May 12

10 Years Ago

(2008) Hundreds attended the Taste of Home “Swing into Spring” Cooking Show at Reynolds Performance Hall. Booths with the latest in kitchen ware and food samples were found in the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center.

The Faulkner County Master Gardeners held their 2008 Plant Sale, the last to be held at the fairgrounds. Janet Carson of KARN’s “The Garden Show” did a live remote there.

The 30th annual Faulkner County Scholastic Achievement Banquet was held in the Student Ballroom at the University of Central Arkansas. Some 258 honor graduates from the county’s school districts and their parents were recognized.

25 Years Ago

(1993) Paul Taylor of Little Rock, a band director, was pictured playing the trombone during the Conway Community Band Spring Concert in the Recital Hall at Snow Fine Arts Center at UCA.

Sen. David Pryor would be the guest speaker at the 1993 Conway High School graduation exercises at the UCA Farris Center on May 28. Dr. Bob Meriwether would be presented the Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Cheryl Pagan and Carl Stuart Middle School Principal Bobby Hill said that in fall, the 6th graders would be teamed with a core group of teachers as part of a restructuring grant.

50 Years Ago

(1968) The Band-Aids, a booster organization of the Conway Junior/Senior High School Bands, sold and distributed community birthday calendars to raise funds for band uniforms.

The First Baptist Church voted to sell a home it owned at 1818 Bruce which formerly was occupied by the pastor and his family. The home was being occupied by Dr. Richard Hudson, a member of the SCA faculty, and his family. The church’s pastor, Dr. W.T. Flynt and his family were living at 1268 Harton Street.

Ray Kordsmeier,17, and Katty Milam, 18, won the Jaycees Road-E-O competition and would represent Conway in the state competition.

75 Years Ago

(1943) Faulkner County landowners were advised that army district engineers had unofficially predicted a river crest of 31 feet at Little Rock and that the “upper end of levee No. 2” was in danger. All levees except Faulkner #1 were doomed as the Arkansas River rose to record heights. All low spots on #2 were being sandbagged. Sheriff Clarence O. Woodruff and D.O. Harton, Jr. appealed for boats to be used for rescue work during the emergency.

The city of Conway had spent $432 clearing away a large number of trees along the northern side of the municipal airport.

100 Years Ago

(1918) Troops of the Conway Boy Scouts, working under the supervision of Dr. J.T. Buchholz of the State Normal science department, were engaged in the laudable work of destroying numerous mosquito factories in Conway. The boys were covering all standing water with a thin film of kerosene. Also, they were helping to puncture tin cans and break up bottles in which stagnant water was found.