June 30, 2009
Gillett High School, location of the Gillett Coon Supper since 1947, closed its doors for good. The previous month, the school board voted to close the high school along with Gillett Middle School and Humphrey Elementary School, with students being transferred to DeWitt (Arkansas County) in the fall of 2009. The DeWitt School District ultimately approved the continued use of the gym for the annual event. The Gillett Coon Supper has become a veritable rite of passage for people seeking election to political office in Arkansas.