10 Years Ago
First grader Gracie Beth House was pictured finding her desk in her new classroom at Wooster Elementary. The future Wooster students visited the school to bring over their books and supplies and to get acquainted with the building before starting classes there on Monday.
It was announced that Conway would host “Wheel of Fortune” auditions in November. Kathy Wyrick, vice president of marketing at the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, said the auditions would be held at the Conway Sports Center.
UCA assistant basketball coach Austin Trembley was pictured going over some fundamentals with fourth graders at Woodrow Cummins Elementary.
25 Years Ago
Pepper Yancey was pictured spreading a decorative Halloween spider web around her porch at her new home on Robinson Avenue.
The Conway High School Class of 1943 celebrated its 50-year reunion with an open house at the home of Mrs. Geneva Rosemond Norman. Bernard Brockman was master of ceremonies for the banquet at the Conway Country Club.
KFFB, FM-106.1, a Faulkner County area station owned by Bob “Doc” Holiday and his wife, Rosemary, played “soft and easy music.” Holiday bought the station from Fairfield Communities which had used it to promote its retirement community.
50 Years Ago
Dr. Marjorie Seddon Johnson of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, used students from Conway’s Ida Burns Elementary School to show how history and geography could be taught as reading. Taking part in the demonstration at the annual Reading Clinic at SCA were John Courtway, Dennis Fulmer, Christ Jordan, Matt Adlong, Sandy Verley, Terri Russ, Cindy McConnell and Lisa Winter.
The Basement Teen Center at the First United Methodist Church held a party in the Fellowship Hall. “The Shadows” played for dancing. All ninth through twelfth grade students were invited and parents served as chaperones.
75 Years Ago
Miss Eloise Rhode, senior and president of the YWCA at ASTC, left for St. Louis to attend the planning conference for the southwest region of the Student Christian Association. She was co-chairman of the southwest regional council.
Nearly $200,000 a year was being paid out to navy personnel in flight training at Conway and to the staff of the Kenneth Starnes flying school according to S. Theodore Smith, aviation enthusiast, who spoke to the Conway Chamber of Commerce board of directors at their breakfast meeting at the American Grill. This was exclusive of the funds that ASTC received for instruction and boarding.
100 Years Ago
Bandits, who attempted to rob the bank at Plumerville, escaped with only a small amount of liberty bonds and war savings stamps. After gaining entrance, they paid no attention to the safe, but dynamited the vault. Bloodhounds were brought to the scene, but the trail was lost.
Giles Matthews, who was stationed at Mare Island, California, arrived to spend a 30-day furlough with his parents, who lived about a mile north of the city.