Lienhart, on which he had lived more than a quarter century, was sold to W.A. Hawbacker of Little Rock for $5,000.
In observance of “National Week of Song,” plans were made to hold a service at State Normal School. All schools of the city would join in the united service in the auditorium. Jo Frauenthal, president of the Conway Commercial Club, would preside, and patriotic songs would be sung. Prominent citizens of the city would give addresses in celebration of the week.