Police Judge Wallace M. Harrell was re-nominated by a decisive vote in the Democratic city primary election. Cecil B. Raleigh was nominated for Second ward alderman. Thompson and Judson Goad were nominated without opposition.
Friends of Miss Rosaline Johnson of Quitman met at her home (a surprise to her) for a social hour and to bid her goodbye before she left for three years’ training at St. Vincent’s Infirmary. She received many gifts, which she appreciated very much.
50 years ago
Officials of First National Bank solved a problem in discovery of a 15-foot deep well underneath the building. The well was found when Leg Edward White, an employee of Nabholz Construction Corp., struck the well entrance with a jackhammer while drilling through the bank floor. With the discovery, the problem of seepage in the utility through that ran under the floor was solved. First, the water was pumped out, but the well immediately refilled. Then, the well was filled with concrete. The well was at least 43 years old. The bank building was erected about 1917 by the former Farmers State Bank. Prior to that time, a building at the bank site was occupied by N.C. Martin & Sons and Pence Funeral Home. The Martin store handled dry goods, groceries and had a soda fountain. The three-story brick building located at Front and Van Ronkle streets was built by the late former Gov. George W. Donaghey of Conway.
25 years ago
Students who would participate in the Faulkner County Spelling Bee were announced. The students from Conway Junior High were Cathy Taylor, Paula Flood, Tiffany Elliot, Joey Slayton and Forrest Snyman. The students from Conway Middle School were Suzanne Taylor, Priscilla McChristiah, Tanya Wimberly, Rachel Reese, Ed Balogh, Rachel Davis, Susan Taylor, Priscilla McChristian, Tanya Wimberly, Rachel Reese, Ed Balogh, Rachel Davis, Susan Beasley, Greg Garrison, Angela Jackson, and Jared Young. Students from the elementary schools in Conway, Mayflower, Vilonia and Enola were Leticia Hutchins, Brad Stafford, Craig Johnson, Chris Bradke, Jimmy Pate, Cody Simms, Jennifer Starkey, Robert Sullivan, Missy Lewis, Dustin Long, Daniel Shisler, Christian Beatty, Mechelle Williams, Mark Dallas, Martin McKissack, Marshall McKissack, Misti Mannin and John Cox and Bart Calloway. Winner of the spelling bee, with “apothecary,” was Angela Jackson, a seventh-grader at Conway Middle School.
Angela won a sleeping bag from Shoney’s and a $15 gift certificate from PK’s clothing shop or Randy’s Athletic Shop Inc. Suzanne Taylor was runner up. She won a $10 gift certificate from Olsen’s Music and Photo Center. Judges for the event were Francie Jeffrey and Martha Linch.
10 years ago
Tammy Keith and Sonja Keith co-authored, “Conway A Story of its People.” The book was filed with information of the past, present, and future of Conway. A book signing was held this week. The book was supported by the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and could be purchased at area bookstores and at the Chamber for $28 a copy.
Conway High School players were using a pitching machine during the 100-inning intra squad game this week. The machine was ued to save the pitchers’ arms during the long afternoon. The game itself that major fundraiser for the Conway baseball program, raised about $3,000 said coach Noel Boucher. Totals for other events, including the silent auction, were not available yet. Boucher hoped the final total would be close to $5,000.