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Wednesday, August 26

COMMUNITY EVENTS

posted: 08/26/2009 8:47 p.m.

Townhall Meetings The Decatur School District will hold regular Townhall meetings, in place of school board meetings, at 7 p.m., the third Monday of the month in the high school cafeteria.

OBITUARIES

posted: 08/26/2009 8:44 p.m.

David Edmond Garner David Edmond Garner, 86, of Watts, Okla., died Aug. 20, 2009, at Siloam Springs Nursing and Rehab.

CHURCH NEWS

posted: 08/26/2009 7:56 p.m.

The Patriarchs The Patriarchs: Encountering the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob by Beth Moore will begin Sept. 10 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., in the Loft. Awana program Harvard Avenue Baptist Church will begin its Awana Program Aug. 26 from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Awana is for children ages 3 (toilet trained) through 6th grade.

Lunch Menus

posted: 08/26/2009 7:27 p.m.

Week of Aug. 31 - Sept. 4 Breakfast Pre-K - 12th Monday: Breakfast hot pocket, fruit juice, milk. Tuesday: Pancake on a stick, syrup, fruit juice, milk. Wednesday: Biscuit & gravy, sausage patty, fruit juice, milk. Thursday: French toast bites, fruit juice, milk.

Sewer plant needs work

posted: 08/26/2009 8:16 a.m.

Selecting the same engineering firm which constructed the city's sewer treatment plant, City Council members accepted the recommendation from Mayor Jackie Crabtree and water/wastewater superintendent Ken Hayes for McGoodwin, Williams and Yates to assist in the work needed to bring the city's facilities up to standard.

VAS board plans for future

posted: 08/26/2009 8:15 a.m.

Lacking a quorum at their regular monthly meeting, the board of directors for VAS Ambulance Service Corporation declared themselves a committee and discussed business. Chairman Dorothy Williams, corporation president Jim Geddie and board members Sharon Barnett and Tony Miltich met Tuesday, Aug. 11. Saying they had met with Richard Guinn as a consultant, Miltich told fellow board members there were several items the group was working on to bring up to code, including adapting doors for fire safety. He said a check list had been prepared for items needing to be corrected.

Future needs of parks eyed

posted: 08/26/2009 8:14 a.m.

Michael Ogburn is the new chairman of the Pea Ridge Parks Commission. Appointed by the mayor the preceding week at a meeting with Mayor Jackie Crabtree and fellow commission member Bill Ryan, Ogburn chaired the regular monthly meeting Thursday in the mayor's office. Also in attendance was former chairman Tracy Messer, who voiced her resignation as she moved out of the city several weeks ago. Joseph Carlson, a potential commission member, was present. The Parks Commission oversees the design and maintenance of the city's parks properties.

R-3 rezoning requested

posted: 08/26/2009 8:13 a.m.

A request to rezone 1.45 acres from A-1 (agricultural) to R-3 (multi-family residential) is to be heard at the September Planning Commission meeting. That is the only item on the agenda for the meeting which is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1. The property is owned by Donnie Garner and is at 2310 Hayden Road. There was not an August meeting, as there was no business presented to the city for the Planning Commission. The meeting will begin with a public hearing, at which time persons may speak about the proposed rezoning. After the close of the public hearing, the Planning Commission members discuss the issue and vote on the request. The meeting is open to the public.

Move the Pea Bowl

posted: 08/26/2009 8:12 a.m.

For now, the campaign is called "Move the Pea Bowl." Community members and reminiscing Pea Ridge High School alumni met Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the school to discuss the prospect of building a new stadium, field and fieldhouse on campus. The meeting was headed by Joel Easterling, who discussed options for a sign to be placed outside the high school to appeal to passersby and the community and illustrate what they want to achieve.

Name that school

posted: 08/26/2009 8:11 a.m.

Community members are being asked to contribute ideas for naming the new primary school. Forms for presenting name suggestions are available at all three banks in town, at the city library and at the school superintendent's office. They completed forms are to be turned into the superintendent's office on Weston Street and will be picked up weekly by a committee member. The deadline for submission is Sept. 4. The committee will present its recommendation to the School Board.

In His Study Bible was one of the first books printed

posted: 08/26/2009 8:09 a.m.

"Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life and honor." Proverbs 21:21 NRSV In March history notices reminded us of the anniversary of the first book to ever be printed. What was that book?

RECOLLECTIONS

posted: 08/26/2009 8:08 a.m.

40 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic Thursday, August 28, 1969 One Blackhawk player, John Lasater, suffered defeat before the first football game. He had the misfortune to break his collar bone in football practice just a couple of days after fall practice began, and the doctor forbid him to play that season.

ON THE RECORD

posted: 08/26/2009 8:04 a.m.

RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS All reports are from regular food service/food store inspections unless otherwise noted.

Grandpa's Heart Opposing world views affect decisions

posted: 08/26/2009 8:01 a.m.

When I became fascinated with Biblical creation and prophecy, I became aware of the clash of competing world views. Not just the war between terrorists and civilization or Obama vs.

Lynch Pen Elected officials need servants' hearts

posted: 08/26/2009 7:59 a.m.

There is a great deal of controversy surrounding our government and health care right now and no matter your source of news, it is likely to be confusing. This debate has spawned a whole new series of issues however, that may be more important than we realize. No matter where you turn, a new twist makes following the real path to health care reform difficult to follow. Is the current proposal actually 550 pages or is that just a smoke screen?

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

posted: 08/26/2009 7:58 a.m.

CITY OF PEA RIDGE P.O.Box 10,Pea Ridge,AR 72751 Mayor:Jackie Crabtree,451-1102 ; pearidgemayor@centurytel.net Recorder:Sandy Button, slbutton96@centurytel.net Council Members: Jack Kelly,1013 E.Pickens Road,Pea Ridge,AR 72751;451-1531 :Ward 1,Position 1;Term:2005-2008 Tony John Cody,1302 Ash Court,Pea Ridge,AR 72751;330-0131 ;Ward 2,Position 1;Term:2009-2012 Bob Cottingham,120 Henry Little Circle, Pea Ridge,AR 72751;451-8873 ;Ward 1,Position 2;Term:2007-2010 Nadine Telgemeier,15888 Mariano Road,Bentonville,AR 72712;451-8881 ; dntelg@yahoo.com;Ward 2,Position 2; Term:2008-2010 Planning Commission: Dr.Karen Sherman,chairman,Pea Ridge,AR 72751;451-1048 Al Fowler,secretary,298 Green Street, Pea Ridge,AR 72751;451-8061 or 451-8192 Dino Collins,2510 Hayden Road,Pea Ridge,AR 72751;451-8805 M.J.Hensley,1759 S.Curtis Ave., Pea Ridge,AR 72751;451-9118 Brian Nave,1256 Hutchinson St., Pea Ridge,AR 72751;619-7639 Jerry Burton,488 Halleck Lane,Pea Ridge,AR 72751;451-8575 City Building Official: Tony Townsend,P.O.Box 10,Pea

Arkansas Watch Government program is going broke

posted: 08/26/2009 7:58 a.m.

People that use Medicare as an example of "a government single payer system that works" are ignoring one very important aspect of the system - it is going broke. It is going broke in such a titanic way that it threatens to take the entire government budget down with it. Medicare seems like a bargain only because the people getting it are not paying for most of it. In fact, none of us are paying for all of it yet - we are just borrowing to cover the shortfalls.

The Ultimate Brownie

posted: 08/26/2009 7:56 a.m.

2 layer package chocolate cake mix 1 egg, beaten 1/2 c. (1 stick) butter 1 c. chopped pecans or walnuts 1 Tbsp. water 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened 1 lb. package confectioners' sugar 3 eggs Combine cake mix, 1 egg, butter, pecans and water; mix well. Press into a greased 9x13 inch baking pan. Combine cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and 3 eggs; mix until smooth. Pour over the chocolate layer. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 12 to 16 bars. Subscribers -The TIMES would like to share your recipes. Recipes may be dropped off at the office at 981 N. Curtis Ave., faxed to 451-9456, mailed to P.O. Box 25, Pea Ridge, AR, 72751 or e-mailed to prtnews@nwanews.com.

Now & Then You just can't get there from here!

posted: 08/26/2009 7:53 a.m.

During the latter half of the 1980s, I was pastor of a church in Berryville, Ark. In 1989, we had been there four years, and our state church leaders were asking me to take a church in Jonesboro. As I was telling some of our Berryville friends about the upcoming move, one asked, "Just where is Jonesboro?" I described Jonesboro as being like Fayetteville, but on the east side of the state rather than the west. My friend's response was, "Oh, I know about where that would be, but you can't get there from here, can you?"

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

posted: 08/26/2009 7:52 a.m.

Thursday,Aug.27 11:30 a.m.- Women's Business Association of Pea Ridge,Arvest Bank conference room. 5:30 p.m.- TOPS meeting weigh-in ;6 p.m.meeting,Autumn Place Village.For information,call Michaela Hewsley at 790-2276. 7:30 p.m.- Garfield AA,Brightwater Methodist Church.Open meeting and no smoking.For information,call 359-3734. Friday,Aug.28 6 p.m.- Pea Ridge High School Pride Night,Blackhawk Stadium. 7 p.m.- The Ozark Classic Country Band at Riordan Hall in Bella Vista.Admission is $10 and children under 12 are free.

2009 PEA RIDGE FALL CLEAN UP

posted: 08/26/2009 7:51 a.m.

The second annual Pea Ridge Fall Clean Up will begin Tuesday, Sept. 15. The city will NOT prove curbside pickup. Dumpsters will be located at the city property behind the former hardware store. All participants need to provide a form of identification and proof of city residency (i.e. current paid water bill). Drop off hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The following items will be accepted for disposal: furniture, stoves, dishwashers, bicycles, compressed gas cylinders, car batteries, fire extinguishers, washers and dryers, leaves and brush, air conditioners and refrigerators (if freon has been removed by a certified technician ), compressors (accepted as separate items), fluorescent bulbs, water-based cleaners, paints, chemicals, oil, oil filters, tires (four per household), anti-freeze, aerosols, flammable liquids and solids, pesticides, etc. The following items will NOT be accepted: household trash, construction material, anything containing freon or items too

Decommissioning set

posted: 08/26/2009 7:50 a.m.

The USS Snook Base of United States Submarine Veterans here in northwest Arkansas will be hosting the formal decommissioning ceremony of the Diamond Chapter of Arkansas' WW II submarine veterans at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Clarion Hotel in Bentonville. Friends and family of the these WW II submariners are invited to attend this ceremony. For further information and a registration package, call Terry Fallatt at 986-9180 or Sharleen Rathmell at 644-4440.

Bypass closer than ever

posted: 08/26/2009 7:49 a.m.

The message delivered over and over again Thursday was that for those wondering if the Bella Vista bypass will ever be built, be patient - it is coming.

COURT REPORT

posted: 08/26/2009 7:48 a.m.

Judge John A.Skaggs,presiding Richard S.Hardwicke,prosecuting attorney Aug.11,2009 White,Travis Ray,35,Contempt fail to pay fines and costs:$150 fines and costs.

Free weight classes offered at Curves

posted: 08/26/2009 7:47 a.m.

Curves of Pea Ridge is offering free weight management classes to teach its proven method for losing weight and raising metabolism, according to Debbie Bise, Curves' of Pea Ridge owner. Classes are open to members and non-members. Classes include: Start-Up Class (90 minutes ) for first-time participants. Phase 3 (30 minutes) to teach the last and most important stage of the Curves Weight management plan and the secret that makes the plan work. Special Topics Classes (30 minutes) will cover a different topic each month, including smart grocery shopping, choosing the right carbohydrates, eating out, emotional eating and more.

Fergusons celebrate 40th anniversary

posted: 08/26/2009 7:46 a.m.

Steve and Janie Ferguson of Bentonville, Ark., will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary Sunday, Aug. 30. They were married Aug. 30, 1969, in Bentonville. They have two children, Steve Jr. and wife, Julie, Ferguson of Garfield and Will Ferguson of Pea Ridge; and three grandchildren, Brent and Cooper Ferguson of Garfield and Bailey Ferguson of Pea Ridge. Their children and grandchildren will be hosting a drop in from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, at the Emergency Services building, South Curtis Avenue, Pea Ridge, located behind the fire station. All family and friends are invited to drop by and visit.

A select group

posted: 08/26/2009 7:45 a.m.

One of 23 schools selected of the 244 school districts in Arkansas, Pea Ridge High School has been honored to be a part of the Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Advanced Placement, a program which will help prepare students for college, according to Tommy Sue Anthony, director of the program.

PRHS honored as AAIMS school

posted: 08/26/2009 7:44 a.m.

Pea Ridge was honored and graciously accepted the AAIMS Flag (Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Advanced Placement) in a brief ceremony at Pea ridge High School Friday afternoon. Mayor Jackie Crabtree, School Board president Jenny Wood, State Representative Donna Hutchinson, superintendent Mike Van Dyke, lead math and science teacher David Wentz and the director of Arkansas AAIMS Tommy Sue Anthony were present. Pea Ridge High School was selected in March to become an AAIMS school.

MILITARY BRIEF

posted: 08/26/2009 7:43 a.m.

Turner S. Phillips Air Force Airman Turner S. Phillips graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. He is the son of Robert Phillips of Pea Ridge, and Melissa Thommasson of Simpsonville, Ky. Phillips is a 2008 graduate of Pea Ridge High School.

Ridger Sports 'Hawks scrimmage Pirates, meet goals

posted: 08/26/2009 7:39 a.m.

First year head coach Tony Travis had three major goals to meet in the scrimmage practice game played at Cedarville Monday night.

Dalton Abraham

posted: 08/26/2009 7:38 a.m.

Did you grow up in Pea Ridge? Yes, except I lived in Tontitown until I was four.

SPORTS BRIEFS

posted: 08/26/2009 7:36 a.m.

Got Game? The Springdale Chicks are looking for competitive fastpitch softball players to fill spots on the fall 2009/spring 2010 rosters. Participation is free for our 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U & 16U travel teams. Players should be committed to the sport, have strong fastpitch skills, possess the drive to succeed with a team and be able to fully participate in team activities which take place all year. For tryout appointment with the Chicks or more information, call 283-7266 or e-mail newplayer @springdalechicks.com. Fall ball in Pea Ridge The Pea Ridge Cal Ripken League is now accepting registrations for their Fall Baseball League which will begin on Saturday, Sept. 12, and should run through the month of October.

PRNMP museum to have new, interactive displays

posted: 08/26/2009 7:34 a.m.

Providing a look into the past as well as education for today's generation, the Pea Ridge National Military Park is planning a new museum with updated interactive displays. For now, the former museum area is closed. The theater, book store and front lobby are still accessible to visitors. The articles formerly in the museum are in Harper's Ferry, W. Va., being cleaned and prepared for the new exhibits.

NEBCO Turkey shoot and rib cook-off set

posted: 08/26/2009 7:33 a.m.

The Northeast Benton County (NEBCO) Volunteer Fire Department's 16th annual Turkey Shoot & Rib Cook-Off is set for Saturday, Sept. 26, at the NEBCO Fire Station No. 1, U.S. Highway 62 and S. Wimpy Jones Road. Activities are scheduled to run continuously from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the entire family. In addition to the ever popular shotgun, poker and clay bird turkey shoots, there will be bingo, both silent and live auctions, an all-day long raffle with prizes, the human bowling ball game, live music and games and prizes for the kids.

Wednesday, August 19

Golf for children

posted: 08/19/2009 9:27 p.m.

There's something for everyone at the 16th annual Pea Ridge Classic Golf Tournament this Saturday.

Blackhawk Pride opens season

posted: 08/19/2009 9:26 p.m.

A bittersweet year. That's how cheer squad sponsor Courtney Hurst describes this year because she knows she'll say goodbye to three girls who've been with her since she began her career. Noelle Littrell, Katelin Denny and Chelsey Haguewood are seniors this year. They were seventh-graders in Hurst's first cheer squad. Hurst, now Pea Ridge High School varsity cheerleading coach, began coaching junior high school cheerleading at Pea Ridge five years ago. Hurst, the students on her first junior high school cheer squad and their parents began a tradition which will be repeated next weekend - Pride Night.

Hall Pass software program designed for safety of students

posted: 08/19/2009 9:25 p.m.

Keeping children safe, especially from sexual predators, is the primary goal of Hall Pass - a security program being considered by Pea Ridge School District. If approved, Pea Ridge would be one of the first districts in the state to use the program. Visitors to school campuses are required to check in at the school office. With the current system, those visitors sign in and are issued a bright yellow name tag with the date they are visiting.

Naming of school designed an honor

posted: 08/19/2009 9:24 p.m.

Name that school. Community members are being asked to contribute ideas for naming the new primary school for kindergarten through second grade students. Pea Ridge School Board members approved a committee at the August board meeting and committee members have met to discuss various possibilities. The committee is seeking input from the community. "This is an exciting process," Linda Whitaker, committee member, said. "It's never been done before.

When losing makes a winner

posted: 08/19/2009 9:22 p.m.

When is losing winning? When you're losing weight and winning cash. Twenty-three people have signed up for "The Biggest Loser" in Pea Ridge. Pea Ridge High School principal and former coach Rick Neal and Dye Hards gym owner John Dye have joined forces to sponsor the contest at the gym Aug. 8 through Oct. 31. The winner will receive $500 and a year's membership to the gym. Second place is $125 and three-month's gym membership. Third place is $69 and one month free.

RECOLLECTIONS

posted: 08/19/2009 9:21 p.m.

40 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic Thursday, Aug. 21, 1969 An irate Pea Ridge City Council, meeting in regular session Thursday night, took a long hard look at the situation in which it says that its decisions are being overridden and ignored. The concern was regarding city water extended to an out-of-city address when Council recommended waiting to extend the line when the were available.

CHURCH NEWS

posted: 08/19/2009 9:18 p.m.

Bella Vista Christian Church, Bella Vista Children's individual Faithweaver classes for toddler 6th grade and nursery care are held during the early service at 10:45 a.m., with "Splish, Splash Bible Bash" for kindergarten 4th grades and "Wired" for 5th 6th grades.

Pastor's Corner Universal spiritual health care

posted: 08/19/2009 9:16 p.m.

The media is a buzz with all of the political hay that is being made concerning health care. It seems like this issue continually haunts us and it is very unlikely that a solution exists in which everyone will be happy. Without being too political and not wanting to tip my sectarian hand, let me simply say that I am VERY skeptical that anything that the government wishes to implement in which they are the chief overseers has any chance of fulfilling its purpose or even function in a way in which it was intended!

ON THE RECORD

posted: 08/19/2009 9:15 p.m.

PLAYFUL PALS FREE TO GOOD HOME Cat - Five years old,declawed,spayed, vaccinations up to date,call 925-4324.

Out of My Mind Boys differ immensely from girls

posted: 08/19/2009 9:12 p.m.

Twenty-plus years of girl birthday parties are nothing compared to one evening of a party for a teen-aged boy. Over the past quarter of a century of raising girls, we've had costume parties, cowboy/cowgirl parties (complete with ponies), swimming parties, beauty parties, movie parties. We've made simple and extravagant cakes and spent hours decorating. We take pictures throughout the event and even now reminisce about the fun times. One party was an "around the world" party where we had stations representing various countries.

Arkansas Watch It's time for honest, straight answers

posted: 08/19/2009 9:10 p.m.

It has been high drama on health care the last couple of weeks. Congressman Vic Synder says one thing, Senator Blanche Lincoln says another.

Grandpa's Heart Light - menorahs and Jesus Christ

posted: 08/19/2009 9:10 p.m.

Across the plaza from the Western Wall stands the symbol of Modern Israel, a huge golden Menorah. After Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt, God instructed Moses to build a portable temple or tabernacle.

Library Notes Library has books and a computer

posted: 08/19/2009 9:09 p.m.

Summer is almost over! Our Summer Reading program ended on Thursday, July 30. The party was at the Pea Ridge Park on Aug. 1. We had a good time and hope even more children will sign up next year. If I worked my camera correctly, there will be pictures in next week's paper. Watch for the winners. We have had many donations lately. Thank you to all the people who have donated these good books. The library welcomes most donations, except for World Books, Encyclopedias, any books of that sort. We simply do not have room for multiple sets of these fine books. For most school reports, children use the computer.

Overnight Peach French Toast

posted: 08/19/2009 9:08 p.m.

1 c. packed brown sugar 1/2 c. butter or margarine 2 Tbsp. water 1 (29 oz.) can peaches, drained 12 (3/4 inch thick) slices day old French bread 5 eggs 1 1/2 c. milk 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract Ground cinnamon In a saucepan, bring brown sugar, butter and water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour into greased 13x9x2 inch baking dish; top with peaches. Arrange bread over peaches. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and vanilla; slowly pour over bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight or 8 hours.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

posted: 08/19/2009 9:07 p.m.

Appreciate columnists To the editor: Each week we look forward to receiving the newspaper, but I have been particularly touched and wowed by the recent article by Allen Merritt, "At what cost should I defend the constitution?" It revealed a great depth of character, wisdom and determination. All his writings reflect a brave, Christian, patriotic soul. I say well done!

Dickeys celebrate silver anniversary

posted: 08/19/2009 9:04 p.m.

David and Suzanne Dickey of Pea Ridge recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married at Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, Tenn., on June 15, 1984, and have resided in the Pea Ridge area for over 20 years. To celebrate their anniversary the couple recently traveled to various places in the southeast United States, including Washington, D.C., Mount Vernon, Va., Willliamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown, Va., Mt. Airy, N.C., Chattanooga, Tenn., and the Great Smokey Mountains.

Swinger celebrates 85th birthday

posted: 08/19/2009 9:04 p.m.

Alyce Swinger will celebrate her 85th birthday Saturday, Aug. 29, in Garfield. Swinger has lived in the Garfield area since 1981 when she and her husband retired from the city of Wichita, Kan. She was married to the late Charles Swinger for 56 years. She has four children, Ron and his wife, Charlene, of Wichita, Kan.; Gloria Broadbooks and her husband, Dave, of Rogers;

Hospice Volunteer Training set

posted: 08/19/2009 9:03 p.m.

A Hospice Volunteer Training will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays starting Sept. 10 and ending Oct. 15 at the First United Methodist Church at 307 W. Elm Street in Rogers. Register for this freeof-charge training by calling Valerie at 463-7394 or (888) 611-1094.

Local youth shine at state 4-H O'Rama

posted: 08/19/2009 9 p.m.

Two 4-H members from Pea Ridge were honored at the recent state 4-H O'Rama. Sarah Connolly from Battlefield 4-H Club was was elected as the 2009-2010 Arkansas 4-H president and Billy Meyers of Apple Spur 4-H received an all-expense paid trip to the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta.

Schwan's fundraising for PR third-grader

posted: 08/19/2009 8:59 p.m.

The Arkansas Dragons Sports Organization will be hosting a Schwan's fundraising event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Wright's Car Wash in Pea Ridge. The event will raise money for Pea Ridge third-grader Shelby Hubbard, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Based on the dollars sold at the fundraiser, Schwan's will donate a percentage of the proceeds to Arkansas Dragons Sports Organization who, in return, will give to the Hubbard family for medical expenses.

Head Start in USDA program

posted: 08/19/2009 8:58 p.m.

Northwest Arkansas Head Start today announced its sponsorship of the USDA Food Program. Meals will be available at no separate charge or at a reduced charge to enrolled persons at the participating institution(s) listed below. In accordance with Federal law and the United States Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (Voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

PEA RIDGE SCHOOL BELL TIMES

posted: 08/19/2009 8:57 p.m.

The Pea Ridge School District will move to a staggered schedule for the 2009-2010 school year to assist with traffic flow, bus schedules and logistics, according to school officials. The school day for students attending grades 3 - 5 will begin at 7:50 a.m. with the first bell and the tardy bell following at 7:55 a.m. Afternoon dismissal for grades 3 - 5 will be 3:15 p.m. Students in grades K - 2 and 6 - 12 will begin their school day with the first bell at 7:55 a.m. and the tardy bell at 8 a.m. Afternoon dismissal for grades K - 2 and 6 - 12 will be at 3:20 p.m. For more information, contact the school at 451-8183.

SPORTS BRIEFS

posted: 08/19/2009 8:56 p.m.

Fall ball in Pea Ridge The Pea Ridge Cal Ripken League is now accepting registrations for their Fall Baseball League which will begin on Saturday, Sept. 12, and should run through the month of October. Sign up for fall ball - T-ball and machine pitch - will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 22, at the baseball fields on Weston Street. Games will be played on the weekends. The age groups are: 5 & 6 Year Old (T-Ball ), and 7 & 8 Year Old (Machine Pitch). The cost is $30 per player and the deadline to enter is September 1. For additional information, contact Roger Martin at (479) 426-0177.

Ridger Sports AAA ruling on jrs. has no teeth

posted: 08/19/2009 8:56 p.m.

Shiloh juniors voted off the island On the heels of the Arkansas Activities Association vote that allowed private schools in Arkansas to continue competition with the public schools, albeit with a slight tweak in the rules, the seven public school members of the 4A-1 Conference voted to move Shiloh Junior High School of Springdale out of the league beginning with the 2010-2011 school term. Huntsville Junior High was then voted in as a member of the district thereby replacing Shiloh.

Now & Then New can be better, but not necessarily

posted: 08/19/2009 8:53 p.m.

As I read Parade Magazine on Sunday, Aug. 9, I came across an unusual ad for a breakfast cereal. It was advertising new Vanilla Almond Shredded Wheat. But rather than touting its "newness," the ad centered on what was not new! The wording was, "So while the natural vanilla and real almonds in Post Vanilla Almond Shredded Wheat may be new, they're simply baked into pure, honest-to-goodness wheat - the same kind we've been shredding for 117 years.

Decommissioning ceremony planned in October

posted: 08/19/2009 8:52 p.m.

The USS Snook Base of northwest Arkansas will be hosting the first formal decommissioning ceremony of a World War II submarine veterans chapter - the Diamond Chapter of Arkansas. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Clarion Hotel in Bentonville. While there have been previous decommissioning ceremonies of WWII submarine veterans chapters, this will be the first formal one. Included in the ceremony will be the reading of the Diamond Chapter charter, a resume of the chapter's accomplishments, a reading of the decommissioning orders and a presentation of a flag that has flown over the USS Snook memorial in North Little Rock.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

posted: 08/19/2009 8:51 p.m.

Thursday,Aug.20 6:45 a.m.breakfast and 7 a.m.meeting - The Pea Ridge Optimist Club,Mt.Vernon Presbyterian Church.For information,call Merrill White at 586-8406,Brian Nave at 619-7639 or Annette Beard at 445-4081.

Man sentenced to 6 years

posted: 08/19/2009 8:50 p.m.

A Pea Ridge man was sentenced to 6 years in prison for sexually abusing a girl. Jonathan Wade Woodward, 25, pleaded guilty Tuesday, Aug. 11, to sexual assault in the second degree, a class B felony. He was originally charged with rape but agreed to plead guilty to the lesser charge under a plea agreement his attorney Billy Bob Webb reached with Chief Deputy Prosecutor Stuart Cearley. Woodward was arrested Sept. 28, 2007. His arrest came after a 15-year-old girl reported that Woodward began sexually abusing her when she was 7 and the abuse ended three or four years later, according to court documents.

COURT REPORT

posted: 08/19/2009 8:49 p.m.

Judge John A.Skaggs,presiding Richard S.Hardwicke,prosecuting attorney July 14,2009 Daniels,Michael D., 27,Contempt fail to pay fines and costs:Nol Prossed.

Car stolen and burned

posted: 08/19/2009 8:48 p.m.

A car reported stolen Friday night was recovered within less than an hour, but the owner of the stolen car won't be getting her car back.

CORRECTION

posted: 08/19/2009 8:47 p.m.

A presentation for the Hall Pass program was made at last week's School Board meeting by CompuData's Jason Van Dyke. The board took no action in proceeding with contract between Pea Ridge School District and CompuData and will continue to discuss the matter. The Times apologizes for the error.

Primary grades all under one roof

posted: 08/19/2009 8:44 p.m.

When students and teachers in Pea Ridge's primary grades head off to lunch or gym class this school year, they will no longer have to be weather-ready. Students in kindergarten through second grade now have their own brand-new building to call home. The 75,000-square-foot school has color-coded halls that correspond with the grade that has its classes in a given hallway. Previously, all elementaryschool students (kindergarten through fifth grade) were educated at the campus near downtown Pea Ridge. The campus had multiple buildings, which required students and teachers to go outside every time they wanted to go to a different part of the school. "You had to put your coat on to go to lunch," first-grade teacher Donna Lillard said.

THINGS TO KNOW

posted: 08/19/2009 8:43 p.m.

The hours of The Times office are from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The office will be closed on Fridays. Items for Wednesday's paper must be received by noon on Monday. The opinions expressed by columnists and letters to the editor are those of the writer and not necessarily those of the editor or publishers of this newspaper.

Lunch Menus

posted: 08/19/2009 8:31 p.m.

Week of August 24 - 28 Breakfast Pre-K - 12th Monday: Pancake on a stick, syrup, fruit juice, milk. Tuesday: French toast bites, fruit juice, milk. Wednesday: Biscuit & gravy, sausage patty, fruit juice, milk. Thursday: Breakfast pizza, fruit juice, milk. Friday: Cereal, toast & jelly, fruit juice, milk. Lunch Pre-K - 12th Grade Monday: Hamburger on bun, sandwich salad cup, French fries, peaches, milk. Tuesday: Beef taco w/salsa, refried beans, fresh orange, cinnamon roll, milk. Wednesday: Spaghetti w/ meat sauce, garden salad, hot roll, Jell-O w/fruit, milk. Thursday: Smoked turkey sandwich, tri taters, fresh veggies w/dip, sherbet, milk. Friday: Max pizza sticks, cheese sticks w/dipping sauce, garden salad, pears, marshmallow square, milk.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

posted: 08/19/2009 8:03 p.m.

Decatur Youth Sports Decatur Youth Sports is will be holding sign-ups for football, cheerleading and basketball for children in grades three through six. Sign-ups will be held at the middle school open house, from 6:30 to 7:30, on Aug. 13, and the elementary school open house, from 6 to 7 p.m., Aug. 18. Football practice will begin at the high school football field at 7 p.m., Aug. 13. Children do not have to attend Decatur Public Schools to participate in the programs.

Obituaries

posted: 08/19/2009 3:59 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

Wednesday, August 12

Judge assigns defensive driving to traffic violators

posted: 08/12/2009 8:57 p.m.

"Statistics show that people who take a defensive driving course are 17 percent less likely to be involved in an accident." That percentage may not sound like a lot, but, according to District Judge John Skaggs, it can make a difference. Skaggs has presided over the Pea Ridge Municipal Court for the past year and a half. Some persons judged guilty of traffic violations are ordered to attend a defensive driving course. "Not everybody," Skaggs said.

Drug testing OK'd

posted: 08/12/2009 8:55 p.m.

Some Pea Ridge students will be screened for drug use.

VAS repairs second ambulance

posted: 08/12/2009 8:55 p.m.

Investigating the possibility of providing better benefits for their employees, members of the VAS Ambulance Service Corporation finance committee listened to an insurance representative Tuesday, Aug. 4. Michael Moseley of Liberty National Life Insurance Company presented several policy options to committee members Dorothy Williams, Wes Baker and Sharon Barnett. Moseley said the company was established in 1900, was primarily in the south and east, but expanded nationwide in 2008.

Hall Pass passes

posted: 08/12/2009 8:53 p.m.

The Hall Pass system is approved.

Naming a school takes time

posted: 08/12/2009 8:53 p.m.

"Everybody's got an opinion on this thing," Rick Webb, board member, said regarding the flood of calls coming in with questions on the naming of the new Pea Ridge Primary School. At Monday night's meeting, the board approved a committee of five members to filter community interest and ideas and bring back to them recommendations for the new name.

Resale in all sizes

posted: 08/12/2009 8:51 p.m.

"This has been a dream I've had for nine years," said Ina Easter, owner of Royal Fashion Resale. Racks of men's and boy's clothing adorn the front room of the cottage-style house on North Curtis Avenue. Other rooms, formerly bedrooms of the once-residence now

Pastor's Corner Just give me Jesus

posted: 08/12/2009 8:46 p.m.

Continued: He discharges debtors. He delivers the captives.

RECOLLECTIONS

posted: 08/12/2009 8:46 p.m.

40 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic Thursday, August 14, 1969 A public meeting was called for Sept. 11 in Pea Ridge's Elementary School's cafetoria to hear a discussion on the proposed regional airport.

CHURCH NEWS

posted: 08/12/2009 8:44 p.m.

First Baptist Church Garfield Brandon Burns will be presenting a piano concert on Aug. 16. A blood drive will be held from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, in the parking lot. The men's retreat is Aug. 2829. For more information, contact Brad Sill. First Baptist Church Pea Ridge The Angel Food Ministries is a program that offers food to anyone in need. Orders for meals are taken twice per month and can feed a family of four for a week for about $30.

PEA RIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT

posted: 08/12/2009 8:43 p.m.

Incidents reported this week to the Pea Ridge Police Department include: One warrant served: 8/3 Jerry Davenport,44,Fayetteville, failure to appear. Other incidents reported include: Sunday,Aug.2 Report of possible criminal impersonation by resident from Hayden Road.

PLAYFUL PALS

posted: 08/12/2009 8:43 p.m.

FREE TO GOOD HOME Cat - Five years old,declawed,spayed, vaccinations up to date,call 925-4324.

Lincoln at local rally

posted: 08/12/2009 8:42 p.m.

Senator Blanche Lincoln will be the keynote speaker at the Annual Democratic Rally (known as the Little Flock Picnic Rally) Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Samaritan Community Center, 1211 West Hudson Rd., Rogers. Doors will open at 4:45 p.m. for a silent auction and catered casual dinner. Sen. Lincoln will speak at 5:30, followed by Democratic National Committee Woman Krystal Thrailkill and Arkansas Democratic Party director Todd Turner. Dinner tickets are $10 and should be reserved in advance.

PEA RIDGE AMBULANCE

posted: 08/12/2009 8:41 p.m.

Incidents reported to the Pea Ridge Volunteer Ambulance Department this week include: Monday,Aug.3 11:07 p.m.Medical,Mariano Road,transported one. Tuesday,Aug.4 9:56 p.m.Medical,E.Harris Street,deceased,no transport. Thursday,Aug.6 5:37 p.m.Medical,Autumn Care,no transport. Saturday,Aug.8 11:55 a.m.Medical,Slack Street,no transport. 3:50 p.m.Medical,Gann Ridge Road,no transport. 4:50 p.m.Medical,Slack Street,transported one. Monday,Aug.10 10:45 a.m.Medical,Hickman Street,ALS transported.

AVOCA FIRE DEPT.

posted: 08/12/2009 8:40 p.m.

Incidents reported this week to the Avoca Volunteer Fire Department include: Sunday,Aug.2 3:55 p.m.Boat/motor-vehicle accident, Prairie Creek area,assist Beaver Lake FD, canceled en route. Monday,Aug.3 7 p.m.Medical,assist VAS and Rogers Medic 3,Cloverdale Road. Tuesday,Aug.4 9 p.m.Fire alarm,Admiral Drive,assist Beaver Lake FD,canceled en route. Thursday,Aug.6 3:44 p.m.Medical,assist VAS,Tucks Chapel Road. 6:05 p.m.Medical,assist VAS and Rogers Medic 3,Cloverdale Road. Saturday,Aug.8 10:30 p.m.Medical,assist VAS,Harris Road.

PUBLIC MEETINGS

posted: 08/12/2009 8:39 p.m.

Tuesday,Aug.18 2:30 p.m.- Pea Ridge Community Library Board of Trustees,Pea Ridge Library. 6 p.m.- Board of directors of the Northeast Benton CountyVolunteer Fire Department,Community Room,Garfield. 7 p.m.- Pea Ridge City Council,City Hall 7 p.m.- Gateway Planning Commission,City Hall

PEA RIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT

posted: 08/12/2009 8:39 p.m.

Incidents reported to the Pea Ridge Volunteer Fire Department this week include: Monday,Aug.10 7:30 a.m.Good intent call,possible natural gas leak,846 N.Davis St. 9:49 a.m.Carbon monoxide incident, 15621 N.Arkansas Highway 94. 2:30 p.m.Multiple structure,grass and debris fire,13323 Cloverdale Road,assist Avoca FD.

WARRANTY DEEDS

posted: 08/12/2009 8:38 p.m.

Provision Homes,Inc.to Jason L.Dunn and Cassandra D.Dunn,Lot 5,Summit Meadows,Phase 1,Pea Ridge,$173,000, filed July 24. Michael P.Baker and Julene K.Baker to Shane A.Lowry and Stacey G.Lowry,part of the N.E.1.4 of the S.E.1/4,Section 34,T-20-N R-30-W,Little Flock,$270,000,filed July 24.

NEBCO

posted: 08/12/2009 8:37 p.m.

Incidents reported this week to the Northeast Benton CountyVolunteer Fire Department include: Wednesday,Aug.5 6:18 p.m.Medical assist toVAS,18271 Sugar Creek Rd. 10:20 p.m.Dock fire,assist Carroll County, Starky Marina. Friday,Aug.7 10:39 a.m.Medical,canceled en route.

MARRIAGE LICENSES

posted: 08/12/2009 8:36 p.m.

Terry Don Passmore,29,and Bobbi Michele Lynn Peoples,28,both of Garfield. Benjamin Scott McKinney,32,and Audra Rose Gabbard,27,both of Garfield.

Grandpa's Heart The Temple Institute of Jerusalem

posted: 08/12/2009 8:34 p.m.

During our three days in Jerusalem, we rushed through as many historical sites as possible. At some sites, just a quick look was enough, and of course we had to pass by other locations for lack of time. There are several places I hope to revisit, and the Temple Institute (templeinstitute.org) is high on the list. The Institute welcomes anyone who prays for the fulfillment of the Biblical prophecies related to the reestablishment of the Holy Temple.

Arkansas Watch Prudent financial behavior?

posted: 08/12/2009 8:33 p.m.

The government of the United States appears to have been completely captured by large financial interests like Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and even foreign banks. TARP has exploded into a 23 Trillion dollar program through subprograms such as TALF. TALF is a program whereby chosen Wall Street gamblers can take all of their junk "assets" to the Federal Reserve and get "loans" backed by our treasury for the book value (that is what they say the asset is worth) of the asset. And the only recourse the taxpayers have if the banks don't pay back the loans is that we get to keep the toxic asset.

Citrus Mint Cooler

posted: 08/12/2009 8:32 p.m.

1 c. boiling water 3 tea bags 2 Tbsp. fresh mint, chopped 2/3 c. sugar 2/3 c. grapefruit juice 1/2 c. lemon juice 2 c. water Steep tea bags and mint in the boiling water for five minutes. Strain and stir in the remaining ingredients. Add water as desired. Serve over ice. Makes one quart. Subscribers -The TIMES would like to share your recipes. Recipes may be dropped off at the office at 981 N. Curtis Ave., faxed to 451-9456, mailed to P.O. Box 25, Pea Ridge, AR, 72751 or e-mailed to prtnews@nwanews.com.

Lynch Pen Good health is valuable at any cost

posted: 08/12/2009 8:32 p.m.

It would be great if one could get all the truth, both good and bad, in one source on any subject. Unfortunately that is not the way society works and every article on a reformed national health care plan contains a lot of information, primarily skewed toward the writer's point of view. Combine the questions about affordability with the known need for greater availability and there exists a bundle of unanswered questions. The poor have one set of problems and the wealthy a different kind of need.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

posted: 08/12/2009 8:31 p.m.

Sorority grateful To the editor: Beta Alpha Sorority would like to take this time to thank the sponsors for the fair: Arvest Bank, Fred's, Marvin's, Wrights Car Wash, Sisco Funeral Home, Webb's Feed and Seed, Video World, Acambaro, Hudson's Family Diner, Pea Ridge Tire, Myrick Construction, Blackhawk Grill, Dr. Gary and Donna France, White Oak Station,

Now & Then Sun bonnets provide screen from sun

posted: 08/12/2009 8:29 p.m.

I'm thinking about starting a new business. I might go into the sun bonnet business. Since people these days are concerned about overexposure to the sun's harmful rays, this may be my opportunity to make my first million dollars. People sometimes go for the "retro" look. I could advertise sun bonnets as the new retro-sunblocker that doesn't come from a bottle. My ad could say, "You never have to wrestle with hard to open bottle caps. The sun bonnet is so easy to apply; no messy oils; just set it over your head and tie the lovely bow beneath your chin!" What do you think?

Register now to vote

posted: 08/12/2009 8:28 p.m.

Tena O'Brien, county clerk and voter registrar, announced that the deadline to register to vote in the annual school election is Monday, Aug. 17. For those persons who reside in Benton County who are not currently registered to vote and wish to vote in this election, applications must be received in the County Clerk's Office or postmarked no later than Aug. 17 in order to be processed for the upcoming election. For voter registration applications or information, call any of the Benton County Clerk's Office locations: Bentonville 271-5704, Rogers 636-3727, Siloam Springs 238-0120.

Dance classes offered

posted: 08/12/2009 8:27 p.m.

Learn to line dance for low impact exercise and help the communities in northwest Arkansas. Classes will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Andrew's Church, Oak and 9th streets, Rogers. Admission is $1 donation for the charity of the month. Admission for the first Tuesday of the month is a non-perishable food item for the church's outreach program.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

posted: 08/12/2009 8:26 p.m.

Pea Ridge Golf Classic The 16th annual Pea Ridge Classic sponsored by the Pea Ridge Optimist Club will be held Aug. 22 at Big Sugar Golf Club. The format will be a four-person scramble with an entry fee of $60 per person. Kids and spouses are invited from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for free games and food on the putting green by the pro shop. For information, call Justin Bradford at 841-7800. Truck and tractor pull SELIGMAN, Mo. - Seligman Chamber of Commerce will have a truck and tractor pull starting at 7 p.m.

CLUB NEWS

posted: 08/12/2009 8:23 p.m.

Granny's Quilts of Love Granny's Quilts of Love met at 9:30 a.m. July 21 at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church in Pea Ridge. Marge Crowder conducted the meeting. There were 20 members and one guest, Sara Burns, present. Burns talked about receiving one of Granny's quilts while she was at Arkansas Children's Hospital a few weeks ago having surgery.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

posted: 08/12/2009 8:22 p.m.

Thursday,Aug.13 5:30 p.m.- TOPS meeting weigh-in ;6 p.m.meeting,Autumn Place Village.For information,call Michaela Hewsley at 790-2276. 7:30 p.m.- Garfield AA,Brightwater Methodist Church.Open meeting and no smoking. For information,call 359-3734. Friday,Aug.14 7 p.m.- The Ozark Classic Country Band at Riordan Hall in Bella Vista.Admission is $10 and children under 12 are free.Concession stand will be open. 7:30 - 10 p.m.- Ridge Rockers Square Dance Club,regular dance,Pea Ridge Elementary School.For information,call Gaye Smallwood at 659-4733. Saturday,Aug.15 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Academic success continues for Pea Ridge

posted: 08/12/2009 8:18 p.m.

Pea Ridge Schools recently received the results from last year's standardized testing, according to Bonnie Fullmer, curriculum coordinator.

Easterling honored

posted: 08/12/2009 8:16 p.m.

Blackhawk Brandon Easterling was selected as a scholar athlete by Hooten's.

School opening times changed

posted: 08/12/2009 8:16 p.m.

The Pea Ridge School District will move to a staggered schedule for the 2009-2010 school year to assist with traffic flow, bus schedules and logistics, according to school officials. The school day for students attending grades 3 - 5 will begin at 7:50 a.m. with the first bell and the tardy bell following at 7:55 a.m. Afternoon dismissal for grades 3 - 5 will be 3:15 p.m. Students in grades K - 2 and 6 - 12 will begin their school day with the first bell at 7:55 a.m. and the tardy bell at 8 a.m. Afternoon dismissal for grades K - 2 and 6 - 12 will be at 3:20 p.m. For more information, contact the school at 451-8183.

PEA RIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL

posted: 08/12/2009 8:15 p.m.

6TH GRADE GENERAL SUPPLY LIST HOMEROOM: Mesh or clear backpack (available at school for $10) $5 for agenda Pencils 3 boxes Kleenex 1 roll paper towels English: 1-inch three-ring binders Pocket folder Loose leaf folder Reading:

SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

posted: 08/12/2009 8:14 p.m.

THURSDAY,AUG.13 Seventh- and eighth-grade students - 6 p.m.Pea Ridge Middle School,Weston Street. Ninth grade (freshmen)- 6 p.m.cafeteria,Pea Ridge High School,West Pickens Street. MONDAY,AUG.17 Third grade - 6 p.m.Pea Ridge Intermediate School,East Pickens Street. Fourth grade - 6:30 p.m.Pea Ridge Intermediate School,East Pickens Street. Fifth grade - 7 p.m.Pea Ridge Intermediate School,East Pickens Street. Sixth grade - 6 p.m.Pea Ridge Middle School,Weston Street. TUESDAY,AUG.18 Kindergarten through second grade - 6 p.m.Pea Ridge Primary School,Weston Street.

SCHOOL NEWS

posted: 08/12/2009 8:12 p.m.

Local students get scholarships From a field of 493 applicants, 75 outstanding high school seniors have been chosen to join the eighth class of Honors College Fellows at the University of Arkansas, including Alex Fucci-Wilson and Shaun Thomasson, both graduates of Pea Ridge High School. Each student will receive a total of $50,000 over four years to cover tuition, room and board.

Coach King is an ace for 'Hawk football

posted: 08/12/2009 8:10 p.m.

Coach John King is a household name in high school baseball circles, but he wasn't hired here 23 years ago to coach that sport. He was brought in as a football assistant and is now working with his fifth head coach.

Ridger Sports AAA votes affect private school athletics

posted: 08/12/2009 8:09 p.m.

Shiloh escapes banishment After a long summer of debates and recriminations and defensive posturing, the Arkansas Activities Association, through its member schools, voted down Proposal No. 7 by an 114-93 count last week.

Bowhunter education class is being offered

posted: 08/12/2009 8:08 p.m.

Looking to hone your bowhunting skills? Classes are being formed to cover the International Bowhunter Education Course. Graduates will receive a bowhunter education card from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Once a bowhunter has received an IBEP card, it is good for life and recognized internationally.

Hunter Education Course

posted: 08/12/2009 8:06 p.m.

The Benton County Chapter of Quail Unlimited will host its annual Hunter Education Course on Saturday, Aug. 15.

COURT REPORT

posted: 08/12/2009 8:04 p.m.

Judge John A.Skaggs,presiding Richard S.Hardwicke,prosecuting attorney June 9,2009 Haller,Donald L., 76,Domestic battery 3rd degree:Dismissed.

Water

posted: 08/12/2009 8 p.m.

Finished. The digging, interrupted traffic flow, torn-up pavement - nearly a year of work along the roadsides of town providing a service that is necessary, but mostly unseen. The project to upgrade to the city's sewer lines and add a new water supply line is finished. That is welcome news to Ken Hayes, Pea Ridge water /wasterwater superintendent, who has been overseeing the three-phase project for four years. "We are almost completed," Hayes said of the projects, which have involved construction crews on the roadsides around town for the past year. Water out The sewer lines in town were more than 40 years old.

Complete & pumping

posted: 08/12/2009 7:58 p.m.

The north sewer line is complete and pumping.

Obituaries

posted: 08/12/2009 4:13 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

Wednesday, August 5

Postal hours cut

posted: 08/05/2009 7:46 p.m.

The local Post Office will have reduced hours as part of the federal mandate to reduce costs.

Church offers help

posted: 08/05/2009 7:46 p.m.

Parents face costs of between $30 to $50 per child as they go to the store to purchase school supplies for their children in public school. There is help for those who need it. "We want to serve and love our community and meet their needs," B.J. Dye said of the clothing and school supply give-away planned for this Saturday at First Baptist Church, Pea Ridge. "We care about their physical needs as well as their spiritual needs. We care about all of them," Dye said.

Hall Pass on school agenda People step up for name committee

posted: 08/05/2009 7:46 p.m.

A method for identifying visitors to the schools - Hall Pass by CompuData - will be considered by the Pea Ridge School Board at their meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10.

Weston Street project increased

posted: 08/05/2009 7:46 p.m.

The Weston Street project has been increased to add repaving the alreadywidened north end all the way to Pickens (Arkansas Highway 94), after the City Council approved Mayor Jackie Crabtree's recommendation at the July council meeting.