News 2011 June

Stories for June 2011

Wednesday, June 29

Summer Fest - next week at Park

posted: 06/29/2011 9 p.m.

Something new and something old — the 2011 Pea Ridge Fair, begun in 1950 with the Centennial Celebration, will feature both old and new events — and the event is in a new location.

Cherokee retrace Trail of Tears on bicycles

posted: 06/29/2011 8:59 p.m.

A leather bag hangs around his neck on his chest. Inside the bag is a pebble from every place David Comingdeer has stopped along the path retracing his ancestors’ sorrowful journey from their homeland in the east to Indian Territory.

Fireworks OKd in city limits

posted: 06/29/2011 8:59 p.m.

For the first time, sparks will fly in the night sky of Pea Ridge during June 20-July 10, as shooting and selling fireworks in the city limits is legal.

Love of people, books inspires librarian

posted: 06/29/2011 8:57 p.m.

Truly enjoying people, getting to know their likes and dislikes is a talent Linda Whitaker has honed. As librarian at Pea Ridge Community Library for the past 10 years, Whitaker knows her patrons and their reading tastes.

BCSO cracks down on DWI

posted: 06/29/2011 8:57 p.m.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office will be out in full force during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, cracking down on impaired drivers with aggressive Drunk Driving Over the Limit Under Arrest enforcement. Statistics gathered from the National Highway Safety Administration over the past 25 years show that, on average, nearly half of all deadly traffic crashes over each year’s July 4th holiday involved some level of alcohol. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office will be out in force cracking down on drunk driving, according to the BCSO press release. Drivers caught driving impaired will be arrested.

Flying RF celebrates 100,000 customers

posted: 06/29/2011 8:56 p.m.

The Flying RF Feed & Farm Supply recently celebrated seven years in business with a customer appreciation day Saturday, June 11. They had food, vendors, door prizes and live Bluegrass music.

Hamilton elected to office

posted: 06/29/2011 8:56 p.m.

Garfield Mayor Laura Hamilton was elected District 3 vice president at the Arkansas Municipal League 77th Convention. The new slate of officers was elected for the 2011-2012 year.

Sorority sisters serve selflessly

posted: 06/29/2011 8:55 p.m.

If there’s an event, organization or family in the community that needs help people know exactly who to turn to: the Beta Alpha Sorority.

AREA EVENTS: Independence Day festivities

posted: 06/29/2011 8:55 p.m.

Independence Day festivities will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at the community building by City Hall sponsored by the Seligman Chamber of Commerce. Events include music, food and games, horseshoe tournament, cake walk, fireworks at dark. Charlie Williams and friends will play music. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the evening. There will be a charge for games and food. Music and fireworks are free.

Efforts continue to preserve battle site

posted: 06/29/2011 8:54 p.m.

State preservationists are trying to raise money and support to preserve the site of a Civil War battle that took place near the Battle of Pea Ridge.

Freedom Fest fun & fireworks for all

posted: 06/29/2011 8:54 p.m.

The night skies lit with fireworks of all colors Sunday night and punctuated by booms, crackles and oohs and aahs as the fourth annual Freedom Fest came to a close.

Pastor’s Corner: Mr. Fix It please?

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My world seemingly is a world of fixing things.


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40 Years Ago July 1, 1971 Pea Ridge Graphic


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Area Church News

NEBCO: Obituaries

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June 29, 2011


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Incidents reported by area departments this week include:


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


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Thursday, June 30


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Nicholas Lee Lamer, 28, and Sarah Diane Whitted, 27, both of Pea Ridge

Arkansas Watch: Is real goal to stop terrorism or to form a police state?

posted: 06/29/2011 8:46 p.m.

Sun Tzu correctly noted that no state ever benefited from prolonged warfare.

Recipe of the Week: Watermelon Lemonade Cooler

posted: 06/29/2011 8:45 p.m.

From the Kitchen of Lakota Moppin Mother’s Day Cookbook, Pea Ridge Intermediate School

Lynch Pen: ‘Underwater’ mortgages hobble the economy

posted: 06/29/2011 8:44 p.m.

According to a recent newspaper article (Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Friday, June 24, 2011, Business and Farm), 10.1 percent of mortgages on Arkansas homes were underwater earlier this month. The article quoted CoveLogic, a California-based company that keeps track of those numbers. According to their figures, there were 243,134 mortgages in the state with over 24,000 of them in this condition.

Out of My Mind: Thank Beta Alpha for years of service

posted: 06/29/2011 8:44 p.m.

Although the location and the name for the annual fair has changed, the passion of those sponsoring the fair has not.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Family is grateful

posted: 06/29/2011 8:43 p.m.

The family of Bertha Smith thanks the community for the kindness shown during the passing of our mother.

Now & Then: Two dashes in, two dashes out

posted: 06/29/2011 8:43 p.m.

We have often had opportunity to spend a day, but no more, in an interesting place. We had to move on, planning maybe to come back sometime.


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Calendar and News of Upcoming Events


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The Pea Ridge Optimist Club invites the community to participate in its flag project.


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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. State and lo cal sales tax will not be collected during this 48-hour period on the sale of: (1) Clothing and footwear if the sales price is less than one hundred dollars ($100) per item; (2) Clothing accessories and equipment if the sales price is less than fifty dollars ($50) per item; (3) School supplies; (4) School art supplies; and (5) School instructional materials. For more information, contact a customer service representative by phone from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Fridayat 501-682-7104.


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NEBCO Fire and EMS is holding a “Chicken-In-A-Bag ” fundraiser, Saturday, July 9. NEBCO fire and emergency medical personnel will be grilling chicken halves from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. To pick up your takeout “Chicken-in-a-Bag,” just drive through the NEBCO Community Center parking lot, right behind the new Garfield City Park, on Highway 62, in Garfield.

Williams celebrate silver anniversary

posted: 06/29/2011 8:35 p.m.

Dennis and Brenda (Gastineau) Williams will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on July 4, 2011.

Isgrigg, Sr. queen, to compete at state

posted: 06/29/2011 8:35 p.m.

Fifteen year old Jennifer Isgrigg is not your average teenager.

Ridger Sports: Belief in the team and athletes is magical

posted: 06/29/2011 8:34 p.m.

July is upon us, the final month before prep athletes begin reporting for the 2011 football campaigns in early August.

SPORTS BRIEF: Football Camp slated

posted: 06/29/2011 8:33 p.m.

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.

Diamond Dodgers finish second

posted: 06/29/2011 8:33 p.m.

The Diamond Dodgers, an 8U softball team, ended their season after the last practice of the regular season with a fun water fight thanks to coach Damon Laycox.

Dr. Higgins joins Ark. Medical Society

posted: 06/29/2011 8:32 p.m.

Pea Ridge Family Physician, Rhonda Higgins, DO, recently illustrated her commitment to improving health care in the community and state by joining the Arkansas Medical Society. Dr. Higgins practices at Northwest Family Medicine in Pea Ridge. “As a society member, Dr. Higgins is part of a statewide network of over 4,000 Arkansas physicians, residents and medical students, dedicated to protecting the interests of their patients and improving the health of Arkansans,” said society president, Stephen Magie, MD.

4-H students succeed at district O’Rama

posted: 06/29/2011 8:32 p.m.

Forty-nine 4-H’ers from Benton County competed with 4-H’ers from 25 other Arkansas counties at their District O’Rama in Ozark, Ark. Competitions included speech divisions, constructed and purchased fashion revue’s, bicycle, forestry, reel into sportfishing, baitcasting, BB shooting, performing arts in dance, instrumental, vocal and horticulture. Junior competitors are 4-H’ers ages 9–13 and senior competitors include 4-H’ers 14-19 years of age.

Harris places fourth

posted: 06/29/2011 8:31 p.m.

Stephanie Harris, 9, of Pea Ridge, competed Saturday, June 25, in Little Rock, Ark., in the ATA World Championships. She placed fourth in forms and weapons. She is the daughter of Steve and Nicole Harris.


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Aug. 22-Sept. 23: Window for kindergarten screener Aug. 8-12 : Professional Development (Days 3-7 ) Open House Schedule Aug. 8 Grade 3 — 5 p.m.

SCHOOL HONORS: Anderson named to deans list

posted: 06/29/2011 8:31 p.m.

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — Aisha Anderson, of Pea Ridge, was named to the College of the Ozarks spring 2011 Dean’s List.


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KINDERGARTEN 2 pocket folder with brads 2 24 count boxes crayons, Crayola brand only 1 pkg. Crayola Classic Colors Washable Markers watercolors, set of 8 8 No. 2 pencils 1 pair scissors, blunt metal Fiskars brand 1 Elmer’s washable school glue 1 large backpack (no wheels) rest mat, red and blue tri-fold only 2 boxes Kleenex 2 jumbo roll paper towels 2 pkgs. of healthy snacks, peanut free, for each month 8 Elmer’s glue sticks 1 small school box (except for Mrs.


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The horse and hiking trails at Pea Ridge National Military Park have now been re-opened.


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Judge John A. Skags, presiding Richard S. Hardwicke, prosecuting attorney June 14, 2011 Scott, Mary E., 48, contempt fail to pay F & C, bond forfeit.

Tuesday, June 28

Cheer-fully selling

posted: 06/28/2011 12:49 p.m.

Blackhawk cheerleaders Morganne Rhine, Samantha Truesdell and Heather Patton worked the cheerleaders' fundraising fireworks stand recently. The stand, on Slack Street just east of It'll Do Road, is one of the major fundraising projects for the cheerleaders.

Wednesday, June 22


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Mernie Lucille Flower Mernie Lucille Flower, 86, of Pea Ridge, died Sunday, June 19, at Northwest Medical Center of Bentonville. She was born June 29, 1924, at Fraser, Colo., to John Smith and Lula Hutsell Smith.

Library gains new building

posted: 06/22/2011 1:06 a.m.

Overjoyed, overwhelmed, elated — those are just a few of the words expressed by members of the Pea Ridge Library Board of Directors when they learned they were getting a new building.

Absconder selling door to door, wanted on warrants

posted: 06/22/2011 1:05 a.m.

Door to door salesman going through the neighborhoods around town were surprised to be questioned, then picked up by police Monday with one man arrested on a warrant for burglary with intent to commit sexual assault.


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The following will be closed Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day: Banks: Arvest, Community First and Freedom First City Offices: Pea Ridge, Garfield, Avoca and Gateway city halls County Offices: Benton County offices will be closed Monday, July 4.


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Freedomfest Fireworks and Car Show

Off the curve

posted: 06/22/2011 1:03 a.m.

A woman was injured Tuesday shortly before noon when she failed to negotiate a curve on Benton County 40 west of Pea Ridge.

Hunger relief

posted: 06/22/2011 1:02 a.m.

Michael Smith, youth pastor at First Baptist Church, Pea Ridge, accepted a $1,500 check from state Representative Donna Hutchinson this week for the food pantry.

Former church treasurer pleads not guilty

posted: 06/22/2011 1:01 a.m.

More than $36,000 was discovered missing through an audit of the financial records of Twelve Corners Baptist Church.

Library Notes: Summer reading program in full swing

posted: 06/22/2011 1 a.m.

As most of you know, Linda Whitaker, our librarian, has had some health issues for the past few months and I have been filling in for her at the library. I am enjoying the challenge but most of all I am enjoying meeting so many readers!

Arkansas Watch: AG abuse of power is brazen

posted: 06/22/2011 1 a.m.

The issue: When Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel wins a lawsuit for the state, what does he do with the award money? Does he deposit it with the State Treasury so the legislature can appropriate it? Nope. Does he send it to some other department of government that has a reasonable connection to the people hurt by the defendants in the suit? Nope. Well, you might ask, what in the world does he do with it then?

’Til Next Time: It’s not funny to lose humor

posted: 06/22/2011 12:59 a.m.

Every now and then, I lose something. Sometimes it’s my ambition or I can lose my temper. Sometimes my sense of direction or loyalty to a cause, but this week I thought sure I had lost my sense of humor. Nothing was funny, nothing struck me so ridiculous that I could chuckle. Maybe it was the heat, or stress of boredom.

Lynch Pen: News or entertainment? TV political forum unspectacular

posted: 06/22/2011 12:59 a.m.

Television might have moved into a new political dimension with the Republican candidate forum for the presidential nomination on CNN Monday, June 13. This appeared to be strictly a showcase for would be candidates housed in a made-for-television format and as bland as plain pizza dough. Some of the preliminary advertising listed it as a debate, but in my opinion that was very misleading. If the intent was simply to introduce the field of potential candidates for the Republican Party, it probably failed on that account since several “undecided” candidates were absent. But, what can one expect this early in the process?

Now & Then: Andersonville: A somber but memorable place

posted: 06/22/2011 12:58 a.m.

I have a pretty vivid imagination, and sometimes when I am at Elkhorn Tavern or along the road between the tavern and the Pea Ridge Military Park center, I am struck by how rough and awful it must have been to be a soldier in those places during the Battle of Pea Ridge in March 1862.


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CLUB NEWS: Daughters of American Revolution

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The James Bright Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution gathered at the Museum of Native American Artifacts to celebrate Flag Day, June 14.


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Calendar and News of Area Events

Patty Curtis retiring after 30 years with Pea Ridge schools

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When she graduated from Pea Ridge High School in 1967, Patty Dean was one of 33 seniors. Little did she know she would be retiring from the very same school that had more than quadrupled in size in the four decades that followed.


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Pea Ridge National Military Park horse and hiking trails will be closed until further notice.

Blackhawks learn basketball skills early

posted: 06/22/2011 12:54 a.m.

More than 80 third- through sixth-graders attended the annual Blackhawk basketball camp last week learning basketball skills from Blackhawk basketball head coach Charley Clark, head girls’ coach Heather Wade, former ’Hawks and current ’Hawks.

Pastor’s Corner: Listen to Him

posted: 06/22/2011 12:13 a.m.

It is not surprising that the majority of people in this area have had some sort of connection with a church in their past.


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40 Years Ago June 24, 1971 Pea Ridge Graphic Mrs. Nancy Latham of Avoca was named the new executive secretary of the Benton County chapter of the American Red Cross.


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Area Church Events


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


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Judge John A. Skaggs, presiding Richard S. Hardwicke, prosecuting attorney May 24, 2011


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Area Couple File


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Incidents reported by the various departments this week include:


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Russell honored Ashley N. Russell, Garfield, was named to the spring 2011 Dean’s List at the University of Central Arkansas. She is a junior at UCA and is an in the Undergrad Pre Major Program.


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Regular updates to homes preserves value

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Preserving home value not only involves routine upkeep, but also maintaining a fresh and modern appearance.

Wednesday, June 15

Impound car lot OK’d

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Persistence paid off for Ted Slaughter who was granted approval for an impound car lot at 624 Slack St. by the Planning Commission at the regular meeting Tuesday, June 7.

Teacher COLA tabled for now

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Ending the fiscal year with a projected $1.6 million, school superintendent Mike Van Dyke told School Board members he hopes to move $1 million into the building fund.

Two survive precipitous drop

posted: 06/15/2011 11:40 p.m.

Two women survived a wreck Tuesday, June 7, above Tick Hollow on U.S. Highway 62 in the same spot where another woman was killed in a one-vehicle wreck just a month ago.

Out of My Mind: Don’t talk when in the audience

posted: 06/15/2011 11:40 p.m.

We are blessed to live in a democratic nation in which the public is involved in the governing process.

Arkansas Watch: Politicians protect their insiders avoiding any change

posted: 06/15/2011 11:39 p.m.

State Sen. Larry Teague of Nashville is a Democrat state senator and president pro tem of the Senate. He is up for re-election, and all but one of the Republican state senators have lent their name to the invitation for his re-election fundraiser.

Life in the Ozarks: My granddaughter’s father is the greatest example of a dad

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June has many memories for me. Jerry and I married in June. My middle son was born in this month.

Auman retires from NW Ark. Education Service Coop

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The director of the Northwest Arkansas Education Service Cooperative in Farmington can describe his 42 years in education in one sentence: “That’s been my whole life, to make a difference for teachers and kids.” Buddy Auman, 63, is retiring at the end of this month, after a total of 12 years as the cooperative director. He served as director from 1990 to 1997 and then returned on July 1, 2006, to finish out his career.

Pea Ridge works with FireWise to improve area wildfire safety

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The Pea Ridge Volunteer Fire Department was one of many agencies in Benton County recognized recently for their work over the last four years to complete a county-wide wildfire prevention effort.


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


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Friday, June 17 10 a.m. — Benton County Election Commission, Election Commission office, 105 SE Executive Drive, Suite 1, Bentonville.


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Area Couple File


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The names of the children in the photograph of kindergarten students playing in water on the front page of last week’s edition of The Times were incorrect. They are, from left: Braelie Bray and Hannah McKinney. The information was incorrectly supplied to the newspaper.

Pastor’s Corner: Fathers, lead family to church

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I was having lunch with my pastor and another man from our church.


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40 Years Ago June 17, 1971 Pea Ridge Graphic The Garfield Church of Christ was vandalized. Large rocks were reportedly hurled through the storm door at the front of the church, bursting the paneling in one part of the main door. The church had been through a remodeling program in which the building had been completely remodeled, and there was no vandalism insurance to cover the damages done.


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Area Church Happenings

Recipe of the Week: Crab Salad Sandwich

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

Now & Then: Getting to know Georgia

posted: 06/15/2011 11:25 p.m.

Before Tuesday afternoon, April 26, I had never set foot on the soil of the state of Georgia. We crossed into Georgia from the town of Lanett, Ala. We had had lunch in Lanett and explored the town briefly, just enough to discover that it was much larger than we expected, but that it had lost a major employer, and is seeing population loss because of the closing of the huge fiber products mill there. I had anticipated Lanett as just a wide place in the road, but we found it to be about twice the size of today’s Pea Ridge.


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Next Week’s Area Events


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Local Clubs Report


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Benton County Sheriff’s Office has installed a prescription drug drop-off box, just inside the main entrance of the jail at 1300 SW 14th St., Bentonville.

Shockleys fete golden year

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Dean and Linda Shockley of Rogers will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a celebration from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 19, in the community room at the Pea Ridge Emergency Services building.

Sample drafted into the major league

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A lifelong dream come true is how Matt Sample describes being drafted on day two of the MLB first-year player draft to the Diamondbacks. Sample, 22, a 2007 graduate from Pea Ridge High School, played baseball for the Blackhawks his freshman and senior years of high school. Originally from Benton, Sample moved to Pea Ridge and began playing for coach John King his freshman year.

’Hawk football camp set for young athletes

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Beginning early to build character and instill Blackhawk pride, head football coach Tony Travis is planning a Blackhawk Football Camp for children from second through sixth grades.

Ridger Sports: ’Hawks will not share conference with Shiloh

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The speculation is over and the deal is done.

Alumni Day set for July 9

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Pea Ridge High School Alumni Association Alumni Day 2011 will be Saturday, July 9, at the Pea Ridge High School Cafeteria.

School field day was great fun

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Field Day, the annual celebration on the last day of school at Garfield was held Friday, June 3, at Garfield Elementary School. The physical education coach, Randy Steen, was in charge.


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This year’s theme for the Patriot’s Pen is, “Are you proud of your country?” This is a youth essay competition, giving students the opportunity to express their views on democracy, with the prospect of winning U.S. Savings Bonds. The top 46 National winners will receive at least a $1,000 savings bond.


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Wednesday, June 8

Dr. Smith takes the helm

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Educator Dr. Roland Smith is coming out of retirement one more time.

School plans site work

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Site work for the Intermediate School will begin immediately, according to school superintendent Mike Van Dyke and architect Steve Elliott.

Utilities OK’d to moved

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The Pea Ridge Planning Commission met Tuesday night with only one item on the agenda — to consider a impound/car lot at 624 W. Slack Street by Ted Slaughter.

Ambulance celebrates first anniversary as ALS

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One year and 416 ambulance runs later, residents of the northeast Benton County Emergency Services District are supportive of their new advanced life support ambulance begun June 1, 2010. Nearly 300 people attended the recent country breakfast fundraiser on Memorial Day. The transition has gone smoothly. “That’s what it’s about. We no longer have to meet with Rogers and can give the proper care and assistance the people here rely on,” Fire Chief Rob Taylor said. As a result of the merger of Northeast Benton County Volunteer Fire Department and VAS (formerly Volunteer Ambulance Service), the basic life support service was licensed as an advanced life support service on June 1, 2010. “We sell a lot of chicken and cook a lot of spaghetti... that’s why we’ve gotten where we are,” Funk said. “The economy is very fragile right now. As expenses go up, insurance coverage may go down,” Funk said, explaining that board members must constantly be on the alert about the finances of the department. “We don’t wa

Assets for sale

posted: 06/08/2011 11:49 p.m.

The Volunteer Ambulance Service of northeast Benton County property is for sale.


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Board Agenda

Arkansas Watch: Political games in the beltway

posted: 06/08/2011 11:48 p.m.

What just happened in Congress in regards to our latest foreign intervention in Libya is a perfect example of everything that is wrong with Washington, D.C. It started when President Obama committed our military to war without bothering to get a declaration of war, or any authorization whatsoever, from Congress.

Recipe of the Week: BLT Breakfast Sandwiches

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From the kitchen of Isaac Detherage Mother’s Day Cookbook, Pea Ridge Intermediate School

’Til Next Time: I’m back in the chicken business

posted: 06/08/2011 11:46 p.m.

There sure has been a lot of hay moved out of the fields this week. Mother Nature was good to the farmer and we had a fairly nice Memorial weekend.

Lynch Pen: Technological savvy may sway political scene

posted: 06/08/2011 11:46 p.m.

The world of television is both a helpful and informative media as well as a source of frustration and producer of anxiety.

Now & Then: History revisited in southeast

posted: 06/08/2011 11:46 p.m.

The third day of our April and May trip to the southeast states, Tuesday, April 26, began at Childersburg, Ala., just southeast of Birmingham. We had driven through Birmingham on Monday evening, and then had begun looking for a motel for the night. I was actually surprised that we found a nice motel in Childersburg.


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Family grateful for support

Roe’s art celebrated

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Wanda Roe will be honored on June 11 with Wanda Roe Day at Poor Richard’s Art. The public is invited to visit with the Pea Ridge artist from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the gallery, 116 S. First St., Rogers.


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


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Area Public Meetings

Celebrating 90 years

posted: 06/08/2011 11:32 p.m.

Fred McKinney was born June 8, 1921, at home on what is now Easterling Road to James Douglas McKinney and Ruth Inez Priestly McKinney.

Pastor’s Corner: Just love them, don’t ask why

posted: 06/08/2011 11:31 p.m.

While we love Pea Ridge, we quickly confess that part of our heart is in Georgia with our daughter Lindsey, our son-in-law and three (well, soon to be four) precious grandchildren. On the afternoon of May 22, Kim and I left to spend a few days with these precious grandchildren (and their parents).


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40 Years Ago June 10 Pea Ridge Graphic The Rev. Jerry Yarbough was named the new pastor of the Pea Ridge United Methodist Church. He replaced the Rev. Carroll Rentfro, who was a student pastor for the year prior.


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Area Community Events and Announcements

Marlow-Qualls wed

posted: 06/08/2011 11:28 p.m.

Kandy Qualls, of Bentonville, and John Marlow, of Pea Ridge, would like to announce their marriage. The couple were married Saturday, May 21,2011, at the Hollywood Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nev.

Students sleep outside to raise awareness

posted: 06/08/2011 11:27 p.m.

Nikki VanDyke doesn’t expect to get much sleep on the night of June 10, but she’s willing to risk an uncomfortable, sleepless night to give her students an experience most eighth graders don’t have in English class.

Blackhawk Varsity Cheerleaders

posted: 06/08/2011 11:26 p.m.

The varsity cheerleaders have been selected for 2011-2012.

Dragons 14U

posted: 06/08/2011 11:25 p.m.

The Dragons 14U the Memorial Day Super NIT May 27-29, in Kansas City.

Ridger Sports: Blackhawk football team keeps building towards the future

posted: 06/08/2011 11:24 p.m.

Just as the girders and beams go up on the new athletic building on the high school campus, the Blackhawk football team continues to build toward the future with a perhaps record number of erstwhile players looking to the coming fall.

SPORTS NEWS: Lil’ ’Hawks summer basketball camp

posted: 06/08/2011 11:23 p.m.

The Lil’ ’Hawks basketball camp will be from 8 a.m. to noon June 13-17 in the Pea Ridge High School gym.

Pea Ridge Elementary students still No. 1 in art

posted: 06/08/2011 11:23 p.m.

With the school year ending yesterday, Pea Ridge Elementary students have retained their ranking as the No. 1 online art gallery in the state of Arkansas while holding 16th place nationally.


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The annual Miss Pea Ridge pageant will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 8, with the Mr. and Miss Tiny Tot contest at 7 p.m. Contestants must be seniors in high school and residents of the Pea Ridge School District.

SCHOOL HONORS: University of the Ozarks

posted: 06/08/2011 11:21 p.m.

Scharla Paryzek, of Pea Ridge, has been named to the University of the Ozarks’ President’s List for the 2011 Spring Semester. To be included on the President’s List, a student must carry at least 12 hours and maintain a 4.00 grade point average.


posted: 06/08/2011 11:20 p.m.

A $1,000 grand prize is being offered in a contest sponsored by the Christian Poets Guild. The contest is free to enter and open to poets of any age. Fifty prizes totaling more than $5,000 will be awarded.

HIPPY program now enrolling

posted: 06/08/2011 11:20 p.m.

Area children, parents and grandparents enrolled in the 2010-2011 HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters ) program were treated to a ride on the A&M railroad Monday, April 18.

Art of students on display in capital city

posted: 06/08/2011 11:20 p.m.

Of all the youth art work on display in Little Rock this summer, there is a common thread running through a good many of the works. The most art on display this summer in the capital city are from artists from Pea Ridge. Among the 78 works on youth art on display at the Arkansas Studies Institute building in Little Rock, three were done by students of Pea Ridge Primary School.

Village House Spring Festival

posted: 06/08/2011 11:19 p.m.

The annual Spring Festival fundraiser for Village House Adult Day Program will be June 18 in Bella Vista.

Wednesday, June 1

Feeling of helplessness overwhelms

posted: 06/01/2011 10 a.m.

The minute she heard about the tornado in Joplin, Mo., Brenda Frankey started packing her bag to head up there to help.

Church lends a hand

posted: 06/01/2011 9:59 a.m.

Members of Twelve Corners Baptist Church traveled to Joplin Friday, May 27, to aid in the relief effort. The church members helped provide nearly 1,500 meals to volunteers and victims of the recent tornado. Several of the members drove through the affected area handing out meals door to door.

School’s plans not presented to city

posted: 06/01/2011 9:58 a.m.

The large-scale development plan for the remodel and construction at Pea Ridge Intermediate School was not presented to the city for consideration until city building official Tony Townsend requested it.

Veterans honor deceased comrades by placing flags

posted: 06/01/2011 9:57 a.m.

In remembrance of deceased veterans who served their country, several members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8109 placed flags on their graves Saturday morning of Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May to remember men and women who died while serving in the United States armed forces.

Safe in car seat

posted: 06/01/2011 9:56 a.m.

Two children — ages 1 and 3 — were not injured in a two-vehicle accident. They were in a pickup truck driven by their father, Brian Tripodi, 32, Bentonville, when it was struck by a smaller pickup truck on Sugar Creek Road as they rounded a curve just west of Ryan Road.

Griz Bear Comments: Live freely as a memorial

posted: 06/01/2011 9:55 a.m.

On this Memorial Day weekend flags flew and the graves of those who fought in the armed forces of this great nation were decorated to honor the fallen heroes who laid down their lives in defense of the freedoms and values we so embrace.

Looking Back: Short ideas seedbed for columns

posted: 06/01/2011 9:54 a.m.

Since I’ve been writing newspaper columns over 20 years, I get ideas from many different places and times. I type these impressions in a computer file, and that begins my article.

Recipe of the Week — Dirt Cake

posted: 06/01/2011 9:54 a.m.

From the kitchen of Makenzie Shirley Mother’s Day Cookbook, Pea Ridge Intermediate School

Now & Then: Spring vacation visiting historical South

posted: 06/01/2011 9:52 a.m.

On our Spring vacation trip in late April and early May, we launched from Swifton, Ark., early on Monday, April 25. That night, after driving across Mississippi and much of Alabama, we found a motel room in Childersburg, Ala., southeast of Birmingham.


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June 1, 20111

Wedding reception held for Gregory and Paige Miller

posted: 06/01/2011 9:43 a.m.

Paige VanLaningham, daughter of Jeannette and the late Dick VanLaningham of Pea Ridge, and Gregory Miller, son of Ken and Wanda Miller, of West Fork, will have a wedding reception from 4-6 p.m. June, 4, at the Pea Ridge Church of Christ.

CLUB NEWS: Pea Ridge Optimist Club

posted: 06/01/2011 9:43 a.m.

The Pea Ridge Optimist Club met at 6 p.m. May 19 in the middle school cafeteria. Sandy Lasater, club president, conducted the meeting. Anya Bruhin, middle school art teacher gave a tour of the seventhgrade Rain Garden and discussed how well the students enjoy being outside for a class and working in the dirt. The students have already planted 343 plants with about 50 more to go.


posted: 06/01/2011 9:42 a.m.

Calendar and News of Area Events


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Incidents reported to the Pea Ridge Police Department this week include: One warrant served: 5/29 Gerald Scott, 21, Pea Ridge, contempt failure to pay fines and costs.


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Matthew Steven Trager, 22, and Jennifer Ann Doke, 21, both of Seligman, Mo. John Frank Bush, 39, Pea Ridge, and Mary Renee Nesbitt, 29, Rogers. Christopher Michael Hatch, 39, and Lynette Josephine VanArsdale, 36, both of Pea Ridge. Alfred Eric Frieden, 44, and Tara Meshelle Brungardt, 37, both of Pea Ridge.


posted: 06/01/2011 9:34 a.m.

Thursday, June 2 10 a.m. — Benton County Conservation District, USDA Service Center, Bentonville. For information, contact Gail Sparks at 273-2622 ext. 3.


posted: 06/01/2011 9:31 a.m.

40 Years Ago June 3, 1971 Pea Ridge Graphic Life Life is you and me, Sharing and growing, Life is a busy bee, Learning and knowing. Life is having fun, Playing in the park. Life is doing after you’ve begun, Life is coming out of the dark.

Pastor’s Corner: God is still working on us

posted: 06/01/2011 9:29 a.m.

As Christians, we often talk about how we believe, as the Bible tells us, the footsteps of the Christian are ordered of God, usually taking as our text Psalms 37:23-25 : “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.


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First Baptist Church Pea Ridge

Character built in team sports

posted: 06/01/2011 9:26 a.m.

Defensive Blackhawk football players will be under the tutelage of Lafe Caton this year.


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Soccer Registration

Art students visit Tulsa art museums

posted: 06/01/2011 9:21 a.m.

Young art students — 38 of them — from Pea Ridge Intermediate School, along with their teacher John McGee, made the annual fifth-grade Arts Tour of Tulsa last week.

Four piano students won membership in national fraternity

posted: 06/01/2011 9:20 a.m.

Four piano pupils from the class of Roberta Garrett Music Studio won membership in the National Fraternity of Student Musicians, sponsored by the National Guild of Piano Teachers, Teacher Division of the American College of Musicians. Their teacher, Mrs. Garrett has been a member since 1968. Garrett, 155 Frost St., has been an ACM adjudicator for 11 years serving eight states.


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Arkansas Tech University students achieve 4.0


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Thursday, June 2 1:30 p.m. — Fifth-grade recorder concert, Pea Ridge Intermediate School gym.


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Summer Junior Ranger Program slated at George Washington Carver National Monument

posted: 06/01/2011 9:17 a.m.

DIAMOND, Mo. — George Washington Carver National Monument announced the 2011 Summer Junior Ranger program for girls and boys 10 to 12 years old. Reservations are required for this free program. Call to reserve a place for your child. Summer Junior Rangers spend three Saturdays, July 16, 23 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. exploring the grounds of George Washington Carver National Monument and learning about George Washington Carver’s life.

Full-service salon totes experienced stylists and quality product line

posted: 06/01/2011 9:04 a.m.

Bella Vista Beauty Salon has a long-term staff of 10 stylists that provide a full range of services, including hair and nail styling, tanning and waxing.