May 18


10 Years Ago

After 34 years as a teacher in the Vilonia School District, Melba Cauthen retired and had been accepted into pharmacy school.

In celebration of Conway resident Kris Allen’s success on “American Idol,” Stoby’s gave away its famous yellow cheese dip. It was one of Allen’s favorites and he mentioned it on the show. Allen would compete in the finals on Tuesday, May 19.

“Angels and Demons,” based on the Dan Brown book by that name, won the box office from “Star Trek” over the weekend, earning $48 million in its first weekend of release.


25 Years Ago

Brad Mason, a graduate of Conway High School, was named a graduate assistant, working with the Arkansas Razorbacks football team strength coach Virgil Knight.

Bryce Molder, a Conway 9th grader, won his age group and finished second overall in the Greater Little Rock Junior ASGA tournament.

Gene Wilbourn was unanimously selected as the new chairman of the Conway Corporation Board of Directors, a seat held by Frank E. Robins III for 21 years.

Conway Board of Education approved a reorganization plan to have eight K-5 elementary schools, two 6-8 middle schools, a lower 9-10 high school and a 11-12 high school.


50 Years Ago

Colonial Missionary Baptist Church at Hillman and Davis named the Rev. E.D. Duncan as its pastor. The Duncans would reside at 407 South Ash Street.

Denisce Manning and Shelia Avra of Vilonia High School would be delegates to Girl State at Camp Robinson.

The Conway Public School Club held a fish fry at its last meeting of the school year at the YBMA Fairgrounds. Employees of the school district and members of the school board and their husbands and wives also attended. Mrs. Freeda Prince was in charge of the program of skits.


75 Years Ago

Police Chief Nolan Whiddon issued a statement that citizens need to help his department enforce the liquor laws by standing up in court as a witness against violations. He also corrected a false assumption that possession and transportation of the liquor violates the laws. Manufacturing, selling, giving away or bartering were what constituted a violation.

The War Department’s “The Memphis Belle” was showing at the Conway Theatre. The film was photographed by the U.S. 8th Air Force photographers and combat crew members, produced by the U.S. 8th Air Force Photographers Section and distributed by Paramount Pictures.


100 Years Ago

Rufus Hayden of Providence was in Conway. Mr. Hayden and family were leaving this week for Perry, where he and his sons had established a sawmill and retail lumber business. Their many friends regretted their departure from this county and wished them much success in their new home.