May 17


10 Years Ago

More than 250 Conway Adult Education students passed the GED examination with 59 participating in formal graduation at Conway Public School’s auditorium.

Vilonia High School had a record-breaking 206 seniors who graduated in the Class of 2009 at UCA’s Farris Center.

Ben Tiner was named president of the Conway Metropolitan National Bank.

The Conway High School Class of 1959 held its 50-year reunion with activities April 24-25. They toured the renovated CHS-East on Saturday morning and had a fish and chicken dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall Saturday evening. Marilyn Mathis served as emcee for the program.


25 Years Ago

The 50-year-old Frank Brannan Drive-in sign, a Conway landmark above the iconic restaurant, was being refurbished.

There were a record 18 items on the agenda for the Conway Planning Commission’s meeting that about 125 people attended. There were nine public hearings.

Greenbrier basketball and baseball standout Ryan Reed signed to play both sports at North Arkansas Community College at Harrison. Reed averaged 17.9 points and 5.3 assists per basketball game. He hit. 500 and had 19 stolen bases for the baseball team.

Jim Stone fourth and fifth graders performed the musical, “Proud,” directed by Judy Rogers, at the Conway Public Schools auditorium.


50 Years Ago

Five girls were selected as B team cheerleaders at Conway High School for the 1969-70 school year: Suzanne Daves, Debbie Sellers, Leslie Thompson, Sharon Gray and Shary Yates.

Gene T. White, 39, of Conway, was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant of the Arkansas State Police. He joined the Arkansas State Police in 1952 after being a city policeman in Conway. He would be transferred to Fort Smith where he would be assistant commander of that district.

“Cool Hand Luke,” starring Paul Newman was showing at the 65 Drive-In along with “Wait Until Dark.” “Coogan’s Bluff,” starring Clint Eastwood would begin Sunday.


75 Years Ago

A crowd of approximately 1,500 attended Centerville annual all-day singing, one of the most successful in the community’s history. A total of 85 song directors and 19 pianists were among the large crowd. Many of the singers and accompanists never gained access to the building.

Membership of the Mid-South Supply Association of Conway received a patronage refund of about $4,500. The cash, paid-up stock certificates and stock credits would be distributed to more than 1,000 farmer-members of the organization. L.F. Burnett of Pleasant Valley was the president of the cooperative.


100 Years Ago

William Glenn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Glenn, broke his arm while playing at home. As he attempted to jump off some article in the yard, his foot slipped in some manner, causing him to fall upon his arm.