75 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. E.V. Leverett entertained their bridge club members and their husbands with a card party Friday evening at their home on Ash Street. A delicious hot supper was served on small tables, each centered with flowers in vases. Games of bridge were played during the evening and prizes were awarded to Carl E. Moore and Mrs. Sam Heiligers.
50 years ago
The fire that destroyed Hotel Bachelor here New Year’s Eve night started on the third floor, Wilson Drews, chief of the Conway Fire Department, said today.
Drews said Elbert L. Perkins, about 60, who occupied room No. 41 at the east end of the third floor hall, told him that he was awakened by an explosion and that within a minute a second explosion occurred.
Other persons reported hearing explosions. Some, however, said they thought the noise came from a transformer going out of operation.
Firemen battled the blaze for more than 15 hours and a few men remained on duty until 3 a.m. today.
25 years ago
State Rep. Bill Stephens of Conway has announced that he will seek election to a seventh term as representative for District 43 in the Tuesday, March 8, Democratic primary.
Stephens, 55, has represented the district, since 1973 and ranks 28th in seniority among the 100 state representatives. A Conway native, Stephens is athletic director for the University of Central Arkansas.
Stephens and his wife, the former Geneva White, have three children.
10 years ago
Two New Year’s babies were born Wednesday at Conway Regional Women’s Center.
The first, Emerson Ariana Block, was born at 7:19 a.m. to Tiffany and Patrick Block of Conway. The little girl was 8 pounds, 12 ounces and 19 inches long. Mrs. Block’s due date was Jan. 18. Mrs. Block said she had wanted a New Year’s baby but was surprised it happened.
Emerson is the couple’s first child.
The second baby of the year, also a girl, was born at 8:35 a.m. to Amanda Cedars and Tommy Warren of the Vilonia area.
Makenzie Nadine Warren was 8 pounds, 8 ounces and 21 inches long. She was due on Dec. 29. The baby’s father said he had a feeling they were having a New Year’s baby.