75 years ago  


Telephone rates in Conway were 50 to 75 cents per month higher than those in cities of similar size in Tennessee. The Conway rates became effective under a new 30-year franchise granted by the city council to the Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. about 12 years ago, a consideration being the reconstruction of the local telephone system and installation of a "common battery" instead of a "hand-cranking" telephone system.


50 years ago 


Tommy Markham left for London, Ontario, here he would play drums in a group known as "Friday Knight and the Twitty Birds," during an unlimited engagement night spot there. The group also included Joe E. Lewis, former lead guitar player in the Conway Twitty group; Sonny Burgess, guitar; and Blackie Preston, base fiddle, who formerly played with Elvis Presley. Lewis was the soloist.

Easy-going Russell Jordan revved up lethargic Conway in the third quarter, and the Wampus Cats defeated Pine Bluff 54-44. The volcanic-like Jordan fired in 15 points in the third period to bring Conway from a 20-19 halftime deficit to a 10-point bulge to open the last round. Jordan, an unorthodox shooter, finished with 21 points. Joe Fred Young hit 15, and Dickie Hendrickson had 10.


25 years ago


Chairman of various activities for the fourth annual Toad Suck Daze festival were named by the Toad Council. The celebration was scheduled for May 3-5 in downtown Conway and at Toad Suck Park on the Arkansas River. Chairmen named were Kay Baldus, arts and crafts; Terry James and Bill Hegeman, rides and concessions; Don Bingham, retail merchants committee moonlight madness; Ray Nielsen, community arts association of Conway melodrama; Charles DeBoard, talent show; Cecilia Lewis, street dance; Susan Denys, sack and buggy races; Irma Gail Hatcher, baby crawl and tricycle race; Bob Blankenship, karate exhibition; Ginger DuVall, music at the park; Bunny Adcock, guests and dignitaries; Glen Irby, Toad Suck Daze Follies; Kaye Dickerson, king and queen, prince and princess contest; Bill Ferguson, horseshoe pitching contest; Richard Johnston, softball tournament; Dan Spatz, toad jump contest; Irma Gail Hatcher, children’s pet show; UCA ROTC department, 10K run; breakfast; Macie Patterson golf tournament; Bill Ward, promotion and advertising; Tony and Ramona Sitz, Mr. and Mrs. Toad; Steve Partin, communications at the park; Bunny Adcock, hot air balloon; Rick Field, tug-of-war; David Thessing, bleachers and stages; Julia Lee Moore, cake walk; Peggy Crowell, poster contest; Cecil Ward, tennis tournament; Russell Langston, mass band concert; Luke Gordy, fireworks at the park and H.G. Foster, toad-calling contest. Tom and Barbara Jean Nabholz were co-chairman of the event. "Above all, lets keep in mind what this celebration is all about," Nabholz said, "and keep it fun."


10 years ago 


The doors of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce were open today for an open house. The new home was at 900 Oak St. Among those on hand to greet guests were Lloyd Westbrook, president and chief executive officer; Crystal Kemp, vice president; Deanna Ott, director of tourism and marketing; Anna Nation, secretary/receptionist; and Suzanne Rogers, bookkeeper. Brad Lacy, executive director of Conway Development Corp., whose office was also housed in the new buildings, would also attend the event, as would several members of the board. Board members included Linda Linn, Greg Nabholz, Terry Kimbrow, Sandra Hayes, Robert McCormack, Robert Balentine, Brad Hegeman, Philip Kordsmeier, Janie Ryan, Mark Ferguson, Ben Retcher, Joe Thielke, Hal Crafton, Dennis Ashley, Lawson Pilgrim, Cecil Marion, Sharon Stone, Bill Hegeman, Tab Townsell and Judge Wayne Carter.