100 years ago (1916)

Mrs. Mary Florence Hardin, aged 53, widow of George W. Hardin, died at her home here. She was a native of Springfield and spent her entire life in Conway and Faulkner counties. Three daughters, Mrs. W.B. Stark, Mrs. A.A. Hinson and Mrs. R.G. Pleasants, survived her.

Dr. J.W. Conger announced that Dr. Charles H. Brough, who had just won the gubernatorial nomination, had accepted an invitation to deliver the baccalaureate address for Central College.

A.J. Boydston, 67, died March 30, 1916 at his home at Mayflower, two weeks after the death of his wife, Mrs. Dora Boydston.

J.S. Utley of Benton, native of Faulkner county, was nominated for state senator.

The Conway Memorial Union elected the following officers: Mrs. M. Carter, president; Mrs. W.R. Greeson, vice president; Mrs. Annie D. Durham, treasurer.

75 years ago (1941)

The sabotaging of axis ships tied up in American waters spread to central America today when their crews set fire to a German and an Italian vessel in Costa Rica.

The ships were the German freighter Esinach and the Italian freighter Fella, anchored at Punta Arenas. The crews were arrested.

This development followed yesterday’s seizure by the United States coast guard and navy of some 300,000 tons of Italian, German and Danish shipping docked at widely scattered ports.

More than 60 vessels were taking into "protective" custody after a discovery was made that at least 20 of the Italian ships had been badly damaged by their crews.

In Little Rock, the supreme court held today in an unanimous opinion that municipalities did not have authority to limit the number of moving picture theatres which may be operated in a city or town by a single firm.

Affirming a Conway county chancery court decision the high tribunal granted the Malco Theatres, Inc., an injunction restraining the city of Morrilton from enforcing an ordinance designed "in the interest of fair competition and for the purpose of keeping down monopolies."

The ordinance would have made it unlawful for any firm to operate more than one moving picture show in Morrilton and would have imposed a fine of from $10 to $50 per day for violation of the measure.

10 years ago (2006)

Each year teachers and administrators select a senior boy and girl to represent Vilonia High School as Citizens of the Year. Criteria considered in choosing these students include character, academic achievement, leadership qualities, and involvement in school and community activities.

Vilonia High School’s 2005-2006 Citizens of the Year are Sara Beth Shock and Michael Rappold.

Sara Beth is the daughter of Steve and Sue Shock. She is president of the FBLA and president of the Beta Club. Sara Beth also belongs to Mu Alpha Theta, Vilonia FFA, and plays for the Vilonia High School softball team.

Sara Beth is active in the Mars Hill Church of Christ youth group and represented Vilonia High School at Arkansas Girls State. Michael is the son of Dennis and Tracey Rappold.

He is president of the Vilonia chapter of the FFA and is president of the senior class.

Michael also belongs to the Vilonia High School student council and the Beta Club and represented Vilonia High School at Arkansas Boys State.