100 years ago (1916)

Rev. L.M. Sipes, who had just completed work for the degree of doctor of divinity at the Fort Worth Baptist Theological Seminary, arrived to assume his duties as pastor of the First Baptist Theological Seminary, arrived to assume his duties as pastor of the First Baptist church at Conway.

The Martin building adjoining the Faulkner County Bank was being remodeled to enlarge the quarters of J.J. Livingston’s jewelry business and to provide ground floor officies for Durham and Farris, insurance and real estate firm.

The chemical laboratory of Ouachita College was destroyed by fire with a loss estimated at $8,000.

One hundred and six applicants appeared at the courthouse to take examinations for teachers’ licenses. W.N. Jones gave the examination in the absence of County Examiner J.M.C. Vaughter.

Friends of Dr. F.H.S. Johnston, pastor of the First Methodist chruch, raised a fund to purchase and present to him a new automobile.

75 years ago (1941)

German sources professed great interest today in reports from Tangier, Morocco, that the British contemplate occupation of Portugal’s Azores Islands as well as a landing in Portugal. The highly placed commentary Dienst Aus Deutschland dealt with the report thus: "The indications from Washington that there is no objection on the part of the United States to such an English project, that in fact the United States might have encouraged the British in such a step, doubtless will be of special significance to Germans." Occupation of the Azores and bases in Portugal, the paper added, would be in line with British efforts to obtain bases in Ireland for more effective defense against German submarines and long-distance bombing planes.

Governor Adkins sign the "rolling store" bill by Representative Robert W. Griffith, Jr., of Pulaski, yesterday. The measure placed restriction and taxes on itinerant peddlers "who do not contribute to the benefit of local communities." This measure met stiff opposition in the house. Opponents charged it was sponsored by wholesale grocers to eliminate competition from out-of-state gtruckers and itinerant peddlers. Mr. Griffith admitted that wholesale grocers backed the bill but said many other groups, including retailers, supported it. Tea, spice and other companies that send small "rolling stores" through the cities, towns and rural areas will not be affected unless the net weight of stock exceeds 2,000 pounds. Processed agricultural products would be exempt.

25 years ago (1991)

Two new features are being added to the comic strips published each Sunday in the Log Cabin Democrat.

The Far Side and Arlo and Janis will replace Counter Culture and Outland. The changes will take place Sunday. The Far Side, created, by Gary Larson, appears in more than 900 newspapers. Polls regarding newspaper comic pages repeatedly show the strip among the top five in the country. Larson’s strips have been described as "the most consistently witty non sequiturs, puns and common-sense observations being created in America, in any medium." Arlo and Janis, created by Jimmy Johnson, appears in more than 250 newspapers across the country. The strip focuses on two members of the Woodstock generation facing adulthood and parenting.