The region was drenched with nearly nine inches of rainfall in the past week, effectively killing the harvest. Meanwhile, Bill Pond beat Ed Smith and Troy Howell in the race for Clay County Sheriff. During the recent city council meeting Don Newton approached the aldermen with a plan for easing traffic around the Post Office. (though it wasn’t mention in the story, he was the first to propose the addition of the mail boxes in the center of West Main). The council also instructed Street Superintendent “Doc” Miller to look into traffic flow problems on the southwest corner of the square.
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Johnson, and Mr. and Mrs. Louie Morrisett, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 12. The two couples were married in a double-ring ceremony. Meanwhile, Myrtle Faulk celebrated her 87th birthday Nov. 2 at the home of her daughter, Ruth Warren of Piggott. And, Seaman Jim Parks is home after returning from Vietnam Oct. 26. He’s serving on the U.S. Biddle at Norfolk, Va.
At the Carolyn Theater this week, “Fiddler on the Roof” while the late show was “The Executive Wives.”
The Piggott Police offered thanks to local youth for their cooperation on Halloween, noting there were only a few incidents. They did request that the owner of the outhouse left on 12th Street please claim it.
Piggott Fire Department honored Mr. and Mrs. Ben Vineyard, and Mr. and Mrs. Don Harlan, at a fish fry. Harlan for 24 years of service, and Vineyard for being the oldest living original member of the local fire department.
In sports, the Tribe fell to Luxora 26-22 to end the season, and basketball is next for the Mohawks as they look to rebound from a 10-15 campaign.
Clay County Judge Cupie Mack, and Sheriff Cloyce Pierce, accepted the challenge to give up tobacco for 24 hours in the Great American Smokeout, and were pictured with East Clay County ACS president Frank Staples. Meanwhile, the annual Lions Club auction will be Nov. 11 and 12 and the Christmas Parade is Dec. 2.
The Morrisetts and Johnsons will mark another anniversary together Nov. 14, this time the 60th. New members of the Zeta Tau Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi are Barbara Hope, Francine Hogard and Cathy Williams. The Civil War mini-series “The Blue and the Grey” is being shown on CBS. Included in the cast is Chuck Chadwick of the Rector area, who plays a Union Army drummer.
At the Carolyn Theater this week the feature is “Homework” with Joan Collins.
Grand opening is set for Foster Auto Parts in Piggott, located in the former Patterson Grocery building. And, an ad for Holifield Exxon reported that “contrary to rumors I have not quit the service station business” according to owner Art Holifield.
Girl Scouts taking part in the recent investiture were Stephanie Howell, Melissa Minton, Arletta Mobley, Paula Causey, Tiffany Coyle, Dee Rodery, Kim Crowson, Lori Berry, Melanie Settlemoir, Jerri Causey, Kristy Mouton, Karla Crowson and Jennifer Holifield.
The Tribe fell to Corning to end their football season at 2-8 and say goodbye to seniors Gary Jordan, Sean Graddy, Allen Parker, David Moody and David Lewis.
The first citizen advisory committee meeting on the issue of sewer rates was held in Piggott. Meanwhile, local firefighters had a busy weekend as they battled several grass and structure fires. At one point around mid-day Sunday, Piggott, St Francis and Pollard firefighters were all called out to separate blazes. One of those fires destroyed the home of Thomas Holifield, Jr. of Pollard.
The New Piggott Chapter #623, Order of Eastern Star, held a Harvest Queen contest. Winners were Jade Jones, Holly Hartwell, Peggy Ruhl, Katie Smart, Ashley Davis and Jessica Trout. And Zeta Tau chapter of Beta Sigma Phi donated $100 to the bandstand renovation. Secretary Denise Ross presented the check to project chair Joe Cole in honor of longtime PHS band director E.C. White..who was also on hand.
At the Kennett Cinema this week the feature is “La Bamba.”
An open house at the new convocation center at ASU is set for Nov. 21. And, Todd Watson and Jeff Howell have opened “The Dugout” on Front Street beside Kathy’s Kut and Kurl, selling baseball cards dating from the 1960’s to the present.
The Department of Human Services has moved into new offices, at 107 South Third Street. Pictured moving boxes were Josie Brandon and Peggy Smart.
The Tribe ended their season on a high note, with a 30-21 win over Corning.
A lack of space at Piggott Middle School has prompted the school board to examine future building options. The goal will be to consolidate the three current campuses into two in the coming years. Meanwhile, the Piggott City Council is considering two major purchases—a CAT scan for the hospital at nearly $542,000 and a new pumper for the fire department at around $138,000.
The Lions Club Auction generated over $2,000 this year for their sight-saving projects. And PES principal Betty Payne updated the Clay County Retired Teachers on the new ABC (Arkansas’ Better Chance) program for three to five year olds that is now entering its second year.
Local residents attending the Election Night Celebration in Little Rock included Shannon Parks, Mona Scott, Emma Jean Layle, Kay Baker, Bob Baker and Debbie Scott..to mention a few. Dr. Phil Daffron hosted members of Judy Cox’s second grade class at Crowley’s Ridge Veterinary Clinic, which included his daughter Beth.
GTE will begin digital switching services for Greenway and Carryville in the coming days, allowing them to have call waiting, three-way-calling and call forwarding. And Piggott beat Rector in a donkey basketball game at Clay County Central, with Paul Seegraves leading in scoring.
The Tribe ended their football season with a 19-7 loss to Gosnell, with the only score coming on a Chad Taylor to Andy Dixon touchdown pass. Meanwhile, the basketball Mohawks started their season with a split with CRA under new head coach Barry DeHart. And the Lady Mohawks have a new leader, as Darlene Bowling takes over that program.