An apparent gas explosion at the Carryville Co-Op gin in Piggott heavily damaged the building in the past week, blowing the roof off in one area and severely damaging several pieces of equipment. In other news, a crash north of Rector claimed the life of Elizabeth Robinson of Boydsville, and injured three Rector women riding in her vehicle.
Jim Poole, of the Piggott Fire Department, asked the city council to approve an increase of one dollar for each fire call, and drill, for firefighters. He noted that firemen responded to 39 calls so far this year, seven of which were out of town. The matter passed on a motion by Rex Watson and second by Dorris Cox. Meanwhile, Mrs. L.D. Robinson, Piggott librarian, discussed the need for a bigger facility with council members. She noted that a 2,600 to 3,000 square foot building would be required to replace the current location.
Gayla Garver and Andy Brewer won the Christmas Belle and Beau Contest, with alternates Angela Haywood and Dane Coomer and Susan Haywood and Charles Toombs.
At the Carolyn Theater the features included “The Candidate.”
Duck season is underway, with a bag limit of four per day—but no Red Heads or Canvas Backs may be taken. Congrats to Alvin Vangilder of Rector, winner of a national scholarship from John Deere through 4-H. He’s in his first year of college at ASU.
Tuckerman and Bradford are the top seeds in the 26th annual NEARK Invitational Basketball Tournament at Indian Fieldhouse in Jonesboro. And the Mohawks beat Walnut Ridge and lost to Lepanto in basketball. The junior boys lost both games despite 10 points from Steve Causey in the contest with the Bobcats.
Several hundred were on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the park at Chalk Bluff. Prior to the event a reception was hosted by Judge Mack, which included comments from Laud Payne—who was instrumental in the project. This year’s Christmas Belle and Beau are Holly Hartwell and Adam Staples, with alternates Keri Tucker and Gavin Thompson and Amanda Midkiff and Mason Mack.
Airman Durbin Bell, son of Don and Sue Bell of Piggott, graduated from the USAF Special Police Training Center at Landess AFB in Texas. Meanwhile, Jim and Linda Watson have purchased the Montgomery Ward agency from Edward and Louise McFarlin—who recently purchased the local Ford dealership.
At the Carolyn Theater this week the feature was “Amityville II, The Possession.”
An ad from GTE explained the deregulation that would take effect in 1983, noting the changes it would mean for local phone customers.
Zeta Tau Sorority members donated toys for the toy box at Piggott Community Hospital recently. Those on hand included Debbie Haywood and Betty Reams of the hospital along with Joan Gossett and Jackie Pogue.
In sports, the Lady Mohawks got 18 points from Sabrina Tate as they beat Paragould—but later fell to Mt. Pleasant and Walnut Ridge. The boys lost at Paragould but beat Hoxie, behind the scoring of Mike Book, Joe Smith and Jerry Jordan.
The advisory committee reported to the Piggott City Council on their suggestions for building a new wastewater treatment plant. Meanwhile, Cable Systems USA updated council members—noting that they were working to add an NBC affiliate that doesn’t carry Kentucky Wildcat basketball, and at least one Little Rock station. They also noted an upcoming increase in rates, with a $13 base.
Voter registration in Clay County was 10,360 as of May 1, up slightly from 10,321 in 1986. Statewide there were just over 1.2 million registered voters. Meanwhile, the Clay County unemployment rate was 7.3 percent in 1986—compared to 7.5 in 1980 and 6.925 back in 1974.
At the Kennett Cinema, Walt Disney’s “Cinderella.”
A reception is planned for Josie Brandon as she prepares to retire from the local DHS office after 40 years of service. And DHS recognized volunteers, including Dora McGhee, Pansye Black, Jessica Greene and Bea Gilbert.
All region members of the PHS band included Amy Farris, Becky Brown, Heather Sneed, Traci Veal, Jereme Morrison, Elizabeth Sale, Tanya Simpson and Shawn Morris. And seventh grade GT students from PMS held a creativity contest and the winners were Kyle Seal, Cindy Armitage, Angela Stewart and Andy Haywood.
In sports, the Lady Mohawks got their first win of the season over Walnut Ridge—paced by Kim Grimes and Tina Jones with 13 and12 points respectively. But, the junior girls dropped their contest to the Lady Bobcats.
Development and renovation continues at Heritage Park, including the construction of a new Copperwood fence across the north side. P&R commissioners Ann Blair and Randy Lemmons were pictured checking out the projects, which include a six acre lake, one pavilion, two BBQ grills, two picnic tables and a 20 car parking lot. The planting of trees is next, with the assistance of Royce Williams.
Winners of the Chamber of Commerce chili cook-off were Magee Company, Woodhall and Darling Store Fixtures with an honorable mention to the team from Gary Howell Trucking.
Arkansas Lt. Gov. Jim Guy Tucker has proposed a state budget with an increase of 34.3 million in taxes, mainly on tobacco, soft drinks and medical and lawyer fees. The funds are needed to shore-up the state’s Medicaid program.
Violent crime was down three percent in Arkansas for the first nine months of 1992, compared to 1991. Meanwhile, an ad announced that Stewart-Hinkle Value Market was having a going out of business sale at their location on North Second Street. (now the DHS building).
New Mohawk boy’s basketball coach Barry DeHart was profiled this week. A graduate of Greene County Tech, DeHart had been a member of the Golden Eagle’s state championship team in 1982. The junior boys are off to a 6-1 start, while the senior boys are 2-5 and will take on the Highland Rebels in the first round of the NEARK Invitational Tournament at Jonesboro.
And, ASU head football coach Ray Perkins will be the featured speaker at the PHS Fall Sports Reception.