75 years ago (1941)

The southwest English port of Plymouth counted many new casualties yesterday after German night raiders had blasted the city for six hours with fire and explosive bombs — 250 persons left homeless in an attack the previous night. It was feared that many of those in the shelter had been killed. For the second night in succession the German air force blasted Plymouth, shattering and burning homes and killing and injuring many. Hundreds left homeless by the assault wandered through bomb-pitted streets this morning as resuce workers searched for victims trapped in the debris. Fire watchers and rescue crews who worked through raids of the past two nights said the pounding last night was the worst of the two — and worse than any other this ancient port has undergone. Virginia-born Lady Astor, wife of Plymouth’s mayor, again escaped injury although she worked most of the night in shelters without sleep.

50 years ago (1966)

Widening of Front street from Oak street north oto Smith street will not be undertaken until after the Easter holidays, Mayor Walter Dunaway informed the City Council last night. The work along Oak street between Front street and Locust avenue is progressing rapidly and is expected to be completed except for laying the concrete surfacing. Oak street is being widened on the north side between four and five feet. Front street is to be widened 18 inches on either side between Oak and Smith streets. Another widening project will be undertaken along Spencer street when the Front street work is completed.

25 years ago (1991)

Life Choices Inc. held its awareness and fund-raising banquet at the University of Central Arkansas Student Center Ballroom. Ted Hiegel was honored for his work in founding the crisis program center in Faulkner County, which Life Choices operated. Steve Schall was the master of ceremonies. Music was provided by Jewell Hackler, Kerry Lowery and Donna Gober, Andy Merritt was the keynote speaker. The Conway Morning Rotary Club elected new officers. Claudia Davis was elected president. Other officers were Essie Cleveland, Pamela Osment, Lyle Rupert and J.D. Ginerich. Directors were Carolyn Dombek, Allan Bruner, Joyce Miller and Don Harlan.

10 years ago (2006)

The University of Central Arkansas baseball team pounded out 10 hits and struck out 12 Christian Brothers batters, as the Bears defeated the Buccaneers 6-4 in nonconference action at Buc Field on Wednesday. With the win, UCA improves to 18-10 and CBU falls to 13-9 overall. Daniel Price, Ricky Berry, Ronnie Phillips, Brian Blankenship and Jonathan Ashworth combined for 623 innings of relief, giving up six hits, five walks and 10 strikeouts. Blankenship (1-0) picked up the win and Ashworth earned his second of the year. Warren and senior center fielder Roger Lenderman had two hits each for the Bears. UCA will take on OBU in a three-game conference series beginning on Saturday.