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Yesterdays July 21

Posted: July 20, 2013 - 7:04pm

75 years ago

(1938)

The Greenbrier baseball school entry forged ahead in its drive for the state semi-pro baseball congress championship with a 5-to-1 victory over the Research Hospital team of Little Rock last night.

Its win over the strong Little Rock entry left the Faulkner County nine the only undefeated team in the tournament.

Ervin Whittaker, of Greenbrier, topped off a day of fine pitching performances in the tourney, limiting the Capitol City players to three safeties. Hammett went the route for Little Rock but was nicked for 10 hits.

50 years ago

(1963)

Ward Body works Inc., of Conway, this week received its biggest order. The firm was notified by the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Center’s industrial director in Warren, Ohio, that it had been granted a contract to build 46 buses for use in the Army in the White Sand missile area in New Mexico. The buses will cost $39,930 each and the contract totals $1,836,780. The 40-foot-long buses will be built on GMC diesel-powered chassis. David H. Ward, president and founder of the World plant, and his son, Charles Ward, vice president, said the Army contract will enable the bus plant to provide work to all employees far past the normal summer period, which is the busiest of the year building school buses.

25 years ago

(1988)

William Otto Jr., son of William and Pat Otto, of Conway, made his first solo airplane flight today, his 16th birthday, at Cantrell Field. He flew a Cessna 172 and a PA 18.

Mrs. Otto also made her first solo flight on her 16th birthday.

10 years ago

(2003)

The Central Arkansas Wizards 6th Grade Basketball Team from Conway took 3rd Place in the Jacksonville Summer Youth Tournament. Eight 6th and 7th Grade teams competed at North Pulaski High School. The Wizards won their final game of the tournament with a 31-28 double overtime victory over the Little Rock Blue Devils. Team members are Devin Foster, Jarred Green, Josh Toney, Dametrius Virgil, Preston Purifoy, Julian Humphrey, Doral Criswell, Mark Kremer, Ervin Stewart and Matthew Holbrook. Coaches are Rufus Virgil and Bruce Allen.

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