It happened, years ago

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


"Mohawks mangle Manila in season opener" was the headline 40 years ago this week, as the Tribe began the 1969 season with a 39-6 win over the Lions. Mackey Donner took the opening kickoff of the season, and four straight runs by Rick Rodery resulted in the first TD. Tim Huffman then added the PAT to begin the rout. The lone Manila touchdown was scored by T. Despain, and he was pictured on the front page being pursued by Stan Morris, Gary Wiley, Dan Stokes, David Ballard, Dennis Johnson and Steve Champ. Up next will be a visit to Pocahontas.

In a related story, it was reported that Mohawk senior Jim Hanna had undergone knee surgery at Methodist Hospital in Memphis this past Tuesday due to a season-ending injury sustained in the ballgame.

Mike Haley of the Piggott FFA chapter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Haley, has been selected to receive the coveted American Farmer Degree from the organization. And it was noted that Morris IGA is now open until midnight, six days a week. To illustrate the point employees Jimmy Parks and Freddie Ort were pictured in their pajamas with owner Irvin Morris.

At the Carolyn Theater this week the features included--"Custer of the West" along with "Goodbye Columbus" and "The Decline and Fall of a Bird Watcher."

This year's Greenway picnic grossed around $4,851 with expenses of $1,851, thus about $3,000 was the net profit for upkeep of the Mitchell Cemetery. Meanwhile, at the McDougal picnic Ethel Crockett took home the $50 cash prize while the quilt went to Linda Shepherd.


Several young men, ages 15-21, were taken into custody in connection with the recent break-in of the Rebel Market. The youths were also responsible for the thefts of tools and CB radios, and around $1,000 worth of bicycles. Also in the news, the Piggott School board has awarded the bid for construction of the new agri building to Corning Steel Building. And the newest employee of The Piggott Times is Julia Jones, wife of Kevin Jones and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Eason.

Tracy Ozbun of Piggott was named Miss McDougal at their annual picnic, and her alternates included Audrey Hampton and Annette Grissom. Meanwhile, 47 members of Cub Scout Pack 46 took part in the Scout Olympics at Jonesboro and later attended the ASU-East Texas football game where 23 of the local boys helped serve as the color guard.

At the Carolyn Theater this week the feature was "The In-Laws" while the late show was "The Farmer's Other Daughter."

130 people were on hand for the annual Allman family reunion Sept. 2 at the Piggott Armory, while the Holifield family reunion was held that same day at Cummins Chapel United Methodist Church.

In sports, the Mohawks beat East Prairie 20-19 to begin the football season, and will visit Greene County Tech next. Meanwhile, the volleyball girls swept Paragould and will take on the Twin Rivers Royals in their next matches at PHS.


Construction of a new library at Piggott Elementary School was approved by the school board 25 years ago this week. A petition drive is also underway to increase the county's library tax, in an effort to avoid a cut in hours and personnel. The three libraries boasted 485,000 books and over 1,270 audio/visual items. Over the course of the past year over 100,000 books were checked-out, or just less than five for every person in the county.

Also in the news, Marty Wallis was named Miss McDougal and her alternates were Brenna Kohlbrecher and Jenna Brown..Julia Morrisett was Little Miss McDougal and her alternates were Emily Harmon and Heather Wyatt.

At the Carolyn Theater this week the feature was "Best Defense" with Dudley Moore and Eddie Murphy.

Births to announce include a son to Mr. and Mrs. Darren Davis on Aug. 27 in Texas. The new arrival has been named Jason Darren Davis. And a daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Brad Hartwell on Sept. 5 and they've named her Jodi Laine Hartwell. Little Marc Yount also celebrated his first birthday July 27; he's the son of Nick and Brenda Yount of Pollard.

The Mohawks traveled to Pocahontas and dropped a 0-33 decision to the Redskins to start the football season, and also suffered through a break-down of the equipment bus. They'll host Gosnell next. And the junior Mohawks fell to Highland 0-26 and will also take on the Pirates in their next contest.


Howard Winberry, Jim Gearhart and Tim Fair are the candidates for a seat on the Piggott School board this fall. Meanwhile, the tax free municipal bonds being sold to finance construction of the new Clay County jail in Piggott went on sale this past Monday.

This week's paper also included a feature on Larry Ross Norred, and how he has integrated computers into his love of music. Norred, PHS class of 1969, designed the first fully integrated music publishing computer system in the U.S. for Jenson Publishing. The system was designed to integrate a 7,500 title catalog.

Recent reunions included former students of the Hitt School, along with Smart, Crockett and Gregory family reunions. Also this week the third grade students of the new Piggott gifted and talented program were pictured with instructor Anita Allman. The group included--Tim Winberry, Aaron Johnson, Joseph Crittenden, Julia Morrisett, Emily Harmon, Jake Morrison, Richard Smart and Robbie Hickson.

Drawing winners from the anniversary sale at Taylor's Grocery included James Fewins, Hazel Fry, Sandy Pace and Sandy Scheffler. Meanwhile, Danny Ford announced that he had purchased the former Blackwell Baldwin dealership in Kennett and it would be known as Glen Sain Chevrolet, Olds, Cadillac and Geo.

In sports, the Mohawks fell to Gosnell 6-30 while the junior boys lost to Highland 0-6. Both will take on Pocahontas in the coming week. Meanwhile, the volleyball teams swept Paragould. And Joe Don Schulte and Travis Williams were winners in the demolition derby held in conjunction with the Clay County Fair.