Last minute plans are underway for the annual Piggott Fourth of July Picnic, which includes a drawing for a new 1972 Plymouth Fury III. Elsewhere in the county news was not good as authorities report that Bobby Joe Prince, 20, of Corning drowned while swimming with friends in the Current River in the past week. Meanwhile, Jessie Thomas Simpson, 50, of Rector, was killed June 26, when his Northern Propane gas truck overturned and exploded on Highway 34 east of Lafe. Simpson was thrown from the vehicle in the crash, but died at the scene.
Reports indicated that 635 people were killed on U.S. highways during the Fourth of July weekend in 1971, and an additional 215 people injured that week had died in the 12 months since. This prompted a reminder for everyone to drive with extra caution during the holiday.
At the Carolyn Theater this week the feature was “The French Connection.”
Guardsmen from the Piggott National Guard armory are currently training at Camp Chaffee. Meanwhile, a Greenway Picnic meeting is set for June 30 at the city hall. And from the ads—King and Featherston Ford Sales have some great deals, including a 1972 Ford Pinto station wagon for $2491.56 and a 1972 Ford LTD four-door for just $3,799.00.
Piggott High School senior cheerleaders attending the ASU cheerleading school recently included Melinda Rowe, Diane Romine, Carolyn Johnson, Mona Conley, Jo Crowson, Mary Rogers and Vickie Donner.
The annual Fourth of July Picnic is set for Saturday, July 3, and the speakers will include Gov. Frank White, former governor Bill Clinton and Congressman Bill Alexander. Meanwhile, a tragic traffic accident again tops the news this week with the reports that local businessman Don Newton was killed along a foggy highway in Cross County. A Little Rock native, Newton had come to Piggott in 1955 and had served as Farm Bureau agency manager until March of this year.
The Arkansas Public Service Commission is currently reviewing a $25-million rate increase by Southwestern Bell. And locally, Allison Shanklin and Darla Stow attended Arkansas Girl’s State earlier this month.
At the Carolyn Theater this week the feature was “Conan the Barbarian.”
Three new LPN’s were slated to graduate nursing school June 25, and a celebration was held in their honor at the Cotton Bowl Restaurant. The group included Kathy Featherston, Vicky Moffitt and Tonny Russell. And the Clay County Quorum Court met recently, and opened bids on the paving of the Leonard Road.
The former Country Cupboard Restaurant in Piggott has been sold, and will now be known as The Barn. Meanwhile, Dixie Donut and Cake will bake and deliver fruit pies to the picnic grounds for just $3.95 each.
Area officials, including State Rep. Jim Holland, met with Arkansas Game and Fish personnel recently to discuss the possibility of building a lake near Chalk Bluff. The meeting included a tour of possible sites, and a review of what local proponents should do to make the plan possible. Also in the news, the program is set for the annual Piggott Fourth of July Picnic, the Missouri Peach Fair at Campbell starts July 7, and the Pollard Picnic will be July 11. Oh, and Tammy Wynette will be performing her annual concert at the Malden Park July 2.
Following action by the 76th Arkansas General Assembly, effective July 1, 1987 sales tax will be charged on all cable television bills. At the time the effective state sales tax was four percent. Meanwhile, Piggott State Bank announced that they now offered Citicorp Express Money Services electronic transfer—“the smart way to send money, fast.”
At the Carolyn Theater this week the feature was “Beverly Hills Cop II.” And, that Saturday night the stage (yes the stage) of the Carolyn Theater would host the True Value Country Showdown presented by KTEI radio.
Chris Ingram brought in the first open cotton bloom of the season, picked June 18 on a plot on the Purcell farm. The seed variety was DPL-50 and the cotton was planted April 24.
The Clay County American Legion baseball team finally got on the winning track as they move to 1-6. Joe Crawford pitched a three hitter to get the first win, with Michael Horton, Shawn Parker and John Harmon driving in runs. Also in sports, this week included a feature on Marty Wallis of Piggott High School, a member of the 17 and under Arkansas Junior Olympic volleyball team.
The planning is progressing on the proposed construction at the future site of Heritage Park, as members of the Piggott Parks and Recreation Commission met with staff of the Soil Conservation Service. Meanwhile, new Piggott Chamber of Commerce board members are Larry Featherston, Betty Payne, Julia Jones and Rick Rodery. And, of course, plans are near complete for the upcoming Fourth of July Picnic with the theme—“Celebrating Freedom, Discovery, 500 Years.” (marking the discovery of America in 1492)
Former Clay County Judge Carl Ermert, who served from 1965 to 1968, passed away June 17, at the age of 76. Ermert was an Army paratrooper who saw action in both World War II and Korea, and had also served on both the Corning City Council and Clay County School Board.
Sadie Thomas celebrated her 102nd birthday June 16 at the local nursing home. She was born June 17, 1890 in Illinois. Meanwhile, Piggott Postmaster Bobby Hoskins was the speaker at the recent AARP meeting.
The new Country Mart, in Piggott has been open several months now, and the business ran an ad thanking customers for their patronage. Students in Laura French and Julia Winberry’s kindergarten classes recently held a luau as they completed their studies on the state of Hawaii. Tim Roberts of Piggott brought in the first ripe tomato of the year, which he picked June 19. And, a reunion of those who attended the old Pollard school was set for July 3.
In sports, Mohawk basketball coaches Robbie Mosley and Paul Seegraves held a camp recently at PHS.