75 years ago
Conway High School closed its basketball season with a 33-20 victory over the Arkansas School for the Deaf of Little Rock at the Axley gymnasium. The visitors got away to an early lead, but by the end of the first quarter, the Cats tied the score and led at the half, 17-13. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Conway scored 12 points in 10 minutes. Tom Mabry continued his brilliant playing for the Conway team. He scored 15 points. Loveless had 11 points.
50 years ago
Lee Shock, former owner of Cadron Valley Development Corp., purchased controlling interest in the Conway Insurance Agency, 1007 Front St. The purchase was made from a group of persons sharing interest in the operation. W.O. Dunaway and Peter Hiegel retained their interest in the agency. E.R. Kellar formerly was president, and Tommy Ethridge formerly was secretary-treasurer. Mr. Shock had been in the insurance business for 14 years before taking over the Cadron Corporation and developing the new Bellemeade Addition.
A Conway youth had been engaged to tour with rock ‘n roll singer Conway Twitty and was scheduled to leave for a Canadian tour. Tommy Markham, formerly a student at Arkansas State Teachers College and a drummer for the ACTC Tophatters, left school after signing with Twitty.
25 years ago
A check for $766 was presented to Easter Seals of Arkansas, which was collected at the Miss Valentine Pageant held at Waldran Auditorium at the University of Central Arkansas. The benefit was sponsored by Century 21 Dunaway & Hart Inc. Mrs. Rosemary Graddy was chairman of the event. Winners were Jorie Nastoff, Leigh Danielle Lacewell and Carla Rhea Helton. Runners-up were Alicia K. Dickens, Tara Dawn Lawrence, Stephanie Diane McGibbony, Erica Suzanne Grummer, Bryna Schichtl and Chriss Ann Culpepper. Gary Short was the master of ceremonies.
Jerry Williams was named president and chief operating officer of American Transportation Corp. Williams had been with AmTran since 1958, starting as a factory worker and had worked his way up through most management positions.
10 years ago
Bigger was not necessarily better in business and the proof was in the design at Sowell and Russell Architects of Conway. Rick Sowell and Ricky Russell, registered architects, opened the firm in 1995. The small, yet state-of-the-art office had made a big impact in Conway with a number of impressive projects. Projects in Conway included several churches, including Antioch Baptist Church, Grace United Methodist Church, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and First Baptist Church. The architects would so begin work on Family Life Bible Church on Hogan Road. The other projects that had received positive responses were the new Conway Area Chamber of Commerce building and the Old Town Center strip mall on Donaghey Avenue extended. Sowell recalled with a laugh that some people told the two architects they were crazy to open a firm in Conway, but luckily they hadn’t listened. "Projects just keep rolling in. We opened our business in October 1995 and we are on our 235th project." Their plans for the future were to keep doing what works — paying attention to details and satisfying their clients.