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Wednesday, March 24, 2010


The Piggott Jaycees have begun a project to have at park built at the Civil War battle site at Chalk Bluff. Landowner Cecil Dalton is reportedly interested in selling the 40 acres adjacent to the site along the St. Francis River. In a related note, the annual Jaycees Easter egg hunt will be held March 29 at the fairgrounds.

Explorer Post #46 has been re-chartered with 14 members. Post officers were, president Nelson Harris, vice president Dale Birmingham, secretary treasurer Van Haley and representatives Wayne Mowery and Mike Lane. In a related story, the local Scouts held a Court of Honor recently and honored Robin Miller with the Bronze Palm. Second class pins went to--Lane Hinkle, David Birmingham, Jeff Howell, Randy McComb and Blake Richardson.

At the Carolyn Theater this week the features include "The Reivers" while the late show was "Medium Cool."

Winners in the Piggott School District spell-down were, Brent Rogers from the fifth grade, Michael Haley from the sixth grade and Lynn Dehls from the seventh. They'll compete in the county bee April 3 at PHS. Meanwhile, over 70 turned out for a fish fry at the local Dekalb dealer with Buck Thomas, Linuel Moore, Sheldon Settlemoir, Kenny Smart, John Ed Lingle and Dub Smart cooking the fish for those on hand.

And in sports, the Piggott fifth and sixth grade boys basketball team beat the McDougal fourth and fifth graders recently. Gerald Hoggard coaches the Piggott squad, while Doyle Hicks coached the McDougal team.


Luckily there were no injuries as a Piggott school bus caught fire Friday, March 21 north of Hitts Chapel. Bus driver Jean Lewis and the kids walked to the Ed Armitage residence to summon a replacement vehicle. Meanwhile, Marty Lynn Conley, 18, sustained serious injuries in a single vehicle crash that same weekend west of Piggott. Conley and fellow ASU student Keith Neely, 18, of El Dorado were transported to PCH. Neely was treated and released, while Conley was transferred to St. Bernards.

Open house at the Blytheville Air Force Base is set for Saturday, March 30; also in the news it was announced that senior citizens could obtain help in filling out their paperwork for the 1980 Census.

At the Carolyn Theater this week--"Wilderness Family Part 2" was the feature."

Jim Walker's 1969 International wrecker was recently featured in a nationwide trade magazine. Meanwhile, 4-H members marked Arbor Day by planting trees at the Clay County fairgrounds.

Majorettes have been chosen for the coming year, including Tina Magee, Lisa Beaver, Christie Webster and Heather Huffman for the junior high while Tamara Rigdon, Lisa Moore, Jill Miller, Rhonda McBride, Kellie Jones, Allison Shanklin, Tammy Ozbun and Dana Gossett were on the senior squad.

And Mrs. John Pillow recently completed a new banner for the Marching Mohawk band, and was pictured with PHS director Robin Smooth and her son, Collin, a member of the band.

In sports, the Mohawk pee wee sixth grade boys took first in the recent Greenway tournament with a 40-22 win over Rector in the championship game.


Piggott superintendent Fletcher Chasteen resigned at the recent school board meeting, after working just one year for the district. The board also heard a report on the new Gifted and Talented program set for students in the third through eighth grades. Board members also voted to purchase two new buses from Ward School Bus Sales of Conway in the amount of $22,924 each.

The new much-bigger Piggott Public Library has proved to be very popular, with a sizeable increase in activity. Librarian Gay Johnson also reported on new services, such as the use of a Xerox machine by patrons. She's currently assisted by four high school students, Eunice Hamilton and Una Pollard.

At the Carolyn Theater this week the feature is "The Flamingo Kid" while the late show was "Teenage Cowgirls."

Clarence Mack has purchased the property where the old Pfeiffer cotton gin formerly stood from Frank Faulk, Frank Faulk, Jr., Raymond Donner and Rex Cate. The elder Faulk has also bought out his partners, and will be operating the seed and fertilizer business as Pfeiffer Farm Supply.

The annual FFA farm equipment auction will be held Saturday, April 6; Joe Gregory has been elected vice president of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at ASU and Tammy Elizabeth Duncan has been named to the Dean's List at the Oakland City (Ind.) College. Plus, the Lion's Club will host a breakfast March 30 at the Piggott Community Center.


The arrival of spring brought with it an ice storm to the Piggott area the previous weekend. Also in the news, work was scheduled to begin April 2 on the new Clay County jail with the construction to be completed by Dec. 27. And groundbreaking was held on a new 20,000 square foot addition to Aerial Bouquets in the Piggott Industrial Park. Joining Mayor George Cook in the groundbreaking was Matt Sutfin and several of the company's employees.

Fire destroyed the Nelson Scott home on Twelfth Street in the past week, and according to assistant fire chief Ronny Dixon the cause was likely electrical in nature. Meanwhile, repairs and improvements have been completed to the War Memorial Building, including a new roof and siding, fresh paint and concrete work.

Nurses at PCH that completed the Advance Cardiac Life Support training at Blytheville were--Stacey Swann, Kathy Tompkins, Kay Huckabay, Tammy Swink, Jo Williams, Angie Reeves and Bobbie Fair. And winners of a trip to Las Vegas among employees of Aerial Bouquets were--Sharon Wright, Carmie Swift, Glenna Lee, Connie Wright and Tammy Whorton.

In sports, the Mohawks began this year's baseball season with a 5-2 win over Biggers-Reyno behind the pitching of senior Kevin Blascoe. Team members for coach Ted Box, and assistant Brock Swann, included--Monte Howell, Todd Day, Chris Brawner, Kyle Seal, Jim Fuwell, Scott McCrillis, Jason Beck, Chris Morris, Kelly Roach, Travis Rodery, Jon Cooper, Mark Samples, Brian Harmon and Blascoe.