100 years ago (1916)

Contractors Halter & McCulloch today completed the work of laying the paving and grading in street improvement District No 4, the largest of the four districts in which paving has been laid during the past year. The work was started last fall, but winter forced a discontinuance of the work before completion of No. 4 winds up all the paving work for which districts have been formed in this city. It is understood, however, that one or two other districts are being projected for paving to be laid this summer.

75 years ago (1941)

Fred Gordy Jr., a student at the University of Arkansas School of Medicine in Little Rock, arrived to spend the spring holiday break in Conway with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gordy.

The Arkansas Legislature had approved a bill by Rep. O.E. Gates of Rison that provided a prison term for anyone convicted of selling liquor on Sunday. The bill was awaiting the signature of Gov. Homer Adkins.

A four-act comedy, "Farm Folks," was presented in the Vilonia High School auditorium. The cast included the Rev. Howard Williams, Guyla Scott, Murray Stewart, Helen Powell, Nadine Pratt, Faydene Carrol, Mrs. F.M. Bollen, Mrs. Tom Carrol and Howard Dallas.

25 years ago (1991)

"Dances With Wolves" silenced detractors by winning seven Oscars, including best picture. It was directed by Kevin Costner. Costner donated $2 million of his own salary to complete the $18 million epic. Warren Beatty’s "Dick Tracy" received the second most awards of the evening. Best acting awards went to two cold-blooded villains: Kathy Bates in "Misery," and Jeremy Irons in "Reversal of Fortune."

Johnnie Jones of Conway celebrated 20 years of employment with Virco Mfg. Corp. Jones was a material handler in the receiving department.

10 years ago (2006)

The Arkansas Educational Television Network has been awarded a grant of $24,565 from the Arkansas Humanities Council to develop a virtual tour of the Little Rock Central High School Historic Site. In addition to the virtual tour, the grant provides for a video-enriched lesson plan, Web site for classroom use and hands-on training for educators. According to a prepared news release, the project will build on materials at the historic site, as well as student projects, previously developed lesson plans and newly developed video and tour materials.

"The purpose of this comprehensive approach is to allow teachers to select the components that best meet their classroom needs and enrich the learning environment," said Kathleen Stafford-Branton, AETN education director, in a prepared news release. "We are honored that the Arkansas Humanities Council provided funding that will allow us to share this important part of state and national history." The Little Rock Central High School Historic Site virtual tour and educational materials are expected to be complete in July.