75 years ago
A crowd of approximately 150 people witnessed the launching of a large steel barge at “Toadsuck” ferry across the Arkansas River on Highway 60 this morning by Lee Mode and D.H. Ward. The all-metal boat is 50 feet long and 14 feet wide and will be the means of transporting persons and vehicles across the river at the point six miles west on Conway where it separates the two sections if the highway. Mr. Ward, who will operate the ferry under a partnership with Paul Van Dalsem of Perry County, said the new barge will be in active service within about a week. The boat was constructed at Conway by Mr. Ward.
50 years ago
One of the more interesting dormitory displays constructed in connection with Homecoming activities at Arkansas State Teachers College is a wire-tissue bear and a sign, “Bears vs. Muleriders Wipe ‘Em Out.” A prize will be awarded for the best display.
25 years ago
David Maxwell and Brian Quinn prepared some of the props recently for the Fifth annual Conway Jaycees Haunted House. The event will be from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Monday at the McGee Community Center. In addition to the haunted house, there will be a children’s storytelling corner and a Halloween carnival. Proceeds will be donated to the Conway Human Development Center Volunteer Council.
10 years ago
Dr. Pat Cantrell has been named dean of the UCA College of Business Administration. Cantrell, who came to UCA in 1984, was named interim dean of business administration earlier this year after serving as associate dean, department chair of economics and finance and as a faculty member. She earned a bachelor’s, two master’s and a doctorate from Southern Methodist University.