News 2011 July

Stories for July 2011

Wednesday, July 27

Rogers Businessman Killed

posted: 07/27/2011 4:22 p.m.

Rogers businessman Darrell Bone is dead. His body was discovered in the back yard of a Stella, Mo., residence, according to Newton County, Mo., Sheriff Ken Copeland.

A place to be cool

posted: 07/27/2011 1 a.m.

Residents of Garfield now have a place to cool down while the sun fights with a vengeance.

Still at work this summer

posted: 07/27/2011 1 a.m.

The halls of the Pea Ridge Intermediate School are empty and the principal hasn’t seen any faculty members in days; it’s summer.

Times wins first

posted: 07/27/2011 12:59 a.m.

Journalists from both the weekly and daily newspapers in northwest Arkansas won several awards at the Arkansas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest this past weekend.

He’s still measuring inches over 50 years

posted: 07/27/2011 12:58 a.m.

With a standard eight-inch rain gauge in his backyard, Billy Ryan, can measure precipitation from the confines of his home in Pea Ridge.

Counselor arrested for domestic battery

posted: 07/27/2011 12:57 a.m.

Counseling students has been her profession for many years, but Pam Forga, Pea Ridge Middle School counselor, found herself on the wrong side of authority when she was booked into the Benton County Jail at 12:32 a.m. Friday by Rogers police for domestic battering in the third degree.


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July 27, 2011

Recipe of the Week: Homemade Ice Cream

posted: 07/27/2011 12:54 a.m.

From the kitchen of Dorris Mounce, (Shreveport, La.) grandmother of Dorris Annette Beard, Pea Ridge

Lynch Pen: Save America from herself

posted: 07/27/2011 12:53 a.m.

As we watch (and listen to), the tug of war going on in our nation’s capital, it is only fitting that we do some serious soul searching on our contribution to the dilemma. It is not easy to accept the responsibility for our actions over the last several years, but the “reality show” put on during political campaigns is designed to sell a candidate, not reveal his or her true thoughts and abilities.

Arkansas Watch: Citizens’ rights violated

posted: 07/27/2011 12:52 a.m.

Many people around the state are shaking their heads at the actions of the Gould City Council. The City Council, tired of a citizens group pestering them, voted to “disallow” the group to exist within the city of Gould. The mayor’s veto of that measure was over-ridden.

Library Notes: Reading Program winners announced

posted: 07/27/2011 12:51 a.m.

The Summer Reading Program ended Saturday, July 23, with a pizza party at Jim’s Razorback Pizza. Plans had been to have it at the City Park, but with the temperature so high we decided to move it indoors. We had very good pizza and a very good time. Thanks to Jim’s for making room for us on short notice.

’Til Next Time: Wildlife moving

posted: 07/27/2011 12:50 a.m.

I was so glad to see the blue heron raise up out of Carl Safarick’s pond. A blue heron was one of the first things we saw when we moved here 40 years ago. As I drove around the corner, I had to wait for two gray squirrels to get out of the road.

Now & Then: Visiting an old-time mountain farm

posted: 07/27/2011 12:50 a.m.

On our spring vacation trip earlier this year, we spent several days in western North Carolina, staying at a church retreat center on Lake Junaluska near Asheville, N.C. This is the area of the Great Smoky Mountains and of the Eastern Cherokee Reservation. It is also where some of our own ancestors and others had lived before they migrated to our part of the country and settled in northwest Arkansas. So we found many interesting places to visit in that vicinity.

Fire hydrants to be tested the next few weeks

posted: 07/27/2011 12:49 a.m.

Over the next several weeks, the Pea Ridge Fire Department will be conducting annual flow tests of the fire hydrant system, according to Fire Chief Frank Rizzio.

Propane burns hotter, better for environment

posted: 07/27/2011 12:49 a.m.

Propane is a clean-burning fuel used in barbecue grills, generators, water heaters, furnaces — even cars and trucks.

Pastor’s Corner: No hell raising allowed here

posted: 07/27/2011 12:47 a.m.

We have a swimming hole where we enjoy swimming. It is a beautiful place where the water is crystal clear. Large shade trees line the banks where one can picnic or camp. And, of course, there is a rope swing where the kids and kids at heart can take the plunge into the deep cold water. It’s a tranquil place where you can relax and enjoy God’s beautiful creation.


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40 Years Ago July 29, 1971 Pea Ridge Graphic A four-foot velvet-tailed rattler was killed with one rock thrown at its head by Bill McElmurry. This type of snake is related to the timber rattler and the diamond-back. He saw the snake coiled up on the highway about three miles east of Seligman, Mo., on the edge of the Mark Twain Forest, between Seligman and Roaring River. Two cars tried to run over the snake but failed, so Mr. McElmurry finished it with the rock.


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Upcoming Church Events


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Incidents reported this week by area departments:


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Public Meetings


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July 14 and 18


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The Pea Ridge Optimist Club


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Upcoming Community Events and Announcements

Granny’s Raffle

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Granny’s Quilts of Love raffle tickets are available from any member or at Arvest Bank where the prizes are displayed.

Having fun learning to play the game

posted: 07/27/2011 12:36 a.m.

Blackhawk football players, from the youngest athletes to high school seniors and even alumni turned coaches, met on the school field this week to learn more about football and have fun. “Arms up. Look mean!” yelled coach “E” — otherwise known as coach Matt Easterling, a Blackhawk graduate and coach — as he taught young athletes the proper stance for receiving.

Golf tournament slated at Big Sugar Aug. 6

posted: 07/27/2011 12:34 a.m.

The 18th annual Pea Ridge Golf Classic is set for Aug. 6 at Big Sugar Golf Courst.

Ridger Sports: What’s in a name?

posted: 07/27/2011 12:33 a.m.

This being the slowest sports news time of the year, sports columnists have to be more creative in coming up with topics that can be somewhat informative as well as interesting. A recent question that was directed to me sometime back by a non-Pea Ridge area person that had to do with the school’s mascot, the Blackhawk.


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College of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry;

Tax-free holiday set

posted: 07/27/2011 12:32 a.m.

Arkansas will hold its first annual sales tax holiday, beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, and ending at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7. State and local sales tax will not be collected during this 48-hour period on the sale of:


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Patriot’s Pen


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Supplies to Bring

Wednesday, July 20

Business ablaze

posted: 07/20/2011 7:41 p.m.

Hoping to rebuild, Mike Webb drove to Fort Smith and Joplin, Mo., Monday looking at wood-working equipment to replace what he lost in a fire Friday. Owner of Pro-Line Cabinets, Webb lost his shop and equipment in an early morning fire Friday.

City sidewalks lead to school

posted: 07/20/2011 7:39 p.m.

Sidewalks along streets leading to the schools may become a reality thanks to a grant to fund a portion of the project, said Mayor Jackie Crabtree.

Dollar General coming to town this fall

posted: 07/20/2011 7:38 p.m.

There will soon be a new business in town.

Learning, teaching - Smith’s fortes

posted: 07/20/2011 7:38 p.m.

Dr. Roland Smith is as much a learner as a teacher, but many years ago — more years than some of the teachers he supervises have been alive — he realized he could affect more lives by being an administrator.

Daily’s opens

posted: 07/20/2011 7:37 p.m.

Daily’s Cafe opens today serving “trash” — a plate of country-fried hasbrowns, cheese and a variety of other ingredients — with eggs and a pancake.

Road work begins

posted: 07/20/2011 7:37 p.m.

The seven-mile tour road at Pea Ridge National Military Park will be resurfaced from July 15-22, during which time, visitors may encounter delays while touring the park and, at times, due to the narrow width of the road, the tour road may be closed for an extended time.

Drowning reported

posted: 07/20/2011 7:36 p.m.

Tyler Jeck, 19, a student at Pittsburg (Kan.) State University, jumped off a boat into Beaver Lake to “cool off” Saturday and has not been seen since. The search for the missing teenager entered its third day Monday as cadaver dogs were sent out in boats near the Ventris boat launch.

Jones brothers arrested for theft

posted: 07/20/2011 7:35 p.m.

An arrest Thursday night netted the second of two brothers wanted for theft of property from a residence on Asboth Street.


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July 20, 2011

Arkansas Watch: Does money buy a listening ear?

posted: 07/20/2011 7:24 p.m.

Last week legislators from the state Republican Party began what they called a “listening tour,” and here is who they are listening to, according to Roby Brock’s “Talk Business” : “Last week, the caucus began a ‘listening tour,’ starting with a business roundtable and fundraiser in northwest Arkansas that brought bankers, businessmen and big-wigs from the corporate giants in the region to the table.

Library Notes: Library is a great place to visit

posted: 07/20/2011 7:24 p.m.

Even the scorching temperatures we have been experiencing have not kept our readers away from the library. Nor did it keep five youngsters and their parents /grandparents from participating in the Story Hour on Thursday, July 14. Mrs. Heather Kleber read them a story about super heroes, after which they “decorated” and cut out their masks.

Lynch Pen: Politics deserve attention

posted: 07/20/2011 7:23 p.m.

It has been a couple of weeks since I submitted anything to the newspaper and use the “excuse” that nothing made me angry enough to write about it. That isn’t true of course, but the truth is there has been just too little time to sit down and collect my thoughts in a intelligent form. However, in the last couple of weeks, numerous items have gotten my attention, some of which might be meaningful to anyone curious enough to read this.


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Gratitude expressed

Recipe of the Week: Fried Green Tomatoes

posted: 07/20/2011 7:21 p.m.

From the kitchen of Rose Bray, Pea Ridge Recipes to Remember Cookbook


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Area Community Announcements and Events


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July 20, 2011


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Tuesday, July 26 2:30 p.m. — Pea Ridge Library Board of Trustees meeting, Pea Ridge Library 7 p.m. — Pea Ridge Parks Commission, Pea Ridge City Hall


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Municipal 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011


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Area Club Reports

Pastor’s Corner: Rules made in love for safety

posted: 07/20/2011 7:15 p.m.

The Bible is full of stories about different people.


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Area Church Events


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40 Years Ago July 22, 1971 Pea Ridge Graphic Three ball teams from Pea Ridge placed top in their division. The first place Little League team was the Giants. The Red Birds placed first out of all the girl teams and first place Pee Wee team was the Dodgers.


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Incidents reported as of July 20, 2011

Blackhawks improve

posted: 07/20/2011 7:10 p.m.

Tony Travis’ Blackhawks completed their second evening of 7 on 7 football competition at Bentonville High Schools’ spacious Tiger Stadium.

Ridger Sports: New building a boon for ’Hawks

posted: 07/20/2011 7:10 p.m.

The thing is BIG Somehow, looking on the outside of the new athletics practice building doesn’t really accurately convey to anyone the sheer size of it unless you step over and peer through the open doorways or windows.


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Pea Ridge Youth Softball annual business meeting


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Sr. High Blackhawks Aug. 22 @ Fayetteville (scrimmage) Aug. 26 – Pride night Sept. 2 @ Elkins Sept. 9 @ Green Forest Sept. 16 Greenland Sept. 23 @ Gravette Sept. 30 Shiloh Christian Oct. 7 Gentry (HC) Oct. 14 @ Ozark Oct. 21 @ Prairie Grove Oct. 28 Farmington Nov. 4 Berryville Sr. High kick-off – 7 p.m.

Tax-free holiday set

posted: 07/20/2011 7:07 p.m.

Arkansas will hold its first annual sales tax holiday, beginning at 12:01 a.m.


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Summer Fest

posted: 07/20/2011 7:05 p.m.

Pageant Donations: Arvest Bank — Savings bonds Pea Ridge Vet, Dr.

Wednesday, July 13

Boil order lifted

posted: 07/13/2011 3:43 a.m.

Local restaurants bought water, didn’t serve carbonated beverages from the dispensers and one even closed during the nearly three days a boil water order was in effect in Pea Ridge from Tuesday morning until shortly after 1 p.m. Friday. A sign on the doorway at Sonic announced that it was closed due to the boil water order.

School plan OKd

posted: 07/13/2011 3:42 a.m.

The large scale development for the remodel and new construction of the Pea Ridge Intermediate School were approved by the Planning Commission Tuesday, July 5, on the contingency that all items on the check list be completed and pending an opinion from the city attorney as to whether the school must comply with the city’s landscape ordinance which was adopted Aug. 17, 2010.

Construction projects funded for schools

posted: 07/13/2011 3:41 a.m.

mended the board approve the bids from Baldwin & Shell for $4,908,320 for the Intermediate School and $566,042 for the bus garage.

Wood seeks re-election

posted: 07/13/2011 3:39 a.m.

Jenny Wood, current School Board president, said she will seek re-election.

Grant helps abuse victims

posted: 07/13/2011 3:38 a.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter has received a $68,320 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s Northwest Arkansas giving program.

Start your engines: lawn-mowers, that is

posted: 07/13/2011 3:38 a.m.

The boredom of mowing a lawn row-by-row is cured.

Post Office broken into

posted: 07/13/2011 3:37 a.m.

The Garfield and Gateway post offices were broken into over the Fourth of July holiday, according to a Benton County Sheriff’s Office report.

Recipe of the Week: Aunt Laura’s Caramel Orange Ring

posted: 07/13/2011 3:36 a.m.

From the kitchen of Mary Cox Davis, Pea Ridge Recipes to Remember Cookbook

Bus garage approved by city planners

posted: 07/13/2011 3:36 a.m.

Concerned about the weight of traffic on the proposed gravel road, city Planning Commission members and a representative from the Water Department asked how many buses will use the driveway into the bus garage. Two water lines lay beneath that road.

Arkansas Watch: ‘Facts’ can be twisted for effect

posted: 07/13/2011 3:35 a.m.

Secretary of State Mark Martin (R) has been the target of constant media assaults. Many of those attacks were on the grounds that he was wasting taxpayer dollars. The attacks focused on specifics while leaving off important details. For example, he took heat for purchasing a new vehicle, but few of those reports were fairminded enough to note that Martin’s predecessor, Democrat Charlie Daniels, turned in four vehicles as he was walking out the door. Even after the purchase, Martin’s office has fewer vehicles than did his predecessor.

’Til Next Time: Just what are roasten ears?

posted: 07/13/2011 3:33 a.m.

While I was visiting on the phone I mentioned about how the cabbage cooking on the stove was smelling up the house and the complaints about it. It was left over from the cole slaw I made earlier in the week and I was looking forward to it for supper and would add a few bacon pieces for flavor.

Now & Then: Getting into the world of computers, like it or not

posted: 07/13/2011 3:32 a.m.

When I started in the world, in 1940, there were no computers that I knew of. We had calculating machines and cash registers in the stores. But we didn’t have computers to write with, to keep accounting records, to store and use address lists or to send mail. These days computers are everywhere.


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Area Upcoming Events


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July 13, 2011

Pastor’s Corner: We just ignore it

posted: 07/13/2011 3:22 a.m.

The Lord is always faithful to show me the things I need to know (notice I did not say want to know) and most of the time in ways that leave me without excuse. I find myself feeling like King David must have felt when the prophet Nathan said to him, “Thou art the man... by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme.” We read in the Word, “The word of God is quick, and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)


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40 Years Ago July 15, 1971 Pea Ridge Graphic A few of the Pea Ridge pageant winners were Mr. Tiny Tot Gregg Mayfield, Miss Tiny Tot Linda Gail Strickland and Miss Pea Ridge Dawn Winterss Pea Ridge.


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July 13, 2011


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Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Mt. Vernon Presbyterian, Pea Ridge United Methodist and Brightwater Memorial United Methodist Church invite you to their ecumenical Vacation Bible School for Shake It Up Café . A preregistration party will be held from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, July 17, on the lawn of Pea Ridge United Methodist Church.

Library Notes: Come by library for a good book

posted: 07/13/2011 3:01 a.m.

It has been an exciting past few weeks for the library. The city accepted the donation of the Mercy Health Building for use as a new home for the library which was very good news. But on a sadder note our librarian for the past 10 years, Linda Whitaker, retired. I know you join the library board in wishing Linda the best in her retirement. She has done an outstanding job for the past 10 years and will be sorely missed. I realize I have awfully big shoes to fill as I take over for her!


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Area Departments Report


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Friday, July 15


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Judge John A. Skaggs, presiding Richard S. Hardwicke, prosecuting attorney June 28, 2011


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Local Club News


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

Hamilton honored

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Garfield’s new city park was dedicated Saturday and named Hamilton Park in honor of Mayor Laura Hamilton, and Gene Nowak, City Council member, read the dedication.

Car show winners named

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The winners of the car show held Saturday morning at Summer Fest 2011 were: 1968 Chevy Chevelle, owned by Troy Lundy,


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Miss Pea Ridge

Ridger Sports: ‘Show me the money’ is the NCAA mantra

posted: 07/13/2011 2:44 a.m.

The next chapter is about to be written concerning the saga of the Ohio State University football team and their rule-breaking money making program.

Dragons win world series

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The 12U Major Arkansas Dragons won the 12-U Global World Series held in Bixby, Okla., July 6-10.

2Xtreme Wins League

posted: 07/13/2011 2:41 a.m.

2Xtreme, a 12U Pea Ridge Youth Softball League team which plays in the BYSL, just ended a very successful season.

SPORTS BRIEF: Football signups

posted: 07/13/2011 2:40 a.m.

The last sign-up time for youth football is 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, July 15, at City Park for second- through sixth-grade students.


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Students new to Pea Ridge Primary (Kindergarten – second) may begin enrolling for the 2011-2012 school year on Tuesday, July 26.


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Arkansas will hold its first annual sales tax holiday, beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, and ending at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.


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2nd-6th grades

Veterinary clinic offers exceptional service, equipment

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Bella Vista Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary hospital, conveniently located in the heart of Bella Vista.


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Cross Brand Cowboy Kid’s Cowboy Camp is 6:30 p.m.- 8:35 p.m. July 20-22. Kids will learn rodeo skills such as goat tying and barrel racing. Throughout the camp, children will be reminded that God loves them and that a wise cowboy/cowgirl will follow Jesus. The last day of the camp the kids will entertain their parents with a kid’s rodeo. For safety reasons, children must wear close-toed shoes or boots in order to be around horses. This camp is a ministry of Cross Brand Cowboy Church and there is no charge. Cross Brand Cowboy Church is located between Bentonville and Pea Ridge, 4 miles east of I-540 on Arkansas Hwy. 72.

Wednesday, July 6

Boil order issued for most of city

posted: 07/06/2011 6:33 p.m.

Water customers are under a boil order issued Tuesday for most of Pea Ridge north of (and including) Big Sugar Golf Course and east of It’ll Do Road.

Escue brothers to lead parade

posted: 07/06/2011 6:32 p.m.

For the Escue brothers — John and Keith — sitting under a shade tree sharing memories and playing bluegrass paired with stories of faith exemplifies the good life.

Fireworks go off without a bang

posted: 07/06/2011 6:32 p.m.

The first Independence Day without a prohibition against fireworks went without a major incident, according to city officials. “We had less calls on the night of the Fourth,” Police Chief Tim Ledbetter said, “but we don’t have a complete count for all fireworks-related calls from June 20th to July 5th. “In the past, we’ve always scheduled additional personnel on the weekend of July 4th because of the call volume and didn’t this year,” he said.

School changes absence policy

posted: 07/06/2011 6:30 p.m.

The school halls are quiet. They are no longer filled with students gathering going to their next class. But that doesn’t mean there is no work at school.

In His Study: One man’s actions

posted: 07/06/2011 6:30 p.m.

“Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life and honor.” Proverbs 21:21 NRSV The actions of one individual can change the course of history. That has always been true, not only in the past, but also right now, today! An example of this truth centers around the beginning of our nation in 1776 and the immediate affect on some of you reading this article.


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40 Years Ago July 8, 1971 Pea Ridge Graphic After 24 years of bring the folks of Pea Ridge Country their mail, Eugene and Bonnie Keeling, of Rogers, retired. They were replaced by Eugene’s niece, Mrs. Patsy Townzen of Rogers.

CHURCH NEWS: Free Will Baptist Church Pea Ridge

posted: 07/06/2011 6:29 p.m.

The men’s Prayer Breakfast group will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 9, with a guest speaker. At 2 p.m. the women’s Titus II group will meet for Bible study and a card making class with Amanda Browning.


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Veda Sprinkles, Rogers


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Incidents reported by area departments this week include:


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Thursday, July 7 10:00 a.m. — Benton County Conservation District, USDA Service Center, Bentonville. For information, contact Gail Sparks at 273-2622 ext. 3.

Out of My Mind: In the good ol’ summertime

posted: 07/06/2011 6:25 p.m.

Summer is in full swing in Pea Ridge.


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Clarification from Representative

Arkansas Watch: Amazing the audacity of some leaders

posted: 07/06/2011 6:23 p.m.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates ( the-defense-rests.html) is stepping down. I found his reasons instructive. Let’s listen...

Now & Then: Celebrating the Fourth is an attitude as well

posted: 07/06/2011 6:22 p.m.

By the time this article comes out, it will be late, in that the Fourth of July will have come and gone.

Recipe of the Week: Crunchy Oriental Salad

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From the kitchen of Bailey Johnson Mother’s Day Cookbook, Pea Ridge Intermediate School


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old, vaccinated; call Jim at 680-6231. Border Collie — Rusty color, 13 weeks old, vaccinated; call 451-8855. Kittens — Six weeks old: Two yellow, two gray and two tabbies; call Jackie at 451-1272. FOUND ANIMALS Two Portuguese Water Dogs — Black, found on I-540 ; call Kathy at 381-2805. Dachshund — Black, neutered male; call Billie at 426-3450. LOST ANIMALS Great Pyreness — White and gray female; call Barbara or Richard Ruffer at 451-1332.


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DIAMOND, Mo. — The annual Carver Day Celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, at George Washington Carver National Monument. The public is cordially invited to attend the 68th Carver Day anniversary to commemorate the life of George Washington Carver and the establishment of the national monument in his honor. Admission is free.


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Arkansas will hold its first annual sales tax holiday, beginning Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 12:01 a.m. and ending the Sunday, August 7, 2011 at 11:59 p.m.

Concordia Retirement Center feels like home

posted: 07/06/2011 6:08 p.m.

Mary Nell Turner had lived in a 1916 schoolhouse on 2.5 acres for 14 years in Hope. After her husband died in 2006, her two daughters felt she was too isolated at her home. She disagreed at first, but as time went by, she said, “It got to be more and more of a chore to take care of everything.” Family members continued to nudge Turner to sell the house and look at retirement centers.


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The Northeast Benton County Volunteer Fire/EMS is holding a “Chicken-In-A-Bag” fundraiser from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, July 9. NEBCO fire and emergency medical personnel will be grilling chicken halves for takeout. To pick up “Chicken-in-a-Bag,” drive through the NEBCO Community Center parking lot, behind the new Garfield City Park, on U.S. Highway 62, in Garfield. The chicken halves will be hot and tasty and bagged for takeout.


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Calendar and News of Meetings and Events

Eagle watching was exciting

posted: 07/06/2011 6:05 p.m.

This week I went on a bird watching boat ride on Beaver Lake. We were looking for bald eagles. My uncle had told us about a pair of bald eagles he saw that had a nest on the lake ever year. We went out in the evening and right on the bank a bald eagle was sitting in a tall tree. It was amazing!

Goodwin-McBurnett wed

posted: 07/06/2011 6:04 p.m.

Lindsay Shannon Goodwin and Allen Leroy Mc-Burnett exchanged wedding vows on June 4 at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Bentonville with Monsignor Scott Marczik officiating.

Practice in full swing in view of new facility

posted: 07/06/2011 6:04 p.m.

More than 150 football players turned out Tuesday morning returning to summer football training after two weeks of “dead week” — a period of time with no contact with their coaches.

Champion 9-year-old All-Stars

posted: 07/06/2011 6:04 p.m.

The 9-year-old Pea Ridge All-Stars participated in the District Tournament held in Pea Ridge this weekend and won best two out of three series.

Ridger Sports: Coaches poll gives ’Hawks the cellar

posted: 07/06/2011 6:03 p.m.

The first poll of the 2012 high school football season is out in the form of the Hooten’s 2011 19th annual Arkansas Football Guide which hit the newsstands last week.


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Senior High Blackhawks

SPORTS BRIEF: Football Camp slated

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Blackhawk football camp is set for 5-7 p.m. Monday, July 25, through Friday, July 29, at Pea Ridge High School. Designed for students from second through sixth grade, the camp will be led by Blackhawk coaches and players and is designed to teach fundamental drills in all areas of the game including offense, defense,special teams, weight-lifting, conditioning, agility, speed-work.

Welcome to Summer Fest

posted: 07/06/2011 6:01 p.m.

Members of the Beta Alpha Sorority have been working very hard to bring Summer Fest to you this year. The event begins July 6 and concludes on July 9.


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PARADE Everyone is welcome to participate in the annual fair parade which will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at Community First Bank. The parade will travel up North Curtis Avenue to downtown. Line-up is at 5 p.m., but judging will begin before that, according to Beta Alpha president Karen Kitterman.

Five ladies vie for Miss Pea Ridge

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The Miss Pea Ridge contest will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Contestants will be interviewed by judges at 6 pm. The Tiny Tot contest will be held during intermission while the ladies change into evening wear and the evening gown competition will begin about 7:30 p.m.

Jr. Miss pageant set for Thursday

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The Junior Miss Pea Ridge pageant will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and is for young ladies who will be either a sophomore or junior in high school.


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Sponsors for the nightly drawings and pageant prizes include: Visions Hair Salon Webb’s Feed Store Sisco Funeral Home Cannonball BBQ Victoria’s Mexican Restaurant Auto Center Pea Ridge Florist Pea Ridge Vet Clinic Blackhawk Grill Sew ’N Sew Quilt Shop Pea Ridge Tire Head Hunters Beauty Shop Pizza Hut EZ Mart Fred’s Store Marvin’s O’Reilly’s Sanders Computers Oak View Veterinary Clinic Car Show Sponsors: M & M Seamless Guttering Whistler Group

Teen Miss Pea Ridge

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Lindsey Bush No additional information was available at press time.

Pre-Teen Miss Pea Ridge

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Hannah Blowers, 12, the daughter of Tera Blowers of Pea Ridge, is 5’4”. She enjoys dancing, singing and hanging out with her friends. Her future plans are to attend Stanford College and become a doctor. She is sponsored by Tera Blowers.


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The annual fair was begun in 1950 when Pea Ridge celebrated its centenni al with a gigantic homecoming reunion. So successful was the event that it was decided to make the reunion–type fair an annual event.

Little Miss Pea Ridge

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Madison Blankenship, 9, the daughter of Wyatt and Jennifer Blankenship of Garfield, is 47” tall.


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Schedule of Event

Tuesday, July 5

Boil order issued for Pea Ridge

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Water customers are under a boil order issued Tuesday for most of Pea Ridge north of (and including) Big Sugar Golf Course and east of It’ll Do Road.