Tommy Hardcastle, of Hardcastle Chevrolet, handed over the keys to two new vans to Piggott Postmaster Gerald Sale 40 years ago this week. The vans would be used by Ed Howard and Sam Blake for the “Park and Loop” services—and would replace the relay boxes used in the past. (olive drab green if I’m not mistaken) Meanwhile, the Piggott PTA will meet in the new cafeteria at PES and will host an open house of the new facility (which replaced the big pink lunchroom).
Piggott Boy Scout Troop #46 will host the Osage District Camporee at the Doc Miller farm west of town soon. Meanwhile, Arkansas Lt. Governor Dr. Bob Riley will visit local residents at Corene’s Oct. 18.
At the Carolyn Theater this week, Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal in “What’s Up Doc?”
A Country Music Circus and Wild West Show will be held Oct. 14 at the old PHS gym, featuring “the last of the great all time movie stars, Colonel Tim McCoy.” And the Blytheville Air Force Base open house Oct. 25 will feature both the Thunderbirds and the Golden Knights.
Checking Thursday night ladies bowling—Y’Vonna Vannada had high game with a 213, followed by Mary Wade and Anita Allman. She also had high series, followed by Allman, Polly Stinebrook and Geneva Taylor.
The Mohawks fell to Lepanto 26-8, with Panther FB Buddy Adams leading the visitors. Billy Jewell scrambled for the only Piggott TD, with the conversion by Roy Stender.
Two notable local deaths to report this week—as John Ed Lingle and Bertha Brawner Edwards passed Oct.6. Edwards was born at Pollard in January of 1904, and taught school for 49 years before retiring in 1969. Lingle retired after 27 years at the Piggott Post Office, had been a member of the board at Piggott Federal Savings and Loan and eventually purchased Home Insurance Agency. He was also a Prisoner of War during World War II, held from Sept. 1944 to May 1945.
Leann Magee was named PHS football homecoming queen, and her court included Janice Harris, Susan South, Kellie Jones, Stacy Holcomb, Melissa Hardcastle and Teresa Howell. In a related note, Piggott State Bank donated 300 mini footballs to be thrown into the crowd at the annual contest.
At the Carolyn Theater this week, “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” was held over. In a related note, below the ad was one wishing happy birthday to theater owner John Staples on Oct. 19.
Some 11 couples, and seven widows, took part in the annual anniversary celebration at Rector, a tradition that has continued since 1974. The group remembered those no longer with them, Clois Woolf, Everett Dickerson and Claude Bateman.
The Mohawks fell 26-8 to Paragould in their homecoming. Troy Jenkins had the only TD, set up by a Sean Graddy run. Stacy Wade added the conversion. Coy Mauldin led the team in rushing, while Neil Morgan had a big game on defense.
The reconstruction of the bandstand is on hold, with a delay in the delivery of materials and cost over-runs. The Piggott School Board reviewed the consolidation of two bus routes at Carryville, leading to bus rides of nearly an hour and a half. And a public meeting will be held to discuss the possibility of higher sewer rates to help pay for construction of the new wastewater treatment plant.
But, the big news is that the Alaska Queen is closing according to owners Mike and Aggie Foster. The business opened May 1, 1950 and was built by Hershell and Gladys Forrest. They later sold it to Howard Crews, who sold it to the Fosters in Oct. 1971. The location has been sold to Darrell Gossett to construct a new building for K&M Auto Machine. (a building since converted to the administration offices of the Piggott School District)
At the Carolyn Theater, Kevin Costner in “No Way Out.”
The couples married in 1934 met in again in Rector for their anniversary, a tradition they began on their 40th back in 1974. The tradition began with 15 couples, and 18 others had joined over the years. Congrats to the PHS Marching Mohawk Band, winners of four superior ratings at the Ridgeview Invitational Marching Contest at Harmon Field in Paragould.
Overcoming five turnovers, the junior Mohawks beat Clay County Central 14-8 with Joey Staples and Ricky Shaw getting TD’s. Allen Underwood scored the lone Cougar TD, and Keat Cohn added the conversion. Meanwhile, the senior Mohawks fell to Harrisburg 28-14 and the volleyball Lady Mohawks posted a big win over Westside.
Chief John Harlan, and Mike Patterson, of the Piggott Fire Department met with the city council on purchasing a new fire truck at a price of $138,750. Meanwhile, Travis Boyd reports 300 supporters attended the Clinton-Gore fundraising fish fry held by the Clay County Democratic Party.
Ethel Mohler’s first grade class from PES visited Stewart-Hinkle Value Market in the past week, while Kristi Fuller’s class visited the Post Office and got a tour by Jim Duty. And, Arlene Poole with the city utility department gave a presentation on electric safety at the Piggott Public Library.
The Kiwanis Club donated a new vacuum cleaner to the ABC School at PES, and on hand to make the presentation to teacher Vicky Hollis were—Ted Bellers, Randy Lemmons, J.R. Blackburn, Jim Duty, Bud Holcomb and Jim Poole.
Congrats to the PHS Marching Mohawk Band, on four superior ratings from the Ridgeview/McDonalds Invitational Marching Contest at Paragould.
In sports, Tate Fuwell and Mason Mack had three touchdowns each for Coach Wade Williams’ squad, as the junior Mohawks pounded Clay County Central 38-12. Fuwell had 225 yards rushing, despite sitting out the fourth quarter, prompting Cougar Coach Dale Schenck to say “he’s just too much.” Alvin Stokes and Seth Cohn paced the Cougars in the loss. Meanwhile, the senior Mohawks were shut-out by Pocahontas 14-0. But, it was good news for the Lady Mohawk volleyball team as they avenged an earlier loss to CRA, beating the Lady Falcons 15-8 and 15-4.