75 years ago
A large residence on College and Donaghey avenues, owned by Dr. Roy C. Holl and occupied by the Rev. and Mrs. M.R. Dutton and their family, was seriously threatened by fire, discovered at 2 a.m. today. The Dutton family was awakened by smoke and was uninjured. Quick work by the fire department prevented destruction of the house. The cause of the fire was a defective fireplace.
Margaret Ann Ross celebrated her birthday at her home on Washington Avenue. Games were played and refreshments were served. Attending the party were George Cummins Jr., Ella Lou Cummings, Wynelle Jones, Rachel Nell King, Virginia Lively, Billy Joe Blair, Buddy Lyons, Bessie Jewell King, Dolly Watson, Billie Corine Fidler, James Taylor Clark, Martha Lou Turner, Elizabeth Ann Gentry, Neta Jean Opitz, Wilma Ruth Rorie and Loy Jean Rorie.
50 years ago
A.I.C. and Mrs. Jerel Seay were guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Seay. Airman Seay had completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, and after a short leave would be stationed at March Air Force Base, Riverside, Calif.
The Ollie Vee Beauty Shop opened at 330 Augusta Ave. The operator was Mrs. Ollie Vee Shaw, wife of Joe B. Shaw of The Farm Bureau’s insurance department. The couple had recently completed a new home. The shop was equipped with new modern equipment, including air-conditioned dryers. Mrs. Shaw was a graduate of the La Vern Beauty College in Jonesboro. She had served as an instructor in the school four years following her graduation in 1955.
25 years ago
Representatives of the Conway ATA Fitness Center carried home 24 trophies from the Camden Regional ATA Tournament. First-place winners from Conway were Paula Winston, Vickie Winston, Scott Lloyd, Rose Magie, Lane Morris, Jayme Cox and Rusty Thomas. Bob and Wyck Blankenship of Conway were judges at the event.
Julia Lee Moore Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association met and announced the winners in the Chocolate Treasure candy sale. Finance Chairman Linda Arnold said that $21,832 was made in total candy sales. The profit for the school would be $8,732.80. The grand prizewinner was Missy Earls. Kristie Hendrix was second, and Bobby Steeps was the third-place winner. The top-selling classes were Mrs. Shaw’s second-grade class and Mrs. Scroggins’ fourth grade class.
10 years ago
The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board gave University of Central Arkansas approval to offer a doctorate of philosophy in school psychology. The program was needed because of an increase in dramatic societal problems. The approval came after a seven-year struggle filled with legal maneuvering.
Vilonia built a 14-0 halftime lead on the way to a 26-0 victory in the junior high football game over Heber Springs. Matt Sweeney scored first on a 32-yard run. Justin Shaw then scored on a 12-yard run and Josh Cassey scored on the conversion. Shaw caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Zak Ward in the fourth quarter. Kenney Presley closed the scoring with a 61-yard punt return.