Larry Jones, Rector High School class of 1965, has been named the new city engineer for the city of Piggott. Meanwhile, Teddy Bellers, PHS class of 1969, was named light office manager at the recent meeting of the city council. Also in the news, the Piggott Jaycees will host donkey basketball Dec. 18 in the old gym.
PES Principal William N. Holifield issued a notice asking for feedback on whether Piggott needs, or wants, a daycare. The facility would be for pre-kindergarten, low income, kids. And it was reported that Dr. O.W. Cook of Kennett was accidently shot in the forehead while bird hunting north of Boydsville, but is expected to survive.
At the Carolyn Theater this week, Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn in “$” and “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)”
King and Featherston Ford’s weekly used car deal was a 1968 Pontiac four door, all power and air, for $695. And, Davis Brother’s Furniture had vinyl recliners for $59.95 each.
Laud Payne’s weather report for Monday, Dec. 11, 1972—light rain, freezing in the afternoon with a low of 21 and a high of 33. Tuesday, Dec. 12—low of 26 with light rain and ice melting, no school due to road conditions.
Ladies Auxiliary Post #4517 members meeting at Georgia Lingle’s included Ruth Hampton, Sylvia Wright, Pauline Smart, Martha Holifield, Murriel Davis, Ella Hendricks, Lennie Cole, Eunice Hamilton, Morreda Starr, Edna Harris, Sue Jordan, Hattie Hill and Maggie Clemons.
In sports, the Mohawks split with Delta C-7 and were swept by Lepanto.
Float winners in the annual Piggott Christmas Parade were the entries from the First Church of God, Merle Norman/Her Closet and Piggott State Bank. Piggott High School students also chose their Who’s Who for the year, and Mr. and Mrs. PHS are Leean Magee and Rusty Ort.
Also from Piggott High, Sadie Hawkins Day was marked Dec. 10 and the winners of the Mammy Yokum and Lil’ Abner look-alike contest were Michelle McIntosh and Jerry Jordan.
Senator Dale Bumpers has offered a budget amendment that would reinstate funds to Corps of Engineer recreation sites that were closed due to shortfalls. That would include some 35 such sites in Arkansas.
At the Carolyn Theater this week, “The Last Unicorn.”
This week also brought the news that state universities were requiring stricter admission policies, with more emphasis on math, English, social sciences and foreign languages. Also featured was a full pictorial on the ribbon cutting at Chalk Bluff, including a history on the site by Lendell Vannada.
Congrats to little Brandye Paige McKenney of Piggott, as she was crowned Little Miss Christmas Belle at Kennett. Alternates were Kerri Amber Tucker and Kimberly Burgess, both of that city.
Christmas deals at the local Ben Franklin store included the Hot Wheels Criss-Cross Crash set for just $16.99, and it included two cars! And the Jelly Belly Dolls from Ideal were just $8.99
In sports, PHS grad Donnie Morrison was named Honorable Mention All-Southland Conference for his play as noseguard for ASU. The senior was also named to the All-Academic Squad.
High winds and lightning downed a huge oak tree next to the Piggott Shell Station this week in time, crushing cars belonging to Mike Winberry, Ronnie Parks and Tim Stahl. Meanwhile, the Piggott Board of Education voted to hire an additional Special Education teacher to meet requirements. The new teacher is Norman Deal, as he joins staff members Mary Jess Greene and Marilyn Small in that capacity.
The City of St. Francis has received a $131,000 loan, and will be constructing a wastewater collection and treatment system with the funds. Meanwhile, cotton production is up this year to 738 pounds per acre, but still below the 767 pounds an acre recorded back in 1985.
At the Kennett Cinema the feature was “Fatal Attraction.”
A welcome home party will be held Dec. 19 at Emmanuel Baptist in Piggott for Gary Don Moody, who is stationed at Lowery AFB in Denver, Colo. and will be coming home for the holidays. It was also reported this week that General Telephone Company will change its name beginning Jan. 1, 1988 and will then be known as GTE Southwest, Inc.
In sports, the Tribe fell to Clay County Central and Greene County Tech with Keith Beaver leading both games in scoring. Michael Thrasher and Brad Weber paced the Cougars in their win, while McDaniel was top scorer for GCT. Nevada Smith and Jimmy Greenway helped the junior Cougars win their contest over the Tribe, with Mark Box pacing the Piggott effort. And, Kim Grimes had 30 as the Lady Mohawks downed Corning.
The City of Piggott agreed to purchase 33 acres from Olan McFarlin to be used for industrial purposes this week in time. Council also passed a budget of $5.613 million for Piggott Community Hospital, a little over $116,000 for the Job Stimulus Board and $81,409 for Parks and Recreation.
The Piggott School District was 107th of 319 districts based on number of students during the 1991-92 school year. The attendance rate was 95.3 percent; average teacher pay was $20,335—below the state average of $23,878. Minimum performance test passage was 97.5 percent and all levels was at 85.8 percent--both well above state average.
At the Kennett Cinema, “The Muppett Christmas Carol” was carried over.
Harold Jinks, 87, of Piggott had the honor of casting one of six electoral votes for Arkansas for his friend Bill Clinton in the past week. Jinks joked to a reporter that he did so because he couldn’t spell LaRouche, in reference to Lyndon LaRouche who had run for president that year from a federal prison.
Several former Piggott teachers were honored during a luncheon at PES during American Education Week. The group included—Lola Gibson, Edna Morrow, Jackie Pogue, Francine Howell, Pauline Abney, Mary Gordon, Vonda Spinks and Charlotte McLeskey.
Kerry Champ led the Tribe in a win over Hoxie, with Kyle Seal and Brian Watson also in double figures. But, the Lady Mohawks were swept by the Lady Mustangs.