April 16


10 Years Ago

UCA athletes spent the day in tornado-ravaged Mena helping set up a temporary middle school at an old middle school in Hatfield. The Mena Middle School was so devastated it had to be condemned.

It was announced that Dick Hendrickson and Dr. Ernie Miller were inducted into the Arkansas Track and Field Hall of Fame Class of 2009.

Professional rodeo would return to Conway Memorial weekend. It would be the second year for the PRCA to be at Don Owen Sports Complex.

Former Razorback Coach Ken Hatfield would be the keynote speaker for the fifth annual Bookcase Awards Ceremony.


25 Years Ago

Conway’s first Blockbuster video store was under construction and scheduled for opening in early May. The new store, located at 1065 Highway 65, would be managed by Rick and Tiffany Parker, who recently moved to Conway with their two-year-old son.

Hambuchen Home Furnishings had a new 5,000-square-foot gallery that featured La-Z-Boy products for residential family and living rooms. Furniture from the company’s “American Home Gallery” was also on display.

Melisa Burnett and Dawn Mulkern were chosen as March “associates of the month” in the database access business unit at Acxiom Corp.


50 Years Ago

Dr. Dale Langford was elected president of the Conway Lions Club at its meeting at Tommy’s Restaurant, succeeding Tommy G. Smith. Other officers were Howard Ridgley, first vice president; Dr. Jerry Park, second vice president; Andre McNeil, third vice president; Russell A. Stewart, secretary; Bruce Sossoman, Lion tamer; Jim Moore and L.G. Reynolds, tail twisters, and Audie Lynch and Roger Mills, Jr. board members.

The best performance at the Conway-Benton track meet held at ASTC was by Mike Strain, clocking 19.6 in the 180-yard low hurdles. This tied the school record set by Wilbur Owen in the early 1960s.


75 Years Ago

Guy Dillahunty arrived from Searcy to assume management of the Sterling store. He would succeed Theo Ashcraft, manager for the past 11 years who was being inducted into the Army. He would also serve as district manager for six stores in northwest Arkansas.

The American Legion, VFW, ISO, Legion Auxiliary and Army Mothers, as well as all civic groups, were hosting entertainment at the Armory for all Faulkner County servicemen and women home on furlough and veterans who had been discharged. Guy R. Farris, chair of the entertainment committee, said a novelty skit, using high school and college students was planned.


100 Years Ago

Sam Harkrider and children, and his mother, Mrs. James Harkrider, returned to Conway to make their home after several years in Ada, Oklahoma.

The estate of the late Mrs. Phoebe Hurst of San Francisco, mother of William Randolph Hurst, the newspaper publisher, was estimated at from five to ten million dollars. As chief beneficiary under his mother’s will, Mr. Hurst would inherit the greater part of her estate.