News 2013 February

Stories for February 2013

Wednesday, February 27

FFA barn warming held

posted: 02/27/2013 2:13 a.m.

As National FFA Week came along, Pea Ridge High School FFA Chapter held its annual FFA Barn warming on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Ridger Sports: ’Hawks drop to No. 7 in state; season ends

posted: 02/27/2013 2:13 a.m.

The Pea Ridge Blackhawks hit a high water mark as they rose to the No. 4 ranking in the state before back to back losses dropped them to No. 7 among all 4A schools in the state.

DeLeon transitioned well from football to basketball season

posted: 02/27/2013 2:13 a.m.

Pea Ridge boys basketball coach Charley Clark didn’t get much time over the summer with Nick DeLeon after the senior moved to town from Bentonville.

’Hawks end season at Region Tourney

posted: 02/27/2013 2:13 a.m.

It was a five minute span that eventually signaled the end for Pea Ridge’s boys basketball team’s season.

Prepared for disaster

posted: 02/27/2013 2:13 a.m.

On Thursday, Jan. 17, Carroll Electric fictitiously picked up the red phone and set into action its Emergency Restoration and Business Continuity Plan (internally known as the ERP) under the pretense of two mock disasters, according to a press release from the cooperative.

Now & Then: Many happenings with School Heritage Building

posted: 02/27/2013 2:12 a.m.

Some milestones have been passed since December 2011, when the Pea Ridge Historical Society entered into a lease agreement with Pea Ridge schools to lease the oldest of the buildings on the downtown school campus.

Library Notes: New books ready for check out

posted: 02/27/2013 2:12 a.m.

Our very strange weather has sure played havoc with a lot of people’s scheduled events. And if the weather reports I have heard, it could happen again this week.

Lynch Pen: Saddened by suicide of famous

posted: 02/27/2013 2:12 a.m.

Please be aware this is not intended to make anyone uncomfortable and I certainly don’t expect a particular reaction. To begin, it is important that everyone understand my taste in music does not include country. Maybe my love of classical music and ’60s pop music was a rebellion against the constant theme of trouble — beer, wine, heart break and divorce — so frequently recorded in country music.

Out of My Mind: Hard life lessons blossom best

posted: 02/27/2013 2:12 a.m.

If I had it to do all over again — would I?

Pastor’s Corner: Just whose job is it anyway?

posted: 02/27/2013 2:12 a.m.

It might be hard for some to believe, but this article has actually been one of the hardest for me to write.

School, city work together

posted: 02/27/2013 2:12 a.m.

School superintendent Rick Neal appeared before the City Council to connect with city officials and “put a face” to the superintendent, he said Tuesday, Feb. 19, during the regular City Council meeting. Neal told city officials that he and other school officials are working with School Resource Officer Lon Brown and Police Chief Tim Ledbetter to im-

Arson cases being investigated

posted: 02/27/2013 2:12 a.m.

Three fires — two in the same house — are being investigated by Benton County Sheriff’s Office detectives, according to Sgt. Brandon Davis.

Snow closes schools twice

posted: 02/27/2013 2:12 a.m.

Considering the safety of the students and school staff is a priority when determining whether to close school during inclement weather, according to school superintendent Rick Neal, who has had to make that decision twice in the past week.

Boys arrested for shooting

posted: 02/27/2013 2:12 a.m.

Three youths were arrested and a horse killed Friday evening in the Little Flock area of West Brush Creek.

Wednesday, February 20

’Hawks succeed early, flame out late in district

posted: 02/20/2013 2:10 a.m.

Charley Clarke’s hardwood Blackhawks lit it up early in an impressive win over Lincoln but couldn’t maintain their offensive punch in the district final against Farmington as they settled for the runner-up trophy in 4A-1 action.

Now & Then: Old family barn full of memories and lessons

posted: 02/20/2013 2:10 a.m.

Last year I was faced with making a decision about our old hay barn on the farm. It had developed some serious roof problems, and badly deteriorated siding on the north and south ends, as well as various and sundry lesser problems. The question was whether to try to stabilize it and make it last for the future, or to take it down.

Guest Column: What’s in a name?

posted: 02/20/2013 2:10 a.m.

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” I heard this ditty so much while I was growing up.

Out of My Mind: Life involves making choices; make wise not foolish ones

posted: 02/20/2013 2:10 a.m.

There have been “historic” changes in our community and nation, some of which have raised the ire of many. There are people who decry the sale of alcohol in town and others who applaud it. Someone denounced that the sale, approved by county voters, was not historic.

PLAYFUL PALS

posted: 02/20/2013 2:10 a.m.

FOUND ANIMALS Redbone coonhound — Garfield area; call 359-0060. (1/9) Dog — Large, white, female; may be great Pyrenees ; call Lisa at 451-1575.

CHURCH NEWS

posted: 02/20/2013 2:10 a.m.

First Baptist Church Garfield There will be a youth retreat for girls Feb. 22-23.

RECOLLECTIONS

posted: 02/20/2013 2:10 a.m.

40 Years Ago Thursday, Feb. 21, 1973 Pea Ridge Graphic-Scene The Pea Ridge School District began Saturday sessions to help make up for time lost due to an extended period of icy conditions, which forced schools to remain closed.

Pastor’s Corner: Speculate on life during Lent

posted: 02/20/2013 2:10 a.m.

On Feb. 12, the president gave the State of the Union address where he outlined things that he felt had been done, should be done and needed to be done.

Officer seeks challenges

posted: 02/20/2013 2:10 a.m.

“She goes out and helps the public. She does more than her job,” Dawson County, Ga., Sheriff Billy Carlisle said of Sgt. Melissa Brown. “I’d love to have a whole force of officers like her.” The Pea Ridge native was surprised, honored, touched. Melissa King Brown was named Patrol Officer of the Year of the Dawson County, Ga., Sheriff’s Office for 2012.

Roles change in school athletics

posted: 02/20/2013 2:10 a.m.

Back on the gym floor, Larry Walker is once again coach of the senior Lady Blackhawks, a position from which he resigned several years ago. He is no longer the athletic director.

Band students in All-Region

posted: 02/20/2013 2:10 a.m.

“Surprised,” said Kallie Koon about her selection to the Jr. High All-Region Band.

Fire was arson

posted: 02/20/2013 2:10 a.m.

A structure fire at 14985 Gary Fletcher Road is suspected to be caused by arson. Firefighters from Pea Ridge, Northeast Benton County and Avoca volunteer fire departments were dispatched to the scene at 4:19 a.m. Sunday and left the scene by 7:25 a.m.

Wednesday, February 13

20 QUESTIONS

posted: 02/13/2013 12:30 a.m.

Katie Tillman, 30 Assistant and CEO MOM 1) Where’s best spot in town to wet your whistle?

Ridger Sports: ’Hawks climb to No. 5 in state class 4A; district tourney this week

posted: 02/13/2013 12:30 a.m.

The ’Hawks’ double wins last week over Farmington and Ozark, combined with Farmington’s near upset by lowly Prairie Grove, has elevated Pea Ridge to the No. 5 position in the Maxpreps /CBS Arkansas State 4A Basketball poll.

’Hawks whip Cards, ’Billies; win conference title

posted: 02/13/2013 12:30 a.m.

Charley Clark’s Blackhawks overcame a pair of physical opponents last week to take a conference championship and earn the No. 1 seed in this week’s 4A-1 District Tournament. The ’Hawks rallied by the Farmington Cardinals in a 52-44 conquest on Tuesday before shaking off a slow start against the Ozark Hillbillies to eventually win a convincing 52-34 victory that marked the end of the regular season.

Now & Then: It’ll soon be the season of flowers

posted: 02/13/2013 12:30 a.m.

As we were driving through the Brush Creek area south of Tucks Chapel Road on the way to Rogers a few days ago, we thought we saw Effie’s flowers popping up along the hillside above the roadway.

’Til Next Time: Tired of same news on TV

posted: 02/13/2013 12:30 a.m.

Three things that I’m tired of: How soon can I take my gun to church; blackout at football game; and will Hillary run for president?

Library Notes: Library volunteers much needed

posted: 02/13/2013 12:30 a.m.

Talk about a week of highs and lows — this past week was one of those. The high was a very large donation to the library that left me shocked, surprised and elated. The members of the Library Board and I appreciate all the donations that have been given to the library. It means much to know that so many of you support the library.

Out of My Mind: Life is really not fair. No, really!

posted: 02/13/2013 12:30 a.m.

Life’s not fair. Get used to it.

CHURCH NEWS

posted: 02/13/2013 12:30 a.m.

Brightwater Memorial & Pea Ridge Methodist Church Brightwater Memorial and Pea Ridge Methodist churches will hold a combined Ash Wednesday service at 6 p.m.

RECOLLECTIONS

posted: 02/13/2013 12:30 a.m.

40 Years Ago Thursday, Feb. 15, 1973 Pea Ridge Graphic-Scene During the meeting of the Pea Ridge Planning Commission, detailed engineering plans for South Park, a new subdivision in Pea Ridge, were presented by the developers, Dick and Dave Blumenthal of Rogers. The subdivision was inside the city limits, occupying the northeast corner at Davis and Harris Streets.

In His Study: My keeping Valentine

posted: 02/13/2013 12:30 a.m.

Matthew 19:4-5 : “And He answered and said to them, ‘Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’"

Suspect sought in White Oak robbery

posted: 02/13/2013 12:30 a.m.

A man wrestled with the attendant at White Oak station on Jan.

Carrying babies and coaching basketball

posted: 02/13/2013 12:30 a.m.

Carrying a baby in her womb while coaching girls basketball has been a joy for Pea Ridge coach Heather Wade.

Together for 40 Valentines Day pizzas

posted: 02/13/2013 12:30 a.m.

It was Valentines Day 1972 when a young couple, both in the military, sat across a table from one another in Pizza Hut in North Little Rock. They were so entranced with one another that they neglected their companion and the pizza, but not one another. Thus began a love story that has seen the two through many years, different cities, different jobs and ultimately landed them in Pea Ridge.

Wednesday, February 6

SCHOOL NEWS

posted: 02/06/2013 5 a.m.

Jacqueline Laird of Springdale was awarded the Bill Ferrell Endowed Scholarship in Athletic Training from the University of Arkansas. She is the daughter of Barbara and John Laird and studying toward a master’s degree in athletic training. She has a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and is a Har-Ber High School graduate.

DRIVER’S TESTING CENTER ADJUSTS TESTING HOURS

posted: 02/06/2013 3:44 a.m.

The Driver’s Testing Center in Springdale will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6 and Thursday, Feb. 7, due to equipment upgrades and installation. The center will be closed all day Friday, Feb. 8, for training. Normal testing will resume on Monday, Feb. 11.

SPORTS BRIEFS

posted: 02/06/2013 3:44 a.m.

Spring soccer sign ups set Pea Ridge spring soccer sign ups will be from 10 a.m. - noon Saturday, Feb. 16, at Pea Ridge High School. Soccer is available for children ages 3 - 17 as of Aug. 1, 2012.

Ridger Sports: Jr. Blackhawks finish 2nd in conference; begin district play

posted: 02/06/2013 3:44 a.m.

The Blackhawk junior boys began play this past Monday in the 4A-1 District Tournament which is being hosted by Prairie Grove this year.

’Hawks nip Gravette, then roll over Berryville in conference action

posted: 02/06/2013 3:44 a.m.

As local fan Sandy Herzberg remarked as she was leaving the Gravette/Pea Ridge varsity boys basketball game last week, “Was that one of those barn burner games?” Herzberg’s grandson, Jacob Hall, was the one who finished burning Gravette’s barn as he coolly drilled a pair of free throws with 1.9 seconds left to provide the margin of victory in the Blackhawks’ heart-stopping 44-43 victory. The ’Hawks overcame a number of bizarre officials’ calls, as well as missing the front end of two straight 1 and 1 situations to beat back a rally by the visiting Lions.

Hot soup warms the heart

posted: 02/06/2013 3:44 a.m.

Saving the School Heritage Building is a high priority for the Pea Ridge Historical Society. To pay off loans used to renovate and repair the building, the society is hosting a Homemade Soup Supper from 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 16 at the building.

More alcohol permits sought

posted: 02/06/2013 3:44 a.m.

Requests for an alcohol permit have been submitted by both White Oak Station officials for the White Oak in Pea Ridge and by Tom Cheatham of the Short Stop in Garfield.

Now & Then: Things to like about the old ways - wood heat

posted: 02/06/2013 3:44 a.m.

One of the most constant characteristics of life is that things change.

Lynch Pen: True role models harder to find

posted: 02/06/2013 3:44 a.m.

Being a grandparent to six grandchildren, my concern for many of our most publicized events is much different than 50 years ago when their fathers were being raised. Having only a minimum of contact with their families due to distance, it is difficult to speculate on how high-profile events affect them and their perspective of life.

Library Notes: Library upgrading to computers

posted: 02/06/2013 3:44 a.m.

Time seems to be passing quickly with so much to do before our move.

Church News

posted: 02/06/2013 3:44 a.m.

First Baptist Church Garfield Sweetheart’s Banquet will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.

Pastor’s Corner: What is your motivation?

posted: 02/06/2013 3:44 a.m.

I recently saw a commercial for a gym that had a great tag line, “Motivation is what gets you going.

Illness will not close school

posted: 02/06/2013 3:44 a.m.

Although absences at school were high two weeks ago, they were not high enough to justify closing school, according to school superintendent Rick Neal, who said guidelines recommend closing when absences are at 20 percent of the total school population.

Results of recycling:

posted: 02/06/2013 3:44 a.m.

Karl Roten is no stranger to music. But he’s no stranger to hard times either. Roten said he had hit rock bottom when he offered to give up what he loved most if God would answer his prayers.

Arson likely in fires

posted: 02/06/2013 3:44 a.m.

A house fire in a vacant house Tuesday morning appears to be the result of arson, as does the first fire last week in the same house.