Susie Winberry of Piggott was crowned Miss Pollard 1972 this year in time, her alternates were Karen Johnson and Jackie McKenzie. Meanwhile, Rhonda Harmon was Little Miss Crockett with alternates Johnny Glasgow and Delana Wade. The Crockett baby contest winners were Lura Ross, Ambra Wade and Tabitha Reaves. And the annual Greenway Picnic is set for Aug. 5, with cleanup and prep days set for Aug. 2 and 3. And, the recent St. Francis Picnic grossed a little over $3,000, with net profits of $1,573.37.
Randy McComb, 14, of Piggott and Bro. Frank Bowlby of the First Christian Church are set to leave Aug. 1 for a tour of the Holy Land. And, 55 alumni of Greenway Schools gathered for the first-ever alumni reunion, including former teachers Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Flynt.
At the “Cool and Comfortable” Carolyn Theater the features included “Stock Car Racer” and George C. Scott in “The Hospital.”
Area residents earning degrees from Arkansas State University this spring included Wally Johnson and Lendell Vannada of Piggott and Larry W. Adams, Brenda Casey and Douglas Schultz of Rector.
A report from the Social Security Administration also explained that soldiers missing in action in Viet Nam, or held as prisoners of war, may get relief from federal taxes. It noted that those affected by the conflict may get relief from all or part of the federal taxes paid in the prior year. The matter also pertained to dependents of MIA’s and POW’s filing their tax returns.
Sad news this week, as we report the death of local businessman Everett “Shorty” Stewart July 22, at age 71. A civic activist, he had been in the grocery business for over 30 years. Also in the news, members of the Clay County Ambulance Commission held their first public meeting and discussed the issue of a county-wide service. Early estimates were that the effort would cost around $204,000.00 a year. Oh, and don’t forget the annual Greenway Picnic is Aug. 7.
Reunions scheduled in the coming weeks including one for the descendents of William Fry, being held Aug. 1 at the Boydsville Community Center; and a Wright family reunion is set for Sept. 5 in the lunchroom of Greenway Schools.
At the Carolyn Theater this week the feature is “Rocky III.”
Piggott Drum Majors taking part in the annual training at Arkansas State University included Candy Williams with the senior high band and Susan Davis and Shelley McKenney with the junior high band.
In service news—Marine Corporal Larry Deavers, son of John W. and Mildred Deavers was named Marine of the Quarter at his base in North Carolina. And, Airman Gary D. Thompson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Thompson of Piggott, completed USAF flight training school in Illinois.
Members of Piggott Girl Scout Troop #31 enjoyed a trip to the Memphis Zoo and Libertyland recently, under the guidance of leaders Rose Crafton and Faye Fewins.
And from the ads, Dixon Radio and TV offered the latest in recording devices—the Zenith Beta Video Recorder, because “Beta is Better.” The cost was a hefty $699.95.
Good prospects for area crops for the harvest of 1987, with good moisture for this time of year. Despite a June dry spell, that slowed soybean production on fields where it was planted following wheat, things have prospered. Also in the news, the annual Greenway Picnic will be held Aug. 1 and the Clay County Fair will begin a five day run the following Monday, Aug. 3. The fair will culminate with a night of rodeo action Saturday, Aug. 8.
A group of local Boy Scouts made a 72-mile hike across the Canadian wilderness the week of July 19-25 with leaders Joe Cole and Danny Baldwin. The hearty group included—David Stender, David Mallard, Patrick McNatt, Jason Howell, Jerry Ermert and James Harlan.
At the Carolyn Theater this week the feature is Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Predator.” And, coming soon is a special 50th anniversary showing of “Snow White.”
Former longtime Piggott Schools superintendent J.B. Swift suffered a heart attack July 21, and at last report remained in critical condition at a Memphis hospital. This week also brought the announcement that the first-ever Fall Festival will be held Oct. 24 at Wynn Park at Corning.
The American Legion baseball team split a pair with powerhouse Poplar Bluff as they prepare for district at Paragould. Bryan Allman got the win on the mound as Kenneth Fry went four-for-four, Nathan Stallcup went three-for-three and Kirk Ford went two-for-three at the plate for the Clay County team.
The annual Greenway Picnic is set for Aug. 1 and everyone was invited to visit the “air conditioned kitchen.” The annual Clay County Fair parade is set for Aug. 10 and this year’s Grand Marshall is Blanche Lambert, candidate for U.S. Congress.
This week also brought the news that Missouri Highway 84, which runs from Kennett to the St. Francis River near Holly Island, was finally going to be re-paved. And winners in the Piggott Library Summer Reading Program were Jonathan Cox, Zachary White, Jake Jones, Susan Black, James Cox, Max Wyss, Jade Jones, Karla Edwards and Kristie Edwards.
Taking part in the Arkansas Farm Bureau Teen Challenge week at Ferndale from Clay County were—Jenia Burns of Rector, Chris Pollard from Piggott and Aaron Gifford of Corning. This week’s paper also included a full page ad for Aerial Bouquets of Piggott, as they sought to hire telemarketers in an effort to expand their balloon distributorship.
In farming news, Riceland Foods reported on the first sale of rice to Iran in 15 years. Meanwhile, some rice producers are having problems this year with sheath blight and blast.
And in sports, the men’s softball team sponsored by Robison’s Grocery and Package Store won the EE District Tournament at Osceola and qualified for the state tournament being played at Pine Bluff. The team features a roster of regional players and is managed by Peck Culver and Tony Johnson.