News 2010 December

Stories for December 2010

Wednesday, December 29

Husband offers engagement ring 40 years later

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After 40 years, two children and three grandchildren, Linda Whitaker finally got an engagement ring.

2010 - The year in review

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Front-page headlines reveal a variety of subjects covered by The Times this year. This week and next, the front-page headlines, as well as the obituaries from the year, will be published.

Smoke detectors given away

posted: 12/29/2010 10:28 a.m.

Smoke detectors can save lives, Fire Chief Frank Rizzio said.

Home occupation requested

posted: 12/29/2010 10:15 a.m.

One request for a home occupation is on the agenda for the January Planning Commission meeting. Chris Wing, 101 Greer St., has a mobile glass business and wants to list his Greer Street address for the business. There are no other items on the agenda.

Pastor’s Corner | Share the gift

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As I sit down to write this, it is not yet Christmas.


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40 Years Ago Pea Ridge boxer Bobby Oxford competed in a boxing match in Springfield, Mo., thanks to his coach Don Strickland, coach for the Rogers Boxing Club of amateurs.


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The cost of construction of the Volunteer Ambulance Service substation in 2001 was $15,000. The Times apologizes for the error.


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Area Church Events


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December 29, 2010


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The year in review


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Incidents reported by area Departments this week include:


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Information is from state Health Department records. Restaurants are listed in order of inspection date. All reports are from regular food service food store inspections unless otherwise noted. Critical violations are defined as items that relate directly to factors that lead to food-borne illness and must be corrected immediately. Noncritical violations are defined as items that relate to maintenance of food operations and cleanliness.

Recipe of the Week - Coconut Pound Cake

posted: 12/29/2010 9:07 a.m.

From the kitchen of Donna Fuller

Out of My Mind | Passage of time is all about your perspective - and age!

posted: 12/29/2010 9:05 a.m.

Another year is drawing to a close; another year is dawning.

Arkansas Watch | Government propaganda not convincing

posted: 12/29/2010 9:04 a.m.

A recent Rasmussen poll said that 40 percent of Americans do not believe in evolution, at least not large scale evolution, which some refer to as macroevolution. I am amazed that after a generation of media and Hollywood propaganda, and most especially education system indoctrination, that so many of us still are not buying the baloney. And though I can’t prove it in a short newspaper column, it is baloney.

Now & Then | That good feeling of having hay in the barn

posted: 12/29/2010 9:03 a.m.

My life as a boy gave me plenty of opportunity to develop feelings about hay.


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Pea Ridge National Military Park Pea Ridge National Military Park will be closed Dec. 31, Jan. 1-2 for New Year’s Day.


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Self-defense for women and Lions Club hold dance

Teachers earn national certification

posted: 12/29/2010 9:01 a.m.

Jessie Grant, a teacher at Pea Ridge Elementary School, is one of 54 newly-certified teachers in northwest Arkansas school districts.


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The Pea Ridge City Council December meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30.

Seligman Chamber of Commerce stays busy

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Seligman Chamber of Commerce had two successful events in December.

Hensons celebrate 30th

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Billy and Vickie Henson were honored with a surprise party for their 30th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Dec. 19, at their home.

Nichols fete 50th

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The Rev. Jerry and Nancy Nichols will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their wedding at a reception in their honor from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, in the Community Room of the Pea Ridge Emergency Services Building, 293 S. Curtis Ave.


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Tuesday, Jan. 4 6 p.m. — Garfield City Council, S. Wimpy Jones Rd. 7 p.m. — Pea Ridge Planning Commission, City Hall.

Blackhawk Colors Day Queen to be named Friday

posted: 12/29/2010 8:55 a.m.

Blackhawk Colors Day will be celebrated Friday, Jan. 7, in the Blackhawk gym at Pea Ridge High School.

Ridger Sports | Can women’s sports stand alone?

posted: 12/29/2010 8:53 a.m.

Anyone who reads the sports news in the newspapers or keeps up with sports via the Internet, couldn’t help but be aware of the University of Connecticuts’ womens basketball team’s current basketball winning streak.


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Pea Ridge Schools

Wednesday, December 22

Hurd gets building key

posted: 12/22/2010 11:26 p.m.

The keys have been relinquished. No money has exchanged hands, but ownership of the former ambulance substation for Volunteer Ambulance Service Inc., more recently known as VAS Ambulance Service Corp., is now the property of Richard Hurd, the owner of the land on which it sits.

Cancer survivor gets visit from Santa Claus

posted: 12/22/2010 11:26 p.m.

Alicia Bowker, an 8-year-old cancer survivor from Pea Ridge, was one of about 50 pediatric cancer patients and families visited by Santa Claus at the annual CARTI Kids Christmas Party held Nov. 20 at the Scimitar Shrine Temple in Little Rock.

In His Study | Enlarge Christ in Christmas

posted: 12/22/2010 11:25 p.m.

There has been a strong push in the United States to replace the greeting “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holidays.” Groups sue to make communities, towns, cities, as well as the state and federal governments, to cease any mention of Christmas.


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40 Years Ago Christmas at the kindergarten photographs adorned the front page of the Dec. 24, 1970, edition of the Pea Ridge Graphic. Kindergartners Tammy Sutherland, Sandy Jordan, Tracy Thomas, Vickie Tygart, Kerrie Webb, Samantha Hurd, Lora Jones, Kalene Laughlin, Rose Arnold, Steve Jordan, Douglas Howell and Donnie Tolburt were shown with their teacher, Jean King, and two visitors — Tina Sutherland and David Tolburt.


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Upcoming Church Events


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December 22, 2010

Man hospitalized after stabbing

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An altercation among family members sent one man to jail and another to the hospital Sunday in Little Flock.


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Pea Ridge National Military Park


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Incidents reported to the various departments this past week include:


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Joshua and Katrina Whitaker and big brother Zeke announce the birth of twin daughters — Ada Grace and Claire Elizabeth — at 9:46 a.m. and 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3, 2010. Ada weighed 4 lbs. 15 oz. and Claire weighed 5 lbs. 2 oz. Grandparents are Richard and Starr Turner of Van Buren and Rick and Linda Whitaker of Pea Ridge. Great-grandmother is Betty Sanders of Pea Ridge.

Jones is top firefighter

posted: 12/22/2010 11:15 p.m.

Brandon Jones was honored as firefighter of the year at the recent Pea Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Christmas dinner. He was also named top responder.


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DEC. 13


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Thursday, Dec. 30 7 p.m. Pea Ridge City Council, City Hall

Lynch Pen | TV mars recuperation peace

posted: 12/22/2010 11:13 p.m.

It has been a while since I submitted any information to the newspaper on any subject, so I would like to thank all those who were aware I was recuperating from surgery for their prayers and concerns. The worst seems to be behind us now and the experience is not one I would wish on anyone — even an enemy.

Out of My Mind | Prepare your heart for Christmas

posted: 12/22/2010 11:13 p.m.

Are you ready for Christmas ?

Recipe of the Week | Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies

posted: 12/22/2010 11:12 p.m.

From the kitchen of Peggy Maddox. These cookies were featured at the recent Christmas open house at the Pea Ridge Community Library. Mrs. Maddox says it is a Paula Deene recipe she has used for years.

Arkansas Watch | Let the governor pay it back

posted: 12/22/2010 11:12 p.m.

I don’t think Arkansans elected a record number of Republican state legislators so that they could propose increasing taxes on workers in order to pay back the least popular entity in America — the federal government. Still, I am not a legislator and Denny Altes is. Altes, a Republican representative from Fort Smith, is proposing an increase in taxes on wages so the state can repay the 300 million dollars we owe the feds for what amount to loans to our state unemployment insurance fund.


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Grateful for support Many of our friends and customers have heard of the motorcycle accident with a deer that my husband and I had in November.

Now & Then | I remember bringing in the Christmas tree

posted: 12/22/2010 11:10 p.m.

I’ve been thinking lately about our Christmases during the war years of the 1940s. My memory of Christmas observances only kicked in for 1943 and 1944. I have almost no memory of what I received for Christmas in those years, but I do remember some things about getting ready for Christmas.

’Til Next Time | Remembering ethnic food from my childhood

posted: 12/22/2010 11:10 p.m.

Some magazines are advertising $50 and $100 stocking stuffers. Oh, come on now! We may be beyond the orange or coal chunk stage, but let’s not go overboard the other way.


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Area Upcoming Events


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Upcoming at the schools


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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.

Ridger Sports | Blackhawks draw top seed in SW Holiday tournament

posted: 12/22/2010 11:07 p.m.

The boys basketball ’Hawks have again drawn the top seed in the annual Southwest Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament which begins Tuesday in Washburn, Mo.


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Saturday, Dec. 18 Game


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Upcoming Games


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Pea Ridge / Rogers Heritage Stats

Blackhawks have a big week

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Charley Chark’s Blackhawks had a big week with a pair of big victories over Shiloh and Rogers Heritage.

Lady ’Hawks work to improve game

posted: 12/22/2010 11:03 p.m.

The Pea Ridge Lady ’Hawks took on the Heritage Lady War Eagles Dec. 17. With what was sure to be a tough game, Heritage quickly took the lead.

Village Garden & Landscape Co. - a neighborhood garden center

posted: 12/22/2010 11:02 p.m.

Why drive to Rogers or Bentonville to find garden and landscaping items when Village Garden & Landscaping Co. is in Bella Vista’s own back yard? On a main highway, the location couldn’t be more handy. With competitive prices, efficient work and creative design, Village Garden & Landscape Co. is often considered the “neighborhood” garden center that is conveniently open seven days a week. They even carry seasonal firewood in oak, hickory and cedar in full and half ricks with delivery available.

Tuesday, December 21

Pea Ridge City Council Agenda Items

posted: 12/21/2010 2:07 p.m.

The Pea Ridge City Council December meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30. Items on the agenda include:

Wednesday, December 15

Bids to be let on new facility

posted: 12/15/2010 2:19 p.m.

The reality of a multi-purpose facility took one step forward when School Board members approved school superintendent Mike Van Dyke’s recommendation to let the project out to bid at Monday night’s board meeting with a new construction manager.

Surveillance cameras OKd for school buildings

posted: 12/15/2010 2:19 p.m.

Surveillance cameras will be installed in both Pea Ridge High School and Pea Ridge Middle School after School Board members approved a recommendation by superintendent Mike Van Dyke to accept the low bid of $97,753 from Dunke Fire and Security for the cameras and surveillance system.

Morgan volunteers during wounded warrior hunt

posted: 12/15/2010 2:18 p.m.

A Pea Ridge student — Garrett Morgan — volunteered his time to help others recently as he assisted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Dec. 4 and 5 for the wounded warrior hunt on Beaver Lake at Dam Site Park for soldiers injured while serving our country.

Pastor’s Corner | Getting the whole

posted: 12/15/2010 2:17 p.m.

It seems like every year around Christmas time we are inundated with stories about the celebration of Christmas being challenged by those who find it problematic that there is a holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. They seem to be concerned that in a pluralistic society that provides religious liberty (which is a good thing by the way!) that it is unfair for those who celebrate Christmas to have ‘carte blanche’on the holiday and all that it represents.


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40 Years Ago A gathering of what is believed to have been the largest number of Boy Scouts ever to visit the Pea Ridge National Military Park at one time took place Saturday. Approximately 80 to 100 scouts met at the park to visit the museum, hear instructions and embark on the 10-mile hiking trail.


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Free Will Baptist Church Pea Ridge The Men’s Prayer Breakfast will be at 8 a.m.


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Area Holiday Church Programs and Servies


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December 15, 2010

Out of My Mind | Christmas traditions build memories

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The holiday season is, for many, a time of reminiscing. The season is not just about the gifts and the feasts, but about the relationships and gathering again with family and friends. It’s a time when families gather and memories are made.

Recipe of the Week | Bran Muffins

posted: 12/15/2010 2:12 p.m.

From the kitchen of Dorris Mounce, Shreveport, La. This recipe makes a huge amount and can be kept in refrigerator for 6 to 8 weeks.


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Prize-winning answer

Arkansas Watch | Killing the messenger immature

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In primitive societies, when a messenger brought bad news, the king hearing the news would often respond by killing the messenger. That’s where the phrase “kill the messenger” comes from. It’s an immature practice. Killing the messenger does nothing to change the truth of the message. It solves no underlying problems. All it does is keep the negative information from getting out for a little bit longer.

Now & Then | Even hospital beds have gone hi-tech

posted: 12/15/2010 2:08 p.m.

When a person is laid up in the hospital, he has time to think. Having spent Nov. 17-21 in the hospital, not only did I have time to think how the Lord has been gracious to me, that my life is spared and on the mend; but my attention was also called to the people and high-tech equipment around me.


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Wanda Roe and a group of artists have returned from a trip to Bali. They left Nov. 1 and toured several villages in the country. They saw four theater performances, went to four artists’ galleries, visited the textile markets and saw native craftsmen produce delicate works of art.


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New Meadowbrook Ext. Homemakers Club


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Upcoming Area Events


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A CD case was found in a driveway on Hayden Road on Thanksgiving day. To identify and reclaim, contact the Pea Ridge Police Department at 451-8220 and leave a message.


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Information is from state Health Department records. Restaurants are listed in order of inspection date. All reports are from regular food service food store inspections unless otherwise noted. Critical violations are defined as items that relate directly to factors that lead to food-borne illness and must be corrected immediately. Noncritical violations are defined as items that relate to maintenance of food operations and cleanliness.


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Incidents reported to the various agencies this week include: \


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Meetings this week


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Local Couples to Wed


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December 15, 2010

Christmas Eve lunch free to the community

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The First Christian Church, located at 807 SE 14th St., in Bentonville will host a free community lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Winners announced in Christmas contests

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SELIGMAN, Mo. — The winners of the Christmas lighting contest and the entries in the Chrismtas parade have been announced.


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Area Holiday Events

’Hawks take 2 of 3 in Rogers tournament

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Playing with schools of much higher classifications, the boys Blackhawk basketball team nevertheless took two out of three games to win the consolation title in the Rogers tournament last week.

Youth softball teaches sportsmanship values

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This year, the Pea Ridge Youth Softball League celebrated over 15 years of slides, home runs and strike outs. The league was originally formed before 1995, as the Pea Ridge Girls Softball League, by an enthusiastic group of local Pea Ridge citizens who loved the values and game of softball.

Ridger Sports | ’Hawk cagers developing depth and balance

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With the ’Hawks basketball team losing heavily to graduation last year, there were pundits who thought that head coach Charley Clarks’ succession of winning seasons may go by the boards this year.


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Dec 17 - Jan 31

Student Corner Counselor is special

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GARFIELD — This week I interviewed Mrs. Kristy Brown, our counselor at Garfield Elementary School. She is married to Marshall Brown and has three sons; Ethan, Griffin and Tyson.

Fourth-grade students give to others

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The fourth-grade students at Pea Ridge Intermediate School were involved in helping their community through a variety of activities this school year. With the help of Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, parents, teachers and students, 40 colorful, handmade blankets were given to the residents at Autumn Place Retirement Village for Christmas.


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Holiday Break Schedule

Wednesday, December 8

Prepare for cold winter

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Temperatures have already begun to dip below the freezing mark, and winter will soon be upon the residents of Pea Ridge.

Beware, scams abound

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They take various forms, but each promises something too good to be true.


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6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13 PRHS Media Center In addition to the consent agenda which includes the financial report, an out-of-state trip toWashburn, Mo., for basketball, an update on the safe room and JOBS bill projects and expenditures, the School Board agenda includes: • Consider bids for multi-purpose building Student transfer requests Consider resolution for local support of 2011 Ten-year facilities master plan and 2011-2013 Partnership Program Consider awarding bid for high school and middle school surveillance system

Funk honored

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GARFIELD — Richard Funk was awarded Firefighter of the Year as firefighters, retired firemen, Northeast Benton County Volunteer Fire/ EMS Department board members and their families were on hand Sunday, Dec. 4, for annual Firefighter Appreciation Luncheon in the Community Room. A buffet luncheon was provided by NEBCO with over 85 in attendance for the event.

Pastor’s Corner The Lord builds

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A few years ago a small group of people in Pea Ridge and Garfield started wondering if they could go to a church of their own closer to where they lived.


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First Baptist Pea Ridge Mother’s Day Out is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The new prices are $15 per day, infants $20 per day. Free Will Baptist Church Pea Ridge The Men’s Prayer Breakfast will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 in the church fellowship hall. River of Faith Church Pea Ridge River of Faith Church is accepting donations for the Gift of Hope Christmas project on behalf of area children in need. Drop-off locations are: Community First Bank, Arvest Bank, Blackhawk Grill, Pea Ridge Water Department and Dollar General. The project ends Dec. 19. For more information, call Lora Garner at 366-7188, Jennifer Robison at 936-4532 or Nikki See at 451-0109. Westside Baptist Pea Ridge AWANA meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. each Sunday night. The program is for ages 3 years and older with monthly activities planned. Registration can be completed upon arrival. For more information, contact John Garrett at 696-9209. St. Bernard Catholic Church, Bella Vista “String of Pearls,” Northwest Arkansas First Harp En


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40 Years Ago A fire destroyed a sixroom house owned and occupied by the Clyde Morrison family of near Garfield.


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Wednesday, Dec. 8 7 p.m. Advent services, Messiah Lutheran Church, 15315 N. Hwy 94.


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Patricia Ann Judd Patricia Ann Judd, 69, of Rogers, Ark., died Dec. 4, 2010, in Bentonville, Ark.

Oaks pleads guilty

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BENTONVILLE — Kendall Wayne Oaks of Pea Ridge man avoided a jury trial by admitting he engaged in sexual contact with an intoxicated woman. He was charged with rape, a Class Y felony punishable with a prison sentence ranging from 10 to 40 years or life.


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FREE TO GOOD HOME Cat — Three-year-old, spayed female, front declawed and microchip. Call Denise at 330-1757. Christmas kittens — Call Kristy at 330-1705. German Shepherd/husky mix — Male, one-year-old. Call Crystal at 616-3391. Persian cat — Spayed, 15-yearold, declawed, likes older people. Call Teri at 273-3760. Siamese cat — Declawed on all four feet. Call Pam at 531-1339. Rat Terrier — Spayed female, less than 1 year old. Call Carol at 855-3699. Puggle (Pug mix) — Neutered male, tan. Call 451-1116. FOUND ANIMALS Chocolate Lab — Neutered male found at Pea Ridge Military Park. Call Rogers Humane Society at 636-3703. Two small dogs — Male and female. Call to identify, Mr. Davis, 381-3207. Dog — Chocolate with a little white on chest, has been groomed, sits, is house broken. Call Betsy at 619-8243. LOST ANIMALS Border Collie — black and white, male, no tail. Lost on White Oak Ridge. Call Holly Vander at 616-4686. Cat — Seven-year-old, neutered, declawed, gray tabby with a little white on the neck and paws. La


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Incidents reported to the Pea Ridge Police Department this week include: Five warrants served: 12/4 Michael Spooner, 37, Pea Ridge, failure to appear; 12/3 Monte Holt, 58, Pea Ridge, failure to appear; 12/6 Rebecca Schnitzer, 49, Rogers, failure to appear; 12/6 William Pomeroy, 21, Gravette, contempt failure to pay fines and costs; and 12/6 Johnny Nichols Jr., 41, Rogers, failure to appear.


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Information is from state Health Department records. All reports are from regular food service food store inspections unless otherwise noted.


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Monday, Dec. 13 6 p.m. — Pea Ridge School Board, PRHS media center 6 p.m. — Seligman, Mo., City Council, City Hall Tuesday, Dec. 14 1 p.m. — Pea Ridge City Court, City Hall 5 p.m. — Northeast Benton County Volunteer Fire Department Board of Directors meeting, NEBCO community room. 5:30 p.m. —Gateway City Council, City Hall 7 p.m. — Avoca City Council, Town Hall Thursday, Dec. 16 5 p.m. — Public hearing, Garfield Planning Commission, to review the proposed zoning map for Garfield. 6:30 p.m. — Garfield Planning Commission regular meeting


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Gerald Austin Everhart, 27, and Karen Lee Bennett, 30, both of Pea Ridge. John Willard Ford, 60, and Treasa Evelyn Linnell, 62, both of Garfield. Steaphan Sparrel Ratliff, 22, and Rebekah Lenee Burgess, 25, both of Garfield. Jeremy Alan Warrell, 34, Rogers, and Linda Marlene Wright, 37, Pea Ridge. Eric Michael Burns, 24, and Amber Dawn Shockley, 20, both of Pea Ridge.

Guest Column Two Pea Ridge women Wing Scouts

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The story of the Wing Scout Troop began when the Rogers Unit of the Women’s National Aeronautics Association was formed on May 27, 1948, with 12 charter members.

Applesauce muffins

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From the kitchen of Linda Whitaker These muffins make a wonderful easy breakfast during the holidays. 1/2 c. butter, soft 1/2 c. sugar 2 eggs 3/4 c. applesauce 1 3/4 c. flour 1 Tbsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 c. butter, melted 1/2 c. sugar 1/2 tsp. cinnamon Cream butter in sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add applesauce. Stir together dry ingredients. Add to wet mixture. Put in well-greased muffin cups. Bake about 15 minutes at 425. Combine melted butter, sugar and cinnamon and dip warm muffins into topping.


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Too much chlorine Dear Editor, You have a lovely town, but the water is almost pure bleach. If a little bit will do you a lot more is better, must be the theory.

Library Notes Christmas books in house at library

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We have some great new books here at the library!

Guest Column Political correctness rolls on and on

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This year I attended a transportation conference in Newport, R.I. (The taxpayers of Arkansas did not pay for it) Newport was charming ; it has friendly people wearing preppy pink collared shirts and Birkenstock shoes. It had quaint homes for lodging, top ranked restaurants and great mansions to tour. I enjoyed the city.

Now & Then The difference in hospitals years ago and today

posted: 12/08/2010 11:26 a.m.

After spending some time in the hospital in mid-November, I’ve been thinking of some of my earlier experiences with doctors, and being confined for medical treatment.


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Granny’s Quilts of Love Granny’s Quilts of Love met at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 16. The meeting opened with a prayer by Nancy Davis. Mary Margaret Webb conducted the meeting with 14 members present.


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Thursday, Dec. 9 5:30 p.m. — TOPS meeting weighin ; 6 p.m. meeting, Autumn Place Village. For information, call Michaela Hewsley at 790-2276. 6:30 p.m. — Pea Ridge Lions Club, Pea Ridge United Methodist Fellowship Hall. 7:30 p.m. — Garfield AA, Brightwater Methodist Church. Open meeting and no smoking. For information, call 359-3734.

THE TIMES Musical Musical Events Events for for the the Holidays Holidays

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Multiple musical events will be happening all over the city in the coming weeks.

Blackhawks end tournament in second place

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The ’Hawk boys basketball team started slow in a one-sided blowout of Hartford opening the Northwest Arkansas Invitational Tournament, played excellent defense and shot superbly in a semi-final win over Gentry, then almost overcame a big hole against Siloam Springs as they dropped the finals to the Panthers to finish up winning their third straight runner-up trophy in the annual early season tournament. “We didn’t come out ready to play in the opening round against Hartford, although they did pick it up considerably after the half,” head coach Charley Clark said. “We had a much better effort against Gentry and played a pretty good game to win the semis. After we got so far behind Siloam in the finals, the boys did a good job to make several runs at them but like all good teams do, Siloam answered our every challenge to win the tournament.” Game summaries: QUARTERFINALS: Pea Ridge 77, Hartford 50 A offensively sloppy first quarter blunted some good defense as the ’Hawks couldn’t break free of the heavy underdo


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Date Day Time Opponent Location Games Dec. 9 Thu. 4:30 p.m. Green Forest Away 8G, 8B, JG, JB Dec.9-11 TBA TBA Arvest Classic Rogers SB Dec. 13 Mon. 5:30 p.m. Huntsville Away 8B, JG, JB Dec. 14 Tue. 5:30 p.m. Shiloh Christian Home JVB, SG, SB Dec. 17 Fri. 4:30 p.m. Heritage Home JVB, SG, SB

Ridger Sports Ironically, Mahlzahn wins prestigious

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Coach wins “irony” award In what I think is one of the most ironic moments in sports history, former Shiloh-Springdale-Arkansas Razorback coach Gus Mahlzahn has been named the top assistant coach in all of college football, thereby earning the prestigious Frank Broyles Award which was awarded to the current Auburn offensive coordinator in Little Rock Monday.


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SCHEDULE 20102011 Date Opponent Dec. 4 @ Berryville Dec. 11 Elkins Dec. 18 Gentry Jan. 8 Gravette Jan. 15 @ West Fork Jan. 22 @ Huntsville Jan. 29 Greenland Feb. 5 @ Farmington White Game Times 4 Girls B 8:30 a.m.


posted: 12/08/2010 11:12 a.m.

Students giving Raising money to purchase a gift for the Pea Ridge Angel Tree and a house warming gift for the family in the new Habitat for Humanity house, the Pea Ridge Middle School Student Council will sell raffle tickets through Friday, Dec. 17. There will be a raffle for a chance to win an IPad with cover, MacBook Laptop and a PaintBall Gun with paintballs.


posted: 12/08/2010 11:12 a.m.

Ingalls graduates Air Force Airman Bobbylee G. Ingalls graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.


posted: 12/08/2010 11:11 a.m.

PEA RIDGE PUBLIC SCHOOLS Mon., Dec. 13 — Chicken sandwich, salad cup, fries, strawberries/bananas ; Breakfast — Egg toast. Tues., Dec. 14 — Frito pie, garden salad, fruit, corn; Breakfast — Cinnamon roll. Wed., Dec. 15 — Salisbury steak, brown gravy, garden salad, quick baked potato, wheat roll; Breakfast — Cereal and muffin. Thurs., Dec. 16 — Corn dog, baked beans, carrots/celery stocks, apple cobbler ; Breakfast — Burrito. Fri., Dec. 17 — Pizza, broccoli salad, fruit, cookie; Breakfast — biscuit and gravy. GARFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS Breakfast Grades K-5 Mon., Dec. 13 — Breakfast pizza, dry cereal, whole grain Poptart, fruit juice. Tues., Dec. 14 — French toast sticks, dry cereal, whole grain Poptart, fruit juice. Wed., Dec. 15 — Biscuit and gravy, dry cereal, fruit juice. Thurs., Dec. 16 — Breakfast pizza, dry cereal, donut, grape juice. Fri., Dec. 17 — Express pak, cherry frudel, grape juice.


posted: 12/08/2010 10:44 a.m.

Individuals wishing to donate to the Community Christmas Card may mail or deliver donations to any Northwest Arkansas Newspapers office, including both daily and weekly newspapers.

Wednesday, December 1

Habitat blessings abound

posted: 12/01/2010 8:56 p.m.

Two young ladies will wake up Christmas morning in their own, freshly-painted, decorated bedrooms with new bedding and a house to call their own. Tammy Sutherland and her two daughters have a place to call their own thanks to Habitat for Humanity, which just completed the first Habitat House in Pea Ridge.

Children, families in need

posted: 12/01/2010 8:55 p.m.

Many children across northwest Arkansas awoke this morning in a cold, dark house. No gas for heat, no electricity for cooking and no food in the cupboard. People live in poverty in throughout northwest Arkansas. The situation is especially hard on school children, whose only warm coat may be a hand-me-down from the clothes closet or whose only pair of shoes were broken in by someone else. The work of school nurses and social workers is to remove the barriers that exist in a child’s life that may impede learning. The American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau states child poverty increased 5 percent in Northwest Arkansas from 2008 to 2009, Kellems said. Child poverty in Arkansas is 27 percent. Northwest Arkansas is at 25 percent, according to the American Community Survey. Children often turn to their teachers or school counselors to help them through life’s rough spots. It is those same teachers and counselors who step up to provide the clothes, shoes or food their students need. They, in t

Gateway gives to NEBCO Fire Dept.

posted: 12/01/2010 8:54 p.m.

GARFIELD — As part of Gateway’s commitment to the fire service provided by Northeast Benton County Volunteer Fire Department, Gateway Mayor Lida Schnitzer presented a $12,000 check to Fire Chief Rob Taylor and NEBCO board chairman Kara Funk.

Historic downtown buildings abundant with treasures

posted: 12/01/2010 8:53 p.m.

Flea Market Plus at the corner of West Pickens Road and North Curtis Avenue in Pea Ridge opened Sept. 1 and business has been booming ever since.

School reports card abuse

posted: 12/01/2010 8:52 p.m.

A credit card issued to the Pea Ridge School District was used to make a $400 contribution to the Boozman for Senate campaign.

Pastor’s Corner God, I’m scared

posted: 12/01/2010 8:51 p.m.

Recently I had one of those moments with my 8-year-old son. We are blessed to have a son that is really well behaved, and we don’t have a lot of discipline issues with him.


posted: 12/01/2010 8:50 p.m.

40 Years Ago The Pea Ridge School Board voted to charge $5 for use of the school gym for any non-school activities such as adult basketball practice. Floyd Walker was the only School Board member absent.


posted: 12/01/2010 8:49 p.m.

First Baptist Pea Ridge Mother’s Day Out is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The new prices are $15 per day, infants $20 per day.


posted: 12/01/2010 8:48 p.m.

Flossie Mae Branscum Mae Branscum, 89, died Nov. 22. She was a longtime resident of Bentonville, Ark. She was born June 5, 1921, in Alco, Ark., to Dessie Fletcher Passmore and Andrew Passmore.


posted: 12/01/2010 8:47 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 6 5:30 p.m. — Garfield Parks Committee, Town Hall. (Not meeting until further notice) Tuesday, Dec. 7 6 p.m. — Garfield City Council, South Wimpy Jones Road.


posted: 12/01/2010 8:46 p.m.

Gerald Austin Everhart, 27, to Karen Lee Bennett, 30, both of Pea Ridge.

Editorial When newspapers print unpopular truths

posted: 12/01/2010 8:40 p.m.

Following is an editorial written by Billie Jines, editor of the Pea Ridge Graphic, on Thursday, Nov. 26, 1970.

Spiced Instant Tea

posted: 12/01/2010 8:39 p.m.

From the kitchen of Elsie Hock, Minden, La. This spiced hot tea mix makes a great Christmas gift. 2 c. Tang 1/2 c. instant tea 2 1/2 c. sugar 2 small packages lemonade mix 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. ground cloves Combine all and keep in a jar. Use 2 tsp. per cup of hot water to serve.


posted: 12/01/2010 8:31 p.m.

Incidents reported to the Pea Ridge Police Department this week include: One warrant served: 11/28 Theodore Crowley, 23, Garfield, contempt of court.

Arkansas Watch Controls ultimately impede rural life

posted: 12/01/2010 8:11 p.m.

In the space I have here it is not possible for me to list all of the sources which have led me to these predictions of what is coming in the next 10 years. But I can give you the predictions themselves, so that you will know what to be on the lookout for. In this case, the root prediction is that environmental excuses will be used to attempt to force rural populations to change their way of life, and even abandon it.


posted: 12/01/2010 8:10 p.m.

Grateful for friends and ambulance crew To the Editor: We want to say “Thank You” to the many Pea Ridge friends who responded to help us when Jerry had a heart attack Wednesday evening, Nov. 17. First, we appreciate the friends who were there with us at the Methodist Church.

Now & Then Knocked down but not out by heart attack

posted: 12/01/2010 8:08 p.m.

I missed writing an article last week because of being in the hospital with a heart attack. It is the second time that has happened to me. I had an earlier attack in 2001, before we moved back to Pea Ridge. I used to think of myself as something of an iron man, and of heart attacks as happening to other people who haven’t taken care of themselves. I have just about conceded that my career as an iron man is past, if ever I was an iron man; and am realizing that sometimes things happen even to people who think they are taking pretty good care of themselves.


posted: 12/01/2010 8:05 p.m.

The Women’s Business Association is looking for the most outstanding Christmas Yard of the Season.


posted: 12/01/2010 8:04 p.m.

Wanda Roe’s family will honor her with a birthday party from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, in the community room at the Emergency Services building.


posted: 12/01/2010 8:01 p.m.

Community dance set SELIGMAN, Mo. — The Seligman community dance will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at the Seligman community center. The band will be Frosty Garland and the Road Hogs. Entrance is $4 for adults. Snacks are optional. No smoking or alcohol allowed. For more information, call 417-846-5355. Sponsored by the Seligman Lions Club. Singing set for Saturday BUNKER HILL, Mo. — The monthly singing at Bunker Hill is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Bunker Hill Community Building located five miles north of Pineville on Missouri Hwy. W or 5 miles east of Anderson on Hwy. 76 to Hwy. W. There will be a potluck dessert/finger food table. Bill Conaway and the Ozark Ridgerunners will head the evening’s event.


posted: 12/01/2010 8 p.m.

The Garfield Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, to review the proposed zoning map for Garfield. The regular Planning Board meeting will follow at 6:30 p.m.

Northwest Arkansas Invitational

posted: 12/01/2010 7:59 p.m.

The Elkins Lady Elks looked to have momentum in their favor, taking their first lead with 5 minutes, 26 seconds left in the fourth quarter Monday night in the Northwest Arkansas Invitational Tournament.

Lady 'Hawks tromp Elks

posted: 12/01/2010 7:58 p.m.

The Pea Ridge Lady Blackhawks defeated the Elkins Lady Elks Tuesday, Nov. 23, with a final score of 38-23. Early on, the Lady ’Hawks took the lead with junior Jordan Winn making the bucket. The game was all up hill from there.


posted: 12/01/2010 7:56 p.m.

Athletic passes available Athletic Punch Cards are available and can be purchased at the superintendent’s office. Adult cards are 10 games for $32 and students are 10 games for $24.

Ridger Sports Benton County tourney finally comes clean

posted: 12/01/2010 7:55 p.m.

After years and years of having a Benton County Basketball Tournament, the athletic competition this year has “officially” turned into the Northwest Arkansas Invitational Basketball Tournament.


posted: 12/01/2010 7:54 p.m.

Date Time Opponent Location Games Nov.29-Dec.4 TBA NW Ark. Invitational Pea Ridge JG, JB, SG, SB Dec. 4 9 a.m. 7th Grade Jamboree Home 7G, 7B Dec. 6 5:30 p.m. Gravette Home 8G, JG, JB Dec. 7 5:30 p.m. Gravette Away JVB, SG, SB Dec. 9 4:30 p.m. Green Forest Away 8G, 8B, JG, JB Dec.9-11 TBA TBA Arvest Classic Rogers SB

Guest Columnist Students create baby dolls with rice and socks

posted: 12/01/2010 7:52 p.m.

Have you ever heard of Rice Babies? Well, Mrs. James’ third-grade class (my class) made Rice Babies on Nov. 19, 2010. We have been learning about measurements.

Collecting Box Tops and soup labels for school PE

posted: 12/01/2010 7:51 p.m.

Many of the items in the school physical education department have been purchased thanks to the concerted effort of Andrea Rickets, elementary school PE teacher, students and parents collecting and turning in Box Tops for Education and soup labels to redeem.


posted: 12/01/2010 7:50 p.m.

Halloween Nightmare BY COURTNEY FORD, Fifth place Trick-or-treators everywhere Dressed in costumes from head to toe Here they are haunting the night They pull pranks and beg for your candy Stalking them as they depart With your candy in their little bags Examining their frightful costumes Just some kids in some clothes, or is it Maybe they’re really demonic creatures Maybe they will engulf your warm red blood Maybe they will cast some enchantments Maybe they will abduct that final breath of yours You are convinced that they aren’t But deep down you really know the truth Deep down you’re rattling with horror Like a little girl in the lightless twilight You hear a piercing scream from an unknown source A moment later you realize that shriek came from within you Your instincts are summoned and you start to race away But why aren’t you propelling forward You distinguish a mysterious being He’s imprisoning you in his disfigured arms Then you see his gang of freaks They are definitely NOT human Then you see the raz


posted: 12/01/2010 7:49 p.m.

PEA RIDGE PUBLIC SCHOOLS Mon., Dec. 6 — Baked fish sandwich, baked chips, veggie strips, pinto beans; Breakfast — Biscuit sausage.