75 years ago
Jerome Kern’s miracle and musical romance was being shown at the Conway Theatre. Gasping gowns, new dance sensations and nation-sweeping songs were part of the movie. It starred Irene Dunne, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. "Lovely to Look At," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "I won’t Dance," and "I’ll Be hard to Handle" were just a few of the tingling tunes that would tantalize you. See all this Sunday-Monday and Tuesday.
50 years ago
The Conway senior and junior high science fair would be on display at the high school gymnasium. Individual and group exhibits were displayed from students in grades seven through 12. Donald Dixon was in charge of the fair. Members of his committee were Albert Rye, Charles Robinson, Miss Novella Stanley and Mrs. Truman Jackson.
The University of Arkansas Business Bulletin reported that personal income in the state last year was about $150 million greater than in 1958. Per capita personal income was listed as advancing from $1,217 in 1958 to $1,300 in 1960, a jump of 6.8 percent.
Three Conway men were chosen among 38 Arkansans to attend the White House conference on children and youth March 27. They were Jeff Farris of Arkansas State Teachers College, Dr. James S. Upton of Hendrix College and David B. Ray Jr., superintendent of Arkansas Children’s Colony.
25 years ago
Fifth-grade students who participated in a writer’s workshop conducted by Dr. Richard Hudson, associate professor of English at the University of Central Arkansas, were presented awards. Winners of first-place essay writing ribbons were Carma Powers, Sara Witt and Michelle Angel. Runners-up were Brett Wright, Diane Bell, Harold Spradlin, Marty Nix, Michelle Dials and Rebecca Magie. Short story first-place ribbon winners were Cord Elliot, Joanna Williams and Jarrod Briarsfield. Runners-up were Sandra White, Hillis Hendrickson, Kevin Garvey, Chad Bowman, Linda Johnson and Ronnie Harper. First-place winners in the poetry contest were Chrystal Fligor, Alicia Franklin and Kara Hunnicutt. Runners-up were Cenia Walls, Chad Bowman, Ben Zimmerman, Marty Nix, Jennifer Starkey and Kevin Bryant.
The Conway High School mock trial team beat Oak Grove to win the Central District competition in Little Rock. Students participating were Bryan Adams, David CLark, John Finkbeiner, Scottt Mobbs, Chris Stoltz and Marvin Winston. Mary Beth Sudduth and Sharon DuPriest were team coaches, and Sue Alread was sponsor.
10 years ago
Mrs. Ava Schultz Gibbs Hazel died at Conway Regional Medical Center. She was retired from Brown Shoe Factory and the Conway Human Development Center, where she was a cottage supervisor and licensed medical technician. she was preceded in death by husbands Erman Gibbs and Leroy Hazel. Survivors were a son, a daughter, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
Clyde Slimp was the new preacher at Robinson and Centerr Church of Christ. He had a bachelor’s degree in Bible and a master’s degree in New Testament text from Freed-Hardeman University. He served as preacher at Adamsville Church of Christ in Adamsville, Tenn., before coming to Conway. Slimp and his wife Rachel were married in 1990 and had a son.