News 2012 December

Stories for December 2012

Wednesday, December 26


posted: 12/26/2012 12:38 a.m.

New service times Beginning Jan. 6, First Assembly of God of Siloam Springs will implement its new service times. Sunday morning services will be at 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Children’s Church (Gr8 Kidz) and preschool ministries are available for each service.

God’s Pantry blessed and blesses others

posted: 12/26/2012 12:37 a.m.

Nearly speechless, Pattie Gardner of God’s Pantry, thanked state Senator Cecile Bledsoe for her generous donation of $880 which was the final amount needed to build a handicap ramp at the center in Garfield.

Celebrating Christmas

posted: 12/26/2012 12:37 a.m.

Alicia Bowker, a 10-year-old cancer survivor from Pea Ridge, was one of 70 pediatric cancer patients and families visited by Santa Claus at the annual CARTI Kids Christmas Party held Nov. 17 at the Scimitar Shrine Temple in Little Rock.

City, school continue to grow, progress in 2012

posted: 12/26/2012 12:36 a.m.

Businesses opened and closed in Pea Ridge in 2012; city officials enacted laws bringing the city into the first-class status conferred upon it from the state after the 2010 Census count; and the schools saw many changes including a new superintendent hired, a new principal and assistant principal hired, a new building opened and plans begun for a new football stadium.

Three tie for top fireman

posted: 12/26/2012 12:34 a.m.

Three firefighters from the Pea Ridge Volunteer Fire/EMS Department tied for Firefighter of the Year for 2012, according to Fire Chief Frank Rizzio.

Pastor’s Corner: Adoption was right choice

posted: 12/26/2012 12:33 a.m.

The day this article runs in the paper, Dec. 26, is a special day in our family.


posted: 12/26/2012 12:33 a.m.

40 Years Ago Thursday, Dec. 21, 1972 Pea Ridge Graphic-Scene Meeting in monthly session at City Hall, the Pea Ridge City Council voted to authorize the city’s engineer, L. Carl Yates of Fayetteville, to file application with the Federal Environmental Protection Agency seeking a grant to assist in a major sewer improvement/ expansion program for the city of Pea Ridge.


posted: 12/26/2012 12:32 a.m.

Jan. 11 Richard William Butler Richard William Butler, 63, of Bentonville, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. He was born May 1, 1948, to Carl E. and Mildred (Cuddeback) Butler.

Guest Column: Christmas is about family

posted: 12/26/2012 12:29 a.m.

Christmas is about family. Even the lights, trees, holiday pageants and everything else all involve family.

Out of My Mind: Remember, celebrate the good

posted: 12/26/2012 12:29 a.m.

When I was young, I remember the eager anticipation of Christmas Eve and then, excitedly waking before the adults and running into the living room to peer at the presents under the brilliantly-lit tree. “Santa” didn’t wrap all the presents so there were a variety of gifts out on display.

Library Notes: New books in; help needed

posted: 12/26/2012 12:28 a.m.

It hardly seems possible that this is my last column for 2012. This year has just gone quickly with many good things happening for the library. Work on the new library is progressing beautifully.

Now & Then: Is Christmas over? Keep the spirit alive

posted: 12/26/2012 12:27 a.m.

By the time you are reading this, it will be Wednesday, Dec. 26, the day after Christmas 2012. I realize that to many across the country, once Christmas day is past, the Christmas season winds down. As some will say, Christmas is over for this year. Sadly, some may even be relieved in thinking Christmas is over. On the day after Christmas, the house may be busy with taking down decorations, packing away the trimmings, discarding the wrappings and getting back to normal, everyday routines; except that the children still have some days off from school “after” Christmas.

Bentonville defeats Blackhawks 62/44

posted: 12/26/2012 12:25 a.m.

The undefeated sixth-ranked 7A school in the state defeated the state’s fifth-ranked one as Bentonville defeated the ’Hawks on the Pea Ridge home court 62-44.

Ridger Sports: ’Hawks debut among state’s top 5

posted: 12/26/2012 12:25 a.m.

Joining the school’s football and cross country teams, the boys basketball team has earned a spot among the top five 4A schools in the inaugural MaxPreps-CBS /Freeman state basketball poll.

School Corner: Playground funds needed

posted: 12/26/2012 12:21 a.m.

During the first semester of this year, we have held fundraising events to raise money for our Project Playground. Our two most lucrative events have been the Boogie Bash and the brochure fundraiser.


posted: 12/26/2012 12:21 a.m.

Accelerated Reader awards for first semester were presented Tuesday, Dec. 18, by Mrs. Brock, at Pea Ridge Intermediate School library. Then, all students proceeded to the gym for a big celebration.

Wilkerson wins second in essay

posted: 12/26/2012 12:20 a.m.

Tori Wilkerson, a junior at Pea Ridge High School, won second place with a recorded essay in the Voice of Democracy essay contest. Wilkerson place second in the northwest Arkansas contest hosted by Rogers, VFW Post No. 3031.

Wednesday, December 19

Visions of flowers dance in her head

posted: 12/19/2012 3:24 a.m.

Jo Staats remembers sitting under the table making corsages from the cast-off flowers her grandmother, Lennie Matkins, threw to her. Little did she know then that would lead her into a career in the flower industry.

CVT Towing now legal

posted: 12/19/2012 3:24 a.m.

CVT Towing is legal, according to Police Chief Tim Ledbetter, who said he received a letter from the Arkansas Towing and Recovery Board on Wednesday, Dec.

Students, staff play Santa giving to others

posted: 12/19/2012 3:24 a.m.

As some children make out their wish lists for what they want to receive, others make out lists of what to give. Students and staff at Pea Ridge schools generously give to those who might otherwise not receive Christmas gifts. Members of the Student Council at both the high school and middle school collected cans of food to provide to the Pea Ridge Ministerial Alliance to give food to families whose children are receiving gifts through Angel Tree.

Supt.’s Scoop: Keep children safe

posted: 12/19/2012 3:23 a.m.

Dear Parents and Guardians: This past Friday, we were all deeply saddened by the events that took place in Connecticut. This senseless act resulted in unimaginable loss for many people. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Newtown, Conn., community and Sandy Hook Elementary School. The safety of your children is our highest priority in Pea Ridge School District. We are currently reviewing our safety procedures so that we can be proactive and responsive in our own community. We are also working closely with our School Resource Officer (SRO), the Pea Ridge Police Department and a consultant to ensure we are doing everything we possibly can to ensure the safety of your child. Please know that our administrators, faculty and staff are committed to ensuring the safety of our students and staff by reviewing, updating and implementing our district’s Crisis Management Plan. We would also like to share some tips/ideas for parents who may be working through fears your children may be having. Focus on your children ov

Lynch Pen: Progress is made in quality of life

posted: 12/19/2012 3:22 a.m.

There is some good news and some bad news this weekend. We’ve had some rain and every little bit helps. That’s good news, very good news in fact.

’Til Next Time: Christmas program was success

posted: 12/19/2012 3:22 a.m.

I opened the cupboard door to get a cereal bowl.

Library Notes: Hug your babies, they’re precious

posted: 12/19/2012 3:21 a.m.

What an awful, senseless, devastating tragedy in Newtown, Conn. It is beyond my imagination how anyone can commit such a horrible act.

Now & Then: There are some things I’d like to find

posted: 12/19/2012 3:19 a.m.

Although I’m not a collector of antiques as such, there are some old things that I would like to find.

In His Study: A silent Christmas

posted: 12/19/2012 3:18 a.m.

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.” Matthew 24:9 Across our nation many have succumbed to the cry for silencing the evidence of Christmas.

Ridger Sports: Conversation with Coach Charley Clark

posted: 12/19/2012 3:14 a.m.

I recently had the chance to communicate with head boys’ basketball coach Charley Clark concerning the current basketball season. We discussed what has transpired and what to expect in the coming weeks.


posted: 12/19/2012 3:13 a.m.

Board members needed Pea Ridge Youth Sports has two open positions on the board. The positions are T-ball commissioner and a board member at large. All applicants interested need to send an e-mail describing why they would qualify and what they would bring to the league. E-mail information to pryouthsports@yahoo. com. Pea Ridge youth baseball sign-ups set Sign-ups for Pea Ridge youth baseball will be from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Jan. 12, Jan. 19, Jan. 26 and Feb. 2 at the Middle School gym.

Travis named Coach of the Year by media

posted: 12/19/2012 3:13 a.m.

When Tony Travis took over the Pea Ridge football program in 2009, the Blackhawks hadn’t been to the playoffs in three years and they last won in the postseason in 2003.

’Hawks race past Gravette 75/63; Lincoln 55/41

posted: 12/19/2012 3:12 a.m.

Charley Clark’s hardwood Blackhawks opened the 2012-2013 conference schedule in fine fashion, putting away the Gravette Lions 75-63 to open play, then taking care of Lincoln 55-41 at home to start 2-0.

Winn awarded

posted: 12/19/2012 3:12 a.m.

After watching Dayton Winn rush for more than 2,000 yards over his first two seasons in a Pea Ridge uniform, Blackhawks coach Tony Travis knew the 143-pound tailback would be the main focus of opposing defenses this past season.

Wednesday, December 12

CVT Towing not licensed

posted: 12/12/2012 3:44 a.m.

Two of four businesses operating out of the corner lot at Slack and Weston streets do not have a current license from the state to operate, according to state records.

Schools save $1.5 million

posted: 12/12/2012 3:43 a.m.

Saving $1.5 million dollars, School Board members approved selling bonds to the lowest bidder Raymond James & Associates Inc. for 2.3 percent upon the recommendation from Dan Lovelady with First Security Beardsley Public Finance.

EZ Mart wants to sell beer

posted: 12/12/2012 3:42 a.m.

A permit to sell beer and wine at EZ Mart has been presented to Mayor Jackie Crabtree and to the Alcohol Beverage Control Division. City Planning Commission members were advised of the request at the regular meeting Tuesday, Dec. 4, as they were contemplating an ordinance amending the zoning code. “The current code makes no provision for alcohol sales,” city attorney Howard Slinkard said, recommending that since alcohol sales have been approved in Benton County, the city planners should consider what is best for the city in where alcohol sales will or won’t be allowed. He said criteria including traffic flow, congestion, police protection needs to be considered.

School Heritage Center renovations begun

posted: 12/12/2012 3:41 a.m.

Just over a year ago, the Pea Ridge Historical Society leased the S.E.E.K. Building from the Pea Ridge Schools. The little white building on the downtown school campus, also known to earlier generations as the Old Lunchroom, to develop a Pea Ridge School Heritage Center. The vision for preserving and developing the early 1900s building included establishing a headquarters for the Historical Society, preserving and communicating the history of Pea Ridge schools, providing meeting spaces for civic clubs and other community organizations, and providing space for small family gatherings such as anniversary celebrations, birthday parties and the like.

Holiday Happenings

posted: 12/12/2012 3:39 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 13 7 p.m. — Holiday Dance sponsored by Seligman, Mo., Chamber of Commerce, Seligman Chamber Event Center, north on Mo. Hwy. 37.

Donations Needed

posted: 12/12/2012 3:38 a.m.

The Community Christmas Card fund to benefit needy children through the local school districts held $7,720 as of Monday.

Pastor’s Corner: Holiday cheer

posted: 12/12/2012 3:37 a.m.

I could be crazy — I’ve certainly been called worse — but people seem to be happier during the holidays. I realize that this is not the case for everyone.

Out of My Mind: Older is not necessarily wiser

posted: 12/12/2012 3:37 a.m.

Truly past middle age, I have spent a bit of time lately reflecting on the lessons learned in more than a half century of life. I realize all too well that to those older than me (my mother and grandmother are still alive and in their late 70s and 90s respectively), I’m still a young person. But, to those younger, I’m ancient.

Library Notes: Work progresses on the library

posted: 12/12/2012 3:36 a.m.

These last weeks of this year are really flying by. We were very busy in the library issuing new library cards and helping patrons find good reading materials.

Now & Then: Where did we go to get our cars worked on?

posted: 12/12/2012 3:35 a.m.

Ever since the invention of the automobile, people have been asking, “Where do I take my car to get it worked on?” Even 70 years ago, when Pea Ridge was a town of only 200 people or so, we had several businesses devoted to working on cars. Although the piston-driven engine fueled by gasoline has prevailed in motor vehicles since the turn of the last century, numerous changes have come about in how that basic gasoline engine is configured and how servicing is done.

NEBCO holds annual gathering

posted: 12/12/2012 3:35 a.m.

Firefighter /EMT Corey Cannon was named Firefighter of the Year for 2012 at the annual Northeast Benton County Volunteer Fire Department Firefighters appreciation luncheon Sunday, Dec. 9. Cannon was selected by his peers at the Fire Department.

’Hawks throttle Ft. Smith Southside

posted: 12/12/2012 3:34 a.m.

The Blackhawk basketball boys took down their third straight 7A classification team of the season as they dispatched the Ft. Smith Southside Rebels 69-44 Saturday in the Arvest Hoopfest Basketball Classic in Rogers.

New football stadium and track approved

posted: 12/12/2012 3:33 a.m.

Taking a big step, Pea Ridge School Board members approved the bid of $2.65 million for the new Blackhawk Stadium and track Monday night.

Ridger Sports: Basketball Blackhawks to 7A state?

posted: 12/12/2012 3:32 a.m.

With the top six teams in the 7A district advancing to the 7A state basketball tournament, should the ’Hawks ’ winning ways with the Rogers Mounties, Springdale HarBer Wildcats and the Ft.

Cheer squad wins again

posted: 12/12/2012 3:31 a.m.

The Pea Ridge Jr. and Sr. High cheer teams both earned wins in competition Saturday, Dec. 1, at Harbor High School.

Wednesday, December 5

Heart & Sole keeps little feet warm

posted: 12/05/2012 4:14 a.m.

“I was watching children walking through the halls in shoes without good soles,” she recalled, expressing her concern for the children as winter approached. That moment prompted Cheryl Tillman, para-professional aide, to talk to school nurse Val Colburn and together, the two began Heart and Sole, a charitable organization to provide shoes and socks for students at Pea Ridge schools. The two ladies credit Randi Jo Hutchinson-Kelso, counselor at the high school, for the name.

Travis named top coach

posted: 12/05/2012 4:13 a.m.

He’s already a winner to Blackhawk fans, and now he’s being recognized statewide. Head football coach Tony Travis is one of three finalists in 4A selected by Hooten’s Arkansas Football staff for the coach of the year for the 2012 Farm Bureau awards. Demurring, Travis turned the conversation from himself to his team and staff Monday when asked about the honor. “It’s just like we talk about anything in football,” the big man with an even bigger heart said. “We talk all the time about football being the ultimate team sport. And, it is. “It’s a great feeling and is definitely a reflection on the team, the coaching staff. You never win anything individually.” Preferring to talk about his players, Travis is quick to note that Dayton Winn was named allstate for a second year; that Blake Roughton was named an all-state player; that nine athletes were named to all-conference ; and that Winn was named outstanding back for all conference. “It’s a team sport. We win together. We lose together,” Travis said. “It’s an hono

Developing professionals on campus

posted: 12/05/2012 4:13 a.m.

Providing a good environment for professional development, school officials renovated the old media center at the Intermediate School downtown. The calming black and blue room is fitted with long tables, 36 chairs, 24 lap tops, an overhead projector and screen and a podium for a place for professional development of both teachers and administrators. New paint and carpet updated the room as did carefully chosen decorations. “We’ve already had leadership training here with Farmington,” superintendent Rick Neal said, adding that the training was by Soderquist Center Professional Development. He said state law requires 60 hours of professional development a year for teachers and that by providing a place for that to be given locally, he is saving the district money.

Donations Needed

posted: 12/05/2012 4:13 a.m.

The Community Christmas Card fund to benefit needy children through the local school districts held $1,205 as of Monday.

Keeping resolve

posted: 12/05/2012 4:12 a.m.

The start of a new year is always exciting.

Santa to read at library Dec. 12

posted: 12/05/2012 4:12 a.m.

The guys from the Pea Ridge City Street Department were out last week clearing the leaves off the streets. We thank them for the great job.

Are lottery tickets worth it?

posted: 12/05/2012 4:11 a.m.

The Powerball Lottery mania has subsided for the time being. Apparently this was a near record although for people like me, I wouldn’t know. The reported $587.5 million bogles the mind, but the odds of winning at $2 per ticket must be mind boggling also. It’s been a long time since I took a statistics course, but if I remember correctly it would be around 100 to the 6th power. To me those are numbers like talking about light years.

A tree full of memories

posted: 12/05/2012 4:11 a.m.

The holiday season is upon us. It seems the year has passed in a blur, with seasons flying by. Can it really be nearing winter with Christmas just three weeks away?

Some pretty good things about the old phones

posted: 12/05/2012 4:10 a.m.

I’ve written before about the old party-line phones, but recently I have been in conversations with a friend, Ron Simon, who has added some new dimensions to my thinking. Ron is a fellow member of the Pea Ridge Historical Society, works for the new Cabela Store in Rogers, and is often seen about town on his bike.

Van Roekels fete Golden Anniversary

posted: 12/05/2012 4:10 a.m.

Darrel and JoAnn Van Roekel will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary this year.

Blackhawks off to great start

posted: 12/05/2012 4:09 a.m.

The Blackhawk boys’ varsity basketball boys have raced out to an impressive 5-0 start to the 2012-2013 season, including a pair of victories over 7A class schools.

’Hawk basketball is in full swing

posted: 12/05/2012 4:09 a.m.

With the football campaign extending a couple of extra weeks this year, basketball season kind of snuck up on me with the high school boy hardwood ’Hawks already sporting a solid 4-0 record.

Flu clinic well attended

posted: 12/05/2012 4:08 a.m.

We had a good turn-out for our annual school flu vaccine clinic on Nov. 1.