UCA President Lu Hardin announced plans for a 82,000-square-foot business building. The $18 million state-of-the-art building would be constructed directly behind Wingo Hall and would have a 200-seat lecture hall.
The old Steel Chevrolet building at Court and Main was being renovated to house two new restaurants, Doe’s Eat Place and Old Chicago.
Plans were announced to transform UCA’s Alumni Circle, the area bordered by Torreyson Library, Old Main and Harrin Hall, into a pedestrian plaza, complete with artwork that would highlight the university’s history and current achievements and articulate the Centennial theme, “New Vision, New Century.”
A Christmas tree depicting the generosity of Conway contributors to the American Red Cross blood program was erected on top of the First State Bank & Trust building. Three hundred lights, representing donors, adorned the tree.
Stanley Russ was named new president of the Conway Chamber of Commerce at the annual Chamber meeting at Hendrix College. New officers were Joe H. Hunnicutt, Cleddie W. Harper, and Edward A. Halter. New directors were Sam R. Adkisson, Bill F. Johnson, John P. McConnell and Jack Starkey. Russ said he believed the city’s most pressing problem was the lack of downtown parking facilities.
Seventy-four of the large group of Faulkner County registrants sent to the Little Rock induction center were accepted for military service. They would report for active duty at Camp Robinson on December 12, leaving Conway by train. S.T. Smith, chairman of the Faulkner County board, said the status of men over 38 years old would be determined after they reported for duty.
The upstairs of the Holt estate home, located at the corner of Center and College, was damaged by fire. The ceiling and wall were ignited by a gas heater. The upstairs rooms were occupied by the E.R. Milam family.
Steve Martin, director of the Conway Sanitation Department, and David Kordsmeier, vice president of Kordsmeier Remodeling Service, received Main Street Arkansas Awards during the Arkansas Municipal League conference in Hot Springs. Martin received the “design” award for several of his contributions, including the construction of trash cans in downtown Conway, a bicycle rack he engineered and for his involvement in a juvenile cleanup campaign in the downtown area. Kordsmeier received the “award of merit” for outstanding contributions to the live nativity scene, the downtown flag-pole promotion and the bunny backdrop for the Easter celebration.
A native Faulkner County young man, Coy Julian, who recently returned to Conway to make his home, was one of the noted pocket billiard players in the country.
Dr. Clarence True Wilson was quoted as saying the following: “Ten years ago there were only three dry states in the union. Today there are 27 states which have abolished the liquor traffic. Six-sevenths of U.S. counties have prohibited saloons and more than 15,000 villages and cities have gone dry. This means that more than 87% of the territory of the nation is free from the lawless, un-American, un-patriotic liquor traffic.”