(2007) A “New Urban” building was being constructed at 1318 Oak to replace the historic Ferguson building that burned in May, 2006. The former home of Conway Printing and the Log Cabin Democrat, the Ferguson building had been in Francie Ferguson Bolter’s family since the 1940s when Hubert Ferguson married Mary Virginia Robins and joined the newspaper firm. The new building, constructed by TruStar Properties, would have a two-bedroom apartment upstairs and an office area downstairs. The brick front was designed to blend in with the downtown Conway landscape. The Ferguson name was placed in stone at the top.
(1992) Mark Willborg resigned his position as superintendent of Guy-Perkins Schools to take over as head of the Rose Bud School District.
Suzy Ward, Vilonia High School counselor, was named Secondary Counselor of the Year by the Central Region of the Arkansas School Counselor Association. Mrs. Ward had served as counselor for Vilonia since inaugurating the school’s program in 1980.
Edwin Dibrell “Dib” Williams, 82, of Greenbrier, a former major league baseball player on Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics team from 1930 to 1934, passed away. He learned baseball from his father, Dr. Earl T. Williams, who coached the Greenbrier city baseball team in the early 1900s.
(1967) Mike Nesmith and Davey Jones of The Monkees were both shaken up when a crowd of fans surged toward the rear exit of the Winnipeg Arena in an unsuccessful bid to catch a glimpse of their departing idols.
City police said they planned to “toughen up” on motorists who won’t voluntarily pay parking meter violation tickets. The cost was $1 if paid voluntarily but if a warrant is issued the cost is $7.
Morton Hutto, basketball coach at Hendrix College, announced the signing of two high school players, Ray Price of Conway and Tommy Watson of Greenbrier, to athletic grants-in-aid.
(1942) Fire destroyed the large seven-room residence of T.N. Ford at Wooster along with virtually all its contents and an adjacent smokehouse well stocked with foodstuffs. The blaze originated in the roof, supposedly from the kitchen flue, and spread rapidly over the house. Mr. Ford was at work in the field nearby but was able to save little from the house.
Work on the new vocational building on the Conway High School campus was being speeded up after news was received that the national youth administration would be withdrawing its aid after April 30. The building cost approximately $15,000.
(1917) Announcement was made today that Philip Yaeger has sold his barber shop in this city to J.C. McNerlin and Fred Hobbs who will conduct the shop in the future. Mr. Yaeger has been operating the shop here since 1886, with the exception of about one year, and is one of the best known and most popular barbers in the state.
A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Leo Crafton, 202 South Locust Avenue, on Saturday.
Royce Wilkins, who is attending a school of pharmacy in Little Rock, is visiting at his home here.