April 17

10 Years Ago

(2008) Conway High School students Lauren Pinney, Lacie McCollum and Kinsey Fornier were pictured helping Caitlin Proctor put the finishing touches on her costume for the high school production of “Bye, Bye Birdie.”

Dr. Joel Cooper had a book reading, discussion and signing for his book, “No Price I Bring.” Dr. Cooper had been a Methodist minister for more than 75 years and at one time served as the pastor of First Methodist Church.

The Faulkner County Quorum Court approved the creation of the Faulkner County Roads Enforcement Division. One part-time Faulkner County officer would monitor roads and weigh heavy equipment.

25 Years Ago

(1993) Bethlehem Baptist Church presented an evening of worship and praise with contemporary soloist Todd Morris and special guest Sharon Brown.

Autumn Oaks, Jesse Thompson and Bo Taliaferro were pictured working on art projects using recycled materials in Janice Attebery’s kindergarten class at Julia Lee Moore Elementary. The class was learning about the environment and the responsibility to care for it.

Members of the Phi Lambda Chi fraternity repainted the toad on the street at Toad Suck Square. Greg Beene and John Dayer were pictured. Tim Morris was head of the project.

50 Years go

(1968) Approximately 1,500 children participated in the Easter Egg Hunt at YBMA Fairgrounds. All 3,500 eggs were found according to Jack Roberts, chairman of the Jaycee-sponsored first annual Faulkner County hunt.

A new $300,000 F&F Concrete ready-mix complex would be built between Griffith and Bruce streets along Harkider. There would be an automatic batch plant with a cement silo and bins for raw material storage.

Privately owned Cedar Park, northwest of Conway, would become a use area under the supervision of the Corps of Engineers after the completion of Lock and Dam #8 at Toad Suck Ferry.

75 Years Ago

(1943) The senior class play, “Out of the Frying Pan,” was presented at the Conway High School auditorium.

Hendrix would change from the 18-week semester to a 12-week quarter to accelerate the program of education to meet wartime student needs.

Advertising representatives of a military paper published in Alexandria, Louisiana, with an office in Little Rock, were convicted of obtaining money under false pretenses in connection with sale of advertising for a special WAAC edition of the paper. They had not received permission from the commander of the WAAC school to solicit the advertisements.

100 Years Ago

(1918) W.J. Wilkins, a pioneer citizen of Conway, had a narrow escape from death or serious injury when he was struck by a freight car being switched by the westbound local. Mr. Wilkins, whose hearing is somewhat impaired, was crossing the tracks in front of the passenger train that was standing on the main line and did not see or hear a string of cars being pushed by the local freight engine along the sidetrack. As he was crossing the side, he was struck by the cars but was fortunately thrown clear of the rails, sustaining only slight bruises.