100 years ago

(1916)

On account of the scarcity of labor, the official state survey of the proposed highway from Conway to the east county line has been deferred until October 23. The engineer from the state highway commission came up this morning to begin the work. Chairman V. Fortner of Vilonia, head of the committee in charge of promoting the road, and W. R. McHenry of Beryl had made arrangements with farmers along the route to furnish teams and labor for the survey, to begin at Vilonia this morning. The engineer, however, stated that he would begin at Conway, and as it was impossible to secure labor here the survey was postponed for three weeks. By that time it is expected that cotton in the hills will be practically all gathered and it will be an easy matter to secure the necessary labor.

75 years ago

(1941)

Graham ("Bucky") Bennett of Paragould was elected president of the freshman class of Arkansas State Teachers College yesterday afternoon. Other officers chosen were: Vice president, Guy Camp, Jr., Conway; secretary, Marjorie Richardson, Crossett, and treasurer, Grace Ellen Dover, Paragould. Dick Whitehead of Warren was elected business manager of the Echo by vote of the student body.

50 years ago

(1966)

Mrs. Elmer Fiddler, a Red Cross worker for 25 years, has been named executive secretary of the Faulkner chapter of the American Red Cross. Mrs. Fiddler succeeds Miss Claudia Kuykendall, whose resignation announced to the chapter board two weeks ago became effective today. Her interest in Red Cross was quickened during the World War II years when one of her four brothers in the war was captured by the Germans and the only information available on him for a year was obtained by the Red Cross.

25 years ago

(1991)

In a photo, Al Hiegel and Bertha Ward share a laugh yesterday as Mrs. Ward pins a carnation on Hiegel during a celebration of his retirement. Hiegel is retiring today, his 65th birthday, from the family business after working in some capacity at Hiegel Lumber & Hardware since he was a student at St. Joseph High School.

10 years ago

(2006)

A toe-tapping crowd relaxed in lawn chairs at Simon Park to the classic rock sounds of Loose Ends. The free, three-act concert drew a large crowd Saturday night as the sun went down. First State Bank put on the concert in an effort to thank its customers for their part in reaching a coal of $500 million in total assets.