May 22

10 Years Ago


• Dr. Bruce Plopper, director of the journalism graduate program at UALR, was named the 2008 Journalism Teacher of the Year by the Arkansas Press Association.

• Greenbrier Family Medicine welcomed Rhonda Robnett as a new nurse practitioner at the clinic.

• Conway soccer coach Robert Irons was pictured presenting a plaque to all-state keeper Stephen Maxwell in the Media Center at Conway High School West. He also presented state championship rings to the team.

• The UCA Public Appearances Season was announced. The Four Tops would perform during Homecoming Week while saxophonist Branford Marsalis would perform in October.

25 Years Ago


• Mike Willbanks, director of workplace education for the Governor’s Commission on Adult Education Literacy, developed the Workforce Alliance for Growth in Economy, to increase workplace skills.

• Woody Cummins and Dr. H.B. Hardy, Jr. were presented the Rotary Vocational Service Award in recognition of their vocational excellence and practice of high ethical standards in the workplace.

• Jennifer Vines and Stacy Aaron, three-year lettermen for the Conway High School volleyball team, became the first in the school’s history to win full scholarships to play volleyball with college teams. Vines signed with the University of Denver while Aaron signed with College of the Ozarks.

50 Years Ago


• New officers of the Sallie Cone Parent Teacher Association were Mrs. Raymond Bright, president; Mrs. Truman Jackson, vice-president; Mrs. J. Phil Bumpers, secretary; and Mrs. Homer Massingill, treasurer.

• New officers of the Ellen Smith Parent Teacher Association were Mrs. Travis Sims, president; Mrs. Jerry Bartley, vice-president; Mrs. Tommy Woodson, secretary; Mrs. Kenneth Anthony, treasurer; Mrs. Tommy Sellers, reporter; and Mrs. Jesse Clark, parliamentarian.

• The Frank E. Robins Athletic Award, given since 1952 to Conway High School’s outstanding athlete each year, was given to Frank Cooper, a defensive back in football and a half-miler and hurdler in track.

75 Years Ago


• Forty-three of the 112 Faulkner County men sent to the Little Rock induction center for examination were accepted and would report for duty at the Camp Robinson reception center in a week. Three were accepted for engineer specialists and would go to Camp Claiborne, Louisiana. Twelve others had been accepted for service in the navy.

• Dr. Albert S. J. Clark, physician and surgeon of Little Rock, had decided to locate his practice in Conway. He leased Dr. Robert Taylor’s office and equipment. Dr. Taylor, captain in the army, was stationed in Abilene, Texas.

100 Years Ago


• A series of three bicycle races would be staged in Conway. The races were under the direction of Bolls Brothers and S.E. Anderson, bicycle dealers. The course would begin at Central College and end on Independence Street, a distance of about one mile. The first race would be for boys and girls 15 years of age or older; the second for those from 10 to 15 years; the third for those from “knee-high to a duck” to 10 years of age. Prizes would be awarded.