December 24

10 Years Ago


Monte Coleman, a former UCA star who played 16 NFL seasons with the Washington Redskins, and Tori Huggins, the most prolific scorer in Hendrix College history, were named the recipients of the 2008 Elijah Pitts and Marvin Delph Awards.

City Barbershop at 1056 Markham closed its doors for the last time. Sherrell Sowell, who had worked there since 1962, sold his side of the building to Hiegel H&S Glass.

Vilonia Coach Jim Stanley was named the 2007 Log Cabin Democrat All-County Coach of the Year. He had been the coach at Vilonia since 2002.

25 Years Ago


Randy Long, senior pastor at Harlan Park Assembly of God, was pictured holding a microphone for Jennifer Rozanski, 4, as she wished the crowd “Merry Christmas” before getting a free bicycle. The church on Highway 286 gave away 200 bicycles in Faulkner County.

John and Marie McClure’s home on Lake Conway was featured on the front page for its Christmas decorations. The tree was surrounded by animated characters.

Robin Ziegler, a Conway High School and Johns Hopkins University graduate, received her master’s degree in architecture from the University of Wisconsin School of Architecture and Urban Planning in Milwaukee.

 50 Years Ago


Thomas G. Wilson, president of First State Bank & Trust Co., was one of three to be interviewed on ETV Channel 2’s public affairs show, “Arena.” He would be interviewed by Robert S. McCord, publisher of the North Little Rock Times. They would discuss the Vietnam War, the 1968 election, civil rights and what could be done to get Arkansas moving.

Cub Scout Pack No. 32 had its monthly meeting at Ida Burns Elementary cafetorium. Willis Watkins Jr. was in charge. Bob Courtway and Hadley Yates led the group in singing Christmas carols and then the boys exchanged gifts.

75 Years Ago


Thurman E. Rowlett, assistant postmaster at the Conway office, retired after 30 years of postal service. A clerk for 21 years, he became assistant postmaster in 1933 when the Democrats returned to power.

Approximately 1,250 Faulkner County children,14 years old and younger, enjoyed a party given for them by the Conway Kiwanis Club at the Conway and Grand Theatres. The children saw a picture, “The Bugle Sounds” and were given a sack containing oranges, apples, nuts and candy. Members of the Kiwanis Club distributed the sacks. The crowd was slightly smaller than last year because of gasoline rationing.

100 Years Ago


Masons of Conway, by popular subscriptions, raised a sum of $45 to be sent to the Masonic orphans’ home at Batesville.

Several from Conway went to Little Rock to witness the famous New York play, “Chin, Chin,” being shown at the Kempner for two days. Those who went were Mrs. J.H. Lincoln, Miss Bess Thompson, Miss William Van Valkenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Jo Frauenthal, Misses Geneva Richmond, Hallie Gene Gardner, Nanette Akin and Lillian Farris, and Messrs. George Shaw, Isaac Heiligers, Herndon Speer and Ralph Farris.