Christmas is over and attention this week in time turns to a possible shortage of natural gas in the coming months, that according to the Ark-Mo Power Commission. Hopes are that temperatures will remain mild. Meanwhile, Ledrew Mosby was honored as he retires as manager of Piggott Light and Water. He started the job back on Feb. 1, 1964. And, sad news out of Rector as Charles W. Ashabranner, 44, was killed when his vehicle was struck by a southbound freight train at the Pine Street crossing in that city Dec. 26.
At the Carolyn Theater this week Peter Sellers is featured in “Where Does It Hurt?”
In service news—Army Private Dennis O. Ward, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don H. Ward of Piggott, completed administrative training at Ft. Polk, La.; Meanwhile, Navy Seaman Apprentice Danny Nicely, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Nicely of Rector, completed Naval Recruit training at Orlando, Fla.
From the ads, For sale—three bedroom home on corner lot in Piggott, with central heat and carport; reduced to $13,500. Meanwhile, the A&W reminded everyone they now sell pizza—69 cents for a six inch pizza, or 29 cents a square. And, young folks were reminded that Six Flags Over Texas would begin to interview for positions Jan. 3.
In sports, the Mohawks were swept by Corning and split with Hoxie. Neil Cate and Alan Morris paced the two squads against the Bobcats, while Terry Smith led the seniors over the Mustangs. Next is an invitational tournament at Luxora.
Due to extensive flooding during the month of December, Clay County was declared a disaster area this week in history. The worst problems were seen along the Black River, and a disaster assistance center was set up at Knobel as many were forced to evacuate.
With the new year comes the news of retirements, this time it’s Piggott Police Chief Leonard Bell as he steps down from the job he has held all but a few months since Jan. 1971. Also, taxpayers were reminded of new IRS rules, which stipulated that employers must provide a copy of a worker’s wage and tax statement (W-2) for 1982 by Feb. 1, 1983.
At the Carolyn Theater this week, a special engagement of “The Empire Strikes Back.”
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission meeting drew a large crowd of sportsmen, thanks to changes to seasons. Deer hunters that use a muzzleloader were happy with their new early season, but modern gun hunters complained about them getting first shot at the deer.
The Greenway FFA will hold their annual farm equipment auction Dec. 31 at the high school. Winner of the Piggott Community Hospital door decorating contest was the housekeeping department, which included—Wilma Jo Dover, Helen Gatewood, Mary Bozark, Virginia Carman and Bobbie Brown. And, Shawn and Shane Holifield were pictured with a large snake they fished out of Sugar Creek.
In sports, the Tribe fell to Greene County Tech and Steve Chesser’s 31 points, then rebounded to beat Greenway. The senior girls dropped games to Hoxie and Highland.
Once again, Christmas week brought heavy precipitation to the region with reports of 6 to 8 inches of rainfall locally. Roads and bridges suffered, including a location north of Rector where a four foot hole developed in one roadway.
The filing period for the March Democratic Primary is already underway, and the first local contested race will be for Clay County Judge between Harry Niewald and Oral Moore. Meanwhile, the city of Piggott approved the 1988 budget and heard good news from Utilities Manager Ted Bellers. He noted that electric rates will remain steady, with no increase from the suppliers of Sikeston and Jonesboro and only a slight increase from SWPA.
Also in the news, fire destroyed the Junior Rouse residence near Greenway—including Mr. Rouse’s Lincoln automobile. A break-in was investigated at City Cleaners in Piggott, and owner Max Mayberry reported that six quarters had been taken. And, Harold Speer of Rector reported that two guns and other items were taken from his truck while he was duck hunting near Knobel.
Piggott VFW and Auxiliary members visiting the VA Medical Center at Poplar Bluff during the holidays included—Lilly Hoggard, Juanita Dallke, Jackie DeLunas, Harry Vaughn and Beverly Perkins. And Who’s Who at Piggott Middle School were named, and Mr. and Miss PMS were Joey Staples and Kee Estraca.
In sports, despite 20 points from Keith Beaver the Tribe fell to Pocahontas 53-43 in the Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament.
Two small earthquakes shook the region the previous Sunday morning but no damage was reported. The tremors reminded many of the predictions by Iben Browning of a “Big One” that was to have happened in early December of 1990 along the New Madrid Fault Line. Also in the news, it’s the end of an era as Gary Magee steps down after 18 years as Clay County Circuit Clerk and is replaced by his deputy clerk Pat Williams. By the way, local residents awoke to a light snowfall for Christmas—much better than floods.
A workshop is set for displaced workers from the Darling Store Fixtures plant, which had laid off 140 employees since August. Steve Lambert was honored by the Lions Club for his help with their pancake breakfasts. And Pansye Black and Marguerite DeGarmo presented a check from the BRAD Senior Center toward the improvements at the Piggott Community Center.
At the Kennett Cinema this week, “Aladdin.”
RIF poster contest winners this year are Nathan Matlock, Rebecca Whitley, Dustin Bellers and Phil Pollard. It’s a boy for Tommy and Christie Risinger of Piggott, as little Hayden Webster Risinger was born Nov. 29 at St. Bernard’s in Jonesboro. And it was reported that Clay County was the top ranked county in Arkansas for both corn and sorghum production this past growing season.
In sports, the Mohawks led until late in the contest but fell to Highland 58-49 in the NEARK Invitational. Kyle Seal paced the offense with 15 points on the game.