10 Years Ago
(2008) Rev. Henry Horton announced his retirement as pastor of Antioch Baptist Church. He had been the pastor for 20 years. The church built a new facility on Amity Road and tripled its membership, with 700 baptisms occurring, during his pastorate.
Supt. Greg Murry reported to the Conway School District’s Board of Education that the district was well on its way to financial solvency after a period of financial distress that resulted in several budget cuts and a reduction in force of 44 employees. Twenty-two of the 44 had either found other employment or were called back because of retirement or resignation.
25 Years Ago
(1993) Congressman Ray Thornton would be the speaker at the UCA Spring Commencement in the Farris Center. A total of 597 students were candidates for degrees.
M.B. Breeding and the Arkansas State Fiddlers Association provided music for the annual potluck supper at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, south of Wooster.
Andrew Walchuk, 3, was pictured taking a swing at a piñata following a Mother’s Day lunch at St. Joseph preschool.
Arkansas Razorback Coach Danny Ford’s Traveling Regeneration Show made a stop in Conway. Former UCA Coach Harold Horton accompanied Ford on his RV adventure.
50 Years Ago
(1968) Paul and Julie Johnson, twins of Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Johnson, celebrated their sixth birthday at the Bluebird Kindergarten. Guests were Ellen Smith, Maureen Murphy, Janet Lancaster, Bentley Pew, Philip Gibson, David Browning, Paul Dawson, Joseph Thompson, Leigh Ann Paul, Katherine McKinney, Scotty Warren, Laura McConnell and Kay Bright.
Winning posters drawn by Conway students for National Music Week were on display in the front widow of Curtis Flower Shop. Winners were Renee Pierce, first place and Marcia Gibson, second place in the Grades 1-6 division; Faith Wilk, first place and Ann Watkins, second place in the Grades 7-12 division.
75 Years Ago
(1943) Neel Webb, former Faulkner County sheriff, treasurer and clerk, was appointed a deputy collector of internal revenue over Faulkner County. His office would be in the post office.
Arkansas State Teachers College would celebrate Founders Day beginning at 9 a.m. with stunts at Ida Waldran Memorial Chapel and ending with the Queen’s Ball in McAlister Hall.
Dr. Joe Shuffield, Assistant to the Procurement Officer for Selective Service, informed Conway Memorial Hospital that emergency surgeries would be taken care of immediately and promptly by a Little Rock surgeon for the same cost as a local surgeon.
100 Years Ago
(1918) A May Day celebration was held on the State Normal campus by the young women of Doyne Hall. Miss Lillian Overton was May queen and led the grand march, which was very beautiful. The Hendrix College band furnished music for the occasion. The Spanish dances by the young women of Doyne Hall were especially enjoyed by the large number of citizens of Conway who had gathered to watch the performance.