News 2012 September

Stories for September 2012

Wednesday, September 26

The Great Pumpkin is on McGarrah’s farm

posted: 09/26/2012 4:49 a.m.

As red as some of his pumpkins, the round-faced farmer punctuates his statements with chuckles. Dressed in an orange shirt and shoes and faded bluejean overalls, a straw hat atop his head shades him from the sun, he jovially asks visiting children how they’re enjoying their visit.

Lynch Pen: Future foretold 216 years ago

posted: 09/26/2012 4:48 a.m.

Prior to his decision to not seek re-election, “The Father of our country,” George Washington, was dealing with the effect of his decision on our young nation. He apparently sought advice from many sources, individuals, as well as direction from God through prayer. He composed his farewell address and it is reported that he never delivered it orally but that it came out in published form. This appears to have been in September of 1796. Please note that was 216 years ago.


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40 Years Ago Thursday, Sept. 21, 1972 Pea Ridge Graphic In the monthly session, Pea Ridge City Council voted to have Rogers attorney J. Wesley Sampier draw up three ordinances: An ordinance creating the Pea Ridge Planning Commission, an ordinance to compel local property owners to remove unsightly things from their property and an ordinance making it unlawful to move old houses into the city of Pea Ridge.

Pastor’s Corner: Renewed daily

posted: 09/26/2012 4:46 a.m.

“They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagle’s, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” This passage from the prophet Isaiah, Isaiah 40:31, reminds us that there is a constant and ongoing renewal of the spirit in the lives of those who trust in the Lord, and who yield their hearts to the inspirations of God’s spirit. How greatly I believe people of our time would profit if rather than relying on perpetual excitements, energy drinks and stimulants to feel more alive, they instead attach themselves to the renewing energies of God’s purposes, the lifegiving fellowship of Jesus Christ our Savior, and to the vital hope which is continually stirred in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.

Motorcycle wreck kills one

posted: 09/26/2012 4:45 a.m.

One man is dead and a woman injured as the result of a two-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon on N. Arkansas Highway 94 north of Pea Ridge, according to Arkansas State Police.

Sewer rates to increase

posted: 09/26/2012 4:45 a.m.

Sewer rates will increase following both a public hearing and the adoption of an ordinance by the City Council. The increase is needed, city officials said, to pay for improvements required to meet state regulations governing ammonia in waste water discharge.


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Pea Ridge Primary School Tuesday, Oct. 9 — 5:30 - 7 p.m. — Family Reading Night in the media center.

Library Notes: Many books are for sale at library

posted: 09/26/2012 4:43 a.m.

What beautiful weather we are having — just makes me want to be outside working in the yard, or sitting on the porch with a good book. Neither of which I will be able to do for a while. Too many irons in the fire!

Dorsey named bank president

posted: 09/26/2012 4:42 a.m.

Trevor Dorsey, former resident of Pea Ridge, wasnamed president of First United Bank in Holdenville, Okla ., accordingto Greg Massey, United Bank CEO. Dorsey replaces Richard Carr who accepted another position First United as Director of Community Banks.


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Granny’s Quilts of Love Granny’s Quilts of Love met Sept. 18 and had a special guest, Kim Dutton, from the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation.


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Free flu shots for veterans The Pea Ridge Veterans of Foreign Wars is sponsoring free flu shots to all veterans from 2 - 4 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Pea Ridge Presbyterian Church basement. Beth Nail from Fayetteville VA clinic will administer the shots.


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Civil War Roundtable The Northwest Arkansas Civil War Roundtable will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History.

Webb is 90

posted: 09/26/2012 4:38 a.m.

Janell Webb will celebrate her 90th birthday with family and friends from 3 - 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Crane Presbyterian Church in Crane, Mo.

Blackhawks end Lion reign 21-13

posted: 09/26/2012 4:36 a.m.

The rains have ended as well as a reign of sorts as the Blackhawks whipped cross county rival Gravette 20-13 in the league opener for both teams.

NWACC receives $25,000 grant

posted: 09/26/2012 4:35 a.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District awarded a General Improvement Fund grant of $25,000 to assist North-West Arkansas Community College in outfitting the Southern Region National Child Protection Training Center. The grant announcement was made during a presentation about the center to the Rotary Club of Fayetteville.

Wednesday, September 19

Aging may slow, but not stop them

posted: 09/19/2012 3:31 a.m.

“Keep moving,” his father told him years ago, and he has taken the advise literally.

Two vie for council seat

posted: 09/19/2012 3:30 a.m.

Two people are seeking one City Council seat in Pea Ridge.

School election absent

posted: 09/19/2012 3:29 a.m.

With only one candidate for the Pea Ridge School Board this election season, the Pea Ridge School District saved upwards of $3,000, according to the Benton County Election Commission.

Cell phones not allowed in school zones

posted: 09/19/2012 3:29 a.m.

Keeping children safe is a high priority for school and law enforcement officials in Pea Ridge.


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Bradley and Stephanie Morgan of Pottsville announce the birth of a boy, Levi Bradley Morgan, born Sept. 11, 2012.

Now & Then: Early communities had colleges even in 1800s

posted: 09/19/2012 3:26 a.m.

Quite a number of towns around Arkansas hold community festivals in the summer or fall each year, including our own Pea Ridge Community Fair, Prairie Grove’s annual observance of the anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Prairie Grove, Cane Hill’s Harvest Festival and the Pea Ridge Mule Jump. In northeast Arkansas, towns like Piggott, Pollard and Corning use annual festivals to raise funds supporting their cemeteries. We don’t do that in northwest Arkansas, but the festivals strengthen the community’s identity, celebrate their heritage and awareness of it, and attract homecomers and visiting tourists.

Art students awarded in Tulsa

posted: 09/19/2012 3:25 a.m.

Art students from Pea Ridge Elementary Schools were a big hit last summer as their art was on display for a two-month exhibition at the Gilcrease Museum of American Art. 50 local artists were invited to put on a summer long show by the museum’s curator Deborah Burke. The event was the fourth time in the last six years that Pea Ridge has had the honor. Pea Ridge was the only single elementary school to put on a show last year, with a collection of Tulsa elementary schools putting on a combined show earlier.

Mule Jump slated

posted: 09/19/2012 3:24 a.m.

The 24th annual Pea Ridge Mule Jump is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 13 and includes halter-class mule events, barrel races, flag races, pole bending and mule jumping. Volunteers are needed for the committee. Vendor booth reservation forms and non-profit booth reservation forms are available at City Hall, 451-1101.

McGarrah Farms Pumpkin Patch set to open Sept. 22

posted: 09/19/2012 3:23 a.m.

McGarrah Farms Pumpkin Patch is set to open Saturday, Sept. 22. There are more than five acres of pumpkins.

Maize maze makes much merriment

posted: 09/19/2012 3:23 a.m.

Families looking for good place to spend a day in the outdoors this fall can find it close by at Right Choices Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch just north of Southwest City, Mo.


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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.


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NEBCO Turkey Shoot, Raffle & Rib Cook-Off set GARFIELD — The 19th annual NEBCO Turkey Shoot and Rib Cook-off will be from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at NEBCO Fire/EMS Station No. 1, U.S. Hwy. 62 and S. Wimpy Jones Road, Garfield.

Blackhawks plunder Pirates 48-7

posted: 09/19/2012 3:18 a.m.

Pea Ridge’s Blackhawks overwhelmed the Greenland Pirates 48-7 last week to complete a three-game sweep of non-conference games.

Running for a cause

posted: 09/19/2012 3:18 a.m.

More than 110 runners lined up across Weston Street in drizzling rain Saturday morning, bent over slightly in preparation and then dashed forward for the fourth annual 5K D.A.S.H. to Remember race.

Ridger Sports: 3 and Oh!

posted: 09/19/2012 3:17 a.m.

There’s being 3-0 and then there is being 3 and 0h!

Lady ’Hawks get 2nd in two tourneys

posted: 09/19/2012 3:16 a.m.

The Lady ’Hawks Volleyball team took second at the Harrison Slam Fest tournament Saturday, Sept. 8.

Pastor’s Corner: Fulfilling hunger

posted: 09/19/2012 3:15 a.m.

Chris Ledoux sang a song about a cowboy caught in the middle of a stampede.


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40 Years Ago Thursday, Sept. 14, 1972 Pea Ridge Graphic Pea Ridge’s new park was named the “Pea Ridge Day” Municipal Park. The park was named after Clyde “Pea Ridge” Day, a Pea Ridge man who became nationally famous as a baseball pitcher in both the minor and major leagues.

Collecting for God’s Pantry

posted: 09/19/2012 3:12 a.m.

Arvest Bank is collecting monetary donations and nonperishable food items for God’s Pantry now through Nov. 3 at area Arvest locations.


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First Baptist Church Garfield A deacon’s retreat and church planning meeting will be held Sept. 29.

Library Notes: Library Notes: A week in the life of a librarian

posted: 09/19/2012 3:09 a.m.

When I couldn’t think of anything really interesting to write about I decided to give you a brief synopsis of the past week to give you an idea of what a small town librarian really does.


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Mondy family is grateful A D.A.S.H. to Remember The Mondy Family would like to say “THANK YOU” to all the runners, volunteers, sponsors and supporters who helped make the fourth D.A.S.H. to Remember 5K race and 1 mile fun run a huge success. Also, a special “Thank You” to the Pea Ridge Police Department for helping to ensure a safe race for everyone.

Wednesday, September 12

Hay yield increased; irrigation installed

posted: 09/12/2012 1:11 a.m.

Like an oasis, a sea of green Vaughn Bermuda grass stood in the midst of the brown, droughtparched fields south of Lee Town Road this summer. Watered daily with a overhead irrigation system, the grass grew to more than the required 18 inches before being cut, providing farmer Larry Miser with one more cutting this summer.

Homes rebuilt

posted: 09/12/2012 1:10 a.m.

Hundreds of volunteers painted, hammered and visited while rebuilding three homes in Pea Ridge last Saturday. They were renovating the houses through the Rebuilding Together of Northwest Arkansas. Young people learned the value of volunteering as coaches of the Blackhawks and Central Jr. High Lady Warriors encouraged their athletes to join the project.

City looking into upping sales tax

posted: 09/12/2012 1:09 a.m.

City officials are considering options to fund city services; opinions are divided.

Now & Then: Off to Eureka Springs in a Model T Ford

posted: 09/12/2012 1:08 a.m.

Sometimes, as I do myself, my mother used to tell of things she remembered from her growing up days.


posted: 09/12/2012 1:07 a.m.

The Pea Ridge cheerleaders will host a miniclinic Sept. 18 - 19, from after school until 5:30 p.m. at the Pea Ridge Primary School gym. The clinic is for children in grades kindergarten - sixth. Cost of the clinic is $25 per child and registration is due Wednesday, Sept. 12. Late registration will be Sept. 18 for $35. Cost includes snacks both days and a T-shirt.

Centenarian celebrates

posted: 09/12/2012 1:06 a.m.

Pauline Foster was born in Pea Ridge, Sept. 13, 1912.

Roe serves on project

posted: 09/12/2012 1:05 a.m.

Wanda Roe of Pea Ridge is a member of the Arkansas Humanities Council committee for mini grants which held its monthly teleconference Aug. 28. Members reviewed and voted to fund an unusually diverse group of projects. The projects included a commemorative sign, research related to opera and an Arkansas composer. Programs, workshops, activities and lectures for adults and young people involved Native American, Hispanic, African American and Japanese cultures.


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The Jacket, Mo., School and Community Reunion will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Dot Webb Center, Church of Christ, Pea Ridge. It will be potluck, with plates, cups, and silverware provided.


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Gateway picnic slated GATEWAY — Gateway will hold the annual picnic at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Gateway City Park.


posted: 09/12/2012 1:03 a.m.

The 24th annual Pea Ridge Mule Jump is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 13 and includes halter-class mule events, barrel races, flag races, pole bending and mule jumping. Volunteers are needed for the committee. Vendor booth reservation forms and non-profit booth reservation forms are available at City Hall, 451-1101.


posted: 09/12/2012 1:02 a.m.

Granny’s Quilts of Love Granny’s Quilts of Love met 9:30 a.m. Aug. 21, at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church in Pea Ridge with 21 members present.

Pastor’s Corner: Danger of anger

posted: 09/12/2012 1 a.m.

I’ve talked before about how it seems like there isn’t a day go by when we aren’t faced with things that seem, at least in our own minds, to bring us to the that place where we just can’t take any more, and if one more thing happens we are going to simply explode.


posted: 09/12/2012 12:59 a.m.

40 Years Ago Thursday, Sept. 7, 1972 Pea Ridge Graphic The first to be honored as Blackhawk “Player of the Week” since the start of the football season was Darrell David, 17, a junior and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Delbert David.

Library Notes: Library book sales going well

posted: 09/12/2012 12:57 a.m.

Hope everyone had a chance to get out and do some shopping at the City Wide Garage Sales over the weekend. The library did well with our books at Camp’s Swap Meet.

Lynch Pen: Two Independent candidates running for office

posted: 09/12/2012 12:56 a.m.

This is being written between the ending of the Republican Party’s political convention and prior to the completion of the Democratic convention. It is probably a good time to note that not all political candidates are affiliated with a party. We have two contests in Benton County that have drawn Independent candidates into their races. One of the contests is for an open seat in the State Legislature and the other is for the position of Benton County judge — the chief executive of the county for those unfamiliar with the position in county government.

Out of My Mind: Focus on the important

posted: 09/12/2012 12:55 a.m.

The peace of a predawn morning is punctuated by occasional hoots from a nearby owl and the chirping of cicadas and katydids.

Blackhawks explode on Green Forest 37-0

posted: 09/12/2012 12:53 a.m.

“The way the game started gave me a pretty good feeling,” Pea Ridge head coach Tony Travis understated as an explosive start by the Blackhawks paved the way for a 37-0 drubbing of the visiting Green Forest Tigers.

Ridger Sports: A winning week for 4A-1 district in football

posted: 09/12/2012 12:52 a.m.

After having a perfect 8-0 mark in the first week, the 4A-1 District had a bit more trouble in week No. 2, with four conference members picking up victories. One game was canceled and the other three lost, leaving the league with a 12-3 non-conference record.


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Helen Ferry Helen Ferry, 93, formerly of Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., Suttons Bay, Mich., and Bella Vista, Ark., died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville, Ark. She was born Sept. 23, 1918, in Milburn, Ill.

Wednesday, September 5

Academy keeps students on track

posted: 09/05/2012 12:07 a.m.

He dropped out of school a few months before graduation in a neighboring school district, frustrated about losing credits because of excessive absences, but Brian Neisen is determined to graduate high school. So, at 19 years of age, he’s back in school.

Golf Classic set

posted: 09/05/2012 12:06 a.m.

The 19th Annual Pea Ridge Golf Classic Four-Person Scramble is set for Saturday, Oct. 20, at Big Sugar Golf Club.

Plans move ahead

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

Plans are progressing for the new Blackhawk football stadium as city planners made recommendations on the plans presented by Gene Pierce from Lewis Architects and Engineers Thursday. One more tech review meeting and the plans will be considered by the Planning Commission at the Oct. 2 meeting.

Robinson golfs in national tourney

posted: 09/05/2012 12:04 a.m.

Jerry Robinson of Rogers, postmaster at Pea Ridge Post Office, has earned enough points in the Senior Sarazen flight (12.0-15.9) of the Golf Channel Amateur Tour of Arkansas to earn his way to the National Championship. Robinson will compete against nearly 200 other 50-plus-year-olds in his flight for the title of National Champion from Sept. 4-7. Robinson said his highlight of the year was winning his first event at the Patricia Island Estates and Golf Club in Grove, Okla.

Pastor’s Corner: Trust God even in bad times

posted: 09/05/2012 12:03 a.m.

I was recently contacted by a family that had experienced great joy and was now experiencing great sadness. The man had achieved a great deal of success in his career at a very young age. For a time he was on top and then tragedy began to strike over and over. First, a child died at the hands of a baby sitter, then their home was destroyed by a flood.


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40 Years Ago Thursday, Aug. 31, 1972 Pea Ridge Graphic City Marshal Al Koenke submitted a letter of resignation. Koenke’s duties dated back to 1949.

Ridger Sports: Thoughts on the games and predictions, as well

posted: 09/05/2012 midnight

With football season opening at home, I was looking forward to watching Tony Travis’ 2012 ’Hawks to see what would be in store for us this year.

Library Notes: It’s been a roller coaster ride

posted: 09/05/2012 midnight

This past week has certainly been an emotional roller coaster! Worry over family and friends in the path of Hurricane Isaac — everyone came through fine with little damage. Much happiness over the work done in the new library building by Gary Brown and two of his employees — at no charge — with assistance from city building inspector Tony Townsend, city maintenance employee Corey Flowers and a community service worker.

Greenwoods fete 60 years

posted: 09/05/2012 midnight

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald E. Greenwood of Garfield are celebrating 60 years of marriage.

Lynch Pen: Republican challenger selected

posted: 09/05/2012 midnight

At this writing, the Republican Political Convention is approaching its peak. The outcome of the high drama has been lost in the results from the individual state caucuses and primary elections.


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City-wide yard sale A city-wide yard sale is scheduled for Sept. 8. Residents of Pea Ridge are invited to have a yard sale. It will be advertised to begin at 7 a.m. Ridge Rockers schedule Open House Ridge Rockers Third Annual Open House is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Pea Ridge Middle School cafeteria, 1391 Weston St.

Season begins with 49-7 win

posted: 09/05/2012 midnight

With the swirling mists of the remnants of Hurricane Isaac blowing through Blackhawk Stadium last Friday, a new “storm” threatens to cut a wide swath through high school football this fall as Pea Ridge overwhelmed the Elkins Elks 49-7 in the season opener for both teams.

Now & Then: 50 years too late

posted: 09/05/2012 midnight

I have known a few people in my life of whom I wanted to say, “He was born 50 years too late.” Their lives spanned the transition from horsedrawn buggies, wagons and stage coaches as the prevailing mode of transportation into our era of motorized vehicles. But they always seemed to belong more to the old-time era. They were always more comfortable in handling horses and mules than they were in handling a car or truck.


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Leah Ann Anderson Leah Ann Anderson, 53, of Colcord, Okla., died Sept. 2, 2012, in Westville, Okla.


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Free clothing Eastgate Church of Christ will give away clothes form 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 7.