March 17

(2009)

10 Years Ago

Eight names were still under consideration for the UCA president post: Brad Bartel, Dean Bresciani, Gabriel Esteban, Thomas Koon, Bernie Patterson, Aaron Podolefsky, Ray Simon and Lance Grahn.

The family of the late Jon Scott McMahan, a division chief with the Conway Fire Department and a long-time emergency medical technician in Conway who passed away, established a memorial scholarship in his memory through the Conway Regional Health Foundation.

Alex Stringer and Harley Ferguson, members of Greenbrier Junior High School’s EAST class, were pictured setting up their booth for the 2009 national EAST conference. Their team won a superior rating.

(1994)

25 Years Ago

Robert “Bob” Blankenship, 43, of Conway announced he was seeking his fifth term as Faulkner County Sheriff. A graduate of Conway High School, he was the owner of Conway ATA Fitness for 13 years and Central Arkansas Polygraph & Consulting Services for eight years.

Plaques placed on boulders at the Springfield-Des Arc Bridge, which historians call the oldest bridge in Arkansas, were stolen for a second time in less than two years. The markers designating the site as a historic place were placed on both sides of the bridge in a dedication ceremony in 1992, noting the significance of the bridge.

(1969)

50 years Ago

The Conway Junior Auxiliary held a groundbreaking for a Community Youth Center on Donaghey Avenue.

A birthday party was held March 4 at the Jennie Hayden Kindergarten to honor Greg Tyler, Brad Bartley and Todd Smithhart. Attending were Todd Evans, Paula Castleberry, Mike Short, Michael Brewer, Lisa Hogan, Melinda Schenk, Eddie Winters, Charles Sutterfield, Gretchen Park, Denise Brewer, Bryan Coffman, Lee Beene, Lisa Baldus and Brian Strandlund.

Conway radio station KVEE installed a direct teletype line with the Little Rock Weather Bureau to alleviate local phone calls to Civil Defense headquarters during inclement weather that jammed the lines.

(1944)

75 Years Ago

Gunners Mate Third Class John Calvin Robinette, 18, US Coast Guard, was missing in action in the North Atlantic since March 9.

A group of naval aviation cadets arrived in Conway from flight preparatory school at Murray, KY to begin their C.A.A.-W.T.S. elementary flight and ground-school training at the Starnes Flying Service and ASTC.

L. Sid Adams, manager of the Fair Store and resident of Conway for more than 15 years, was selected as Conway’s “most outstanding citizen for 1943” at a dinner given by the YBMA, Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club and Rotary Club at ASTC.

(1919)

100 Years Ago

Lee Chambers returned to Conway after his discharge from the Navy. During his period of service, he made 11 trips across the Atlantic.

Ad: “See Mary Pickford in “Johanna Enlists,” her newest and most delightful picture.” Full of pathos as well as laughs, the movie could be seen at the Ideal Theatre. Admission was only 10 and 15 cents.