10 Years Ago
Simon Intermediate School principal Larry Joe Smith was pictured gluing hand-painted tiles to the wall in the hall in front of the school’s cafeteria. Students in Chris Massingill’s sixth-grade art classes each painted a tile with a non-traditional self-portrait.
Jackie Fliss presented checks from VSA Arts of Arkansas to Matt Chiorini, of Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre and Bliss Hickey of Conway Symphony Orchestra. The two groups presented programs to Conway elementary schools for students with and without disabilities.
Katelynn Whisnant of Vilonia accepted an academic scholarship to UCA where she planned to major in dental hygiene.
25 years Ago
The grounds of AmTran Corp. in southern Conway were nearly filled to capacity with new yellow school buses ready to be distributed to customers. Additional buses would continue to fill the lots until about the middle of June when the lots begin to empty out because of deliveries.
The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, effective in August, allowed some American workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for family emergencies.
Ground was broken for the 100,000-square-foot Poultry Science Center at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Nabholz Construction was the general contractor for the $17.5 million project.
50 Years Ago
Miss Pat Cantrell, bride-elect of Bill Otto, was the honoree at a brunch and paper shower given by Mrs. John A. Weldon and Mrs. Thomas D. Turner in Little Rock.
Barbara Sue Farley and Herby Carl Stuart planned to be married June 8 at the First Baptist Church with Dr. William T. Flynt officiating.
The eighth annual dance recital for the Glen Irby Studios, entitled “The Roarin’ ‘20s,” was held at SCA’s Ida Waldron Auditorium. More than 150 youngsters participated.
Sam M. Clark and William J. Clark, both members of the Green Grove Masonic Lodge, were awarded their 50-year pins.
75 Years Ago
Edwin S. Preston, field secretary of Shorter College, a Baptist institution for girls in Rome, Georgia, accepted the presidency of Central College. He succeeded Dr. O.J. Wade who resigned several weeks earlier.
Lt. Rome F. Schwagel, US naval reserve, former director of athletics at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., was transferred from the navy pre-flight school in Athens, Georgia to the CAA war training service school at Conway.
Auxiliary Ada Bell of Chicago, Illinois, stationed at WAAC branch, No. 3, army administration schools at ASTC, reported the loss of approximately $40, her pay after “deducts.”
100 Years Ago
Sidney Hayden of Benedict Township was run over by an automobile driven by Ed Witt of Conway near Providence School. He sustained a broken leg and some bruises. The accident was through no fault of the driver. Mr. Witt, in company with Hargrove Smith and W.T. Merriman, was driving down the road when a group of children stepped out of the road to allow the car to pass. Six-year-old Sidney at first went to the opposite side of the road, then ran across the road to join his brothers and sisters just as the car was reaching the group.