Yesterdays: 05/24/17

May 24

 

(2007) An area in the Lollie Bottoms next to the Arkansas River was chosen by the city for the location of the new airport.

The Conway School District’s board of education was in executive session for an hour and a half selecting 41 new district employees to fill vacant faculty, staff and administrative positions. Rodney Matheney was hired to replace Johnny Tyler as principal of Conway High School-West. Six had applied for the superintendent position.

Casey Cooper, Adam Boucher and Luke Pruett of the Conway High School baseball team signed athletic scholarship papers with Northwest Texas Community College.

(1992) Dina and John Becton of Conway won a $10,000 furniture shopping spree as part of the Annual Arkansas Statewide Furniture Sale and Sweepstakes sponsored by the Arkansas Furniture Association. The couple was presented the check by Riley Porter, president of the furniture association; Peggy and Dick Russ, co-owners of Russ Furniture; and A. J. Hambuchen, a past president. They planned to purchase a loveseat, lamps and a table.

The Log Cabin Democrat was selling a limited edition of “A Pictorial History of Faulkner County, Arkansas” for $35.95. There were only 324 copies left at the time of the ad.

(1967) The new Municipal Building opened. Starkey Construction, contractors, had completed most of the work and the police department moved in. The clerk-treasurer and the building inspector also moved in. Mrs. Doris Nunn was receptionist for the new building.

A Soil Conservation Service steering committee was to examine a plan for a massive $6.1 million system of dams and detention pools in three watershed areas of the Cadron Creek. The plan proposed 23 structures, 22 of which would be floodwater retarding structures. It was estimated the flood control system would reduce annual average flood damages to the area by 75 percent.

(1942) The Morrilton cheese factory was nearing peak production with average receipts of 25,000 of milk per day. The highest receipts for one day last year was 33,310 pounds in the month of September. The Morrilton cheese factory was served by 21 milk routes in Conway, Pope, Van Buren, Perry and Faulkner counties.

Two hundred and twenty six Faulkner County men and women have completed the Red Cross first aid courses, Fire Chief K.W. Parker, instructor, said in announcing the 34 who finished the course this week. Classes were held at the courthouse, Hendrix, ASTC, Mayflower and Guy-Perkins.

(1917) The first event of the commencement season at the Arkansas State Normal, which would soon conclude its annual session, was the play, “Esmerelda,” which was presented by the senior class at the Grand Theatre. Those who had witnessed the many rehearsals declared the entertainment would be the best ever presented by amateurs on a local stage. The admission was 25 cents and 35 cents.

 

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