75 years ago  

(1935)  

Mrs. Gladys Turner and Powers Dow were married in the Baptist parsonage, with Dr. E.P.J. Garrott, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Dow left immediately on a honeymoon trip to Memphis and Houston, Texas, and planned to be away a week. They would be at home in Conway, where Mr. Dow was associated with his father in business.

  

50 years ago 

(1960)

Janet Diehl celebrated her birthday yesterday with a party at the home of her parents. Cake, punch and ice cream were served. Favors of coloring books were given to Ann and Virginia Donovan, Kathy Kelley, Kelley Dunaway, Mary Lynn Jones, Sharon Gray, Denise Moore, Julia Adams, Phyllis and Donna Diehl, Della Marie Landers, Beth Gilden and Susie Humphrey.

Particia Ann Bradley celebrated her birthday with a party at the home of her parents yesterday. Each child received a favor. Ice cream, cake and lemonade were served to Mark Meador, Bill and Diane Ledbetter, Leslie Thompson, Brian, Stephen and George Hartje III, Laura Olsen and Gary Potter.

 

    

25 years ago

(1985)

The family of the late J.W. and Naomi Graddy held a reunion that would have been Mrs. Graddy’s 100th birthday. Those attending from Conway were Mr. and Mrs. Barry Dallas, Cecil Graddy, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Joe Graddy, Mr. and Mrs. Monty McMahan, Mr. and Mrs. Garland Stephens, Mr. and Mrs. Laymont Woodruff, Madie Gladebrook, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Glazebrook, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Graddy, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Graddy and Jerry Graddy. More than 75 descendents attended from four generations.

 

10 years ago 

(2000)

The fear that computers might bring the world crashing around our ears because of the Y2K bug turned out to be much overstated. Cantrell Field officials were asked if they had any Y2K problems last night. “None” was the answer. Entergy users made it without big problems. In Harrisburg power was interrupted briefly when a car struck a guy wire, but Entergy’s Jane Thompson called Y2K “the best non-event I’ve ever been associated with.”

An estimated 5,000 people packed City Park and Front Street on New Years Eve. The celebration started at 6 p.m. with worship service and gospel singing, and was followed by four hours of rock and roll from the 1950s through the ’70s, performed by “Yesteryear,” led by Terry Fiddler. The area in front of the band shell was packed with dancers. Shortly after 11 p.m., couples in dress-up finery joined the jean and sweat suit clad crowd, as the Old Gin party wound down. A drawing was held for $2,000 worth of gift certificated from local merchants. The winner was Carolyn Rhodes. At 11:45 p.m. to the delight of spectators, the “Celebrate 2000” committee responsible for the bash did the millennium shuffle to the tune of Hokey Pokey with lyrics sung by the mayor and three friends: Candice, Trey and Landon. At midnight a top-hatted toad was dropped from the top of a crane on to the Main Street pavement. Happy New Year was shouted all over the city. A colorful light display lasted for several minutes. Everyone seemed pleased with the way the New Year had begun.