10 Years Ago
Major Perry Turner was able to watch his daughter, Meredith, graduate from Conway High School via the Internet. He had arrived in Iraq in late March.
Candi Gwatney, 7 of Greenbrier donated ten inches of hair to Locks for Love. Maggie Bain,10, of Conway had also recently had her hair cut and donated to Locks of Love.
Scott Smith was named the director of UCA’s new Arkansas Public School Resource Center.
Josh Spencer won the Modern Ring Sports Middleweight Belt and was headed to the International Kickboxing Federation’s World Classic in Orlando.
25 Years Ago
James Bridges, 57, an Oscar-nominated writer and director who attended UCA, died of cancer. He returned to Conway in the mid-1970s to film an autobiographical movie, 9/30/55, about the impact James Dean’s death had on his life as a college student. Shot at multiple locations around Conway, many Conway residents served as “extras.” Bridges also co-wrote the 1980 hit “Urban Cowboy.”
The Weekender section featured an interview with Dr. Sherman Peterson, director of Adult Education for the Conway School District. Peterson, who was retiring, had been involved in Arkansas education since 1957. He helped develop the special education, gifted/talented and Governor’s School programs.
50 Years Ago
The Farris Agency moved to new offices at 817 Parkway. The building formerly was occupied by the Charles B. Edward Insurance Agency.
Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Speaker, who had lived in a suburban home south of Conway for approximately 20 years, moved to a home at 1721 Scott which they had recently purchased from the Dr. and Mrs. C.H. Dickerson estate.
Guest Day was held at Miller Swim Club with more than 180 local youngsters playing in the pool which had opened for the season two weeks earlier.
75 Years Ago
W. Morrison “Ceco” Cline, formerly of Conway, was killed when an experimental plane which he was testing with Howard Hughes, wealthy aircraft builder, crashed on Lake Mead, Nevada. One of the best-known aircraft inspectors on the west coast, he was regional civil aeronautics board inspector for the western area.
A community canning kitchen, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, was set up in the Hendrix College building on Front Street, formerly occupied by Keathley Grocery. The kitchen would charge four cents a pint, six cents a quart and ten cents a half-gallon for canning fruits and vegetables.
100 Years Ago
Fire Chief R.C. Dickerson answered a call to McNerlin Barber Shop. Smoke was reportedly coming from the building, but when he arrived, he found the building still intact. He discovered a small pile of burning trash behind the building was causing the smoke.