The cotton farmers of Clay County were saluted in this week’s local paper, and recognized for their contribution to the local economy. Also in the news, Carol Ann Hughes was crowned Little Miss St. Francis with alternates Sherry Galyean and Jill Crow. And, there are 29 entries for the Miss Pollard pageant, set for July 22. The welcome and invocation are to be offered by Bro. Charles Todd and entertainment provided by The Butler County Playboys, The Murphy Family and the Gospel Four Quartet.
Winners of the Gravel Hill 4-H Club blackberry picking contest were—Douglas Williams, Dennis Williams, Mike Gatewood, Debbie Steed, Linda Daffron and Vanessa and Paige Snow.
At the Carolyn Theater this week the feature is $ (Dollars) with Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn.
Cox Lumber Company had a paint sale, with a gallon of Phelan wall paint for $3.28 and house paint for $3.85. And the Cotton Boll Travel Club of Kennett offered a deal on their inaugural trip—four days and three nights at the Desert Inn in “Fabulous Las Vegas” for $197.25 per person.
In service news—2nd Lt. Alan D. Cox, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dorris Cox of Piggott, was awarded the silver wings as a graduate of the USAF navigator’s school in California. And PFC Tony M. Mills, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin F. “Pete” Mills of Rector, completed nine weeks of training as a light weapons infantryman at Ft. Jackson, SC.
A public hearing on the proposal to form a Clay County Ambulance District is set for July 26 at the Piggott Community Center. Meanwhile, Brandye McKenney was crowned Little Miss St. Francis with alternates Ashleigh Williams and Marsha Potts.
This week also brought news of the heat wave currently gripping the region, with a picture of the Piggott State Bank clock registering 100. And the new officers for the Piggott Chamber of Commerce are, president Don Roeder, vice president Betty Russell and secretary-treasurer Carlene Crowson.
Deep in the paper was a story noting that the Tom Janes house had been approved for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. It had, of course, been the Pfeiffer home and lodged Ernest Hemingway, but had belonged to the Janes family since 1950.
At the Carolyn Theater the feature was Clint Eastwood in “Firefox.”
The PHS class of 1957 held their reunion at the Piggott Community Center with 22 members in attendance; the class of 1962 had 49 members and guests at their gathering; the family of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Fry held a reunion at the St. Francis Picnic and Raymond and Sylvia Wright welcomed all seven of their kids and families and took advantage of the opportunity to have their own reunion.
Registration numbers indicated 1.1 million voters in Arkansas, up about 30,000 or 2.8 percent. Clay County had 10,557 registered voters in 1979 and that climbed to 10,863 by 1982—or an increase of 306. The county population at the time was 20,616.
No action following a long debate on the jail issue at the Quorum Court meeting. Meanwhile, Julia Morrisett was crowned Little Miss St. Francis with alternates Heather Flanigan, Keri Tucker, Tiffany Harmon and her sister Leslie Morrisett. The Greenway picnic will be Aug. 1, and Miss Greenway will be crowned from among young ladies in the Clay County Central and Piggott School Districts.
Chamber of Commerce officers this year include president Ronny Dixon, vice president Bill McNabb, secretary Belinda Graddy and treasurer Paula Blackwell. By the way, the new Convocation Center at Jonesboro is now open to the public--and the Ice Capades are coming in September!
At the Carolyn Theater the feature is “The Untouchables.”
This week also brought the news that Crockett Oil had decided to tear down their former office, the old Palace Hotel building at the corner of West Main and South Front. The 14 room hotel was built in 1910 and later housed the offices of Dr. Wiley Turner and Dr. Wiley Turner, Jr. before they helped build the first Piggott Hospital.
The Piggott Public Library had 40 kids at their recent puppet show, which included a visit from “Baggy the Clown.”
Service news—Gary L. Jordan, son of Jerry D. Jordan of Piggott, has been promoted to Sergeant in the U.S. Army and is currently serving on a cannon crew in South Korea.
Reunions included the Coomer family and Austin School, and the PHS class of 1977 held their 10 year reunion with Ronnie Cole serving as the MC.
In sports, The Crue softball team, sponsored by the Texaco Mini Mart, has qualified for the state tournament. The team’s coaches are Mary Wade, Jean Conley and Jerry Don Johnson.
Asbestos in the ceiling and walls of the Clay County courthouse has hindered renovation, and forced the JP’s to seek the services of specialists. But the renovations at the (old) Piggott Community Center are now complete with new paint, tile and carpet. This week also included a feature on the Piggott Fire Department, which was first formed in 1924.
Larry Holcomb has sold his downtown pharmacy to Gay and Roger Wegel. The store opened as Reves Drug Store in 1915 by G. Will Reves after his other building burned. Larry’s father, Jack Holcomb, worked for Mr. Reves and purchased the store in 1959. Reves stayed on until Larry graduated the University of Tennessee and joined his father in the business in 1961.
A total of 12 Girl Scouts visited Six Flags with leaders Rose Crafton, Marie Fraser and assistants Debbie Turner and Marcella Wright. They included—Priscilla Howell, Selena Myers, Kerri Turner, Chylon Fraser, Nicole Wright, Miranda Dalton, Tisha Gettings, Jennifer Houser, Leisha Lykings, Amanda Morrison and Heather Bedwell.
And members of the Greenway High School class of 1947 held their 45 year reunion at the home of Margery and Bill Miller. On hand were Claudine (Roofe) Jeffery, Lavada (Davis) Cline, Ruth (Simpson) Girtman, Margery (Ward) Miller, Normadene (Petty) Lankford, Carol Stahl, Kenneth Lovelady, Doyne Bailey, Houston Beard and Hubert Flynt.