10 Years Ago
Jeff Meredith, cable TV installer trainee; Ryan Tucker, video encoder/production coordinator; and Amanda Jessen, cashier, joined the Conway Corporation staff.
It was rumored that Conway was getting a TGI Friday’s restaurant. Staples and Logan’s Roadhouse Grill were under construction in Conway Commons.
Frank Broyles, retired UA football coach and athletic director, presented an award at the second Arkansas Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame banquet and then accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award. The banquet was held at UCA’s Brewer-Hegeman Center.
A record number of children—338—turned out for the Conway Kids Triathlon at Hendrix College.
25 Years Ago
By winning the 12-14 division of the United Commercial Travelers’ Arkansas Junior Golf Tournament, Kathryn Stone would compete in her second UCT International junior tourney at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
Ben Lammers was the overall winner in a six-hole tournament at Cadron Valley Country Club, culminating a summer golf program sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of Conway.
A former TCBY employee accused of retaliation was arrested on 17 counts of third-degree battery for lacing a cake with laxative. Seventeen members of non-profit Telemedia became sick after eating the cake.
50 Years Ago
Miss Betty Fraser returned to New York City where she was employed at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
Kenny Smith, son of Mrs. Opal Smith, returned after spending six months in the Air National Guard basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. Mrs. Horton, Steve Smith, Diane Horton and Bruce Joyner met him at the airport.
Frances Ferguson, Jan Gray and Kay Speed attended the Girl Scouts’ 10-day Ouachita Ramble at Lake Ouachita.
Coach Dennis Fulmer announced that physical exams for boys who planned to participate in football at Conway would be given in the high school gymnasium.
75 Years Ago
Twenty-nine Faulkner County men left for the North Dakota wheat fields to assist in the harvest. The government paid for their transportation and meals. They would be paid 60 cents an hour plus food and a place to sleep.
According to Tax Assessor Faber Watson, the assessed valuation of real estate property for 1943 in Conway showed a gain of $60,491 over the previous year.
WAAC branch No. 3, army administration schools, formally dropped an “A” and became a WAC branch. Under a blistering sun, the young women took the oath as full members of the army of the United States.
100 Years Ago
Eddie Rickenbacker, who downed his five German planes in less than two months, became the second all-American trained ace. In his escadrille, they called him “Head Gimper” because he was naturally a leader and the life of the unit. The escadrille was known as the “Gimper Squadron.”