News 2012 January

Stories for January 2012

Wednesday, January 25

Vision testing for pre-school children slated

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“I distinctly remember seeing things I’d never seen before,” Ken Hayes said, recalling getting glasses when he was 6 years old.

Officers pull double duty

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A job in a stereo shop as a teen-ager provided police Sgt. Ryan Walker with skills he uses now in his job on the Pea Ridge Police Department. Walker and Cpl. Mitch Brown saved the city money by installing the equipment necessary to outfit the department’s two newest vehicles.

Habitat plans second build

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Benefiting the non-profit group Habitat for Humanity, City Council members agreed to waive impact fees and reduce other building fees for the second Habitat house constructed in town.

Studying on Saturday in critical thinking

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Nearly 200 students filed in the doors at Pea Ridge High School Saturday morning.

Pastor’s Corner: Time for a fresh start

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With the new year now in motion, and a couple of weeks of 2012 behind us, I wonder how you are doing with some of the goals or resolutions you placed before you with the new year. If you’re like me, you possibly have already discovered that some of the things you resolved to do are not going to get done this year, at least not the first part of the year.


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New Life Loaves and Fishes food pantry is from 9 -11 a.m. the first and third Tuesday each month and 5-7 p.m. the second Thursday. For information, call 451-9333.


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Obituaries appearing in the newspaper.


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Police records.


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Incidents reported to the Northeast Benton CountyVolunteer Fire/EMS Department this week include:


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Incidents reported this week to the Pea Ridge Volunteer Fire/EMS Department include:

Editorial: There’s still room for cursive

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It is quite possible that there will come a day when learning how to write in cursive becomes a truly impractical pursuit. That day hasn’t come. Call us old-fashioned, but we like the fact that third-graders in our state’s public schools still are being taught cursive writing, in accordance with the Arkansas Frameworks standards.

Lynch Pen: Presidential candidates’ worth listed on Internet sites

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We now have that third piece of the puzzle to determine who will represent the Republican Party in November. Depending on whom you support, the outcome in South Carolina is “a major win,” “what we hoped for” or “the final straw” in one candidate’s charge to the front. Now, we can talk about Florida and surely one of the top three will win there. Ron Paul, who came in fourth, has focused his campaign more on a “message to America” than the Republican nomination for the presidency and is not likely to come in number one in Florida.


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Thanks for Angel Tree angels On behalf of the Pea Ridge Ministerial Alliance, thank you to the many people who helped make this year’s Angel Tree the most successful ever. This year we had a record breaking number of children in families who were recipients of this community’s generosity. I am fortunate enough to be on the side of Angel Tree where I get to see the families actually receive their gifts and I want to share with you how much you are appreciated.

Library Notes: Pillars damaged, but replaced

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Late Monday afternoon a driver hit the three posts that support the overhang in front of the library. Fortunately the library was not open and there were no cars parked on the street and no one was injured. All three posts were damaged but only the center post had to be replaced. Many thanks to Nathan See and the Street Department crew who were able to make the necessary repairs. These guys are a great help to the library.


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Incidents reported recently to the Little Flock Volunteer Fire/EMS Department include: Tuesday, Jan. 3 12:15 p.m. False alarm, Point Virgo Road, Avoca Wednesday, Jan. 4 2:41 a.m. Medical, N. 22nd Street Thursday, Jan. 5 10:48 p.m. Medical, N. 26th Street 11:11 p.m. Medical, N. Woods Lane Monday, Jan. 9 2:51 a.m. HazMat, nothing found, Dixieland Road 12:55 p.m. Brush fire, N. 13th Street 7:11 p.m. Medical, N. Woods Lane Tuesday, Jan. 10 5:18 p.m. Medical, N. Dixieland Road Wednesday, Jan. 11 1:41 p.m. Medical, N. 22nd Street 11:19 p.m. Medical, N. 22nd Street Thursday, Jan. 12 5:27 p.m. Medical, N. Woods Lane Fire chief’s note: Little Flock Volunteer Fire/EMS Department now have Facebook and Twitter accounts: Facebook — Little Flock Fire Department — and Twitter — Little Flock FD. These accounts will be updated regularly with burn ban information, upcoming events and other significant happenings.

Now & Then: Progress being made on new life for old lunch room

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I have in mind making this column a report on progress by the Pea Ridge Historical Society toward opening the white concrete block building on the downtown school campus as a Heritage Center for school and community history and as a meeting place for civic clubs, family events and other community organizations. At different times through long years, the building has served as the school shop, the hot lunch room, a general classroom, Home Economics, art room and for the S.E.E.K.


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Community calendar.

Gateway man charged with arson

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A Gateway man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a July fire at Gateway Apartments.


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Community events


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Community events.


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Persons from northeast Benton County booked into the Benton County Jail this week include: Wednesday, Jan. 11 12:51 p.m. Tyler Brewer, 19, Garfield, by BCSO for driving while license canceled suspended or revoked, following too closely, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lasaters celebrate 65th anniversary

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Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lasater celebrated 65 years of marriage.

Ruddick celebrates 95 years

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Pauline Ruddick celebrated her 95th birthday with family and friends on Dec. 29 at Garfield Church of Christ.

Hilburn fetes 80 years

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The family of Gwen Hilburn is celebrating her 80th birthday with a surprise drop-in reception from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, at New Hope Assembly of God, Seligman, Mo.

Lady ’Hawks lose close one to Shiloh

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Ahead twice, tied once, the Lady Blackhawks gave the Shiloh ladies a run for their money Friday night, but ultimately lost the hard-fought contest by 1 point — 33/32.


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Sports news, in brief.

’Hawks pluck Cardinals 50/47

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Dakota Woodward slid his toe up to the free-throw line and dribbled twice.

Ridger Sports: Lady ’Hawks shock Shiloh, lose 33/32 nailbiter

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The mighty Shiloh girls basketball team came to Pea Ridge expecting to add to their long winning streak over the Lady ’Hawks.


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School news.

Pea Ridge Colors Day 2012 candidates announced

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Hannah Liliya Hargiss, 17, the daughter of Mike and Liz Hargiss and granddaughter of Jim and Elen Wright, is a lifelong resident of Pea Ridge.

Wednesday, January 18

‘Good eats’ served to soldiers

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“This is just like Sunday dinner at Mama’s house,” said one soldier as he heaped the mashed potatoes upon his plate, then ladled gravy over the potatoes and chicken.

Search moves forward for superintendent

posted: 01/18/2012 3:15 a.m.

Moving forward in the search for school superintendent, Pea Ridge School Board members approved recommendations from Dr. Paul Hewitt, who was hired to assist in the search.

Gas tanks OKd

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Placement of gasoline and diesel tanks at the new bus garage for the schools was approved by city Planning Commissioners at their regular meeting.

Water line upgraded

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Jake Wagner operated the mini-excavator Monday while Ronnie Hicks and Sy Kirby manned the shovels in the trench under the watchful eye of Mike Nida. T

Raising $ for cheerleaders’ state rings

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Earning first place in state competition is a memorable experience and Blackhawk cheer head coach Jamie Bunting wants her cheer squad to have rings to commemorate the event.


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January 18, 2012

Recipe of the Week: Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Soup

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From the kitchen of Peggy Maddox, from the Betty Crocker web site

Arkansas Watch: New act undermines personal citizens’ rights

posted: 01/18/2012 3:08 a.m.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a grotesque and un-American piece of legislation which redefines your rights into meaningless shadows of their former substance.

Library Notes: Valentine’s books ready to read

posted: 01/18/2012 3:07 a.m.

The cold weather seemed to be the reason many of the regular library patrons stayed away last week. I missed you all and look forward to seeing you this week. The library was blessed with a hard working volunteer this week. The children’s room got some much needed attention.

Lynch Pen: Use good judgment when selecting candidates

posted: 01/18/2012 3:07 a.m.

We now have Iowa’s caucuses and New Hampshire’s primary behind us and it is a puzzle with two pieces in place and a long way to go to complete it.

Now & Then: How about this weird winter weather?

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Just as I was about to get used to 60 degree days in January, the weather turns freezing. I hear that it is supposed to get into the low 20s or teens tonight.


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Ridger Sports: Blackhawks rank in the top 20

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The MaxPreps/CBS-Freeman Arkansas High School Basketball Poll thinks well of this years roundball contingent as they have ranked Pea Ridge in the boys 4A division, even though the ‘Hawks have suffered a number of losses.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Mini cheer clinic set

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A mini-cheer clinic is set for Wednesday, Jan. 18, through Thursday, Jan. 19.

Congratulating cheerleaders

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Blackhawk cheerleaders led the Pledge of Allegiance at the regular School Board meeting Monday night before being recognized and congratulated by School Board members for winning the state title for 4A in co-ed competition.


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40 Years Ago Jan. 20, 1972 Pea Ridge Graphic An extensive cavern beneath some of Pea Ridge could possibly become a tourist attraction. The cave was known as Pickens Cave or Kitchen Cave. W.C. Eakin purchased the cave and 14 surrounding acres from David Kitchen. Eakin hoped to turn the cave into a big cyclone refuge for the community with a nice cafe inside.


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Area Incidents reported this week.

Rodeo royalty

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Rodeo Princess Taylor Young, 12, daughter of Tammy Jones, manager of the White Oak station in Pea Ridge, met Miss Rodeo USA Katie Barger of Quitman, Ark., at the 42nd International Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City this weekend (Jan. 13-14 ).

MILITARY NEWS: Snow graduates from basic

posted: 01/18/2012 2:56 a.m.

Army National Guard Pvt. Devin C. Snow has graduated from the Basic Field Artillery Cannon Crew Member Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

SCHOOL NEWS: Painting raffle

posted: 01/18/2012 2:55 a.m.

An original painting by Randi Jo Hutchinson-Kelso, of a Razorback, is the prize of a raffle sponsored by the sophomore class of Pea Ridge High School to raise money for the Junior Prom.

Pastor’s Corner: Share a bit of joy with others

posted: 01/18/2012 2:53 a.m.

Sometimes a smile can be hard to find. I’ve become familiar with many places across the United States and it is not uncommon to run into people having a bad day every now and then. But for some reason it seems to be more the norm here than not.


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Area Church Events


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Friday, Jan. 20 10 a.m. — Benton County Election Commission, Election Commission office, 105 SE Executive Drive, Suite 1, Bentonville Tuesday, Jan. 24 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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Pea Ridge National Military Park is planning to conduct prescribed fire operations sometime during the months of January through April 2012, subject to weather conditions falling within the parameters of prescribed fire prescriptions.


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Area Club Reports

Senior Spotlight: Trilby Gibson

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Sport: Basketball and golf

Meet your Faculty: Lora Beth Broadbent

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Position: Jr. High Cheer Coach and fifth-grade science


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Area Student's College Achievements


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Square dancing is fun exercise

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The fun times just get better for a square dancer!

Wednesday, January 11

Doggone people, it’s illegal to abandon dogs

posted: 01/11/2012 3:17 a.m.

There are many animals at Oak View Animal Clinic, but there was a surprise when employees of came to work about daybreak. They found Charley, a black and white hound-mix chained to a table near the back door.

Weather Bug camera & station installed at PRHS

posted: 01/11/2012 3:15 a.m.

Pea Ridge residents no longer have to rely on weather conditions from Bentonville or Rogers but can access local weather thanks to a weather station installed on the roof of the Pea Ridge High School gym.

Bell’Italia trip planned for 2013

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Teaching weaves through everything she does even though she’s in administration now. Sarah Stokes, a teacher for 24 years, enjoys taking students on trips broadening their perspectives and their education.

Pea Ridge School Board Meeting

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6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16 High School Media Center


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January 11, 2012

Recipe of the Week: Baked Apple Doughnuts

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From the kitchen of Florence Poe

Arkansas Watch: Beware of preacher- endorsed politicians

posted: 01/11/2012 3:07 a.m.

When I was a boy, before the term “Christian Right” was coined, my dad told me that when he saw a bunch of preachers get behind some guy with a business proposal, that I should run like the wind. He said that most preachers did not know enough about business to avoid being taken in by scams and get rich quick schemes. He said the guy doing the pitching would run rings around them.

Lynch Pen: Is there really a caucus winner?

posted: 01/11/2012 2:48 a.m.

Wow! Now we actually have the Iowa caucuses out of the way and we will see new sites from New Hampshire’s cities. Unfortunately after all the television coverage in Iowa, we really haven’t learned very much about the Republican primary election.

'TIL THE NEXT TIME: Getting older has its benefits

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A small amount of cream puff pudding had collected in the bottom of the pan. I opened the silverware drawer for a spoon and just as I put it to my mouth a friend walked in the door.


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We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the following people and businesses that so generously gave to the 12th annual City of Pea Ridge Christmas Food Drive


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Calendar and News of Events


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Incidents reported this week:

Cheer to perform

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The routine with which the Blackhawk cheerleaders placed first in state competition will be performed at half-time during the Blackhawk game against Shiloh Friday, Jan. 20.

Woody leads ’Hawks in hard work and scoring

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Dakota Woodward went scoreless through the first half of a recent basketball game against Gentry, and he wasn’t the least bit concerned about it.

Ridger Sports : The new year is looking good now

posted: 01/11/2012 2:36 a.m.

The year 2012 is looking good, as least from my vantage point as a Blackhawk/Razorback fan. Coming off a long-building back problem which culminated in a spinal fusion, I am looking for 2012 to be also much better for me personally than the preceding few years.

SCHOOL NEWS: ACT high school poster contest

posted: 01/11/2012 2:35 a.m.

ACT’s annual high school student poster design contest offers a chance to win thousands of dollars in scholarship money.

Notes From the Nurse: E-mail error causes confusion

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I must apologize for last week’s article on flu clinics at school. I inadvertently sent an old article to The Times from my home computer.

From the Counselor’s Corner: ACT TESTING INFORMATION

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January 2012: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available. File the FAFSA as soon as possible at

Bella Vista health fair Saturday, free to the public

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Free health fair Jan. 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wishing Spring Gallery, intersection of U.S. Hwy. 71 and McNelly Road next to Walgreens.


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The Office of Human Concern will be accepting applications for the FY 2012 Regular Winter Home Energy Assistance Program, beginning Jan. 9, 2012. The Crisis Program (requires a shut off notice) begins Feb. 1, 2012.