10 Years Ago
The 70th Annual Faulkner County Fair kicked off with a parade in downtown Conway. The midway opened after the parade; it was touted as being the last fair at the YBMA fairgrounds.
Ruth Linn of Wooster Elementary School was awarded the 2008 Distinguished Teacher in General Education Award by the Council for Exceptional Children for her work as a general education teacher working with children who had special needs.
Metroplan was holding a town hall style meeting at the McGee Center as part of Operation Bottleneck to hear from Faulkner County residents about traffic concerns and suggestions.
25 Years Ago
Conway School District had an increase of 369 students while Greenbrier saw an increase of 62 and Vilonia had 174 more students than the previous year. Mayflower enrollment was up by 48 students from last year.
The International Shoe Factory reunion was held at the Greenbrier home of Hattie Hall. Attendees brought a dish for a potluck meal.
Freddy Wiedower became a part-time accounting instructor at Central Baptist College. He was also a controller at AETN and on the Conway school board.
Leann Ridgely Bland received a master’s in education degree in school administration from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas.
50 Years Ago
Inter City Transit put three new Luxury Liner buses into service between Little Rock and Ft. Smith. The buses would be available for runs to the University of Arkansas football games in Little Rock
Mrs. Arvil Burks and Mrs. Wayne Sams returned to Sallie Cone Elementary as teachers. Both had received their master’s degrees in elementary education at SCA since their prior teaching assignments at the school.
“The Green Berets,” starring John Wayne and David Janssen, was showing at the Conway Theatre while “A Man for All Seasons,” was showing at the 65 Drive-in.
75 Years Ago
Inter-City Transit announced that its service to Caldwell and Prince Street would be discontinued. They had discovered that there was an insufficient number of passengers from those street routes to justify continuing operation.
Clarence O. Woodruff, Sheriff and Collector, announced that 1944 Poll Taxes were due. To be eligible to vote in any state, county or school election during the year 1944, citizens must pay their poll taxes by October 1.
Penney’s offered “softly tailored duration classics”—two-piece dresses that did double-duty as suits for $9.90.
Maurice Lanier, a Hendrix graduate, entered Yale after a lengthy illness.
100 Years Ago
In order to give the children an opportunity to pick cotton, the Pine Street School closed until October 14. The compulsory attendance law would be strictly enforced after that time, Principal J.R. Anderson said. All children under 15 years of age would be required to attend three-fourths of the time. Those who failed to comply with the provisions of the law would subject themselves to a fine. The school would resume sessions October 14.