January 31

10 Years Ago

(2008) Cameron Jones was pictured setting up his exhibit for the Conway High School Science Fair. Jonathan Hamilton and Patrick Willey, both seniors, were awarded the prize of first place overall for their quest to create a better ping pong paddle.

Thea Spatz was named president of the Conway Cancer Foundation. The organization, founded by Dr. Sue Tsuda and Dr. Pietro DeTogni of Conway Hematology/Oncology in 1999, was dedicated to the cause of local cancer patients in their fight against cancer.

New UCA women’s basketball coach Matt Daniel would be introduced at a meet-and-greet news conference in the Hall of Fame Room at Estes Stadium.

25 Years Ago

(1993) Johnny Cole joined Dick Longing Real Estate as a sales associate. He formerly taught heating, air conditioning and basic electricity at Conway Career Center.

Nabholz Construction was the low bidder for the construction of the Poultry Science Center at the University of Arkansas. It was part of a $30 million construction project that would create the leading poultry science center in the nation.

Scherman Oaks and Windcrest subdivisions were under construction in west Conway. Trinity Development Company’s purchase of the 100-acre tract for $2.1 million was the largest residential land transaction, in both dollars and acreage, in the history of Conway.

50 Years Ago

(1968) Ernest Ruple of Conway, 245-pound tri-captain and all-Southwest Conference tackle with the University of Arkansas Razorbacks, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers on the second round of the NFL-AFL draft. Ruple played with the West in the Shrine charity game, and in Mobile, Alabama, where he played with the South in the annual Senior Bowl.

The Seventh Grade Girls Glee Club elected officers for the second semester. They are Jane Mobley, president; Joy Mobley, vice-president; Betty Farris, secretary-treasurer; Laura Lee Sneed, reporter; Elizabeth Farris, page; Theresa Cardin and Sheila Ingram, librarians. Mrs. Ben Vann was the director.

75 Years Ago

(1943) Dr. Nolen Irby, president of ASTC, announced the appointment of Jeff D. Farris, 42, one of the nation’s leading football officials, as director of physical education and coach at the college.

Thurman E. Rowlett, assistant postmaster, announced that contracts for carrying mail on star routes operating out of the Conway office would be let on a four-year basis starting July 1 instead of the current one-year basis.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Robbins entertained the members of the high school faculty with a party at their home. Games of bridge and Monopoly were played during the evening and then desserts were served.

100 Years Ago

(1918) “Here are some don’ts that will help win the war: Don’t waste food; it will feed our armies and our allies. Don’t burn coal when you can get wood; it will move our ships. Don’t neglect to observe the meatless and wheat-less days. Don’t kill calves for veal; let them mature for beef. Don’t fail to respond to all government calls for service.”