A crash on Highway 90 north of Rector claimed the life of Jimmy Dewayne Beaton, 30, of that city. Beaton was killed when his vehicle went left of center and struck a car driven by Jerry Horton. He was injured along with his wife Anne and daughter Jodi while son Michael escaped injury. Also in the news, federal aid has been requested due to the heavy rains that hampered the harvest on 156,500 acres. Crop losses were estimated at just under $7.45 million.
Many Piggott businesses have set late hours, staying open until 9 p.m. beginning the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas. Local Boy Scouts attending the Order of the Arrow Fellowship in Wynne were—Neil Cate, Lane Hinkle, Phil Daffron and Gary Garrison.
At the Carolyn Theater this week—“Nicholas and Alexandra.”
Santa Claus visited Piggott in the past week, those shown with the old elf in a variety of photos were—Sabrina Davis, Alyenne Spence, Lonna Parker, Tammy Gordon, Sheila and Sherri Mobley, James Belote and Stanley Piland.
Jim Shipman and Mike Patterson were pictured with a nice buck they harvested near Guion, in Izard County. And class officers at PHS were pictured in this week’s paper.
In sports, the Mohawks beat Hoxie with Barry Scott and Myrl Lack leading the charge—then beat Cave City behind the play of Dale True and Roy Stender. The Tribe then split with Manila, with Sherrell Hoggard and Terry Smith pacing the two squads as the Papooses lost their contest and the seniors won.
Sad news to report this week, as local businessman Boyce McCord died of an apparent heart attack while in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was owner of McCord Agri-Services in Piggott. Officials report that construction at Chalk Bluff is now complete, and a dedication ceremony will be held Dec. 7.
Jonathan Cooper continues to recuperate from the Halloween Day fall that broke both his arms, and forced him to miss three weeks of school. He offered thanks to everyone for their cards and letters, especially those from Mrs. Howell’s fourth grade class.
At the Carolyn Theater this week the feature is “E.T.” while the late show was “Double Your Pleasure.”
Mr. and Mrs. Ebb Robbins of Pollard marked their 70th anniversary Nov. 3; meanwhile Who’s Who at Piggott High was announced and Mr. and Miss PHS for this year are Todd Doty and Angela Wright.
Big Christmas sale at the Ben Franklin store, with a Strawberry Shortcake dolls for just $5.99 or a diecast General Lee (13 inches long, with a jumping ramp) was just $8.88…yeeeehaaw! The Gossard Outlet Store, Her Closet and Smith’s Shoe Store also featured specials for the holidays.
In sports, the Piggott Lady Mohawks dropped their game to Hoxie despite a 14 point performance by Deanna Conley.
This week also brought sad news, of the death of Dr. Gordon Duckworth, 60, chief surgeon of Piggott Hospital from 1956 to 1986. He died Nov. 20 of cancer and was buried at Hayti. Also in the news, a special signing ceremony was held for formation of the Boydsville Watershed. The effort involved 31,561 acres, of which about 1,600 were considered problematic due to erosion.
Paul Harrell, 52, continues to recover after having heart replacement surgery at Memphis. He was the 15th person to have the surgery at the Memphis hospital, and third this month. He’s a longtime employee of Rogers’ Produce. And, Congressman Alexander called a request by Republican lawmakers to look into the savings that would be realized by closing the Blytheville Air Force Base “political in nature.”
At the Kennett Cinema this week, “Can’t Buy Me Love.”
AGFC reminds hunters of the new law, prohibiting any hunting from within 50 yards of the center of any maintained road or highway. This week also included a feature by Camilla Cox on Herb Vannada, and Herb’s Café. He had first opened in a portable building on the lot in 1946, and built the current structure in 1962. Even at age 78, and after losing a leg to diabetes, he continued to operate the business.
Basketball season is underway, but first—Kim Grimes and Tina Jones were named as All-District volleyball selections for the Tribe. Meanwhile, football All-District honors go to Tim Muse, Todd Self, Shawn Parker and Neil Parrish—and honorable mentions go to Bryan Sample and Darrin Moore.
Work is now complete on the two new bridges over U.S. 49 south of St. Francis. The bridges were part of a $1.2 million project that included a bridge north of Greenway and another in Piggott near the Darling factory. Also in the news, John Henry Hill, 61, of Knobel was found dead in his van of carbon monoxide poisoning after apparently using a charcoal grill and lantern for heat while deer hunting.
The annual Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook-Off will be held Dec. 5 in Piggott. Meanwhile, the seniors of New Hope Church were treated to a Thanksgiving dinner. Those serving, while dressed in their Pilgrim garb were—Kristen Gross, Trishon Yount, Tidosha Yount, Emily Harmon and Sarah Moody.
Piggott United Methodist Church has a new elevator according to Pastor Leonard Nash. Members of the church board of trustees posed with the new feature were—Danny Baldwin, Emma Jean Layl, Bob Wagster, Irma Blankenship, Jack Vaughn, Eula Jean Haywod, John Watson, Joe Johnson and Robert Davis.
At the Kennett Cinema this week “The Mighty Ducks.”
David Nagy got his first haircut recently from Ronny Graddy; Ted Bellers was recognized with a plaque for 20 years of service as Utilities Director for the city of Piggott and Jones Furniture received a beautification award from the Chamber of Commerce.
The Mohawk basketball season is underway, with the Tribe losing to Clay County Center then in overtime to Hoxie. The girls were also swept by the Mustangs. With all teams inn action against Walnut Ridge the Junior Lady Mohawks were the only team to get a win, their first of the season. They were paced by Ruth Ann Green and Melissa Harrell in the victory.