News 2009 November

Stories for November 2009

Wednesday, November 25


posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

My name is: Lori Anne Mardis. I teach seventh grade.

Now & Then Pea Ridge is not so rural any more

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

When I first began being aware I was in the world in the early 1940s, Pea Ridge was a small rural town.

Out of My Mind Give thanks to whom it is due

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

Thanksgiving is a special time. But we must remember to whom we owe thanks.

Arkansas Watch Duplicity is the hallmark of our times

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

Senator Blanche Lincoln was the 60th and final vote needed to get the health care bill into a position where it will pass.

Early school house renovated for family home

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

The house that sits on Laughlin Hill, so named by the owners who undertook the enormous renovation of the original building from the 1890s, has been for sale for two and a half years.

Firefighters’ turnout gear approved

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

Turnout gear is essential to safety for firefighters, city officials agreed.

Auditor finds extra money for teachers

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

At a special meeting 6 p.m. Monday night, the Pea Ridge School Board met to discuss the Educational Excellence Trust Fund proposal to correct the distribution of increased funds discovered by a regular state audit and reported to the district in the auditor’s management report.


posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

PEA RIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT Incidents reported to the Pea Ridge Police Department this week include: Monday, Nov. 16 3:07 p.m

Library Notes New books at library for holidays

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

I want to remind everyone that the library will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and Thursday, Nov. 26, to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.

Ridger Sports State Athletic Association accepts judge’s rules, for now

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

The Class 3A football playoffs, which were suspended last week after a Russellville judge decided that he didn’t like the Arkansas Activities Association rules on player eligibility and then ordered an ineligible team included, went forward last Friday.


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First Baptist Church, Pea Ridge Quilting classes are held at 6 p.m. Monday nights. For more information, call the church office at 451-8192.

Running Lines Traditions anchor us to ourselves

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

The summer after my sophomore year of college (not that long ago to some, but to me another life) found me working with my best friends and carefree, not sure what to do when I might finally graduate and have to grow up.


posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

AREA EVENTS Seligman Community Dance will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Seligman community building. The band will be Frosty Garland and the Road Hogs.

Pastor’s Corner What is true prosperity?

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

“Give a thousand dollars to this ministry and God will return back to you 100 times.”

Parsons pleads not guilty

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

A Rogers man pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of causing an accident that injured three people.

Two arrested in ‘shake and bake’ bust

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

Two men have been arrested in Garfield on drug charges.

Vision contemplated

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

City leaders are considering the vision for Pea Ridge.

Whitaker to run for Congress

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

David Whitaker, an attorney from Fayetteville, spoke at Monday’s Benton County Democratic Women's Club meeting, informing them of his candidacy Whitaker for Congress from Arkansas’ 3rd District.

Spotlight on Seniors

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

Kyle Westerdale Wide Receiver What position do you play? Wide receiver.

’Hawks fought hard against Mounties

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

Pea Ridge Blackhawks had a brief two-point lead four minutes from the end of a hardfought game at home against the Rogers Mounties.

The Arkansas Give-A-Lane Law

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

Did you know... Fifty-three percent of police-officer-related deaths are traffic related?

Wednesday, November 18

VAS promises to go ASL by 2011

posted: 11/18/2009 2:41 p.m.

The upgrade of VAS to an advanced life support service took one step forward at the board of directors meeting for VAS Ambulance Service Corporation Inc. at its meeting Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Family values built this house

posted: 11/18/2009 2:40 p.m.

“I want you to take a look at my wood stove,” Charles Day said, referencing last week’s article on Brenda Henson’s home and her wood-burning furnace in the basement.

Thanksgiving in the eyes of the young

posted: 11/18/2009 2:39 p.m.

Thanksgiving is all about “having fun and doing stuff,” according to the 4- and 5-year-olds at Kids Academy in Pea Ridge.

Pastor’s Corner Whose way to follow?

posted: 11/18/2009 2:38 p.m.

I was reminded recently of how often we fall short in our obedience to Scripture.


posted: 11/18/2009 2:37 p.m.

40 Years Ago Benton County’s 300 vote rejection of the matter of helping to finance the proposed northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Sept. 23 yelled “Absolutely not!”


posted: 11/18/2009 2:36 p.m.

Kevin Tony Bray Kevin Tony Bray, 45, of Pea Ridge, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, in Powell, Mo. He was born Oct. 2, 1964, in Carthage, Mo., to Ronald and Janice Bray.

Out of My Mind Our readers best source of information

posted: 11/18/2009 2:36 p.m.

It’s hard to believe we’re barely a week away from Thanksgiving and a month from Christmas. The cold temperatures Tuesday certainly reminded us winter is at our door.

Running Lines Drive safely, and I’m not just saying that ...

posted: 11/18/2009 2:35 p.m.

Last Wednesday, I watched a wreck happen while driving in Bentonville.

Library Notes Thankful for unique American holiday

posted: 11/18/2009 2:35 p.m.

The library has some exciting new books in, most of the popular ones on the best seller list.

Arkansas Watch Elected officials should consider transparency

posted: 11/18/2009 2:34 p.m.

First of all I would like to apologize to any of you who attempted to attend the Candidate Forum that I wrote about last week.

Now & Then You never know what to expect at a wedding

posted: 11/18/2009 2:33 p.m.

As a pastor, I have officiated at many weddings.

Bella Vista Area Events

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AVOCA FIRE DEPARTMENT Incidents reported to the Avoca Volunteer Fire Department this week include: Monday, Nov. 9 2:32 p.m. Fire alarm, Brooks Drive, assist Beaver Lake FD, canceled en route.

Veterans honored for service to country

posted: 11/18/2009 2:31 p.m.

Around the flag pole, children stood with their hands on their hearts exchanging whispers about the men in uniforms.

Junior ’Hawks down Huntsville

posted: 11/18/2009 2:30 p.m.

The junior Blackhawks won their first conference basketball game at home Monday night.

Spotlight on Seniors

posted: 11/18/2009 2:30 p.m.

Rose Torres Guard What position do you play? Guard.

Circuit judge turns 3A playoffs on ear

posted: 11/18/2009 2:29 p.m.

Although not in a totally unprecedented action, an Arkansas judge has issued an injunction that may well succeed in canceling the 2009 State 3A state football playoffs.


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At the 2009 Cross Country Championships Saturday, Nov. 7, the Pea Ridge High School boys team took on competitors in Mountain Home.

Pea Ridge School Zone

posted: 11/18/2009 2:27 p.m.

My name is: Amber King.I teach sixth grade science.


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Kindergartners wish happy holiday

Notes From the Nurse Flu clinics scheduled

posted: 11/18/2009 2:26 p.m.

Time is getting close for the flu clinics.

Art Web site offers art on shirts

posted: 11/18/2009 2:25 p.m.

The Pea Ridge’s elementary schools art gallery Web site is currently holding the top overall ranking in the state of Arkansas as well as holding high rankings nationally.


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Pea Ridge Historical Society The Pea Ridge Historical Society met at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Pea Ridge Museum building.

Losing pounds makes these people winners

posted: 11/18/2009 2:24 p.m.

Losing equals winning in the Biggest Loser contest with all the winners successful.

Wednesday, November 11

Custom-designed home fulfills owner’s dreams

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

“You don’t want a corner fireplace, you don’t want all those porches, you don’t want to use knotty alder for your cabinets — use oak,” Brenda Henson said everyone told her when building on her 2,000-square-foot home began in 2006. “I couldn’t make a decision on what I wanted as far as paint and tile color, but I knew what else I wanted.”


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Pvt. Taylor graduates Army Reserve Pvt. Corby A. Taylor has graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo.


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Well done, veterans To all men and women who are serving and have served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America: Thanks to all of you for serving our country and continue to serve our country. May God bless all of you and good ole United States of America!

Pastor’s Corner Live the high calling

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

I have been reminded once again of how easily I become frustrated at other’s actions, or rather their inactions.


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The first ever “Falls Fleas” Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21.

Pea Ridge School Zone

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

My name is Breanne Turner. I am the cafeteria manager at the Intermediate School.

Little ’Hawks oust Pirates

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

It’s not every Halloween that a Blackhawk would be more scary than a Pirate, however on Oct. 31, that just happened to be the case.

Senior Blackhawks go out with a win

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

It was all Blackkhawk seniors in Pea Ridge’s 30-12 win over Berryville on Friday in Blackhawk Stadium.

Pea Ridge School News

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

Primary School dedication The Pea Ridge Primary School dedication and VFW flag ceremony will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Primary School campus in Pea Ridge.

Spotlight on Seniors

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

Javier Torres Fullback What position do you play? Fullback.


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Cassville holds dance CASSVILLE, Mo. — The Cassville Senior Citizens monthly dance will begin at 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.


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Thursday, Nov. 12 5:30 p.m. — TOPS meeting weighin ; 6 p.m. meeting, Autumn Place Village. For information, call Michaela Hewsley at 790-2276.

Sweets are the specialty

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

People with a sweet tooth have a new place to fulfill their desires.


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Thursday, Nov. 12 4:30 p.m. — Junior High Basketball vs. George, Pea Ridge Middle School

Reading material being collected for military personnel

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

Troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan will soon have more to read thanks to one local woman and the people at Lowe’s Home Improvement.

Now & Then English in America varies with local pronunciations

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

One of the things I discovered when I started to school years ago was that the English we were learning in school was different from the English we spoke.


posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

Incidents reported this week to the Pea Ridge Police Department include: Four warrants served: 11/2 Johnny Nichols Jr., 39, Rogers, failure to appear; 11/3 Noe Juarez-Carranza, 19, of Rogers, contempt failure to pay fines and costs; 11/4 Sharla Billips, 39, Fayetteville, contempt failure to pay fines and costs; and 11/5 Jason Fields, 39, Gateway, failure to appear.


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James Wilbur Collins James Wilbur Collins, 74, of Rogers, Ark., died Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers.


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First Baptist Church, Pea Ridge The Angel Food Ministries is a program that offers food to anyone.

Surplus money benefits school

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

Bonus checks are in the near future for employees, both certified and classified, of the Pea Ridge School District, thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Out of My Mind Be thankful for family togetherness

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

A door opens, a screen door slams. Hellos are exchanged. Squeals of recognition, expressions of delight as cousins gather for the first meeting in more than a decade.

Ridger Sports Blackhawks ended season on a high note

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

The gridiron Blackhawks ended their season on a high note, doubling their victory total from a year ago with their second win of the 2009 season, a 30-12 thumping of Berryville.

Arkansas Watch Straw Poll, candidate forum slated

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

“The price that good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men,” said the Greek philosopher Plato.

Library Notes Great new books are in at the library

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

The library was busy but quiet this past week. A good many books were checked out and even more were sold.

Running Lines New relationship spurs on persistence

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

I am in a love/hate relationship.

Wednesday, November 4

Department heads talk money

posted: 11/04/2009 2:48 p.m.

“It’s usually us that have to twist these guys’ arms to even take an increase in pay,” Bob Cottingham, councilman, said, regarding Pea Ridge Fire Department Chief Frank Rizzio’s request for new equipment.

Dangerous road leads to fatalities

posted: 11/04/2009 2:48 p.m.

Paramedics respectfully pulled the white sheet over Shala Allcorn, 20, of Pea Ridge at 11:54 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1.

What was old made new again

posted: 11/04/2009 2:47 p.m.

On Friday mornings, there may be anywhere from 12 to 30 people in Sherrie Woodward’s kitchen. She loves to cook and makes breakfast for the Pea Ridge High School football players and cheerleaders weekly. She has carried on that tradition for six years now.

In His Study Thanksgiving commanded

posted: 11/04/2009 2:46 p.m.

What is Thanksgiving and is it important? You might ask, “Does God mention it more than a couple of times in His Word?”


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Cross Brand Cowboy Church Free cattle sorting practice is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, followed by cowboy church at 6 p.m. with special guest “Peanut” from Louisiana.

Pea Ridge Obituaries

posted: 11/04/2009 2:45 p.m.

Shala Dawn Allcorn Shala Dawn Allcorn, 20, of Pea Ridge, died Sunday, Nov. 1, in Pea Ridge as a result of an automobile accident. She was born March 3, 1989, at Enid, Okla., to James Eugene Allcorn and Barbara Ann Cranford Dye.

Arkansas Watch There’s power in national - and state - politics

posted: 11/04/2009 2:44 p.m.

It should not matter to us in Arkansas what happens in New York’s 23rd congressional district special election because the way this country was set up the federal government was designed to fend off foreign threats, resolve disputes between the states, and pretty much leave everything else to the states so that local people could manage their own affairs.

Lynch Pen Term limits makes sense for House, Senate

posted: 11/04/2009 2:43 p.m.

Recently I read an interesting article written by an individual who made a name for himself in the political arena, but one who I remember as an athlete.

Library Notes ‘Spooky’ visitors at library

posted: 11/04/2009 2:43 p.m.

The library was visited by a lot of strange characters on Saturday night!

Pea Ridge Letters

posted: 11/04/2009 2:43 p.m.

A D.A.S.H. to Remember We would like to thank the city of Pea Ridge for making our inaugural A D.A.S.H. to Remember 5K race a big success.

Now & Then Picking up walnuts for school supply money and to eat

posted: 11/04/2009 2:41 p.m.

The walnuts are coming down! Several weeks ago I found that before I could mow the lawns I customarily mow, I had to pick up walnuts first.


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Thursday, Nov. 5 6:45 a.m. breakfast and 7 a.m. meeting — The Pea Ridge Optimist Club, Mt.Vernon Presbyterian Church. For information, call Merrill White 586-8406, Brian Nave at 619-7639 or Annette Beard at 445-4081.

Carnes, Mabry to wed

posted: 11/04/2009 2:40 p.m.

Leon and Roberta Carnes of Tulsa, Okla., are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Tonya Carnes, to Derrin Mabry of Washburn, Mo.


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Bunker Hill BUNKER HILL, Mo. — The monthly singing at Bunker Hill will be held starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. A variety of musicians come to play and sing. Anyone in the audience can also participate in the singing or bring along an instrument to play.

Cardinals pluck ’Hawks at home

posted: 11/04/2009 2:38 p.m.

Farmington used quick starts in the first and third quarters to defeat the Blackhawks 35-7 in 4A-1 District action last week.

Pea Ridge Spotlight on Seniors

posted: 11/04/2009 2:38 p.m.

Ethan Rhine Quarterback/Outside Linebacker What position do you play? Quarterback and outside linebacker.

Youngest ’Hawks end season

posted: 11/04/2009 2:37 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 24, the second- and third-grade football season came to an end. In the first game, the Black team played the Gray team with the Black team winning. In the second game, White faced the Red team with the White team taking the victory. The White ’Hawks also defeated a Bentonville team earlier this year to have a record of 7-0.

Still undefeated

posted: 11/04/2009 2:36 p.m.

Fifth-grade ’Hawks traveled to Gentry Saturday, Oct. 24, and kept their unbeaten status.

Ridger Sports Volunteer spirit strong in sports community

posted: 11/04/2009 2:36 p.m.

If you have been watching or reading the news lately, you may have read of the newspaper war between the folks who run the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and their associated papers, and those who operated the Morning News in those various cities. Those papers are now merged with now just one paper in each of the larger cities in northwest Arkansas.

Pea Ridge School Zone

posted: 11/04/2009 2:35 p.m.

My name is Lori Littrell. I am the Intermediate School registrar. I am a native of Pea Ridge. I have been with the Pea Ridge School District for 4 years. Something interesting about me is: I have lived in Pea Ridge since I was three.


posted: 11/04/2009 2:34 p.m.

PEA RIDGE PUBLIC SCHOOLS Mon., Nov. 9 — Sloppy Joe, baked chips, broccoli with ranch, pineapple pleasure.Breakfast — Pizza.

First Flying Mule Run held despite rain

posted: 11/04/2009 2:33 p.m.

Carolyn Armour of Pea Ridge was the overall winner in the initial Flying Mule 5K Run Saturday, Oct. 10.

Book fair fundraising

posted: 11/04/2009 2:32 p.m.

Pea Ridge Primary School has had a book fair for the last couple of weeks. The teachers said they are grateful to the students and parents who helped make the book fair a great success in helping the school get more money to buy books for the library.

Veterans to be honored

posted: 11/04/2009 2:32 p.m.

The community is invited to join Pea Ridge High School in honoring the veterans of the community during the annual Veterans Day Celebration starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the high school.


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PEA RIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT Incidents reported to the Pea Ridge Police Department this week include: Two warrants served: 10/29 Jackson Abercrombie, 21, Pea Ridge, failure to appear; and 10/30 Robert Abshire, 27, Bentonville, contempt failure to pay fines and costs.