Mrs. Mary Dum announces the engagement and approaching marriage of her daughter, Gertrude Marie, to Paul Salter Beckett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wiley Beckett of Conway. The marriage will be solemnized June 15 at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Brenda Ingram, a junior at Hendrix College, has been elected to the Women’s Orientation Committee for 1962-63 year by the Student Senate. Miss Ingram is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale S. Ingram. She is an art major.

She formerly was a member of the Sophomore Council and the staff of the college annual, the Troubadour.

A trio of scarecrows stood guard yesterday over a vegetable garden at the Jim Walker home on Acklin Gap Road. The straw-stuffed sculptures were recently erected by Walker and his two sons, Caleb, 5, and Caperton, 3. Walker said that after he fashioned the taller scarecrow, the boys commented it looked like their dad and wanted to have themselves represented in the garden. He said the boys stuffed the figures with straw and attired them with their choice of old clothes. When asked if any crows had been spotted, Caleb said, "No, so they must work!"

With family and coaches watching, Conway High School senior Elysie Beard signed a letter of intent to attend Marshall University in West Virginia. Beard earned many accomplishments while in high school, including Arkansas state competition for two years, state runner-up 2002, runner-up in the Hendrix Invitational girls division and first place Arkansas High School Central District 2002. Also attending the signing were Aqua Kids head coach Evan Jognson, Conway High School head swim coach Becky Thorton, Glenda Beard, Etahn Beard and Mike Beard.