10 years Ago
(2008) The University of Central Arkansas broke ground on a new business building located between Wingo Hall and Reynolds Performance Hall.
Caldwell Feed at Damascus was completely destroyed by a tornado that touched down north of town. Five people were killed in Van Buren and Conway counties by the tornado.
Travis Caudell and Steve Leopard from Riverbilly Band were pictured performing at Toad Suck Daze.
The Conway High School soccer team finished an undefeated season to win the 7A Championship 21-0. Andres Mendoza and Stephen Maxwell were pictured celebrating the victory over Ft. Smith Southside.
25 Years Ago
(1993) Students at the University of Arkansas’ five campuses and ASU would be paying $75 a credit hour, up from $60, beginning in the fall of 1993.
Worthen National Bank of Conway was sponsoring a trip to Memphis to see the Napoleon exhibit, Graceland and the Mallory Neely House. The group would stay at the Peabody in Memphis.
Taylor Ward, 2, was pictured being coached by his father, Tony Ward, before the Toad Suck tricycle race.
J. Neil Ward and Bill Parsley were pictured in the Toad Suck melodrama, “The Maltese Toad.”
50 Years Ago
(1968) Gene Burgess, who owned Burgess Grocery at 1364 Mitchell, purchased Anderson Grocery at 1553 Washington Avenue.
Fred Norwine, 75, stepped off his porch at 710 Sixth Street into an abandoned well. He was rescued by his son-in-law, Sgt. Don Patterson, who was on leave from Brooks Air Force Base, Texas.
Karen Fronabarger, Jerry Gibson, Sundae Bass, Laura Ledbetter and Richard Tyler were pictured as winners of the annual Optimist Club bicycle skills contest. Fifty boys and girls participated in the event at Simon’s parking lot. Mark Ratliff and Nikki Shoemake won prizes for best dressed in the bicycle safety parade.
75 Years Ago
(1943) W.H. Duncan, 81, retired lawyer, former county judge (1899-1903) and mayor (1911-1915), died at Conway Memorial Hospital following a two-week illness. Originally from Springfield, he had been a citizen of Conway for 68 years.
Bonnie Jewell Hendrickson was valedictorian and Marine Banister was salutatorian of the Greenbrier Class of 1943.
Rev. James O. Eskridge declined to accept the position of pastor at First Baptist Church in Conway, W.O. Ferguson, pulpit committee chair, said.
Coach Ivan Grove, director of physical education and health at Hendrix College, would deliver the commencement address for the Conway High School graduating class.
100 Years Ago
(1918) The decision to begin immediately the erection of a large fire-proof dormitory building on the Hendrix College campus was reached at a meeting of the executive committee of the Hendrix board of trustees. The building would be constructed of brick, steel and stone and would cost $100,000 or more, Dr. J.H. Reynolds, president of the college stated. Architect C.L. Thompson of Little Rock would make the plans and supervise the construction of the building.