10 Years Ago
(2008) Conway High School held auditions for the annual Renaissance Talent Show to be held on February 21. Shanta Davis and San Livingston were pictured singing Whitney Houston’s ‘Count on Me” while Lauren Howell was pictured dancing to the Weather Girl’s “It’s Raining Men.”
The Conway School District board of education discussed ways to trim $4 million from its budget. The first phase of cuts, $3 million, was discussed.
Women’s Inc. magazine announced that Lori Quinn would lead the magazine after the departure of Sonja Keith who served as the editor for the first four years.
25 Years Ago
(1993) Jerry Sterling was named 1992 Salesman of the Year at Smith Ford. He was also salesman of the year in 1988, 1990 and 1991.
The Rev. Larry Pillow, Dave Steinfeld and Nelda McDermott would lead a retreat, “Learning to Let Go,” sponsored by the support group ministries of Second Baptist Church. The retreat, which was designed especially for adult children of dysfunctional families, would be held at Heifer Project International in Perryville.
Elvis impersonator, Allen Lipsmeyer, was pictured with Kerry Bowen at the Conway Post Office. They were there, along with other local residents, to purchase Elvis stamps.
50 Years Ago
(1968) President C.W. Harper gave the annual report for First National Bank at the stockholders’ meeting. Deposits in 1967 amounted to $17,691, 845.65, a gain of $1,849,697.37 over 1966.
Dr. Bob Banister was re-elected to active membership in the American Academy of General Practice, the national association of family doctors.
Bentley F. Stracener, federal coordinator for Title I funds for the Conway School District, and Mrs. Ralph Reed, office secretary, were pictured in an article about the students that were impacted by Title I funds.
Dr. James McCoy, a native of Paragould, became associated with Dr. Jerry Park, an optometrist at 911 Front.
75 Years Ago
(1943) First Baptist Church of Conway inaugurated a children’s story hour under competent supervision, installation of a nursery with paid helpers to care for babies and smaller children, and the addition of Mrs. Wellington Robbins to the church’s secretarial staff.
A five-room farm residence on Horseshoe Mountain, owned by Mrs. Ruth Dean of Conway, burned. The house had been vacated about a week earlier by Dell Davis and his family.
Fred Gordy, manager of Conway Corporation, said that rates for commercial lighting would be reduced by ten percent because they had been slightly out of line for some time.
100 Years Ago
(1918) One of the most important real estate transactions occurred when 800 acres of land partly in Faulkner County and partly in Conway County was sold by Mrs. Mary Barnes of New York City to Charles E. Durham for $21,500. The land continued one of the finest bodies of timber in this section of the state. It was understood that Mr. Durham purchased the property for a client of the Durham & Company real estate agency.