(2007) Dana Altman, Creighton’s head basketball coach, became the new men’s basketball coach for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Altman replaced Stan Heath who was terminated in late March. Altman resigned the next day.
A picnic at the Arkansas River turned tragic when two teens, Drew Griffin of Cabot and Justin Witt of Conway, were caught in an undertow while wading on a sandbar. Mark Manning, 45, went into the water to try to rescue the boys and was also taken under. All three drowned.
Conway Mayor Tab Townsell and the search committee considered four finalists who emerged from the interviews held for Conway police chief.
(1992) UCA students would pay $773 per semester following a tuition increase approved by the UCA Board of Trustees. The total was an increase of $88 over the current tuition of $685. The Board also voted to name the new dormitory Baridon Hall, with the two wings named Packard House and Cordrey House. Ida Baridon was the foster daughter of Col. Asa P. Robinson and wife of Jo Frauenthal. Everett Cordrey served on the faculty at the college from 1914 to 1950 while E.W. Packard served on the faculty from 1943 to 1966.
Hobby Lobby announced plans to open a store in the former Wal-Mart building.
(1967) Hendrix Aquakids turned in their best times ever at the Arkansas AAU Championships in Fayetteville. Johnny Bumpers, Bill Wiedower, Jeff Dunaway and Tom Perry represented Hendrix in the 15-17 year age group while Jim Wiedower, Tom Courtway and Eddie Anthes competed in the 13-14 year age group.
Bob Gant was named assistant to J.P. (Pat) Stoltz, president and general manager of Metal Stamping Corporation.
The Central Arkansas Program for Community Action was notified that the summer Head Start program for Faulkner, White and Cleburne counties had been approved for a grant of $165,499, an increase of $5,131 over last summer’s appropriation.
(1942) The public stampede to buy bicycles against the day that auto tires wear out prompted the war production board to issue a ban on the sale, shipment, delivery or transfer of new adult bikes pending establishment of a rationing system. The system would put bikes in the hands of defense workers first.
Carl Scott, former assistant at McNutt’s funeral home, accepted a position as ambulance driver at the Jacksonville Ordnance Plant. Herman Kellar was hired to replace him at McNutt’s.
Good Friday was observed by virtually all Conway business houses this afternoon. The business establishments remained closed from 12 noon to 3 p.m.
(1917) Several citizens petitioned the municipal authorities to stop the carnival shows being conducted at Deer and Front Streets this week by the Evans-Platt Company on account of the inopportune time at which they are playing here. It was pointed out that a revival meeting was in progress at First Baptist Church and a week of prayer at First Methodist Church, while “holy week” with services of special solemnity beginning Thursday, was being observed by St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
Under the supervision of the women’s auxiliary of the Conway Commercial Club, this week was to be observed in this city as “Clean-Up Week.”