May 22


10 Years Ago

Conway Police Department patrolman Sean Canady was pictured pedaling the Special Olympics torch through Conway. For the first time, law enforcement agencies participating in the Arkansas Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics made the journey on bicycles as well as on foot.

Conway High School graduated 569 seniors at UCA’s Farris Center. Co-valedictorians were Bhaskara Garimella and Bradford Martins who both addressed the graduates.

Dennis Hutchinson and John Woodward of the Beaverfork Fire Department were pictured examining a plane that made an emergency landing in the rice fields by Highway 25. The plane’s engine failed over Lake Beaverfork.


25 Years Ago

Conway Classic Touch Flowers and Gifts had a ribbon cutting at its new store at 2850 Prince, Suite 9. Owners were Rae Lynn and Don Melton.

Three World War I vets, James Henry Jones, Charles Michael Hickey and Tom Logan, reflected on their service. Jones, 100, was among the first group of men drafted from Faulkner County.

David and Cindy DeRosa were pictured at The Bruce House, a bed-and-breakfast located at 1379 Bruce that they owned and operated. The Bruce House, which opened in 1993, mainly was being used for business travelers of Acxiom.


50 Years Ago

Conway High delegates to Girl State were Nina McNutt, Cathy Smith, Pam Nutter, Sherry Norris, Mary Nell Wilcox, Rebecca Coleman, Linda Fuller, Val Fraser, Ruthie Groth, Sheri Thompson, Rebecca Farris, Shirley Cummings, Sue Jackson, Kay Speed and Kay Noggle.

Mrs. Dean Pike and Mrs. Lawrence Mobley, seventh grade Social Studies teachers at Conway Junior High took 275 students to visit Lock and Dam #8. James B. Abbott, project manager, discussed various phases of the project as well as operation of the lock and dam. Mrs. Beth Edwards, Mrs. Darrel Kilman, Ruel Shepherd and Monty McMahan also accompanied the groups.


75 Years Ago

In honor of the Conway Public School faculty and their husbands and wives, the Conway Public School board members held an open house at the home of Dr. and Mrs. J.H. Flanagin. Guests were greeted by Dr. Flanagin who presented them to J.R. Edwards, president of the board, Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Clark and Dr. and Mrs. H.O. Weatherly. More than 50 guests called during the evening.

The senior class of Conway High School was entertained at the ASTC Commons with a formal banquet and dance. Mothers of the graduates hosted the dinner while the juniors and their mothers hosted the dance.


100 Years Ago

Large numbers attended ceremonies held by Conway Camp No. 35, Woodmen of the World when monuments over the graves of the late J.W. James and J.M. Courtney were unveiled at Oak Grove Cemetery. A monument was also laid on the grave of Theodore Campbell at Stone Cemetery. J.R. Donnell delivered the oration at both ceremonies while Miss Fleatus Ledbetter read the poem.

Fred Gordy resigned his position as manager of the Conway branch of Plunkett-Jarrell Grocer Company. He would be taking a position in Columbus, Georgia with a large mercantile establishment.