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 www.uca.edu/alumni. 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

By DANIEL DOYLE
LOG CABIN STAFF WRITER


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
Email: fcm@conwaycorp.net

Phone: (501) 329-5918

website: http://www.faulknerhistory.com/museum/
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

CONWAY AIRPORT (KCWS)
425 6th Street
Conway, AR 72032
OFFICE: 501-327-4559
FAX: 501-327-7349
conwayairport@aol.com

website: http://www.conwayairport.com/
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.

Spotlight on Conway - AETN-TV Channel 2

Arkansas Educational Television Network
350 S. Donaghey
Conway, AR 72034
or P.O. Box 1250
Conway, AR 72033

Telephone numbers viewers may use to reach AETN are as follows:
1-800-662-AETN (2386)
(501) 682-AETN (2386)
(501) 450-1PBS (1727)

website: http://www.aetn.org/
The mission of the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is to offer lifelong learning opportunities to all Arkansans; to supply instructional programs to Arkansas' schools; to provide programming and services to improve and enhance the lives of Arkansas' citizens; and to illuminate the culture and heritage of Arkansas and the world. To accomplish this mission, AETN, through the creative use of telecommunications, will present a high-quality public television service designed to inform, educate, motivate, entertain, enlighten and inspire.

Spotlight on Conway - Central Baptist College

Click here for the Central Baptist College website.

from their history...
Central Baptist College is a four-year independent liberal arts college located in Conway, Arkansas. The city of Conway lies in the center of the state and has a population of 43,000, and Faulkner County has a population of 86,000. Conway is known as the “Athens of Arkansas” since two other higher education institutions are also located in this city.

Conway is situated only thirty miles from Little Rock, the capitol of Arkansas, which brings metropolitan advantages. However, despite the closeness to a large, urban city, Conway still maintains the friendliness and security of a small town.

At the annual meeting of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention in 1891, a special committee was appointed to consider the founding of an educational institution for women. Colonel George W. Bruce was appointed the first Chairman of the Board, and property was soon acquired in Conway.

Central College opened in a Baptist church in 1892, while waiting on construction of the Main Building on the beautiful fifteen-acre campus. The purpose of the institution was to train women for efficiency in home, church, business, and society.

Central College flourished for fifty-five years until its demise in 1947. Following its closure, the campus lay dormant for a number of years until it was purchased in 1952. The newly formed Arkansas Missionary Baptist Association purchased the property for $85,000, and Conway Baptist College opened its doors in September 1952 with Dr. D. N. Jackson serving as the first president of the college. The name of the institution was changed in 1962 to its current appellation, Central Baptist College.

From humble beginnings, CBC has grown from approximately two dozen students to more than 400. The number of faculty has increased from five to approximately fifty full-time and part-time instructors. In addition, the curriculum has expanded to include a number of baccalaureate degree programs in areas other than Bible. Much progress has been made.

Although many things have changed since 1952, Central Baptist College still remains committed to its mission and constantly strives to provide a quality education for all its students.

Spotlight in Conway - Hendrix College

Click here for the Hendrix College website.

from their history...
In 1876 Central Institute, which was to become Hendrix College was established in Altus, Arkansas, by the Rev. Isham L. Burrow. Burrow was serving as a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (now a part of the United Methodist Church) at the time. The school became Central Collegiate Institute in 1881 with the addition of secondary and collegiate departments. The institute was purchased in 1884 by conferences of the Southern Methodist Church in Arkansas and was renamed Hendrix College in honor of Bishop Eugene R. Hendrix in 1889. The following year the college moved to Conway, Arkansas. By the mid-1930s Hendrix had firmly established its role as a small, coeducational, undergraduate, residential, liberal arts, church-related institution. From the mid-1950s Hendrix gradually increased student enrollment until it stabilized at just under 1,000 in the 1970s. Through the end of the 20th century, Hendrix added more than 15 buildings, developed a new master plan for growth of the campus, and revised and enhanced its curriculum and added faculty in key areas. The College's long-standing commitment to experiential education gave birth to the Hendrix Odyssey Program in 2005. This component of the curriculum, which requires three engaged learning experiences of every Hendrix graduate, is helping the College build a national reputation for leadership in engaged learning. From the foundation of more than 130 years of excellence in education, Hendrix College is moving confidently into the 21st century.

Spotlight in Conway - Conway Corporation

Click here for the Conway Corporation website.

from their history...
The following is a history of Conway's electric utility, written by retired Conway Corporation Chief Operating Officer Roger Mills, and originally published in the Faulkner County Historical Society's Faulkner County: Its Land and People.

In the June 27, 1895, issue of Conway's weekly newspaper, it was stated that Conway was to have electric lights soon. The electric lights would soon be gleaming all over the city, and then the lightning bug would be out of a job. In July, 1895, the Conway Electric & Manufacturing Company was incorporated with a paid up capital of $12,000 with the following well-known financiers being the officers: Mrs. Nora G. Peay, president; George Hutchinson Burr, vice president; Mr. D. R. Jones, secretary-treasurer. Burr was professor of Natural and Physical Science at Hendrix College. Jones was cashier of the Bank of Conway.

Burr, a very intelligent and energetic man, designed and operated the electric light plant and distribution system. The power plant consisted of a 100-horsepower steam engine with a wood-fired boiler. The capacity of the plant averaged 1,000 incandescent and several arc lights.

The Conway Electric & Manufacturing Company was issued a franchise by the city council of Conway to construct the light plant and provide electricity in the city. The Conway Corporation offices occupy the site of the first light plant. No electric meters were used, and the customers were billed according to the number of lights they had. Electricity, for lighting purposes only, was supplied only between sundown and midnight, and the customers were billed 35¢ per month for each 16 candlepower (25 watt) lamp connected. Seven lights, mounted atop extremely high poles, provided light for the city streets for which the city paid $50 per month.

On March 25, 1896, G.H. Burr signed a contract with A.E. Livingston to supply him with 100 thirty-foot and 60 twenty-foot cypress poles for 82¢ each. In 1900, Professor Burr left Conway and started work with the electric department in Kansas City, Missouri.

On January 7, 1901, Mr. R.R. Peay, president and Mrs. Nora G. Peay, secretary of the Conway Electric and Manufacturing Company, signed a contract selling the light plant and electric distribution system to the Electric Light Improvement District of Conway for the sum of $8,500.

The city of Conway entered the Electric Power Generation and Distribution business. Property owners within the Electric Light Improvement District were assessed a 5-mill tax on the assessed value of their real property. There were 16,180 feet of pole lines in the system, transformer capacity of 910 lights, and 7 arc plus twenty 32-candlepower incandescent streetlights, and a generating plant in the system.

In 1902, Professor Burr moved back to Conway and returned to his position as superintendent of the electric light plant. In 1903, the Electric Light Improvement District Board authorized Professor Burr to purchase a new 75-kilowatt alternating dynamo.

In 1904, a 200-horsepower (150 kilowatt) Corliss steam engine and generator were installed and electric lighting service was now available from sundown to sun up.

In November, 1908, it was reported by the city council light plant committee chairman R.B. McCulloch that the average monthly cost of operation of the electric light plant was as follows: $354.50: fuel -- $202.00, salaries -- $140.50, and oil -- $10.00. The average monthly collection was $534.36.

Lack of capital had caused the management of the light plant to forego extension of lines to several profitable businesses. The assessments for the Electric Light Improvement District were paid out in 1909.

By April, 1910, the reported value of the city light plant was $20,223.67. There were 47,960 feet of pole lines, transformers with a total capacity of 2,500 lights, and 10 arc plus 76 incandescent street lights in the system. The indebtedness of the plant was $3,000. The light plant consisted of 2 seventy-horsepower boilers and an engine-dynamo set with a capacity of 250 horsepower.

On June 30, 1910, the Light Plant was turned over to the city council to operate. The light plant would be operated under the Light Plant Committee of the city council -- Frank E. Robins, W.D. Cole, and William J. Grummer, members.

On July 8, 1910, the Council Light Plant Committee voted to discontinue the flat rate charged for electric current and require all customers to install meters. They also decided that the city should discontinue selling globes, electrical appliances, and making contracts for interior construction work. The city would install the meters at a cost of $15 to the customers or would rent the meters for 25¢ per month. Customers would have ten days in which to pay their bills or be promptly disconnected.

The July 26, 1910, Log Cabin Democrat stated that due to the intensely hot weather, there had been a big demand for electric fans. J. Frank Jones and Jesse Lincoln had formed a partnership to deal in electrical appliances of every description and had already sent to the factory for a big order of fans. The Conway Printing Company had ordered a four horsepower motor for the presses, folding machine and paper cutter and a 1/2 horsepower motor for the Linotype machine.

On August 1, 1910, Superintendent Burr resigned to accept the position of supervising engineer for an $80,000 drainage district in Conway County. Professor Burr had been in charge of the operation of the Light Plant since it was installed with the exception of two or three years. Day service in the business district was begun that day, and the August 1 issue of the Log Cabin Democrat was the first paper in Conway put in type and printed by electrical power.

On August 2, 1910, A.H. Bingham, manager of the Benton Light Plant, was employed as superintendent of the Light Plant to replace Professor Burr. Superintendent Bingham started work on August 8 and worked out of an office in Lincoln-Jones Electric Company building just south of the post office. Superintendent Bingham's salary was $125 per month. The electric bills were paid to Superintendent Bingham at his office. On September 2, 1910, it was reported that bills for electric service for August totaled $500.

In January, 1911, Superintendent Bingham resigned and Edward V. Leverett, who for the past five years had been superintendent of the Bentonville Light and Water Plant, was hired to replace him. Leverett, a graduate of the University of Arkansas Mechanical and Engineering Department, started work in February.

In April, May, and June of 1911, the pole lines serving the city were reconstructed using white cedar poles, and a new series street lighting system was installed using 80 tungston lights ranging in size from 10 to 100 candlepower. With the installation of the new series street lighting circuit, the lights could be turned off when not needed. During the reconstruction work, lineman Henry Mabry got into a live electrical line and couldn't get loose until someone called the light plant, and the electricity was turned off. With the completion of the reconstruction work on July 1, 1911, day service was extended to the residential section of the city. About 75 of the new lights, ranging in size from 50 to 500 candlepower, had been installed on city streets.
On August 8, 1911, a petition was submitted to the city council asking that the meter rate for electric lights be reduced from 15¢ per kwh to 10¢ per kwh. At the same council meeting, Superintendent Leverett reported that the light plant's 100-horsepower engine had been shipped to A.A. Lachowsky and Sons Machine Shop in Morrilton to be overhauled. The engine, which had been operated 20 hours per day for the past year, would be used to supply power to the waterworks pump motors.

The annual report of the city light plant for the year ending February 15, 1912, noted total receipts of $9,895.89. Total expenses: $10,143.21.

The total outstanding indebtedness of the plant was $594.40, of which $367.14 was attributed to improvements in the electric system and extensions of the electric lines. In addition to the above expenses, there was $2,500 spent out of the city treasury for improvements to the plant, installing a new street lighting system, and power line extensions. The uncollected accounts due the plant amounted to $670, of which waterworks contractor; Joseph McCoppin owed $600 for electric current supplied for the testing of water lines.

At a council meeting on Tuesday, March 12, 1912, the city council voted four to two in favor of the adoption of Ordinance 189 setting up a three member light and water commission to oversee the operation of the light plant and the waterworks system (once it was completed and accepted by the city). The commission was to report to the council at the second meeting each month. The ordinance also established the basic rate for electric current at 15¢ per kwh. The minimum amount payable was set at 15¢ per month."

Until meters could be installed on every residence, a flat rate of 15¢ per month for every 16-candlepower lamp was charged. The rate for meters on loads above one-horsepower was 7.5¢ per kilowatt-hour. Business customers were to be charged 70¢ per month per 16 candlepower lamp used for lighting show windows and other public use.

Also the ordinance stated that electric meters were to be sold to the customers at cost, or the customer could rent a meter for 25¢ per month. The bills were to be paid at the office of the superintendent of the light and water system.

On Thursday, April 4, 1912, the new light and water commission held its first meeting in Mayor W.H. Duncan's office and elected Frank E. Robins, chairman; Wellington Robbins, secretary; and E.V. Leverett, superintendent. Mr. Leverett was required to post a $1,000 bond.

On Tuesday, April 9, 1912, the new city council held its first session and criticized the previous council for establishing a light and water commission to oversee the operation of the Light Plant and Waterworks system. On Tuesday, May 14, 1912, the city council passed an amendment to Ordinance No. 189 which would do away with the newly created light and water commission and place the light plant and waterworks system back under the council's light plant committee consisting of Aldermen R. B. McCulloch, chairman; A.J. Meadors and Wellington Robbins.

On Tuesday, June 4, 1912, the city council's light and water committee amended the electric light rates. Customers, who had not yet installed meters, would be charged $1.00 for an electric iron, $1.00 for an eight-inch fan and $1.50 for a twelve-inch fan per month. The minimum monthly bill for customers on a flat rate was set at $1.00.

On Friday, May 16, 1913, the city council met and voted to purchase the following equipment for the light plant from Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company at a cost of $6,100: 1) a Corlisss engine running at 120 rpm and developing 130 lbs. of steam pressure and 300 horsepower; 2) a direct connected generator rated at 190 kilovolt-ampere; 3) switchboard; 4) steam separator; and 5) automatic trap; etc.

The new Corliss engine and direct connected generator (a first for the light plant; previous engine-generator sets were connected by a belt) were put in service the first part of November 1913. This gave the light plant three complete power units.

In March 1913, a new, bigger exciter, weighing 3,000 pounds, was installed on the new engine to replace the small one that came with it.

On Tuesday, April 4, 1913, J. Frank Jones took office as mayor along with the new city council. Alderman Wellington Robbins, C.C. Denney, and William J. Grummer were appointed to the light and water committee.

On Friday evening, October 8, 1914, a formal opening of the "White Way" street light system was held. The Conway High School and Hendrix College brass bands, with 46 instruments, presented a concert, after which the crowd marched to the fairgrounds.

At the council meeting held on Tuesday, February 10, 1915, the council approved a report from the light and water committee that all electric meters be required to be boxed and sealed in order to prevent tampering and that the remaining customers on a flat rate be required to install meters.

On Monday, January 31, 1916, the business office of the Municipal Light and Water Plants was moved to the office of City Accountant and Collector, J.H. Hartje, at Faulkner Guaranty and Abstract Company at 110 West Oak Street.

In 1923, the city council purchased the first diesel unit; a 260-horsepower engine and generator set and removed the 100-horsepower unit. The demand for electricity grew such that in 1925 a second diesel unit of 300-horsepower rating from Fairbanks-Morse Company was installed. In April 1926, one of the old 100-horsepower steam engines was installed at the water plant on top of Cadron Ridge near Gleason to be used for emergency power.

Arkansas oil from the Smackover field was used in the diesel engines; Arkansas coal was used as fuel for the boilers of the steam engines.

In March 1927, superintendent E.V. Leverett reported that the municipal utilities had earned $60,000 over the last 15 months and had just made the last payment on the $25,000 diesel engine installed in December 1925.

In March 1928 a third diesel engine and generator set of 625-horsepower capacity was added to the electric light plant. All of these new power units, as well as improvements to the buildings and extensions of the electric distribution system were paid for out of earnings of the light plant, which were rising steadily. The electric light plant generated 1,513,700-kilowatt hours and had a peak load of 480 kilowatts in 1928.

Early in 1929, Conway was confronted with the possibility of losing two of its oldest educational institutions -- Hendrix College located in the city in 1890 and Central College located here in 1892. Both colleges were in financial trouble, the two Methodist conferences were discussing moving Hendrix College and the Baptist convention was discussing having to abandon Central College.

To avoid the economic consequences the loss of the colleges would bring upon Conway, the Conway Chamber of Commerce proposed to the Methodist board in charge of its colleges, that it would donate $150,000 to Hendrix College on the condition that a sufficient sum be raised outside to qualify for a $150,000 gift from the General Education Board, and that Hendrix College be definitely and permanently located in Conway. On March 13, 1929, the Methodist board formally accepted the proposal.

This posed the question of how and where the $150,000 could be raised. After several weeks of deliberation failed to produce any practical plan for raising money, it appeared that Conway would lose the two colleges. However, Frank Farris, Attorney R.W. Robins and Attorney George W. Clark conceived the idea of capitalizing the earnings of the municipal electric plant over a period of years and issuing bonds against these earnings. The electric plant at that time had a net annual revenue (over operating expenses, free street lights and other services furnished to the city) of about $20,000, which would be sufficient to amortize a bond issue large enough to cover the needed funds.

The plan was unprecedented and may have seemed crazy. However, the lawyers could find no law prohibiting such a proceeding, and, if it were not enjoined by the courts, and, if anybody could be found to purchase the bonds, it was thought worth a trial.

Thus, on May 6, 1929, the Conway Corporation was chartered with V.D. Hill, R.H. Maddox, J. Frank Jones, J.J. Hiegel and Frank E. Robins appointed as the first board members. The board members were appointed by the city council to serve five year terms and were to receive no pay for serving. Frank E. Robins was elected as the first chairman of the Conway Corporation board and R.W. Robins and G.W. Clark were selected as attorneys to represent the board.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Padgett Elementary School...in the works...

In case you missed the information about the up and coming Padgett Elementary School...it's been in the works for awhile. The 16 acres of land it is to be built on was purchased from Hal Crafton back in 2006 for $737,297.

Mind you...that's just for the land.

I guess more people were paying for their lunch on time last year. jk

Hopefully Spencer Lake won't be spilling over so often with the new elementary there.

Rezoning Conway School District....ugh

from today's Log Cabin....
By JOE LAMB
LOG CABIN STAFF WRITER

Changes may be in store for the Conway School District.

The school district is considering a school rezoning, assistant superintendent Carroll Bishop said. The rezoning would adjust the district's zones to include the new Padgett Elementary School next year, as well as reduce the number of students in the "at-capacity" Jim Stone and Ellen Smith elementary schools.

Padgett Elementary School is currently being constructed and it's proposed zone would occupy an area in the city's northwest.

No rezoning decisions have yet been made by the Conway School Board, Bishop said, but school committees have been working on the issue for "a couple years" to as early as possible "give people notice of where their children will be going to school next year."

A good portion of the Ellen Smith Elementary zone in south-central Conway would be absorbed by Sallie Cone Elementary, while the northwest portion of Jim Stone Elementary's zone in northwest Conway would be absorbed by the Padgett Elementary School. Northwest portions of Ida Burns and Julia Lee Moore elementary school zones would likewise be absorbed by Padgett Elementary School.

"We've spent two years with committees looking at options," Bishop said, "and this is an option our elementary school principals put together." A public hearing concerning the rezoning will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in the James H. Clark Auditorium at the Conway High School-West campus, Bishop said. Individual schools are planning parent-teacher organization meetings to invite preliminary discussion, he added.

Though some parents will if a rezoning is approved be taking their children to different schools next year, there will be no changes to the "feeder schools," Bishop said.

Sallie Cone Elementary, Margeurite Vann Elementary, Jim Stone Elementary, Ellen Smith Elementary and the yet-to-be-completed Padgett Elementary will still "feed into" Ruth Doyle Intermediate School, he explained.

Likewise, Theodore Jones Elementary, Florence Mattison Elementary, Julia Lee Moore Elementary and Ida Burns Elementary will still "feed into" Raymond and Phyllis Simon Intermediate School, he said.

Raymond and Phyllis Simon and Ruth Doyle intermediate schools will continue to "feed into" Bob Courtway and Carl Stuart Middle Schools, respectively.

Those interested in viewing a map illustrating the proposed rezoning can find one in the district's administrative building at 2220 Prince St., Bishop said. Bishop said he or other school officials will likely be able to field questions concerning the rezoning if not busy.

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Saturday, September 8, 2007

Prince Street Roundabout in Conway.......

ugh... I know one day...they say....I will look upon this with a grateful heart and thankful spirit.

....right now it is just annoying.

...and dangerous!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Former jailer unwilling in escape, mother says

Former jailer unwilling in escape, mother says
BY DEBRA HALE-SHELTON

Posted on Thursday, September 6, 2007

CONWAY — A former Faulkner County jailer who authorities say helped an Arkansas prisoner flee to Indiana with her three small children contends she was not a willing participant in the escape, her mother said Wednesday.

Jean Mendoza of Conway said she talked by telephone last week with her daughter, Sarah Bergmann, after police and the FBI arrested Bergmann and the inmate, James S. Johnson, in Elkhart, Ind.

"Her information to me was that this guy had threatened her and she was scared, and that's what it was all about," Mendoza said in an interview while she cared for Bergmann’s children - ages 3, 2 and 10 months.

Faulkner County sheriff's Capt. John Randall has said authorities believe Bergmann, 21, and Johnson, 34, were romantically involved while she was working at the jail and that she helped him escape Aug. 11 in her sport utility vehicle. The two had exchanged letters and phone conversations before she resigned as a jailer the same day of the escape, Randall has said.

Mendoza said she believed her daughter's explanation was part of the story, but added, "I believe there was more to it than we're probably ever going to know."

Mendoza said Bergmann indicated Johnson "told her he had people on the outside who would take care of her and her family if she did not help him."

"I don't know" whether that's true, Mendoza said in an interview. "Maybe it is; maybe it isn't."

Mendoza said the oldest child, who will turn 4 in December, has since told her that Johnson was "a mean man, and he was mean to her mommy."

Bergmann was crying during the phone conversation, Mendoza said. "She said she was glad she was in jail and the kids were safe because anywhere was better than being with him."

Randall said Wednesday he had no comment on Bergmann's reported statements. He said he has not talked with Bergmann since she was arrested Aug. 31 at an Elkhart store where she had gone to collect money she thought a friend or relative was wiring her. Instead, police and the FBI met her there.

Randall said Bergmann's husband, Robert Bergmann of Mount Vernon, has since gone to Indiana and brought the children back to Arkansas. "They're fine," Mendoza said.

Randall said that Johnson and Sarah Bergmann waived extradition on Tuesday and that officers were driving to Indiana on Wednesday to get them. The pair are to appear in Faulkner County Circuit Court, perhaps by video from the Faulkner County jail, on Friday, he said.

Randall said the sheriff’s office would set bail for Bergmann at $ 100, 000 upon her return to Arkansas. A judge could later change that amount. Johnson will be held without bail because he is a state prisoner.

Bergmann is being held on a felony charge of permitting an escape in the first degree, which is punishable by three to 10 years in prison. Johnson was serving a 40-year sentence out of Crawford and Sebastian counties for second-degree battery, forgery, theft by receiving and theft of property. He was in Conway under Arkansas’ Act 309 program, which allows certain prisoners to work for city and county jails.

A little more than three hours after Bergmann's arrest, police found Johnson at an Elkhart residence and took him into custody on escape and theft-of-property charges.

Randall said Bergmann helped police find Johnson by giving them the name of Johnson's new employer in Elkhart. Police then tracked Johnson to that person’s home.

While on the lam, the captain has said, Bergmann at times used her cellular phone to text-message family members, including her husband and even Randall, who had been her boss at the jail.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

1965 Tornado in Conway, Arkansas.....

......did you know that on April 10, 1965 a category 4 tornado struck southeast and east parts of Conway...killing 6 people, injuring 200+ and causing millions of dollars in damage?

The tornado hit at 6:26 pm and caused a great deal of damage to the area around the Children's Colony, the Polk/Ingram neighborhoods and out along where the Virco plant was. The girls at the Children's Colony were sheltered at Grove Gym on the campus of Hendrix and the boys were sheltered at UCA.

KCON radio was credited with saving lives as many heard their live broadcast of Mrs. Verna Jean Moore warning of the coming tornado.

Airmen from the Little Rock Air Force Base were amongst the many that responded to the relief efforts in Conway.

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Speaking of rain here in Conway...

As long as we're on the topic of rain...figured I'd continue the theme by updating on the aftermath of the current rain here in Conway.

Reports are that the Acxiom parking lot flooded out.... yuck.

Along Oak Street, the usual flooding was occuring...no word on if the sandbags were helping keep out the water.

For such a dry August, the rain is a welcome sight...the flooding and drainage problems...not so much.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Wow...it really rained today in Conway!

Well...there I was raving about a few little raindrops yesterday. Today the buckets came!! :)

Of course, when it rains in Conway...you gotta wondering what is flooding where.

The last big rain flooded over in Victoria Park subdivision (back behind Grace United on Hogan)...that subdivision has grown and expanded from nothing....fields... to houses upon houses and houses. Now with the addition of Nottingham west of Victoria Park...wow, there are a lot of houses back there.

I've gotten accustomed to seeing the sandbags line the businesses downtown, but was surprised by the flooding in the residential areas.

Yuck.

Hopefully they (whomever they are) are working on the drainage issues that seem to be popping up all over town.

...growing pains

Monday, September 3, 2007

Speaking of Rain....

At long last...it is raining this evening!!!

After a long spat of no rain, hot, hot, no rain, hot, hot... I came home this evening to light showers and the smell of rain!

nice

More on Changes in Conway.....

I can't really think off hand....just random thoughts I suppose...makes you wonder what happened to the people who used to live there.

Did they die? Move off? Or just decide to sell because land was so high?

I wonder sometimes why people pay so much to live in Conway?

I know it's a "nice town" and it has "good schools" and whatever else selling points realtors may have...

but dang... it ain't cheap to live here....and I'm not so sure the city is keeping up with the growth so well at times.

I'd like to have a pond...but I'm not so sure I'd planned on having to settle for the pond-look-a-like my backyard takes whenever it rains hard. ha

More on the Changes in Conway....

In 1988, I moved out of Conway and Arkansas....but returned again in 1992.

Perhaps things had changed a lot or just I noticed different things since now I was a bit older. ;)

Harvest Foods was where Fred's is now on Morningside Dr off Prince Street. Second Baptist Church had not yet expanded. First Baptist Church hadn't burned and still had the beautiful stained glass windows that I loved gazing at when walking down Robinson.

Going west down Tyler showed new development with Eve Lane and Golden Meadow subdivision...out across from the Brown's place. At the corner of Hogan and Tyler, you could always see a horse or two wandering around amongst the trees. Hogan past Tyler did not exist...but for some off-road tracks.

You could take a four-wheel drive up there onto the mountainside...seemed sure to tip over, but never did. ha

Hogan Lane had some cool old houses set off on the right just down and across from Ms. Hogan's place. I think one was the old Favre place, but don't quote me on that one. ;)

I wasn't so surprised they tore down those old buildings and moved off the mobile homes...but when they tore down the two houses across from the Hogan's place...that was a little surprising...looked like nice houses. I guess the land was worth more...well, I'm sure it was since they tore 'em down.

Oh yeah....The bowling alley was in the same place over across from the cow fields....no mall in sight, lol.

Changes in Conway

Wow...changes in Conway...that's a loaded statement.

When I first moved to Conway, it was as a freshman at UCA in 1986. I lived in the dorm at Hughes Hall...on the 2nd floor above the doorway. You could crawl out onto the overhang, should you so desire...which I never did. ha

I didn't have a car, so my mobility around town was quite limited....mostly a venture across campus to the little grocery store that was located where Papa John's is now.

Scottie Pippen was playing in his senior year at UCA...and had become a big name for his basketball prowess....so we'd try to hit most of the games that were at home.

Going down Prince Street toward Toad Suck was a whole lot of nothing compared to how it is today. Homes along Prince, yes...but none of the three jillion subdivisions that now dot the landscape. I don't remember anything remarkable or unremarkable about the drive...except that I thought we were getting lost. lol

Wal-Mart was over where the furniture store/Office Depot is now. Kroger was where Big Lots is now. Piggly Wiggly was where the Glo Golf place is and Food-4-Less was Price Cutter.

thrilling...eh?

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Changes at the Prince Street Kroger

Has anyone been noticing the changes going on at the Prince Street Kroger store?

I, for one, have.

I don't like that they've stopped being open 24 hours. Bah. I understand that kids were hanging out in the parking lot mucking it up with beer bottles and what not. But I do miss not being able to bop in there once I got off the night shift.

I do like the discounts being placed on fruits and vegetables. I've never understood throwing away the fresh fruits and veggies...and I'm so glad to see that they are giving folks an opportunity to buy the ripe ones at a discount.

YEAH!

Word is a new manager is on the way as well. Happy retirement to Mr. Williams...hope the new management doesn't change the fruit discounts!!! ;)

Comment Section in the Log Cabin Democrat....

If you haven't stopped by the online edition of the Log Cabin Democrat lately, you may have missed out on the running chatter taking place.

They have a 'comment on this article' section following the articles posted online. I'm not sure what the purpose of these comments are...seems to be a rather mean-spirited place to gather and deride whomever is unfortunate enough to be found on that days topic list.

Odds are if it's in the paper, it's not good news. But even the good news articles are not safe zones. Ouch...it gets ugly in there.

I know Conway is a growing city, but does it have do be dispassionate too?

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Faulkner County Jail Follies

Now that the daft duo have been captured up in Indiana, one must ask just why oh why state prisoners are lounging around the car wash area at the old jail....to the point that they can slip away???

Now Maj. Brown says in the Log Cabin today that the public is "unclear" on jail jurisdiction in the car wash area.

Hmmmm...why does it even matter if I am unclear on it...I'm not the one being paid millions and charging millions to house these guys.

The jail does not allow inmates being held for trial (not convicted) such freedoms...but yet one that is in for 40 years can apparently roam around freely...and have more than enough time and ability to get some young jailer to fall for his lies.

And it's unclear to whom???

Friday, August 31, 2007

Lunch at Carl Stuart Middle School.....

Wow...life in middle school apparently isn't tough enough for the teenagers in Conway. A letter came out from the school announcing that any students not taking athletics/PE will have to gulp down their food and use half their lunch period for PE exercises.

Kids that already have PE will be able to enjoy their 30 minutes of lunch with the usual standing in line, eating hurriedly, bathroom visits and onto the next class.

However, kids that don't have PE will get to do all that in 15 minutes.

Is gobbling down food as fast as you can really an ability that should be honed in middle school?

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Roundabout on Prince Street

Oh goodness, turned toward the high school off Donaghey today and was surprised to see flagmen directing traffic into the roundabout.

Ugh.

This one is different from the one over by Hendrix. Once you enter the roundabout to continue west down Prince, you must choose either the right or left lane INSIDE the roundabout.

Accident. Waiting. To. Happen.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Speaking of UCA....

Did you read that UCA now has a (insert drumroll) Mobile Command Center. Oh my. And it's parked right by the student center. Hmmmm... a hundred yards from the immobile command center? I guess they are going to move it around campus? Why?

Don't they stay busy enough writing parking tickets? Do they really have time for a policemobile?

Back to School at UCA

Hi, ho...hi ho...it's back to school today for UCA. And yes...it only takes a momentary drive around town to know that little tidbit. Traffic, traffic, traffic.

Be careful if you're driving south down Donaghey toward Dave Ward Drive. Yes, there are crosswalks...but KNOW that not everyone uses them. Students have a knack for thinking their backpacks and bookbags make them unable to be squished by a moving vehicle. They pop out of no where...ipods firmly glued to their ears...cell phone attached to head...and backpack swaying elegantly as they pop out unexpectedly to saunter across the road.

Squished college students don't make good headlines...so yeah...maybe you do have the right of way, but take a deep breath and drive a little slower around campus.

They'll eventually learn, but let's not squish em before they get the chance.

Conway, Conway...where for art thou?

Where is Conway, Arkansas?

Well..according to the Conway Chamber of Commerce...Conway is located in the heart of Arkansas.

Hmmmm....Does that mean that Hot Springs is in the stomach? Perhaps Arkadelphia is in the knee? Fayetteville in the ear?

Who knows. Another problem is that both Little Rock and North Little Rock also claim to be in the heart of Arkansas.

Well...Arkansas has a big heart. lol

If you know Arkansas at all, then Conway is located about 30 miles north of Little Rock off I-40 West...

If you don't know Arkansas at all...well...Conway is in the heart. :)

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Spotlight in Conway - Log Cabin Democrat

The local Conway newspaper is the Log Cabin Democrat.

from their history...
When the Log Cabin Democrat began publishing more than a century ago, all the type was set by hand. Each letter was picked out of a type case, one character at a time. Now computers do most of the work, and what once took hours to accomplish is done in a matter of minutes. The Log Cabin has grown through the years along with Faulkner County and Conway.
The newspaper proudly traces its history to a date in July 1879, when Able F. Livingston came to Conway from Illinois and founded a newspaper

Livingston had been a member of the old Whig Party, and even though the party was gone by then, he chose the Log Cabin -- the symbol of the Whig Party -- as the name for his newspaper and named Charlie Cox its first editor.

In the early 1880s, Livingston moved to Morrilton to edit the Star, and his brothers-in-law, Zol and T. M. Woods, continued to publish the Log Cabin.

In March 1885, J. W. Underhill became part owner. Livingston had created the newspaper as a Republican weekly, but when Underhill assumed control from the Woods brothers in the late 1880s, he turned it into a Democratic Party newspaper.

On Jan. 1, 1894, Underhill and J. W. Robins, who owned a sawmill, decided to trade businesses. The deal was completed on a creek bank and was the beginning of an almost unbroken succession of Robins family ownership. Five generations of the family have been involved in the newspaper's history.

One of Robins' reasons for obtaining the newspaper was to provide his son, Frank, with the educational environment of a newspaper office. Young Frank Robins had just turned 13 when his 39-year-old father purchased the Log Cabin.

Six months later, J. W. Robins died. His wife, Minnie Freeman Robins, published the paper until the fall of 1894, when she turned the operation of the Log Cabin over to O. C. Ludwig. Three years later, Mrs. Robins again became involved in the operation of the newspaper.

Another newspaper, the Democrat, had begun publishing in Conway in 1881, but a fire at the offices caused it to cease publication in 1885.

About 10 years later, the Democrat was revived by a group of three men, and in 1896, Underhill returned to Conway and purchased it. In 1899, he married Minnie Robins and thus became associated again with the Log Cabin. The two newspapers were published from the same office, and the Robins-Underhill marriage was the first step toward the merger of the two papers.

A fire on June 19, 1900, delayed the merger, but it didn't delay that week's edition, the paper read:

"Fire this morning at three o'clock destroyed the brick building on West Oak Street, owned by Mrs. J. W. Underhill and occupied by the Conway Printing Co. and B. G. Muse's Meat Market; all of A. J. Witt's frame buildings including his store warehouse and wagon yard buildings and a small farm building, belonging to Mrs. Underhill...

"The fire is supposed to have originated in the upstairs room occupied by the printing office. The cause is unknown."

Just 15 months after the fire, the two papers became the Log Cabin Democrat. But a year later, Underhill's health failed and Frank E. Robins, then 22, took over management of the newspaper his father had purchased on a creek bank eight years earlier.

When Underhill died in 1906, Robins became editor and purchased his stepfather's interest Two years later, Sept. 14, 1908, there was a drastic change in the newspaper. Frank Robins decided to begin a daily edition of the Log Cabin Democrat to coincide with the opening of Arkansas Normal School (now the University of Central Arkansas).

The next major change in the newspaper's publishing frequency occurred Dec. 2, 1979, when the Log Cabin Democrat began a Sunday edition and dropped its Saturday delivery. On April 14, 1980, after 80 years on Oak Street, the Log Cabin offices were moved from 1318 Oak St. to its current quarters at 1058 Front St.

In July of that same year, a new computer system was installed which replaced the typewriter as the reporter's trusty tool, moving the Log Cabin another step away from the green-eyeshade era of journalism when Able F. Livingston opened his newspaper office in Conway.

Two years later, Aug. 26, 1982, the Log Cabin Democrat ceased publication of its weekly edition, ending a tradition of small-community coverage -- church singings and covered-dish suppers -- that stretched back over 100 years.

On Oct. 1, 1989, the Log Cabin Democrat finalized a planned restructuring of the corporation's ownership. The restructuring included 51 percent of the stock in the newspaper being owned by Frank E. Robins III, publisher; his wife, Dorothy Robins; and his daughter, Laura Robins Falls. The remaining 49 percent was purchased by Stauffer Communications Inc. of Topeka, Kan.

On March 20, 1994, Frank E. Robins III, a fifth-generation publisher of the Log Cabin Democrat, announced his retirement effective Friday, May 27. Mike Hengel was named publisher of the Log Cabin Democrat. The Log Cabin Democrat is now fully owned by Morris Communications Inc. of Augusta, Ga.

The online edition of the Log Cabin Democrat, thecabin.net, debuted May 15, 1997.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Conway's 10 Most Influential People #9 - John Hugh Reynolds

.....from the Log Cabin Democrat:

Reynolds helped make Hendrix one of the best
By BEAU WILCOX
Log Cabin Staff Writer
Friday, June 25, 1999
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Beau Wilcox
Tucked into its comfortable plot between Harkrider and Washington Streets, Hendrix College is, by a purely aesthetic examination, an unassuming institution.

But its reputation statewide and nationwide often makes it seem significantly larger. The school which barely exceeds 1,000 students is considered an outstanding value by major publications like Forbes and Money Magazine, and has found itself among elite company in recent years in the U. S. News & World Report's list of the best colleges in America, private or public.

The chain of individuals who have helped Hendrix attain such high regard is extensive. But many current and former administrators and faculty members would mention John Hugh Reynolds as a singularly important force in the growth and advancement of Hendrix College.

Between 1913 and 1945, Reynolds served as president of the institution. And during that period, his efforts were both numerous and grand.

Bob Meriwether, a former Hendrix professor and administrator, now serves as an unofficial historian for the college. In the book "Faulkner County: Its Land and People," published by the county's historical society in 1986, Meriwether included a biography of Reynolds that lists his litany of accomplishments.

Born near Enola in 1869, Reynolds experienced some schooling before moving to Altus (Franklin County) in 1889 to attend Hendrix College. A year later, the school relocated to Conway, and Reynolds would be a part of that transition for over half a century.

After teaching at Hendrix for a few years, Reynolds moved to Fayetteville to perform the same duties at the University of Arkansas. In 1912, he was named the university's acting president, and when he was not granted the position permanently, Reynolds came back to Hendrix June 17, 1913 to take that leadership role.

He would, in truth, never leave again.

Hendrix College presidents (from left) Stonewall Anderson (1902-1910), Alexander C. Millar (1887-1902, 1910-1913) and John Hugh Reynolds (1913-1945). Taken in Conway, date unknown.

Reynolds' work was impressive. He made great efforts to get financial donations for the college and to heighten the quality of the faculty. Even while the Great Depression spelled doom for other institutions across the nation, Reynolds kept Hendrix stable and even growing, with four new buildings constructed during that tumultuous period. The school's endowment increased markedly during his tenure, and the prominence it enjoys today truly began to flower in Reynolds' 32 years as president.

Consider these myriad achievements: Reynolds was a member of the General Board of Education of the Methodist Episcopal Church South for three decades, and a chairman of the church's Christian Education Movement. He was a political activist and an administrative genius who attracted money to the college from some of the nation's most prestigious foundations, and he is still renowned for bringing a highly-acclaimed faculty from across the state, region and country.

The physical sciences building at Hendrix was named after Reynolds, although he resisted that honor until after his retirement. Coincidentally, as Reynolds is being celebrated as the ninth-most influential person in Faulkner Coun ty history, the building which bears his name is being renovated as part of Hendrix's new physical science complex. He died in 1954, but his legacy was preserved as all four of his and wife Margaret's children attended and graduated from Hendrix.

One President on Another

Although his work at Hendrix concluded more than half a century ago, appreciation for Reynolds' varied successes still runs high, particularly from the woman who now holds his former position.

Current Hendrix President Ann H. Die said during a recent interview that Reynolds' contributions retain their significance and glory today.

"I do think that the college's modern reputation dates from his time," Dr. Die said. "He not only sought to have strong academic programs here, but he brought in a number of well-known academics to speak, and he was responsible for major curriculum changes."

Dr. Die also noted that Reynolds truly helped mold the college into a liberal arts institution.

"The quality of academics certainly flourished during his tenure," Dr. Die said. "He intended for students to study all that was out there...and to learn how to sort fact from fiction, and theory from falsehood."


Other tidbits about John Hugh Reynolds:
In 1922, B.W. Torreyson gave a witty biography of Dr. Reynolds at the Conway Rotary Club in the club's series of "gridiron" talks.
In 1924, J.H. Reynolds' daughter, Ruth Reynolds, married Professor David Driver who was teaching in Brazil. She sailed from New York to Brazil for the wedding with her brother, George Reynolds, and her mother as escorts. George taught at Centenary College in Shreveport, La.
In 1926, Dr. Reynolds joined the Conway Country Club along with D.W. Robins.
In 1928, Reynolds announced that their would be a new roof garden atop the administration offices for social activities at the college.
In 1930, Dr. Reynolds continued working despite a fractured collarbone suffered when he had to run his car off the road into a ditch to avoid an accident in Malvern.
In 1931, Reynolds' mother-in-law, Mrs. Elizabeth McWhirter Harwood, celebrated her 100th birthday in Conway. She moved to Conway from Missouri following her husband's death.

Conway's 10 Most Influential People #10 - Theodore S. Smith

from the Log Cabin Democrat......

Smith remembered as hero, civic leader, businessman
By FRED PETRUCELLI
Log Cabin Staff Writer
Friday, June 25, 1999
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Fred Petrucelli
The life of S. Theodore Smith, as told by his son, automobile dealer Ros Smith, is an admirable study of an astute businessman and civic leader who combined his genius for accomplishment and the love for his community.

Admiration for his father shines through in Ros Smith's recitation of the good works of this man who in a Log Cabin Democrat survey was named the 10th most influential person in Faulkner County's history.

Businessman, war hero, community activist -- these are the legacies of Smith, who made his mark among the city's movers and shakers, men who shaped the destiny of the locale with their foresight and perspective.

Smith was born in 1894 into a Conway family of merchants. His father, S. G. Smith, operated a general store and cotton sale barn in downtown Conway. He was a businessman who prospered and then lost heavily in the dark days of the Depression.

"He thought he had done well buying cotton at 5 cents a pound in the New Orleans market only to see the price drop to 2 cents," Ros Smith says, recalling stories of the difficult times of bankruptcies and bank failures.

Schooled in Conway, Theodore Smith attended Hendrix College and was the mascot for the Warrior football team before he transferred to the University of Illinois.

With the outbreak of World War I, Smith elected to join the Army and was sent to France with an artillery unit after a period of training at Fort Roots. He had earned the rank of second lieutenant when he was shipped abroad.

On Oct. 16, 1918, less than a month before the armistice ending the war was signed, Smith was wounded during the furious fighting at Chateau-Thierry, a small town in the north of France.

A barrage of shrapnel struck the left side of his body, inflicting wounds to his shoulder, arm and hand and immobilizing him. He was carried off the battlefield -- his third major assault on the Germans -- in serious condition. The effects of his
wounds and scars would remain with him throughout his life. He later became highly decorated by the French and American governments.

Smith's fate on the battlefield was unknown for some time. He was taken to a French hospital and was incommunicado. Word was received in Conway that Smith had been killed in action, and soon afterward people in the community held a memorial service for the man, laying him to rest in absentia.

Smith had been taken to a remote hospital after he was wounded and was virtually forgotten. He remained incapacitated in a hospital for a year before returning to Conway in 1919 to the surprise of all.

Being taken to a French hospital proved to be a move in his favor, he believed, since he feared that American doctors would have amputated his arm.

After a period of recuperation at home, he married Kathrine Hayes of Little Rock in 1925. Ros Smith was born of that union in 1926.

The Smith automobile business commenced in 1916 by S.G. Smith, who had high hopes that his son would take over the agency on his graduation from college. But World War I played havoc with those plans.

Smith did follow his father in the automobile business, and in 1923 he moved the auto agency from a site near the present Mercantile Bank to Front Street next to the Conway Theater.

Some 45 years later, Ros Smith assumed control of the dealership and moved to it Smith Ford's present location on Oak Street in 1973.

During the most visible times of his life, Theodore Smith was very active in city government, serving as an alderman and at one time taking over temporarily as mayor.

He also made his mark as chairman of the Conway Corp. Board of Directors, his association with the entity continuing for 45 years. Many of the good works coming out of that organization bore the stamp of Theodore Smith's efforts.

He was a charter member of the Conway Rotary Club, which was founded in 1921, and a pillar at First United Methodist Church.

Ellen Smith, for whom the Conway elementary school is named, was an activist in her own right. The grandmother of Ros Smith campaigned for a position and won a spot on the local school board, becoming the first woman in the state to accomplish that feat.

Smith, who died in 1973, is remembered as a sharp businessman who had a keen interest in the city's economy. He and banker Thomas Wilson worked in tandem of sorts to help snare several small industries and urge them to locate in Conway's industrial park.

They traveled extensively in quest of industry as representatives of the Conway Development Corporation and were highly successful in recruiting "clean" businesses, such as a shoe factory, now SAS, and Virco Mfg. Corp.


Other interesting tidbits about this Conway businessman:
S.T. Smith was a golfer and took part in the 1931 Conway Country Club golf tournament vs. Preston Bethell.
S.T. Smith's mother-in-law was Mrs. Caughey Hayes and she had a summer cottage at Ferncliff.
S.T. Smith's son, S.T. Smith Jr. (nicknamed 'Ros') graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1947.
In 1952, S.T. Smith and his wife, Kathrine, moved from their home at 857 Mitchell Street to the home of his late parents at 1837 Caldwell St after they did some remodeling which included adding a garage on the west side. They sold the Mitchell St. home to Dr. and Mrs. Albert J. Sneed.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Featured Conway Links - City of Conway

This featured link is to the Conway Chamber of Commerce.

...from their history:
The City of Conway was founded by A. P. Robinson, who came to Conway shortly after the Civil War. Robinson was the chief engineer for the Little Rock-Fort Smith Railroad (now the Union-Pacific). Part of his compensation was the deed to a tract of land, one square mile, located near the old settlement of Cadron. When the railroad came through, Robinson deeded a small tract of his land back to the railroad for a depot site. He laid off a town site around the depot and named it Conway Station, in honor of a famous Arkansas family. Conway Station contained two small stores, two saloons, a depot, some temporary housing and a post office.
Conway was designated the county seat of Faulkner County in 1873, the same year that the county was created by the legislature. In October 1875, Conway was incorporated and, at that time, had a population of approximately 200. When originally incorporated in 1875, Conway was just one square mile surrounding Conway Station on the Little Rock and Fort Smith Branch of the Cairo and Fulton Railroad. By 1959, Conway encompassed 6.9 square miles. During the next 30 years Conway grew rapidly annexing a total of 15.4 square miles. During the 1990's grew even faster, adding 12.2 square miles. Conway now encompasses approximately 40 square miles. Almost all area annexed has been through petition by the property owners.
For many years Conway flourished as a trade center for a large rural agricultural area. Hendrix College was established in Conway in 1890. Three years later, in 1893, Central College for Girls was established, and Conway was on its way to becoming an educational center. The University of Central Arkansas was founded in Conway in 1907 as the Arkansas Normal School. Its economy was firmly established upon agriculture and the educational institutions until World War II.
After the war, diversification of the economy was started by Conway businessmen, and several small industries were attracted to Conway. Subsequently, additional state institutions were located in Conway, including the headquarters for the Office of Emergency Services, the Human Development Center, and the Arkansas Educational Television Network.
Conway has a sizable industrial / technological base. Industry located in Conway includes Kimberly Clark, IC Corporation, Virco, Baldwin Piano, and Snap-on. Computer database giant Acxiom calls Conway their headquarters.


The city website is a great reference point for Conway residents with information and contact points for the various city departments, as well as the police and fire departments. City council news and updates on city business are also available.

.....for more links from Conway, check out the Conway Arkansas Directory.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Featured Conway Links - Conway Chamber of Commerce

This featured link is to the Conway Chamber of Commerce.

...from their history:
The Conway Chamber Of Commerce started in 1891 as the Conway Board of Trade and in 1916 became the Conway Commercial Club. Since the early years, the Chamber's primary focus has been to help with commercial, retail and community development.

Sixty years ago in September 1946, 22 local business leaders became the first dues-paying members of the organization. Some of these early members are no longer in Conway, but they left large footprints on our city's heritage: Simon's Grocery, Southern Dry Cleaners, First State Bank & Trust, Clark & Adkisson Attorney's, Homer Jones, First National Bank, and Massey Hardware.

Ten of the first Chamber members continue to serve our community fueling this economy, serving the public and in some cases, fulfilling the legacy of their parents, and grandparents in the family business.


The Chamber website is a great starting place for visitors and residents of Conway, Arkansas...with information about the Conway community, Conway businesses, and Conway recreational opportunities.

.....for more links from Conway, check out the Conway Arkansas Directory.