News 2012 March

Stories for March 2012

Wednesday, March 28

Seeing ‘blue’ to protect

posted: 03/28/2012 1:23 a.m.

Growing up in San Antonio and Fayetteville, Jesus Martinez never thought about a career in law enforcement.

Teens partied in school building

posted: 03/28/2012 1:22 a.m.

Two groups of young people may have found Spring Break less than enjoyable this year.

Dream: No abused children

posted: 03/28/2012 1:21 a.m.

Ordinarily a sign of carefree childhood, pinwheels spinning in the wind next week will serve as a visual reminder of children who have been abused in Benton County.

Vision spurs Neal on

posted: 03/28/2012 1:18 a.m.

A servant leader, that’s how Rick Neal sees himself. Neal is scheduled to take over as school superintendent July 1. He has been the principal of Pea Ridge High School for the past seven years. “I’m a servant leader. My leadership style is very simple. I want teachers, administrators, parents, community to have input on some of the decisions; I think the more collaborative it is, the better it becomes.

Pastor’s Corner: Easter is here

posted: 03/28/2012 1:17 a.m.

Well it’s that time of year again and Easter is upon us.


posted: 03/28/2012 1:16 a.m.

A representative of the Taylor Engineering firm was scheduled to meet with residents of Little Flock to discuss the possibility of piping water from Beaver Reservoir into the area.

CHURCH NEWS: Brightwater United Methodist Church

posted: 03/28/2012 1:15 a.m.

Prayer services begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. For information, call 451-8161.

OBITUARIES: Northeast Benton County

posted: 03/28/2012 1:14 a.m.

Robert Benard “Benny” Allen, 77, of Springdale, died Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville.

Out of My Mind: New life blossoming all around

posted: 03/28/2012 1:13 a.m.

The rhythmic hum of lawn mower engines, the pungent smell of fresh cut grass, chirping of birds and children laughing and yelling — all are wonderful signs of spring on the backdrop of the various purples, reds and yellows of forsythia, quince, daffodils, redbuds, crab apples, dogwoods, lilacs and wisteria.

Library Notes: Volunteers wanted for nail removal

posted: 03/28/2012 1:10 a.m.

I made a fast trip to St. Louis on Sunday and came home on Tuesday.

The Streets of Pea Ridge: Streets named for soldiers

posted: 03/28/2012 1:09 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: It’s hard to diet

posted: 03/28/2012 1:08 a.m.

Why is it that when I start to pay some attention to my calorie intake, that every color picture, T.V. ad and magazine layout is full of scrumptious-looking dishes ? I’m also noticing how many recipes are calling for caramelized onions. Even that sounds good!

Now & Then: Imagination rampant at play and work

posted: 03/28/2012 1:07 a.m.

A few days ago I was listening to children playing in their father’s truck, imagining that they were driving, and pretending to do first one job and then another with the truck.

Time to assess property

posted: 03/28/2012 1:05 a.m.

Benton County officials are working with residents to assess their personal property in 2012.

Ridger Sports: AAA forges new media partnership

posted: 03/28/2012 1:04 a.m.

I wondered how long it would be until someone would come up with a sports media deal to offer to the Arkansas Activities Association, and the answer is next year as the AAA announced a partnership with 24-7 Prep/Foxwood Sports for the 2012-2013 season, or school year.

Being Optimistic about youth

posted: 03/28/2012 1:03 a.m.

Coaches of youth sports teams presented their programs to members of the Pea Ridge Optimist Club recently.

Wednesday, March 21

Youth drinking party busted

posted: 03/21/2012 12:46 a.m.

A Saturday night party was an “awesome party till it got busted,” said one girl on Facebook.

Fire tanker rolled

posted: 03/21/2012 12:45 a.m.

The tanker is ruined but Fire Chief Frank Rizzio escaped with only minor injuries when he rolled the tanker onto its side Wednesday.

Walking 100 miles is no small feat

posted: 03/21/2012 12:44 a.m.

He doesn’t profess to be an athlete and at 50, walking 100 miles is no small feat for Edwin Brewer, pastor of First Assembly of God, Pea Ridge.

Pastor’s Corner: Fast for Lent

posted: 03/21/2012 12:43 a.m.

Already we’re half way through the season of Lent.


posted: 03/21/2012 12:42 a.m.

The Benton County Historical Society presented a new cap stone for the Confederate monument to the Pea Ridge National Military Park. The cap replaced the one that had been missing an infinitely long time from the monument.

Out of My Mind: Choose your words with care

posted: 03/21/2012 12:41 a.m.

Is it true?

Streets of Pea Ridge: Confederate soldiers honored

posted: 03/21/2012 12:40 a.m.

Editor’s Note: The following article, the fourth in a series, 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.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Country in trouble

posted: 03/21/2012 12:40 a.m.

Dear Editor: Pea Ridge is a nice little town; homes, schools, churches and some businesses.

Library Notes: More books donated, sale soon

posted: 03/21/2012 12:39 a.m.

As I write this column on the 15th, I am anxiously awaiting word from my son and daughter-in-law that I should head for St.


posted: 03/21/2012 12:38 a.m.

The Pea Ridge School District authorized the Ridge Rockers to use Pea Ridge Middle School cafeteria, Weston Street, as the regular 2012 dance location. Many thanks to the school officials and also to Nancy Townsend for being our “key” person who lets us in and organizes the set-up and take-down before and after dances.


posted: 03/21/2012 12:37 a.m.

The Arbor Day Foundation is making it easier to celebrate the arrival of spring through planting trees.

Ridger Sports: Woodward makes All-State team

posted: 03/21/2012 12:36 a.m.

Dakota Woodward’s basketball career at Pea Ridge had an exclamation point added when the hard-playing point guard was named to the 2012 4A All-State Team.

Oldebeken honored

posted: 03/21/2012 12:35 a.m.

Blackhawk Zach Oldebeken was awarded the Brandon Burlsworth award recently, according to head football coach Tony Travis.

Van Houden qualified for District

posted: 03/21/2012 12:34 a.m.

Matthew Van Houden, of the Pea Ridge High School FFA, recently qualified for the Northwest Arkansas District FFA Creed speaking contest. Van Houden was one of two students qualifying for district level competition by edging out 14 other students from all of the schools in Benton County as well as Springdale High School and Springdale Har-Ber.


posted: 03/21/2012 midnight

Shawnee Beatrice “Bea” Tacker, 92, of Garfield, died Monday, March 19, 2012, at Bradford House Nursing and Rehab in Bentonville.

Wednesday, March 14

Rick Neal hired

posted: 03/14/2012 1:12 a.m.

Rick Neal, Pea Ridge High School principal, will be the new superintendent of schools for Pea Ridge. Neal was unanimously chosen by four members of Pea Ridge School Board after more than five hours of deliberations this past weekend.

Webb’s ‘done’; quit seat on School Board

posted: 03/14/2012 1:11 a.m.

Rick Webb said “Yeah, I’m done” Tuesday morning when asked if he had resigned from the Pea Ridge School Board. He refused to say more. Neither School Board president Joshua Ramsey nor superintendent Dr. Roland Smith have received a letter of resignation. Webb visited high school principal Rick Neal on March 5 and turned in his Arkansas Activities Association card and asked for his name to be removed from the school letterhead. Webb walked out of the March 3 special School Board meeting. He did not attend Monday night’s regular School Board meeting, nor any of the special School Board meetings held over the weekend to hire a superintendent. Those meetings resulted in hiring Neal as superintendent. Webb, who ran for mayor last fall, has served on the school board since 2002. His term expires in September.

Largest crowd ever visits battlefield

posted: 03/14/2012 1:10 a.m.

Today 150 years ago, the sights and sounds on the land now owned by the Pea Ridge National Military Park would have been gut-wrenching. The stench of death mingled with gunpowder and burned wood was overwhelming, so much so that Gen.

Pastor’s Corner: Waiting patiently

posted: 03/14/2012 1:09 a.m.

I am in the middle of an “Oh, Wow!” moment with God. I am always blown away with God’s patience with me as I am a work in progress. I see that this is what sanctification is all about. Sanctification is a word that we use in “church speak” to describe the process that Christians go through as we seek to be more holy or set apart. In reality, it is the work of the Holy Spirit refining us to be more like Jesus.

Editorial: Working through conflict for good of the community

posted: 03/14/2012 1:08 a.m.

It’s time for unity.

Library Notes: Books and blessings abound at library

posted: 03/14/2012 1:07 a.m.

Life just gets better and better at the library. With the help of volunteers, so much is getting done at both the current and future library.

The Streets of Pea Ridge: Pea Ridge streets contain Confederate names

posted: 03/14/2012 1:06 a.m.

Editor’s Note: The following article, the fourth in a series, 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.

Now & Then: Winter, fountain pens and throw-aways

posted: 03/14/2012 1:05 a.m.

Several weeks ago, some of us fellows at church decided in jest, that we would just call off winter for this year. That was back in late January. We were really expecting that winter would hit us before long, despite our talk.

Lady ’Hawks win 5 games in a row

posted: 03/14/2012 1:03 a.m.

After losing the first game in the Siloam Springs Invitational Tournament this past weekend, the Lady Blackhawks softball team came back to win the next five, losing Saturday night against Gravette and earning the runner’s up spot.

Bo signs football letter of intent

posted: 03/14/2012 1:02 a.m.

“It’s been my dream since I was 6,” Bo Rylee said about playing football at college.


posted: 03/14/2012 1 a.m.

Chicken cook and rummage sale slated Pea Ridge Youth Sports will hold a chicken cook from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Wright’s Car Wash, Pea Ridge.

Ridger Sports: State basketball ends; Clarksville moves up

posted: 03/14/2012 12:58 a.m.

Like I predicted, like most or all of the folks who have seen Clarksville play, top-ranked Pulaski Academy was pounded by the Panthers to the tune of 93-73. The margin of loss by the top-ranked Bruins was more than what our Blackhawks suffered at the hands of the now double state champion Panthers.


posted: 03/14/2012 12:57 a.m.

The University of the Ozarks annual Discover Ozarks Preview Day for prospective students and their parents will be Saturday, March 31.

Young artists win in regional competition

posted: 03/14/2012 12:56 a.m.

Four elementary students and one middle school student were among the winners announced this week as a result of participating in the Northwest Arkansas Regional Art Competition/Exhibition.


posted: 03/14/2012 12:55 a.m.

The City of Pea Ridge Annual Spring Cleanup is set for 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


posted: 03/14/2012 12:54 a.m.

We already own the equipment In the Vista paper recently, Mayor Anderson stated it has not been decided whether the Property Owners Association will donate its vehicles to the new city-operated Street Department.

OBITUARIES: Northeast Benton County

posted: 03/14/2012 12:31 a.m.

Northeast Benton County obituaries for March 14, 2012.

Wednesday, March 7

Forced march, bitter cold drains men

posted: 03/07/2012 5:26 a.m.

As the sun rose on the morning of March 4, 1862, the Confederate Army of the West began their 65-mile march north as snow began to fall. Earl Van Dorn rode along with his men for a short time before being compelled to ride in his ambulance suffering from a fever and illness brought on by his unexpected baptism in the Little Red River a few days prior. The strain of the march began to show quickly as Van Dorn’s ambulance set a brutal pace that was hard for his soldiers to keep up with. Ephraim Anderson of the First Missouri Confederate Brigade remarked, “Van Dorn had forgotten that he was riding and we were walking.” That evening the Confederates camped near Fayetteville in the freezing temperatures and snow with no tents. March 5, 1862, the main column of the Confederate army continues their march as snow falls all day. A Union spy from the 3rd Iowa cavalry that had spent the last two weeks with the Confederates in the Boston Mountains, slipped away and met with Curtis at Cross Hollows and informed him that t

Superintendent search on a roller coaster ride

posted: 03/07/2012 5:25 a.m.

Pea Ridge School Board members are still looking for a school superintendent after a work-intensive weekend that included seven candidate interviews, three executive sessions, an offer made, accepted, then declined.

Webb walks out

posted: 03/07/2012 5:23 a.m.

After a string of executive sessions Saturday held in an effort to hire a school superintendent, board member Rick Webb walked out of the room and left the building.

Smith runs for county judge

posted: 03/07/2012 5:08 a.m.

have been married 37 years and have four children — two grown daughters and two sons in school in Rogers. He said he ran for county judge in 1986 an acquired about 30 percent of the vote. He serves on the Avoca Planning Commission, Benton County Water District No. 1 board of directors, cooks chicken every Saturday at Whities, coaches Little League baseball, is a member of the board of directors of the American Redbone Coonhound Association and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. “I just believe it’s my civic duty to run for an office. I believe it needs to be done. I believe I could make a difference in the With a lifelong background in road construction, Ronnie Smith, 56, said he believes he can improve county roads if he is elected Benton County Judge.

Life status: Be more loving

posted: 03/07/2012 5:07 a.m.

I must admit that I am a “creeper” when it comes to Facebook (that’s what my daughters call me). I don’t have a lot of time to commit to the social network, but when I do I love to read status updates and I rarely post. You can learn a lot from Facebook and Twitter.


posted: 03/07/2012 5:05 a.m.

Persons from northeast Benton County booked into the Benton County Jail this week include: Tuesday, Feb. 28 8:49 a.m. Allyn Dawn Licause, 30, Pea Ridge, by BCSO, body attachment.

History of names of the streets of Pea Ridge

posted: 03/07/2012 5:04 a.m.

Editor’s Note: The following article, the fourth in a series, 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.

Voters have JP choices to make

posted: 03/07/2012 5:03 a.m.

Benton County’s “official website” doesn’t reflect it at this writing, but the area covered by this newspaper is going to be faced with decisions about local offices in the May 22 primary election.

Fall or spring? Rake or clean?

posted: 03/07/2012 5:02 a.m.

This weather has me confused. Each day I wonder if I should do spring cleaning or rake the yard.

The Walkers: A long-time Pea Ridge family

posted: 03/07/2012 5:01 a.m.

I can’t remember when I didn’t know Russell Walker. He and his brothers and sisters have so long been part of the life of the Pea Ridge community, and of our family, that I have never known life apart from knowing them. When I first began to be aware of being alive, Russell’s father, whom we knew as Pete Walker, was on his way to being one of the old men of our area.


posted: 03/07/2012 4:59 a.m.

Alumni Association BBQ and Pie Auction The Pea Ridge High School Alumni Association will have a Pie Auction and dinner 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Pea Ridge Middle School, Weston Street. Dinner will include a barbecue sandwich, baked beans and coleslaw. The pie auction will begin at 6 p.m. This is a fund raiser for the PRHS Alumni Association and will benefit Pea Ridge High School qualifying seniors with scholarship funds. For more information, contact Jamie Cotton at 619-8862 or Jerry Nichols at 621-1621 or 451-9219. Annual Spring Cleanup The City of Pea Ridge Annual Spring Cleanup is set for 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. be held 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. The city will not be providing curbside pick-up this year. All participants will need to bring a form of identification and proof of city residency (i.e. current paid water bill).


posted: 03/07/2012 4:59 a.m.

Local Death Notices


posted: 03/07/2012 4:58 a.m.

Wednesday, March 7 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. — Seligman, Mo., Senior Center, donation lunch; for information, call Jo Ann Corn at 417-662-3749. 1 p.m. — Hobbits, Lost Bridge Community Center on Whitney Mountain; for information, call Roberta Heaton at 359-2139.


posted: 03/07/2012 4:57 a.m.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office will participate in the upcoming State DWI Mobilizations. The Sheriff’s Office will conduct sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and other stepped-up enforcement from March 9-18 and April 13-22 looking for impaired drivers and especially young adults and teens who choose to drink and drive. The message is especially important at this time of the year when many more young people are on the road for spring break.

Baseball Blackhawks pound Gentry 18/4

posted: 03/07/2012 4:56 a.m.

John King’s baseball ’Hawks pounded the Gentry Pioneers by an 18-4 count last Thursday on opening day of the 2012 4A season.

Girls are smart, too

posted: 03/07/2012 4:50 a.m.

“Girls are smart,” Kaylin Brouhard said.


posted: 03/07/2012 4:49 a.m.

PEA RIDGE PUBLIC SCHOOLS Mon., March 12 — Turkey cheese wrap, pretzels, dill pickle, strawberry bananas, vanilla wafers; Breakfast — Biscuit sausage Tues., March 13 — Chicken pot pie, cheese stick, biscuit, apple sauce, fruit freeze; Breakfast — Oatmeal and toast Wed., March 14 — Pork patty, mashed potatoes, California blend vegetables, gravy, roll, lemon ice box pie; Breakfast — Toast and eggs Thurs., March 15 — Chicken stir fry, white rice, egg roll, peaches, fortune cookies, sweet and sour sauce; Breakfast — Pancake Fri., March 16 — Pizza, garden salad, ranch dressing, fresh apple, oatmeal cookie; Breakfast — Biscuit and gravy Salad bar and ala carte offered in junior high and high school. Milk served with all meals. All breakfasts are $1.30. Lunches K-5 are $1.80; grades 6-12 are $2.05. Adult breakfast $2 and lunch $3. GARFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS Breakfast Grades K-5 Mon., March 12 — Breakfast pizza Tues., March 13 — Cheese omelet, toast, (Pre-K cereal choice) Wed., March 14 — Mini cinnis, yogurt Thurs., Marc

Mastery precedes creativity, always

posted: 03/07/2012 4:48 a.m.

It’s March and it is also National Youth Art Month across these United States. Events are planned around the USA all through March with Pea Ridge elementary students participating in art competitions/exhibitions in bi-county, regional and statewide venues.

Students need to remember it’s time for ACT testing

posted: 03/07/2012 4:42 a.m.

Key Dates March 2012 Register for the April 14 national ACT® test date by March 9 to avoid paying a late fee. You can register for this test date until March 23 and pay the late fee.