News 2012 October

Stories for October 2012

Wednesday, October 31


posted: 10/31/2012 5:30 a.m.

Mary Catherine “Kitty” Manning of Bentonville was selected to receive a merit scholarship to study violin at The Lamont School of Music at The University of Denver, where she will study with performance artist Linda Wang. Manning entered the Interlochen Arts Academy in 2008 at age 14.

Pastor’s Corner: Going my way

posted: 10/31/2012 5:25 a.m.

There is an old story about a sailor that goes like this: An old sailor repeatedly got lost at sea, so his friends gave him a compass and urged him to use it.

Learning leadership skills essential for educators

posted: 10/31/2012 5:24 a.m.

Learning to lead, Rick Neal is enthusiastic about his new job and the lessons he’s learning and passing on to his administrators.

Constable seeks re-election

posted: 10/31/2012 5:24 a.m.

Sam Reyna is running for constable of Township 3.

Council races set

posted: 10/31/2012 5:23 a.m.

Voters in northeast Benton County municipalities have choices to make; elections are Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Hutchek in court on theft of copper charges

posted: 10/31/2012 5:23 a.m.

A gallon of Red Diamond iced tea led Rogers Police to arrest five people in connection with causing damages and stealing copper wire valued at more than $900,000 this summer.


posted: 10/31/2012 5:22 a.m.

40 Years Ago Thursday, Oct. 26, 1972 Pea Ridge Graphic Miss Yvonne Snow, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill M. Snow of Pea Ridge, was selected by the senior Blackhawks football team as their 1972 Homecoming Queen.


posted: 10/31/2012 5:22 a.m.

Heather Gillion will be the guest speaker for a women’s get together from 5 - 7 p.m. Nov. 3. Childcare will be provided. Bring a snack food.

Lynch Pen: Time to focus on local races

posted: 10/31/2012 5:21 a.m.

We have survived the presidential and vice-presidential candidate debates and hopefully we can now concentrate on local issues.

Library Notes: Story hour to combine trick or treating

posted: 10/31/2012 5:21 a.m.

The library is ready for Halloween fun! The participants in the weekly Story Hour will make trick or treat bags on Wednesday and then go trick or treating at the businesses near the library. From 5 – 7 p.m.


posted: 10/31/2012 5:20 a.m.

Warrants: 10/24 Susan C. Thompson, 59, Bentonville, failure to appear 10/26 Jason A. Emerson, 28, Pea Ridge, contempt failure to pay fines and costs 10/27 Stephen J. Louallen, 47, Ozark, Mo., failure to appear Tuesday, Oct. 23 1:13 a.m. Alarm at Fred’s ; the building was secure. 10 a.m. Police were contacted by Rogers that a man who worked for Rove Pest Control had been arrested for theft and had serviced a couple of houses in Pea Ridge. The property owners were contacted and one had a list of missing jewelry. 6 p.m. An agency assist of child abuse was discovered to be unfounded. 10:54 p.m. A disturbance was reported at a residence on Eagle Crest. Police arrested Iston Benjamin, 31, Pea Ridge, was arrested for third-degree assault.


posted: 10/31/2012 5:20 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 31 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. — Story Hour, Pea Ridge Community Library, E. Pickens Street 5-7 p.m. — “Trick or Treat,” Pea Ridge Community Library, E. Pickens Street Thursday, Nov. 1 6:45 a.m. breakfast and 7 a.m. meeting — Pea Ridge Optimist Club, Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church; for information, call Sandy Lasater at 903-6795. 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. — Family Reading Night, Pea Ridge Intermediate school 7 p.m. — Seligman Community Dance, Community Building, sponsored by Seligman, Mo., Lions Club; for information, call Wendell Bishop at 417-846-5355. 3 - 6 p.m. — Pea Ridge Farmers’ Market, Emergency Services Building entrance off Slack Street 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. — Jr. Girl Scout Troop No. 5780, Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church 7:30 p.m. — Garfield AA, Brightwater Methodist Church. Open meeting and no smoking; for information, call 359-3734. Friday, Nov. 2 4-7 p.m. — NEBCO Spaghetti Feed, NEBCO Community Center, 17823 Marshall St., (U.S. Hwy. 62), Garfield 7 p.m. — Freddie Overstreet Cruise, Sonic in Pea Ridge Sat


posted: 10/31/2012 5:19 a.m.

Thursday, Nov.1 10 a.m. — Benton County Conservation District, USDA Service Center, Bentonville; for more information contact Gail Sparks at 273-2622 ext.


posted: 10/31/2012 5:19 a.m.

7 p.m. Nov. 6, 2012 Items on the agenda include : Home occupation 1301 Spruce Street — Adam Wear • Home occupation 1593 St. Clair Street — Jason Marhieneke Subdivision regulation amendment — street lights

Martin case diverted

posted: 10/31/2012 5:19 a.m.

A Garfield man’s criminal case will be dismissed if he makes restitution in connection with the theft of cattle. Roger Martin, 44, is charged with theft of cattle from Decatur Livestock Auction, but will not face any criminal charges if he does not commit any new criminal offenses, maintains good behavior during the diversion period and pays $1,108 in restitution to the Benton County Circuit Clerk. The money will be forwarded to the auction.

’Hawks close out Cardinals to clinch No. 2

posted: 10/31/2012 5:18 a.m.

Pea Ridge head coach Tony Travis invited superintendent Rick Neal into the locker room following the ’Hawks’ road win last Friday so he could make the announcement that “we’re going to play at least one more home game before closing out the old stadium.” Bouncing back strong from their first defeat last week, the Blackhawks completely dominated and upset a good Farmington Cardinal team in a 36-0 drubbing that earned Pea Ridge a No. 2 seed in the 4A state playoffs. The victory clinched second for the Blackhawks in the conference and sealed Ozark’s third seeding as well. Prairie Grove has already clinched first place in the 4A-1 with the fourth and fifth playoff spots likely going to Gravette and Farmington, contingent on this Friday’s contests.

Lady ’Hawks volleyball going to state

posted: 10/31/2012 5:18 a.m.

Pea Ridge volleyball is in uncharted territory, and sophomore Mikhaela Cochran is enjoying every minute of it.

Ridger Sports: Cross country makes Blackhawk history

posted: 10/31/2012 5:17 a.m.

Coach John King’s cross country runners made school history last week by winning both the boys and girls 4A-1 District championships.


posted: 10/31/2012 5:17 a.m.

Jr. High Cheerleaders wins first Pea Ridge Junior High Cheer took First Place in 4-A All-Girl Division at the Bulldog Invitational on Oct. 27 in Fayetteville. The allgirl stunt group of Higgins, Coupland, Henson, Woods and Morgan took second place in the stunt group category,.


posted: 10/31/2012 5:16 a.m.

PEA RIDGE PUBLIC SCHOOLS Grades K-5 Mon., Nov. 5 — Corn dog, broccoli salad, baked tots, and cherry tomatoes; Breakfast — Oatmeal and toast Tues., Nov. 6— Chicken salad on pita bread, sweet potato fries, corn, cucumber slice and fruit cup; Breakfast — French toast Wed., Nov. — Baked turkey, mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans, dressing, hot roll, sweet potato pie and fruit cup; Breakfast — Cereal and muffin Thurs., Nov. 8 — Hot dogs, pork and beans, coleslaw, potato wedge and fruit cup; Breakfast — Waffles Fri., Nov. 9 — Pepperoni pizza, salad, salad dressing, applesauce cups and cookie; Breakfast — Biscuit and gravy Grades 6 - 12 Mon., Nov. 5 — Corn dog, broccoli salad, baked tots and cherry tomatoes; Breakfast — Oatmeal and toast Tues., Nov. 6— Chicken salad on pita bread, sweet potato fries, corn and cucumber slice; Breakfast — French toast Wed., Nov. 7 — Baked turkey, mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans, dressing, hot roll, sweet potato pie and fruit cup; Breakfast — Cereal and muffin Thurs., Nov. 8 — Hog d


posted: 10/31/2012 5:16 a.m.

THIRD GRADE Mrs. Candice Carney’s Class: All A’s—J.D. Doyle, Bailey Ferguson, Perla Guevara, Monique Holley, Ethan Rogers and Isabella Smith; All A’s and B’s — Kennedy Allison, Trevor Blair, Paige Brown, Bradley Dean, Sara Hazelbaker, Clayton Henson, Ethan Hussain, Spencer Oneal, Jorge Osornio, Jocelyn Rowlee, Jessi Shockley, Gavin Stanley and Christopher Ward.

Wednesday, October 24

Wrigley’s sole purpose is to calm, bring joy

posted: 10/24/2012 12:50 a.m.

“It’s his job to make you smile,” Sue Stacey told the student when he asked what the golden retriever by her side does at school.

Winning ticket sold here

posted: 10/24/2012 12:49 a.m.

A tickets sold at the White Oak in Pea Ridge was identified in Monday night’s Decades of Dollars drawing.

Middle School is still a winner

posted: 10/24/2012 12:49 a.m.

Pea Ridge Middle School is among 14 northwest Arkansas schools nationally recognized for strong performance on standardized tests.

Speed limit decreased

posted: 10/24/2012 12:48 a.m.

The speed limit of otherwise non-posted streets in town will be decreased to 15 miles per hour. It was previously 25 miles per hour.

In His Study: God loves; Satan hates

posted: 10/24/2012 12:47 a.m.

There are some who claim to be a church who picket funeral services of fallen soldiers, little girls’ funerals (Amish girls, 2006), Holocaust memorials and others. Their common theme is “God hates..., ” and they fill in the blank with their choice of the week. They seem to fail to remember that the greatest and most often spoken message in Scripture is “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.... ” There is someone who hates; hated in the past, hates in the present, and will hate in the future — Satan. He hates God for kicking him out of Heaven and he hates mankind because God loves mankind. So, he has been actively enticing members of the human community to question God — “Has God said…?” So his hate-anti-God message has always surfaced at major events and locations.


posted: 10/24/2012 12:45 a.m.

40 Years Ago Thursday, Oct. 19, 1972 Pea Ridge Graphic Carl Baggett, president of the Bank of Pea Ridge, was elected as president of the Pea Ridge Chamber of Commerce for 1973. Other officers elected were Tim Wood, owner of the Pea Ridge Grocery, as vice president and Eva Patterson, a part-time clerk at the local post office, as secretary.

Out of My Mind: Many hands make the work light

posted: 10/24/2012 12:44 a.m.

Autumn in the Ozarks is beautiful; truly, it’s my favorite time of year.

Trees: More lovely than poems

posted: 10/24/2012 12:43 a.m.

Trees: “I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.” I’ve never forgotten those lines from a poem by Joyce Kilmer which I learned as a child. Trees were rare in western Nebraska where I made my entry into the world in a ranch house surrounded by sand dunes.


posted: 10/24/2012 12:42 a.m.

Thank you to sponsors We would like to thank the sponsors of the 19th Annual Pea Ridge Classic.

Library Notes: Treats at library on Halloween

posted: 10/24/2012 12:42 a.m.

Is it just me or does your house seem too quiet when the children and grandchildren go home after a few days visit? My son and grandson were in and out all week-end visiting Jacob’s favorite places — Fast Lanes, Chuck-e-Cheese and the Jump Zone — with a stop at Steak & Shake, McDonald’s and Sonic. It is always so good to see them and so hard to see them leave.

Hawks start strong, falter late in loss to Tigers

posted: 10/24/2012 12:40 a.m.

For a half, it looked like the Pea Ridge Blackhawks and the state’s No. 1 team in the Prairie Grove Tigers were every bit equals, but third period turnovers and bizarre calls sent the hosts down to a 31-0 defeat.

Ridger Sports: The play of the game ...

posted: 10/24/2012 12:40 a.m.

Last Friday’s game was an emotional roller coaster.

Now & Then: Going to school, years ago

posted: 10/24/2012 12:38 a.m.

I haven’t been in a school classroom for many years now, but given the changes in the methods of teaching over the years, I doubt that I would recognize many of the learning procedures.


posted: 10/24/2012 12:38 a.m.

As part of a statewide education program, the Benton County Conservation District is offering a $250 scholarship for a local high school student, according to Ronnie McGhee, chairman of the district. The Arkansas Association of Conservation District awards three scholarships ($1,000, $750 and $500) based on student’s essay and oral presentation.

Garfield receives grant

posted: 10/24/2012 12:37 a.m.

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) announced approval of a grant in an amount up to $35,000 from the Water Development Fund to the city of Garfield, according to Commission Chairman Sloan Hampton.


posted: 10/24/2012 12:37 a.m.

A Gospel Singing is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Wednesday, October 17

Pastor’s Corner: Glory revealed

posted: 10/17/2012 3:11 a.m.

Stop me if you have ever heard this one before, “Moses had an anger problem ; David had an affair and then murdered the husband; Paul persecuted Christians BUT all of them were used by God.” It’s true, all these men had sin issues and God still used them.


posted: 10/17/2012 3:10 a.m.

40 Years Ago Thursday, Oct. 12, 1972 Pea Ridge Graphic A horse on Rt. 1, Pea Ridge wore a cast on her left front leg as the result of an accident in Pea Ridge. Pea Ridge Police Chief Ron Towle, who investigated the accident, said that the mare suffered a broken leg when the two-unit trailer in which she was being hauled, broke loose from the 1965 Chevrolet pickup pulling it, went over the end of a culvert and turned over in the fencing at the Jack Musteen home on Ark. Hwy. 72 east.

Ain’t no step for a stepper

posted: 10/17/2012 3:09 a.m.

“Suck it up.

A living wax museum

posted: 10/17/2012 3:08 a.m.

Queen Elizabeth, Cesar Chavez, Neil Armstorng, Jesus, Gen.

Warm fuzzies wanted

posted: 10/17/2012 3:08 a.m.

New scarves, gloves, hats, mittens and socks for kids in need in the community are being collected in the “Warm Fuzzies for Kids” project by the Pea Ridge Optimist Club. Boxes for collection are at Arvest and Community First banks, City Hall and the Pea Ridge Water Department.

Lynch Pen: Consider the gem of NWACC

posted: 10/17/2012 3:06 a.m.

’Tis the season to elect a new leader for our nation.

Library Notes: Library book sale was a success

posted: 10/17/2012 3:04 a.m.

What a great day Saturday turned out to be! The library book sale at the swap meet was a success.


posted: 10/17/2012 3:03 a.m.

Moore endorsed To the Editor, A friend of mine and local Pea Ridge resident is running for state representative this November. I’m referring to my friend, Mark Moore. You may have read some of his many columns in this paper.

Now & Then: Floyd Hall and the downtown filling station

posted: 10/17/2012 3:01 a.m.

When I first began having a memory of Pea Ridge, Floyd Hall was running the filling station at the downtown intersection in town.


posted: 10/17/2012 3:01 a.m.

Pea Ridge Primary School

Hawks climb to 7th in state poll

posted: 10/17/2012 3 a.m.

The ’Hawks’ big victory over the Ozark Hillbillies boosted them seventh place in the state’s top 10 4A football teams as compiled by the MaxPreps-Freeman /CBS Football Poll.

Swift crowned queen

posted: 10/17/2012 2:59 a.m.

Miss Taylor Madison Swift was crowned Homecoming Queen 2012 Friday night. She was escorted by Austin Easterling and Garrett Morgan.

Willams wins sweepstakes

posted: 10/17/2012 2:58 a.m.

Taking the time to research and shop locally for the very best products NOT found online, landed a local woman a national prize.


posted: 10/17/2012 2:58 a.m.

Girl Scout Exhibit An exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting will be on display during the month of October at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. The exhibit, created by local Girl Scouts, will explore the history of Girl Scouting in northwest Arkansas.


posted: 10/17/2012 2:58 a.m.

Wednesday,Oct.17 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. — Story Hour, Pea Ridge Community Library, E. Pickens Street 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. — Seligman, Mo., Senior Center, donation lunch; call Jo Ann Corn at 417-662-3749. 4 - 6:30 p.m. — Loaves ’n Fishes food pantry, New Life Church, 836 N. Curtis Ave.; call Bonnie Austin at 451-9333 or e-mail


posted: 10/17/2012 2:57 a.m.

NEBCO Indoor Craft Fair, Flea Market scheduled GARFIELD — An indoor Craft Fair and Flea Market will be 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.


posted: 10/17/2012 2:57 a.m.

Swap Meet scheduled A Swap Meet in Pea Ridge is scheduled from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday, Oct.

’Hawks turn back Ozark for 7th straight win

posted: 10/17/2012 2:55 a.m.

Ozark’s Hillbillies lined up Friday to see the ’Hawks’ new red jerseys with the “The Ridge” emblazoned on them, but the “Ridge” turned into an insurmountable mountain as the homecoming guests were beaten 14-7 in what many consider a major upset.

Ridger Sports: A tale of two cities: Ozark & the Ridge

posted: 10/17/2012 2:54 a.m.

A couple of years ago, Pea Ridge played host to Ozark in the first meeting between the two schools.

Wednesday, October 10

Mule Jump shows off unique mule skills

posted: 10/10/2012 3:13 a.m.

Under a moon-lit sky, riding through wooded Ozark hills following coon dogs chasing raccoons, mule riders often had to dismount to cross a fence — often barbed-wire — in the hunt. They hung their coats over the fence wire, told their mule to jump, then remounted and continued the hunt.

Stadium OKd

posted: 10/10/2012 3:12 a.m.

The large-scale development plan for the new football stadium was approved by members of the Pea Ridge Planning Commission at its regular meeting Tuesday, Oct. 2, with acceptance of a variance for parking.

Miniature mule comes to town

posted: 10/10/2012 3:12 a.m.

A new attraction at the 24th annual Mule Jump will be Billie, a miniature mule, from Siloam Springs.

Nathaniel is improving

posted: 10/10/2012 3:11 a.m.

Nathaniel Jones is still in Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, but is steadily improving from the illness that struck him more than a week ago preventing his ability to speak.

Ramsey to be president

posted: 10/10/2012 3:11 a.m.

Joshua Ramsey will serve another year as president of the Pea Ridge School Board following election of officers Monday night.

Pastor’s Corner: Is knowledge of truth enough?

posted: 10/10/2012 3:10 a.m.

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 (NIV) It seems to me this is one of those passages that we like to quote and refer to, without always understanding what it means. In fact the phrase “the truth will set you free” is sometimes used in our culture by people who have no idea that it comes from Scripture. Let’s consider at least part of what’s going on in this passage and how we really experience this freedom that’s promised.


posted: 10/10/2012 3:09 a.m.

40 Years Ago Thursday, Oct. 5, 1972 Pea Ridge Graphic The Pea Ridge School Board, meeting in called session, took its first concrete steps toward the erection of a new school gymnasium.

Lynch Pen: Debates: Reveal candidates

posted: 10/10/2012 3:08 a.m.

Round one of the presidential debates is behind us. Hopefully, everyone took time to watch with bated breath hoping to clarify their voting questions. If you observed the news on Thursday morning expecting to hear summaries of the results and observations by experts, you probably encountered the same disappointment that awaited me. The most important topic was how much “Twitter feed” was recorded. For those who had to work and missed this remarkable figure — probably the topic at coffee groups across America — it was a “new record.” The campaign staffs for both the president and the (former ) governor had set this method of measuring /swaying sentiment in motion before the debate.

Library Notes: Rain threatens book sale plans

posted: 10/10/2012 3:07 a.m.

If I had any hope that colder weather was still far into the future, the temperatures of the past few days has dashed that thought! Don’t know about you, but I was not ready for such a drastic change. Somehow, easing into it makes it easier to take.

Now & Then: Resourceful: Building with salvaged materials

posted: 10/10/2012 3:06 a.m.

I have written before about growing up in a time just after the Great Depression of the 1930s, when it was very common for people to build new buildings with materials salvaged from older structures that were being dismantled. In the 1940s it was a respected value to be conserving of good pieces of used lumber.

Pea Ridge Homecoming Court 2012

posted: 10/10/2012 3:05 a.m.

Haylee Nichole Bowman, 17, daughter of Ronald and Beverly Bowman, has lived in Pea Ridge for 17 years.


posted: 10/10/2012 3:05 a.m.

The annual Ham & Bean Dinner and Pie Auction sponsored by the Pea Ridge High School Alumni Association is set for 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Pea Ridge Middle School cafeteria. Dinners are $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-10 and free for children 4 and under.


posted: 10/10/2012 3:04 a.m.

From Pea Ridge High School, the parade will travel down the bus lane behind the Middle School and come out at the south end of the Middle School to Weston Street; Weston Street to Green Street; Green Street to Pickens Street; Pickens Street to Curtis Ave.; then north on Curtis Ave. and enter the car rider lane backwards at Intermediate School, come back out to Pickens Street, traveling to Curtis Ave.; then travel south on Curtis Ave. to Townsend Way, to Carr Street. The parade will end there.


posted: 10/10/2012 3:03 a.m.

Pea Ridge Golf Classic slated for Oct. 20 The 19th annual Pea Ridge Golf Classic Four-Person Scramble is set for Saturday, Oct. 20, at Big Sugar Golf Club. Free breakfasts will be offered beginning at 6 a.m. at White Oak Station and lunch will be served at The Turn, the restaurant on the course. Teams will be drawn on Wednesday evening, Oct. 17, at The Turn. Players must be 21 years of age and either work in Pea Ridge, live in Pea Ridge, be a member of Big Sugar Golf Club or be a Pea Ridge High School alumni.

Flying Mule 5K and mile run scheduled

posted: 10/10/2012 3:02 a.m.

The Flying Mule 5K Run and Mule Mile will begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.

Ridger Sports: ’Hawks/Hillbillies game of week

posted: 10/10/2012 3:01 a.m.

The upcoming homecoming game with the Ozark Hillbillies is the marquee game of the week this week according to Hooten’s Arkansas Football, a polling and sports information website.

Blackhawks take sixth straight, whip Gentry 25-0

posted: 10/10/2012 3 a.m.

Pea Ridge rode a tough ground defense and a 183-yard rushing performance by tailback Dayton Winn to roll over the Gentry Pioneers 25-0 in a 4A-1 District matchup last week.

Wednesday, October 3

Mother: Student doesn't have meningitis

posted: 10/03/2012 2:16 p.m.

Nathaniel Jones, the previously unidentified student from Pea Ridge Middle School, does not have viral meningitis, his mother, Chastity Jones, said. Speaking from Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Jones said her son has been diagnosed with an autoimmune deficiency and is not contagious. She said he is in recovery right now, a process which will be “very, very slow."

Young artists music competition slated

posted: 10/03/2012 1:48 a.m.

The Andante Music Club of Bella Vista, which is af- filiated with the Arkansas and National Federation of Music Clubs, is sponsoring its 23rd annual young musi- cal artists’ competition on April 7, 2013. The competi- tion is open to students from ages 8 to 18 who re- side in Benton County.

Art show well attended

posted: 10/03/2012 1:46 a.m.

An art show was hosted by the Pea Ridge Primary School Parent-Teacher Or- ganization at the first PTO meeting of the year with lit- erally hundreds of attendees filling the Primary School building last week.

Ridger Sports: It’s been a September to remember

posted: 10/03/2012 1:44 a.m.

The month of September will be one to remember for a long time.

’Hawks whip Lincoln in battle of unbeatens

posted: 10/03/2012 1:39 a.m.

The Blackhawks and the Lincoln Wolves matched each others 4-0 records but it was the ’Hawks’ front four that had the biggest influence as Pea Ridge won the battle of unbeatens 35-9 on the road last we

Now & Then: Looking for help to preserve and renovate the old lunchroom/SEEK building

posted: 10/03/2012 1:32 a.m.

For probably the entire lifetime of nearly everyone now living in or around Pea Ridge, the white block building on the downtown school campus has stood across the campus from Webb’s Feed & Seed, serv- ing several generations of Pea Ridge School students in a variety of ways.


posted: 10/03/2012 1:30 a.m.

I may have to “hold my nose” when I vote for some candidates this November, but when I cast my ballot for Mark Moore it will be like a breath of fresh air in the sunshine. I do miss his columns in this paper, but maybe once the election is over he can get back to them.

Library Notes: Library staying busy this fall

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

It is beginning to look like fall with the trees starting to change colors. Some year I am going to head to Maine, New Hampshire and Ver- mont or maybe the Great Smokey Mountain area to see the fall colors.

Lynch Pen: Relationships, not $ is life’s focus

posted: 10/03/2012 1:25 a.m.

This is a far deviation from my normal topic of politics, but growing older prompts a much different view of our nation’s and the world’s economic condi- tion. From my first paying job where an hour’s work meant frivolous spending to watching today’s inter- national financial news- casts, I realize my perspec- tive on wealth has changed dramatically.

In His Study: Don’t worry about tomorrow

posted: 10/03/2012 1:21 a.m.

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.” —– Charles Schultz

Blackhawk battery drumming to a new beat

posted: 10/03/2012 1:19 a.m.

Members of the Blackhawk drum line are putting in extra time practicing and they have a “coach” who is helping them.

Thomas to serve 14 years for shooting Bone in the back

posted: 10/03/2012 1:16 a.m.

A McDonald County, Mo., judge, took no time to rule Monday the two sentences for Danny Kay Thomas should run consecutively and not concurrently saying he didn’t agree with the jury’s sentence of 13 years for second-degree mur- der and three years for armed criminal action.

Student flown to ACH with meningitis

posted: 10/03/2012 1:13 a.m.

A middle school student was airlifted to Arkansas Children’s Hospital Monday with viral meningitis, school superintendent Rick Neal said.