Friday, October 5, 2007

Paint the Town Purple week upcoming

Paint the Town Purple week upcoming

In celebration of UCA's Centennial, the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and the Conway Advertising and Promotion Commission are joining together to promote Paint the Town Purple week.

On Oct. 23, all businesses are encouraged to wear the UCA/Paint the Town Purple T-shirts to work and to the Rally at the Plaza. A community-wide UCA pep rally celebration, which will include the annual fight song competition, cookouts provided by Conway businesses, a kid's "Jumpzone" with inflatable space walks and more, will occur at 5:30 p.m. at UCA's Harding Centennial Plaza. The Downtown to UCA Campus Homecoming Parade will take place at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 27. This year's parade will be larger and will include a longer route.

Parade entry forms will be available in the lobby at the Chamber of Commerce, UCA's Buffalo Alumni Hall, and online at For more information about Paint the Town Purple Week or opportunities to become involved, contact Kathy Wyrick at the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce at 327-7788.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Prince Street Turnabout

Okay...quick question...

I thought the whole wonderful purpose of the island turnabout on Prince Street by the High School was to fix the afterschool mess of cars trying to merge every which way onto Prince...

maybe not so much?

I noticed yesterday that cars are still exiting from both the main drive and the administration drive...many cars.

Why the cute little circle on Western then if it's not to fix that fender bender mecca?

oh well...note to self...

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Miller Time in Conway.... okay, I kinda had to laugh

Country club builder charged with two-by-four assault


A long-standing Conway businessman credited with building the Cadron Valley Country Club was released from jail on Friday after police arrested him for assaulting a once prominent, now disbarred local attorney.

James W. Miller, 74, of the 3300 block of Miller's View said Friday night he had wanted to hit Guy Jones Jr. with a two-by-four for 40 years before he actually did it shortly before 5 p.m., Thursday.

According to a report released on Friday at Conway Police Department, Miller entered Jones' yard at 3300 Nob Hill Drive and confronted the 63-year-old about Jones' contractors washing out their concrete chute on a lot owned by a third party. The report said Miller became enraged when Jones called him an expletive and told him to "get off (his) property," before Miller picked up a 3-foot-long two-by-four and began swinging it at Jones, who was incarcerated in the 1990s after run-ins with the IRS.

"The first couple swats at me scared me, because it was at my head," Jones said. "But they didn't hit me in the head, because I ducked. There was an 18-foot-long two-by-four lying on the ground, so I picked it up, and the next swing that came was coming at my head again. I moved, the two-by-four blocked it and he got me in the legs.

"I then dropped my two-by-four, grabbed my phone and said, 'That's it Miller. It's cop time.'"

Jones and Miller both said Friday that their grudge dates back to a Conway Twitty concert that took place in 1962 at Miller's Swim Club, now known as the Briarwood club, which Miller owned from 1960 to 1976. Jones and Miller both gave conflicting accounts of the '62 dispute, but neither denied that Jones told Miller he was going to "whoop him" that night.
The two now live in the same neighborhood in northwest Conway.

Miller said over the phone Friday that he was trying to prevent damage to land in the Nob Hill subdivision, which he had a hand in developing.

"(Jones) was pouring a concrete slab, and when his dump truck drivers got through he told them to go up there on Nob Hill Drive and just dump it out on the hillside out there right by Miller's View, which is the main street up on the very top," Miller said.

"So when I come in from work right about 4 or 5 (p.m.) I saw his concrete truck up there, and I've caught one (truck) up there before and asked them not to do dump there, so I pulled up there this time and I told him, 'Now, I've asked you people not to do it. I asked your other drivers not to pour up here.' They said, 'Oh, Mr. Jones told us it would be all right.'

"I said, 'Well, Mr. Jones don't own anything but that one little dinky lot he's got with that $80,000 house sitting on it.' I said, 'He's hurt Nob Hill more than anybody else up here by building that little ol' piece of junk.' Anyway, I told him, I said, 'If you don't mind, don't do it anymore.' (The driver) said, 'I won't. I promise you.'"

Miller admitted he made a mistake by pulling up onto Jones' property without being invited, and he admitted to striking Jones in the leg with a two-by-four. According to police, Jones used another board to block several swings, though the officer reported bloody contusions to Jones' knees.

"(Witnesses) reported that Miller was the aggressor and Jones made no attempt to harm Miller," CPD Lt. James Lee wrote.

Miller said he "tried to shake hands with (Jones) after the battle was over."

"Mr. Lee, the lieutenant for the police department, was standing right there when I put my hand out and tried to get (Jones) to shake it and end it all right there. (Jones) said, 'No sir, this ain't gonna end right here.' He's just that way. He's just that hard."

Jones, who was a lineman for the Arkansas Razorbacks in the early '60s, said Friday he had to restrain himself from punching Miller.

"I normally take care of my own problems," Jones said.

"But I'm looking at Jim Miller, who's not in the best of health, and I could just see me punching the fella, and him dying. And what am I gonna do then? I really don't want any trouble with the law. The only thing I want is to be left alone. Ninety-nine percent of my history is my own fault and I don't blame that on anybody, but my history in the last 48 hours that's not on me. That is wrong."

Miller, who was released Friday afternoon on a reported $5,000 bond, was arrested on suspicion of felony aggravated assault and felony battery. Miller's attorney, Frank Shaw, said Friday after talks with the prosecutor's office that Miller will be charged at the misdemeanor level. Miller has pleaded not guilty.

In Friday's interview, Miller said, "I didn't mind to spend the night in jail, because I've never been in jail in my life, and I thought, 'Well, before I die I'd just like to spend one night in jail.'

"But before the night was over, I wish I'd never had."

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Spotlight on Conway - Faulkner County Museum

Faulkner County Museum
P.O. Box 2442
Conway, AR 72033

Phone: (501) 329-5918

The Faulkner County Museum is based on the concept that only by preserving and presenting our past can we achieve a wise perspective on our future. Faulkner County's recorded history begins in 1873, but years before parts of the area were explored and settled by non-natives. And thousands of years before that, Native Americans hunted and fished in the area, leaving evidence of their presence.

The central theme underlying the museum exhibits is the range of environmental conditions found in Faulkner County and how the inhabitants, from prehistoric to the present, adapted to local conditions. The exhibits include artifacts, equipment, household items, clothing, historic and modern crafts, and photographs. These materials are arranged in a series of educational, attractive and self-explanatory exhibits which are combined on the unifying theme of everyday life in the past.

Exhibits at the museum are constantly being updated and new items are added periodically. Even if you have visited in the past, undoubtedly there's something new and different to see.

Spotlight on Conway - Conway Municipal Airport

425 6th Street
Conway, AR 72032
OFFICE: 501-327-4559
FAX: 501-327-7349

Welcome to Conway Municipal Airport (KCWS), located in Conway, Arkansas. Home to Conway Aviation Services and Cope’s Aircraft Services, Inc., we offer 100-LL and Jet-A aviation fuel, hangar rental and a variety of custom-tailored aircraft management services.

Our General Aviation & FBO business is built on catering to the wants and needs of private pilots and commercial enterprises. We provide pilot & crew contracting, aircraft maintenance contracting and aircraft purchase consulting. To learn more, please visit our Services page.