Conley Pate of Vilonia has been awarded a check for $15 for winning second place in the Barrett’s Company’s hill section cotton production contest for 1936, Supt. Fred A. Bollen of the Vilonia schools, announced today. The drought materially reduced his yield, but, nevertheless, Pate’s production amounted to 502 pounds of lint cotton per acre, Mr. Bollen said.

Charles Maltbia of the Gold Creek community, south of Conway, said today he had signed a contract to pitch for the Kansas City Monarchs this summer. Maltbia will report the latter part of this month. He said his contract calls for $300 a month.

The Monarchs have produced some of the big leagues’ greatest African-American stars.

Maltbia won 18 and lost three with the Conway Dodgers last summer.

Kansas City plays from coast to coast and its season runs into October.

Erik Wheeler, 4, worked intently at creating the face of an Easter bunny yesterday at the Head Start class sponsored by the Community Action Program for Central Arkansas (CAPCA). Members of the Arkansas Home Economics Association at the University of Central Arkansas hosted an annual Easter party for the children featuring an egg hunt and edible art project. Erik is a son of Elizabeth Wheeler of Conway.

Conway Christian School fifth-graders Alex Sanders and Hunter Taylor showed their delight in winning awards at the Math Olympics while CCS teacher Mendy Clanton gave Alex his first-place medal during the awards presentation recently. The competition included four different timed tests in computation and reasoning and drew more than 300 students from across the state. Students in fourth through seventh grades competed.