75 years ago
Roofs were ripped open, window panes broken and automobile tops punctured in one of the most severe hailstorms ever occurring in the county early last night, the storm centering at Mayflower, 10 miles south of Conway.
Hail stones, some of them as large as a hen’s egg, piled up to depth of three to six inches. During the height of the storm traffic on Highway 65 was completely stopped.
Dozens of citizens of Mayflower and vicinity were in Conway today purchasing window glass and roofing material to repair the damage.
50 years ago
C.E. (Ezra) Cotton, a Conway cafe operator and former Faulkner County tax assessor, today made formal announcement of his candidacy for county and probate clerk.
He is married to the former Kate Palmer and they have three sons, Maxey, Joe and Larry.
25 years ago
Work is under way to widen bridges spanning Gold and Little creeks on Highway 64 is eastern Conway to five lanes. The work is being done by Southern Pavers of Pine Bluff and is expected to be completed by July 1990. A spokesman for the state Highway and Transportation Department said work to widen the highway to five lanes is expected to begin next year.
10 years ago
Brian Thomas Ratliff, assistant elementary principal in the Greenbrier School District, was selected as Alumnus of the Year at the recent homecoming celebration at Central Baptist College.
Ratliff received an associate’s degree from CBC in 1987. He also received a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas.
He is married to Penny Dewey Ratliff and they have three children, Averi, Aidan and Colin.