100 years ago (1916)
Quite a number of the teachers will attend the Peabody summer school in June and July. Those who have already arranged to go are: Mrs. Burns, Misses Wise, Flippen, Goatcher, Carmichael and Becker. Supt. Womack will also go, as he is working for his master’s degree. Miss Bragg will finish her work in penmanship in Des Moines, Iowa.
The contest between the special room and room III came off as per announcement. Fourteen from the special room and room II came off as per announcement. Fourteen from the special room lined up against 59 in room III. The contest was on the multiplication table. At the end of two hours and ten minutes of rapid fire questions, 13 of the special room contingent and 58 from room III had gone down on errors. But one on each side still stood — Effie Gossett of room III and Erma Shock of the special room. The teachers being worn out gave up the contest and the two heroines are still undefeated.
75 years ago (1941)
The Louis & Norwood Flyers girls basketball team of Little Rock, coached by Billy Dunaway of Conway, defeated Nashville (Tenn.) Business College 16-15 to win the national AAU championship in St. Joseph, Mo.
Election officials for the Tuesday, April 1, city general election were named. They were Ward 1A — Paul Atkins, Carl Russell, W.B. Payne and Frank Schichtl; Ward 1B — Charlie Heiligers, John Powers, Mrs. Elmer Ethridge and A.J. Thompson; Ward 2 — Charles Steed, W.N. Owen, Otis Moore and Kelsey Parker; Ward 3 — W.H. Brummett, H.L. Clark, Lonzo Ross and I.G. Bailey; and Ward 4 — Dan Ward, Peter Hiegel, S. Shoefee and John Townsend.
Mr. and Mrs. Houston Goode of Vilonia left for Missouri, where Mr. Goode was employed at Camp Rolla.
50 years ago (1966)
J.C. "Bud" Dawson of Conway announced he would be a candidate for state representative from District 14 in the summer Democratic primary election. He had retired four years earlier from Dawson Tire Co., which he owned and operated. His son, David, had assumed ownership of the business. The Arkansas Educational Television Commission named Fred H. Schmutz to be its program director. The announcement was made by Lee Reaves, director of the state’s first ETV network.
Two Faulkner County students earned basketball letters at Hendrix College. Coach Morton Hutton awarded letters to Phil Benton of Greenbrier and Karrol Fowlkes of Conway, both freshmen.
25 years ago (1991)
There’s a new high school sport in Mount Vernon these days, and it’s baseball. For the first time ever, Mount Vernon has fielded a baseball team, and already the Blue Jays have yet to be defeated, winning their first two ballgames. Interest had been expressed in Mount Vernon to start a high school baseball program, [and] thus far, donations helped with the costs of uniforms and equipment for the Blue Jays. The Blue Jay juniors include Brooks Leach, Joe Heck, Jon Waggoner and Scott Tipton (juniors); Brannon Loter, Steven Tucker, Jarrod Pearce, Will Hassell and Ben Hoover, sophomores; and ninth-graders include Brian Walls and Monty King.