75 years ago  

(1934)  

Mrs. B.L. Harton and Mrs. Howard Johnston spent today in Little Rock.

Miss Corinne Hillard left for Chicago to visit her sister, Mrs. Joe Rodini. Mrs. Rodini will be remembered as Miss Mary Bertha Hilliard.

Complimenting Mrs. Harvey C. Couch Jr., a recent bride, Mrs. Frank Robins Jr. and Mrs. Theodore Smith entertained a few friends with a morning bridge party at the Robins’ home, 526 Center St. High score prize was won by Mrs. Frank E. Robins and the “galloping horse” prize was awarded to Mrs. Nathan Smith of Little Rock. 

 

50 years ago 

(1959)

Wood Mfg. Co. of Conway, makers of fishing supplies, had placed its products on a nationwide market. W.L. Larson, president, and Maurice DeClerk, vice president, attended the Associated Fishing Tackle Manufacturers convention in Chicago. J.M. Cole, secretary, attended the Southwest Fishing Tackle Association meeting in Dallas. The Conway business had showed its new lures — Doodlebug, Spinna — Doodle and Doodle Socker — and, according to Mr. Cole, the lures were well received. The Wood plant moved to Conway in May from El Dorado and had 12 employees. 

Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Bell and Mr. and Mrs. Owen Bell returned from a week’s vacation in Ruidoso, N.M., where they were the guests of another brother, J. Howard Bell. They also toured Juarez, Mexico. 

 

25 years ago

(1984)

A cat rescue operation took place at Hambuchen Home Furnishings where a kitten had somehow crawled into one of the columns on the outside of the store building. No one knew exactly when the cat had become trapped, but meows were heard yesterday. Shingles were removed from the side of the column and a hole was drilled. The cat was enticed to come to the hole with a bowl of milk.

The Conway School District’s Board of Education approved a record budget of $9,922,196. Last year’s budget was $8,712,593. Superintendent Carl Stuart said increases in the district’s share of state Minimum Foundation Program Aid and in property tax revenues accounted for most of the additional budget revenues. 

 

10 years ago 

(1999)

Lowe’s Home Improvement Store in Conway was given $1,000 as part of Lowe’s Hero program to improve the community. The store decided to use the money to build a 3-by-5 storm shelter for a daycare in Conway. Lowe’s employee volunteers completed the above-ground shelter at Mrs. Mary’s Daycare in Conway. Cost of shelter similar to the one built ranged from $3,000 to $6,000. It took the group 20 to 25 hours to complete the work. Lark Shannon, Jon Ferguson and Gary Stillwell were some of the Lowe’s employees who worked on the shelter and Irvin McKittrick provided valuable support. He had built a shelter in his garage and was able to use his knowledge and expertise in the project.