Two Josten’s Renaissance events took place at Conway High School West in conjunction with the first home football game. Senior football players selected teachers for whom they felt made a positive difference at the school and asked those teachers to wear their away jerseys at the game. Those teachers were recognized during the game.
Eight seniors were recognized for perfect attendance during their junior year. They received t-shirts and a gift bag. One also received an Ipod donated by Chris and Tricia Gill, owners of CT Video Productions.
Ray Simon, superintendent; Robert Anthony, principal; Cathy Dunn, assistant principal; and Shirley Smith, PTO president, cut the ribbon for the new addition to Ida Burn Elementary. The new activity building included a physical education room, library, computer laboratory, tutoring facility, resource room, conference room and a fifth-grade classroom.
John C. Stanton, executive vice-president at Worthen National Bank of Conway, resigned but planned to stay in the Conway area. He moved to Conway from North Little Rock where he was employed at Twin City Bank and was a member of the Conway School District’s Board of Education.
Conway High School students Russell Williams, Melvin White and Tommy Clements were named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program.
Jane Ellen Stegall was crowned Faulkner County Fair Queen. Nancy Selig, last year’s queen placed the crown on the pageant winner. Master of ceremonies for the pageant was C. Homer Jones.
Dr. Hadley Yates, associate professor of music at Hendrix appeared in a piano recital at Staples Auditorium, the first of the season presented by the Hendrix music department.
William A. Ferrell and Guy W. Murphy of Conway and Howard Lawrence of Greenbrier were summoned to federal jury duty in Little Rock.
Problems with the education and certification of Arkansas teachers were discussed at a two-day meeting of the Arkansas advisory council on teacher education and certification at Hendrix College.
Percy Goyne of Conway, chairman of the Arkansas boys’ industrial school’s board proposed that the institutions be merged with the state welfare department. There was a rapid turnover of superintendents which prevented progress from occurring.
A senate judiciary sub-committee voted its disapproval of legislation which would abolish the poll tax as a voting requirement in the election of congressmen and presidential electors.
J. Hiram Charles, George Huett, Guy Camp and James Anderson, Jr., four of the first 12 men sent to Camp Pike in September, came up for a short visit with relatives and friends. They said they were having a fine time, and as J. Hiram expressed it, “We have nothing to do from 10:30 at night until 5:40 the next morning but sleep.”
Mrs. Burilla T. Markham, one of Conway’s pioneer women, celebrated her 82nd birthday at her home. Mrs. Markham came to Conway back in the early ‘70s, before there was a town established, and conducted a boarding house at which men employed in the construction of the Little Rock and Ft. Smith Railway through this section were lodged.