75 years ago (1941)

The Conway City Council appointed outgoing Mayor Alph Hamberg street commissioner and airport commissioner for terms of two years. The appointments were made with the approval of Mayor-elect James J. Kane.

Mrs. E.V. Leverett and Mrs. James M. Ligon hosted a reception honoring Mrs. George W. Gragson, who was recently married. The event was held in the Ligon home on Robinson Avenue. Winning game prizes were Mrs. William H. Harton, Mrs. Howard James, Mrs. Charles Heiligers, Mrs. James H. Flanagin and Mrs. Jimmie Ligon.

50 years ago (1966)

Mrs. Perry Shock was elected president of the Sallie Cone Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association. Other officers elected were Mrs. Verlon Starkey, vice president; Mrs. Bill Nutter, secretary; Mrs. Charles E. Acuff, treasurer; Mrs. C.L. McKinney Jr., reporter; and Mrs. Loyal Stamps, historian.

Jeanette Lea and Sandra Fulmer, both of Conway, were among 18 Arkansas State Teachers College coeds pledging Alpha Sigma Tau sorority.

Heavyweight boxing champion Cassius Clay’s appeal of a 1-A draft classification was rejected by a draft board in Louisville, Ky.

25 years ago (1991)

Saying he was not "retiring," just changing directions, Jim Brewer, who had served as general manager of Conway Corp. since 1965, said he was stepping down as general manager. He planned to serve as a consultant for a year. Members of the Conway Corp. board said Conway owed a never-ending debt to Brewer’s leadership and vision. Brewer said it had been a privilege to help promote and maintain the philosophies that had always been held by Conway Corp.

10 years ago (2006)

The seventh grade gifted and talented English class at Carl Stuart Middle School recently took an educational and enlightening trip to Memphis where they visited the National Civil Rights Museum. The museum is located at the Lorriane Motel, the site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. The trip to the museum was the culmination of a two-week study of freedom and democracy in America. During the unit of study, the students learned and recited poems and read famous speeches and letters that spoke out against social injustice. While touring the exhibits at the museum, the students learned key events of the American civil rights movement and how the movement inspired human rights in America and around the world. The students got an up close and personal look at Jim Crow Laws, school segregation, the Montgomery bus boycott, the struggle for the right to vote, freedom rides and sit-in demonstrations. The students also viewed Dr. King’s motel room as it was on April 4, 1968, the day of his assassination. The students said they felt that they were a part of a huge learning experience and were pleased to have the opportunity. The students were escorted by T.K. Gault, GT specialist, and parent chaperones Wendy Holbrook, Larry Smith and Rochelle Jackson.