It happened here, years ago

Thursday, May 8, 2008

1968

The Piggott City Council passed a resolution, 40 years ago this past week that would reduce electric rates by about 10 percent. The move came after an engineer calculated that the city could make the cut and stay within the budget..and noted that there may be another reduction in the future.

In other news, quick action by Piggott School's maintenance supervisor Carl Crittenden was credited with avoiding a costly blaze after a fire broke out on a bus being worked on in the district's bus garage. Crittenden jumped into the vehicle and backed it from the building, escaping just as the fuel tank exploded. He was treated for a minor burn on the arm, and applauded for his quick thinking and action.

The Jaycees report that the Piggott swimming pool will open on Sunday, May 12. The new manager this year is the new basketball coach at PHS, Malcolm Murphy. Meanwhile, Mitchell Cemetery will also be observing Decoration Day on that date.

Political announcements this week included Francis "Pacer" Underwood's announcement that he's running for Clay County sheriff. And births at Piggott Hospital during the month of April included--Valerie Priscilla Kegley, born to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Kegley on April 22; Barrett Randel Stanfill, born to Mr. and Mrs. William Stanfill of Marmaduke on April 26; and Nathan Todd Doty, born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Doty on April 29.

Finally, the Otasco Store in Piggott was having a big sale on Zebco fishing gear this week in time. Reels ranged from $1.88 for the 202, $3.66 for the 404 and up to $11.99 for the heavy-duty 808.

1978

Political announcements 30 years ago this past week included--Jim Holland for State Rep from the 65th district. Holland had been a history and government teacher at Knobel for the past 16 years; also Lavon "Sonny" Smart for county clerk, Beryliss Holifield for tax assessor and Guy Brinkley for municipal judge.

In other news, the Piggott City Council passed Ordinance #276 at their recent meeting, which forms the Piggott Industrial Facilities Board. The first members were Dr. Larry Winberry, Sue Cole, Scot Sale, James Magee, Tommy Hardcastle and Frank Knuckles.

Beta Club held their annual banquet recently at PHS and Raye Lynn Johnson was named Miss Beta, while Mr. Beta was Dennis Blake. Also from the Piggott schools; baccalaureate services are set for Sunday, May 14 while commencement will be held Monday, May 15. And next year's majorettes were introduced at the annual spring band concert, they are--Lesa McFarlin, Laura Duckworth, Tamara Rigdon, Kim Bellers, Lisa Moore and Jill Miller.

On the national scene, the federal food stamp program is being re-worked. The effort was designed to cut the top one million recipients and offer the program to more elderly and working poor.

At the Carolyn Theater this week the feature was "The One and Only" while the late show was "The Farmer's Other Daughter".

1983

Baccalaureate and graduation at PHS is set for Sunday, May 15..meanwhile the school board opened bids on repair to the science lab from the recent fire at the middle school campus and reviewed architects drawings of the re-building project.

In other news, a single vehicle crash early May 7, claimed the life of Thomas A. Helton, 27, of Piggott when his vehicle struck the bridge railing over the Big Slough ditch and the car flipped into the water.

Several groups of area National Guardsmen will be taking part in maneuvers during the coming weekend, with the Clay County Fairgrounds serving as the target location.

The Piggott Public pool will open on Sunday, May 22..passes this year are $25 for individual, $30 for a couple and $40 for a family. Meanwhile, Dixon Radio and TV announced that the new "Centipede" game for Atari has arrived.

Senior majorettes have been announced for the coming year, they are--Heather Huffman, Paula Blume, Dana Gossett, Carol Crowson, Angie Wright and Kay Barlow. And in sports, the PHS golf team came in as the state runner-ups this year second only to Bald Knob. The team included--Joe Mowery, Joe Gregory, Blake Duncan and Brian Grimes. Over the past four years the Tribe has earned two state titles and two state runner-up finishes with Mowery leading the way.

At the Carolyn Theater this week, "ET" while the late show feature was "Fox Holes".

1988

The Piggott School board voted, 20 years ago this past week, to put a freeze on salary increases for both certified and non-certified employees due to a forecast deficit. The board did vote to hire Billie Hullett as federal program coordinator and Anita Allman as GT teacher-coordinator.

The Greenway Fire Department has purchased new equipment with a grant they were recently awarded. The move was made to try to lower insurance rates within the town.

Dwayne Dutka has been named the new director for Clay County Human Services; he's been with the department for three years and has worked in Clay and Mississippi counties.

The PES Just Say No fourth graders are holding a "Just Say No" walk in the coming week and members Justin Moody, Rob Nichols, Leslie Morrisett and Tommy Newman were pictured in the paper making posters for the event. And there were some 300 folks on hand for the annual Piggott Band Banquet with the coveted John Phillips Sousa Award going to Tina Stark.

In sports, the Mohawk baseball team dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker to Biggers-Reyno in the first round of the district tournament at Highland. Seniors on the squad included--Todd Self, Darrin Moore, Keith Beaver and Shawn Parker. Meanwhile the Mohawk track team placed fifth at the district tournament at Walnut Ridge and the mile relay team qualified for the state meet in McGhee. The team was made up of Ronnie Cote, Jeff Henderson, David Sutton and Mike Sutton.