It happened here, years ago

Wednesday, December 19, 2007
ASU Head Football Coach Bennie Ellender (right) was he featured speaker at the PHS football banquet in 1967. Also pictured are Mohawk head Coach Carl "Zig" Williams (left) and Assistant Coach Eddie Rickus (standing). (file photo)


A series of meetings were reported 40 years ago this week in which select civic leaders have been discussing the possibility of acquiring a "YMCA type" community center for the youth of Piggott. Several meetings had been held on the subject, though they were not publicized before or afterward.

In other news, the new Arkansas driver's licenses have been mailed to motorists across the state, though they'll have to be validated according to Clay County Revenue officer Junior Rouse. The new red-on-white license plates will also be offered, which will now be assigned to an owner not a vehicle.

The Piggott Jaycees have announced the winners in their annual holiday lighting contest. Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Crittenden won one of the divisions, while Mr. and Mrs. Bob Martin took first place in the other.

The annual football banquet was held recently, with Lloyd Russell serving as MC. Coaches Zig Williams and Eddie Rickus hosted special guest speaker Bennie Ellender, head football coach at Arkansas State University. Top honors on the night went to David Polsgrove for MVP for offense and Rick Batey for MVP for defense. Most valuable junior was Link Fuller and most valuable sophomore was Jimmy Johnson.

Also in sports, the basketball Mohawks lost to Gosnell and Holcomb in the past week, with Davis Polsgrove leading the Tribe in scoring both nights.

Finally, Taylor's Grocery offered Reelfoot hams for Christmas for .59 a pound, while oranges were .39 a dozen, two-pound boxes of Domino powdered sugar were just .29 each and Delsey toilet paper was two-rolls-for-a-quarter.


The Piggott City Council decided at their regular monthly meeting, 30 years ago last week, that the existing community plan is inadequate and should be replaced. The plan was formulated in 1962 and went into effect the following year.

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes were busy this holiday season, as they raised some 600 cases of canned goods in a food drive. Meanwhile, three Mohawk football players were chosen All-Conference for 2-AA North recently including seniors Brent Haley and Cam Cate and junior Donnie Morrison.

Celebrating 50th anniversaries this month in 1977 were Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Lee Walker on Dec. 18 and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Settlemoir on Dec. 24.

At the Carolyn Theater this week, Gregory Peck is "McArthur", while the late show feature was "Girls Will Do Anything".

In sports, the Mohawk boys' JV team played in a tournament at Kennett, and beat the host team despite Jimmy Mann injuring his chin. Speaking of injuries, the Lady Mohawks fell 95-28 at Highland after Vickie Winton twisted her knee in the second quarter. Winton tried to come back in a contest against Hoxie later in the week, but left due to the injury once again. The girls went on to lose the game to the Lady Mustangs 83-58.

Finally, for 1977, this week's newspaper contained a full-page ad for the Kennett Wal-Mart advertising all their Christmas specials.


The December Quorum Court meeting, 25 years ago this week, was the final meeting for retiring county judge Rue C. Mack and JP's Joe Lewis and Lynn Wimberley. Also this month, Piggott Community Hospital recognized employees for their years of service. Dr. Hillard Duckworth and administrator Betty Reams were honored for 27 years of service, Dortha Palmer for 25. Billie Martin was also recognized for 31 years of total service, including the 15 years since she returned from taking four years off.

Brown Shoe Company honored 10 employees for 25 years, or more, of service. The group included Marlon Williams, Shirley Berry, Jeanette Mouton, Bobby Tidwell, Denver Johnson, Deloyd Edwards, Alice Wilkes, Janice Graddy, Wilma Featherston and Loretta Holt.

Two members of the Piggott Mohawk junior band have been named to the All-Region bands. Kevin Rouse was first-chair baritone saxophone in the blue band, while Terri Green was second-chair flute in the red band. Both are eighth graders at Piggott.

In sports, the Mohawks beat Bald Knob at a tournament at Arkansas College in Batesville, then lost to Batesville. Mike Book and Joe Jordan led the scoring in both games, while Seal had ten rebounds against Batesville. The Tribe then went on to lose to Westside, Rector and Highland, then beat Corning by 18.

Meanwhile the junior boys placed second in the Corning tournament, beating Rector and Corning before losing to Marmaduke.


The Piggott City Council voted to raise sewer rates at their December meeting 20 years ago this week. The group is still looking for ways to raise the $900-thousand needed to replace the current water treatment facility.

This week also featured a special open house for Josie Brandon, who was retiring from the Clay County Department of Human Services after more than 40 years.

The folks at Hitt's Chapel report that their living nativity scene drew 343 carloads this past weekend. New additions this year included the inn, which was constructed by Mr. and Mrs. Leon Williams, new costumes and new crowns.

Basketball homecoming was held at PHS in the past week, and this year's queen was Chylon Miller. Her court included Deanna Conley, Angela Davis, Peggy Ruhl, Ambra Wade, Tabi Erwin, Tory Smith, Michelle Fry, Tanya Simpson and the basketball beau was Brian Samples.

In other sports, Piggott's Todd Self has been named to the All-State Class AA football team. The 17 year old son of Danny and Sue Self plans to attend college at Arkansas Tech.

Who's Who has been announced at PHS and Mr. and Mrs. PHS this year are Neil Parrish and Jill Donner. Meanwhile, the Piggott Middle School essay contest winners are Traci Veal, Kyle Seal and Lara Featherston.

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