News 2012 April

Stories for April 2012

Wednesday, April 25

Take a walk

posted: 04/25/2012 1:33 a.m.

A sidewalk on Hayden Road from the high school to city park may become a reality before the end of the year thanks to a highway department grant and action by the city council.

Weaving up an income

posted: 04/25/2012 1:32 a.m.

He may be in middle school, but he’s already an entrepreneur.

City takes out line of credit for two projects

posted: 04/25/2012 1:31 a.m.

To begin two projects, the city has taken out two lines of credit at the two local banks, after extensive discussion at the regular City Council meeting Tuesday, April 17.

Fire chief wants city to pay

posted: 04/25/2012 1:30 a.m.

Presenting several options for a new ambulance to the City Council at the regular meeting Tuesday, April 17, Fire Chief Frank Rizzio told council members to “find a way to finance it” after he was asked whether the money was in his budget.

Historical books missing

posted: 04/25/2012 1:29 a.m.

City records are missing according to Mayor David White.

Pastor’s Corner: The church will prevail, will you?

posted: 04/25/2012 1:28 a.m.

One of my favorite verses and one that I have come to rely on as I see the rapid deterioration of the society we live in is Matthew 16:18.

RECOLLECTIONS: 40 Years Ago Thursday, April 20, 1972 Pea Ridge Graphic

posted: 04/25/2012 1:27 a.m.

The 400 to 450 Boy Scouts who camped out on the Wilkerson property near the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 62 and Ark. Hwy. 72 found something that the property owners did not know was there. It was a hand-cut native stone marker that apparently marked the grave of a 7-year-old boy, Thomas A. Martin.

CHURCH NEWS: Twelve Corners Baptist Church

posted: 04/25/2012 1:26 a.m.

Sunday School is 10 a.m. Sundays, regular service is at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sundays. Wednesday Bible study is at 7 p.m. For information, call 451-8905.

OBITUARIES: Northeast Benton County

posted: 04/25/2012 1:25 a.m.

Terry Joe Boyle, 50, of Seligman, Mo., died April 16, 2012. He was born Dec.

Teens steal debit card

posted: 04/25/2012 1:23 a.m.

A shopping spree on a stolen debit card has netted two young men with theft by receiving charges and police are still investigating and expect more charges to be filed.


posted: 04/25/2012 1:21 a.m.

Persons from northeast Benton County booked into the Benton County Jail this week include...

The Streets of Pea Ridge: Union soldiers named on streets

posted: 04/25/2012 1:17 a.m.

Editor’s Note: The following article is from Billie Jines’ 1996 booklet, “The Streets of Pea Ridge.” It has been updated to include new streets and those scheduled for future development.

Lynch Pen: Research candidates carefully

posted: 04/25/2012 1:16 a.m.

We are nearing the May 22 date for our Arkansas primary elections and there are still many questions to be answered concerning many of the local positions. The really big question over the Republican Presidential candidate has apparently been resolved before we go to the polls.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thank you to the community

posted: 04/25/2012 1:15 a.m.

Pea Ridge Youth Sports would like to say “thank you” to the community for all of their donations to the Rummage Sale and to all of the volunteers that helped run that the sale Saturday. We made $850, which will be put toward improvements to the league facilities.

Library Notes: Want to begin ‘Friends’ group

posted: 04/25/2012 1:15 a.m.

Last week was certainly busy at the library. Seems that we have more and more people stopping by — some for books, some to use the computer, some for directions to the Military Park and some just to browse. Whatever the reason, the welcome mat is always out.

Now & Then: Going after the horses

posted: 04/25/2012 1:14 a.m.

A few days ago I was working in the southeast corner of our old farm barn, the corner that was originally used for horse stalls.

COMMUNITY EVENTS: Drug disposal set

posted: 04/25/2012 1:12 a.m.

There will be a safe disposal for unused or expired medication held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Pea Ridge Police Department, 187 Slack St., Pea Ridge.

AREA EVENTS: Pot luck supper set

posted: 04/25/2012 1:11 a.m.

Seligman Senior Center pot luck supper will be at 6 p.m. Friday, April 27. Entertainment will be provided by Ozark Mountain Bluegrass.

CLUB NEWS: Meadowbrook Home Extension Club

posted: 04/25/2012 1:10 a.m.

The New Meadowbrook Home Extension Club met for the monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, at the First Baptist Church in Garfield.

Fireworks planned for fair; sponsors sought

posted: 04/25/2012 1:09 a.m.

A fireworks display is planned for the Fourth of July at the city’s annual fair and carnival.


posted: 04/25/2012 1:08 a.m.

The Poultry Federation and Poultry Partners, Inc. are bringing the two organizations’ annual symposiums together at the 2012 Annual Spring Symposium on Wednesday, April 25, at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers.

Man hunted in Gateway

posted: 04/25/2012 1:06 a.m.

Joshua Lee Oglesby, 38, was in the Benton County Jail Tuesday on contempt and felony parole violation charges.


posted: 04/25/2012 1:05 a.m.

The Pea Ridge band’s annual fundraiser, “BBQ Chicken in the Ditch,” will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, May 4, in the high school parking lot.


posted: 04/25/2012 1:04 a.m.

Spaces are available for rent at an inside yard sale sponsored by the Seligman Chamber of Commerce Friday, May 18, and Saturday, May 19, at the Seligman Event Center north of Seligman on Missouri Highway 37.

School Board member to be appointed

posted: 04/25/2012 1:03 a.m.

Four persons have expressed an interest in the vacant School Board expected to be filled Tuesday night at a special School Board meeting. Former School Board members Ron Mullikin and Sandy Button, as well as Shane Willis and Edwin Brewer, have each expressed interest in the seat which will be open for election in September 2012.

Jr. Lady ’Hawks surge to 2nd in district

posted: 04/25/2012 1:02 a.m.

Entering the 1-4 A District Junior Track championships in Gravette last week, the Lady Blackhawks had not only never won a district trophy since leaving the 2A classification several years ago, they usually ranked toward the bottom of the standings. No longer.

Ridger Sports: Beethoven, an NFL coach?

posted: 04/25/2012 1:01 a.m.

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas in its’ production of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. It is one of my favorite pieces of music, dating from the time that I was in the Harding University chorus that participated with the premier of the Arkansas Symphony’s 1976-1977 concert season in presenting the 9th.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Athletic passes on sale

posted: 04/25/2012 12:59 a.m.

Athletic passes are on sale at the Pea Ridge School administration office.

Beauchamp cheers from Hawks to Hogs

posted: 04/25/2012 12:58 a.m.

“It’s been a dream since I was a kid,” Joey Beauchamp grins, eyes sparkling, as he contemplates being a Razorback cheerleader.

Miss Pea Ridge named All-State cheerleader

posted: 04/25/2012 12:57 a.m.

Morganne Rhine was recently named All-State cheerleader.

Wednesday, April 18

Scholarships open doors out of poverty

posted: 04/18/2012 2:01 a.m.

One of the first things Karen Shelton had to consider as she considered her future was affordability.

School seeks to fill seat

posted: 04/18/2012 2 a.m.

Pea Ridge School Board members plan to fill the remainder of an unexpired term at a special meeting Tuesday, April 24. The seat was officially vacated when Rick Webb turned in a letter of resignation April 11, five and a half weeks after walking out of a special executive session and not returning.

Readies self, school for transition

posted: 04/18/2012 1:59 a.m.

Editor’s note: This is the last in a three-part series on Neal and his vision for the Pea Ridge School District.

Buckle up - yourself, your child - for safety

posted: 04/18/2012 1:57 a.m.

Many parents drove away from Saturday morning’s session with new child safety restraint seats for their children. All drove away with a greater awareness and appreciation for the importance of car seats for small children and the importance of the seat being properly installed in the car and the child properly buckled into the seat.

Pastor’s Corner: After Easter, now what do we do?

posted: 04/18/2012 1:56 a.m.

It always seems that the Lent season is so busy.

RECOLLECTIONS: 40 Years Ago Thursday, April 13, 1972 Pea Ridge Graphic

posted: 04/18/2012 1:55 a.m.

House numbers were issued to Pea Ridge residents. The actual work on the project was done by Ralph Miller, a Pea Ridge resident, who after hearing the project discussed several times, volunteered to do the job.

CHURCH NEWS: Twelve Corners Baptist Church

posted: 04/18/2012 1:54 a.m.

Sunday School is 10 a.m. Sundays, regular service is at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sundays. Wednesday Bible study is at 7 p.m. For information, call 451-8905.

OBITUARIES: Northeast Benton County

posted: 04/18/2012 1:53 a.m.

Janice Joann Fair, 55, of Seligman, Mo., died Thursday, April 12, 2012, in her home. She was born Nov. 17, 1956, in Bentonville, to J.W.

Editorial: Webb ends his public service

posted: 04/18/2012 1:51 a.m.

Rick Webb resigned his School Board seat after nearly 10 years on the board.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thank you to officers

posted: 04/18/2012 1:50 a.m.

I want to thank the Benton County Sheriff’s Office and the Pea Ridge Police Department for sending officers to conduct a child seat safety class at the Pea Ridge Head Start this past Saturday.

The Streets of Pea Ridge: North-South streets honor Union

posted: 04/18/2012 1:49 a.m.

Editor’s Note: The following article is from Billie Jines’ 1996 booklet, “The Streets of Pea Ridge.” It has been updated to include new streets and those scheduled for future development.

Lynch Pen: Pride restored in university

posted: 04/18/2012 1:49 a.m.

Wasn’t it former President John F. Kennedy that frequently used the phrase, “Let me say this about that,” when asked for a comment on something? Actually no one asked me, but I want to comment anyway.

COMMUNITY EVENTS: Rummage sale set

posted: 04/18/2012 1:47 a.m.

Pea Ridge Youth Sports will hold a Rummage Sale beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at Pinnacle Plaza, 1003 14th St., Bentonville (parking lot where Sports World was).

McKinneys wed 68 years

posted: 04/18/2012 1:45 a.m.

Fred and Mabel McKinney celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary on Easter Sunday, April 8.

Collins celebrate 35 years of marriage

posted: 04/18/2012 1:44 a.m.

Jerry Collins and Jackie McDaniel were married April 8, 1977, by John Holmes at Pea Ridge First Baptist Church.

Ridger Sports: Track teams showing some life

posted: 04/18/2012 1:43 a.m.

After the past several years of lackluster results of Pea Ridge track and field teams, the sport has had a rebirth of sorts with the teams on all levels coming up with better performances and higher team standings.

Keeping children healthy

posted: 04/18/2012 1:42 a.m.

Keeping children healthy is an important part of parenting, and most parents understand that regular visits to the doctor and dentist are necessary to maintain kids’ physical well-being. Healthy kids are important to schools, too, and at each school in the Pea Ridge School District, a nurse is employed to take care of the students’ health needs during the school day.

Art awards presented

posted: 04/18/2012 1:40 a.m.

Four Pea Ridge elementary students were honored at a reception and awards assembly at the Fayetteville Public Library Saturday.

Wednesday, April 11

Wentz is top science teacher of year

posted: 04/11/2012 3:26 a.m.

Unique, outstanding — that’s what educators have to say about the Advanced Placement science teacher at Pea Ridge High School, David Wentz.

Low interest rates captured

posted: 04/11/2012 3:25 a.m.

Saving nearly $1 million dollars through refinancing, the Pea Ridge School Board took advantage of low interest rates and sold bonds at the recommendation of Dan Lovelady and Buster Beardsley with Crews and Associates Finance just one week before rates changed again.

Laffoon named principal at high school

posted: 04/11/2012 3:24 a.m.

Inspiring students to do their best — leadership skills he learned as a coach and teacher — are the fortes that will help Jon Paul Laffoon in his role as the new principal of Pea Ridge High School.

House fire fatal

posted: 04/11/2012 3:23 a.m.

Elena Martinez, 3, was memorialized Tuesday by family and friends in a funeral at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Rogers.

Train early for fire safety

posted: 04/11/2012 3:22 a.m.

NFPA.ORG (National Fire Protection Association) is a great place to check out, lots of resources for parents, firefighter Ryan Walker said. Fire safety tips Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan.

In His Study: Stand with Israel

posted: 04/11/2012 3:21 a.m.

During World War II a native of Warsaw, Poland, Irena Sendler, managed to smuggle out and save 2,500 Jewish children and infants, as well as over 500 Jewish adults.

RECOLLECTIONS: 40 Years Ago Thursday, April 6, 1972 Pea Ridge Graphic

posted: 04/11/2012 3:19 a.m.

The F.L. McBryde, Jr. home, located in the Twelve Corners Community, was destroyed by fire.

CHURCH NEWS: Free Will Baptist Church Pea Ridge

posted: 04/11/2012 3:18 a.m.

The Men’s prayer breakfast is at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 14, with Chad Johnson as guest speaker.

OBITUARIES: Northeast Benton County

posted: 04/11/2012 3:18 a.m.

Flora O. Cole, 79, of Centerton, died Thursday, April 5, 2012, at her home.

The Streets of Pea Ridge: Union soldiers honored on names of north-south street

posted: 04/11/2012 3:16 a.m.

Editor’s Note: The following article is from Billie Jines’ 1996 booklet, “The Streets of Pea Ridge.” It has been updated to include new streets and those scheduled for future development.

’Til Next Time: Procrastination or dementia?

posted: 04/11/2012 3:15 a.m.

Maybe I should move my phone to the bathroom. Seems like every time I get in the shower, it rings! Also, I’m thinking of changing my middle name to “procrastinate.” This week I caused a person extreme trouble by doing that and I cost myself overdue charges by postponing a decision and then forgetting it. A little dementia figures in there, too!

Lynch Pen: Look for meaningful solutions

posted: 04/11/2012 3:14 a.m.

Are you, like I am, frustrated with all the “Washington talk,” posturing and criticizing the “other party” and no one talking about solving the nation’s economic problems?

Library Notes: Librarian researching grants

posted: 04/11/2012 3:13 a.m.

What a whirlwind of a week! Days and nights just seem to run together! Just so you don’t think I have forgotten about the library, I want you to know that I have spent some time researching grants and perusing book catalogs. But I have spent more time holding Camden.

COMMUNITY EVENTS: Pea Ridge Annual Spring Cleanup

posted: 04/11/2012 3:01 a.m.

The City of Pea Ridge annual Spring Cleanup is set for 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, through Friday, April 13, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Dumpsters will be located at the city property behind Village Hardware.

AREA EVENTS: Train ride scheduled

posted: 04/11/2012 2:59 a.m.

The Seligman spring train ride is at 7:15 a.m. Saturday, May 12, and return at approximately 6:30 p.m.

CLUB NEWS: Granny’s Quilts of Love

posted: 04/11/2012 2:58 a.m.

Granny’s Quilts of Love met at 9:30 a.m. March 20, at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church in Pea Ridge. Judy Fortner opened the meeting with a prayer. Eighteen members were present.

Medication disposal available

posted: 04/11/2012 2:57 a.m.

There will be a safe disposal for unused or expired medication held 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Pea Ridge Police Department, 187 Slack Street, Pea Ridge.

Business abloom with perennials

posted: 04/11/2012 2:56 a.m.

The concrete statues on the side of the highway are mute, but visible testimony to the sensual beauty beyond.

Blackhawk baseball seniors stay focused

posted: 04/11/2012 2:55 a.m.

The baseball program at Pea Ridge may be the best-kept secret in northwest Arkansas.


posted: 04/11/2012 2:54 a.m.

Blackhawk Baseball Lost to Gentry 6 - 3 on April 2. Ryan Roughton was the losing pitcher. Austin Easterling and Isaac Mangrum had two hits each.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Baseball tryouts set

posted: 04/11/2012 2:48 a.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Men’s Senior/Adult Baseball League tryouts at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at Phillips Park Field 1 in Bentonville.

Ball players face hard road

posted: 04/11/2012 2:47 a.m.

“Our seniors — they’re four good kids,” head baseball coach John King said, lauding the ball players.

Ridger Sports: State playoffs coming up soon

posted: 04/11/2012 2:46 a.m.

With both the high school softball and baseball teams exhibiting some punch power, the Blackhawk squads have the chance to go deep into this year’s state playoffs.

Athletic passes on sale

posted: 04/11/2012 2:44 a.m.

Athletic passes are on sale at the Pea Ridge School administration office.

Wood and Gaffigan named to new administrative positions

posted: 04/11/2012 2:44 a.m.

Two newly-created administrative positions have been filled with teachers already on staff. Monday night, School Board members approved Matthew Wood as the new high school assistant principal and Aaron Gaffigan as the director of technology and communications and the director of the alternative school.

McMahon receives school honors

posted: 04/11/2012 2:42 a.m.

Patrick McMahon of Garfield was inducted into Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society for religious studies and theology.

Art students fare well at ACO art competition

posted: 04/11/2012 2:41 a.m.

Pea Ridge students won 40 percent of all the elementary art awards at the Arts Center of the Ozarks annual “Celebrate Art!” exhibition/competition in Springdale this week.

Wednesday, April 4

Pinwheels: It"s all about the children

posted: 04/04/2012 1:11 a.m.

As 9-year-old Isaiah Tibbs hammered in the post to hold the sign, his grandfather David Engle watched.

Martin arrested for stealing cattle

posted: 04/04/2012 1:10 a.m.

A Garfield man was arrested this week in connection with 13 cattle taken from the Decatur Livestock Auction and their attempted sale in Green Forest, according to Benton County authorities.

Keeping students in school and learning

posted: 04/04/2012 1:09 a.m.

If a student’s learning style is non-traditional, he or she can fall off the educational track.

Pastor’s Corner: Rejoice: Christ lives

posted: 04/04/2012 1:08 a.m.

What a blessing it will be to celebrate Easter with my church family here in northwest Arkansas this coming Sunday!

CHURCH NEWS: Free Will Baptist Church Pea Ridge

posted: 04/04/2012 1:07 a.m.

The Men’s prayer breakfast is at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 14, with Chad Johnson as guest speaker.

OBITUARIES: Northeast Benton County

posted: 04/04/2012 1:05 a.m.

Linda J. Rodeheaver, 62, of Warrenton, Mo., died March 15, 2012, at St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake St. Louis, Mo. She was born July 5, 1949, in Big Spring, Texas.

Chili cook-off well attended

posted: 04/04/2012 1:03 a.m.

More than 400 people attended the eighth annual Northeast Benton County Volunteer Fire/EMS Department Chili Cook-Off Saturday, Feb. 25, at the community room of the fire station.

The Streets of Pea Ridge: East-West streets honor Confederates

posted: 04/04/2012 1:03 a.m.

Editor’s Note: The following article is from Billie Jines’ 1996 booklet, “The Streets of Pea Ridge.” It has been updated to include new streets and those scheduled for future development.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Community Members, Board of Education, Faculty and Staff:

posted: 04/04/2012 1:02 a.m.

Words cannot describe the appreciation I have for the warm reception yesterday afternoon.

Library Notes: Stop by the library and purchase a book

posted: 04/04/2012 1:01 a.m.

Your traveling librarian is out of town again — back to St. Louis to spend time with my newest grandson, Camden. Took a lot of armtwisting by his parents to get me to consent to spend time with them.

Lynch Pen: The cost of gasoline affects us all

posted: 04/04/2012 1 a.m.

The cost of gasoline, whether a fair price or high as a result of speculation, is having an adverse effect on the United States in ways that exceed just the economy.

Now & Then: Shall we eliminate all physical work?

posted: 04/04/2012 12:58 a.m.

At times it would appear that one of the favorite pastimes of human beings is getting out of work.

Trip of a Lifetime

posted: 04/04/2012 12:57 a.m.

Being stuck for 16 hours on a bus with 26 other people, counting cars through the window for entertainment, curling up as tight as possible in the hopes of catching some sleep on the small seats — was it really worth it for just a week at the beach? Absolutely.

Ridger Sports: Arkansas and Oklahoma tied in top 10

posted: 04/04/2012 12:55 a.m.

In the latest information to date, it seems that Oklahoma and Arkansas are statistically tied for the eighth spot on the national top 10.

5K run planned

posted: 04/04/2012 12:54 a.m.

The annual University of the Ozarks Alumni Weekend 5K Run/Walk, scheduled for April 21, will feature a new look for 2012. For the first time the race will be held on the university’s new cross country course, which is located just east of the Walmart Supercenter. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the race will begin at 8 a.m.

Nursing program expands

posted: 04/04/2012 12:53 a.m.

Missouri’s community colleges and Linn State Technical College received a $20 million grant to train an estimated 4,600 workers in the health services/health sciences industry. The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor, will bring the state’s public two-year institutions together to improve the way they educate adult learners.

Neal honored at reception

posted: 04/04/2012 12:52 a.m.

Nearly 100 people stopped over a two-hour period Tuesday, March 27, at Pea Ridge High School, to congratulate Rick Neal on his new position as superintendent.