News 2010 March

Stories for March 2010

Wednesday, March 31

‘Expo’se businesses

posted: 03/31/2010 7:25 p.m.

The Spring Business Expo is slated to provide an opportunity for owners of small businesses to showcase their company’s products or services and meet potential customers.

Invaded Twice: Wanted man invades family’s camper then house

posted: 03/31/2010 7:22 p.m.

Invaded. Twice. “Don’t you feel violated?” asked a neighbor.

Family invaded twice

posted: 03/31/2010 7:21 p.m.

Finding out that a man — believed to be the focus of a manhunt since Tuesday — burglarized her home while the family was on a camping trip, Dawnita Henson said she’s too mad to feel violated.

Family home destroyed

posted: 03/31/2010 7:21 p.m.

Alan and Sandy Fletcher, daughter Brittany, 10, and the family dog left to enjoy a spring break vacation in Branson. They came home to total devastation.


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Area Church Information and Events


posted: 03/31/2010 7:17 p.m.

40 Years Ago The sale of Pea Ridge Furniture and Appliance Store brought to Pea Ridge a couple who resided the past 22 years among the Eskimos of northwestern Alaska. Mr. and Mrs. William Dodd were originally from Oklahoma City, Okla.


posted: 03/31/2010 7:15 p.m.

Easter Events Planned


posted: 03/31/2010 7:12 p.m.

March 31, 2010


posted: 03/31/2010 7:10 p.m.

Area Public Meeting and Planning Commission


posted: 03/31/2010 7:09 p.m.

It is Arkansas law to have dogs and cats vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian. The Arkansas Department of Health is partnering with local veterinarians for the Benton County Rabies Clinic Week 2010. Participating veterinarian offices will be offering the rabies vaccination for dogs and cats at reduced rates at the following times and locations:


posted: 03/31/2010 7:08 p.m.

Pea Ridge City Hall and Water Department will be closed Friday, April 2, in observance of Good Friday.

Out of My Mind - Smocking Easter finery rewarding experience

posted: 03/31/2010 7:06 p.m.

Easter Sunday evokes many pleasant memories — new fashions, egg hunts, family gatherings.

Recipe of the Week - Tangerine-glazed Easter ham with baby carrots

posted: 03/31/2010 7:05 p.m.

Courtesy of Tyler Florence,

Arkansas Watch - Is the exceptionalism of America fading?

posted: 03/31/2010 7:02 p.m.

“Obama does not believe in the idea of American Exceptionalism,” I heard talk show host Rush Limbaugh say accusingly. That got me thinking. What does the idea of “American Exceptionalism” mean? Do I believe in it myself? I suppose the path to answering the second question is to answer the first.

’Til the Next Time - Good to be back in circulation again

posted: 03/31/2010 7:02 p.m.

Everyone should eat lunch in the elementary school cafeteria at least once. It’s an event to be remembered! I like the noise, the smells, watching the movements of that many children and the admiration I have for the lunch room workers and cooks. The food is quite good also. I’ve never eaten a bad meal there. I’ll be sorry when the last grandchild gets too old to enjoy having Grandma come eat lunch with him.

Now & Then: Church gatherings often involved fellowship meals

posted: 03/31/2010 7 p.m.

Some of my early memories are of going to church. My dad and mother met at church in Pea Ridge in the 1930s, when Mother was working for the Ezra Ricketts family. Our family was pretty regular in church and Sunday school attendance.


posted: 03/31/2010 7 p.m.

Area Events Calendar and Listings Reported March 31, 2010

Historical Pea Ridge ... A FRAGMENT OF AREA HISTORY

posted: 03/31/2010 6:57 p.m.

Confederate Brigadier General Alexander Asboth, commander, 2nd division, was born in Kezthely, Hungary, in 1811. He emigrated to the United States in 1851.


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Incidents reported to area departments as of March 31, 2010.


posted: 03/31/2010 6:50 p.m.

It is Arkansas law to have dogs and cats vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian. The Arkansas Department of Health is partnering with local veterinarians for the Benton County Rabies Clinic Week 2010.

Ridger Sports - March Madness just got even madder

posted: 03/31/2010 6:49 p.m.

This is time of the year a lot of folks call “March Madness,” referring to the overwhelming amount of collegiate basketball games that are on the news, on TV, on the radio and the subject of many a discussion (mostly guys, though).

Spotlight on Sports - Lea Herndon

posted: 03/31/2010 6:48 p.m.

What is your job title? Junior girls basketball, volleyball and track coach.


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Scholarship available and A Note From the Band


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April 6 through June 1


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Pea Ridge Primary School’s 2010-2011 kindergarten registration will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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Track Classic and Adult Baseball


posted: 03/31/2010 6:33 p.m.

Baseball/Softball/Track Schedules

McGee joins Arts Center staff

posted: 03/31/2010 6:30 p.m.

John McGee, elementary art teacher for Pea Ridge, has been hired by the Arts Center of the Ozarks as a summer arts instructor at the main facility in downtown Springdale.

Kelly honored

posted: 03/31/2010 6:29 p.m.

Kip Kelly, Pea Ridge High School senior, was named one of 10 players to the All-Northwest Arkansas small schools boys basketball team. Kelly, a 6’6” forward, showed his versatility this season, moving everywhere from down low to a point-forward position for the Blackhawks. He averaged 16.3 points, eight rebounds and 5.5 assists per game for Pea Ridge, which finished 18-11.

Census workers at City Hall

posted: 03/31/2010 6:26 p.m.

Census workers will be at Pea Ridge City Hall from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday through April 19.


posted: 03/31/2010 6:25 p.m.

In support of the city’s annual Mule Jump, the Pea Ridge Optimist Club is sponsoring an art contest. The contest is open to the community and to all ages. Top artworks in each category will win ribbons with a $25 cash prize for the first place winners in the following categories: preschool – 2nd grade, 3rd – 5th grade, 6th – 8th grade, 9th – 12th grade and adult.


posted: 03/31/2010 6:24 p.m.

March 31, 2010


posted: 03/31/2010 6:20 p.m.

The 2010 City of Pea Ridge Annual Spring Clean-up is set for 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, to Friday, April 16, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 17.

Easter Events

posted: 03/31/2010 6:20 p.m.

Northeast Benton County Easter Events

Thursday, March 25

Suspect From High-Speed Chase Spotted

posted: 03/25/2010 6:54 p.m.

“Man, I didn’t mean to invade your space,” the man said as he jumped out of the camper trailer, startling Darin and Ashley Henson.

Wednesday, March 24

Three arrested after high-speed chase

posted: 03/24/2010 4:41 p.m.

Three people were taken into custody and two remained on the loose following a high-speed pursuit involving several agencies Tuesday afternoon. The vehicle pursuit ended with a wreck in a ravine off curvy Arkansas Highway 265 north of Pea Ridge about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. One woman was taken into custody, two men fled on foot.

Councilman Cody arrested for DWI

posted: 03/24/2010 4:38 p.m.

Councilman John Cody had nothing to say about his arrest.

Virginia A. Leach Kelly Wylie celebrates 99th

posted: 03/24/2010 4:33 p.m.

Surrounded by family and friends, Virginia A. Leach Kelly Wylie celebrated her 99th birthday.

Virginia A. Leach Kelly Wylie celebrates 99th

posted: 03/24/2010 4:33 p.m.

Surrounded by family and friends, Virginia A. Leach Kelly Wylie celebrated her 99th birthday.

Pea Ridge city elections 2010

posted: 03/24/2010 4:30 p.m.

This November, three municipal seats in Pea Ridge are to be considered.

School athletic facility reviewed

posted: 03/24/2010 4:29 p.m.

Athletic facilities were reviewed in a special meeting Wednesday, March 17, by Pea Ridge School Board members, superintendent Mike Van Dyke and school officials along with architect Steve Elliot. They discussed plans for new athletic facilities on the high school campus.

Pastor’s Corner Truly welcoming strangers

posted: 03/24/2010 4:28 p.m.

I recently had an opportunity to take some young people from my church to Temple Shalom Jewish synagogue for a Friday night Shabbat service as part of their confirmation process. I had spoken to the rabbi a few weeks before about the service and what we should expect.


posted: 03/24/2010 4:27 p.m.

40 Years Ago For someone who said “We started out with one old milk cow,” Grady Hughes built one of the nicest dairy farms around Garfield. The Hughes’ farm was located east of Garfield on Lost Bridge Road.


posted: 03/24/2010 4:26 p.m.

Kingdom Hall, Avoca Jehovah’s Witnesses will commemorate Jesus’ death at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Avoca. Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church, Pea Ridge A planning meeting for Vacation Bible School will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 27, in the church annex. Pea Ridge Free Will Baptist Church On Sunday, March 28, the youth from Pea Ridge, Freedom and Eastgate Free Will Baptist churches will present an Easter drama beginning at 6 p.m. during the evening service. New Life Church, Pea Ridge As part of the Be the Church project, members of New Life Church will be providing free hot dogs outside Marvin’s from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 27. (In the event of inclement weather, the date will be changed to April 3.) Loaves n’ Fishes food pantry will be open from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 30. For information, contact Greg Cecil at 426-7696 or Pam Cecil at 426-7678.


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March 24, 2010


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Municipal and County Totals


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posted: 03/24/2010 4:20 p.m.

Pea Ridge City Ordinance requires dogs within city limits to have a current city dog tag.Tags are available April 1 at City Hall during regular business hours. Owners must show proof of current vaccinations.The fee is $10 for unspayed female dogs and $4 for spayed females and males. After May 15, people found in violation of the ordinance could be prosecuted.


posted: 03/24/2010 4:17 p.m.

Incidents reported this week:


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Thursday, March 25 6 p.m. — Garfield Planning Commission, S.Wimpy Jones Road.


posted: 03/24/2010 4:13 p.m.

Parents wishing to publish birth announcements in The TIMES will need to submit information directly to the newspaper office.


posted: 03/24/2010 4:13 p.m.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office recently received information regarding several fundraising scams.


posted: 03/24/2010 4:11 p.m.

Chad Edward Frank, 31, and Amber Rose Fritz, 29, both of Garfield.


posted: 03/24/2010 4:11 p.m.

The reports for Pea Ridge City Court held on Feb. 23 and March 9 were not available from City Hall.

Running Lines - Earth Hour is March 27

posted: 03/24/2010 4:10 p.m.

From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 27, this Saturday, is Earth Hour.

Recipe of the Week - Fried Fish, Arkansas Style

posted: 03/24/2010 4:09 p.m.

It’s finally spring and warming temperatures are perfect for gathering the family for a good old fashioned Southern fish fry.

Arkansas Watch - It’s time to consider eternal ramifications

posted: 03/24/2010 3:25 p.m.

Rep. Marion Berry is the Arkansas congressman from the 1st district, over in the Delta. He is retiring this year. He does not have to worry about future political ramifications of his actions, either from re-election by his constituents or in terms of losing political plums from the party bosses. In other words, he is free to vote, assuming it has not atrophied away through his long time spent in Washington, his conscience.


posted: 03/24/2010 3:22 p.m.

Editor: Since it seems everyone has an opinion on healthcare reform, I might as well jump in the fray.

Lynch Pen - Congress isn’t listening to the wishes of the public

posted: 03/24/2010 3:21 p.m.

This is being written before the promised vote on President Obama’s healthcare reform bill. It is assumed the promised vote will take place Sunday — if the Democratic Party can actually muster up the necessary votes to pass it.

Now & Then - Valley View School in the Old Days

posted: 03/24/2010 3:20 p.m.

This week we had a good visit with my cousin Don Sisk and his wife Leota, who live in Bentonville, and we spent an evening talking and looking at old family pictures. Two of the pictures were of the old Valley View School, where my mother and Don’s mother went to school in the 1920s.


posted: 03/24/2010 3:19 p.m.

Area Events and Calendar

Historical Pea Ridge ... A FRAGMENT OF AREA HISTORY

posted: 03/24/2010 3:15 p.m.

The aggressiveness and engineering expertise of Col. Grenville Dodge, commander, 1st Brigade, 4th Division, Federal Army, proved to be one of the key factors in the Federal victory at Pea Ridge.

VAS notified to vacate the building

posted: 03/24/2010 3:14 p.m.

Taped to the door of the building owned by VAS was a notice entitled “Notice of unlawful detainer” addressed to VAS Ambulance Service Corporation from Jay A. Edwards, an attorney with Watkins, Boyer, Gray, Edwards & Noblin, PLLC, Rogers.


posted: 03/24/2010 3:13 p.m.

BUNKER HILL, Mo. — It’s time again for the monthly singing event at Bunker Hill starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 3, in the new community building next to the old school house. A regular group of musicians will come to perform a variety of music. Anyone in the audience can also participate in the singing or bring along an instrument to play. Last month there were 35 people in attendance.


posted: 03/24/2010 3:05 p.m.

Area Creative Contests

Census workers at City Hall

posted: 03/24/2010 3:03 p.m.

Census workers will be at Pea Ridge City Hall from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday through April 19.

Ridger Sports - Junior Blackhawk boys reviving track

posted: 03/24/2010 3:03 p.m.

A good showing by the Blackhawk Junior boys track team in the Pioneer Invitational placed them sixth in a 14-team field. The finish was the best one by a Pea Ridge track squad for the past several years.

Sports Spotlight - Quentin Snoderly

posted: 03/24/2010 2:59 p.m.

What is your job title? Math teacher, head junior boys basketball coach and head junior boys track coach.


posted: 03/24/2010 2:57 p.m.

Schedule and Roster

AP Biology students plan trip of a lifetime

posted: 03/24/2010 2:56 p.m.

Planning a trip of a lifetime, teacher Tim Pate and his advanced placement biology students are raising funds for the trip which has become an annual affair.


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March 29 - April 2

School Zone

posted: 03/24/2010 2:53 p.m.

Intermediate School Custodians


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Local students get college awards.


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March 24 – 26:


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Army Sgt. Timothy R. Ingram has returned to Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska, after being deployed to Afghanistan for one year. Ingram is one of 3,500 members of the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division stationed at Fort Richardson. Airborne combat team members included soldiers assigned to one of six battalions and regiments of the 25th Infantry Division.


posted: 03/24/2010 2:46 p.m.

Remembering the ’80s Blackhawk Reunion will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday May 8. A catered dinner will be served in the Intermediate School cafeteria. Immediately following the dinner, participants are invited to gather in the old gym for an evening of memories and laughter. From the ’80s music to the ’80s movies, we will remember it all. A special invitation goes out to the graduating classes of 1980-1990 to attend this event, although all are welcome.


posted: 03/24/2010 2:45 p.m.

Pea Ridge Parks Commission purchased three trees to plant in both City Park and the park in Givens Subdivision.

NEBCO holds spaghetti feed

posted: 03/24/2010 2:45 p.m.

The NEBCO Volunteer Fire Department will have an all-you-can-eat Spaghetti Feed fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the NEBCO Community Center in Garfield.

Easter Events

posted: 03/24/2010 2:44 p.m.

Easter Egg Hunts, Sunrise Services and More


posted: 03/24/2010 2:41 p.m.

It is Arkansas law to have dogs and cats vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian. The Arkansas Department of Health is partnering with local veterinarians for the Benton County Rabies Clinic Week 2010.

Park land burned scheduled

posted: 03/24/2010 2:39 p.m.

Pea Ridge National Military Park National Park is planning to conduct prescribed fire operation sometime during March through middle of April, 2010.

Thursday, March 18

VAS board willing to talk merger

posted: 03/18/2010 11:59 p.m.

A second month of a negative financial balances and a desire to provide the best possible service to area residents prompted board members of VAS to agree to discuss options to merge VAS Ambulance Service Corporation.

Wednesday, March 17

Firefighters cut up cars for training

posted: 03/17/2010 11:59 p.m.

“Pea Ridge Fire Department, respond to the area of Arkansas Highway 72 for a two-vehicle accident with entrapment in both cars. One car has rolled over and is now resting on its roof. There are a total of six patients.” Thankfully, that wasn’t really the case at 9 a.m. Saturday;

Birthdays are for giving

posted: 03/17/2010 11:58 p.m.

Birthday parties for 9-year old boys are usually boisterous affairs with lots of food, laughter and presents.

New calendar set

posted: 03/17/2010 11:58 p.m.

School on Saturday will probably not be attempted again, according to Pea Ridge superintendent Mike Van Dyke.

Arkansas lottery ticket sales increase number of customer visits

posted: 03/17/2010 11:58 p.m.

Since lottery sales began in Pea Ridge on Sept. 28, the biggest winning ticket sold in Pea Ridge was a $500 scratch ticket, according to Nick Cotton, White Oak Station district manager for northwest Arkansas.


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40 Years Ago


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Area Church Events


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March 17, 2010


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March 17, 2010

Area Fire and EMS Reports

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March 17, 2010


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March 17, 2010


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Area Meetings


posted: 03/17/2010 11:46 p.m.

Pea Ridge City Ordinance requires dogs within city limits to have a current city dog tag.


posted: 03/17/2010 11:45 p.m.

Bids are being accepted for construction of bathrooms at Pea Ridge City Park. Specifications are available at City Hall or by calling Nathan See, Pea Ridge Street Department employee, at 903-1520. Bids will be accepted until 5 p.m. March 22.

Man arrested on felony warrant

posted: 03/17/2010 11:45 p.m.

After being contacted by Paragould Police, Pea Ridge Police confirmed that a man wanted by their department was living in town.

Televisions recovered; five booked

posted: 03/17/2010 11:44 p.m.

A Pea Ridge resident was one of three men arrested in connection with commercial burglary; two more were arrested in connection with accomplice to commercial burglary, Bentonville Police Chief James Allen said.

Editorial - It’s the public’s right to know

posted: 03/17/2010 11:43 p.m.

Two weeks ago, an editorial written by Billie Jines for the Feb. 8, 1968, edition of the paper ran in The Times. Jines, the editor of the Pea Ridge Graphic, forerunner of The TIMES of Northeast Benton County, published that editorial several times over the years while Earle and Billie Jines published the paper.

Recipe of the Week - March 17, 2010

posted: 03/17/2010 11:42 p.m.

From the kitchen of Rose Bray Recipes to Remember; Women’s Business Association of Pea Ridge


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Spring and Easter

Lynch Pen - Local elections have long-term implications

posted: 03/17/2010 11:40 p.m.

How concerned are you about the condition of our nation? Does the size of our national debt frighten you? Do you feel the elected officials in Washington ignore you and all those “common folks” back home who elected them?

Now & Then Weather breaks bring mixed feelings

posted: 03/17/2010 11:37 p.m.

As I write this, we’re having a nice break in the winter weather. Most of us love the sunny, warm days that arrived for the March 7 weekend, and we look forward to the official springing of spring on March 20.

Roe attends celebration

posted: 03/17/2010 11:31 p.m.

Wanda Roe attended two recent events celebrating the 75th birthday of the Arkansas Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

Anniversary of Pea Ridge Battle celebrated

posted: 03/17/2010 11:30 p.m.

The Pea Ridge National Military Park was transformed Saturday, March 6, when groups of Union and Confederate soldiers returned to the site of one of the largest Civil War battles west of the Mississippi River.


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


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Mule Jump planning underway

posted: 03/17/2010 11:28 p.m.

The 2010 Pea Ridge Mule Jump is set for October 9.


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Latest Filings

Ridger Sports - 4A-1 takes one title, one runner-up

posted: 03/17/2010 11:26 p.m.

As expected, the Prairie Grove girls won the state 4A title last week. The Huntsville boys team suffered a 1-point loss to towering Jonesboro Westside as the Eagles close the book on competing in high school 4A basketball, at least for awhile.


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Sport Spotlight

posted: 03/17/2010 11:22 p.m.

What is your job title? Middle school physical education and head senior girls basketball, softball and volleyball coach.


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March 17, 2010


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Big Sugar Golf Club will host the Spring Fling Two-Person Scramble beginning at noon Saturday, March 20.


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Results and Rosters

Middle School Choir awarded superior

posted: 03/17/2010 11:15 p.m.

The Pea Ridge Middle School Choir attended the Northwest Region Choral Performance Assessments in Bentonville last week, along with 92 other area choirs. Three judges listened to the choir perform three prepared music pieces and the scores were averaged for a composite score.

School Zone

posted: 03/17/2010 11:14 p.m.

My name is: Bonnie Tyler. I am a custodian at the Primary School.


posted: 03/17/2010 11:12 p.m.

The Society of American Military Engineers- Arkansas Post State 2 @ $1,000 each Deadline: March 31 Graduating Arkansas high school senior, plan to major in an architectural or construction-related engineering program at a 4-5 year college, U.S. citizen or permanent resident.


posted: 03/17/2010 11:11 p.m.

For Pea Ridge and Garfield


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VFW and Mule Jump


posted: 03/17/2010 11:08 p.m.

Mandatory boating education began Jan. 1, 2001. This law affects operators of sailboats and motor-powered craft.

Celebrating Dr. Seuss

posted: 03/17/2010 11:07 p.m.

Dr. Seuss is one of the most famous children’s authors. He always focused on making reading fun for children. So on Friday March 5, Pea Ridge Primary students celebrated his birthday and the fun in reading.


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Area Clubs Report


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Seligman Events

Easter Events

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Pea Ridge Area Easter Events

Households to receive census questionnaires

posted: 03/17/2010 11:01 p.m.

The 2010 Census is well underway with the U.S. Census Bureau mailing 2010 Census questionnaires to about 120 million addresses nationwide. The questionnaires will arrive March 15-17. Residents are encouraged to complete the 10-question census form when it arrives and to return it in the accompanying pre-paid envelope as soon as possible.


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Area Calendar

White apprehended

posted: 03/17/2010 4 p.m.

Police officers patrolling in the McRae Lane area of town shortly before 6 a.m. Friday arrested Ricky Gene White, 35, of 39 Melanie Drive, Bella Vista. Police in two separate vehicles were on patrol in the area due to recent vandalism when they each noticed a silver pickup truck sitting in front of a residence. The first officer saw a person in the vehicle. The second officer saw the subject attempting to hide.

In His Study - Do you truly believe?

posted: 03/17/2010 4 p.m.

A review of our world in the year just passed reveals nations in turmoil without and within. Often leadership is more interested in their position and condition than in the needs of their country. They work to provide themselves a “golden parachute” rather than building a sound foundation for those they are suppose to serve.

Wednesday, March 10

Wages hurt VAS

posted: 03/10/2010 8:01 p.m.

With annual payroll expenses nearly as much as projected income, fears surfaced of financial trouble in VAS Ambulance Service Corporation.

School calendar adjusted

posted: 03/10/2010 8 p.m.

Excessive snow days this school year prompted a change in the calendar for the 2010-2011 year, allotting two spring break days as make-up days if needed in an effort to end the school year before June.

Cause of fire suspicious

posted: 03/10/2010 7:59 p.m.

Six area five departments responded to a structure fire which was cordoned off as a crime scene by a Benton County Sheriff’s Office deputy after an investigation raised questions about the origin of the fire.

Runners raise money for water

posted: 03/10/2010 7:58 p.m.

Runners need water. So do Third World countries.

Church plans OK’d

posted: 03/10/2010 7:57 p.m.

Construction of a new church building is expected to begin with groundbreaking Sunday, March 14, following the approval of the Messiah Lutheran Church large scale development plan by Pea Ridge Planning Commission members March 2.

Pastor’s Corner Chasing the wind

posted: 03/10/2010 7:56 p.m.

It is that time again for what has become an American pre-occupation and even obsession. Millions of people will gather weekly to indulge themselves and even participate in a ritual of observation and evaluation. Water coolers and lunch tables will be surrounded by countless thousands discussing and weighing in on the process. That’s right, it is that time in America where we all direct our attention to a handful of young people on a stage with glitz, glamor and the bright lights. American Idol is back!


posted: 03/10/2010 7:47 p.m.

40 Years Ago An incident that occurred near the end of a Pea Ridge – Farmington football game in September, ended with a hung jury in the case of the State of Arkansas vs. H.T. Buchanon of Farmington in Benton County Circuit Court. Buchanon was charged with assaulting an officer of the law.


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As printed on 03/10/2010


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As printed on 03/10/2010


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Monday, March 15 7 p.m. —


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Bids for bathrooms


posted: 03/10/2010 7:39 p.m.

Fire Department needs cars Automobiles are needed by the Pea Ridge Fire Department to train firefighters in using extracation equipment and other accident-related skills at a class March 13 at the Pea Ridge EMS building on South Curtis Avenue.


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Running Lines Come out and herd cattle

posted: 03/10/2010 7:37 p.m.

This is the week. The training has (hopefully) paid off and the anticipation is building for the morning when we (all the crazy people who love to run in the area) squeeze in corrals and wait for a gun, almost like we’re cattle.

Coconut Curried Chicken

posted: 03/10/2010 7:35 p.m.

This Saturday is the first ever Bentonville Half Marathon ! Here are some ideas to help you fuel up before the race and recover when it’s all over All recipes courtesy of 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (3 or 4 breasts), cut into bite size pieces 2 Tbsp. Curry powder 1/2 c. canned light coconut milk 1 Tbsp. canned tomato paste 2 tsp. vegetable oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 small onion, chopped 1 tsp. chopped fresh ginger 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper 1/2 tsp. salt In a two-quart, microwavable dish, stir chicken with oil until good and greasy. Stir in curry powder, garlic, onion, ginger and cayenne pepper. Nuke for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring a few times, until the spices are fragrant and the chicken is almost cooked through. Move chicken to the sides of the dish and mix the coconut milk and tomato paste in the middle. Mix thoroughly with the chicken and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Heat for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring a few times, until the sauce thickens slightly. Stir in the salt and

Arkansas Watch Republicans filling Congressional race

posted: 03/10/2010 7:34 p.m.

The Republican primary for Congress is heating up. There are no less than seven candidates in the race. One of them is Rogers Mayor Steve Womack. Going in, I expected him to be a really strong candidate.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Contribute to scholarships

posted: 03/10/2010 7:32 p.m.

Dear Editor: It is that time of year again, our Pea Ridge Scholarship Association is busy with applications and contributions form. Over the last few years we have watched as the graduating classes continue to grow each year. We have also watched as many students choose to continue their education and the best part of all, these same students are coming back into our community as leaders, educators, military officers, doctors and in many other professions.


posted: 03/10/2010 7:29 p.m.

Thursday, March 11 5:30 p.m. — TOPS meeting weigh-in ; 6 p.m. meeting, Autumn Place Village. ç

Historical Pea Ridge ... A FRAGMENT OF AREA HISTORY

posted: 03/10/2010 7:27 p.m.

General Samuel Ryan Curtis, the Union General commanding officer at the Battle of Pea Ridge, March 1862.


posted: 03/10/2010 7:26 p.m.

Incidents reported this week to the Pea Ridge Police Department include: Two warrants served: 3/3 Jason Barker, 31, Lincoln, failure to appear; and 3/5 Jerry Randolph, 28, Pea Ridge, failure to pay fines and costs.


posted: 03/10/2010 7:23 p.m.

Democratic Women’s The Benton County Democratic Women’s Club will hold its monthly meeting at 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 22, at the Clarion Inn of Bentonville. The speaker will be Darrel Henschell; his topic is A Comparison of Canadian and U.S. Healthcare. He will discuss the various components of both national health care systems including cost, deliverability, access, outcomes, efficiencies, etc.

Ridger Sports 4A-1 has team in state final

posted: 03/10/2010 7:22 p.m.

Spectators abound Pea Ridge’s 4A-1 district has a team in the final of both the girls’ and the boys’ state basketball championship games to be played this weekend in Hot Springs.

Josh Reynolds

posted: 03/10/2010 7:21 p.m.

What is your job title? Head junior high football coach and assistant varsity softball coach.


posted: 03/10/2010 7:20 p.m.

Pea Ridge Baseball

Young ’Hawks take first

posted: 03/10/2010 7:18 p.m.

A select group of fifthgrade Blackhawks won first place in a Mayb basketball tournament in Springdale Feb. 27-28. This was a 5thand 6th-grade tournament.


posted: 03/10/2010 7:16 p.m.

Big Sugar Spring scramble Big Sugar Golf Club will host the Spring Fling Two-Person Scramble beginning at noon Saturday, March 20. There will be two flights — open and mixed — and prizes for top three finishers in each flight. There will also be closest to the pin prizes and mulligans available.

Students win art awards

posted: 03/10/2010 7:15 p.m.

Nine Pea Ridge Elementary art students were among the winners announced Saturday at the Arts Center of the Ozarks annual Celebrate Art Show and Competition.


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Pea Ridge VFW Auxiliary Post 8109 is sponsoring a Creative Patriotic Art contest for Young Americans, grades nine through 12. The student deadline is March 31, 2010. Participants must submit entries to the Pea Ridge (Wood-Hall ) VFW Auxiliary Post 8109 by this date. The firstplace winner from each auxiliary will be sent to District 1 youth activities chairman for judging and are then judged on the department (state) level.


posted: 03/10/2010 7:11 p.m.

Thompson on Dean’s List Lindsey Thompson of Pea Ridge was named to the Dean’s List of Northwest Arkansas Community College for the fall 2009 semester with a 4.0 grade point average. She has signed up for 16 hours of classes this spring 2010 semester already in progress.


posted: 03/10/2010 7:10 p.m.

March 12:End of third quarter March 22-23 : Makeup days March 24 - 26:Spring break April 6-9 :SAT 10 Grades 1, 2, 9 and MAT 8 for Grade K May 22:Graduation, Barnhill Arena, Fayetteville, Ark. June 1:End of fourth quarter, last day of school. *If there are no make-up days required, the last day of school will be June 1.

Optimist club essay winners named

posted: 03/10/2010 7:09 p.m.

Dane Connell, 17, first place “The Internet: Today’s Evolution or Tomorrow’s Menace?” What a joy and possible tragedy the Internet has brought among so many individuals. The Internet is a place to make friends and communicate with others, a place to enlighten one’s self, and a place for progress. However, the internet is also filled with misleading concepts, fallacious people, and dirty sites.

Tuesday, March 9

Now & Then Dad had farming in his blood

posted: 03/09/2010 7:31 p.m.

I started very early in life helping my dad, but apparently early on my help didn’t help much. In 1941, my dad was in the midst of building a new barn on our farm. The time was too early for me to remember, but this was a story told on me and documented with pictures. Apparently my mom had left me with Dad while he was working on the new barn. I was to help him while he watched me. So I was busy laying the nails out on the ground so he could nail the big boards in place. I guess I either finished my job or got tired of “working,” and I wandered away. When Dad looked up, I was gone.

My name is Janine Dove.

posted: 03/09/2010 7:14 p.m.

I am the nurse aide at the Primary School.

Wednesday, March 3

New technology tells an old story

posted: 03/03/2010 11:34 p.m.

Scenes of the grueling two-day Battle of Pea Ridge are reenacted and narrated in a video while blue and red lights appear to move along an interactive map showing visitors where the Union and Confederate armies trod in the chilling days of March 7-8, 1862.

Six signs mark Heritage Trails route through town

posted: 03/03/2010 11:33 p.m.

The paved roadways through town align with some of the oldest trails in the area.

Pastor’s Corner - Choice abound for filling hunger

posted: 03/03/2010 11:32 p.m.

Ever get hungry? I certainly do. It’s pretty often that I find myself feeling a need to feed my body with some great food. Sure I have plenty of choices of where to turn.


posted: 03/03/2010 11:32 p.m.

40 Years Ago The March 5, 1970, issue of the Pea Ridge graphic was dedicated to the 108th anniversary of the Battle of Pea Ridge.


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Area Church Events


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Area Events

Recipe of the Week March 3, 2010

posted: 03/03/2010 11:29 p.m.

Recipes to Remember


posted: 03/03/2010 11:28 p.m.

March 3, 2010

Area Police and Fire Reports

posted: 03/03/2010 11:26 p.m.

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


posted: 03/03/2010 11:24 p.m.

Automobiles are needed by the Pea Ridge Fire Department to train firefighters in using extracation equipment and other accident-related skills at a class March 13 at the Pea Ridge EMS building on South Curtis Avenue.

Arson suspected

posted: 03/03/2010 11:23 p.m.

Flames lit the dark night sky as Ashley Bangs drove along winding Gann Ridge Road in the valley near Gary Fletcher Road. She turned to look and saw flames engulfing a house. Bangs said she drove out of the steep valley to gain telephone reception and dialed 911 to report the fire.


posted: 03/03/2010 11:23 p.m.

Area Official Meetings


posted: 03/03/2010 11:21 p.m.

Richard Lawrence Rogers (white male, 57), a level four sex offender, was arrested in McDonald County, Mo., Friday, Feb. 26, by the U.S. Marshall Sex Offender Task Force on an outstanding Benton County Sheriff’s warrant for sexual indecency with a child, a felony, and failure to comply with registration and reporting requirements, also a felony.


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March 3, 2010


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The Regional Chamber of Commerce serving northwest Arkansas and southwest Missouri is sponsoring their fourth annual Business Expo from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the Pea Ridge High School.


posted: 03/03/2010 11:18 p.m.

Bids are being accepted for construction of bathrooms at Pea Ridge City Park. Specifications are available at City Hall or by calling Nathan See, Pea Ridge Street Department employee, at 903-1520. Bids will be accepted until 5 p.m. March 22.

Editorial - It’s important to keep informed

posted: 03/03/2010 11:18 p.m.

Feb. 8, 1968 Suppose that the local city council is scheduled to meet on the first Thursday night of each month, but that when the press arrived for the meeting, it was found that the meeting apparently had been postponed to another date — without notification to the public through the news media.

Arkansas Watch - Free trade isn’t free

posted: 03/03/2010 11:17 p.m.

I am all for free trade between nations. But what is now being called “free trade” really isn’t honest free trade. It’s a false name. That’s one reason why I am against it. The other reason I am against it is that it is helping to destroy the middle class in this nation while enriching a few at the top who don’t mind making money off of people who are virtually slaves.


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

Special Olympics Girls and boys ages 13 and older can participate in Special Olympics bowling and basketball games.

Parks OKs new restrooms

posted: 03/03/2010 11:10 p.m.

The Pea Ridge Parks Commission has two new members.


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Easter egg hunts


posted: 03/03/2010 11:09 p.m.

An Independent caucus will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 8, at the Pea Ridge Community Room. Bernie Skoch, the candidate for the 3rd Congressional District, will be the guest speaker.

Many names in hat, who will pay to file?

posted: 03/03/2010 11:09 p.m.

This hasn’t been the most active week for politics in our area, but we did see some shifting in the Republican pre-primary announcements. As it stands now that should be the most actively contested of all positions for those of us in northwest Arkansas. Even with one withdrawal from the race we still have seven announced candidates since someone new came onto the scene to fill the void. There must be something special about the number 7.


posted: 03/03/2010 11:09 p.m.

Any person wanting to be placed on the ballot at the Preferential Primary / Nonpartisan Judicial General Election on May 18 will need to first contact the Political Party in which they wish to run as a candidate.

Dinner funds scholars

posted: 03/03/2010 11:06 p.m.

Pies have sold for as much as $400 at the annual chili supper and pie auction sponsored by the Pea Ridge Women’s Business Association.

Sports Spotlight - Matt Easterling

posted: 03/03/2010 11:05 p.m.

What is your job title? Eighth-grade history teacher, assistant high school football coach and assistant baseball coach.


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

As of March 3, 2010

Ridger Sports - Blackhawks lose in Regional Tournament

posted: 03/03/2010 10:54 p.m.

The senior boys Blackhawk basketball squad saw their season come to an end after losing a very close battle with the Clarksville Panthers in the first round of the regional tournament. After leading for much of the game, the ’Hawks fell behind the No. 2 seed from the 4A-4 District in the second half and eventually lost by a 56-53 count.

‘Hawks fall to Panthers

posted: 03/03/2010 10:53 p.m.

The Panthers got 24 points from freshman Dederick Lee and rallied from as many as 10 points down in the second half against the Blackhawks.

Elementary selected as a ‘Just for the Kids Higher Performing School

posted: 03/03/2010 10:52 p.m.

Pea Ridge Elementary has been selected by the National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) as a Just for the Kids Higher Performing School in Arkansas in the area of mathematics.


posted: 03/03/2010 10:51 p.m.

The Pea Ridge School District will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, March 8, in the high school Media Center.

Local art at Arts Center of Ozarks

posted: 03/03/2010 10:49 p.m.

A large contingent of elementary art students from Pea Ridge had their art accepted into the Celebrate Art! art competition being hosted by the Arts Center of the Ozarks as a part of National Youth Art Month.

School Zone

posted: 03/03/2010 10:49 p.m.

My name is: Belinda Brewer. I am a cafeteria cook at the high school.


posted: 03/03/2010 10:47 p.m.

Pea Ridge VFW Auxiliary Post 8109 is sponsoring a Creative Patriotic Art contest for Young Americans, grades nine through 12. The student deadline is March 31, 2010.


posted: 03/03/2010 10:45 p.m.


Curves hosts food drive

posted: 03/03/2010 10:35 p.m.

Curves of Pea Ridge is encouraging women in the area to show their philanthropic strength by participating in the annual Curves Food Drive. Even though donating food to families in need is its own reward, the club is offering compelling incentives for both existing and potential members who participate.

Battle anniversary commemorated

posted: 03/03/2010 11:30 a.m.

The 148th anniversary of the Battle of Pea Ridge, the outcome of which saved Missouri for the Union, will be commemorated Saturday and Sunday, March 6-7, at Pea Ridge National Military Park.