Piggott leaders report they’re seeking a $250,000 grant to run water and sewer to the new industrial park, located on the Dees property. Also in the news, Piggott State Bank president T. W. Leggett has been named to the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
Congrats to the PHS majorettes, they brought home 18 first and second place ribbons from the state twirling contest at Jonesboro. The squad includes—Debbie Pollard, Laura Taylor, Suzie Cole, Cindy Camp, Denise Litzelfelner and Patti Hughes.
At the Carolyn Theater this week, “The Godfather.”
PES teachers showed off new equipment at the PTA meeting purchased with federal Title I funding. Charlotte McLeskey, Theda Miller, Barbara Jones, Pauline Abney and Mrs. Wayne Matheney were pictured with cassette players, headphones, projectors and flannel boards.
With the election at hand it was reported that there were 10,908 registered voters in Clay County. Speaking of the election, an ad by local Democrats called for the ouster of Richard Nixon in favor of George McGovern because Nixon “killed the Cache River Drainage Project.”
An ad reminded Northeast Arkansans that “Mister” Rudy Pylant could now be heard on KBXM 1540-AM from 7 to 8:30 a.m. each day.
The Mohawks beat Hoxie 14-13 on homecoming, with touchdowns by Bob Houser and Roy Stender. Meanwhile, Sherrill Hoggard got a concussion in the junior Mohawk game at Gosnell and spent the night in the Air Base hospital. And the Greenway Tigers basketball season is underway with several wins paced by Jim Speer, Neal Watson, Charlie Chavez and Frank Niederkorn.
What had been a nasty Piggott mayoral race is headed for a run-off, with George Cook getting 709 votes, Cletis Barlow with 644 and Joe Tate with 236. Also in the news, the annual Lion’s Club Auction will be held Nov. 11 and 12.
The Ronnie McDowell Show will appear at Paragould, featuring band members Craig Morris and Doug Phelps. Morris, a Paragould and former Piggott resident, wrote McDowell’s most recent hit, “Step Back” which was currently 13th on the country charts and expected to crack the Top 10.
At the Carolyn Theater, “Hey Bud, Let’s Party” it’s “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”
Jonathan Cooper, 10, fell and broke both arms while climbing a tree along Lamb Drive with Shane Potts. A neighbor said he was being urged down by Keith Beaver, Shane Potts and Blaine Cooper at the time. Meanwhile, in a sign of the times—Dixon Radio and TV offered microwave cooking lessons and Holcomb’s Pharmacy explained the particulars of generic drugs.
Promotions at the Piggott National Guard Armory include Jerry L. Huffstutler and Martin A. Lively to the rank of PFC.
In sports, the Mohawks fell to Hoxie 24-13 with Sean Graddy and Troy Jenkins scoring the two Piggott TD’s. The Junior Mohawks lost to Walnut Ridge 18-12 to end their season at 5-3 with Mike Lewis and Todd Doty scoring for the Tribe. That Sunday Doty fell out of a tree at his grandparent’s home on East Poplar and injured his back. And, the seventh grade ended their season at 4-1.
An advisory board has been named to look into solutions for the city’s sewer project dilemma, and includes—Bob Shanklin, Jim Poole, Jerry Sale, Bud Holcomb, Charlie Bill Smith, Hillard Duckworth, Tony LaGrecca, Larry Holcomb, Gerald Morris, Lonnie Harmon, Jack Ballard and Kenneth Mowery. Meanwhile, a story concerning the recent earthquake in California encouraged local residents to reduce hazards in their homes in light of the New Madrid Fault zone.
Longtime Piggott attorney Hugh Trantham was profiled this week in time. A native of West Plains, Mo., he had joined the USAF in 1939, was shot down while flying as a B-24 crewman during World War II. He escaped the Germans about 20 days later.
At the Kennett Cinema this week, Steve Martin in “Roxanne.”
Past Master’s Night was held at Piggott Lodge #545 and those taking part were Guy Winn, J.D. Wagster, Ernie Hampton, Vaughter Irwin, Wayne Smith, P.U. Dennison, Eugene Allen, Donald Foster, Sid Haley, Bob Byrd, Danny Hightshoe, Norman Cox, John Clemons, Cecil Crews, Delaine Campbell, Rual Parsons and Peter Baker.
The Lady Mohawk volleyball team had a good season, despite being edged out of the state tourney by Nettleton and Westside. The Lady Warriors made the semi finals, and Nettleton took the state title. Meanwhile, the Mohawks beat Hoxie 20-7 with Todd Self and Ronnie Cote scoring TD’s. And, the junior Tribe pounding Walnut Ridge 39-6 with Ricky Shaw and Craig Beck combining for five touchdowns.
As November began, Arkansas celebrated the election of native son Bill Clinton to the presidency. Meanwhile, the city of Piggott honored industry and the 1200 local manufacturing jobs. They included 180 at Aerial Bouquets, 11 at Matrix Telecommunications, 170 at Darling, 11 at Feather Light, 252 at Magee Company, five at Central Tool, 18 at Precision Metals, 70 at Woodhall, 13 at Master Marketing and 150 at the Wise Company.
Over 400 people attended a public hearing at Newport on the future path of U.S. Highway 67, including Clay County Judge Travis Boyd. Cries of political favoritism were levied by both Pocahontas and Paragould as different options on the route were discussed.
Following adoption of a 911 ordinance by the county, the city has begun to look at the issue of addresses and street names. The matter was first addressed in 1925, and updated in 1961. And, Women of Piggott members Liz Watson, Leean Mann, Kim Rouse and Kathy Coyle presented a heart healthy education packet to PES recently.
In sports, the Mohawks ran into Rivercrest and Tyrone Henry and fell 39-12. Chad Taylor hit Andy Dixon for one of the Mohawk scores, and ran the other in himself. That score was set up by a pass that ricocheted off the helmet of Michael Harrell and into the hands of Dixon. Meanwhile, Tate Fuwell scored all the Piggott points as the junior Mohawks beat Walnut Ridge 32-24. His performance included a 72 yard kick return for a score and a 67 yard interception return for another. And, Alvin Stokes had 166 yards for the junior Cougars as they downed McCrory 36-22.