June 6

(2009) Laynie Satterfield was pictured visiting with fellow World War II army veteran Marvin Clark of Kansas at a reunion of the First Army Fighting 413rd Artillery. The unit participated in D-Day, invading Omaha Beach, Normandy, France on June 6, 1944. The UCA Board of Trustees spent the day interviewing the final four candidates for the office of president: Dean Bresciani, adjunct professor at Texas A&M; Bernie Patterson, provost and vice president of academic affairs at Oklahoma City University; Aaron Podelefsky, president of the University of Central Missouri; and Allen Meadors, chancellor of University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

(1994) Sgt. Silas Owens was pictured bulldozing a pile of dirt to form a track at Sallie Cone Elementary. The National Guard unit from Camp Robinson donated their time to do the dirtwork. William J. “Trey” Farris III received the rank of Eagle Scout in a formal court of honor at Conway Country Club. Dr. Bill Probasco, former senior pastor at First Baptist Church, would be the guest speaker at Second Baptist Church during special services June 26-29. Probasco, operating Church Ministry Resources in Gadsen, Alabama where he lived, would present messages about “Faith on Trial.”

(1969) Andre McNeil was appointed deputy city attorney by Robert W. Henry to succeed Ted Blagg who resigned. McNeil was former dean of men and instructor in economics and accounting at SCA. Police Chief Ruben Goss clarified that curfew was 11 p.m. seven days a week. He made this point because some under 18 thought they could be out later on Friday and Saturday nights. Jim Lee was named the new general manager of Virco Manufacturing. His wife Joyce, and children, Debby, 15, and Greg, 13, would move to Conway where the family would live at 923 Center Street.

(1944) As the invasion of Normandy was occurring in western Europe, 500 persons in Conway attended community prayer services at the First Methodist Church. Both Protestants and Catholics joined for the hour-long program of song and prayer. The group gathered shortly after 3 a.m. as news of the allied invasion of France was flashed here. Many Conway citizens remained at their radios throughout the night as the networks read a continuous stream of news reports. With D-Day hovering near, seven women students of ASTC, supervised by Ila Newbern, dean of women, met last night at Wingo Hall to prepare bandages.

(1919) First Methodist Church made a $7,608.15 contribution, or $38,040.75 for the five-year period, in the centenary drive. Unofficially, the church was credited with having made the largest contribution in the North Arkansas conference during the drive. Act 197 of 1919 required all dogs over four months old to be listed for taxation and a license. If any livestock were killed or injured by dogs, the owner was required to report it to a justice of the peace who would determine damages. If the claim was a just one, the fine would be paid out of the dog tax fund.