December 23

10 Years Ago

(2007)

Dr. William “Bill” Furlow was honored with a scholarship in his name during his retirement party at Conway Regional Medical Center. A brick would also be placed in his honor on the walkway to the Women’s Center. Furlow had practiced medicine in Conway for 35 years. He helped establish both the Critical Care Unit and the Coronary Care Unit at the hospital.

Signatures were being gathered statewide to put an amendment legalizing state-run lotteries on the 2008 ballot.

Conway’s Benton Conque was named Defensive Player of the Year while Vilonia’s Aaron Oade was named Offensive Player of the Year.

25 Years Ago

(1992)

Jerricho Rose, 5; Laura Hankins, 5; Justin Bray, 5; and Benjamin Williams, 3, were pictured acting out various songs at The Learning Tree kindergarten and preschool on Tyler during a Christmas program for parents.

Jennings and Mitzi Osbourne bought ads in 137 Arkansas newspapers encouraging support for the 1.5 million-bulb outdoor Christmas display that brightened their home but annoyed the neighbors.

A lawsuit to block funding for the Faulkner-Cleburne Regional Water District was dismissed by 20th Judicial District Circuit Judge David L. Reynolds. Reynolds ruled that the plaintiffs could not prevent the agencies from funding the project.

50 Years Ago

(1967)

Christmas baskets, containing food and toys, were prepared for needy families in the Conway area under the auspices of the Conway Ministerial Alliance. Those pictured packing baskets at the First Church of the Nazarene were: George Brewster, David Anthony, the Rev. William West, Kay Morgan and Aanen Knutsen. Fifty baskets were prepared.

GHS junior Sherry Nixon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.L. Nixon of Greenbrier, was elected sweetheart of the Greenbrier chapter of Future Farmers of America.

Frank Newman of Dumas, Chaney Floyd of Nashville and Dick Richardson of Osceola were named captains of the 1968 SCA football team.

75 Years Ago

(1942)

The senior department of the First Methodist church school would sing carols to the sick and shut-ins around the area. The first stop was the Memorial Hospital.

During the past several weeks, the boys and girls of Greenbrier High School had made 375 toys that would be distributed to area children. There were 75 wooden wagons, 40 doll beds, 50 stick horses and a large assortment of wooden ducks, elephants and rabbits—all made from scraps of lumber by the vocational training and home economics classes. After the new year, the school would be making ammunition boxes for the war department.

100 Years Ago

(1917)

George F. Hartje, who was associated with his father, J.H. Hartje, in the abstract business at Conway and who also was a member of the bar in Faulkner County, would be a candidate for state senator from the 27th senatorial district of Arkansas. The district comprised Faulkner and White counties.

The First Presbyterian Church held a “White Christmas” service, which was attended by a large congregation. Unique electric lighting effects, operated by Prof. E.E. Cordrey, added much to the beauty of the service. Many baskets of gifts, which would be distributed among the poor of the city, were brought by members of the church.