75 years ago
Mrs. R. E. Speaker delightfully entertained members of her Sunday school class and their husbands with a Christmas party at her home on Duncan Street. The home was beautifully decorated with Christmas colors. Mrs. O.S. Russ told in an interesting way "The Other Wise Man," by Van Dyke. Gifts were exchanged. The hostess served a dainty salad plate with hot grape juice to conclude the evening.
50 years ago
The first annual Log Cabin Democrat toy campaign for children at the Arkansas Children’s Colony was successfully completed. Conway residents gave generously of both new and old usable toys as well as washable clothing, shoes and boots. David B. Ray, Jr., Colony superintendent, said slightly more than 30 children would remain at the Colony during the Christmas holidays. Most of the children departed for their homes last week. "The contributions would mean a Merry and Happy Christmas for the children who would remain at the Colony during the holidays," said Mr. Ray.
Mrs. John Panckow and daughter, Becky of Greenbrier left to join their husband and father, S-Sgt. John Panckow at Ben Guerir Air Base, French Morocco, North Africa.
25 years ago
John D. Johnston and Larry D. Quattlebaum received the Armed Forces Reserve Medal. Staff Sgt. Roy L. McClure received the Army Reserve Achievement Medal. The three were members of Company B, 489th Engineer Battalion, Army Reserve in Conway.
The Conway High School Wampus Cats streaked to a 12-1 lead and then toyed with the Batesville Pioneers en route to a 54-35 romp at a high school basketball tournament at the University of Central Arkansas. Stuart Flynn had 13 points and Dietrick Greenlaw 12, and each pulled off five rebounds, as did Dave Naylor. The Conway rebound leader, however, was Edwin Turner, who grabbed eight.
10 years ago
Good food, good friends and support of a good cause went hand-in-hand at the Christmas coffee held at the Brookfield home of Ray and Donna Hambuchen. The coffee was sponsored by the Friends of Help for Abuse Victims in Need (HAVEN) House. The fundraiser coffee was begun 10 years ago by Kim Moore when she served as director of the program. Ms. Moore saw the need for more help during the holidays and with the help of her mother, Norma Hull, and several friends the first coffee was held at the home of Becky Townsell. That year they raised about $1,000. Over the years the amount kept growing. Last year, they brought in $7,000. The community had given generously in the support of HAVEN.
Three Conway girls were invited to perform at the opening of Miracle on Ice in Little Rock. The skaters were Sarah Edens, Amy Harrison and Bobbi Harrison. The girls trained at the Jones Center for Families in Springdale and were coached by Robyn Aprea.