75 years ago
Mrs. Howard James was hostess to the Saturday Bridge Club Saturday afternoon at her home on Center Street. Mrs. C.H. Dickerson won the high score prize.
50 years ago
President John F. Kennedy set foot on Arkansas soil here this morning for the third time since his nomination for president in 1960, and he was given a classic Southern welcome be y wildly-cheering crowd of about 4,000.
The landing of the presidential plane at Little Rock Air Force Base was closed to the public, but thousands of friends and relatives of base personnel jammed an area barricaded by ropes to see Mr. Kennedy.
Mr. Kennedy greeted the public before boarding a helicopter for Heber Springs, where he later spoke at the dedication of Greers Ferry Dam.
25 years ago
Descendants of L.W. Ruple and Queenie Bass Ruple held their 12th annual reunion recently at Cold Springs Retreat near Conway.
The Ruples were a pioneer family settling in the county in the late 1870s. They had 15 children, including three sets of twins.
Attending from Conway were Amos and Kittye Gore; Alex Gore; Tressie Price Cato; Claude and Orilla Price Cato; Oren and Zelma Price Heffington; Clarence and Thyra Smith Johnson; Floyd and Jennie Smith Stevenson; Virgil Price; Jewell Ruple; and Shannon and Chris Stone.
10 years ago
Central Baptist Church on Dave Ward Drive, will be formally dedicated Sunday.
Don Chandler, senior pastor, said it is a dream come true for hundreds of people. The new 65,000-square-foot church began making plans for relocating in 1998, he added.
It is also the church’s 51st birthday, having been organized in October 1952 at Lee Avenue and Watkins Street and remaining in that location until moving in June to 3333 Dave Ward Dr.
Costing $5 million, the facility includes, in addition to the family life center, specially designed areas for youth an children, along with modern nursery facilities, classrooms, offices and the 1,200-seat auditorium.