100 years ago (1916)

"That’s all bunk about orders being received for the mobilization of the Arkansas National Guard for service in Mexico," said a member of the state militia today. "No such orders have been given in Arkansas or any other state, and there is no prospect of it soon. Of course, on the footing maintained by the guard at this time, we would be ready to move on 48 hours’ notice and could put two fully equipped regiments on the border inside a week, should the emergency arise, which we do not expect." There is talk here and at a few other points in the state of organizing machine gun companies in connection with the guard. Each company would require 50 men and 16 mules to handle four guns.

75 years ago (1941)

Jake Sims of Springhill was attending the American Baptist Association meeting in Texarkana.

And agreement was reached whereby the United States would supply Great Britain some 20,000 fighter planes over an 18-month period.

Dr. Fred Keller of Conway delivered the commencement address at Southside High School. Twenty seniors graduated.

Leaster and Elton Merritt, brothers, and R.J. Harrison, all of Greenbrier, were recovering from injuries they suffered in an automobile accident near Clinton.

50 years ago (1966)

Hiegel Lumber Co. celebrated the extensive remodeling of its Oak Street buildings. The company was founded in 1910 by J.J. Hiegel. Owners were Peter P. Hiegel and his sons, Paul and Al Hiegel.

Roger Q. Mills Jr., a native of Kensett and a Hendrix College graduate, was named assistant manager of the Conway Corp. Mills, 26, was formerly employed in the engineering section of Arkansas Power & Light Co. in Little Rock. He was a son of the former Virginia Robins, daughter of the late Justice and Mrs. R.W. Robins of Conway.

C.E. (Ezra) Cotton of Conway announced his candidacy for Faulkner County tax assessor. Cotton had held the position in 1959-60. He and his wife, the former Kate Palmer, resided at 1902 South Blvd.

25 years ago (1991)

Melinda Gaston, a Conway native, was promoted to controller at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

The Conway School District’s Board of Education voted to hire Ray Simon as superintendent. Simon had served as the district’s assistant superintendent of finance. "I’m very excited about what’s ahead for Conway," Simon said.

10 years ago (2006)

Seven new members will be inducted into the Hendrix College Sports Hall of Honor during a banquet Friday, April 21. The new members spanning seven decades of Hendrix athletics included:

The late Lewis C. Hawley (Class of 1926) of Grady, was a four-year letterman in basketball and baseball and lettered one year in football. He served as captain of the basketball team and played on two state championship teams, earning all-state honors. Hawley was one of the outstanding shortstops in college baseball and one of the team’s leading hitters. He played semipro baseball in the Southwest Arkansas Baseball League, where he was the manager and catcher for Dumas. Following coaching stints at Grady, Gould and Dermott, he became principal at Forrest City High School, where he served for 33 years; and

Shannon Maddie Earnest (Class of 1991), a native of Little Rock, came to Hendrix from Westbrook High School in Beaumont, Texas, where she was the doubles tennis district champion in 1986 and the singles tennis district champion in 1987. At Hendrix, she was a four-year letter winner in tennis, earning four All-AIC awards playing atNo. 1 singles She was a two-time All-NAIA District 17 player at number one and led the Warriors to AIC Championships in 1990 and 1991. She was undefeated for two straight years in the AIC and received the Carl Babcock Award in 1991 for the female athlete who best exemplified the traits of clean and vigorous competition, team above self and honor above victory.