Chet and Marge Hildebrand of Conway will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary Saturday. They met as teenagers in Iowa and married before he was deployed overseas to serve in World War II. Chet’s advice for a successful marriage is to work out money-management issues beforehand.
A soldier in Chet Hildebrand’s U.S. Navy battalion stepped off the train in 1943 and was given a telegraph stating that all leaves had been canceled. Hildebrand ignored the message because it didn’t fit into his plans to marry his high school sweetheart, Marge. “We knew the [Normandy] invasion was coming up, and we knew where we were headed,” he said. The couple had three days to get married and have a honeymoon before he would be deplo... READ MORE
Pastor Ester Bass promised his congregation after an April 10 tornado that Botkinburg Foursquare Church would be rebuilt.
I went to an interview last week in a rural part of Arkansas, and I’d forgotten how much I love taking a drive. Actually, I prefer “car ridin’,” as we called it when I was growing up. I’d rather be the passenger than the driver. When I was a little girl, my parents or grandparents would take me for a ride in the car, sometimes just for the air conditioning in the summer, and sometimes, I suspect, to get me to shut up and go to sleep. As... READ MORE
Mayflower Fire Chief Carl Rossini has learned at least one thing in his 59 years — never say never. He is a self-avowed country boy, but not a naive one. Rossini grew up as one of six children on a farm in Lake Village, but his search to find a career took him to Connecticut, Indiana and Mississippi before he landed in Mayflower. “My grandparents had a farm [in Lake Village]. Growing up in the ’50s and ’60s, it was a plantation atmosphe... READ MORE
Thirty years ago, I rarely encountered problems when I wanted to hunt on private land. I learned early that it was proper etiquette to gain permission before hunting on another person’s property, which I always did. It was rare then to see a “No Trespassing” or “No Hunting” sign, and most of us figured it would always be that way. It’s not that way now, however. Today, it’s hard to find private property with good hunting opportunities t... READ MORE
Thanksgiving Day is the unofficial beginning of a luxurious four- to five-week stretch known as the “holidays” — that time when many of even the most indulgent behaviors are dismissed with an offhanded “Oh, it’s the holidays.” Second helpings are second nature; desserts are decidedly decadent. All that may explain why December is National Eggnog Month. The creamy, rich, spiced and often alcohol-spiked drink is widely thought of as a hol... READ MORE
Today Holiday Tour of Homes CONWAY — The Bethlehem House Holiday Tour of Homes at The Village at Hendrix will continue from 1-5 p.m. today. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Proceeds will go to Bethlehem House, the homeless shelter in Conway. Tickets may be purchased from Village Books, The Kitchen Store & More, Jenifer’s Antiques and The Village at Hendrix Welcome Center. For more information, call (501) 327-2475 or ... READ MORE