The End of an Era

May 1, 2025

The Conway News ends it's print edition after 27 years of free service. This May 2024 issue will be our last printed edition. Let's take a look at how it all started and how far it has come.

By Brian Ursic, Son of Conway News Publisher Ken Ursic

The Conway News was launched in the late 1990s. After many years of owning and operating a property maintenance and landscaping company my dad, Ken Ursic, decided he needed to find another way to make a living as he grew older. When he announced the idea to the family, I was skeptical. At that time Orlando was a rapidly expanding metropolitan area, how could a community paper for just Conway be feasible I thought.

A couple of weeks after hearing his idea, I arrived home and found a community paper rolled up in the driveway. I took it to my father thinking that this would burst his bubble as someone apparently had already started a Conway community paper. My father dismissed it as not equivalent to what he had in mind and he moved ahead with his idea.

The Conway News has grown and evolved over the years. The first few years it was only printed in black and white. Article layout and advertisements were cut and pasted by hand. Once printed, it was originally rolled by hand and secured with a rubber band. Then it was delivered by my dad himself and tossed in people's driveways.

It wasn't long before he noticed that the rain was often ruining the papers in the driveways, so the papers were then bagged for driveway delivery.

When the papers arrived at our home from the printers it was a family tradition to have a paper bagging party. At the "party" we would all gather around the television and roll and bag thousands of papers for hours. When we finally finished the papers for that month, it was time to wash our hands as our palms would be black from the newspaper ink.

After a few years, the paper started to become more profitable and eventually the Conway News started printing in color. Ken had also mastered the Adobe Design Suite software and the layout was done digitally. It was then printed and mailed to homes in the area.

Along the way my dad loved to research and write articles about the history of the Conway area as well as his own op-ed pieces.

At one point he even endorsed a politician in a local non-partisan race. This upset some advertisers and the Conway News decided it would refrain from engaging in politics. It did still accept paid political advertising though, so election-year issues were often the most profitable. As the Internet grew and major papers declined, it is amazing that the Conway News continued to print for over 25 years. This is due to the many loyal advertisers that have supported the paper and provided wonderful services to our community. I would like to thank all of the advertisers, contributors, and readers for supporting this venture.

Lastly, thanks to my dad, Ken Ursic for his contributions to the Conway community for the last 25 years. We wish him well in whatever endeavors he chooses next.


We here at the Conway News would like to say "Au revoir!" While this French phrase often is translated to "goodbye," it also means "until we meet again." Over the next few months we will be converting to a digital version here on our website. Until those changes are finalized, we will continue to post monthly events on our website.

Make sure to click that "Subscribe" button to get notifications of when we post our new issues. We look forward to staying connected with our Conway News residents.

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Community Events

RETIRED EDUCATORS TO MEET

May 2, 2024

The Orange County Retired Educators Association will meet at Church on the Drive 1914 Edgewater Drive. We will have our Spring Luncheon, our Necrology presentation, officer installation and scholarship presentation. The cost of the pasta bar luncheon is $15.00 and must be paid by April 25th. Anyone who has worked in education is invited to join us for this wonderful event. Please see our Facebook page OCREA or call 407-843-6909 for any further information.

Orlando Pottery Festival

May 11, 2024

Saturday May 11 from 9 am - 5 pm. Orlando's largest ceramic and craft sale featuring over 50 local artists. Free admission and parking. Located at the Florida Army National Guard Armory at 2809 South Ferncreek Avenue.

Conway Community Market at Barber Park

May 19, 2024

Last market before summer hiatus so load up now with Conway Market diverse offerings! Celebrate Art and Music in the Park while shopping for special attire and spring décor to freshen your wardrobe and home, enjoy the delicious food vendors with their numerous choices, then relax at the picnic tables under the shaded pavilion. Special gifts and services will be available to help you prepare for Father’s Day and end of year gifts for teachers. Prepare for summer sun with hats, sun shirts, and visors from The Conway Collection. Do your part to cut down on plastic waste with refills at Good Fills Refills Truck: cleaning, laundry and pantry staples at great prices, refilled into your containers or theirs. Support these amazing Conway small businesses who appreciate every penny you spend with them. Special young student vendors will showcase their products and services.

Award winning chalk artist Ron Hawkins (artwork pictured above) will demonstrate his chalk art skills; join him to create the sidewalk art and learn from this pro. Free Story Tyme with Book Wyrm. Meet and mingle with the Princesses and dinosaurs, including the life size Deinonychus. Delaney Church will lead a fun, free scavenger hunt.

Please see even more on Nextdoor.com, Conway Community Orlando Facebook, Conway Community Market Facebook Call or text 407-719-7829.

Blooms and Beyond: A Guided Garden Tour

May 24, 2024

Tuesday, May 28, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Grab your gardening hat, sunglasses, and some comfy shoes, and join Dr. Heather Kalaman for a guided tour through our Exploration Gardens! See unique plants in our 12 themed gardens and learn about Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles, smart irrigation, vegetable gardening, and flower species to attract bees, butterflies, and beneficial insects. The tour includes an FFL book and pollinator seed packets. $10 fee. Registrater at ocextension.eventbrite.com. 407-254-9200.

Poppy Distribution

May 24, 2024

Friday and Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

American Legion Auxiliary Pine Castle Memorial Unit 286 will be distributing Poppy’s on National Poppy Day at the Navy Exchange located at 7151 Earhart Drive, Orlando, FL 32827. We encourage everyone to honor fallen warriors on National Poppy Day®. Unit 286 will istribute red poppies in exchange for a donation. The Flanders Fields poppy has become an internationally known and recognized symbol of the lives sacrificed in war and the hope that none died in vain. The American Legion Family called upon Congress to proclaim the Friday before Memorial Day as National Poppy Day, which was officially designated as such in 2017.

Veterans Outreach & Claims Assistance

May 28, 2024

Tuesday, May 28th from 10:00 am- 3:00 pm The Pine Castle Woman's Club will be hosting claims assistance for female veterans and their families. Service Officers will be available to help with claims and answer any questions they may have. Located at 5901 South Orange Avenue. Register by contacted Dalia at 303-565-9213.

Fashion Show & Tea Party

June 1, 2024

The Pine Castle Woman's Club will be hosting fashion show will showcase Em's on Fifth. Money raised will go to suport local charities. Located at 5901 South Orange Avenue. RSVP to Maria 407-494-9118 by May 12th.