May 1

10 Years Ago

(2008) The new I-40 interchange at exit 124 opened after a dedication ceremony was held. It was the first full interchange for Conway or Faulkner County since the interstate highway system was built in the late 1960s.

Kevin Mathis, instructor at the Conway High School Career Center’s Auto Collision Technology class, was pictured showing off the new hat for the Toad Master’s Toadster. The students gave the Cushman Golfster a face lift for Toad Suck Daze.

Gabby Jones and Daura Crawley, parents of students at Conway Christian, were pictured looking at a book created by students to commemorate the elementary school’s dedication.

25 Years Ago

(1993) Ollie Willborg, chief investigator for the 20th Judicial District prosecuting attorney’s office, was presented the second annual Nicole S. Bradley Award for his work in aiding victims of crime.

Virco built a new 150,000-square foot facility across Harkrider from its current plant to house the woodworking and upholstery operations.

Twin City Bank opened a loan office in Conway. John Stanton was vice president of the new office with Gail Rodgers as his loan assistant.

Jim Bailey was named Vice-President of Marketing for US Able Administrators. Bailey, 41, had been director of marketing for US Able.

50 Years Ago

(1968) Nancy Selig, a sophomore at SCA, would compete in the Central Arkansas Poultry Festival.

Manny Hahn, Conway florist, was the instructor for a flower arranging class for adults at Guy-Perkins High School.

Dr. Jewel Moore was the guide for the Golden Years Club of First Methodist Church as they traveled by bus to the Polk County Azalea Preserve north of Russellville. Calvin Shock was the bus driver.

The Log Cabin was giving away a 200th Anniversary set of Encyclopaedia Britannica and other prizes to commemorate the anniversary of the encyclopedia.

75 Years Ago

(1943) Conway merchants voted to begin the Thursday half-holiday period the first Thursday in May instead of June and made the opening hour of all retail stores except groceries and markets 9 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. This was done to allow employees more time to work in their victory gardens.

Arthur F. Hiegel, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Hiegel, received a bachelor of science degree in aero engineering at the University of Notre Dame. He was the only Arkansan in the class of 164 and was the third son of the Hiegels to graduate from Notre Dame.

100 Years Ago

(1918) An example of how the Red Cross women of this city “do things” was shown yesterday when on a short two-hours’ notice, they prepared lunches for 185 men on their way by train to Camp Pike. The Conway Commercial Club was first contacted, but on account of previous arrangements, the club could not handle the situation. Mrs. W.B. Clayton, manager of the workrooms of the Red Cross unit, was asked to suggest some way to meet the situation. Mrs. Clayton began telephoning and soon the women of the city were busily engaged in preparing lunches.