Signs to welcome travelers — in new way

An artist’s rendering shows the signs that will welcome travelers to the “City of Colleges.” Ground will be broken at the southern site near Exit 129 at 10 a.m. today. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Ground will be broken at 10 this morning for signs that will welcome visitors to Conway, the City of Colleges. Ron Hill ramrodded the project that started with an idea two years ago when he was president of the Conway Kiwanis Club. Other towns have signs at the entrance that welcome travelers and tell where the Kiwanis Club, the Lions, the Optimists and the Rotarians meet. Why doesn’t Conway? John Gierke, president of Conway Rotary Club, was thinking the same thing. But if Conway had such a sign, shouldn’t it reflect the community? Mayor Tab Townsell said the signs should be “outstanding.” The idea blossomed. Designed by architect Rik Sowell, there soon will be a sign in two locations off I-40. Ground will be ceremonially broken today for the first, on the south side of the Interstate near Exit 129; the second will be built on the west side on a berm on city property adjacent to the landfill. As traffic approaches, the 22-foot tall signs will loom. “City of Colleges” will be engraved on the entablature, held up by three Greek Doric columns, representing the three colleges. Across the bottom, on the masonry base, will be emblems of the Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, Optimists and Knights of Columbus. Each club donated $1,000 to the project with the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and the Conway Development Corp. each giving $5,000. An appropriation from the General Improvement Fund as pushed by then-House Speaker Robbie Wills helped move the project along. The list of contributors and volunteers to this year-long project is as long as Ron Hill’s arm. Hill just grins and says that it’s better to have a lot of people give a little than a few people give a lot. Some on the list did give a lot. Here’s the list of contributors -- donors and volunteers -- provided by Hill. In addition to the Kiwanis Club, the Knights of Columbus, the Lions Club, Optimist Club and Conway Rotary Club, the following also gave or volunteered or both. Dewayne Davis, Dr. Walter Allison, Bobby French, Amanda Stanton, Rik Sowell, Mayor Tab Townsell, County Judge Preston Scroggin, Mark Ledbetter, Sen. Gilbert Baker, Philip Hiegel, Tommy Shackelford, Hill Concrete, Bob Townsell, David Vondran, Randy Evans. Ronnie Hall, John Evans, Jim Baker, Paul Tipton, Hal Crafton, Gene Salter, Kevin Watson, Home Builders Association, Greg Shofner, John Reno, Richie Arnold, Greenbrier Ready Mix, Mallard Ready Mix, Conway Corp., Southern Star, Chase Hall, Joe Jones, Jim Bonds, Trey White. Bill Hannah, Todd Freyaldenhoven, Jim Counce, former House Speaker Robbie Wills, Brad Lacy, Laura Grimes, Rick Fahr, Sonja Keith, Tammy Keith, Scott Bell, Funding was provided by First Security Bank, Arvest Bank, Rivertown Bank, National Bank of Arkansas, Bank of the Ozarks, Metropolitan Bank, Simmons Bank, US Bank, Smith Ford, Reliance Health Care, Agora Special Events Center, Brazil, Adlong, Mickel, Attorneys, Sinco, Stephens, Inc., Weatherford Wellhead, Ace Hardware, Farm Bureau and Unishippers, (Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at becky.harris@thecabin.net and 505-1234.)

 

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