News 2011 March

Stories for March 2011

Wednesday, March 30

Council considers sewer plant options

posted: 03/30/2011 9:39 p.m.

Trying to meet the increased capacity demands as well as meet federal restrictions, Pea Ridge City Council members approved two resolutions and an ordinance concerning the Water/Wastewater Department at their regular meeting in March.

Fuller pursuing his passion for the outdoors

posted: 03/30/2011 9:39 p.m.

Combining his passion for the outdoors, hunting and making a living, Steven Fuller has begun a video series promoting land management and hunting techniques. “We don’t just shoot ’em, we grow ’em,” he said of his land management techniques.

Volunteers descend on Pea Ridge Military Park

posted: 03/30/2011 9:38 p.m.

Almost exactly 150 years after the first shots of the Civil War were fired, another wave of volunteers is about to descend on America’s storied battlegrounds – only this array of dedicated men and women will be armed with gloves, pruners and shovels.

Mashed up in March

posted: 03/30/2011 9:38 p.m.

Several Fire Departments from Benton and Washington counties participated this weekend in Pea Ridge Fire Department’s second annual “Mashed up in March” vehicle rescue/extrication training exercise.

THE TIMES OBITUARIES

posted: 03/30/2011 9:37 p.m.

March 30, 2011

NEBCO Easter Events

posted: 03/30/2011 9:36 p.m.

Calendar of Area Easter Events

Pea Ridge, Garfield, RABIES CLINICS

posted: 03/30/2011 9:35 p.m.

The week of April 2 - 9, at the following locations, these veterinary clinics will be offering rabies vaccinations at a reduced rates:

PEA RIDGE TAGS REQUIRED

posted: 03/30/2011 9:31 p.m.

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

NEBCO FEBRUARY SALES TAX RECEIPTS

posted: 03/30/2011 9:30 p.m.

Municipal and County

NEBCO PUBLIC MEETINGS

posted: 03/30/2011 9:30 p.m.

Upcoming

Carr charged with rape

posted: 03/30/2011 9:30 p.m.

A Garfield man was in the Benton County Jail Tuesday in connection with a variety of sexual misconduct crimes.

NEBCO MARRIAGE LICENSES

posted: 03/30/2011 9:29 p.m.

March 17 Darren Andrew Hall, 28, and Terri Lynn Bratti, 28, both of Pea Ridge Robert Andrew Richardson, 27, and Amy Elizabeth Wall, 28, both of Seligman, Mo.

Arkansas Watch — Meeting incivility with incivility

posted: 03/30/2011 9:29 p.m.

There are two ways to be uncivil, openly or sneakily.

Recipe of the Week — Popovers

posted: 03/30/2011 9:28 p.m.

From the kitchen of Chelle Tillman, Garfield

COUNTY CLEAN UP

posted: 03/30/2011 9:28 p.m.

The Benton County Spring Cleanup is set for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, for Benton County residents free of charge.

RABIES CLINIC WEEK SLATED

posted: 03/30/2011 9:27 p.m.

The Arkansas Department of Health is partnering with local veterinarians for the Benton County Rabies Clinic Week 2011.

’Til Next Time — Odd which memories remain

posted: 03/30/2011 9:26 p.m.

This week I laughed so hard I had a side ache. I guess I needed to. There were two days of spring break gone. A class I wanted to attend was already filled up. The weather turned chilly and then came the news of Audra Pratt’s funeral. Two days in a row we walked creek banks, but on this day we decided to take a short cut. We clawed our way up a steep bank by grabbing branches. The dogs made it look so easy. As I was belly crawling through the barbed wire fence, I became seriously hung up.

Lynch Pen — Are political expectations realistic?

posted: 03/30/2011 9:25 p.m.

The situation regarding the men’s basketball coach at the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) has been resolved. Whether we agree with the decision or not is inconsequential. A new coach has been hired and as former coach Nolan Richardson described the outcome, “there’s a new sheriff in town.” Our household wishes him the very best of success but we can’t help wondering how they arrived at the $2.2 million dollar salary.

Now & Then — On the road again; moving is quite challenging

posted: 03/30/2011 9:25 p.m.

Between 2002 and 2011, my family has had the unusual experience (for us) of living in the same place for almost 10 years. Presently, we are involved in moving again. It is just a two-block move, from 167 Patton St.

THE TIMES LETTER TO THE EDITOR

posted: 03/30/2011 9:24 p.m.

Thank your for cookies

NEBCO COMMUNITY CALENDAR

posted: 03/30/2011 9:24 p.m.

Upcoming Community Events Calendar and News

THE TIMES CLUB NEWS

posted: 03/30/2011 9:21 p.m.

Local Clubs Report

Bangs celebrate silver wedding anniversary

posted: 03/30/2011 9:21 p.m.

Joe and Tina Bangs of Pea Ridge celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this week.

NEBCO POLICE, SHERIFF, FIRE AND EMS REPORTS

posted: 03/30/2011 9:20 p.m.

Incidents reported by the Departments this week include:

Art gallery visitors increase

posted: 03/30/2011 9:17 p.m.

The Pea Ridge Primary and Intermediate schools’ art students have attracted over 200,000 visitors to its web art gallery since its inception two years ago.

King’s 400th baseball win, and NOT counting

posted: 03/30/2011 9:17 p.m.

When the Blackhawks won their game at Green Forest Tuesday, it was a milestone. Not for them, but for their coach — John King.

Two ’Hawks selected

posted: 03/30/2011 9:15 p.m.

Two Blackhawk basketball players were selected to the NWA Media small schools allarea boys basketball team. They were Kasey Cooper and Cameron Thompson.

Dragons

posted: 03/30/2011 9:15 p.m.

The Arkansas Dragons 12 & Under Team won first place in the Peyton Jackson Memorial Tournament held March 25-27 in Alma.

2Xtreme softball

posted: 03/30/2011 9:14 p.m.

John Van Houden and members of the 2Xtreme softball team talked to members of the Pea Ridge Optimist Club Thursday night.

Ridger Sports — Cooper, Thompson are stars

posted: 03/30/2011 9:11 p.m.

Seniors Kasey Cooper and Cameron Thompson made the 10-man Northwest Arkansas Media Small School All-Star Team in an announcement made this past weekend.

Blackhawk Ladies’ Softball

posted: 03/30/2011 9:10 p.m.

Game 1 vs Fayetteville Lost 10-0

From the Counselor’s Corner — Prepare for college now

posted: 03/30/2011 9:09 p.m.

Time to make your college choice It’s time for seniors and juniors to make decisions and prepare for life after high school.

THE TIMES SCHOOL NEWS

posted: 03/30/2011 9:09 p.m.

Media Center Field Trips

NEBCO LUNCH MENUS

posted: 03/30/2011 9:08 p.m.

PEA RIDGE AND GARFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Crosses silently testify in forgotten cemetery

posted: 03/30/2011 6:16 p.m.

Editor’s note: This is the last in a series of articles by Culea Abraham, a 2008 graduate of Pea Ridge High School, and a senior at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo. She is the daughter of Russ and Lisa Abraham of Pea Ridge.

THE TIMES SCHOLARSHIPS

posted: 03/30/2011 6:16 p.m.

Village Art Club to fund scholarships

Wednesday, March 23

Scouts scour roadsides

posted: 03/23/2011 6:11 p.m.

Cub Scouts, their siblings and several Boy Scouts scoured the county roadsides around Pea Ridge picking up litter under the watchful eyes of their leaders and parents. The wee Scouts in bright yellow shirts and orange vests bagged the litter to be picked up later by county employees.

Men arrested, drugs found

posted: 03/23/2011 6:11 p.m.

On routine patrol Sunday evening, Pea Ridge police officer Chris Olson saw a vehicle pass through the four-way stop with a broken windshield that appeared to obscure the vision of the driver.

Cottingham votes ‘No’ to sewer rate increase

posted: 03/23/2011 6:09 p.m.

Saying he did not approve of sewer rate increases, councilman Bob Cottingham cast the dissenting vote for the rate increase which city officials say is necessary to meet the demands of wastewater department.

100 years young

posted: 03/23/2011 6:08 p.m.

Virginia A. Leach Kelly Wylie was feted with a luncheon party Monday to celebrate her 100th birthday.

Pretty cool old dude, Mr. H teaches math

posted: 03/23/2011 6:08 p.m.

For longer than many experienced teachers have been alive, “Mr. H” has been involved in education.

DOG TAGS REQUIRED

posted: 03/23/2011 6:03 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.

Fires out of control

posted: 03/23/2011 6:03 p.m.

Eight dogs died in a fire at a kennel on Indian Creek Road Sunday.

THE TIMES COMMUNITY CALENDAR

posted: 03/23/2011 6:02 p.m.

Area Announcements and Upcoming Events

Out of My Mind — Aging frailties slow us down

posted: 03/23/2011 6:01 p.m.

As I write this looking through “reading glasses,” but grabbing bifocals when I need to read a paper on my desk, I silently fume about the vicissitudes of life and the challenges of aging, I’m reminding myself to “in everything give thanks,” as we’re reminded in I Thessalonians 5:18. A recent knee injury resulted in surgery and I don’t move as quickly as I used to and have had to silently apologize to all those who move slowly when I’ve fumed when walking behind them.

Recipe of the Week — Pineapple Pretzel Flugg

posted: 03/23/2011 6 p.m.

From Mary Conaway, Pea Ridge

THE TIMES LETTER TO EDITOR

posted: 03/23/2011 5:59 p.m.

Seeking advanced life support

Arkansas Watch ± War is not in our best interest

posted: 03/23/2011 5:59 p.m.

“War is the health of the state. It automatically sets in motion throughout society these irresistible forces for uniformity, for passionate cooperation with the government in coercing into obedience the minority groups and individuals which lack the larger herd sense.” — Randolf Bourne “(America) goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all.

Now & Then — Small world: You never know who you’ll run into

posted: 03/23/2011 5:58 p.m.

Sometimes people say it’s a small world. Usually by that we mean that although the world is big, things sometimes happen that we would only expect in a small world, like running into someone you know in a faraway place, or discovering that someone you never knew before actually has connections to people and places you are familiar with.

PEA RIDGE NATIONAL MILITARY PARK

posted: 03/23/2011 5:55 p.m.

Pea Ridge National Military Park is planning to conduct prescribed fire operation during March. To assure visitor safety, some areas inside the park and trails may be closed while fire operations are taking place and for a short period after completion.

THE TIMES OBITUARIES

posted: 03/23/2011 5:54 p.m.

March 23, 2011

POLICE, SHERIFF, FIRE and EMS REPORTS

posted: 03/23/2011 5:53 p.m.

Incidents reported by area Departments this week include:

NEBCO HEALTH DEPARTMENT INSPECTIONS

posted: 03/23/2011 5:50 p.m.

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

THE TIMES PUBLIC MEETINGS

posted: 03/23/2011 5:50 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 24 6 p.m. — Benton County Quorum Court, City Administration Building downtown Bentonville

March 23, 2011 MARRIAGE LICENSES

posted: 03/23/2011 5:49 p.m.

Curtis Paul Abercrombie, 27, and Breanna Rae Cody, 33, both of Pea Ridge Casey Trent Addington, 27, Atlanta, and Victoria Leigh Billington, 22, Pea Ridge Kenneth Michael Sanford, 68, and Barbara Ann Brydle, 68, both of Garfield

Ridger Sports| What makes a good coach?

posted: 03/23/2011 5:48 p.m.

In this the second week of looking for a new coach to head the Razorback basketball program, a lot has been printed about the kind of coach Arkansas should get or look for.

Quiz Bowl going to state

posted: 03/23/2011 5:48 p.m.

The Pea Ridge High School Quiz Bowl Team is going to the Arkansas Governor’s Quiz Bowl Association State Tournament in Batesville on April 2.

PEA RIDGE SCHOOL NEWS

posted: 03/23/2011 5:47 p.m.

Media Center Field Trips

JOHN BROWN UNIVERSITY HONORS

posted: 03/23/2011 5:46 p.m.

Jane Manasseri honored

BENTON COUNTY LUNCH MENUS

posted: 03/23/2011 5:46 p.m.

PEA RIDGE AND GARFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Bella Vista Contractors treats each customer like a neighbor

posted: 03/23/2011 12:21 a.m.

Bella Vista Contractors treat all of their customers like they live next door. Locally owned by a father and son, Bella Vista Contractors provides professionalism, promptness, quality of work, fair pricing and customer satisfaction that keep clients coming back time and again.

Wednesday, March 16

Split vote OKs Personal Policy Committee-approved calendar

posted: 03/16/2011 9:57 a.m.

In a rare split vote, Pea Ridge School Board members approved the calendar recommended by the majority of employees instead of the one recommended by the school administration.

ACIC accessed locally now

posted: 03/16/2011 9:56 a.m.

Thanks to the addition of new software and a computer dedicated to accessing the Arkansas Crime Information Center, Pea Ridge police have been able to enter their own warrants in house without having to drive to Bentonville. The in-house computer also provides immediate access to information about sex offenders.

School ends year with $1.23 million

posted: 03/16/2011 9:55 a.m.

Anticipating an ending balance of $1,235,745 after all expenditures to end the 2010-2011 fiscal year, Pea Ridge school superintendent Mike Van Dyke presented the financial report to School Board members Monday night. He told board members the purchase of a bus may be necessary, but no action was taken on that.

Chamber Business Expo set

posted: 03/16/2011 9:55 a.m.

The Regional Chamber of Commerce of Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri has partnered with Northeast Benton County Volunteer Fire/EMS Department to host the 5th annual Business Expo set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, in the community room at NEBCO station 1. Admission is free. Door Prizes will be given away.

RECOLLECTIONS

posted: 03/16/2011 9:54 a.m.

40 Years Ago The Pea Ridge City Council decided to enforce a section of the city ordinance that establishes and regulates rates for the Water Department. Mayor Jack Musteen asked city Water Department superintendent Charles Hardy how many incidents there were in Pea Ridge, in which one water meter was serving two separate housing units.

Men of many trades

posted: 03/16/2011 9:51 a.m.

Outfitting one of two new police cars — 2011 Chevrolet Impalas — and saving the department money, Sgt. Ryan Walker and Cpl. Mitch Brown added lights, sirens and radios to equip the two newest additions to the Pea Ridge Police Department fleet.

Battle of Pea Ridge featured at Hobbs

posted: 03/16/2011 9:50 a.m.

Dave Lewis of the Benton County Historical Society will present “Van Winkle Hollow and the War in Northwest Arkansas” Saturday at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area Visitor Center. The 2 p.m. presentation is free, and is part of the Friends of Hobbs Speaker Series. Lewis’ talk will concentrate on the battles of Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove, and the importance of Van Winkle Hollow in the complicated military maneuvers of the battles, according to a press release.

Pastor’s Corner — Face fears

posted: 03/16/2011 9:49 a.m.

A few years ago there was a reality T.V. show that was my favorite show.

THE TIMES CHURCH NEWS

posted: 03/16/2011 9:49 a.m.

Area Church News

NEBCO OBITUARIES

posted: 03/16/2011 9:48 a.m.

March 16, 2011

THE TIMES CORRECTION

posted: 03/16/2011 9:46 a.m.

The leader of the “roller coaster” wave performed by Blackhawk fans at the district and state tournaments was misidentified in the captions of photographs published Feb. 23 and March 9.

DOG TAGS REQUIRED

posted: 03/16/2011 9:46 a.m.

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

CAR SEAT CHECK-UP

posted: 03/16/2011 9:44 a.m.

Pleasant Grove Wal-Mart and Benton County Sheriff’s Office are hosting the 10th annual Child Passenger Safety Seat Check-Up event. It will be in the northwest corner of the parking lot at the Pleasant Grove Wal-Mart Saturday, March 19, from 9 a.m. until noon.

PEA RIDGE NATIONAL MILITARY PARK

posted: 03/16/2011 9:43 a.m.

Pea Ridge National Military Park is planning to conduct prescribed fire operation during March. To assure visitor safety, some areas inside the park and trails may be closed while fire operations are taking place and for a short period after completion.

SPRING CLEAN-UP

posted: 03/16/2011 9:43 a.m.

The 2011 City of Pea Ridge Annual Spring Clean-up is set for April 12-16.

POLICE, SHERIFF, FIRE and EMS REPORTS

posted: 03/16/2011 9:41 a.m.

Incidents Reports this week:

PLAYFUL PALS

posted: 03/16/2011 9:37 a.m.

FREE TO GOOD HOME, LOST AND FOUND PETS

THE TIMES PUBLIC MEETINGS

posted: 03/16/2011 9:35 a.m.

Friday, March 18 10 a.m. — Benton County Election Commission, Election Commission office, 105 SE Executive Drive, Suite 1, Bentonville Tuesday, March 22 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

THE TIMES MARRIAGE LICENSES

posted: 03/16/2011 9:35 a.m.

Todd Joseph Beaudry Jr., 18, and Melanie Faye Light, 19, both of Pea Ridge Scott Ray Singleton, 36, and Sherri Diana Fite, 40, both of Pea Ridge

Guest Column — Was St. Patrick Irish?

posted: 03/16/2011 9:12 a.m.

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day and with it will come a lot of customs of the day.

Recipe of the Week — Potato Cakes

posted: 03/16/2011 9:11 a.m.

From the kitchen of Sandra Wright, Garfield

Lynch Pen — Age and experience color view

posted: 03/16/2011 9:09 a.m.

One of the beauties of a long life is the opportunity to develop a personal history on which to base how you see events and how the view of those events changes with time. When we are young, there is frequently very little experience on which to base our decisions and little to assist us in putting things in proper perspective.

’Til Next Time — Spring is budding; cleanup is coming

posted: 03/16/2011 9:08 a.m.

A quote from Max Eastman, “Dogs laugh but they do it with their tails.” Raking the yard brings on a whole new set of muscles to ache. The weather, the flowers in bloom, the lilac and forsythia bushes are leafing out, and I have two hens wanting to set. Makes my heart so full, it’s running over. The words of thanks and gratefulness come so fast that I quit saying them out loud and just let my mind whirl them out.

THE TIMES LETTER TO THE EDITOR

posted: 03/16/2011 9:07 a.m.

Scholarship time Dear Editor, It is that time of year again when our Pea Ridge Scholarship Association is mailing out contribution requests.

Now & Then — Roaring River was the place for family outings

posted: 03/16/2011 9:07 a.m.

A few days ago I heard a KURM Radio remote broadcast reporting on the opening of trout fishing season at Roaring River State Park. It set me thinking about how years ago Roaring was THE place to go for family outings. Even before we became familiar with Lake Atalanta’s park and picnic grounds, east of Rogers, we would go to Roaring River for our picnics, cookouts and other family outings.

THE TIMES COMMUNITY CALENDAR

posted: 03/16/2011 9:06 a.m.

Calendar of Upcoming Area Events

THE TIMES AREA EVENTS

posted: 03/16/2011 9:05 a.m.

Upcoming in the Area

COMMUNITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE

posted: 03/16/2011 9:04 a.m.

Tables are still available for Bella Vista Village’s 2011 Community Garage Sale. The indoor garage sale will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

NEBCO CLUB NEWS

posted: 03/16/2011 9:03 a.m.

Local Groups Report

Raffle for a cause

posted: 03/16/2011 9:01 a.m.

Senator Cecile Bledsoe and NEBCO Fire Chief Rob Taylor shared a laugh as Sen. Bledsoe bought raffle tickets to support the Northeast Benton County Volunteer Fire/EMS Department. The winners’ names will be drawn Oct. 1 at the annual Turkey Shoot.

Walker used jerk bait to catch 26-lb. whopper

posted: 03/16/2011 8:59 a.m.

The lure with a funny name is serious business when it comes to catching black bass during the winter at Beaver Lake.

Ridger Sports — Speed, endurance key to wins

posted: 03/16/2011 8:58 a.m.

As I said in a previous column, the 4A state basketball championship game last week might very well herald the future or perhaps usher it in.

2011 BLACKHAWK BASEBALL SCHEDULE

posted: 03/16/2011 8:57 a.m.

Schedule

Realtors help with Garfield School

posted: 03/16/2011 8:56 a.m.

Two moms, both local realtors, have been making a difference at Garfield Elementary School. One has taken the post as president of the PTO while another has helped with a fund raiser to benefit the library programs. The pair recently presented school principal Anitia Turner with a “Smart Board” to be placed in the school library for use by the students.

40TH REUNION PLANNED

posted: 03/16/2011 8:55 a.m.

The 1971 Class of Pea Ridge High School is planning a 40-year reunion on June 11. For more information, contact Ray Easley, Penny Schwitters or Darla Nix.

PEA RIDGE SCHOOL NEWS

posted: 03/16/2011 8:54 a.m.

Pea Ridge High School Punch cards available Athletic Punch Cards are available and can be purchased only at the superintendent’s office. Adult cards are 10 games for $32 and student cards are 10 games for $24.

NEBCO SCHOOL LUNCH MENUS

posted: 03/16/2011 8:52 a.m.

PEA RIDGE AND GARFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Visiting Nuremberg was insightful for students

posted: 03/16/2011 8:51 a.m.

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of articles written by Culea Abraham, a 2008 graduate of Pea Ridge High School, and a senior at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo. She is the daughter of Russ and Lisa Abraham of Pea Ridge.

Wednesday, March 9

Senior Helpers — Arkansas promotes healthy, happy lifestyles

posted: 03/09/2011 10:35 a.m.

Senior Helpers Arkansas knows how to promote healthy and happy lifestyles for seniors, whether it's help in the kitchen preparing meals, assistance moving around the house during the day, or simply motivating an aging family member to get out for an afternoon walk. Senior Helpers is a local care company that provides in-home and companion care services for seniors.

Man found dead

posted: 03/09/2011 8:35 a.m.

What was to have been a pleasant walk around the lake turned into a chilling experience for one lady and her children.

Having a heart for the kids

posted: 03/09/2011 8:34 a.m.

After nearly a decade of spending every Saturday through the winter at the gym, Kevin and Ronda Hall are hanging up their YCB hats.

PEA RIDGE SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

posted: 03/09/2011 8:34 a.m.

Items on the agenda include: Consent Agenda which includes — Minutes of the February meeting; the financial report; construction of safe room, Intermediate School and surveillance system update; American Recovery and Investment Act/Legislative Update; and an out-of-state trip to Roaring River; Action Agenda which includes — 2010-2011 Amended School Calendar and 2011-2012 School Calendar Personnel including resignations and recommendations for renewal of certified teacher contracts for the 2011-2012 school year; and miscellaneous items.

Sewer rates on City Council agenda

posted: 03/09/2011 8:33 a.m.

Two public hearings and many discussions about increasing sewer rates are expected to culminate Tuesday at the Pea Ridge City Council meeting when an ordinance to increase the sewer rates will be presented to the council.

Drugs, cash confiscated

posted: 03/09/2011 8:33 a.m.

What began as a routine traffic stop led to the confiscation of more than an ounce of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, $5,000 in cash and an arrest.

RECOLLECTIONS

posted: 03/09/2011 8:32 a.m.

40 Years Ago Voters in Pea Ridge School District chose Royle Carnes as the new board member, then formed almost a solid block vote for the 5-mill increase in school taxes.

Pastor’s Corner Have you prayed today?

posted: 03/09/2011 8:23 a.m.

No matter what town we pass through I keep my eyes open for church signs. I’ve had this habit for years and I like the signs because some of the best humor and profound spiritual insights I’ve known have been on them. I recently saw one as I was in Pea Ridge that didn’t make much of an impact on me at first other than to make me go “well, duh... ” What did it say? It said “I only pray on the days that end in “Y.” It wasn’t until later in the week that it really sunk in.

NEBCO CHURCH NEWS

posted: 03/09/2011 8:15 a.m.

Local Church Events

PLAYFUL PALS

posted: 03/09/2011 8:15 a.m.

FREE TO GOOD HOME, LOST AND FOUND ANIMALS

POLICE, SHERIFF, FIRE and EMS REPORTS

posted: 03/09/2011 8:14 a.m.

Incidents reported by the Departments this week include:

THE TIMES MARRIAGE LICENSES

posted: 03/09/2011 8:12 a.m.

Nathan Troy Smith, 28, and Tasha Marie Ruffcorn, 28, both of Pea Ridge.

NEBCO PUBLIC MEETINGS

posted: 03/09/2011 8:12 a.m.

Upcoming Public Meetings

Arkansas Watch | More sales tax considered again

posted: 03/09/2011 8:10 a.m.

Voters in Arkansas sent a huge number of Republicans to the state legislature this past year. I’m pretty sure that they didn’t do that because they wanted them to find ways for the state to collect even more tax money from us. Some of them, especially the freshmen, are trying to cut taxes, but the sentiment is not universal.

Recipe of the Week — Chocolate-Chocolate Cupcakes

posted: 03/09/2011 8:10 a.m.

From the kitchen of Jenny Isgrigg, Pea Ridge 3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa 3/4 c. all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 c. unsalted butter 1 c. sugar 3 large eggs 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/2 c. sour cream 1 1/2 c. milk chocolate morsels Sift together cocoa, flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl; set aside. Beat butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla at medium speed with electric mixer.

Lynch Pen | Have educational expectations hurt industrial competition?

posted: 03/09/2011 8:08 a.m.

There are dozens of things that keep one wondering what tomorrow will bring. In fact, there are times it would be interesting to watch the international news throughout the night just to avoid missing something. With the budget situation in Wisconsin spilling into a struggle over union’s ability to negotiate certain items of the teachers’ contracts, we have our own news item to compete with Libya’s unrest. And, with the international price of commodities going up, the cost of living in our nation is highlighting our budget battle going on in Washington.

Out of My Mind | Kudos on a job well done

posted: 03/09/2011 8:07 a.m.

Over the past two weeks, students and adults have flocked to the Blackhawk basketball games watching the high school players compete in district, regional and state tournaments. They’ve yelled and cheered on their team and congratulated them on their wins.

Now & Then | Going over the hill to fetch a pail of water

posted: 03/09/2011 8:06 a.m.

I suppose it is obvious that I like to tell reminiscing stories. I may have picked that up from my mother. My mom quite often fell into telling a story about things that happened as she was growing up north of Bentonville. She had a story about going over the hill to the spring on the back side of their family farm to bring water to the house for drinking and cooking. On one of those jaunts, she encountered a copperhead snake.

CLUB NEWS Granny’s Quilts of Love

posted: 03/09/2011 8:05 a.m.

Granny’s Quilts of Love met Feb. 15 at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church in Pea Ridge with 12 members present.

NEBCO COMMUNITY CALENDAR

posted: 03/09/2011 8:05 a.m.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Watsons celebrate 60th

posted: 03/09/2011 8:02 a.m.

Johnnie and Laverne Watson of Pea Ridge will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 19, in the community room of the Pea Ridge Emergency Services building.

Boys experience cold facts of battle at PRNMP

posted: 03/09/2011 8:01 a.m.

Bundled against the wintry March winds, two 12-year-old boys met on different sides of the fence at the Pea Ridge National Military Park Saturday in to commemorate the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Pea Ridge fought March 7-8, 1862.

Lees fete 50 years

posted: 03/09/2011 7:37 a.m.

Charles and Judy Lee of Pea Ridge will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 12, in the community room at the Pea Ridge Emergency Services building.

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS HONORS

posted: 03/09/2011 7:37 a.m.

Several Pea Ridge High School graduates were honored this past fall at the University of Arkansas. They include: Deans list: Caitlen Stellpflug, undeclared undergraduate (ARSC), Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences; Blaine Allgood, Finance, Sam M. Walton College of Business; and • Victoria Billington, Communication Disorders, College of Education and Health Professions, all of Pea Ridge. Chancellors’ list: Blaine Allgood, Victoria Billington and Caitlen Stellflug, all of Pea Ridge.

Blackhawks made it into Elite Eight

posted: 03/09/2011 7:27 a.m.

The 2011 Blackhawk boys basketball team had a historical 76-63 win over Dumas in the first round of the 4A State Tournament before losing to the defending 2010 state champion and current NO.

’Hawks began in YCB

posted: 03/09/2011 7:26 a.m.

Two of the three seniors on this year’s Blackhawk basketball team began playing basketball in the Youth Competitive Basketball program.

Ridger Sports | 4A-1 league flexes muscles

posted: 03/09/2011 7:25 a.m.

With only the state final games left to play, it has become abundantly clear that the 4A-1 Conference cuts a wide swath when it comes evaluating successful basketball programs across the Natural State.

Sands selected All Star

posted: 03/09/2011 7:24 a.m.

Kinae Sands, senior caption of the Pea Ridge Cheer squad, has been selected as both an All State Cheerleader and an All Star Cheerleader.

SCHOLARSHIPS LISTED

posted: 03/09/2011 7:22 a.m.

Farm Bureau The Benton County Farm Bureau will again offer a $500 scholarship for members, children or grandchildren of Farm Bureau members in the county who are graduating this spring. One recipient will be selected from all applicants countywide. Other eligibility and terms of the scholarship are available. Deadline is April 15, 2011.

NEBCO SCHOOL LUNCH MENUS

posted: 03/09/2011 7:19 a.m.

PEA RIDGE AND GARFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Wednesday, March 2

1862 Civil War battle changed life forever

posted: 03/02/2011 10:59 a.m.

The fields are peaceful now. The deer, squirrels, rabbits and raccoons, along with tourists, provide the only activity now. But these serene hills and fields were covered with soldiers, horses, cannons and blood 149 years ago. The Pea Ridge National Military Park was the site of a Civil War battle that raged for two days March 7-8, 1862.

Chamber of Commerce plans Expo

posted: 03/02/2011 10:58 a.m.

The Regional Chamber of Commerce of Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri has joined forces with the Northeast Benton County Volunteer Fire/ EMS Department to host the fifth annual Business Expo to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Garfield Community Room. Admission is free.

Using technology to save money & time

posted: 03/02/2011 10:58 a.m.

Using technology to enhance their effectiveness and be more efficient, Pea Ridge Police have recently upgraded on three areas.

Out of My Mind | Pull together for the good of all

posted: 03/02/2011 10:56 a.m.

Blackhawk basketball fever has risen.

THE TIMES LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

posted: 03/02/2011 10:55 a.m.

Grow up - I am tired of reading about the infighting among the Benton County Election Commission members.

Taking care of the living valued

posted: 03/02/2011 10:54 a.m.

When a sister-in-law called to ask for a name from long ago it brought to memory the saying, “You can’t tell where you are going, until you know where you came from.” After a grandson had a sleep over and I was making up his bed, thought, “he tears up his bed as bad as I do.” Neither of us wants our bedding tucked in at the bottom. We want it to roll and move as we do. It was a relief when he got too old to sleep with grandma because we are both restless sleepers. While I was waiting on sleep, I was able to reminisce and realize that all eight of our grandsons have had sleep overs at our house.

Arkansas Watch | Escalating oil prices preventable

posted: 03/02/2011 10:53 a.m.

What you are seeing at the gas pump these days are high prices by design.

POLICE, SHERIFF, FIRE and EMS REPORTS

posted: 03/02/2011 10:53 a.m.

Incidents reported by the various Departments this week include:

Recipe of the Week | Stuffed Green Peppers

posted: 03/02/2011 10:49 a.m.

From the kitchen of Linda Whitaker, Pea Ridge librarian

Now & Then | Emergency care has come a long way since 1950

posted: 03/02/2011 10:48 a.m.

When I was a young boy, I didn’t make a difference between an ambulance and a hearse. I thought of the two as one and the same thing. I think that was because in our community the funeral hearse also served as an ambulance from time to time. When I was young, our funeral home in Pea Ridge was the Miller Funeral Home, and the undertaker, as we sometimes called him, was Ralph Miller. Back then we didn’t have what would be called emergency medical technicians or paramedics, and we didn’t have an ambulance service as we would think of one today.

PLAYFUL PALS

posted: 03/02/2011 10:47 a.m.

FREE TO GOOD HOME, LOST AND FOUND PETS

NEBCO PUBLIC MEETINGS

posted: 03/02/2011 10:40 a.m.

Monday, March 7 6 p.m. — Seligman, Mo., City Council, City Hall Tuesday, March 8 1 p.m. — Pea Ridge City Court, City Hall 5 p.m. —GatewayTown Council Meeting, Gateway Town Hall 7 p.m. — Avoca City Council,Town Hall

NEBCO MARRIAGE LICENSES

posted: 03/02/2011 10:40 a.m.

Lincoln Matthew Tanley, 40, and Barbara Jean Marcantel, 46, both of Garfield.

NEBCO OBITUARIES

posted: 03/02/2011 10:39 a.m.

Savannah Gabrielle Paula Martin Savannah Gabrielle Paula Martin, 7, of Lawton, Okla., died Feb. 20, 2011, at Southwestern Medical Center, Lawton, Okla. She was born Sept. 10, 2003, in Rogers, Ark., to Thomas Joseph “T.J.” Martin and Beth Mason Martin.

RECOLLECTIONS

posted: 03/02/2011 10:37 a.m.

40 Years Ago An announcement was made this week by Harlan Phillips and son, John, of Bentonville, of plans to begin constuction on a new 12,000-square-foot supermarket in Pea Ridge to be known as Phillips Food Center.

In His Study | Keep your guard up

posted: 03/02/2011 10:35 a.m.

“Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life and honor.” Proverbs 21:21 NRSV Too often we are inclined to believe what we see, especially in a world that emphasizes the visual. But just because our eyes seem to reveal something a certain way, it does not mean that what we perceive to be true is true.

THE TIMES CHURCH NEWS

posted: 03/02/2011 10:34 a.m.

Local Church News

NEBCO CLUB NEWS

posted: 03/02/2011 10:33 a.m.

Pea Ridge Historical Society Minutes The Pea Ridge Historical Society met at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at the museum. Jerry Nichols opened the meeting and introduced Katherine Bailey, a lace maker and member of The International Old Lacers Inc.

THE TIMES COMMUNITY CALENDAR

posted: 03/02/2011 10:32 a.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 2 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. — Seligman, Mo., Senior Center, free lunch program. For information, call Johnny Corn at 662-3749. 1 p.m. — Hobbits, Lost Bridge Community Center on Whitney Mountain. For information, call Roberta Heaton at 359-2139.

Eagle’s Nest was Hitler’s birthday gift

posted: 03/02/2011 10:23 a.m.

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of articles by Culea Abraham, a 2008 graduate of Pea Ridge High School, and a senior at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo. She is the daughter of Russ and Lisa Abraham of Pea Ridge.

SHILOH MUSEUM OF OZARK HISTORY

posted: 03/02/2011 10:22 a.m.

Upcoming Events

BENTON COUNTY COURT REPORT

posted: 03/02/2011 10:21 a.m.

Judge John A. Skaggs, presiding Richard S. Hardwicke, prosecuting attorney Feb. 22, 2011

7th annual NEBCO Chili Cook-Off success

posted: 03/02/2011 10:20 a.m.

Contestants and cooks included:

Champion sparring

posted: 03/02/2011 10:19 a.m.

Stephanie Harris, 9, a third-grade student at Pea Ridge Intermediate School, placed third in sparring at the American Taekwondo Association Regional Tournament in Conway Saturday, Feb. 19.

Singing scheduled Saturday at Bunker Hill in Missouri

posted: 03/02/2011 10:18 a.m.

BUNKER HILL, Mo. — The monthly singing at Bunker Hill is at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the Bunker Hill Community Building.

’Hawks win first two in 4A Regionals

posted: 03/02/2011 10:16 a.m.

Charley Clarke’s resurgent Blackhawks dropped the hammer on Subiaco Academy in posting a 72-53 victory in the opening round then held off conference rival Farmington 57-55 to advance to the championship game of the 4A North Regional at Pottsville.. The game with Subiaco was in doubt for most of the contest until the fourth quarter when the ’Hawks exploded for 21 points with their opponents managing only 8. Senior Kasey Cooper stroked three field goals in the fourth period while sinking six of six free throws to spark the surge.

Ridger Sports | Blackhawk boys find the row a little tougher

posted: 03/02/2011 10:15 a.m.

You have heard of the proverbial “tough row to hoe” when you or someone has before them an arduous or perhaps difficult task ahead. It doesn’t mean it can’t be done, it’s just that it can’t be done easily.

NOTES FROM THE NURSE

posted: 03/02/2011 10:13 a.m.

Tdap shots needed The school year is half over and we are already making preparations for the next school year 2011/2012. It’s time to give parents of the Middle School a heads up on requirements health-wise before the next year begins.

Oral health presented

posted: 03/02/2011 10:12 a.m.

Dr. Steven D. Kimbrough, Bentonville, showed fifth-grade students at Pea Ridge Intermediate School how to brush their teeth during a special presentation in the media center in honor of Children’s Dental Health month.

NEBCO SCHOOL LUNCH MENUS

posted: 03/02/2011 10:12 a.m.

PEA RIDGE AND GARFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Watch D.O.G. dad helps

posted: 03/02/2011 10:07 a.m.

Ashlyn Dagestad and her father, Sean, enjoyed having a special lunch and classroom time during Sean’s day as a Watch D.O.G. at Pea Ridge Intermediate School. Mr. Dagestad spent his volunteer day by helping a student prepare his Valentine’s Day box, assisting students in third grade and spending time monitoring during recess and lunch. The program continues to be a big hit with the students and faculty.

NEBCO SCHOOL NEWS

posted: 03/02/2011 10:06 a.m.

Open house set - Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts will host an open house for prospective students and their families from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 12, at the campus in downtown Hot Springs. Tours of the school will be available every half hour beginning at 9 a.m.

ART FINALIST NAMED

posted: 03/02/2011 10:05 a.m.

McTier nominated First-grade student Morgan McTier was nominated as one of 12 national finalists for the Artsonia Art Student of the Week Award last week. In national balloting held online from Feb. 23-26, McTier finished third in voting, behind eventual top vote getter Hailey of Lincoln, Neb., and runner-up Tierney of Brick, N.J. Other student finalists were from Michigan, Maryland, Wisconsin (2), Mississippi, Illinois (2), Ohio and Virginia.

GRANT AWARDED TO CREATE A NATIVE POLLINATOR GARDEN

posted: 03/02/2011 10:04 a.m.

Seventh graders at Pea Ridge Middle School will create a rain and pollinator garden, as well as install benches and picnic tables for the community thanks to a grant from Project Learning Tree, the environmental education program of the American Forest Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and Prince William Network. A GreenWorks PollinatorLIVE grant was awarded to the Pea Ridge School district in Pea Ridge.

Artists awarded

posted: 03/02/2011 10:03 a.m.

Art students Dillon Brouse, 2nd grade ; Mason Murillo, 1st grade ; and Jessica Gibson, kindergarten, show off their awards with their teacher, John Gibson.

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posted: 03/02/2011 8:07 a.m.

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