June 8

(2009) American Idol winner and Conway resident Kris Allen sang the National Anthem before Game 2 of the NBA finals in Los Angeles. The LA Lakes defeated the Orlando Magic 101-96. Mike Smith of Conway was featured in an article about his custom handmade rocking chairs. He had been making them since 1974. Kenyon McNeall, Conway standout guard, verbally committed to play basketball for Doc Sadler’s Nebraska Cornhuskers after a visit there over the weekend. McNeall was entering his senior year of high school after two years of starting as point guard with the Wampus Cats.

(1994) Smith Ford, Conway’s newest AA level American Legion team, would take the field in its first game. Players were Jeremiah and Elijah Harper, Steve York, D.J. Vinacco, Kenneth Henderson, Cody Mears, Jason Bane, Rhett Thompson, Geoff McPherson, Derek Hinton, Justin Salter, Wes Holland and Jessie Novack. Coaches were Steve Jackson and Britt Joyner. Conway High sophomores Katie Haynes and Kristen Tyler were selected to participate in Project Wet ‘n’ Wild, a two-week environmental experience held at the Ozark Natural Science Center near Huntsville. Carson Carter traveled Europe, Russia and the Middle East as part of an Eastern Michigan University program.

(1969) The Conway Community and Youth Center built by the Conway Junior Auxiliary held an open house. Mrs. Mike Hartje, president of the Auxiliary, cut the ribbon to officially open the building on the east side of North Donaghey between Tyler and Lookout streets. A dance would be held the following night. The Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) approved a $637,777 grant to build a new physical education building at SCA. The building would seat 3,600 in the permanent seats and 2,400 in the pull-out bleachers and would be used for graduations, concerts, conventions and other large gatherings as well.

(1944) The Arkansas Livestock Association’s annual show was postponed until 1945. The group, led by Col. T.H. Barton, president, said that shortages of labor and material made the show impractical for 1944. A vacation Bible school would be conducted at the First Baptist Church for two weeks. A faculty of 35 teachers and officers would conduct the work in four departments for children ages 4 to 16. Mrs. Harold B. Tillman served as principal of the school. Superintendents were Mrs. W.C. Ferguson, Mrs. H.P. Westmoreland, Mrs. R.J. Parker, and Rev. Milton C. Graham.

(1919) Preparations were nearing completion for the big banquet at the Commercial Club rooms in the interest of the “Greater Central College” campaign. Many out-of-town guests were expected. To accommodate those guests who desired to return home on the west-bound 10 o’clock train, the time of the banquet was moved up to 7 o’clock. Arrangements were made to cover the cost of the banquet and no charge would be made for plates.