75 years ago
Working in his garden at 1623 Caldwell St., J.A. Parker, an engineer at the municipal electric plant, dug up a once-cent piece of 1832. The copper coin, which was in fair state of preservation after the erosion was ruffled off, was almost as large as the present 50-cent coin. The garden in which it was found was on a lot where Augustus Hartje, pioneer of this county and father of J.H. Hartje of this city, had built a home about 60 years ago.
50 years ago
The Ida Burns PTA met at the school. Mrs. J.R. Reynolds presided and Mrs. J. Phil Bumpers gave the invocation. Mrs. Thomas G. Wilson installed the new officers that included Mrs. Robert L. Adams, Mrs. Robert W. Shideler, Mrs. J.W. Conner, Mrs. Jim Pendergraft and Mrs. Sam Martin. Committee chairmen for the new year included: projects, Mrs. Glen Potter and Mrs. Dave Ward; health, Mrs. Chester Jones and Mrs. Maude Boen, membership; Mrs. Berman Maxey, publication; Mrs. R.D. Miller, program; Mrs. Charles Day, publicity; Mrs. David M. Doyle, hospitality; Mrs. J. Phil Bumpers and special education, Mrs. Willis Watkins.
25 years ago
Mrs. Annie Jo Middleton and Mrs. Cleo Nelson of Conway, members of Chapter 10 of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, were elected state offices at the state convention held in North Little Rock. Mrs. Middleton was named third junior vice commander and Mrs. Nelson was judge advocate of the group.
10 years ago
Kenny Letterman, manager of Mazzio’s Pizza in Conway, says there is more to the pizza business than most people think. The pizza market is very tough in Conway. The average listed menu price for a 12-inch one-topping pizza at six Conway restaurants is $7.93. Of course, almost all local pizza eateries offer some type of buffet. An American Chamber of Commerce Research Association Cost of Living Index from the third quarter of 1999, the latest available, said the average cost of a pizza that size was $8.99 for the Little Rock-North Little Rock metropolitan area, which includes Conway. Pizza Inn still has a location on Oak Street, which attracts a large crowd for its lunch buffets. CiCi’s moved into Conway in November and brought a full-time buffet. CiCi’s does sell whole pies, but its calling card is a low-price buffet that is available at all hours. All of the pizza restaurants say the key to success is one of the cornerstones of business philosophy: You have got to put out good products at fair prices and offer great service.