News 2010 June

Stories for June 2010

Wednesday, June 30

Veteran honored

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Too young to join the military but eager to leave home, Jackie Hillyer and a friend conspired to sign one anothers’ papers to join the military.

Summertime solace

posted: 06/30/2010 3:09 p.m.

Summertime — the sun is out, the weather is hot and many families take the opportunity of schoolfree days to take a much needed family vacation.

Fourth of July Festivities

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Area Fireworks Schedules

Pastor’s Corner Simplify life

posted: 06/30/2010 3:07 p.m.

I’ve mentioned before we can learn a lot from children in the early part of their lives. Mainly because until the world (that’s each of us so-called wise ones) teach them differently, they have a simpleness in almost every aspect of their lives — their faith, trust and dependence goes without saying. If a dad, mom or grandparents say it’s so, then no question, that’s the way it is no matter what anyone else thinks or says.


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Area Church Schedules and Events


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June 30, 2010

Over the limit, under arrest campaign continues

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The Benton County Sheriff’s deputies and DWI Task Force will be participating in a national campaign against drunken driving, Benton County Sheriff Keith Ferguson said.


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Incidents reported recently to local agencies.


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• City Offices: Pea Ridge, Garfield, Avoca and Gateway city halls will be closed Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day.


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Thursday, July 1 10 a.m. — Benton County Conservation District, USDA Service Center, Bentonville, for more information, contact Gail Sparks at 273-2622 ext. 3.


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Matthew David Kelley, 27, and Rebecca Ann Beck, 42, both of Seligman, Mo. Douglas Andrew James Foltz, 27, of Pea Ridge, and Jessica Marie Coggin, 29, of Bentonville.


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Judge John A. Skaggs, presiding Richard S. Hardwicke, prosecuting attorney


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40 Years Ago Earl Jines, publisher of the Pea Ridge Graphic, traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, to accept an honorable mention award in the Herrick Editorial category of the National Better Newspapers Contest.

Running Lines | Bottle rocket wars over Colorado valley

posted: 06/30/2010 2:57 p.m.

The Fourth of July brings to mind memories of bottle rockets.

Editorial Times awarded 1st place in state competition

posted: 06/30/2010 2:56 p.m.

Judged first in general excellence among small weekly newspapers in Arkansas, The TIMES of Northeast Benton County garnered 22 awards at the recent Arkansas Press Association Convention held joined with Mississippi and Tennessee press associations last week. The awards were given at a luncheon in Tunica, Miss.

Recipe of the Week | Patriotic flag recipes

posted: 06/30/2010 2:55 p.m.

Try these patriotic flag recipes as we celebrate the 234th year of our nation’s independence.

’Til Next Time | Uh, oh, I threw away the wrong one

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Have you ever had to dig around in a nasty leaking trash can for a lost item?

Now & Then | Going for the doctor; how times have changed

posted: 06/30/2010 2:53 p.m.

Lately we have been spending a lot of time going to doctors. There have many years in which I almost never saw a doctor.


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The Pea Ridge Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 6. Items on the agenda include: Home occupation, 204 Blair Circle (Faye Keller); Home occupation, 301 Blair Circle (Jay Roe); and Home occupation, 1071 Richards St. (Tony Richards ).


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Area Event News and Calendar

NEBCO station two in service

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The Northeast Benton County Volunteer Fire Department held an open house at the new Fire Station 2 Saturday.

Home cooking served

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After spending the 90-plus degree afternoon at the Pea Ridge National Military Park studying civil war tactics and logistics, the U.S. Army Sustainment Command (ASC), 407th Army Field Support Brigade was invited to a home-cooked meal at the Community Room in Pea Ridge.

It’s a family affair - raising quality sheep

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Lambs bleating, children laughing, an air dryer blowing and the hum of electric clippers competes with rain pounding on the metal roof.

Wednesday, June 23

Freedom Fest fireworks light the skies

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Fireworks will illuminate the skies over Pea Ridge Sunday night.

Fireworks sales fund cheerleaders

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Fireworks are for sale in the red and white tent on Slack Street just east of It’ll Do Road by the Pea Ridge High School varsity cheerleaders. The sale is the largest fundraiser for the cheerleaders, according to coach Courtney Hurst.

Drainage work begins along North Davis Street in Pea Ridge

posted: 06/23/2010 12:39 a.m.

Improving the drainage along North Davis Street, the city plans to purchase property from Alan Ash, but is awaiting a lien release from the bank. City Council members discussed the city’s street improvement and drainage projects at the regular meeting Tuesday, June 15.

Fourth of July Festivities

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Ventris Display The ninth annual Ventris Trail’s End Resort fireworks display is set for Friday, July 2, and is best visible by boat just south of mile marker 8 on Beaver Lake.

Winning ticket is $10,000

posted: 06/23/2010 12:38 a.m.

“I’ve been numb for days,” Brenda Kreitzer said, after learning that the $10 scratch off lottery ticket she purchased was worth $10,000.

Pastor’s Corner | Appreciation is key

posted: 06/23/2010 12:37 a.m.

I am often brought around again to the thought that perceptive appreciation is key to many of the good things in life. We encounter people daily who are much blessed, but you would never know it from the complaining and cynical attitude in which they drown any possible joy or gratitude. We see persons whose course of live has presented them with rich opportunities, but you would never know it from the negativity with which they color every experience.


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40 Years Ago Mitchell Webb and one of his favorite cows, Nellie Penn Ginger, were featured in the front page story of the monthly farm edition of the Pea Ridge Graphic which told the ancestral history of dairy farming on Mitchell’s land.


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Area Church Events and Announcements


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June 23, 2010


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Incidents reported this week include:


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Wednesday, June 23 9 a.m. — Benton County Election Commission, Election Commission office, 105 SE Executive Drive, Suite 1, Bentonville.


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Stephen Lee Andrew Rosser, 20, and Bianca Elaine Keene, 19, both of Pea Ridge.

Out of My Mind | Reunions reconnect with home

posted: 06/23/2010 12:27 a.m.

Home — such an enigmatic word. The images it provokes are different for each of us and is often dependent upon our childhood.

Recipe of the Week - Tahitian Salad

posted: 06/23/2010 12:26 a.m.

From the kitchen of Marcie Womack, featured as a “Good cook” in the June 28, 1990, edition of The TIMES.

Arkansas Watch | States’ rights sometimes conflict with federal government

posted: 06/23/2010 12:25 a.m.

People around Destin (Okaloosa County, Florida) got tired of waiting for permission from Washington, D.C., to protect themselves from the oil spill disaster which is threatening their beaches. They proposed taking one action after another, only to see it shot down by federal bureaucrats. Washington, D.C., was not only failing to protect them from the oil spill, it was in the way. It was telling them “no” to the things they wanted to do for themselves to stop it.

’Til Next Time | Evening walks orchestrated by nature’s sounds

posted: 06/23/2010 12:25 a.m.

Last week in writing class, the instructor drew a straight line about three inches long and gave us five minutes to write about it using single words, sentences or a story. I froze up on that one. I got as far as laser beam, Johnny Cash’s “I’ll Walk the Line” and a drunk walking a straight line. Other people blossomed out on the subject.

Now & Then | We’re in the hayfield again

posted: 06/23/2010 12:24 a.m.

As a boy I spent lots of time in the hay field in summertime. We always had cows, so bringing in the hay was important in getting ready for winter, when hay would be a major part of the cows’ diet. I wasn’t always a willing and enthusiastic hay field worker. Sometimes I was wishing I could be back at the house listening to my favorite radio program, like Sky King. But as you gain a little experience in putting up hay, you realize that there are tasks needing to be done even if you are not in the mood at a given moment. You have to be an opportunist to work in the hay, as in get it done right away if you can, because later may be too late.


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Announcements and Upcoming Area Events

Historical Pea Ridge ... A FRAGMENT OF AREA HISTORY

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A group on caravan to advertise the 1950 Pea Ridge Centennial included Pete and Ray Walker, JoAnn Henson, Eula Mae Walker, Anna Henson, Lennie Messer, Jimmy Webb, Nelma Koenke, Nedra McGinnis, Mrs. Zimmerman, Mae Deason, Sue Walker (child), Lena Wood, Beulah Laughlin, Eva Patterson, Martha Hall, Mary Ann Hardy and Martha Ruth Miller.

Pea Ridge Fair pageants seeking contestants

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Contestants are still being sought for the Miss Pea Ridge and junior Miss Pea Ridge contests to be held Wednesday, July 7, and Thursday, July 8, with the 60th annual Pea Ridge Community Fair.

Tots pageants slated

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Both a Tiny Tot and Teeny Tot pageant will be sponsored by Beta Alpha Sorority at the Pea Ridge Fair. There will also be a most beautiful baby contest.

Quality Sales Estate & Moving Sale Services

posted: 06/23/2010 12:19 a.m.

Quality Sales Estate and Moving Sale Services has been serving NW Arkansas property liquidators. Family owned and operated, owners Carrin and Robert Devor handle large and small in-home estate sales with professionalism.

Another choice for dinner in Pea Ridge

posted: 06/23/2010 12:19 a.m.

“I like to cook. Everyone always gathered at my house for family dinners,” said Brenda Ramsey, explaining what prompted her to open a restaurant. “We sell good food at a fair price.” Brenda’s Kitchen, in Lowell for four years, recently closed and is now operated from a trailer in Pea Ridge providing takeout meals.

Country music at Hudson Hall

posted: 06/23/2010 12:18 a.m.

The Ozark Mountain Drifters, an Ozark Mountains classic country band, performs at 7 p.m. every other Saturday night at Hudson Hall in Seligman, Mo., just north of the Seligman city limits. The band features seven members with instruments ranging from the drums and bass guitar to the steel guitar and fiddle.

School budget approved

posted: 06/23/2010 12:18 a.m.

The proposed budget of expenditures with tax levy for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, to and including June 30, 2012, was approved by Pea Ridge School Board members during a very brief special meeting attended by three of the five board members. Present were president Jenny Wood, Clark Tyndal and Darin Wright.


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


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• City Offices: Pea Ridge, Garfield, Avoca and Gateway city halls will be closed Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day.

Kelly to marry Brandt

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Lindsay A’Layne Kelly and William Thomas Brandt, both of Jacksonville, Fla., plan to marry at 6 p.m. July 11, 2010, at Four Points Hotel in Jacksonville, Fla.

Trip of a lifetime surpasses all expectations

posted: 06/23/2010 12:15 a.m.

There we sat in a school bus, perched in front of Pea Ridge High, 14 students and four adults at 3 a.m., ready for adventure, surprises and memories. We had worked ourselves tirelessly not only academically, but also diligently as fundraisers all year long; now, all of our selling raffle tickets and cooking spaghetti would pay off. We headed for the unknown.

Ridger Sports | Springdale’s All-Star Arena in peril

posted: 06/23/2010 12:14 a.m.

The All-Star Arena in Springdale was in danger of being auctioned off in a state-conducted tax debt sale last week.


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Football is back. Sign ups for youth football for anyone going into second through sixth grade will be held from 6-7 :30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, June 28-29, at the pavilion at City Park, Haydon Road.

From the Counselor’s Corner | Juniors and seniors prepare for college - step-by-step

posted: 06/23/2010 12:12 a.m.

Preparing for college The high school junior year is critical for high school students planning to go to college. There are important issues that need to be started and developed in the junior year, in school and outside of it. This timeline is a suggested checklist the junior year.

Pea Ridge High School acclaimed for AP classes

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Pea Ridge High School was named among the top 1,600 high schools in the country based on the number of students taking Advanced Placement exams.

PRHS Alumni Day set for July 10

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The fifth annual Pea Ridge High School Alumni Day, sponsored by the Pea Ridge High School Alumni Association, is set for Saturday, July 10, in the high school cafeteria.

Final suspect charged in cattle rustling incident pleads guilty

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Stephanie Weston, the third and final person charged in connection with stealing 11 cattle from a southeast McDonald County farm, pleaded guilty June 7 to one count of stealing and one count of animal abuse.

Jennings in national horseshoe championship

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Garfield resident Denver Jennings will travel to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to participate in the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association 2010 World Horseshoe Pitching Championships, to be held July 26 through August 7.


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Judge John A. Skaggs, presiding Richard S. Hardwicke, prosecuting attorney


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The Walker-Hickman reunion will be at noon Saturday, June 26, at Mt.

Sheriff’s Office to provide safety seat checks

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The Benton County Sheriff’s Office, to better accommodate area citizens’ needs, will be scheduling appointments to check child passenger safety seat installations and provide seats as needed at the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Wednesday, June 16

Street work to begin soon

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Work on streets in town should begin soon.

Big Sugar Golf course is hidden gem

posted: 06/16/2010 7:39 p.m.

Teeing off on one of the five tee boxes of the first hole at Big Sugar Golf course, the second hole remains unseen. At hole two, the cart path ascends around a curve protected by a log-made guardrail and nothing is around but sparse houses, thick woods and then the green. And so begins a day of golf at Big Sugar.

Advanced ambulance anticipated soon

posted: 06/16/2010 7:31 p.m.

Having an advanced life support ambulance in the rural area of northeast Benton county area is one step closer to reality.

Cheer parents contend for school athletic hour

posted: 06/16/2010 7:30 p.m.

Facing a roomful of concerned cheerleaders and their parents, Pea Ridge School Board members were asked to reinstate the athletic hour during the school day for cheerleaders. After an executive session, the board directed the administrators — superintendent Mike Van Dyke and high school principal Rick Neal — to provide an athletic hour for cheerleaders.


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Incidents reported this week to respective Departments include:


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June 16, 2010

Running Lines | Following dreams

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I am embarking on a very expensive but awesome adventure.

Lynch Pen | Laws made in political committees

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To summarize the summary, we need now to look at our post-runoff answers and determine what we can learn from the recent county judge’s campaign.


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June 16, 2010


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Wednesday, June 16 2 p.m. Pea Ridge School Board, special meeting, superintedent’s office, Weston Street, to consider proposed budget of exependitures for 2011-2012.


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Calendar and News of Upcoming Events


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Parents wishing to publish birth announcements in The TIMES need to submit information directly to the newspaper office at 981 N. Curtis Ave. in Pea Ridge, or mail to P.O. Box 25, Pea Ridge, AR 72751. The following information is required: Parent(s) names and city of residence; • Baby’s name, date and time of birth, place of birth, weight and length; Siblings’ first names; Names and city of residence of grandparents ; and Current contact information for parents.

Arkansas Watch | Government Intervention is not neutral

posted: 06/16/2010 7:17 p.m.

The head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is pushing for something he calls “net neutrality” whereby the government regulates Internet use. When he does so, he is being, as so many government officials are, dishonest. There is nothing “neutral” about government interventionism.

Recipe of the Week | Marinated Sirloin Steak

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The City of Pea Ridge is moving forward with street repairs and a detailed drainage project.

Now & Then | Rediscovering more old things

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The past two weeks have been remarkable times for me and my brothers Ben and John. We have been gathering together our dad’s old farm machinery from the 1940s and 1950s, as well as the newer equipment.

Mule art winners awarded

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Winners of the art contest for the city’s annual Mule Jump received cash and ribbons at last week’s Optimist Club meeting.


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40 Years Ago The Pea Ridge Free Will Baptist Church purchased a five-acre plot of land upon which it expected to build a new church building. The land was at the southeast corner of the intersection of Lee Town Road and S. Davis Street, a block east of the Bank of Pea Ridge.

Pastor’s Corner | Good values to emulate

posted: 06/16/2010 7:01 p.m.

It’s interesting that for over 100 years now, in 2010 the cowboy is still a strong American icon recognized all over the world.


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Area Church News and Events


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Ventris Display


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Blackhawk hoopsters train in skills and character

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Giving back to his community and encouraging children to listen to their parents and coaches, to be respectful and make good grades, former Razorback star Clyde Fletcher received cheers from the nearly 80 youngsters who filled the Pea Ridge High School gymnasium last week during basketball camp. The elementary-aged students were coached by high school basketball players under the watchful eye of senior high boys’ basketball coach Charley Clark.


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Team Results

FFA officers attend retreat

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The Pea Ridge FFA officer team headed off to their annual Officer Retreat Wednesday, June 2, on the Elk River. They spent four and a half hours canoeing, stopping along to river to cast out a line or cool off in the water.


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Bentonville High School is holding an SAT Summer Boot Camp from 8 a.m. to noon July 5-16, Monday through Friday only. The goal of the camp is to help improve students’ SAT scores for college admissions and scholarships. Because the small group setting is paramount to students’ success, space is limited to 36 students, 18 per class.


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Area Sports Events


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Open shop at PRHS


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Club Events and Reports

Summer reading encouraged

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The Summer Reading Program sponsored by the Pea Ridge Community Library has begun and will continue until Thursday, June 24. Register at the library.


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The TIMES encourages coaches and parents to send in photographs and scores from local games. Submit by mail at P.O. Box 25, Pea Ridge, AR 72751, e-mail to or dropped by the office at 981 N. Curtis Ave.


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Patton and Patterson Family reunions

Apologist featured June 26-27

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Kyle Butt, editor of Discovery magazine, will speak at three special services the weekend of June 26-27.

Race of Faith challenges cowboys

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A Race of Faith Cowboy Challenge benefiting Special Olympics is set for July 24-25 on the McKinney farm, 1735 Clark St., Pea Ridge. Events are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

NEBCO Firefighters train in water rescue

posted: 06/16/2010 6:13 p.m.

Not only is the Northeast Benton County Volunteer Fire Department now operating VAS Ambulance Service Corp. with some paramedics on the truck, their firefighters also are continually training.

Open house scheduled at new station

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An open house for the new fire station of the Northeast Benton County Volunteer Fire Department is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 26.

Fire Department gets new tools

posted: 06/16/2010 6:10 p.m.

New equipment at the Pea Ridge Fire Department will be useful in extrications, according to Capt. Brian Johnson. Rubber air bags which come in a variety of sizes, can be used to lift as much as 60,000 pounds. Because of their size and flexibility, they can be placed in very small spaces to separate or lift heavy objects.

Fire kits received

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Volunteer firefighters are partnering with the Arkansas Forestry Commission to reduce fire hazards associated with the 2009 ice storm.

Wednesday, June 9


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Obituaries for June 9

Streets resurfaced thanks to impact fees

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The city of Pea Ridge appeared to be in an economic boom six years ago with an upturn of housing development and growth in surrounding areas.

Decco gets job

posted: 06/09/2010 2:58 a.m.

Decco Contractors of Rogers said the proposal for the asphalt hot-mix overlay for the streets of Pea Ridge was the best prepared proposal they have ever bid on, said engineer M.J. Hensley.

Personnel is topic for Pea Ridge School Board meeting

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A grievance hearing is set for 5 p.m. Thursday, June 10, preceding the 6 p.m. Pea Ridge School Board meeting in the high school media center.


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A car show and swap meet will be held this weekend at Ruby’s event park, Missouri Highway 37 south. Sponsored by the Seligman Chamber of Commerce, the event will run Friday and Saturday, June 11-12.

Farmers’ market changes

posted: 06/09/2010 2:55 a.m.

Farmers and craftsmen open the backs of their trucks and vans to display their wares every Thursday afternoon. Set up in the green space north of the Emergency Services Building, the market is just west of the four-way intersection of Curtis Avenue and Slack Street.

Pastor’s Corner | People are the church

posted: 06/09/2010 2:54 a.m.

It is with a heavy heart that I write this, my last Pastor’ s Corner article as the pastor of Pea Ridge and Brightwater United Methodist churches. My family and I have grown to love the Pea Ridge community and the churches we serve and consider the last three years to be some of the best years of our lives. Anytime we leave something, whether it be a job, a school, a community or even a church, it causes us to think about how things will be once we are gone. Will people remember us? Will the work we have done make a difference in this place?


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40 Years Ago The Rev. Carroll Renfro assumed his duties as new pastor of the Pea Ridge United Methodist Church. He was a native of the Lamar area and came to Pea Ridge from Van Buren.


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Area Church Reports


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Incidents reported this week include:


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If you see news or have a story idea, contact The TIMES of Northeast Benton County by phone at 451-1196, e-mail to or by mail to P.O. Box 25, Pea Ridge, AR, 72751.


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Elizabeth King is the niece of Mildred French, whose eighth-grade (report ) card from Corinth School was featured in the historic photograph. The TIMES apologizes for the error.


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James Houston Leslie, 28, and Kaci Nicole Melhorn, 23, both of Pea Ridge.

Arkansas Watch | Testing constitutionality

posted: 06/09/2010 2:45 a.m.

I saw “Iron Man 2” recently, and I give it “two thumbs up” as a feel-good fantasy action adventure. Of course, you don’t go to a movie like that for realism. Lot’s of things in that movie were so unlikely that you had to “suspend disbelief” to enjoy the film. But sadly, the biggest disconnect with reality in the movie had little to do with the fantastical technology and a lot to do with the eroded condition of our freedoms.

Recipe of the Week| Old-fashioned ice cream

posted: 06/09/2010 2:42 a.m.

From Arkansas Favorites Cookbook

Lynch Pen | Beware: The party rules the roost

posted: 06/09/2010 2:39 a.m.

Our run-off elections in the 3rd Congressional District and Benton County Judge’s position will be history when this is printed in the newspaper, but the lessons we can learn should be worth remembering. Who wins in those two races will largely be determined by voter turnout of the candidate’s supporters in the primary election. If your candidate did not make the run-off, it can be easy to ignore the responsibility of getting educated about the best choice of two candidates that you didn’t originally support. However, before we turn away from politics and prepare ourselves for an exciting summer of fun, I would like to stress a few points while they are still current.

Library Notes | Summer Reading Program has begun

posted: 06/09/2010 2:38 a.m.

The Pea Ridge Community Library has begun the Summer Reading Program which will continue until Thursday, June 24. Come by anytime to register your child for the contest. This year, we are adding a preschool class; any child who will enter kindergarten in the fall is eligible. Other eligible grades include kindergarten through 5th. If you have just finished fifth grade, you are still able to enter the contest. All books read for the contest must come from the Pea Ridge Library. Contest rules and ending party information are available at the library. Please come and join us; we always have a lot of fun.


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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.


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Tired of the Party I vowed after the last Presidential election to never again have to hold my nose when I voted. But the Republican party has stuck it to us again folks! I’ve observed how party politics operates and it stinks.

’Til Next Time | Nature’s perfume is sweetest of all

posted: 06/09/2010 2:34 a.m.

Driving down the road between two banks of honeysuckle in full bloom, I knew that was nature’s perfume and couldn’t be sweeter. I know that’s why the hummingbird feeders haven’t needed refilling for two days.

Now & Then | Handling old things and remembering

posted: 06/09/2010 2:33 a.m.

For the past two weeks, my brothers and I have been going through our dad’s barns, shops, garages and machinery retirement zones. Our intent has been to separate the functional machinery from the non-functional, the antiques from the scrap, the keepers from the discards and, in general, to discover whatever is to be found beneath the piles of miscellaneous.


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Patton and Patterson Family reunions announces

Historical Pea Ridge ... A FRAGMENT OF AREA HISTORY

posted: 06/09/2010 2:29 a.m.

The Pea Ridge High School graduating class of 1937 included front row, from left: Jewell Harris, Mary Morrison, Maxine Easley, Jack Lasater, Maxine Watson, Wilma Walker, Fern Henson and Mr. Jess DeFoliart; second row, from left: Evelyn Hall, Doris Mitchell, Emma Patterson, Louise Woods, Elza Jean Mount, Dorotha Tetrick and Ruth Schell; third row, from left: Madge Martain, Dema D. Harris, John O’Neal, Kenneth Armstrong, Clell O’Neal, Olen Webb and Christine Morgan; and back: Woodrow Webb.

Ridger Sports | Gentry gets Razorback standout as coach

posted: 06/09/2010 2:28 a.m.

Gentry High School obtained a great hire when they signed former Razorback basketball player Sarah Pfeifer to coach junior high girls as well as assisting on the high school level.


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Softball tourney A softball tournament will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 19, at Dock Wheeler Park in Rogers. This is a fundraiser event to benefit Pea Ridge resident Kyler Kasper, who suffers from Diamond Blackfan Anemia (DBA).


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Free fishing weekend in Arkansas June 11-13 means anyone can fish without a license.

Academic Seniors

posted: 06/09/2010 2:24 a.m.

Ariel Hall Profile

Drama abounds with mystery

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Pea Ridge High School drama students performed “Next Victim, Please” Tuesday, May 18.


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NWACC recognizes achievements

Pea Ridge basketball camp features former ‘Hawks

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Pea Ridge third through sixth graders wrapped up their first day of a weeklong basketball camp at Pea Ridge High School Monday morning.


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Upcoming Event News and Calendar


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THIRD GRADE Second semester perfect attendance— Victoria Scrogham.

HIPPY graduates awarded

posted: 06/09/2010 2:16 a.m.

The Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters class of 2010 received their certificates and awards May 19 for participation in the 34- and 5-yearold programs. The HIPPY program is a 2- to 3-year home-based program that helps parents prepare their children for kindergarten. The program is provided to area families by the Pea Ridge schools and the Boston Mountain Educational Co-op and is free to those who qualify.


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George Washington Carver National Monument announces its 2010 Summer Junior Ranger program for boys and girls 10 to 12 years old.

Williams fete golden

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Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Williams of Garfield will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at the Garfield Community Building.

Wednesday, June 2

Phone line cuts service

posted: 06/02/2010 11:46 p.m.

CenturyLink telephone customers were on an island to themselves last Wednesday when they found themselves unable to place or receive calls to any telephones — cell or land lines — not on CenturyTel.

Bystanders assist injured

posted: 06/02/2010 11:45 p.m.

It was drizzling rain but bystanders who stopped to help until paramedics and emergency medical technicians arrived didn’t seem fazed by it at the scene of a two-vehicle accident of U.S. Highway 62 at the traffic light by the Avoca One-Stop Tuesday, May 25.

Graduates fondly remembered by adopted grandma

posted: 06/02/2010 11:44 p.m.

Pea Ridge High School graduating senior Jason McMahon once had to share his grandmother, Marilyn Briggs, with 20 other children.

Heritage festival to feature stories

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Civil War stories are the theme of the Pea Ridge Military Park Foundation’s fourth annual Battle of Pea Ridge Civil War Heritage Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at the park.


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40 years ago. Mrs. Catherine Wallace was hired at first as a Pea Ridge Schools faculty member, but was to be employed at the school as the new librarian. Wallace received her BSE degree from the University of Arkansas. She was to replace Mrs. Dorine Williams, who resigned.


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June 2, 2010


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Judge John A. Skaggs, presiding Richard S. Hardwicke, prosecuting attorney


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June 3 - June 8

Police, Fire and Ambulance Reports

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June 2, 2010


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Area Cities Report

Arkansas Watch | Holding an ideal marks an ideologue

posted: 06/02/2010 11:21 p.m.

One of the more telling signs of the growing chasm between the common citizen and our ruling class and their media is the abuse of the words extreme, extremism and ideologue when describing domestic American politics. Even if an idea enjoys wide support among the nation as a whole, it too often winds up being described as “extreme,” and those who support the policy as “extremists” or “ideologues.”

’Til Next Time | Memory is a precious thing

posted: 06/02/2010 11:20 p.m.

My husband’s interest ran to ghost towns out west. He wanted to know the history, what ore was mined and how it was mined. I checked out a book from the Adult Wellness library titled “Historic Ghost Towns of the Old West.” I’ve been in several of them, some have been reconstructed for tourists and some left to rot down.


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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.

Lynch Pen | At what price do politicians seek re-election?

posted: 06/02/2010 11:19 p.m.

The open government, ethics situation (Sestak/ Specter affair) in Washington and Pennsylvania has certainly given the television media something to talk about and for part of Friday even bumped the oil spill from first place on Fox News. An unusual series of activities gave me an opportunity to check that source several times during the day and it always seemed to be center stage.

Recipe of the Week | For Children

posted: 06/02/2010 11:19 p.m.

Fun activities for children home from school could be inexpesively made at home.

Now & Then | Cemetery Decoration Day was different 60 years ago

posted: 06/02/2010 11:16 p.m.

From early in my life, my parents took me to Decoration Day ceremonies at the cemeteries in late May.


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Area Events Calendar and Reports

Historical Pea Ridge .. A FRAGMENT OF AREA HISTORY

posted: 06/02/2010 11:12 p.m.

An eighth-grade (report) card from Corinth School for Mildred French is dated Aug. 16, 1920, and is signed by teacher Mrs. Nannie Scott. It was found between the walls of the house Mildred lived in when a child and returned to her greatniece, Elizebeth King, by the current owners of the house.

Early voting for run-off election has begun

posted: 06/02/2010 11:11 p.m.

Early voting available for any qualified elector of Benton County for the June 8 Preferential Primary Runoff Election at any of the Bentonville or Rogers Benton County Clerk’s office locations. Paper ballots for early voting will only be available at the Bentonville location.


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Wanda Roe is the featured artist at Mercy Health, near Northwest Arkansas Community College, during June. She has three paintings on display. Roe’s art is also in Wishing Spring Gallery in Bella Vista and Poor Richard’s in Rogers.


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A community-wide sale is scheduled, sponsored by the Women’s Business Association of Pea Ridge. The community sale, Battle for Bargains, is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 12, on the Pea Ridge High School parking lot. The event will feature crafts, yard sale items and concessions.


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Contestants are still being sought for the Junior Miss and Miss Pea Ridge pageants for the 60th annual Pea Ridge Community Fair, set for July 8-10. The deadline for entry has been extended to Wednesday, June 2.

Blackhawk athletes awarded at annual banquet

posted: 06/02/2010 11:08 p.m.

Athletic director Larry Walker presided over the annual athletic banquets and presentation of awards in the cafeteria of Pea Ridge Middle School Tuesday, May 18.


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Army National Guard Private (PVT) Jordan Vierra, son of Tim of Sarah Rhodes of Pea Ridge, recently enlisted into the Arkansas Army National Guard. He will attend Basic Training followed by Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Gordon, Ga., as a Computer/Detection System Repairer. Upon returning to Arkansas, PVT Vierra will serve with Detachment 1, 1st Battalion 142nd Field Artillery in Harrison.

Ridger Sports | Remembering heroes on Memorial Day

posted: 06/02/2010 11:01 p.m.

This week, as is always the case, was Memorial Day week. It has been the last Monday of May after an act of Congress in the 1970s moved it from the date of May 30, as was the tradition for nearly 100 years.


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Aug. 10-17 : Teacher in-service Aug. 19: Students return

Pea Ridge FFA Banquet awards outstanding students

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The annual Pea Ridge FFA Banquet was held Thursday, May 13, and was a great time with good friends and delicious food.


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Local Students Honored


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The Republican Party of Benton County Committee is sponsoring a fundraiser event/luncheon for Congressman Boozman who is running U.S. Senate.

Pastor’s Corner Get even for good

posted: 06/02/2010 10:47 p.m.

We usually remember the things done to us, especially the bad stuff, and we usually want to get even in some way with those we feel have wronged us. It means we think for things to balance out, you do it to me and I will do it back — an eye for an eye, tooth for tooth and so on. What it really is, pure and simple, is revenge and about negative getting even.

Tuesday, June 1

Guilty pronounced for cattle theft

posted: 06/01/2010 11:50 p.m.

Guilty. A stoic Holder P. Crow listened quietly as Associate Circuit Judge John LePage read the verdict of a nine-woman, three-man jury Friday in McDonald County Circuit Court.

VAS contracts with NEBCO for service

posted: 06/01/2010 11:29 p.m.

VAS Ambulance Service Corporation will be operated by Northeast Benton County Volunteer Fire Department for 90 days following the signing of an operation agreement signed by the chairwomen of both the VAS and NEBCO boards of directors.

VAS contracts with NEBCO for service

posted: 06/01/2010 1:35 p.m.

VAS Ambulance Service Corporation will be operated by Northeast Benton County Volunteer Fire Department for 90 days following the signing of an operation agreement signed by the chairwomen of both the VAS and NEBCO boards of directors.

School board OKs field house

posted: 06/01/2010 1:27 p.m.

An athletic field house at the high school and $2 million were the topic of discussion at a special meeting of the Pea Ridge School Board Thursday morning, May 20.

City buys land for drainage ditch

posted: 06/01/2010 1:26 p.m.

Seeking to purchase a.18 acre portion of land owned by Alan and Linda C. Ash on Davis Street, the City Council approved a resolution authorizing the mayor and city recorder to contract with the landowners.