Progressive Club

Conway’s Progressive Club, led by Beverly Freiley, enjoyed the Nov. 4, 2013, meeting when Carl Barger, well known educator and local author spoke about his life’s work. Mr. Barger spent 38 years as a teacher initially and then progressed into school administration in various locations around Arkansas. He retired from his school career, but he was not content with a sedentary lifestyle. He began his second "career" as a writer of fiction and local history. His books can be purchased on, Barnes & and Mr. Barger also serves as a member of the Conway School Board. Hostess Sue Nunnally and co-hostess Karen Freeman invited the members to adjourn for conversation and refreshments.

The Progressive Club met Dec. 2, 2013, at the home of Ola Hawks on West Cadron Ridge Road in Greenbrier for the annual Christmas party. The members were joined by two guests for a catered dinner. Following dinner, Katie Patrom, Children’s Ministry, Spring Hill Baptist Church, entertained the members and guests with a medley of Christmas Songs. Then the group began the business meeting to complete plans for providing Christmas gifts for a needy family of two adults and four children. The group concluded the business meeting and dismissed until the next meeting on Jan. 6. For information about the Progressive Club, call 327-2456.

Faulkner Country Retired Teachers Association

The Faulkner Country Retired Teachers met at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 17, 2013, in the Activity Center of Conway First Baptist Church. The meeting was called to order by President Ed Bradberry.

Ella Reese introduced Geneva Day, music coordinator for Vilonia Primary School, who presented the Vilonia Primary Melodies. The group is made up of 36 fourth graders who have had to try out for a place in the choir. They presented a wonderful program beginning with "Frosty the Snowman" and many of the traditional carols. The "Twelve Days of Christmas" was especially creative with drama from Madeleine Tipton, Colton Dunlap and Maylee Leach adding their interpretation of each day.

A quartet of Mitchell Gray, Bently Wyatt, Leah Goff and Molly Leach lead the choir in "O Come Little Children." They closed out with a collection of Christmas Songs ending with "We Wish You A Merry Christmas." The Retired Teachers appreciated the students making the trip to Conway to sing for them.

The meeting was adjourned for a pot luck luncheon.

Host/Hostesses were: Carol Powers, chairperson; Charles Powers, Joy Wilson, Jerry Wilson, Ed Bradberry, Sandra Bradberry and Virginia Spurrier.