Mail delivery for the 1972 Christmas season has peaked, and workers at the Piggott Post Office posed for a photo on the loading dock this week in time. The group included Postmaster Jerry Sales, city carriers Ed Howard and Junior Blake and rural carrier Ermal Crossfield.
Meanwhile, Clay County Sheriff-elect Bill Pond has named his deputies as he’s set to take office. They include Liddell Jones of Rector and Troy Howell of Piggott, who will live in the jail. Chief Deputy Collector will be Fred Williams and he’ll be assisted by Sharon Hogue. In the Western District, Cloyce Pierce will be deputy and deputy collector will be Cleo Johnson. His assistant has yet to be named.
The USDA cotton grading station at Blytheville reports 68 percent of samplings have been Low-Middling (51) in the past weeks. They had reportedly graded 453,000 samples for regional farmers as of Dec. 11.
At the Carolyn Theater--Goldie Hawn in “Butterflies Are Free” while the late show feature was “Fritz the Cat.”
The Greenway High School class of1963 will hold a reunion Dec. 30, at Ruth’s Café in Piggott. Members may RSVP to Jimmie Crowson. And, the Arkansas-Missouri Power meeting was held in Blytheville. Speakers included Middle South Utilities President Floyd Lewis.
In sports, the Mohawk Junior “B” and Senior “B” teams fell to Corning. Perry Garrett was top point man for the Papooses, while Jerry Winberry paced the senior boys in their loss. The Tribe is scheduled to take on Lepanto in an Invitational Tournament at Luxora in the coming days.
All nine JP’s were on hand for the final Quorum Court meeting for Judge Rue C. Mack, and members Joe Lewis and Lynn Wemberley. Harry Niewald is judge-elect and will take office Jan. 1. Meanwhile, Minnie Watson retired after 21 years at the Social Services office. Prior to coming to Piggott in 1961 she worked at the Malden Air Force Base until he was deactivated.
Piggott Community Hospital held its annual Christmas Party and recognized longtime employees. Those with over 25 years of service included Dr. Hillard Duckworth, Betty Reams, Dr. Gordon Duckworth and Dortha Palmer. Those with 20 plus years of service included Alma Crossfield, Beverly Wallis and the now-retired Pete Davis.
Births to report include a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lenny Wallace of Michigan. They’ve named the new arrival Heather Lea Wallace. She was born Dec. 9 at Garden City Hospital.
At the Carolyn Theater, “An Officer and a Gentleman.”
Winners of the recent Belles and Beaux Pageant at Rector High School were Kerri Tucker of Kennett and Patrick Payne of Rives, Mo. Alternates were Ashley Kemp and Ryan Gifford of Rector. Congrats to Piggott Middle School band members Terri Green and Kevin Rouse, as they were chosen to the Junior High All Region band.
Piggott Peewee football players held a banquet, hosted by coaches Tony Creek and Mark Self. Players pictured included Brian James, Jon Cooper, Danny Brawner, Jack Dalton, Steve Trammell, Chris Morris, Darin Cluck, Shane Potts, Brian Wright, Chris Day, Bart Duncan, Derry Ebert, John Britton, Brian Harmon, Jeff Wicker, Scott Brown, Jason Self, David Stender, Neil Galyean and Jason Sutfin.
Piggott City Council members approved the measure to increase water rates following numerous public meetings on the matter. The move was forced by EPA mandated improvements. In other news, the quorum court approved the budget for 1988 on a vote of 7-2, with JP’s James Jeffress and Larry Flanigan voting no.
A retirement reception was held for Josie Brandon, honoring her for 40 years of service in the local DHS office. Among those on hand was former county director Nellie Jane Johnston. And, Jewel Harris retired from Sue’s Flower and Gifts and a reception was held in her honor. She also posed for a photo with owner Sue Hoggard and fellow employees Marge Gossett and Lawanda Broadway.
Homecoming was held at PHS, with Chylon Miller crowed as the queen. Maid of Honor was Deanna Conley and the remainder of the court included—Angela Davis, Peggy Ruhl, Ambra Wade, Tabi Erwin, Tory Smith, Michelle Fry and Tanya Simpson.
The PHS class of 1988 took delivery of their senior rings in the past week, and pictured modeling them were Curtis Fuller and Joyce Holifield. Meanwhile, Piggott Brownies visited Piggott Nursing Center residents. Pictured giving a Christmas card to resident Edgar Davis were Melinda Harlan and Janet Little.
Congrats to Mohawk football standout Todd Self, chosen to the Class AA All-State football squad. Self played both ways this past season for the Tribe, and had over 1,600 yards rushing. He’ll attend college at Arkansas Tech.
On a split vote the quorum court approved the 1993 budget, which included raises and an increase in health insurance. Voting yes were Betty Haskins, Dennis Haines, Farrell Young, Margie Niewald, Triply Muse, Steve Crancer and Bill Hancock. Voting no was James Jeffress, and Dale Smith was absent.
Also in the news, Sheriff Darvin Stow reports that two three-wheelers stolen from St. Francis recently have been recovered in New Madrid County, Mo.
Arley and Eula (Dowdy) Neely will observe their 66th wedding anniversary Dec. 18. The couple had been married back in 1926 in the home of JP Emerson Harris. And the city of Piggott held their annual Christmas party, with entertainment provided by Rev. Clyde Spurgin and Archie.
Young Bobby Coyle III got his first haircut recently, with Diana Holifield doing the honors at Suzy’s Family Hair Care. And there’s a new Piggott Elementary School t-shirt now on sale. Modeling the shirts were Jenna Stender, Phil Pollard, Dillon Causey, Amanda Johnson, Marissa Howell and Art Teacher Loretta McHaffey and school secretary Mildred Beaver.
Winner of the Piggott Chamber of Commerce residential door decorating contest was the entry of Yvonne and Brian Settlemoir. Second went to Mrs. George (Pagene) Cook and third place went to her neighbors, Rex and Joyce Watson.
And, the special keynote speaker at the Piggott High School Fall Sports Reception was Arkansas State University Head football coach Ray Perkins.