The annual Piggott Picnic grossed nearly $28,000 according to early calculations, with over $9,000 generated by the carnival rides. Meanwhile, 29 girls are set for the St. Francis Beauty Revue, being held on a Saturday for the first time, July 15. Also, the Crockett Picnic will be Wednesday, July 19 and the Pollard Picnic is Saturday, July 22.
The state announced plans to pave 18.6 miles of U.S. 62 beginning at Corning and heading east toward Piggott. Local officials have been lobbying for improvements to the highway from St. Francis to Corning, and for updates to Highway 1 from Brown’s Ferry (between Piggott and Holcomb) to the county line south of Rector. (at that time there was no U.S. 49)
At the Carolyn Theater this week, “The Last Picture Show.”
Good luck to Jill Litzelfelner of Piggott, as she competes in the Miss Arkansas pageant in the coming days. And, there were 39 members of the 218th Ambulance Company reunion this year at the armory in Piggott. The company served from Jan. 23, 1951 to Aug. 22, 1952 in Korea.
The Arkansas WIN program is being considered a success, after being mandated by the Social Security Act of 1967. It seeks to move people “from welfare to wages.”
An ad for the American Red Cross reminded people of the tragedy of Hurricane Agnes, and the flooding it caused in the Northeastern United States. Another ad noted that 12x60 mobile homes were now on sale at Piggott Mobile Home at a cost of just $4,150.00.
Angela Wright of Piggott was chosen Miss Pollard 1982, her alternates were Shantel Dickinson and Tracy Magee. Winners of the baby contest were Elizabeth Crawford, Laura Holifield and Deborah Mallard. Meanwhile, little girls ages six to nine who live in the Piggott School District are invited to take part in the Little Miss St. Francis pageant at their picnic July 17.
National Guardsmen are off to Camp Chaffee this week, and are expected to return July 24. Meanwhile, new members of the board of directors of the Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce are Paula O. Blackwell, Bob Fry, Jr., Bob Shanklin and Charlie Bill Smith.
At the Carolyn Theater this week the feature is “Grease 2” because, “Grease is still the word.”
Kenneth Renshaw photographed, and reported on, the most spectacular lunar eclipse of the century, that occurred the night of July 5-6. It proved to be the most dramatic since the 1860’s. Congratulations to the congregation of the First Baptist Church of Piggott on their 95th anniversary. The church also had a “burning the note” ceremony, and the special service was preached by E. Clay Polk of the Holly Island Baptist Church (and pastor of FBC from 1951 to 1962). New employees hired at Piggott Federal Savings and Loan recently were Belinda Graddy and Sherry Layer.
And in sports, the Piggott John Deere girls’ softball team took third in the district and will take part in the state tournament.
With the retirement of longtime secretary Heloise Kelley, after 35 years, the Clay County Board of Education office has closed. Piggott Superintendent Dr. Don Montgomery has been appointed acting county super. Meanwhile, the Greenway Fire Department officers for the coming year are Jim McHaffey as Fire Chief, Eddie Lovins is assistant chief and Bill McHaffey is secretary…as reported by city recorder Margery Cook.
Tina Birdwell of Qulin was named Miss Pollard, with alternates Kee Estraca and Angelica Steuart of Piggott. Don’t forget the St. Francis Picnic is July 18, and plans are underway for pageants in conjunction with the Clay County Fair.
At the Carolyn Theater “Ernest Goes to Camp” was held over.
Facts and figures on the elderly indicated that 28.5 million Americans were over the age of 65, or about 12 percent of the population and that was expected to rise by the year 2000. There were an estimated 25,000 people in the country age 100 or over, and that was expected to increase to around 100,000 by the turn of the century.
Wheat production is up to 34.65 million bushels this year from the 31.98 million harvested in 1986 and the 18.24 million recorded in 1985. This year’s average was 42 bushels-per-acre.
In sports, the Clay County American Legion team took a pair from Marked Tree to improve to 3-15. Bryan Allman had a two-hitter in one win, with David Hendrix and John Harmon providing the offense. The other win was on a Jeff Stewart three-hitter, with Kenneth Fry going four-for four, Hendrix hitting two doubles and Nathan Stallcup hitting a homerun.
Two of the three trustees that escaped from the local jail were captured near Amarillo, Texas, in the past days while one remains at large. The Piggott School Board made coaching assignments at their recent meeting, and instructed Superintendent Leon Christianberry to get an update from Clay County Central superintendent Ervin Kulbeth on the status of consolidation discussions within that district.
Tara Olds was named Miss Pollard for 1992, with alternates Heather Flanigan, Laura Bailey, Lindsay Woolverton and Giner Kilbreath (I’ll bet it was Ginger, but we honor typos). Oldest folks at the picnic this year were Roxie Brent and Bill Gribble. Remember the St. Francis Picnic is July 18 and the Greenway Picnic will be July 31.
Workers with Cox Lumber Company topped-out the framework of the new Open Roads Motel this week. The 16-unit motel is being built for George Forrest, and should be open by Labor Day. Also in the news, Clay County’s unemployment rate for May was 6.3 percent, down from 7.2 the previous month and well below the 8.9 percent recorded in May of 1991.
In sports, congratulations to the Heartbreakers girls’ softball team from Paragould on their Class A state championship. The team included Laura Ort and Penny Hosea from Piggott and Resa Shelton and Kimberly Rabjohn of Rector. They won the title in dramatic fashion with a 10-run seventh inning to come from behind and beat the Express of Texarkana 16-13. All four local girls started--with Ort at first base, Shelton at second base, Hosea on third and Rabjohn behind the plate.