10 Years Ago
(2008) Vilonia Elementary teacher Kathy French retired after teaching 43 years, 30 of those in the Vilonia School District. Ann Wilson, an aide at the school, also retired after 26 years.
Isaiah “Magic” Jackson was the 2008 recipient of the Frank E. Robins Award for outstanding male athlete at Conway High School at the athletic awards program. Chelsea Sublett received the Ruth Doyle award for outstanding female athlete. Stephen Hicks received the Jim Case Memorial Spirit Award and Katy Ashley-Pauley was honored with the Dandra Thomas Memorial Scholarship and Lady Cat Spirit Award.
25 Years Ago
(1993) James Avery Slack, 40, was sentenced to 88 years in prison for the February crime spree in which he kidnapped Alex and Jo Ann Lieblong, demanding $1 million ransom. He would first be eligible for parole in 18 years.
David Laney, Elwood Smith and Victor Jacuzzi formed Laney, Smith and Jacuzzi, a company to help businesses “downsize” their computer operations from main frames to PCs.
Offices at the Faulkner County Courthouse were shuffled after the Sheriff’s Department and the jail moved to its new facility next door. The third and fourth floors held the juvenile court system.
50 Years Ago
(1968) Fourteen children, students at First Baptist Church Kindergarten, visited Richardson’s Rest Home and sang for residents as part of National Music Week: Terri Bader, Cindy Burnett, John Case, Teresa Emerson, Larry Fletcher, Paul Alan Gray, Jimmy Johnson, Kathy Leonard, Barbara McHughes, Dee Myers, Scott Parks, Kelle Kinser, Jennifer Sossamon and Kathy Witherspoon.
Eighteen units and about 300 boys participated in a regional Scout Spectacular at the National Guard Armory. The event, directed by Dr. Jack Logan, included displays from scouting units in Faulkner, Cleburne, Perry, Van Buren and Conway counties.
75 Years Ago
(1943) A 17-year-old escapee from a California reformatory was arrested near Levy on charges of grand larceny in connection with the theft of a truck and automobile at Conway. The car belonged to Charles B. Edwards, laundryman, and was stolen from its parking place near the American Grill. The half-ton truck belonged to Clarence Day and was left abandoned near the Red River, eight miles from Heber Springs.
Thousands of acres of farm lands in the bottoms of the Arkansas River and its tributaries, recently planted, would be flooded by the end of the week if the river reached the 27-foot stage forecasted.
100 Years Ago
(1918) In retaliation for the use of mustard gas shells by the Germans, Americans launched a three-hour bombardment with high explosives in Picardy. The Germans had thrown 15,000 mustard gas shells, gassing one village and all roads in the vicinity.