Reflecting on 2011, part III

Thursday, January 12, 2012
The ASU Marching Band was among the highlights of the 2011 Labor Day Parade in Rector

This is part three of the Times-Democrat's look back at the events of 2011:


Piggott celebrates its 84th annual Fourth of July Picnic with a day of fun which closed with a fireworks display and a drawing for three $5,000 cash prizes...Amber Minton is crowned as the first-ever Mrs. Piggott...A Rector couple, Theresa and Cleveland Burrow, are killed in a one-vehicle crash at a western Clay County intersection near Knobel...The Imperial Dinner Theatre at Pocahontas presents "Vicki Bishop Sings the Songs of Patsy Cline" at the Rector Community Center...Pollard holds its 79th annual Picnic with a full day of activities...FreshTech opens in Piggott offering computers and new technology...Fire destroys the home of Dustin and Brandy Lucas in Piggott...Piggott's Adam Shelton and Rector's Cole Thomas both are involved in mission work, Shelton in Jamaica and Thomas in Africa...Piggott native Gary Moody receives the honorable distinction of being chosen to attend the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I...St. Francis holds its annual picnic featuring pageants for children and teens...Members of the Piggott 11 and 12-year-old All-Stars softball team claim the State Championship in Hot Springs...Extreme heat, following heavy spring rains, create setbacks for area farmers, but the crop outlook remains positive...State Rep. Mike Patterson of Piggott receives a plaque from the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics honoring him for his support and service to the aviation community throughout Arkansas...Patricia Bearden of Rector is injured in a one-vehicle accident near Greenway...A creative writers retreat is held at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott...Piggott and Rector public libraries end their annual summer reading programs with visits from the popular Brian and Terri Kinder...The Rector Public Library shows off new remodeling efforts, including a new entrance and foyer...A special service at the Piggott Cemetery honors the late James C. Johnson, a Civil War veteran whose descendants were present for the ceremony...Aerial Bouquets in Piggott is damaged and power outages are reported following a severe storm which hit the area...Piggott Community Hospital is rated number one of 75 hospitals based on measures of care levels across the state...State Trooper Mark Vavak of Piggott is injured in an accident near Knobel...Rector High School's drama troupe attends the International Thespian Festival in Nebraska...Clay County child services investigator Chris Shelton has his book "It's Okay, You're With My Father" published...Jim Gearhart of Piggott retires after many years of service with CenturyLink...Clay County District Court Clerk Linda Dixon of Piggott is named runnerup State Clerk of the Year.


Piggott State Bank is named as one of the top performing banks by the Independent Community Bankers of America...The death of an American Railcar Industries employee at Marmaduke is ruled as electrocution...Arkansas State University announces its Sound of the Natural State Marching Band will return as a feature of the Rector Labor Day Parade...Rector resident Timothy Lindsey is arrested following a 16-mile vehicle chase through Clay County...Rector Elementary School holds its annual Parents Make a Difference Night...Piggott and Rector public libraries begin offering e-books to patrons...Jordan Norred's entrance into the Air Force is celebrated with family and friends at the annual Cluck barbecue in Piggott...Lewis Earnest begins work as Rector's new football coach...Piggott Head Start celebrates its expansion with a ribbon cutting ceremony...Greenway holds its annual picnic to raise funds for Mitchell Cemetery...It is announced that the late Calvin Glasgow of Rector left $500,000 from his estate to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at Memphis in memory of his mother, the late Nelle Glasgow...William Arnold, 71, of Rector dies in a tragic weather-related accident when he is struck by lightning...A county-wide emergency alert system is proposed at a meeting of the Clay County Quorum Court...In the Clay County Extension Service annual Field Day event, farmers agree the 2011 crops are looking good...Piggott and Rector students return to the classroom, launching a new year of learning and fun...Daniel Blackshare of Rector is named by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as one of 12 state All Academic Athletes...Vivian King is crowned as Miss Rector Health and Rehab in the facility's annual pageant...Kenneth Foster presents to the Rector Museum a World War II POW key, dog tags and other items which belonged to his late uncle, Albert "Jabo" Edwards...Piggott Elementary School receives the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable grant to provide healthier foods for students...Young students enjoy instruction, fun and awards at the annual Rector School basketball camp for kids...Piggott City Council members discuss reduced production at L.A. Darling...Rector seniors fight to keep the Bert E. Sigsby Senior Wellness Center...Chuck Minton retires after 28 years with the Piggott Fire Department...Rector High School welcomes its new furry Cougar mascot...Neda Sain is named as Rector's 2011 Labor Day Parade Grand Marshal...Rector native Bill Carter is named as one of three Arkansas State University Distinguished Alumni for 2011...Telemedicine brings top Little Rock doctors to Piggott...Chuck and Brian Schulte of Piggott continue their revitalization of the Piggott downtown with the completion of a beautiful new building on the Court Square...More than 540 attend a Christian concert held in Piggott.


A Labor Day weekend ceremony celebrating progress at Rector's new Veterans Memorial Park draws a large crowd and stirs pride and patriotism...Rector's Labor Day event includes four days of activities bringing together family and friends in a unique homecoming which raises funds for Woodland Heights Cemetery...Piggott natives Adam Staples and Patrice Hargrave Boling remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001, when Staples was in the World Trade Center and Boling at the U.S. Capitol Complex...The annual Clay County Fair offers several days of fun, including exhibits, a talent show, beauty pageants, a parade, a mud run and much more...Environmental cleanup work gets underway at the former Haywood Conoco station in Piggott...The Clay County Relay for Life launches a new fundraiser, the Quarter-Back Club, with 25 cents donated for each touchdown by a football team of choice...The City of Piggott lends its support to National Assisted Living Week with Mayor Gerald Morris issuing a proclamation in support of the theme "Forever Proud"...Football legend Gary Adams, a native of Piggott, is inducted into the University of Arkansas Hall of Honor...Former Rector athletic standouts Lavaughn Robertson, Gary McClure, Randy Rogers and Ted Box, along with the 1959 Blackcat basketball team, are inducted into the Rector High School Sports Hall of Fame...Clay County districts are restructured due to a population loss in the Census...The Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Museum and Study Center at Piggott hosts its annual Native American Day with Native American dancing, exhibits and more...The Clay County Girl Scouts program is awarded the inaugural 24 Karat Diamond Presidents Award as a top performing service unit...Piggott welcomes visitor Randy Blair and his colorful Toyota Yaris named A Little Bit of Nonsense...A special birthday celebration is held at Murphy Health and Rehab in Piggott for sisters Dora McGhee, who turned 106, and Rachel Ridgeway, who turned 101. Sadly Mrs. McGhee died on her 106th birthday...Rector senior Dustin Sparks is chosen to be part of the prestigious Coast to Coast Baseball team of top amateur players...Ashley Williams of Rector gets a standing ovation in a talk at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion...Rector Housing Authority executive director Michele Haley and Commission board chairman Nancy Kemp are recognized at the Arkansas NAHRO fall conference for 25 years of service...The Piggott community shows its tremendous support for young Matthew Brown and his family in Matthew's struggle with an inoperable brain tumor...Top business leaders Kirkley Thomas of Little Rock and Niel Crowson of Jonesboro are named as new members of the Rector Helping Hands Foundation board...A Civil War battle reenactment is held at Chalk Bluff Park near Piggott in recognition of the 148th anniversary of the battle.

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