10 Years Ago
Bethlehem House, Faulkner County’s only homeless shelter, was making plans to build a new facility and volunteers were needed for large fundraising events to raise the necessary funds.
Mike Neuhofel resigned as executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Faulkner County. Odie Philips was named interim director.
Although Woodrow Cummins Elementary teacher Dustin Smith’s class did not win an online music video competition sponsored by eInstruction, they did get second place. A brand-new projector was donated by John Golden, store manager of Audio Express. The first prize included a projector just like the one Golden donated.
25 Years Ago
Kevin Hitchcock and Ronald Barnett, remembered for their performances at A Place to Eat Restaurant, released “I Can’t Believe Its Another Christmas Eve,” a musical parody about the holiday season. Both were experienced musicians who played multiple instruments.
A memorial to the unborn was erected on the grounds of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Conway. A special mass was held followed by a dedication and blessing by the bishop. Similar memorials were also placed at St. Boniface Catholic Church at New Dixie, Sacred Heart Catholic Church at Morrilton and on the Diocesan grounds in Little Rock.
50 Years Ago
Henry Burford, Jr.,18, was named the CHS Future Farmers of America Member of the Month. The senior planned to major in drafting at UA after graduation.
The new 100-bed Conway Convalescent Center, located on Salem Road in western Conway, had an open house prior to its official opening. The center was owned by Dr. Robert B. Benafield, C.W. (Bud) Trent, O.T. Baker and Mrs. Estelle Watson.
Cecil Bell and his brother, Owen Bell, announced plans to add 34 more units to the Holiday Inn on Hwy. 65B. The facility had 79 units
75 Years Ago
Junius E O’Daniel, superintendent of Waldo Public Schools since 1933, was elected president of the Arkansas Education Association. A graduate of Hendrix College, he was the grandson of the late J.E. Martin, pioneer Conway merchant and political leader.
William Eugene McMahon, Conway High School senior, headed to Boston to broadcast on America’s town hall program. He recently won a nationwide essay contest and the trip and would be accompanied by Miss Faye Warbritton, supervisor of English.
The Conway Chamber of Commerce authorized the erection of highway signs in Perry County to direct motorists to the Toadsuck Ferry as a short route to Conway.
100 Years Ago
A food conservation meeting was held in the Commercial Club room. Mrs. S.G. Smith presided, and the official program included the following: The singing of “America,” invocation by the Rev. J.W. Boyer, reading of Mr. Hoover’s speech by Miss Pauline Newbern and the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner.”
Lt. Guy R. Farris of Conway was advanced to the rank of captain, according to the word received from overseas.