Coalition for the Historic Courthouse Cultural Center

CHCCC met, Aug. 11 at the Faulkner County Museum.  Present were Nancy Allen, Shirley Barham, Matt Chiorini, Wes Craiglow, Lauralee Wilcox McCool, Cindy Romeo, Lynita Langley-Ware, Marianne Welch and Robert Wickser.

Marianne reported on the recent presentation by members of CHCCC to the Quorum Court Courthouse Taskforce.  Issues discussed at that meeting included the cost of restoring the building, ownership of the property, and the physical state of the building.

Because the structural integrity of the building has been called into question by members of the Quorum Court, the Coalition has applied to the National Trust for Historic Preservation for an emergency intervention grant to hire a preservation architect and engineer from outside of Faulkner County to do a study on the viability of restoring the building.

Wes Craiglow, from the Conway City Planners office, spoke to the group about land-use issues surrounding the possible demolition of the Courthouse and subsequent movement of county government to another location.  His point was that downtown businesses would suffer as a result of such a move, and he urged that some compromise be found whereby the bulk of county government could continue to be conducted downtown, whether or not the Courthouse is restored.

The next meeting of CHCCC will be Sept. 8 at 11:30 at the Faulkner County Museum.  The meetings are open to the public, and all are welcome to attend.

For more information, call Nancy Allen at 327-0537.

AARP Chapter 796 

We met at Ryan’s last month for the monthly meeting. Prayer was led by Ed Horlick and the pledge by Jerry Sipes. We welcomed visitors Jerry Horston and Sandra Lavey and Bill Crow. New members were welcomed and they are Beth Kennedy and Wanda Strever.

President Heird presented to Ruby Johnson to Outstanding Member Award, which she graciously accepted. Ruby truly is an outstanding member always ready to help with all that we do. 

Our speaker was Jim Stone and he was introduced by vice president Donna Bivens. Mr. Stone was in education for 50 years. He told us he used to hate school. Many stories were told by Mr. Stone of his school days. He stressed the importance of learning to read at a young age. But many of the stories he told were really hilarious. 

A survey was taken to see if we wanted to remain at Ryan’s for the meetings and the vote was that we stay there.

The minutes were ready by the secretary and accepted and approved. The treasurer’s report was read by Ron Ross.

The Advocacy report was given by Joe Heird. The lottery was discussed and also the “donut hole” at the pharmacies needs much work. Both are topics that AARP supports. The Sunshine report was given by Ruby Johnson, get-well cards were sent out and the AARP members sang happy birthday to all those in attendance. Those members included Elizabeth Rose Black, Eula West, Mary Williams, Linda Tyler, Marion Baker and Ruby Johnson. The door prize was won by Ruby Johnson. 

The next meeting will be held Sept. 21. All members are encouraged to invite neighbors and friends to come and attend our monthly meetings which are held on the third Monday of each month. 

The Conway
Newcomers’ Club

The Conway Newcomers’ Club held its monthly meeting and luncheon July 13 at the Conway Country Club.  The guest speaker was Angie Howard, the Recycling Education Coordinator for the city of Conway and Faulkner County Solid Waste Management District. She is also Information Education Specialist for the Faulkner County Conservation District and Executive Director for the Keep Conway Beautiful Organization.  

Howard’s presentation included some welcome information about new programs coming to the recycling program in Conway, including a glass crusher, which will recycle glass to be used in county road paving, and a paint mixer to recycle used paint.

A time change for the monthly luncheons was announced.  The day will remain the same but the luncheon will begin at 11:30, beginning in September.  There will be a Christmas luncheon held at the Conway Country Club on Dec. 10 and an evening social Dec. 12, time and place to be announced later.

The Conway Newcomers’ Club is a social organization formed to help those new to Conway adjust to the area and form new friendships.  

Anyone living in Conway less than three years and interested in learning more about the club may contact the coffee chair at 327-0482.  The next coffee will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 17.