June 9

(2009) Conway High School was rated fifth among eight Arkansas schools in Newsweek’s annual list of the 500 best high schools in the country. Seventh graders recognized by the Conway Board of Education for their performance in a recent Duke University Talent Identification Program: Kyle Alexander, Russell Bryan, Caleb Crow, Adam Freyaldenhoven, Lincoln Gimnich, Kristian Lenser, Maddie Shaw, Mason Shaw, Chance Smith, Olivia Tseng, Jackson Vanderslice, Jacob Bass, Kaylyn Boyd, William Bryden, Emily Fahr, Brandon Gilmore, Atlanta Holm, Colby Kinggard, Katherine Murphy, Mariah Oates, Rebecca Philpott, John Shell, Morgan Sweere, Kyler Tipton and Rebekah Fruechting.

(1994) Chris Reese was elected president of the Arkansas Jaycees for the 1994-95 year. He was the third person from Conway to hold that position. Bunny Adcock served as state president in 1974-75 and Raymond Pritchett served during 1969-70. Max Litton, owner of the Country Sampler, remodeled and expanded the buffet and menu at the restaurant in the North Plaza Shopping Center. Players store manager Angela Toll, assistant manager James Linker and operations manager Teresa Tidwell were pictured in the new store’s showroom. The store bought and sold video games, carrying all the latest titles and formats.

(1969) Pictured cutting the ribbon at the formal opening of the Conway Community and Youth Center were Leo Crafton, Jr., Sammy Davis, Debbie Coleman, Robin Lewis, Ron McCaskill, youth director; Laura Hartje, John Christie, Elizabeth Farris, Denice Marcee and Joe Siebenmorgen At a special business meeting of the First Baptist Church in Conway, a motion to borrow $450,000 to build a new sanctuary was defeated. The plan had been under development for several years. Chief Warrant Officer David H. Irby, 23, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for voluntary action “above and beyond the call of duty” in Vietnam.

(1944) Approximately 17 carloads of new potatoes had been shipped from Conway during the week according to Lee Mode, independent buyer. A combination vacation Bible school and singing school would be held at Second Baptist Church for the next week. Ben Laney of Camden launched his campaign for the governorship of Arkansas in an address on the lawn of the Faulkner County Courthouse. George F. Hartje presided over this first political gathering of the year.  Twenty-five Conway boys were enrolled for the day camp opening at ASTC. Jeff Farris, Jr. and Walter Ed Scales were the directors of this recreational camp.

(1919) A campaign was being discussed to enforce the automobile license law in Faulkner County. Many automobile owners were driving cars without license or with only one tag. The law required two tags on each car that was driven on public streets and highways. Persons evading the law would be warned and urged to comply. Miss Gladys Brady entertained with a party at her home on South Oliver Street. The guests engaged in conversation, games and contests during the evening. A delicious ice course was served to about 25 guests.