75 years ago
Otis Brannon of Greenbrier, veteran professional baseball player, is the first player to be signed by the Hot Springs club of the Cotton States leagues. Hot Springs recently was admitted to the loop.
Brannon, who played his last baseball with the Little Rock Travelers of the Southern Association in 1936, has been in the professional game for about 15 years, although his health forced his retirement for two years in 1934. He has served with Tulsa of the Western league, St. Louis Browns of the American league and Hollywood of the Pacific coast league.
The Greenbrier man married a Hot Springs girl about a year ago and has spent much of his time in the resort city in recent months.
50 years ago
J.F. (Felton) O’Kelley this week was elected president of the Conway Chamber of Commerce to succeed Robert D. Nabholz, who has served two years. O’Kelley is owner and manager of F&F Concrete Products Co. here. He served as the C of C’s vice president in 1962. O’Kelley is a director of the First State Bank and an active member of the First Baptist Church.
25 years ago
Two Faulkner County students at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville have been awarded Cy Carney Scholarships for the 1987-88 academic year.
Stephen Lagasse is a senior animal science major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lagasse of Greenbrier. Andrea Simon, a junior pre-veterinary major, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Simon of Conway.
They were among 12 agriculture students receiving the scholarships, based on academic achievement and financial need. The awards have been financed since 1965 by gifts from Cy Carney Sr., a native of Rudy (Crawford County), and his late wife, Lettie Comstock Carney.
10 years ago
Students of Encore Performing Arts Centre performed for residents of Salem Place and Heritage Center during the Christmas holidays. Dancers performed to musical theatre, Christmas and lyrical music selections.
The Christmas show included vocalists Jennifer Williams and Caitlin Cook. The students chose to give gift baskets to both nursing home facilities instead of exchange gifts among themselves.