News 2009 December

Stories for December 2009

Wednesday, December 30

Food drive successful

posted: 12/30/2009 4:45 p.m.

Even in an economic downturn, people of northwest Arkansas continue to give to those in need.

Planners hold public hearings

posted: 12/30/2009 4:44 p.m.

The Pea Ridge Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Pea Ridge City Hall.

2009 HEADLINES, JANUARY THROUGH JUNE

posted: 12/30/2009 4:44 p.m.

The front-page headlines of The Times of Northeast Benton County reflect the news of the year including new businesses, the construction of a new school, city business and a myriad of other business.

A New Year’s Revolution

posted: 12/30/2009 4:43 p.m.

Well here I go again, that’s right, it is the that time of year where I determine that it is time to shape up, get back to eating right and working out.

Recipe of the Week Black Eyed Peas

posted: 12/30/2009 4:42 p.m.

Eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is thought to bring prosperity, according to Wikipedia. These “good luck” traditions supposedly date back to the American Civil War. Union troops typically stripped the countryside of all stored food, crops and livestock, and destroy whatever they couldn’t carry away. At that time, Northerners considered “field peas” and field corn suitable only for animal fodder, and didn’t steal or destroy these humble foods.

RECOLLECTIONS

posted: 12/30/2009 4:38 p.m.

40 Years Ago The Pea Ridge Graphic entered into its fifth year of publication Thursday, Jan. 1, 1970, . The paper was started in 1966 by Tri-State Publishers, and then purchased one year later by the new publishers, Earle and Billie Jines.

PEA RIDGE CHURCH NEWS

posted: 12/30/2009 4:32 p.m.

Pea Ridge Free Will Baptist The Men’s Prayer Breakfast will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2. Special guest speaker will be Brother Rex Reynolds.

Age is all in your mind

posted: 12/30/2009 4:31 p.m.

On the brink of a new decade, it’s hard not to look back at, not only the year just past, but the decades.

Love of reading sparked early

posted: 12/30/2009 4:28 p.m.

In going over the letters to Santa written by the kids in kindergarten through second grade in Pea Ridge, it was surprising to see what kids are asking for these days from jolly ole St. Nick.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

posted: 12/30/2009 4:26 p.m.

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the following people and businesses that so generously gave to the 10th annual City of Pea Ridge Christmas food drive.

10 Soup Basics

posted: 12/30/2009 4:25 p.m.

I am not one of those that believe soup should be served as a first course. First courses are for people who have butlers. For the rest of us work-a-day stiffs, we need rib-sticking, hale and hearty Soup, capital S.

Electric radio - and its box - were fascinating!

posted: 12/30/2009 4:22 p.m.

The year 1945 was a great year in many ways for us. First, World War II was over and the soldier boys were coming home. Also, all over the Pea Ridge area Carroll Electric Cooperative was working to bring electricity to the farms.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

posted: 12/30/2009 4:20 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 2 7:30 p.m. — Garfield AA, Big Book Study, Brightwater Methodist Church. Open meeting and no smoking. For information, call 359-3734.

CLUB NEWS

posted: 12/30/2009 4:18 p.m.

Bunker Hill Community Club

PLAYFUL PALS

posted: 12/30/2009 4:17 p.m.

FREE TO GOOD HOME

Troops appreciated and fed

posted: 12/30/2009 4:14 p.m.

Military troops participating in a career course at the Pea Ridge National Military Park were treated to dinner by city officials, members of the Pea Ridge Ministerial Alliance and community.

FRIENDS WE LOST IN 2009

posted: 12/30/2009 4:14 p.m.

Jan. 7 Christopher Sterling Amey, 48, of Anderson, Mo., died Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, in Fayetteville, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born March 18, 1960.

Was 2009 a winning year for the Blackhawks?

posted: 12/30/2009 4:11 p.m.

The year has very nearly come to a close and it’s at this time that a lot of folks think back over the past year and reflect on what was or what could have been. The year has indeed been one to remember for lots of reasons.

HOLIDAY CLASSIC BASKETBALL

posted: 12/30/2009 4:10 p.m.

Senior boys In the 2009 Holiday Classic held at Southwest High School in Washburn, Mo., beginning Monday night, Dec. 28, eight teams battled each other for a chance at the basketball championship title.

LUNCH MENUS

posted: 12/30/2009 4:09 p.m.

PEA RIDGE PUBLIC SCHOOLS LUNCH MENUS

OPTIMIST CLUB SPONSORS CONTESTS

posted: 12/30/2009 4:09 p.m.

Oratorical contest The Pea Ridge Optimist Club is encouraging area students to speak their minds about the topic of “Cyber Communication: Progress or Problem?” as part of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest for 2010.

PEA RIDGE SCHOOL NEWS

posted: 12/30/2009 4:08 p.m.

SEARCY — Elizabeth Johnson of Pea Ridge was among more than 350 students who received diplomas at commencement exercises at Harding University in Searcy, Ark., Dec. 19.

PEA RIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT

posted: 12/30/2009 4:06 p.m.

Incidents reported this week to the Pea Ridge Police Department include: Monday, Dec. 21 5:14 p.m. Suspicious circumstances reported by a resident on Griffin Lane who seeing three boys come out of a construction storage trailer.

PEA RIDGE FIRE/EMS

posted: 12/30/2009 4:06 p.m.

Incidents reported to the Pea Ridge Fire/EMS this week include: Monday, Dec. 21 11:04 a.m. Medical, Blair Circle, no transport.

Head-on collisions injure nine

posted: 12/30/2009 4:05 p.m.

Two head-on collisions last week on Arkansas Highway 94 injured nine people.

VAS Ambulance Report

posted: 12/30/2009 4:03 p.m.

Incidents reported recently to VAS Ambulance Service Corp. recently include:

Man arrested in rape case

posted: 12/30/2009 4:02 p.m.

Kendall Wayne Oaks, 31, of Washburn, Mo., was arrested by Pea Ridge police Tuesday, Dec. 22, in connection with rape, a class Y felony.

BENTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

posted: 12/30/2009 4:01 p.m.

Benton County Sheriff Keith Ferguson announced that deputies and the DWI Task Force will participate in the national Over the Limit, Under Arrest campaign again this year.

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS

posted: 12/30/2009 4 p.m.

U.S. Post Offices The local branches of the U.S. Post Office will close their operations for New Year’s Eve and Day at noon on Thursday, Dec. 31.

AVOCA FIRE DEPARTMENT

posted: 12/30/2009 3:59 p.m.

Incidents reported recently to the Avoca Volunteer Fire Department include: Wednesday, Dec. 16 9:48 p.m. Medical,Tucks Chapel Road, assist VAS.

PEA RIDGE NATIONAL MILITARY PARK

posted: 12/30/2009 3:58 p.m.

Holiday closures Pea Ridge National Military Park will close Jan. 1, 2010, for New Year’s Day and re-open at 8 a.m. Jan. 2.

PEA RIDGE MARRIAGE LICENSE

posted: 12/30/2009 3:57 p.m.

Kevin Craig McDonald, 34, to Breana Rochelle Harris, 34, both of Washburn, Mo.

PEA RIDGE PUBLIC MEETINGS

posted: 12/30/2009 3:57 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 4 5:30 p.m. — Garfield Parks Commission, Town Hall.

Foundry fire destroys life’s work

posted: 12/30/2009 3:56 p.m.

“You can imagine why I would go into a fire to save these things,” Raymond Gibby said, sifting through the surviving remains of what was his foundry in Garfield with his foot. The pieces on the ground are at least a month’s worth of work.

AREA EVENTS

updated: 12/30/2009 4:16 p.m.

CASSVILLE and SELIGMAN

Wednesday, December 23

School Zone

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

My name is: Sheila Eoff. I am the cafeteria manager at the Middle School.

Ridger Sports Senior ’Hawks take Shiloh

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

While the varsity basketball team make have four losses, all four losses have come against larger or out-of-state schools.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

What does Christmas mean?

CHURCH NEWS

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Brightwater United Methodist Church We will have a Christmas Eve Service at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24. Everyone is welcome.

New ambulance service in town

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

There’s a new kid on the block.

Small church fulfills big dreams

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Working together, members of the Pea Ridge United Methodist Church paid the mortgage of the parsonage in only two and a half years.

Spotlight on Seniors

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Kip Kelly Small Forward

Grandpa’s Heart Diego, The Christmas Dog

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Just before Christmas 2005, we moved from Pea Ridge to our new home on the family farm, and we wanted to get a dog for companionship and security.

OBITUARIES

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Bonnie Jean Graham Bonnie Jean Graham, 81, of Rogers, died Dec. 19 at Circle of Life Hospice House in Springdale, Ark.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 24 7:30 p.m. — Garfield AA, Brightwater Methodist Church. Open meeting and no smoking.

PEA RIDGE POLICE

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Incidents reported to the Pea Ridge Police Department this week include:

RECOLLECTIONS

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

40 Years Ago This edition, number 52 in the paper’s fourth year, was published Thursday, Dec. 25 — Christmas Day — of 1969. The paper sold for 10 cents per copy.

’Til Next Time News is way too fast electronically

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

I need to borrow someone’s crow bar to pry my foot out of my mouth.

Arkansas Watch Laws not granted to federal government are state’s

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

The inappropriately named “Arkansas Free Thinkers” group sued Secretary of State Charlie Daniels because he had a nativity scene placed on the grounds of the state capitol this Christmas season.

Now & Then Dashing through the snow!

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

I’ve been thinking about “Jingle Bells,” the lively little sleighing song that many of us love to sing as Christmas time draws near.

Lynch Pen Healthcare billing confusing, frustrating

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

When the hospital entered the wrong birth date for my emergency room visit back in May, the billing service sent the bill to me because Medicare rejected it.

Library Notes Great new books now at library

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

I would like to remind everyone of the holiday times for the library.

Three arrested

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Strong odors from a downtown apartment adjacent to Pea Ridge Intermediate School prompted several citizens to complain to Pea Ridge Police.

Pediatric cancer survivor gets visit from Santa

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Alicia Bowker, an 7-year-old cancer survivor from Pea Ridge, was one of 70 pediatric cancer patients and families visited by Santa Claus at the annual CARTI Kids Christmas Party held Nov. 22 at the Scimitar Shrine Temple in Little Rock.

Wednesday, December 16

Pea Ridge Records

posted: 12/16/2009 6 a.m.

PEA RIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT Incidents reported to the Pea Ridge Police Department this week include:

Library Notes Library cookbooks are specially priced

posted: 12/16/2009 6 a.m.

The library would like to welcome its newest board member, Mrs. Dottie Adraiano.

LETTERS TO SANTA

posted: 12/16/2009 6 a.m.

GARFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Ms. Dyes First Grade Class Dear Santa, I know your reindeer. Their names are Rudolph, Dancer, Dasher, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dancer, Blitzen!

Ridger Sports Blackhawks gained valuable experience in Hoopfest

posted: 12/16/2009 6 a.m.

While losing two of three contests at the Arvest Hoopfest in Rogers, the Pea Ridge varsity boys’ basketball team gained some valuable experience that will hold them in good stead when the 4A basketball wars begin.

Jr. cheer squad bowl bound

posted: 12/16/2009 6 a.m.

There will be Blackhawk junior high cheerleaders performing in the cheer squad at the New Year’s Day Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

Audit report was tough, but passed

posted: 12/16/2009 6 a.m.

The findings of a year-long, grueling audit that was described as very tough and emotional, was reported to the Pea Ridge school board Monday night at the regular meeting.

Spotlight on Seniors

posted: 12/16/2009 6 a.m.

Erin Duvall Point Guard What position do you play? Point guard.

Now & Then Putting up an Arkansas cedar for Christmas in Iowa

posted: 12/16/2009 6 a.m.

Early in my years as a pastor, we moved to southern Iowa, to a small Ringold County town of about 200 people, known as Tingley.

Running Lines A winter by any other name ...

posted: 12/16/2009 6 a.m.

Let’s pretend that it’s winter.

OBITUARIES

posted: 12/16/2009 6 a.m.

Dorothy Elizabeth Kitchen Burgin Dorothy Elizabeth Kitchen Burgin, 89, of West Siloam Springs, formally of Pea Ridge, died Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Pleasant Springs Assisted Living Center.

RECOLLECTIONS

posted: 12/16/2009 6 a.m.

40 Years Ago The Pea Ridge junior class play, entitled “Off the Track,” was presented at the high school Dec. 19.

Skinny cook brings home cooking to Gateway

posted: 12/16/2009 6 a.m.

Throw out everything you have ever heard about skinny cooks.

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS

posted: 12/16/2009 6 a.m.

U.S. Post Offices The local branches of the U.S. Post Office will close their operations for Christmas at noon on Thursday, Dec. 24.

School Zone

posted: 12/16/2009 6 a.m.

My name is: Sue Terry. I am principal of the Middle School.

New attire arrives in time for Christmas parade

posted: 12/16/2009 6 a.m.

The Pea Ridge High School Marching Band will don new attire from now on.

’Til Next Time Childhood memories about Santa Claus

posted: 12/16/2009 6 a.m.

Do you remember when you found out about Santa Claus?

Arkansas Watch Growing up can be good for us all

posted: 12/16/2009 6 a.m.

I lived in El Dorado from 1992 to 2001.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

posted: 12/16/2009 6 a.m.

Cheerleaders say thank you

Pastor’s Corner Experiencing God

posted: 12/16/2009 6 a.m.

Christmas is a wonderful season in so many ways. I enjoy the lights, the times with family, watching children and so many of the traditional Christmas events.

Bus driver failed to show

posted: 12/16/2009 6 a.m.

An employee who was to be terminated requested a hearing, but did not attend.

Wednesday, December 9

PEA RIDGE SCHOOL ZONE

posted: 12/09/2009 6 a.m.

My name is: Anya Bruhin.I teach sixth to eighth grade art.

Ridger Sports Blackhawks take 2nd in tourney, lose in overtime

posted: 12/09/2009 6 a.m.

The Pea Ridge boys’ basketball team, while taking their second loss on the season, still managed to earn more respect as an up and coming basketball.

PEA RIDGE OBITUARIES

posted: 12/09/2009 6 a.m.

Bernitta Ellene Brown, 68, of Gateway died Dec. 6, 2009, in Fayetteville. She was born June 17, 1941, in Seligman, Mo., to Woodrow and Virginia Roller Skelton.

Former Pea Ridge loan officer named president

posted: 12/09/2009 6 a.m.

Trevor Dorsey, formerly of Pea Ridge, was named branch president of First National Bank & Trust Co.’s Holdenville location.

What’s a council member worth?

posted: 12/09/2009 6 a.m.

Members of the Pea Ridge City Council meet regularly once a month. At the end of the year, they receive a check for the meetings they’ve attended during the year at a cost of $100 for each meeting.

Brenda’s Kitchen coming to town

posted: 12/09/2009 6 a.m.

A new restaurant is planned for the corner of Slack and Weston streets.

PEA RIDGE SCHOOL/ COMMUNITY NEWS

posted: 12/09/2009 6 a.m.

Kelley/Jones to wed Patrick and Loretta Kelley, of Pea Ridge, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer, to Jeffrey Jones of Pea Ridge.

PEA RIDGE RECORDS

posted: 12/09/2009 6 a.m.

PEA RIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT Incidents reported to Pea Ridge Police Department this week include: Monday, Nov. 30 7:45 a.m.Two-vehicle accident at Lee Town Road and Washburn involving Alison Berchtold, 24, Pea Ridge, and Hunter Keller, 17, Pea Ridge.There were no citations issued.

Park lands and uses considered

posted: 12/09/2009 6 a.m.

“The bathroom deal, as of right now, is no more,” said Michael Ogburn at the Pea Ridge Parks Commission meeting last Thursday night, Nov. 19, at City Hall.

Running Lines Please silence your cell phones and refrain from updating your status

posted: 12/09/2009 6 a.m.

My good friend Mark once spent an entire morning talking only in Facebook statuses.

From the Pastor’s Desk Giving brings joy

posted: 12/09/2009 6 a.m.

“Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveler, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!”

Love brings stitching business to Pea Ridge

posted: 12/09/2009 6 a.m.

Jennifer and Martin Todd married in May. They went back and forth deciding what to do with the embroidery business they had in Van Buren.

Lynch Pen County roads benefit from Quorum’s decisions

posted: 12/09/2009 6 a.m.

Since the Bisbee administration took office in county government almost a year ago we, like most people reading this, have been dependent on the newspapers for information concerning county affairs.

BENTON COUNTY COMMUNITY NEWS

posted: 12/09/2009 6 a.m.

CLUB NEWS Granny’s Quilts of Love Granny’s Quilts of Love met at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 17 at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church in Pea Ridge.

Library Notes Library open house is Thursday

posted: 12/09/2009 6 a.m.

The library will be having its Christmas open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. We will be having goodies and hot cider, fruit punch and treat bags for the children. We hope to see you there.

Foster is national artist of the week

posted: 12/09/2009 6 a.m.

Brianna Foster, a fifthgrade student at Pea Ridge Intermediate School, has been chosen by the Artsonia National Online Gallery as its “Artist of the Week” in the third- through fifthgrade division.

Now & Then Churning Butter

posted: 12/09/2009 6 a.m.

I’m thinking of churning some butter. It has been a long time since I have seen or tasted real, honest-togoodness cow butter.

Spotlight on Seniors & School News

posted: 12/09/2009 6 a.m.

Lexi Paryzek Guard What position do you play? Guard.

PEA RIDGE CHURCH NEWS

posted: 12/09/2009 6 a.m.

Lost Bridge Community Church, Whitney Mountain Chapel There will be a candlelight service at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24.

Arkansas Watch Organized plunder will destroy country

posted: 12/09/2009 6 a.m.

When I was a young man I heard a saying that “only Nixon could go to China.”

DINE TO DONATE

posted: 12/09/2009 6 a.m.

Applebee’s in Rogers presents Dine to Donate, a fundraiser in honor of Pea Ridge resident Kyler Kasper, from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18.

Wednesday, December 2

Small-town feel drew doctor here

posted: 12/02/2009 2:38 p.m.

Feeling a unique kinship to small communities, Dr. Rhonda Higgins has returned to Pea Ridge to serve young and old at the new Northwest Family Medicine clinic.

Two century-old houses have rich family history

posted: 12/02/2009 2:38 p.m.

Two of the houses on the Pea Ridge Historical Society’s 2009 Tour of Homes are long-enduring historic Pea Ridge homes.

Pastor’s Corner Getting ready for Christmas

posted: 12/02/2009 2:37 p.m.

A couple of years ago a local radio station was carrying an ad from a business which was promoting a 12 Days of Christmas Event.

RECOLLECTIONS

posted: 12/02/2009 2:36 p.m.

40 Years Ago Victor DeGroff was pictured trying his hand at a brand new typewriter purchased for him by approximately 350 friends, many of whom he had never heard of, while he was hospitalized.

Pea Ridge Obituaries

posted: 12/02/2009 2:36 p.m.

David Lynn Bigham, 56, of Rogers, Ark., died Nov. 24 at the Circle of Life Hospice Home in Springdale, Ark. He was born April 29, 1953, in Rogers, to Johnny and Laverne Bigham.

ON THE RECORD

posted: 12/02/2009 2:35 p.m.

Marijuana bagged Within a few hours, Pea Ridge police had made three drug-related arrests Thursday night and early Friday morning.

Lynch Pen Long-term effects should be considered

posted: 12/02/2009 2:33 p.m.

The television commercials about the “Healthcare Reform Bill” are less frequent at this writing, but I’m sure they will pick up again as the Senate nears a meaningful vote on the issue.

Guest Column Time for yearly chimney and smoke detector inspection

posted: 12/02/2009 2:32 p.m.

The holidays are coming and fast. We at the Pea Ridge Fire Department hope everyone had a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

posted: 12/02/2009 2:32 p.m.

Keep it legal To the Editor: Once upon a time there was a little town in Arkansas, the natural state. The residents were a content bunch, working industriously, happily taking care of business and expanding those businesses.

Now & Then Chickens and eggs and changing times

posted: 12/02/2009 2:31 p.m.

For as long as I have known, chickens and eggs have been part of farm life in the Pea Ridge area.

PEA RIDGE COMMUNITY EVENTS

posted: 12/02/2009 2:31 p.m.

Food Drive The City of Pea Ridge will hold the 10th Annual Food Drive through Friday, Dec. 18. Last year, 130 families in need received food baskets.

Senior cheerleaders headed to state

posted: 12/02/2009 2:30 p.m.

The Pea Ridge High School cheerleaders have competed in three cheer competitions thus far and will leave for Hot Springs Friday, Dec. 4, to compete for the State Title in class 1A-4 A CO-ED Cheerleading State Championship.

Spotlight on Seniors

posted: 12/02/2009 2:29 p.m.

Kayla Bangs Forward What position do you play? Forward. How long have you played basketball in Pea Ridge? Since third grade.

Ridger Sports Tournament: Blackhawks are in it to win it

posted: 12/02/2009 2:28 p.m.

Coach Charley Clarke’s Blackhawk cagers are in Siloam Springs this week hoping to take down the Benton County Tournament title and bring to this side of the county.

PEA RIDGE SCHOOL ZONE

posted: 12/02/2009 2:27 p.m.

My name is: Matthew Easterling. I teach eighth grade.

PEA RIDGE SCHOOL NEWS

posted: 12/02/2009 2:26 p.m.

Candy Grams The PTO will be selling candy grams the week of Dec. 7-11. Christmas concert The Pea Ridge Schools Choral Department will present the annual Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, in the high school cafeteria.

Nutcracker performances set for local youth ballet company

posted: 12/02/2009 2:25 p.m.

A holiday tradition continues for a fifth year when the Classical Ballet Academy performs The Nutcracker, showcasing the most promising young dancers in northwest Arkansas.

HOLIDAY EVENTS

posted: 12/02/2009 2:25 p.m.

Pea Ridge parade The Pea Ridge Christmas Parade will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. To enter, participants should line up at Community First Bank in Pea Ridge no later than 5 p.m., according to officials with Beta Alpha Sorority, the sponsor of the annual parade.