The Clay County Fair was in full swing this week, and one of the featured entertainment acts was the Arkansas State Prison Band from Tucker State Prison. Meanwhile, 125 Clay County residents attended the Salute to Arkansas Agriculture event in Hot Springs, with keynote speaker U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz. (No comment on his future as a public speaker for those of you who remember Mr. Butz.)
The Delta Fair is set in Kennett, with 10 area high school bands slated to march in the parade. Entertainment includes George Klein and the Channel 13 Talent Party—featuring the six rocking WHB-Quties. And, Ark-Mo Power will light your gas furnace pilot light for free beginning Sept. 15.
At the Carolyn Theater this week—Raquel Welch in “The Kansas City Bomber.”
KAIT advertised their new line-up of shows, preceded each night at 6:30 by “Gomer Pyle, USMC.” Coming up Monday night, “The Rookies” and a special two-hour TV movie of “The Odd Couple.”
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Martin had a son Aug. 23, at Altus Air Force Base, and have named the little fella’ Sean Martin. Meanwhile, Red Willie killed a five-and-one-half-foot rattlesnake on the road to the city dump after first mistaking it for a small log.
Arkansas Farm Bureau has spoken out against a proposed raise in the federal minimum wage. A House plan calls for an increase from $1.30 to $1.70 over two years, while a Senate version calls for an eventual increase to $2.20 an hour.
In sports, the Mohawks fell in their season opener to Manila by a score of 19-6, despite productive games by Bob House (20 carries for 74 yards) and sophomore Mark Mann—who caught a pass from Billy Jewell for the Tribe’s only score.
Sad news this week, as funeral services were held Sept. 4, for retired grocer Dave Gregory, 85, of Piggott. He and wife Nora had owned and operated their store for 34 years, retiring in 1980. The annual Piggott Chamber of Commerce dinner will be held Sept. 14, and the second annual Christmas Parade will be Dec. 2
Greene County Sheriff Johnny Nations and Connie Morgan of Piggott sustained minor injuries in a traffic accident in the past week. The mishap occurred as Nations’ cruiser apparently blew a tire and collided with the Morgan vehicle north of Piggott.
At the Carolyn Theater this week the feature is “The Beastmaster.”
The National Guard mobile rifle range drew a big crowd at the recent Clay County Fair. On the week the stop score recorded was by Mary Wade, with 47 out of 50 hits. And, an ad for the Arkansas Democrat noted that their Sunday paper was available in Piggott for fifty cents, with racks at Roeder’s Foodland, Cotton Bowl Restaurant and Edward’s Barbershop.
In sports, Benny Fry had two touchdowns, and Mark Self added the other, as the Tribe beat Westside 18-7 to start the season. The junior Mohawks were also victorious, posting an 8-6 win over the Rector Blackcats.
Planning continues for a new Veteran’s memorial, to be built on the courthouse lawn at Corning. Meanwhile, the four JP’s that walked out of the recent quorum court meeting submitted a letter to the editor that ran in the Arkansas Gazette and in the three county papers. It refuted an earlier article in the newspaper, about their feelings on where the new jail should be built and the friction the matter has caused in Clay County.
Fall enrollment at ASU is up about 200 students, and stands at 8,727. And Arkansas Power and Light has agreed to sell its natural gas system to Arkansas Western Gas for about $27-million in cash and some $4.2-million in outstanding debt. In a related note, Associated Natural Gas will light your pilot lights for free until Sept. 15, and afterward will charge $7.50 for the service.
At the Carolyn Theater this week it’s Tom Harmon in “Summer School.”
Arkansas Attorney General Steve Clark reports that he is getting numerous complaints about computer-generated telemarketing phone calls. Meanwhile, Hank Williams, Jr., is coming to the Convocation Center Oct. 1, with opening act “Restless Heart.”
In sports, the Mohawks squeaked out a 7-6 over Westside to start the season, scoring on the second play from scrimmage on a 58 yard Tim Muse run. Nat Finley then added the PAT, which proved to be the difference in the ballgame. Neil Parrish and Shawn Parker led the defensive effort.
Local officials continue to struggle with new federal regulations on solid waste disposal, set to begin in a little over a year. A meeting in Piggott was held to discuss the possibilities of either a three, or five, county zone. Meanwhile, there are a couple of hotly-contested municipal races this year, with Pharis Edwards, Ronny Dixon, Junior Harris and Steve Besserman running for one alderman position in Piggott and Jim McKenzie and Norman Muse contending for another.
For Piggott School Board the race is between Jim Gearhart and Robert Jackson. In a related note, new teachers this year include Tica Camp, Amber Murray, Billie Hulett and Sue Schutzenhofer.
At the Kennett Cinema this week the feature was “Death Becomes Her.”
Pauline Crockett was honored as Grand Marshal of the annual Rector Labor Day Picnic Parade. Corn acreage in the county is up over 1,000 acres this year, with some 5,821 acres planted. And, local residents have opened their hearts to help the victims of Hurricane Andrew, which has left at least 180,000 people homeless in Florida alone.
In sports, Tate Fuwell led the junior Mohawks to a 24-14 win over Corning to begin their season. And the Mohawks took advantage of a missed PAT by Kevin Manchester, to notch a 14-13 win over the Clay County Central Cougars. Michael Harrell carried the mail for the Tribe, racking up 128 yards on 18 carries in his backfield debut. Jeremy Huggins caught a touchdown pass from Jonathan Kemp for the Cougars, while Chris Haywood scored their second TD. Chad Taylor cemented the win for the Mohawks, tackling running back Brian Boyd in the Cougar’s end-zone for a safety.