10 Years Ago
(2008) The 2008 Faulkner County Youth Leadership Institute graduates were Lauren Clutts, Michael Shiew, Chemeka McCray, Greeshma Sasi, Kiplin Taber, Nichola Clark, Mary DeLoney, Nathan Farris, Christine Feng, Morgan Hill, Doug McNabb, Matt Montgomery, Rebekah Riner, Sadie Smith, Laralyn Thomas, Abby Washispack, Jade Saylors, Sidney Smith, Zach Bailey, Janette Ragsdale, Matt Raney, Kristina Smith, Holly Cooper, Tyler Gunther, Hannah Williams, Kyndall Knight and Lauren Messer.
Sen. Gilbert Baker presented a proclamation to Heaven’s Gift in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the community. The organization assisted families in need with food, shelter and necessities.
25 Years Ago
(1993) Mike Huff, Willie Rempe, Mike Hendricks and David Netherton, employees of McGee Monument were pictured finishing the installation the four granite slabs for the Faulkner County Veterans’ Memorial on the grounds of the Courthouse. Bill Burnham did the monument’s brick work. A time capsule containing a history of the monument’s construction would be inserted in the center of the monument.
Sophomores Ami Sims of Greenbrier High School and Jason Willey of Conway High School were selected from about 500 applicants for the 150 positions available at the Arkansas School for Math and Science in Hot Springs.
50 Years Ago
(1968) Stanley Russ, president of the Conway Chamber of Commerce, was pictured receiving his necktie promoting the opening of navigation on the Arkansas River from Robert D. Nabholz of Conway, president of the Arkansas River Basin Association.
A 35-millimeter sound and color movie of Conway grade school pupils, filmed on an “Our Gang” comedy format, would be shown at the Conway Theater. The movie was made several months earlier in Conway by Mal Barker of Dallas, Texas. He held tryouts with more than 100 Conway youngsters. The movie was made at the YBMA Fairgrounds, several schools and the Conway High School auditorium.
75 Years Ago
(1943) Forty more naval cadets arrived at ASTC for training after receiving their basic training at Natchitoches, Louisiana. They would be housed in Doyne Hall and would be stationed at ASTC for two to four months.
County Clerk Carl E. Gentry administered the oaths of office to Mayor James J. Kane, Treasurer R.A. Nowell, Municipal Judge Rolland A. Bradley and Aldermen Richard M. Pence, James E. Clayton, Joe B. McGee and Frank Matchett. Pence was appointed to represent Conway in war participation and public affairs. Inter City Transit also asked the council to designate bus stops in the business district.
100 Years Ago
(1918) Maeterlinck’s classical masterpiece, “The Blue Bird,” was shown at the Ideal Theatre. The feature was said by critics to be the best made photoplay production of a classic.
Harrell Hamilton, Carl Jones and Elias King, three Faulkner County men stationed at Camp Beauregard, Louisiana, returned to camp after a short visit in this city.