It happened here, years ago

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

1967

The newly-reorganized Piggott Chamber of Commerce met 40 years ago this past week, and elected officers and a board of directors. Walter Schaller was elected president and C.W. Knauts was chosen as vice president. The board included Rex Cate, Charles Hardcastle, Kenneth Mowery, Irvin Morris and Larry Elledge.

The quorum court approved the 1968 budget at their recent meeting. Annual salary for elected officials (judge, county clerk, sheriff, treasurer and assessor) was set a $5,000, while deputies and clerks pay ranged from $3,300 to $4,400 and the county extension agent salary was set at $2,500.

Efforts to bring an AM radio station to Piggott are in the works, after Adrian White of Pocahontas filed an application with the FCC. White warned that the wait could be lengthy. (40 years and counting)

Three Piggott Mohawk football players were chosen to the 2A all-district team. David Polsgrove was chosen as an offensive end, Greg Walker was first-team center, and Rick Batey was named the most outstanding back in the district.

And J&J Hardware advertised a big Christmas sale with Hamilton-Beach two-speed blenders for just $16.88 and a GE electric toothbrush for only $9.99. They also offered a variety of transistor radios from $4.99 for a six-transistor radio, to $15.88 for an AM-FM 10-transistor radio.

1977

It was 30 years ago this week that the American Agriculture Strike was gaining momentum, and an organizational meeting was held at the Piggott Community Center. A feature story on the meeting noted that some 285 people were in attendance.

Piggott Cub Scout pack 46 held a joint meeting with Greenway pack 121 recently, as they showed off their Indian costumes. "Heap Big Chief Darvin Stow" was decked-out in his head-dress to mark the occasion.

Two local couples marked their 50 wedding anniversaries on Nov 26, in separate celebrations. Both Mr. and Mrs. Orval Mowery and Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Stahl were honored by their families on that date.

In sports, the Piggott boys split with Greenway in the past week, and dropped a varsity game to Greene County Tech. In other school news, Who's Who has been announced and Mr. and Miss Piggott Junior Mohawk went to Todd Litzelfelner and Sarah Wagster and Karen Williams. Mr. and Miss PHS were Tracy Wheeler and Cam Cate.

Meanwhile, winners of this year's Christmas Belle and Beau pageant were Ambra Wade and Chris Wallace.

At the Carolyn Theater this week the feature was "You Light Up My Life" (featuring the song of the same name), while the late show was "Four of Us".

1982

The dedication ceremony for the new Chalk Bluff Park had been scheduled 25 years ago this week. The official opening has been set for Dec. 7. Meanwhile, Edward and Louise McFarlin announced that they were selling the Montgomery Ward agency store in Piggott to Jim and Linda Watson.

In sports, the Lady Mohawks beat Paragould, Mt. Pleasant and Walnut Ridge in the past week. Sabrina Tate led the Tribe over Paragould, while Melissa Berry paced the girls in the other two wins. Meanwhile, the senior boys lost at Paragould and beat Hoxie at home. Mike Book and Joe Smith had 12 each in the loss to the Bulldogs and 14 each in the win over the Mustangs.

It was also spirit week at Piggott Middle School, and this year's queen was Tracey Magee. She was escorted by Bryan Tate and her court included Holly Webster, Candice Poole, Tanya Swann and Tabitha Reeves.

At the Carolyn Theater this week, "Amityville II, The Possession", while the late show feature was "Honey Throats".

Finally, another Christmas Belle and Beau pageant is now history. This year's winners were Holly Hartwell and Adam Staples.

1987

It was 20 years ago this week that a citizen's advisory committee presented their recommendations on replacing the city's wastewater treatment facility to the city council. The next order of business will be to acquire funding for the job.

It was also reported that the number of voters in Clay County was up to 10,360 in 1987 compared to 10,321 in 1986. According to the report there were 15,038 county residents above the age of 18.

The Piggott Community Hospital budget for 1988 was approved in the past week, with administrators predicting a loss of $92,200 for the coming year.

A new arrival at Doctor's Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff on Nov. 22 was Alexandra Blake Slaton, who weighed-in at 7 lbs. 7.5 ounces. Alexandra (now a Times staff member) was welcomed by four-year old sister Andrea, who was pictured with the birth announcement holding her new little sister.

Several members of the PHS band earned all-region honors recently, they include Amy Farris, Becky Brown, Heather Sneed, Traci Veal, Jerome Morrison, Elizabeth Sale, Tanya Simpson and Shawn Morris.

In sports, the Piggott Mohawks fell to Hoxie in the past week with Lance Holcomb leading the Tribe in scoring with 12. Meanwhile, the Lady Mohawks got their first win of the year with a 48-45 victory over Walnut Ridge. Kim Grimes paced the girls with 13 points on the game.

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