10 Years Ago
An assembly celebrating Greenbrier High School as one of the first ten high schools in Arkansas chosen to participate in the Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science (AAIMS) was held at the Panther Pavilion. Robin Clark, Greenbrier’s AP coordinator, said this would mean more training for AP teachers and pre-AP teachers as well as Saturday study sessions.
Conway High School National Merit Semifinalists were pictured: Bradford Martins, Mark Kremer, Erik Urban, William Nance, Emily Hoover, Rebecca Bradley and Todd Richard.
The Conway Sanitation Department expanded its recycling program to include more types of plastics as well as damaged or well-worn textiles.
25 Years Ago
Paintings by Roger Bowman and Don Marr, both of Conway, were on display in Sen. David Pryor’s office in Washington, D.C. as part of a display of 50 works by 27 Arkansas artists.
Stephanie Strack reigned as Homecoming Queen at Arkansas Tech University. She was a senior nursing major.
Melvin Bender, professor of history and director of practical Christian ministries at Central Baptist College, was installed as president of the Association of Christian Service Personnel at their meeting in Warrenville, Illinois.
Ebenezer United Methodist Church celebrated its 100th anniversary during a special service.
50 Years Ago
The principal speaker for the Faulkner County Farm Family of the Year dinner was former Gov. Orval Faubus. The Robert Dunk family was chosen to receive the honor and would receive a plaque at the dinner.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, wearing her knee-length wedding dress, was pictured with her new husband, Greek multimillionaire Aristotle Onassis, on their yacht Christina following their marriage ceremony.
Susan Harrell of Mayflower was selected as a semifinalist in the Miss Teenage Arkansas pageant. She appeared on KTHV’s Eye on Arkansas and would compete in the Miss Teenage America pageant in Ft. Worth.
75 Years Ago
The 66th division band from Camp Robinson, all military personnel from ASTC and the ASTP unit from Hendrix College participated in the military review at ASTC’s Estes Field. Planes from the Stuttgart army air field flower overhead during the ceremony. A WAC in training, Priv. Helen Greene Kent, received the distinguished flying cross, air metal and three oak leaf clusters in recognition of her MIA husband’s heroism.
Supt. B.A. Short announced that approximately 6,500 ration books were issued at the schools. It was expected that around 9,000 would be issued by the following day.
100 Years Ago
All businesses closed in Conway as businesses united in an effort to put the Faulkner County fourth liberty loan campaign quota over the top. With very few exceptions, every store, shop, gin and business institution in the county, except those in four townships where they had subscribed their allotments, closed to allow workers to secure the needed commitments. In one day, $20,650 was subscribed. Danley and Cypress townships reached their quotas. Faulkner County’s allotment was $238,000, and the total subscriptions had reached $161,950. Officials were optimistic and felt like the goal would be reached.