It happened here, years ago

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

1969

The Piggott school board approved the plan to bus elementary students to various campuses for the coming year. The board voted to send first through fourth grade students to Central Elementary in Piggott, with fifth and sixth graders going to Pollard and St. Francis. The plan will mean the daily transportation of 329 Piggott students. In other news, eight people were injured in a two-vehicle accident west of Piggott when two cars collided as they met at the crest of a hill. The two drivers were identified as Melvin Henson, 42, of Greenway and Virginia Morgan, 20, of Piggott.

First District Congressman Bill Alexander visited Piggott recently, and told constituents that the Cache River Bayou Drainage effort is his number one project while in Washington. Alexander also discussed the Vietnam War and shoe imports during his visit.

At the Carolyn Theater this week the features included, "Angel In My Pocket" and "The Stalking Moon."

From the ads--an antique sale was set for April 5, across from City Café in Greenway. The owner was Willie Cavaness and Charlie Hollis was the auctioneer. And Ark-Mo Power Co. reminded customers that natural gas was perfect for winter heating and summer cooling..and "provides year-round climate control."

And with Easter just around the corner--Hamra's had suits for $19.99, or $35 for vested styles..and Patterson's Grocery featured ham for .59 a pound, cabbage for a nickel a pound and Swift ice cream for .59 a half-gallon.

1979

County Judge Rue C. Mack traveled to Little Rock 30 years ago last week and accepted a check for $26,280 for road repairs from Gov. Bill Clinton. The funds came from a $15-million surplus and helped pay for repair to roads devastated by the recent winter weather. In other news, Norman Cox retired from the Piggott Fire Department after 24 years, Feb. 28. He noted that some of the worse fires of his career were--the First Baptist Church, Earl Porterfield's Store and the Busy Bee Department Store. Cox came to Piggott with his wife Mae in 1947 with Brown Shoe, and retired from the company in 1973.

PHS juniors Letitia Dudley and Janet Moore served as pages for State Senator Tom Watson recently. Meanwhile, the Piggott School board selected Charles Hinkle as president and Bill Dickerson as secretary at their regular meeting. The board also voted to re-hire all but two teachers for the coming school year.

At the Carolyn Theater this week the feature was "The Great Train Robbery" while the late show feature was "Naughty Coeds." Meanwhile, Piggott Video Cable offered a free preview of HBO for subscribers April 7 and 8.

A dinner was held in Jonesboro to honor the 78 new Eagle Scouts in Northeast Arkansas, including David Bell of Troop 46 in Piggott. The speaker was current ASU football coach, and soon to be athletic director, Larry Lacewell.

1984

The Piggott City Council was told that a new 20-unit public housing project may be built in the city at their recent meeting. Mayor Cook also told council that a "snag" had developed in the plan to expand the local airport.

A number of contested races have developed in the upcoming May primary, now that the filing deadline has passed. State Rep. Jim Holland has drawn opposition from Joe Cole; incumbent sheriff Cloyce Pierce is facing Darvin Stow; incumbent county clerk Sonny Smart is facing Charles Pollard and incumbent circuit clerk Gary Magee will face challenger Freddie Hartsfield.

The recent Lions Club pancake breakfast raised $543 for the library fund, with Lions Bobby Hoskins and Mike Ebert making the check presentation to Don Roeder. Meanwhile, the Arthritis Foundation will team with KTEI radio in Piggott for a "Hostage Day" April 17.

In service news--Army Pvt. Terry L. Harris, son of Wilma D. Scott of Piggott, has completed basic training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina. And from the ads--there was a big sale at the Gossard Factory Outlet store in Piggott with up to 50-percent off.

The PHS concert band earned "excellent" ratings at their recent competition in Jonesboro, and band members Walter McGee, Tony Ruhl and Tim Neeley have received national recognition.

Finally, U of A football coach Ken Hatfield will be the featured speaker at the NEARK Razorback Club meeting in Paragould on May 2.

1989

Piggott residents will vote May 9 on a sales tax issue, following action by the city council. The estimated $120,000 per year will be used for streets and drainage, parks and recreation, fire and police equipment and the airport. The council also voted to loan the city Parks and Recreation Commission $30,000 to purchase poles and lights for the new baseball diamond complex, with expected delivery in three to four months.

"Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" was a big hit at PHS, with 60 students making up the cast and chorus and another 30 in the crew. Between the matinee at PHS, and the public performance, over 1,000 enjoyed the production. Meanwhile, a Bike-A-Thon for the Leukemia Society is set for April 8.

The new stained glass windows at the First Baptist Church of Piggott have been installed. The windows were donated by Kenneth and Wanda Norred in memory of his mother, Maud Norred, a member of the church for over 50 years.

In sports, the pee wee basketball champs have been crowned. The gray team won the girls title, with members--Melissa Henson, Brandy Galyean, Stephanie Wellman, Crystal Belote, Jamie Harmon, Ashley Taylor, Ruth Ann Green and Tracie James. Fred Ort was the coach.

The maroon team took the boys title with members--Ricky Vannada, John Daniel Smart, Justin Parrish, Landon Coomer, Adam Rodery, Eric Scott, Scot Book, Chad Speer, John Mowery, Chad Reeves, Kyle Cox, Kris Pollard, Blaine Howell and Matthew Pounds. The boy's coaches were Terry Pollard, Terry Cox and Kent Coomer.

Meanwhile, the Mohawk baseball team started their season with losses to Senath and Marmaduke in the past week.