April 26

10 Years Ago

(2008) “A Southern Presence,” an installation of works by artist Sarah Mattingly, adult programs coordinator at the Faulkner County Library, was on display there.

Choosing to Excel held a Super Shootout 3-point competition as a fundraiser for their Summer Impact Camp. Dandrick Moton, former Excel director and founder of Excel Sports and co-founder of SuperShootOut, brought the event as a way to give back to the program that he had been a part of for many years. Students from Conway participating were Taylor Gault, Robert Taylor, Austin Mitchell, Kenyon McNeaill, Demetrius Virgil, Preston Purifoy and Tim Boyd.

25 Years Ago

(1993) Stephens, Inc. of Little Rock created Stephens Entertainment which was headed by Steve Stephens and offered financial management for clients in the entertainment industry. Clients included Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and her husband, Harry Thomason, as well as Burt Reynolds, Frank Bonner of “WKRP in Cincinnati” fame and others.

Ads for “Jogging in a Jug” appeared in the paper. The juice/vinegar beverage was “a great way to start your day.”

Janice Engelkes was named director of HAVEN, a shelter for abused children and adolescents in Conway. She would provide case management services for the residents.

50 Years Ago

(1968) Construction began for the new Conway Convalescent Center, a rest home and facility for semi-skilled nursing care, on Salem Road. Starkey Construction was awarded the contract for the $350,000 building.

Conway children cast to portray the Von Trapp children in SCA’s spring musical, “The Sound of Music,” were pictured: David Buckley, Mike Yates, Nick Meriwether, Billy Stark, Donna Palmer, Mala Ayers, Kathy Iberg, Debbie Reese, Jan Langston, Melissa Daniel, Julie Nutter and Wendy Irby.

The 1967-68 CJHS Yearbook was dedicated to the city of Conway and Mayor Walter Dunaway. Mayor Dunaway was presented the first copy at the dedication assembly.

 75 Years Ago

(1943) Pvt. Gainvill “Gay” Newberry recently completed a course in airplane mechanics at Sheppard Field, Texas and was promoted to private first class and assigned to a glider school at the same place. He was the oldest man in his class and made the highest grade. He was manager of Crow-Burlingame auto parts store.

Brig. Gen. E.L. Compere, adjutant general of the state of Arkansas, delivered the principal address for the second WAAC class in the Ida Waldron Auditorium. Three hundred girls received certificates and would be assigned to various stations. The third class of equal numbers was expected to arrive soon.

100 Years Ago

(1918) In an address to the Fatherless Children of France Association, Andre Tardeau expressed the gratitude of all French people to the Americans who have adopted French orphans. France herself was taking care of one million of these little ones, and America has undertaken the support of 50,000 others. The Conway committee reported through Mrs. S.G. Smith the adoption of four orphans by Conway during the past week, bringing the total number in Conway to 37, far ahead of any town in the state its size. Mrs. W.O. Wilson took a girl; Mrs. W.O. Wilson’s Sunday School class, a boy; The Nikatima Literary Society of State Normal, a girl; and Miss Mary Bernard, a boy.