75 years ago
Gene Hatfield entertained a number of his friends Saturday evening at a party at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hatfield, on Scott Street. A “scavenger hunt” was featured after which games were played in the home and dainty refreshments were served.
50 years ago
Will Steward got a haircut and shave this morning, put on a fresh shirt, tie and suit and prepared to celebrate his 107th birthday. He’s the oldest person in Conway and was here before the town was even formed. Born on a slave farm near Memphis, Tenn., in 1857, he moved to Faulkner County in January 1872. He’s been here ever since. Steward is still an active man. He spends his time visiting neighbors, along the street and works part time answering the phone at a Little Rock funeral home’s Conway office. Will said he could remember when Conway was “nothing but trees and water.”
25 years ago
Charles D. Morgan Jr. of Conway teamed with Tom Hessert of Cherry Hill, N.J., to finish ninth place last weekend in a Camet GT series grand prix race at Braselton, Ga.
Morgan’s car, a Buick Tiga, finished 110 laps. Geoff Braham of Noblesville, Ind., and Chip Robinson of Oldwick, N.J., driving a Nissan GTP, won by finishing 124 laps at an average of 118.808 mph.
10 years ago
The Conway Optimist Club sponsored a chili cookoff March 27 at the National Guear Armory, drawing eight highly competitive teams.
Tanya Shirley, in her first chili competition, took first place honors, assisted by her children, Tabatha Mathis and Bryan Mathis. Shirley said husband Charley, a fan of her chili, encouraged her to enter. The Log Cabin Democrat team — Aimee Prince, Cindy Crabb and Deanna Hearn, assisted by Clay Prince — took second place
Mary Ann and Paul Tipton took first-place honors in the showmanship category with their chili pot surrounded by purple and yellow pansies and scores of stunning Tahiti daffodils.