Sad news this week, as it was reported that Mary Ellen Eskew passed away Aug. 11 in Springfield, Mo. Eskew had been in a coma since a car crash July 1 near West Plains, Mo., which also resulted in serious injuries to her husband, Vaval. And, Dr. Billy Wayne Hoggard, brother of Gerald Hoggard of Piggott, died from injuries he sustained in a farming accident. A dentist, he was only 41 years old.
The news was a little better for Mike Scott, who escaped with a broken wrist and cuts when the tractor trailer truck he was driving ran off a highway near Mt. View, Ark. The truck, which belonged to Bradberry Farms, and the 799 bushel of corn were a complete loss.
D&G Plumbing was low bidder on the city’s latest sewer project, accepting the job for just under $75,000. And, a correction from last week’s Miss Greenway court, as Sharon Tindall was mis-identified as Sharon Kendall.
At the Carolyn Theater this week—John Wayne in “Big Jake” and Dustin Hoffman in “Little Big Man.”
Kids playing with matches was the apparent cause of a fire that destroyed Millard Starr’s outbuilding on North Garfield Street. The contents of the structure, which belonged to Sam Fridenberg, were also a complete loss. Ralph Smith reports the Greenway Picnic netted $4,222.46 this year.
And, officials report there were 959,871 registered voters in Arkansas as of June 1, 1972.
A large crowd attended the Quorum Court meeting at Corning recently, to protest the ordinance that assesses a $24 fee to finance a new county-wide ambulance district. This prompted judge Rue C. Mack to note that the public hearings on the matter were “well advertised and poorly attended.” A compromise was worked out, and two ordinances did pass, but the story is far from over. Contested municipal races so far this year include a three-way battle for Mayor of Piggott between George Cook, Joe Tate and Cletis Barlow.
For the second time in a month there was a break-in at the Sugar Creek Country Club. The clubhouse was vandalized, and several small items stolen, prompting the board to offer a $500 reward.
Clay County Fair president Orville Schultz reports the annual event will kick-off Tuesday, Aug. 24. Also in the news, Piggott Police Chief Leonard Bell reminds motorists of the school zone speed limits with classes starting soon and the retail committee of the Piggott Chamber of Commerce voted to hold a “Harvest Hoedown” Friday, Oct. 1.
At the Carolyn Theater this week the feature is “Tron” while the late show was “Dirty Lily.”
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is asking for a three dollar increase in the price of hunting and fishing licenses, raising them from $7.50 to $10.50 each. And Fry International will hold an open house at the Faries farm in the Blue Cane community to show-off their new products in an event called the Red Power Showdown.
The Piggott Cemetery Association reports the annual picnic grossed just under $10,000 this year, with profits of $6948.90
The Clay County Quorum Court voted 5-1 to proceed with obtaining plans for building a 14 bed jail in Piggott at their recent meeting, with three of the JP’s from the western district walking out just prior to the vote. The issue had been hotly debated before, and since, the old jail was ordered closed by the state. Also in the news, Piggott Parks and Recreation Commission continues to discuss building a recreation complex at the site of the old county home west of town. The initial plan calls for ball diamonds, concession stand and restrooms.
The Greenway City Council voted to transfer their cable television franchise from Piggott Video Cable, to Cable Systems USA, at their recent meeting. The council also heard that the bill for paving Stave Street, near the park, was $8,125.94.
At the Carolyn Theater this week “Revenge of the Nerds II—Nerds in Paradise.”
Rice acreage in Arkansas for 1987 was estimated at 2,319,000 acres, down from the 2.38 million farmed in 1986. Estimated production for the state was 134.4 million hundredweight.
United Federal was hosting a retirement open house for Wilma Underwood Aug. 25, as she concludes a 20 year career. Rhonda Harlan had the honors of giving little Trae Niewald his first haircut recently, and there was a big second birthday party held for Jenna Elizabeth Gookin.
And, Gary Dunlap won the demolition derby at this year’s Clay County Fair..and showed off the trophy with his kids, Chad and Blair.
The quorum court voted to call a special election to decide the fate of a proposed half-cent sales tax, with the proceeds to benefit upkeep of county roads. An earlier effort had been stopped after Corning decided not to sign an inter-local agreement, but according to Judge Travis Boyd new legislation allows that issue to be side-stepped.
The Piggott School board approved a new discipline policy at their meeting, setting a 10 day suspension and recommendation for expulsion for any student possessing illegal drugs. And, congrats to Miss Clay County 1992, Kee Estraca. Her court included Amy Hamm, Patrice Hargrave, Nicole Hicks and Amy Dodd.
Frontrunners in the Kiss the Pig contest being held at the fair rodeo were Ricky Smart and Regina Crittenden. And, in births to announce—it’s a son for Mr. and Mrs. Nick Yount of Pollard, as Lucas Jake Yount made his arrival July 12 at Jonesboro. And, Elizabeth Jane Nettles was born at St. Bernard’s Aug. 3, and was welcomed home by her parents Scott and Judy Nettles.
From the ads, David Copelin announced that he has opened his law practice in an office on Second Street in Piggott and is now accepting clients.
In sports, sophomore Daniel Gossett and transfer Joe Williams have been impressive in early practice for the Mohawk football team. It was also reported that tight end Michael Harrell had been moved to halfback. And bad news for the Clay County Central Cougars, as two-way starter Jason Waddell has been sidelined with a broken collarbone.