Category: Clay County

Two arrested for making school shooting threat in graffiti

PIGGOTT, Ark. – School shooting threats are taken especially serious in NEA and several suspects just learned this the hard way in Clay County.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Department informed NEA Report two juvenile suspects, both boys, were arrested following graffiti found on April 15 at Chalk Bluff. In a news release, the sheriff, Terry Miller, said the graffiti referenced a possible shooting to take place at a school in Piggott. Continue reading “Two arrested for making school shooting threat in graffiti”

Hemingway’s Secretary Discusses Time With Author

PIGGOTT – Valerie Hemingway, the private secretary of writer and Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winner Ernest Hemingway and the wife of Ernest’s youngest son Gregory, recently shared her experiences with the family at a dinner sponsored by the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center (HPMEC).

Valerie Hemingway met Ernest by chance in Spain in 1959 and travelled throughout Europe with him and his wife Mary. Ernest was working on The Dangerous Summer, which tells of the Spanish bullfighting season of 1959. She later spent time in Cuba with the Hemingways during his final years when his health had begun to decline. Following his death in 1961, Mary asked her to organize Ernest’s papers for the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. She also became a part of the family when she married Gregory.

Valerie told stories about her time with the Hemingways and signed copies of her book, Running with the Bulls.

“Valerie has a unique perspective on Hemingway. She knew him personally, and she spent years studying his papers. She shared her perspective graciously and with humor. It was a great evening,” said Dr. Adam Long, director of HPMEC.

The dinner was a part of the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum’s annual reading retreat. Participants spent the months leading up to the retreat reading three novels. The group then gathered in Piggott to discuss the books. Members of A-State’s faculty served as discussion leaders. The event ended with the dinner that was open to the public.

The HPMEC is an Arkansas State University Heritage Site located in Piggott at 1021 W. Cherry Street. Tours are on the hour Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
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Featured Image: Valerie Hemingway (center wearing white sweater) and the participants of the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Reading Retreat.

 

Hunters Enjoy Papa’s Upland Bird Hunt

PIGGOTT – Twenty hunters from around the country participated in the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum’s Papa’s Upland Bird Hunt and Dinner at Liberty Hill Outfitters in Rector last weekend. The hunt celebrated author Ernest Hemingway’s hunting legacy in Northeast Arkansas.

Hemingway was a regular visitor at his in-laws, the Pfieffer family of Piggott, Ark. One of his favorite pastimes during his visits was quail hunting on Crowley’s Ridge. The hunt, a continental style pheasant hunt, was hosted by Liberty Hill Outfitters. Chow at One Eighteen prepared the quail dinner. Continue reading “Hunters Enjoy Papa’s Upland Bird Hunt”

First degree murder conviction in Clay County

CORNING, AR – Scott Ellington, District Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, announces that a jury in Clay County found Bryan Curtis, 46, guilty of First Degree Murder on Friday.

The case concerned the June 12, 2016 shooting death of James Prater, 55. Continue reading “First degree murder conviction in Clay County”

March 4: HPMEC to Host Papa’s Upland Bird Hunt

PIGGOTT — A bird hunt and dinner will celebrate author Ernest Hemingway’s hunting legacy in Northeast Arkansas, as the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum hosts Papa’s Upland Bird Hunt and Dinner at Liberty Hill Outfitters in Rector, Saturday, March 4.

Hemingway, a Pulitzer Prize winner, was a regular visitor of his in-laws, the Pfeiffer family of Piggott, Ark. One of his favorite pastimes during his visits was quail hunting on Crowley’s Ridge. In December 1932, Hemingway invited his editor Maxwell Perkins to join him for a week of duck hunting in the Delta. The museum recently re-created these experiences with John Hemingway (Hemingway’s grandson) and Jenny Phillips (Perkin’s granddaughter). Continue reading “March 4: HPMEC to Host Papa’s Upland Bird Hunt”