75 years ago
The Liberty High School chapters of Future Farmers of America and Future Homemakers of America held a joint father and son/mother and daughter banquet at the high school. The welcome was given by Oscar Honea. Short talks were made by Miss Ogaretta Owen, Dr. O.D. Smith, Judge W.E. Atkinson, L.P. Crafton, W.O. Melton, Eliga Bell, F.M. Bollen, J.S. Olive, Percy B. Matthews, C.A. Bishop, O.K. New, W.L. Lear and Otto Turner. Music was furnished by Miss Annie Ruth Crow and Eldon and Leon Hazel.
50 years ago
The latest population estimate of Conway was 11,152, according to the Conway Chamber of Commerce. The dollar value of new construction in 1959 broke all previous records, Guy W. Murphy, chamber secretary said. The figure hit an all-time high of $3,393,800. Assessed valuations in Conway jumped from $3,209,961 to $5,996,438. College enrollments showed an increase from 2,167 to 2,370.
Mayor Edgar B. Parker told the City Council that the Conway Corp. lessee of the city-owned light and power plant had agreed to underwrite the purchase of new fire-fighting equipment for this city, a new 1,000 gallon pumper would be purchased. It would cost about $25,000.
25 years ago
World Day of Prayer services were held at First United Methodist Church chapel. Mrs. Charles Nabholz discussed the work of the Sisters of Charity in Bihar, India. Special music was provided by Mrs. Richard Hobson and Mrs. Myrna Brittain. Others who participated were Mr. M.M. Satterfield Jr., Mrs. Robert Ott, Mrs. Fred Gordy, Mrs. Bill Ferguson and Mrs. John Bumpers.
Becky Murphree of Greers Ferry, a Conway native, was named second-place winner in Guideposts magazine’s 1985 International Youth Writing Contest after entering a story about her mother’s death in a tornado that hit her home March 15, 1984. Miss Murphee won a $5,000 college scholarship and an electric typewriter.
10 years ago
Cadron Post Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, honored DAR Good Citizens, who were chosen by their schools. DAR Good Citizens were selected on the basis of outstanding dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Rebecca Jones of Greenbrier was the winner of the local competition. Lindsey Crunkleton represented Conway Christian High School; William Trammale Ealy represented Guy-Perkins High School; Angela Woodward represented Mayflower High School.
Darren Morgan of Greenbrier was the winner in the kindergarten-third grade division of Farm Bureau’s Farm Safety Poster Contest. He won a $100 U.S. savings bond.