News 2011 May

Stories for May 2011

Saturday, May 28

Superintendent candidate declines offer

posted: 05/28/2011 7:16 p.m.

The selected replacement for school superintendent Mike Van Dyke turned down the job offer just days after it was offered.

Area teen witnesses wreckage from twister

posted: 05/28/2011 7:15 p.m.

Pea Ridge graduate and Joplin resident Lexi Paryzek was driving home from Kansas when one of the worst tornadoes in U.S. history destroyed a third of the southwest Missouri town.

Council in favor of fireworks

posted: 05/28/2011 7:14 p.m.

This Independence Day, fireworks will be blasting off in Pea Ridge city limits legally for the first time in 52 years.

Family trips fueled ranger’s fervor

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Virginia Dyer’s favorite family trip as a child is a tie between Glacier, Montana, and Appomattox Court House in Virginia.


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Bank collecting and other locations


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Eric Allen Morgan, 32, of Grand Prairie, Texas, and Michelle Colean Snider, 21, of Pea Ridge.


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Area Departments Reports Incidents from last week


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Judge John A. Skaggs, presiding Richard S. Hardwicke, prosecuting attorney May 10, 2011


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40 Years Ago May 27, 1971 Pea Ridge Graphic Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Autry, of Pea Ridge, walked away without serious injury after a tornado touched down in the area. The tornadic winds picked up the family’s home and slammed it to the ground, upside down, 33 feet away from the foundation. The Keith Escue dairy farm lost three cows after being struck by lightening in the same storm.


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City and County

Recipe of the Week: Garden Chicken Pasta Salad

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From the kitchen of Megan Blevins, Pea Ridge Recipes to Remember

Running Lines: Human kindness is not lost when everything else is

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Tornado sirens are like a pacemaker I have no need for — my heart pounds, my hands start to shake, I get clammy. It’s not pretty.

Lynch Pen: Major news goes from Trump to IMF

posted: 05/28/2011 7:04 p.m.

Since Donald Trump has chosen not to entertain us with his presence as a candidate for the Republican nomination for the Presidency, we, and the news media, are obligated to find something else to fill the void he leaves in the airwaves. What a disappointment it must be for the talk show hosts and pundits.

NEBCO: Holiday closings

posted: 05/28/2011 7:03 p.m.

The following businesses will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day: Pea Ridge Schools All area post offices Pea Ridge City Hall Benton County offices The Times office Business and classes will resume Tuesday, May 31.


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The hours of The Times office are from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The office will closed on Fridays.

Now & Then: Driving across Mississippi for the first time

posted: 05/28/2011 7:01 p.m.

Sometime back around 1970 our family made a trip south to Vicksburg, Mississippi. We were following Civil War interests on that trip, and Vicksburg is a rich experience in pursuing the major battle sites of the Civil War. Just recently, through some research our son Jeff has done, we discovered that one of my great-grandfathers on the Nichols side had fought for the Union with General Grant at Vicksburg, and that my great-grandfather Holcomb had fought for the Confederacy at Vicksburg.


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Calendar and News of Area Events


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A make-up registration for the Miss Pea Ridge and Junior Miss Pea Ridge pageants will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at First Baptist Church in Pea Ridge.

Pastor’s Corner: A great cloud of witnesses

posted: 05/28/2011 6:37 p.m.

The 11th Chapter of Hebrews in the New Testament recounts the lives of many heroes of faith who continue to be remembered as part of our Hebrew-Christian spiritual heritage.

Community room in Pea Ridge for residents’ use

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The Emergency Services building in Pea Ridge was built in 1993 to house the fire, ambulance and police departments.

Donations from the Bank of Pea Ridge

posted: 05/28/2011 6:25 p.m.

Four local charities received donations May 13 at the Bank of Pea Ridge 100th anniversary celebration. Bank president Jeff Neil presented donations on behalf of the bank to Darin Wright for the Pea Ridge youth baseball program, Edwin Brewer for Pea Ridge Ministerial Alliance and Lindsey Thompson for the Pea Ridge youth football and cheerleading program.

Ridger Sports: Week two of spring football

posted: 05/28/2011 6:23 p.m.

The Blackhawk football continues to toil away in preparation of the 2011 football season which begins in just three months.

SPORTS NEWS: Lil’ ’Hawks summer basketball camp

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

NWA Rattlers

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The NWA Rattlers, a USSSA 10U AA baseball team, went undefeated in the Branson Diamond Classic Mother’s Day weekend.


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Baseball award winners include: Austin Wichert, hustle; Dusty Morgan, most improved; Levi Roughton, Doug Huston attitude award; Ryan Roughton, Gold Glove; Kasey Cooper, batting champion; and Ethan Higgins, MVP and pitching award.

Notes From the Nurse: Some tips for the final days of schools

posted: 05/28/2011 6:18 p.m.

By the time you read this, we will have nine days left in school. We have been through the majority of field trips and Spring Fling with only a few major sunburns and first aid incidents. Please sunscreen your children during these last days of trips and playtime, and make sure they are well hydrated. Some grades are getting extra recess time and will be outside more than usual.

Young artists accept state award

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Pea Ridge elementary students Mason Murillo and Jessica Gibson accepted gold medals from the Arkansas Department of Education at an awards ceremony in Little Rock last week.

Garfield Elementary travels to Arvest Ball Park

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Hey, Folks! I haven’t been writing in awhile, but I have some news to share about our school, Garfield Elementary.


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Wednesday, May 25 8:45 a.m. — Intermediate School field trip to Carroll Electric for the Special Education class. 9:30 a.m. — Intermediate School Ambassador trip to the wilderness.


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PEA RIDGE PUBLIC SCHOOLS Mon., May 30 — No School.

New FFA officers elected at annual banquet

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The 2010-2011 annual Pea Ridge FFA banquet was held May 6, and it was a big hit!

Wednesday, May 25

Herald-Leader: CHURCH NEWS

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Area Church Announcements and Events


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OBITUARIES Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

Wednesday, May 18

Board interviews two for superintendent

posted: 05/18/2011 11:46 a.m.

Jimmy Cunningham of Plainview was offered the position of Pea Ridge School District superintendent Monday night during a special board meeting.

Council in a rut on how to fix roads

posted: 05/18/2011 11:45 a.m.

“I will spread the dirt on my own time and tractor,” Gateway resident Bob Bowman said, if the city delivered the gravel.

Former school board president dies

posted: 05/18/2011 11:44 a.m.

Former School Board president Mike Villines died Tuesday, May 10, in connection with a one-vehicle accident on Arkansas Highway 72, east of Gravette, according to the Arkansas State Police.

Vandalism problem at park

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Recent vandalism at the park in Givens subdivision could cost residents more than a place to play.

Recipe of the Week — Fruit and Granola Parfaits

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From the kitchen of Debbie Anderson, Pea Ridge

Pea Ridge soldier injured in Afghanistan

posted: 05/18/2011 11:37 a.m.

Pvt. Nicholas Harvey, 19, of Pea Ridge, was injured Monday, May 9, in Afghanistan when the truck he was driving was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED).

NEBCO receives grant for new tanker

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The Northeast Benton County Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services was one of 14 rural organizations to recently receive funds from the state.

Wanda Roe Day

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June 11 is Wanda Roe Day at Poor Richard’s Art. Roe marked her 90th birthday last fall and continues to be very active in the northwest Arkansas art scene.


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The entry fee for the Junior Miss Pea Ridge (ages 15-17 ), Teen Miss Pea Ridge (ages 13-14 ), Pre-Teen Miss Pea Ridge (ages 10-12 ) and Little Miss Pea Ridge (ages 7-9 ) contests is $25. The entry fee for Miss Pea Ridge (entering her senior year) is $50. The Times apologizes for the error.

NEBCO spaghetti feed

posted: 05/18/2011 11:26 a.m.

The NEBCO spaghetti feed was held Friday, April 22, in the NEBCO community room. More than 160 people were on hand for the feed.


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Upcoming Event News and Calendar


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May 18, 2011


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Police served three warrants: Aaron Looney, 19, Bella Vista, failure to appear.

Opt to wear your armor

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The sport of bull riding has progressed tremendously in the last two decades. One important advancement has been the lifesaving bull riding armor which includes the helmet and the vest.


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40 Years Ago May 20, 1971 Pea Ridge Graphic It was the 40th reunion of Pea Ridge High School graduating class of 1931.


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First Baptist Church, Pea Ridge A team of missionaries from the church will be heading to Haiti May 29 - June 4. While there, they will be building homes, assisting at a medical clinic and assisting at an orphanage. The church is collecting money to buy a work truck for the orphanage.


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Area Club Reports


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May 20, 2011


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Friday, May 20 10 a.m. — Benton County Election Commission, Election Commission office, 105 SE Executive Drive, Suite 1, Bentonville. Tuesday, May 23 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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Judge John A. Skaggs, presiding Richard S. Hardwicke, prosecuting attorney April 12, 2011 Prince, Carl, 38, contempt fail to pay F & C, guilty.

Editorial — What’s the hurry to fill the void?

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What’s the secret — and the hurry?

Ridger Sports — Spring football is here!

posted: 05/18/2011 11:07 a.m.

Spring is in the air as well as a lot of kicked, thrown and tossed footballs as Coach Tony Travis gathers up his troops for a two week “basic training” before setting off for the 4A-1 football wars this fall.

’Til Next Time — Life doesn’t always run smoothly

posted: 05/18/2011 11:07 a.m.

A big hickory nut tree went down in the wind storm last week. I felt bad because I had used a few of the nuts, like maybe I could pick out enough for one hickory nut cake a year. Those nuts are hard to pick out and I finally followed older, wiser advice, so I’d soaked them a few days then put them down in the freezer, then take them out to crack and pick a few at a time.

Guest Column I could have been rich, but chose to live well instead

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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.

Pea Ridge Graduation Events

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Friday, May 20 6 p.m. — Baccalaureate, Pea Ridge High School gym. Saturday, May 21 7 p.m. — Graduation ceremony,

Now & Then — Vacation to the southeastern states for the first time

posted: 05/18/2011 11:05 a.m.

We’ve done some traveling in our time, but we have never been big travelers. I have had one life-time trip to the west and northwest U.S., numerous trips to the mid-west states, one trip to New York and Washington, D.C., one trip to Alaska, one trip to the Holy Land and that’s about it. So far we have never made it to the northeastern states, and until this spring we had never been in the southeast United States.

Congratulations senior class of 2011

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Graduation is now at hand. The years have passed and soon you will take that final walk of your high school career.

To the class of 2011,

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As senior class president, I would like to say congratulations on graduating. High school has been a journey, but then again, most things in life are. It seems like 13 short years ago, we walked through the doors of Pea Ridge Elementary, said goodbye to our moms and made new friends. Little did we know these friendships would last us a life time. The class of 2011 is not just a class; we are a family. And like any family, each person brings their unique personality. And believe you me; we have a lot of personality. We could always identify each other for our strong points. Of course we had groups: the jocks, the nerds, the bandies and everyone else. But unlike most classes, these groups didn’t define us. We all shared the experience of high school together. We had to suffer through Algebra II, listen to Mrs. Zumwalt make her moose call and soon we will share graduation.

SCHOOL HONORS Butler graduates Henderson State

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Patricia Butler of Pea Ridge received her undergraduate degree from Henderson State University at the spring commencement ceremonies held Friday, May 13.


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Thursday, May 19 Dress up day at the Primary School. Come dressed for a career of your choice.

Easleys celebrate 60th

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John and June Easley of Pea Ridge will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Pea Ridge Emergency Services Building.

Wednesday, May 11

Lynch Pen — Applauding our hometown firefighters

posted: 05/11/2011 8:23 a.m.

There was a fire at a residence on Sugar Creek Road last week.

Criteria determined for superintendent

posted: 05/11/2011 3:29 a.m.

With the school superintendent’s job soon to be vacant, the school board needs start looking for a replacement, board members agreed Monday night.

Pavilion, butterfly garden planned for outdoor classroom

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Pea Ridge High School geometry teacher Holly Dayberry says give her a drill and she’ll do the building.

Sign ordinance goes to council

posted: 05/11/2011 3:27 a.m.

It’s yard sale time of year; beware of placing signs just anywhere in city limits.

Board decides to build school anyway

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The district has “encountered a little issue,” according to superintendent Mike Van Dyke at the regular school board meeting Monday night.

Running Lines — It’s not all smoke and rear-view mirrors

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A cool (but also sometimes gut-checking ) part of this job is the places you get to go and things you get to see up close.

33 years of service

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Sgt. First Class Michael E. Watkins, of Pea Ridge, celebrated 33 years of service in the Arkansas Army National Guard May 5.

Firefighter’s retirement dinner

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NEBCO Station 2 captain Corey Cannon, captain Nick Mason and chief Rob Taylor presented Jerry Nida with a plaque noting his 16 years of service to the department April 21.

Copeland retiring after teaching for 31 years

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An arranged meeting between Joneen and Dan Copeland resulted in two years of letter writing, a wedding on April 21, 1970, 41 years of marriage, three children and six grandchildren.


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Wanda Roe, past state president of Delta Kappa Gamma, attended its state convention in Little Rock May 1-2 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Congratulations on 100 Years

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For more than half a century, the Bank of Pea Ridge stood resolutely downtown, meeting the needs of its customers, staying open despite three burglaries and the Great Depression.


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Events News and Calendar


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June 11, 2011


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Recipe of the Week — Cucumber Rings

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From the kitchen of Angela Nuno, Pea Ridge


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Incidents this week include:


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Kevin Leroy Etris, 40, and Dawn Michelle Sissons, 41, both of Garfield.

Northwest Arkansas Newspapers debuts website redesign

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The news website, which features content from the publications of Northwest Arkansas Newspapers, debuted a redesign last week, with additional multimedia displays and photo galleries, a Yahoo-based search function and article-sharing tools.


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Tuesday, May 17 6 p.m. — Benton CountyTown Hall meeting Lost Bridge Village Community Center, 12477 Lodge Dr., Garfield. 6 p.m. — NEBCO Board of Directors, NEBCO Community Room, Garfield. 7 p.m. — Pea Ridge City Council, City Hall 7 p.m. — Gateway Planning Commission, City Hall Thursday, May 19 6 p.m. — Mule Jump planning meeting, City Hall.

CLUB NEWS Granny’s Quilts of Love

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Granny’s Quilts of Love met Tuesday, April 19, at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church in Pea Ridge. Nancy Davis opened the meeting with a prayer and Mary Margaret Webb conducted the meeting.


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Horse trail partially closed The North portion of Pea Ridge Military Park’s horse trail is closed until further notice. Heavy rains of late have made this section too wet for use and susceptible to resource damage. A short loop, consisting of five miles, will remain open.


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Fireworks will once again be the topic at this month’s Pea Ridge City Council meeting. The council will also discuss the city’s firearms ordinance and the newly amended sign ordinance approved by the Planning Commission last week.


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


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The tax assessment deadline is May 31 for both personal and commercial assessments. Blank commercial assessment forms can be found at the Benton County website, The commercial assessments may be filed electronically at bccomfiling There are five offices around the county to serve taxpayers.

Lady ’Hawks score at state

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The Pea Ridge Blackhawk girls track team ended the 2010-11 athletic school year on a high note as they placed in three events at the Arkansas 4A State and Field Championships held Saturday in Heber Springs.

Arkansas Dragons

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The 12 and under Arkansas Dragons won the Mother’s Day Classic tournament May 6-8 in Fort Smith.

Ridger Sports — What is the will to win?

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Sports writers and coaches sometimes talk a lot about a persons’ or a teams’ “will to win.” Statements like “yeah they lost, they just didn’t have that desire to win today,” or maybe something like “well, they just didn’t bring their best game today.” Just what is this will to win anyhow? How does a team or a player come to have what folks call “the will to win.”

Falkenstein receives SIFE award

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Lindsey Falkenstein of Pea Ridge received the 2011 Arkansas Tech University College of Business Billy Ramsey SIFE Award during an awards program April 26.

From the Counselor’s Corner — In the home stretch

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Graduating seniors are nearing the finish line of college planning. Though it may seem like the hard work is finished, it’s no time to give in to senioritis.


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Upcoming event news


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AFS-USA Study Abroad Scholarships AFS-USA is proud to announce it is offering scholarships to study abroad in 2011 to high school students who live in Arkansas. Scholarships are for yearlong programs only and cover up to $4,000 of program costs.

Safe room ribbon-cutting ceremony

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Pea Ridge mayor Jackie Crabtree, school superintendent Mike Van Dyke and Regional Chamber of Commerce president John Lasater were joined by several community members and students May 3 morning inside the new tornado safe room between Pea Ridge High School and Pea Ridge Primary School for a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Meadows enhances senior living

posted: 05/11/2011 1:30 a.m.

The Meadows is a family owned and managed community for independent and assisted care. Dr. Warren Bathke and his wife, Gladys, had a vision to develop a place that people could live a full life well into their golden years.

Wednesday, May 4

Van Dyke to be director of Co-op

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Pea Ridge Schools superintendent Mike Van Dyke hopes to remain involved withthe school district, despite taking the position of director at the Northwest Arkansas Education Service Cooperative in Farmington.

Electric stove causes house fire

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While cooking noodles Sunday afternoon, Beatrice Watkins left the room for a short time.

Repairs in the works

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The sun is finally shining on streets of Pea Ridge that were damaged the last week’s rain.

Flood keeps water-extraction business busy

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Calls began coming in around midnight Sunday night, April 24, said Derek Latimer of Service-Master, a disaster restoration company.

Seligman man gets life in prison for rape

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Brian Tyler Jordan, 41, from Seligman, Mo., will spend the rest of his life in prison. A jury on Thursday found him guilty of raping a 75-year-old woman last year.


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40 Years Ago May 6, 1971 Pea Ridge Graphic The Bank of Pea Ridge observed its 60th anniversary, making it the second oldest bank in the county. When the great depression of the 1930s struck, all of the banks in Benton County closed except for three. The Bank of Pea Ridge was one that survived.

’Til Next Time — Is it time yet to pack the winter coat?

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It’s either feast of famine! All winter the branch barely ran. The spring fed creek has gone on a rampage and left big logs laying out in the pastures. Sugar Creek Road was closed a few days.

Running Lines — Formerly trained to make stuff up

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A newsperson is often one that others stay away from, the one that tells the truth when some people wish to keep it hidden, one who’s there asking questions and clicking a camera, waiting for information, butting in.

Recipe of the Week — Capellini

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From the kitchen of Lila Pettyjohn, Pea Ridge Recipes to Remember cookbook


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Prayer request The most important thing is a prayer request for my grandson Free Dyer. He is 14 and last July he went into cardiac arrest. He spent several months at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

Lynch Pen — The political scene will not be forgotten for long

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The television is still talking about the recent British royal wedding, which is not of much interest to me personally, but then I’ve never been known as a romantic person. That probably comes from my simple upbringing in a more traditional blue collar family.

Now & Then — Our big state fair adventure didn’t pan out

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Sometimes our best laid plans in life just don’t quite work out right. I have seen a few things work out better than expected, and sometimes much worse.


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Incidents and calls reported by various agencies.


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Area Couple File


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Thursday, May 5 10:00 a.m. — Benton County Conservation District, USDA Service Center, Bentonville. For more information contact Gail Sparks at 273-2622 ext. 3.

Pastor’s Corner — Live each day as if it’s THE day

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If the saying is true that April showers bring May flowers, then we should be in for a bumper crop of flowers as we enter into May. It seemed like the rain would never end, but we finally have sunshine. I have even been able to mow my yard. May is that special time of year when spring is as its finest. We have flowers blooming, trees leafed out and warmer temperatures, but not the hot temperatures that July and August will bring.


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Area Church Happenings


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The park’s tour road, horse trails, and hiking trails will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The Visitor Center will continue to be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.


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Area Events Calendar and News

Veterans honor Avoca Mayor O’Dell

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Just after he had called the City Council meeting to order last month, Avoca Mayor Tommy O’Dell received a surprise.

Beta Alpha Easter egg hunt

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About 45 children attended the annual Beta Alpha Sorority Easter Egg Hunt on April 16, despite the cold weather.


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Schedule of Fairs


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Area Club Reports

Pea Ridge girls relay team wins district

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Four Lady Blackhawks track athletes punched their tickets for the 4A state track and field championships as they claimed first place in the 4x800 relay in the 4A-1 district track meet last week.

Ridger Sports — Shiloh set to leave conference; to petition for 5A classification

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The numbers have been crunched, some faces have been scrunched and the Arkansas Activities Association has released the long awaited reclassification lists for the 2012-2014 school terms.

Pea Ridge High School track meet location change

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The location of the 4A state track meet scheduled for May 7 in Pocahontas has been changed to Heber Springs High School, due to flooding.

Rattlers win classic

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The Northwest Arkansas Rattlers, a USSSA 10U AA baseball team, recently won the Alma Spinach Classic held April 22-24.

Harris places 4th

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Stephanie Harris, 9, a third-grade student at Pea Ridge Intermediate School, placed fourth in form at the American Taekwondo Association’s regional tournament in Little Rock on April 22. Stephanie is the daughter of Nicole and Steve Harris of Pea Ridge. She has been a student at ATA Martial Arts in Bentonville for one year.

Solo & ensemble

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Pea Ridge High School band members competed in the Region One solo and ensemble competition Friday, April 8.


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KINDERGARTEN (continued from last week), FIRST AND SECOND GRADES

Miss Pea Ridge and Junior Miss Pea Ridge pageants

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The deadline to enter the 2011 Miss Pea Ridge and Junior Miss Pea Ridge contests is Monday, May 23.


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Kindergarten Registration and other news

SCHOOL HONORS Rogers awarded Chancellor’s Scholarship

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Reed Rogers, of Pea Ridge, has been awarded a Chancellor’s Scholarship to study at the University of Arkansas. He is a senior attending Ambassadors for Christ Academy High School.

Help a non-reader learn to read

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If you can read this you can help. The Beaver Lake Literacy Council has tutors available to teach on a one-to-one basis. Please contact them at 273.3486 and help wipe out illiteracy. All calls held confidential.


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