Congressman Bill Alexander will speak at the 1972 Piggott Fourth of July Picnic according to his office, in other news—for the first time ever the annual St. Francis Picnic will be switching days. Following years of holding the picnic on Wednesdays, the July 15 event would mark the first held on a Saturday. Meanwhile, the Pollard school reunion is set for July 3 and the annual Crockett picnic is July 19.
James King and Wayne Featherston have purchased the local Ford dealership from Bill Irby Jr., and will be operating it as King and Featherston Ford Sales. It was also reported that Stoneville 213 is the most popular variety of cotton seed this year, accounting for 46-percent of the cotton acreage in Clay County. Meanwhile, 77 Piggott Little League players and managers are scheduled to travel to St. Louis July 19, to watch the Redbirds take on the Astros. It was noted that 50 extra tickets were available at $3 each.
At the Carolyn Theater this week in time—Rock Hudson in “Hornets Nest” and “The Revengers.”
A tour of the new Darling factory (the city owned building beside the Piggott Community Center) was held. The plant had been open since December of 1971 and employed 27 people. And a public hearing is scheduled on the proposed improvements, including paving, of Highway 139 from Holly Island to U.S. 62.
And, by the way—the Greenway High School class of ’57 will hold one reunion, and it will be at GHS.
Storms rolled through the area June 10, causing damage to the Norman Cox residence on West Cherry Street, and the Lillie Ort home on South Front, to mention a few. A water line constructed in 1924 erupted June 11, 1982 at West Jackson and Front Street in Piggott, leaving 200 customers without water service for most of a day. Also, sad news to report as James “Pete” Dowdy, 61, reportedly drowned in the St. Francis River after he apparently fell from his boat while fishing.
Contestants are needed for the annual Miss Piggott Pageant, set for Saturday, July 3 at the picnic grounds. Meanwhile, B.G. “Rocky” Hefner brought in the first ripe tomato of the year.
At the Carolyn Theater this week the feature is “Slumber Party Massacre.”
Dixon Radio and TV featured air conditioners this week, ranging from around $600 for a 20k BTU unit, to around $400 for 8,000 BTU. And A to Z Jewelers offered a variety of gifts for Father’s Day that reflected how times have changed since, including—money clips, cigarette lighters and key chains. Jerry Bedwell has opened Jerry’s State Line Texaco at St. Francis, offering oil changes for $10, wash jobs for $3.50 and he’ll fix “small” flats for two bucks. Meanwhile, the 43rd annual Clay County Electric Coop meeting will be held June 22 at Wynn Park in Corning..and yes, the entertainment will be provided by The Rhodes Show.
A recent rash of earthquakes, including a 4.1 temblor the previous Saturday, has once again drawn attention to the New Madrid Fault Zone. Meanwhile, the long-awaited decision on where to build a new county jail has been decided—if the state verifies that Piggott is the true county seat. Contingent on that, members of the Quorum Court voted to build the new jail in Piggott. Voting yes were Dale Smith of Rector, Willard Hughes of Piggott, Larry Flanigan of Pollard, Don Kirklin of Rector and James Jeffress of Greenway. Voting no were—Bill Hancock of Knobel, Joe Lewis of Success along with Dennis Haynes and Mike Young of Corning. The next step us up to Attorney General Steve Clark.
At the Carolyn Theater this week the feature was “Creepshow.”
A tour was held at Chalk Bluff recently, as discussion continues on the possible construction of a lake near the historic battlefield. Also in the news, First Baptist Church of Piggott will celebrate its 100th anniversary with special services July 5.
Recently the Piggott City Council entered into a 10-year agreement with the SWPA for the purchase of power…continuing a longstanding relationship. The State of Arkansas reports that expenditures per pupil in the state’s schools was up $450 in the past four years, and noted that the graduation rate of 75.7 percent was well above the national average of 70.6.
And, Congressman Bill Alexander testified on alcohol fuels recently on Capitol Hill, as he seeks another way for farmers to market their products.
Tragic news to report from this week in time, as a single vehicle accident along a county road Saturday, June 13 claimed the life of Brandee Hartsfield, 19, of Piggott. She was survived by a loving family, including a young son. In other news, members of the Quorum Court have approved renovation at the two courthouses in order to bring them into compliance with the American’s with Disabilities Act. And Dorothy Graddy was honored recently, as she retired following 28 years of working in the lunch rooms of Piggott Schools.
Plans continue for the upcoming Fourth of July Picnic in Piggott, and it was reported that new permanent restrooms are being constructed near the beauty review stand. An American Heart Association fundraiser was held recently, with “Celebrity Waiters” serving a meal. Those taking part included Ron Benson, Charles Pollard, Randy Lemmons, Travis Boyd, Bud Holcomb and Jim Poole.
Supporters of Gov. Bill Clinton’s bid for the White House were invited to a First Congressional District fundraiser June 24, where Clinton was scheduled to speak by way of closed circuit television. And, notes from the 1990 census indicated that Clay County was 39th of 75 counties with 18,100 residents. Per capita income was 36th in the state at $12,839.00…but stood at only 69-percent of the national average of $18,696.00
And in sports the Tri-County Senior Babe Ruth team got their first win with Stacy Benson as starting pitcher and Kevin Manchester in relief. Manchester and Benson also got hits along with Lee Wimberly, Jonathan Kemp, Chris Haywood and Todd Cooper.