It happened here, years ago

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

1970

In an outstanding show of community solidarity, Piggott citizens voted 707 to 5 to pass an Act 9 bond issue to fund the construction of the new Gossard plant (now Aerial Bouquets). Bids on the 72,000 square foot facility would be let and construction underway by late July with the job to be finished by early December.

Congratulations to Miss Piggott 1970, Carol Campbell. Her court included first alternate Melinda Hampton and second alternate Sheila Jewell. This year's picnic grossed over $25,800 and winner of the new car was Clifton Clifford of Greenville, Mo. Meanwhile, the annual Pollard picnic is set for Wednesday, July 15 and will feature entertainment by Mrs. Lee Houseman's students and the Harmonaires.

The Piggott State Bank sign showed 100 degrees for the first time this year Wednesday, July 1. Also in the news, Troy Cox is the new Lions Club president and George Cook has announced for mayor--joining Norris Cate and Francis Kunckles in the race.

At the Carolyn Theater this week, "The Ballard of Caleb Hogue" and "A Man Called Horse."

Beryl Simpson brought in the first boll of cotton, picked July 2 near Holly Island. The variety was Stoneville 213 and it was planted April 24. The problem with shoe exports was also reviewed, explaining that countries receiving aid from the U.S. were going into competition with domestic manufacturers. Brazil, it was noted, had exported 30,000 pairs to the U.S.--just a portion of the 377,000 pairs imported in 1969.

1980

Four straight days of 100-plus temperatures had the region sweltering this week in time, with a high mark of 103 July 8. Meanwhile, congrats to Karen Williams, Miss Piggott 1980. Her court included first alternate Shelley Gibson, second alternate Kellie Jones and trainbearers Penny Lyn Hosea and Andy Dixon. Meanwhile, the annual Pollard picnic is set in that community.

Break-ins at the Casual Shoppe and Otasco prompted Chief Bell to warn that teens out after midnight on weeknights, and after the theater closed on weekends, would be picked-up and parents notified. Births to announce included a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Adams of Pollard July 1. They've named the new arrival Cynthia Elizabeth. And little Terry Cato was treated to a first birthday party recently.

At the Carolyn Theater this week the feature was "Friday the 13th" while the late show was "Hot Racket."

Goldie Settlemoir was pictured with a small limb from her Golden Delicious apple tree that bore 11 apples. The tree was transplanted after coming up from cores thrown into her garlic bed some 12 years earlier. Terry Jones and Steve Dalton both brought home second place honors in their weight divisions at the recent arm wrestling competition at Rector. And Tony Neeley of St. Francis was the winner of a shotgun given away by the NEARK Rod and Gun Club.

And, as promised--the Coca-Cola balloon visited Piggott July 5, landing in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church.

1985

The weather cooperated for the Fourth of July, with $35,000 in gross receipts according to Kenneth Mowery. Carol Crowson was Miss Piggott 1985 while Denisa Poole, Valerie Kegley, Gina Blume and Paula Blume made up her court. In a related story, this week also included a feature on Newsweek film critic David Ansen--a first time visitor to the city and judge for the pageant.

Economic development topped discussion among the politicians on hand for this year's event, which included Gov. Bill Clinton, Senator Dale Bumpers and Congressman Bill Alexander. Winners of the cash drawings were Kenny Wood and Thad Hinkle of Piggott, Joyce Goben of Rector and Marilyn Simpson of Phoenix, Ariz.

At the Carolyn Theater this week, Richard Pryor in "Brewster's Millions."

The Hayes family reunion was held recently at the Piggott Community Center, the Eskew family had a reunion at Puxico, Mo. and Mr. and Mrs. Leon Williams will be honored on their 25th anniversary July 14 at the First Baptist Church.

The city council voted to turn down the recommendation to increase sewer rates at their recent meeting. The council also heard from Parks and Rec. chairman Frank Smith and Little League Assoc. president Kenneth Rodery on the need for a new ballpark complex. One alternative was to build the complex at the old county home site (current Heritage Park).

The band "Cuz" from Kennett won the Wrangler Country Showdown at the community center, an event sponsored by KTEI radio. And the new superintendent, Don Montgomery is now on the job at Piggott Schools.

1990

Election year brought a crowd of politicians to the annual picnic. During the opening ceremony Mayor George Cook gave thanks to O.L. and Kenneth Mowery for their longtime involvement--and asked for a moment of silence for Kenneth, who was currently hospitalized at Jonesboro. Later, Lauren White was crowned Miss Piggott for 1990, and her alternates were Peggy Ruhl and Kee Estraca.

Meanwhile, Molly Hartwell of Qulin was crowned Miss Pollard at their annual picnic, her alternates included Tracy Veal and Emily Seal of Piggott.

The Piggott City Council was to discuss the Poplar Bluff Electric site as it pertained to EPA regulations at their monthly utilities meeting. Council will also review losses within the water department, which has not seen an increase in rates for 10 years.

The filing period for municipal offices is set, and the Pillow family reunion was held July 2 at the General Baptist Church. Meanwhile, the annual Brown Shoe reunion is scheduled for July 14 at the Piggott Community Center.

Mitchell Cemetery Association chose Carl E. Lovelady as their newest member at their recent meeting, and elected Mike Hill president. And Bro. Clyde Spurgin and Archie performed at the Piggott Public Library as part of their storytime program.

The Tri-County Jr. Babe Ruth team hosted the district tournament at Piggott, but were eliminated in their third game. Meanwhile, the prep squad fell at Blytheville. And the Piggott All-Stars split with Rector on the Fourth of July, losing the T-ball and 8-year old game but winning in the 9 and 10-year-old and Little League contests.