10 Years Ago
(2007) Jenny Morse, director of Haven House, was pictured unloading gifts donated to the house by second-grade students at Julia Lee Moore. Holly Vint, second-grade teacher, coordinated the event.
Conway High School seniors Matt Martinez and Josh Summitt were pictured placing food out for the teachers’ Christmas lunch. They were members of the ProStart competitive cooking team.
Kayle Browning, 15, daughter of Tommy and Peggy Browning of Wooster, would compete in March in San Antonio, Texas to qualify for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Her sport was Bunker Trap shooting.
25 Years Ago
The Antique Wampus Cat Christmas reunion was held at J.B.’s BarBQ in Conway.
Seven players from Faulkner County were named to the Arkansas Activities Association’s All-State football team: Reuel Shepherd, Brian McMillian of Conway; Jason Hamilton and Rodney Easterwood of Greenbrier; Allen Wade and Richie Adkinson of Vilonia; and Raphael McCuien of Mayflower.
Bob Kordsmeier of Conway and Steve Martin, Conway Sanitation Director, were honored by Main Street Arkansas for their contributions to the community. Shannon Jeffery, manager of the Main Street Conway program, nominated the two men. Martin got a design award for making bicycle racks and trash bins from recycled materials.
50 Years Ago
The Elementary VI Sunday School Class of First Methodist Church presented a live Nativity scene on the church lawn. Pictured were: Jim Lynch and Ricky Woodard, shepherds; Bryan Hartje, Bob Rook and Gary Speed, three wise men; and David Smith and Nancy Daves as Joseph and Mary.
More than 400 turkeys were passed out to Ward Industries, Inc. employees for Christmas. The plant manufactured bus bodies.
Hal Hunnicutt was released from Arkansas Baptist Medical Center after undergoing knee surgery.
First State Bank & Trust employees were pictured in their annual Merry Christmas advertisement.
75 Years Ago
A 17-year-old Conway youth was sentenced to an indefinite term in the boys’ industrial school at Pine Bluff by County Judge J.I. Summers for the theft of $144.50 in money and checks from the Kane Bottling Company. His 18-year-old accomplice was returned to federal authorities in Oklahoma as he was under a suspended sentence for robbing mail boxes. The two faked a hold-up robbery while they were returning from Atkins, one saying that he had been robbed while the other hid the money in a baggage locker at the Missouri Pacific station. All the money was recovered.
100 Years Ago
Manager J.M. Garrett of the Ideal Theatre had secured the musical comedy company, Lord and Vernon, to appear Christmas afternoon and night. The company came highly recommended from Little Rock where they had been playing. A super-production by William Fox, starring Theda Bara in "Heart and Soul" would also be shown. Admission for the matinee was 15 and 25 cents. The night admission was 22 and 35 cents with 3 and 4 cents for war tax, making in all 25 and 40 cents for admission.