75 years ago
One of the oldest operating automobiles in Conway, a 1923 model-T Ford coupe, owned by R.A. Nowell, was made ready for the junk pile after it collided with another car at Caldwell and Davis streets. No one was seriously hurt when Nowell’s car was forced into a deep ditch after another car tried to pass. Mr. Nowell’s car had been operated continuously for 12 years. State and city licenses on it had amounted to nearly one-half the purchase price.
50 years ago
Fired-up Mablevale dogged Conway into overtime, but Russell Jordan’s rebound put-in about halfway through the wild scrambling extra period sealed it for the Wampus Cats, 57-56. Joe Fred Young finished with 16. Jordan had 15 and Jim Sanders had 11.
Mr. and Mrs. W. Harrell Gist, 1604 Caldwell St., celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a family get-together. The Gists had four children and two grandchildren. All the children and grandchildren attended the celebration. Assisting the openhouse were Mrs. J.M. Ligon, Mrs. Jimmy Ligon, Mrs. George W. Ligon, Mrs. Bill Nutter, Mrs. William J. Clark, Mrs. Fletcher Smith Sr., Mrs. T.S. Staples, Mrs. Ernest E. Halter, Mrs. Fred Hobbs and Mrs. Helen d. Horst.
25 years ago
Suzanne Kunkel, 8 Woodbridge Drive, was named Arkansas Youth Mother of the Year by the Arkansas Association of American Mothers Inc. Mrs. Kunkel and he husband, John Wesley Kunkel, had three children, Kari, Wesley and Kelly. Mrs. Kunkel was a substitute teacher in Conway Public Schools and was owner of "Graces/Gentlemen," and served as district director of the Mothers March on Birth Defects in Faulkner County. She was an artist, craftsman and calligrapher.
Lula Edwards of Conway and her identical twin sister, Laura Jobe of Gladewater, Texas, had plenty to smile about. They celebrated their 80th birthday.
10 years ago
Vivian B. Owen died after being struck by a vehicle on East Oak Street. Mrs. Owen was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene A. Owen. She was survived by two daughters and three grandchildren. She was a food service employee with the Conway School District for 20 years. Before that she was a long-time employee of International Shoe Factory. Friends and acquaintances of Mrs. Owen used words such as "effervescent," "vibrant" and "cordial" to describe her personality. Denise Perry, a friend, said "Vivian was never down, never said a bad word about anyone. She was just what everyone wants to be. I want to be like her when I grow up."
Andrea Andrews had a short prose work published in the March issue of Highlights Magazine for Children. The piece was titled "Jack Frog." Andrea was a student in Nancy Thessing’s Kindergarten class at Sallie Cone Elementary School.
Six women and six men were inducted into the Conway Bowling Hall of Fame. Donna Allen, Dena Bunch, Becky Crum, Jean Donehoo, Tommye Gwin and Lena Sievers were the women’s inductees. Jim Cockrum, Milus Keele, Robert McHughes, Chuck Petrzal, Jarrel Robertson and Elwyn Chief Sievers were the new inductees. A banquet was held for the ceremony at the University of Central Arkansas Christian Cafeteria. Pat Allen was the master of ceremonies. Gerard Pavlu was the guest speaker.