News 2012 June

Stories for June 2012

Wednesday, June 27

Fair weaves old with new

posted: 06/27/2012 1:06 a.m.

Both old traditions and new locations will be part of the 62nd annual Pea Ridge Fair which begins Wednesday, July 4. The fair will be held on the school grounds west of Pea Ridge High School off West Pickens Road.

Council gives nod to moving city ward lines

posted: 06/27/2012 1:06 a.m.

Despite a doubled population and several months of discussion about increasing the number of wards in the city for representation on the City Council, Pea Ridge will remain a city with two wards. The lines dividing those two wards will be moved to more evenly distribute the population.

Martfeld completes course assigned

posted: 06/27/2012 1:04 a.m.

At 17, he tried to join the Marines, but his mother wouldn’t sign for him, Alex Martfeld said, admitting now that was probably a good decision.

Veterans need new members for VFW

posted: 06/27/2012 1:03 a.m.

Three veterans — each who fought in different wars, of different times and ages, but united in purpose — sat down recently to remember the founding of the Pea Ridge post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Pastor’s Corner: Time for VBS

posted: 06/27/2012 1:02 a.m.

One of the greatest things I remember from childhood about summer was Vacation Bible School.

RECOLLECTIONS: 40 Years Ago Thursday, June 22, 1972 Pea Ridge Graphic

posted: 06/27/2012 1:01 a.m.

The Pea Ridge City Council voted to blacktop Lee Town Road, from Curtis Ave. eastward to the city limits. The council also voted to hire Ronald Towle for 30 days as policeman while policeman Bill Smith was out sick.

CHURCH NEWS: First Baptist Church Garfield

posted: 06/27/2012 1 a.m.

Registration for youth/children’s camp can be completed online. Visit the church web site, www.

OBITUARIES: Northeast Benton County

posted: 06/27/2012 12:59 a.m.

James Caleb Bertschy, 21, Pea Ridge, died Monday, June 18, 2012, at his home.

Out of My Mind: Parenting: An exercise in self-discipline

posted: 06/27/2012 12:58 a.m.

Just recently one of my elder children was watching and listening to a younger sibling with amusement. She quizzically smiled and said: “And to think I thought I was so old when I was his age.” Funny how aging changes your perspective, isn’t it?

Library Notes: Story hour expands to two days a week

posted: 06/27/2012 12:57 a.m.

Life in the library is moving at warp speed, or so it seems to me! We are now offering Story Hour from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.


posted: 06/27/2012 12:56 a.m.

There seem to be several things NWACC does consistently. One is to raise tuition every year and the other is to get itself into trouble regarding money matters.

Now & Then: Pea Ridge schools: The past 100 years

posted: 06/27/2012 12:55 a.m.

It was some 138 years ago that Professor J.R. Roberts and his sister, Miss Nanny Roberts, opened the Pea Ridge Academy. In 1884, 128 years ago, the first public school (tax-supported ) opened in Pea Ridge for grades first through eighth.

Arnolds enjoy 50 years together

posted: 06/27/2012 12:54 a.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Arnold of Pea Ridge are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

AREA EVENTS: Back to school fest set

posted: 06/27/2012 12:53 a.m.

River of Faith Church will have a back to school festival beginning at 6 p.m. July 1, at the church located at 300 River of Faith Lane, Seligman, Mo., five miles north of Pea Ridge High School, up Arkansas Hwy. 265, off Highway KK. Free backpacks with school supplies will be available.

Woods celebrate golden anniversary

posted: 06/27/2012 12:51 a.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Tim Wood of Pea Ridge are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.

SHILOH MUSEUM HAPPENINGS: Dating historic photos

posted: 06/27/2012 12:50 a.m.

Shiloh Museum photo archivist Marie Demeroukas will present “The Dating Game: Ways to Determine the Age of Your Family Photos,” at noon Wednesday, July 18, at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History.

Optimist Club places flags

posted: 06/27/2012 12:49 a.m.

For an annual contribution of $30, the Pea Ridge Optimist Club will place a 3- by 5-foot American flag with a 10-foot metal pole curbside on the seven holidays days designated.

Alumni Day set for July 14 at Pea Ridge High

posted: 06/27/2012 12:48 a.m.

Pea Ridge High School Alumni Day is from 9 a.m.

COMMUNITY EVENTS: Baby contest slated

posted: 06/27/2012 12:47 a.m.

“Cutest Baby” contest for children from birth to 2 years old will be held in conjunction with the Pea Ridge Fair, July 4-6.

SCHOOL NEWS: UCA Presidential Scholar announced

posted: 06/27/2012 12:47 a.m.

Felicia J. Scott, Garfield, senior, undergrad pre major program, was named to the University of Central Arkansas has announced the Presidential Scholars List for the spring 2012 semester.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Football sign-ups set

posted: 06/27/2012 12:45 a.m.

Sign-ups for Pea Ridge Youth Football are from 6-8 p.m. July 9-10, at Pea Ridge City Park.

HIPPY class graduates

posted: 06/27/2012 12:44 a.m.

The H.I.P.P.Y. class of 2012 received their certificates and awards on May 29, for participation in the 34- and 5-year-old programs.

Dragons take 3rd

posted: 06/27/2012 12:43 a.m.

The Dragons, the high school boys summer basketball team, program began two years ago to keep the players active during the summer, said Kevin Hall.

Wednesday, June 20

Come to The Dinner Table

posted: 06/20/2012 2:01 a.m.

In the 52-year-old building that once housed the Dari Park, Laura and Lee Fletcher have opened The Dinner Table. A photograph of the Dari Park hangs near the front door of the restaurant across the street from Pea Ridge Intermediate.

Freedom Fest Sunday

posted: 06/20/2012 2:01 a.m.

Fireworks will explode over Pea Ridge Sunday night during the fifth annual Freedom Fest.

Thomas in jail; trial July 24

posted: 06/20/2012 2 a.m.

Danny Thomas has been in jail 329 days in lieu of a $500,000 bond, according to Newton County, Mo., Prosecutor’s Attorney investigator Steven Bach.

Toddler survives

posted: 06/20/2012 1:59 a.m.

Emergency personnel on the Pea Ridge Fire/Ambulance Department saved the life of a toddler Saturday night.

Fire ravages Phillips’ home

posted: 06/20/2012 1:58 a.m.

Bob and Robbin Phillips were enjoying their company from out of town Thursday evening when a fire burst from the garage.

In His Study: Led by the Holy Spirit

posted: 06/20/2012 1:57 a.m.

Amazingly, just to hear Charles Spurgeon during the 1800s, people numbering in the hundreds of thousands traveled great distances, some from around the world.

RECOLLECTIONS: 40 Years Ago Thursday, June 15, 1972 Pea Ridge Graphic

posted: 06/20/2012 1:55 a.m.

The Pea Ridge City Council was unable to hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting due to the absence of the mayor, city recorder and one city alderman.

CHURCH NEWS: First Baptist Church Garfield

posted: 06/20/2012 1:54 a.m.

A building dedication and church picnic is set for Sunday, June 24.

Guest Column: Taps: Last call, lights out

posted: 06/20/2012 1:53 a.m.

At 10 p.m. at U.S. military installations there is sounded a bugle call identified by various names as last call, lights out or “Taps.” This bugle call represents the ending of the military day.

OBITUARIES: Northeast Benton County

posted: 06/20/2012 1:53 a.m.

The Rev. Jack J. Austin, 91, of Gravette, Ark., died June 16, 2012, in Bentonville, Ark. He was born on Jan. 4, 1921, to Les and Stella Austin in Decatur, Ark.

Out of My Mind: Honor fathers and elders

posted: 06/20/2012 1:52 a.m.

This past Sunday was Father’s Day.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Grateful for support

posted: 06/20/2012 1:51 a.m.

Perhaps you sent a lovely card or sat quietly in a chair.

Lynch Pen: Political columnist on the money

posted: 06/20/2012 1:50 a.m.

There are not many political columnists that can get my attention on a regular basis. Most of the “regulars” are too politically biased to be worth a search of the newspapers to follow them. And, with too many television networks now vying for our attention, the list of experts seems to grow daily.

Now & Then: Schools were ‘funner’ back then

posted: 06/20/2012 1:49 a.m.

With the closing of the Pea Ridge Masonic College in 1916, the former college property in downtown Pea Ridge was deeded to the Pea Ridge Public School.

CLUB NEWS: New Meadowbrook Home Extension Club

posted: 06/20/2012 1:48 a.m.

Members of New Meadowbrook Home Extension Club met for their regular monthly meeting at Autumn Place Assisted Living in Pea Ridge on June 13.

Collins celebrate silver anniversary

posted: 06/20/2012 1:47 a.m.

Dino Collins from Dardanelle, Ark., met Sharon Grimes from Atkins, Ark., in 1984.

Putmans fete 60 years

posted: 06/20/2012 1:46 a.m.

Thurman Jerry Putman and Marie Wiggin were married June 26, 1952, at Gravette Methodist Parsonage by Rev. Harvison.

COMMUNITY EVENTS: Optimist Club selling flags

posted: 06/20/2012 1:45 a.m.

For an annual contribution of $30, the Pea Ridge Optimist Club will place a 3- by 5-foot American flag with a 10-foot metal pole curbside on the seven holidays days designated. A metal sleeve will be installed 15 inches from the curb/edge of the road or from a mailbox, in which to place the flagpole.

AREA EVENTS: Mountain Music Festival

posted: 06/20/2012 1:44 a.m.

Mountain Music and Arts Festival is set from noon - dark Saturday, June 23, at Mountain, Mo., seven miles north of Pea Ridge.

Connors wed 31 years

posted: 06/20/2012 1:43 a.m.

Michael Connors married Linda J. Reckart June 21, 1981, in Kittery, Maine.

Dairy farming is in their blood

posted: 06/20/2012 1:42 a.m.

The three men look strikingly similar, each wearing sweatstained Wilkerson Farms ball caps. Their grins are mirror images of one another.

And then there were two ....

posted: 06/20/2012 1:41 a.m.

Two dairies in Pea Ridge are all that are left in northeast Benton County of the more than 200 that were in Benton County 40 years ago.

History of June as Dairy Month

posted: 06/20/2012 1:40 a.m.

June Dairy Month, an annual tradition developed to celebrate the dairy industry and its many contributions to our society, originated in 1937.

Ridger Sports: Razorbacks 2/0 in world series

posted: 06/20/2012 1:39 a.m.

The University of Arkansas baseball team has won their first two games in the College World Series, something they haven’t done in more than 30 years.

Cheerleaders go to camp

posted: 06/20/2012 1:38 a.m.

The junior and senior high cheer squads attended camp at Bentonville High School June 4-6. The camp was run by B2 Cheer and Dance of Hot Springs.

MILITARY NEWS: Hagen graduates

posted: 06/20/2012 1:37 a.m.

Air Force Airman Brandon J. Hagen graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

SCHOOL NEWS: University of Central Arkansas awards scholarships

posted: 06/20/2012 1:36 a.m.

The University of Central Arkansas announced that the following students have been awarded scholarships to attend UCA.

Wednesday, June 13

Up in smoke

posted: 06/13/2012 1:39 a.m.

She had just left her house in Pea Ridge on her way to work at Subway in Bentonville when she noticed smoke billowing from beneath the car dash.

Booyer excelled in college

posted: 06/13/2012 1:39 a.m.

Her first experience in a classroom was in college, but she excelled and was the one student selected to deliver the graduation speech at Crowder College in Neosho, Mo.

School tables student transfers

posted: 06/13/2012 1:38 a.m.

Several requests for students to transfer into Pea Ridge School District were tabled Monday night on the recommendation of superintendent Dr. Roland Smith, and are scheduled to be reconsidered at a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 19.

A close call for child

posted: 06/13/2012 1:37 a.m.

Tousled blond hair framed the face of shy, little Malia Green, 4, who lay quietly on the grass while emergency personnel examined her. Her mother sat nearby calling family for help. The two had just been involved in a head-on collision. Malia wouldn’t talk.

Water rescue rehearsed

posted: 06/13/2012 1:36 a.m.

With a pair of drownings already on the books for this year at Beaver Lake, members of the Northeast Benton County Volunteer Fire/EMS Department held a water rescue training exercise at Lost Bridge Village South Park on Thursday, June 7. Captain Nick Mason, EMS Training Officer, and Battalion Chief Tom Scantlin, Fire Training, led the exercise that included 20 NEBCO firefighters and emergency medical technicians plus the department’s two boats.

Pastor’s Corner: An elephant is in the room

posted: 06/13/2012 1:35 a.m.

The term “the elephant in the room” refers to that which is obvious but which we often just ignore. For the American church, there are so many that one would be hard pressed to even begin to name them.

RECOLLECTIONS: 40 Years Ago Thursday, June 8, 1972 Pea Ridge Graphic

posted: 06/13/2012 1:34 a.m.

A rodeo clown, 24-yearold Billy Barnes, moved to Pea Ridge. Barnes liked to wash his mini-mule, Dynamite, a special part of Barnes’ act, at the Pea Ridge Car Wash.

CHURCH NEWS: First Baptist Church Pea Ridge

posted: 06/13/2012 1:33 a.m.

Back Yard Bible Club will be from 6 - 7:30 p.m. June 11 - June 15. It is for children 4-years-old through sixth grade. The meetings will be held at five different homes around town. Look for signs.

OBITUARIES: Northeast Benton County

posted: 06/13/2012 1:32 a.m.

Charlie J. Cotton, 85, of Rogers, died June 9, 2012. He was born in Rogers on Feb.

Out of My Mind: Community values local news

posted: 06/13/2012 1:30 a.m.

As technology improves and flourishes, all media struggles with the change.

GUEST COLUMNIST: Old home week renews memories

posted: 06/13/2012 1:29 a.m.

I didn’t go to school at Beaty, but I wanted to attend the May 26 reunion there. It was held outside the old country school building, Liberty Hill, just a few miles from where I grew up west of Gravette.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Attention parents of the Pea Ridge School District:

posted: 06/13/2012 1:27 a.m.

There are many ways a person can be bullied: Physically, including pushing, shoulder checking, shoving, hitting, fighting, spitting, tripping; emotionally, such as derogatory remarks, name calling, teasing, ignoring, slander, spreading gossip ; cyber bullying such as through e-mail, chat rooms, text messages, web site postings, blogs, facebook; and specific target bullying — focusing on homophobic, disabilities, racial, religious preference.

Library Notes: Library is bursting at the seams

posted: 06/13/2012 1:26 a.m.

As I write this on the evening of June 7, I am excited I can hardly string words together to form a sentence!

Now & Then: How Pea Ridge public schools came to be

posted: 06/13/2012 1:25 a.m.

As we mentioned last week, the first Pea Ridge Public School opened in 1884, offering first through eighth grades. Classes were held in the Pea Ridge Academy building downtown.

CLUB NEWS: Granny’s Quilts of Love

posted: 06/13/2012 1:22 a.m.

Granny’s Quilts of Love met at 9:30 a.m. May 15, at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church in Pea Ridge. Mary Margaret Webb opened the meeting with a prayer.

COMMUNITY EVENTS: Rockin’ the Ridge slated

posted: 06/13/2012 1:21 a.m.

The Pea Ridge Parks Commission will host “Rockin’ the Ridge” with the band 100 Proof from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Pea Ridge City Park. The concert is free to the public. There will be concessions on site.

Ridger Sports: Hogs make it to World Series

posted: 06/13/2012 1:21 a.m.

In a year that had high expectations for the University of Arkansas’ baseball team, local fans were disappointed with the team’s seeming collapse in the season’s second half.


posted: 06/13/2012 1:19 a.m.

The Gilcrease Museum of American Art will host Pea Ridge elementary-aged artists at a reception June 16.

Ryan Mondy D.A.S.H. scholarships given

posted: 06/13/2012 1:18 a.m.

Star City High School senior Heather Caldwell and eStem Public Charter High School senior William Gorton, Little Rock, recently received the Ryan Mondy D.A.S.H. Memorial Scholarship through Arkansas Community Foundation (ARCF).

COLLEGE HONORS: Ward earns scholarships

posted: 06/13/2012 1:17 a.m.

Kelly Ward from Pea Ridge, was awarded a Sarah Jane McGill Endowed Award and Sara Rhoades Harris Endowed Scholarship from the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas.

Wednesday, June 6

Blackhawk student drowned Saturday

posted: 06/06/2012 2:08 a.m.

Blackhawk football players gathered for a somber meeting Monday morning prior to practice. There, they heard their coaches tell of the death of one of their own.

Prank was not funny, police said

posted: 06/06/2012 2:07 a.m.

A photograph of a young girl whose mouth was taped and hands bound to her ankles by tape was on Facebook.

Teens: Watch the clock

posted: 06/06/2012 2:06 a.m.

School is out and so are the young people. Police have picked up four teens this week past curfew.

Young crowned rodeo princess

posted: 06/06/2012 2:05 a.m.

Taylor Young was crowned the 2012 Old Fort Days Rodeo Princess in Fort Smith this past weekend after a three-day competition.

Pastor’s Corner: What is in the heart of man?

posted: 06/06/2012 2:04 a.m.

I’m going to assume that if you are reading this, you also have access to a Holy Bible. And yes, I am fully aware of what assuming can do, but I’ll take my chances. Open that old dusty thing up and turn to Psalm 14. It is pretty close to the middle, if you weren’t sure. Now take a second and read it.

RECOLLECTIONS: 40 Years Ago Thursday, June 1, 1972 Pea Ridge Graphic

posted: 06/06/2012 2:03 a.m.

The Dr. Lee O. Greene Memorial Dedication was held. Hundreds of people, most of whom were former Pea Ridgers, gathered together at the school cafeteria to honor the memory of the well-loved Pea Ridge doctor.

CHURCH NEWS: First Baptist Church Pea Ridge

posted: 06/06/2012 2:02 a.m.

Back Yard Bible Club will be from 6 - 7:30 p.m. June 11 - June 15. It is for children 4-years-old through sixth grade. The meetings will be held at five different homes around town. Look for signs.

OBITUARIES: Northeast Benton County

posted: 06/06/2012 2:01 a.m.

Connie (McCool) Bowen, 52, of Hindsville, Ark., died May 14, 2012, at her home.

Out of My Mind: Monitor children’s activities

posted: 06/06/2012 1:59 a.m.

Is a gun a weapon or a tool?

Library Notes: Summer story hour is Thursday

posted: 06/06/2012 1:58 a.m.

This past week was so busy that people were standing in line to return/ check-out books. Those times are hectic, but I love that so many of you are using the library.

Now & Then: How did we come to have our Pea Ridge schools?

posted: 06/06/2012 1:57 a.m.

As I remember my school days in the 1940s and 1950s, we didn’t have much emphasis on our local history. I do recall having a pretty fine sixthgrade Arkansas history course.

Laughlin is 100

posted: 06/06/2012 1:55 a.m.

Friends and family are invited to join Pauline Laughlin, formerly of Pea Ridge, as she celebrates her 100th birthday at a drop-in reception given by her children Dale Laughlin, Marjorie Herron and Rebecca Lynch.

COMMUNITY EVENTS: Rockin’ the Ridge slated

posted: 06/06/2012 1:54 a.m.

The Pea Ridge Parks Commission will host “Rockin’ the Ridge” with the band 100 Proof from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Pea Ridge City Park. The concert is free to the public.

AREA EVENTS: Seligman community dance slated

posted: 06/06/2012 1:53 a.m.

Seligman community dance will at 7 p.m. Thursday June 7, at the Seligman community building. Band will be Frosty Garland and the Road Hogs.


posted: 06/06/2012 1:52 a.m.

The 2012 Blackhawk Football Camp will be from 5 - 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17 - Friday, July 20, at the Blackhawk indoor facility.

COLLEGE HONORS: Scott earns scholar award

posted: 06/06/2012 1:51 a.m.

Tyler Neal Scott, son of Rhonda and Mark Scott of Pea Ridge, received a Distinguished Scholar Award from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville in fall 2012.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Pea Ridge Youth Football sign-ups set

posted: 06/06/2012 1:49 a.m.

Sign-ups for Pea Ridge Youth Football are from 6-8 p.m. July 9-10, at Pea Ridge City Park.

A hole in one

posted: 06/06/2012 1:48 a.m.

Cory Smith, 15, of Pea Ridge, made a hole-in-one during a round of golf on May 22.

FFA officers honored

posted: 06/06/2012 1:47 a.m.

The Pea Ridge FFA organization celebrated its 22nd annual FFA banquet Monday, May 4, 2012, during which awards are presented.

FFA officers begin new year

posted: 06/06/2012 1:46 a.m.

Yes, it’s true, school just turned out for the summer. However, for the Pea Ridge High School FFA officer team, the work is just beginning.

Young artists tour Tulsa museums

posted: 06/06/2012 1:43 a.m.

A contingent of fifth graders made the annual trek to Tulsa recently to tour the Gilcrease and Philbrook art museums.