It happened here, years ago

Thursday, January 7, 2010


The first baby of the year, and the new decade, born at Piggott Hospital was little Tanya Ann Speer. She was the daughter of Garry and Mary Ann Speer of Route 2, Piggott, and was delivered Jan. 2 by Dr. Muse. Also in the news, longtime local barber Ben Joiner, 70, retired in the past week after 50 years in the profession. Joiner will be replaced at Benson's Barber Shop, where he began his local hair-cutting career, by Troy Howell. He was pictured cutting the hair of longtime customer Gent Dunlap, 85, of Pollard.

Feb. 1-7 is National Cable TV Week, and is being observed by Piggott Video Cable. The local company now boasts nine national, and two local channels and over 1,000 subscribers. It's estimated that 12-million people have cable TV service in the U.S.

At the Carolyn Theater this week the features included--"Run Wild, Run Free" along with "The Undefeated."

A pie supper was held Dec. 20 to benefit the Nimmons Community Center, and the annual Greenway Neighborhood Center hosted their annual Christmas party the same day. The day before the center hosted a surprise birthday party for Pauline Girtman, with guests--Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Spicer, Geneva Holcomb, Rachel Davis, Allie Presson, Bertha Lewis, Faye Bond, Kathy Gookin, Della Lewis, Elda Girtman and Martha Gookin.

An ad for Morris IGA reminded patrons that they're open till midnight, with specials such as--ground chuck or pork chops for 79-cents a pound, IGA bread at five loaves for a dollar or Banquet Pot Pies at five for 89-cents.


The first snowfall of 1980 dropped about two inches of the white stuff on the city Jan. 3. Also in the news, a break-in was reported at Piggott Elementary School; and more vandalism was reported at Jones Furniture and Edward's Barber Shop in the past few days. Those locations were added to dozens of others that had windows shot-out by someone with a pellet gun in the previous week.

In other news notes, customers of the local gas company were reminded to take care with ice forming on natural gas regulators; Nap Reeves reported that two of his hunting dogs had been shot in the past few days and Martin Eugene Greaney, vice president for Glauber Valve of Piggott, died Jan. 7 at Piggott Community Hospital following a battle with cancer.

At the Carolyn Theater this week the feature was "Starting Over" while the late show was "Girls Who Do."

In births to announce, little Billy Jo Foster was born Dec. 27 en route to Lucy Lee Hospital in Poplar Bluff and was delivered by Dad. Proud parents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles Foster of Piggott.

In sports, Greenway's boys and girls beat Tyronza with Coleen Clayton and Allen Gardner leading the scoring. Meanwhile, the Lady Mohawks dropped a set to Marmaduke paced by Sherri Watson for the junior team and Sherri Mobley for the varsity. And, the Mohawks split with Walnut Ridge with Joe Mowery pacing the juniors in their loss and Tim Wheat leading the seniors in their win. The senior A and B also swept the Holcomb Hornets.


City street crews worked 29 straight hours in the past week as the region dug-out from an 11-plus inch snowfall. Excess snow was dumped into Sugar Creek, and onto the municipal parking lot, as streets were cleared. The Piggott City Council also met in the past week, as budget issues dominated discussion.

The Arkansas Legislature will convene Jan. 14 with a variety of important issues to be decided. Lawmakers will be considering a change back to the presidential primary system after holding caucuses the past year, along with a measure to require liability insurance before purchasing auto tags.

At the Carolyn Theater this week, Chuck Norris in "Missing in Action" while the late show was "Little Orphan Dusty Part II."

Pam Barker, of the Piggott Junior High Mohawk band, was chosen as an alternate for the All-Region junior high band back on Dec. 1 in tryouts held at Greene County Tech. Meanwhile, Nancy Shanklin hosted the annual Christmas party for the Zeta Tau sorority with Penny Veal presenting the program.

In sports, Kim Stewart had 29 points for the Lady Mohawks and Deanna Conley had 17 for the junior girls, as they swept Biggers-Reyno in the past week. Both squads will face Corning in the first round of the Clay County Tournament at PHS. Meanwhile, the boys lost games to Corning and Clay County Central following the holiday break and will take on Paragould for homecoming.


Mayor George Cook discussed goals for the coming year at the regular Piggott City Council meeting. Cook sought to secure a lower fire insurance rating, more jobs and more affordable housing in the coming months. He also indicated that he would run for re-election. Meanwhile, the Piggott School Board extended the contract of Superintendent Leon Christenberry for an additional year. The board also voted to hire Joan Gossett to teach fifth grade.

In news notes--David Jelks has been employed by Piggott Mortuary and has moved to the city from Rector; the local Girl Scout cookie sale is underway and Mindy Cox was pictured offering the tasty treats to Beverly Wallis and the annual Toombs family reunion was held Dec. 31 at the VFW building in Piggott.

The PHS Fine Arts Club is now selling ads for the program they'll be doing for the spring production of "Oliver." Meanwhile, the eighth grade MEGA students visited the Children's Home at Paragould during the holiday season. Those pictured on the trip were--Lannie Cox, Tiffany Coyle, Melissa Minton, Emily Seal and Allie Turner.

In sports, the Lady Mohawks dropped games to Stanford and Clay County Central and split with Cave City in the past weeks. Meanwhile, the boys fell to the Cavemen and Cougars. The junior and senior girls teams were pictured this week, the senior girls roster included--Tracy Donehoo, Cathy Eubanks, Shelly Houser, Shelly Harris, Mona Hosea, Sheryl Harris, Lori Berry, Elaine Holifield, Michelle Whaley, Martha Pence and Tammy Belote. The girls were coached by Mike Book.