10 Years Ago
Wooster held its annual community awards fish fry at Wooster City Park. Mayor Terry Robinson presented community awards to Dewayne Stanton, Most Colorful Person; Clara Patton, Good Neighbor; Opp and Karen Guenard, Humanitarian; Jimmye Porter, Newcomer; and James and Helen Patton, Citizen of the Year. Elizabeth Newton was also recognized for her suggestion that handicapped-accessible playground equipment be installed at the park for children with disabilities.
Jordan Patton and Brayden Salmon, Greenbrier Middle School students, were pictured trying an experiment on how a helicopter spins at two meters. Bobby Holley was the science teacher for the experiment.
25 Years Ago
The Conway City Council unanimously approved a 29-space parking lot north of Stoby’s but other hurdles still faced owner David Stobaugh as he sought to expand the restaurant.
Rules regarding exhibits were issued for the 56th annual Faulkner County Fair
UCA started the Junior Bear Backers Club, open to all fifth-graders in Conway Public Schools. Sponsored by Steve Strange of American Management Corporation, students would get to attend UCA games free of charge and would have their own supervised bleacher section in one of the end zones.
Bill Dunaway, Jr. was the second weekly winner of Pigskin Picks II.
50 Years Ago
Sen. Guy H. “Mutt” Jones spoke to the Conway Sertoma Club at the Holiday Inn, presenting his biography and explaining his record as a senator.
An additional first grade class at Sallie Cone Elementary School was organized to alleviate overcrowded conditions. Mrs. Janet Burks was assigned to teach the fourth class. All classrooms were full at the school. The sixth grade was moved to the junior high school building.
The Ellen Smith PTO had a coffee for the principal and new teachers in the school cafeteria. The program was presented by Supt. Carl Stuart.
75 Years Ago
The large two-story C.H. Newbern residence at 917 Center Street, owned by Hendrix College and operated as an apartment and rooming house by Mrs. W.B. Gates, was destroyed by fire. Four sleeping children were rescued from the burning structure. The house was built more than 30 years earlier by the late Charles H. Newbern, former Conway merchant. The blaze was visible from all parts of the city and attracted a crowd of several hundred persons. Fire Chief K.W. Parker and Volunteer Firemen Sam Shumate and Jess Dempsey narrowly escaped injury by a falling chimney.
100 Years Ago
Further growth in the population of Conway was practically checked for lack of residences, according to local real estate men. Every dwelling house in the city was occupied and there was a demand for dozens of others by families who desired to move to the city. Although business and educational construction had taken place, very few dwelling places had been erected due to the extremely high cost of building. The result was the strong demand for more homes than Conway had to offer.