February 15


10 Years Ago

David McCollum, sports writer for the Log Cabin Democrat, was named Sportswriter of the Year in Arkansas for 2008 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He would be honored at the organization’s 50th annual awards program in Salisbury, NC in May.

Linda Earnhart, a revenue agent with the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, celebrated her retirement after 32 years.

Milton and Claudia Davis, along with their son and daughter-in-law, Granger and Jan (Preuitt) Davis, committed $50,000 to endow the Davis Family Lecture Series and the Davis Faculty Endowment Fund at the UCA College of Business.


25 Years Ago

Ground was broken for the new Faulkner County Library to be built on Tyler Street. About 300 children and 100 adults attended the ceremony to kick off construction of the new facility.

Conway Regional Medical Center added Dr. T. Michael Stanton, a Little Rock general surgeon, to its staff. Stanton, a Conway native, graduated UAMS in 1985, finishing second in his class. He stayed at UAMS for his residency from 1985 to 1990.

Architect Steve Elliott of the Lewis, Elliott and Studer Architectural Firm in Little Rock, presented plans for the new Vilonia High School to the board of education.


50 Years Ago

The SCA Board of Trustees approved plans for a new $2.1 million health and physical education center. It would have seating accommodations for 6,000 and would be on Bruce Street west of the Science Building. The board also approved applications to build two new residence halls. Each would accommodate 252 students with one for the men and the other for the women students.

Richard M. Pence, Jr. became a law clerk for Associate Justice Frank Holt of the Arkansas Supreme Court. He was a 1968 graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law.


75 Years Ago

Fred Burnett of Pleasant Valley was elected director of district 5 of the Arkansas Jersey Cattle Club, which comprised Faulkner, Conway, White, Van Buren, Cleveland and Perry counties.

Conway Mayor James J. Kane was bumped from an American Airlines flight that crashed into the Mississippi River. Twenty-four persons died in the crash. He failed to board the plane because other passengers had higher priority ratings.

The army moved 300 men and a large quantity of road equipment into Faulkner County to repair earth roads damaged by heavy army vehicles traveling over the roads during intensive training of the 66th Panther division.


100 Years Ago

“Be sure to see Theda Bara in ‘Cleopatra’ at the Ideal Theatre.” The first night show was at 7 o’clock; the second show as at 9; and the matinees were at 2 and 4. Admission for this extraordinary picture was only 15 and 25 cents. This picture was so big that one was completely overwhelmed. It seemed as if a fortune must have been expended for each scene that appeared on the screen, and the spectacle simply was beyond description.

Mrs. D.S. Campbell and little son, Deak, Jr., returned after a week’s visit to Mrs. Campbell’s mother, Mrs. R.N. Smith of Augusta.