A large crowd attended the annual Piggott Fourth of July Picnic and Celebration this year in time. Rhonda Fry was crowned Miss Piggott, with alternates Marsha Haywood and Nora Ellen Whaley. Their attendants were Melissa Hardcastle, Jill Crow and Rodney Rouse. Double congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Dick Mays of Sikeston, winners of the 1972 Plymouth. The couple had also won the new Dodge given away at the 1967 Piggott picnic, and still had the car…although it had racked up 93,000 miles.
Also in the news this week, Mr. and Mrs. Vaval Eskew were seriously injured in a traffic crash near West Plains, Mo. and remain hospitalized. A single-vehicle motorcycle crash near McDougal claimed the life of Daniel Rex Parrish, 18, of that community. And young Boyce Cate, 11, of Piggott was more fortunate—he escaped with a broken arm and a concussion after he ran a stop sign on his bicycle and struck a car.
At the Carolyn Theater this week “Dirty Harry.”
Across the street at the Piggott State Bank drive-thru they’ve added a third lane. Meanwhile, Bill Hitt brought in the first open cotton bloom, grown from Auburn seed planted April 15. And, the First Baptist Church of Greenway has a new sign—donated by Mrs. Louise Hardin and Mrs. J. M. Rouse.
Finally, the maximum unemployment payment will go up to $67 soon in Arkansas. A report indicated that the average unemployment check in 1971 was $43 per week, and that the average pay of a worker currently employed was around $111 a week.
Another Piggott Fourth of July Picnic is history, along with the second annual Piggott Community Days. Congrats to Miss Piggott 1982, Pam Moody and her court of Laura Beth Williams and Paula Blume. Winners of the cash drawings were Ray Potts of Denver and Jean Scannella of New Jersey. During the day O. L. Mowery was honored for 50 years of service to the Cemetery Association in a presentation made by Gov. Frank White.
A public hearing is set for July 26 on the possibility of forming a Clay County Ambulance Service. Members of the ambulance commission currently looking into the issue are Gaye Wiley of Piggott, Ron Kemp of Rector, Fain White of Pollard and Jim Vinson and Gene Kellett of Corning.
At the Carolyn Theater this week the feature is “Star Trek II, The Wrath of Kahn.”
Mark Evans, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.O. Evans of Greenway, is appearing at Opryland USA this summer in the cast of “Showboat 1982.” Mark is a 1977 PHS grad, and received a degree from Harding University at Searcy earlier this spring.
Promotions at the Piggott National Guard Armory include—to Sp4, Jerry D. Bedwell and Danny L. Robertson; to PFC, Kevin D. Adams and Gary L. Massey; to Pvt2, Jerry L. Huffstutler and Martin A. Lively.
Despite an afternoon rain shower, the annual Piggott Fourth of July Picnic was a big hit. Crowned Miss Piggott this year was Mia Crowson, and her alternates were Tabby Reaves and Sheila Blume. Congratulations are also in order for Fred Matthews of Piggott, winner of the new GMC pickup. Don’t forget—Pollard will hold their picnic July 11, St. Francis’ is set for July 18 and Greenway’s will be Aug. 1.
Also in the news, the Piggott City Council is still wrestling with two major funding issues—replacement of the current wastewater treatment plant, and their part in the future replacement of the aged county jail.
At the Carolyn Theater this week it’s Jim Varney at his best as “Ernest Goes to Camp.”
First Baptist Church of Piggott marked its 100th anniversary recently, and recognized the longest attending members—Edna Morrow, Eulale Lingle, Lottie Harris, Mary Gambill, Mrs. L. M. Wheeler and Lyman Sneed. And, promotions at the Piggott National Guard Armory included James L. Boyd and Kurt W. Slaton to Sp4.
Piggott Video Cable offered a deal—rent three movies at the regular price and get the VCR for just a dollar. Titles included “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Hannah and Her Sisters.”
Kevin Adams, Gary Dunlap and Chuck Schulte placed first, second and third in the recent demolition derby. And in Fourth of July youth baseball—Piggott beat Rector 12-8 in the eight and nine year old division; the six and seven year olds tied at 11-11 in their game and the Little League contest went to Rector 5-4, but was rain-shortened by the afternoon storm.
U.S. Senator Dale Bumpers was Grand Marshal for the 65th Piggott Fourth of July Picnic parade, 20 years ago this week. That evening Kee Estraca was chosen Miss Piggott and her alternates were, Tara Olds, Patrice Hargrave, Lara Featherston and Emily Seal. And congratulations go out to Valerie Ragsdale of Corning on winning the new GMC pickup.
A special meeting of the Piggott School Board was held in the past week to hire Barry DeHart of West Plains as the new Mohawk boy’s basketball coach. Meanwhile, Sheriff Darvin Stow reports that three trustees walked away from the jail between 1 and 2 a.m. the previous Monday morning. He reported the three were last seen playing a guitar in the sallyport..and added that none of them were jailed for violent crimes.
Marie’s Southside Café closed in the past few weeks, as Marie Green ended a long career in the kitchen. The café had been in the same location since 1968, after being located in a previous spot the first year she was in business.
Bryce Webb brought in the first open cotton bloom, picked on the Scott Taylor farm. The variety was DPL50 and it was planted April 29. Meanwhile, the PHS class of 1962 will hold their reunion July 5 in the Piggott Middle School cafeteria—and a 60th anniversary celebration will be held July 12 for Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mallard, hosted by their five sons and their spouses and families.
Demolition derby winners were Jack Dalton, Joey Rahn and Joe Don Schulte. And in the Fourth of July baseball games it was a split between Piggott and Rector. The T-ball and eight year old games went to Rector, while Chris Simpson and Darren McCrillis pitched complete-game wins in the 11 and 12, and nine and ten year old contests to post wins for the home teams.