News 2013 January

Stories for January 2013

Wednesday, January 30

Ridger Sports: Lady Blackhawks win first conference game

posted: 01/30/2013 3:31 a.m.

The Lady Blackhawks celebrated Colors Day in fine fashion by taking down the Lady Pioneers of Gentry for their first conference victory.

’Hawks crush Pioneers, Tigers in double blowout

posted: 01/30/2013 3:31 a.m.

Charley Clark’s Pea Ridge Blackhawks got back on track in a big way, crushing Gentry 68-32 in the annual Colors Day game on Tuesday, Jan. 22, before dismantling Prairie Grove 60-42 Friday, Jan.

Former constable arrested

posted: 01/30/2013 3:31 a.m.

On Friday, Jan. 18, Deputy Jason Wood with The Benton County Sheriff’s Office Specialized Operations Division was on patrol in the Bentonville area when he observed a vehicle that was equipped to look like a police vehicle.

Now & Then: Comic strips, then and now

posted: 01/30/2013 3:31 a.m.

I’ve been a reader of comic strips for most of my life. When I was a small boy, when my Dad came in from evening chores, I would sit in his lap and read the day’s paper, which for me was mainly the comic strips. Of course, at first he read them to me; but as time went on he would show me the words, and even before I started school I could read quite a few words.

Library Notes: Volunteers needed to work in new library

posted: 01/30/2013 3:31 a.m.

Saturday morning I woke up wondering what I will write about in my column once we get moved in the new building!

Out of My Mind: Never too old to learn a lesson

posted: 01/30/2013 3:31 a.m.

When the unexpected happens, how one responds indicates the condition of the heart.


posted: 01/30/2013 3:31 a.m.

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

Pastor’s Corner: Wait a minute! No, really, wait

posted: 01/30/2013 3:31 a.m.

I am not a fan of waiting.

Sex offender link added to website

posted: 01/30/2013 3:31 a.m.

After a complaint from police agencies in the area, a local level II sex offender was upgraded to a level III Pea Ridge Police Lieutenant Ryan Walker said.

Jeans for teens

posted: 01/30/2013 3:31 a.m.

Two fifth-grade girls have taken on a mission to raise money for the Playground Project for Pea Ridge Intermediate School.

Teen battling rare cancer

posted: 01/30/2013 3:31 a.m.

He was 17 and healthy, or so his family thought. His knee had been hurting. A trip to the doctor resulted in assurances that everything would be okay. That was four months ago.

Wednesday, January 23

Hiking Battle Ground Lends New Perspective

posted: 01/23/2013 3:24 a.m.

Setting out for a hike at Pea Ridge National Military Park seems like a walk through uncharted territory on the rolling landscape where the Battle of Pea Ridge raged in 1862.

Shooting Threats Lead To Arrests

posted: 01/23/2013 3:24 a.m.

“Bang,” a 15-year-old boy said as he pointed his finger at a classmate at lunch at Pea Ridge High School.

Beer Delivered Friday

posted: 01/23/2013 3:23 a.m.

Beer is for sale at EZ Mart.

Church News

posted: 01/23/2013 3:23 a.m.

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

Library Notes: Donations abound for library

posted: 01/23/2013 3:22 a.m.

Most weeks at the library are really good; however, this past week was exceptionally good! Thursday morning at 7 I met with members of the Optimist Club at the new library building.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The planting of a garden

posted: 01/23/2013 3:21 a.m.

This is one of the overall themes or mysteries of Scripture. The Scriptures were written with the theme of the planting of the field or garden. All of these words that are listed below are words that everyone in the world would have understood 100 years ago because everyone planted and harvested their own food. This would apply to everyone. This is why the Creator used these words and this narrative as a background for his Scriptures.

Now & Then: Milking the cows on a cold winter morning

posted: 01/23/2013 3:20 a.m.

Our thermometer on the back fence said 16 degrees early this morning.

Blackhawks’ Road Gets Bumpy In Double Loss

posted: 01/23/2013 3:19 a.m.

The Blackhawk boys’ stellar season ran into some adversity as they lost a pair of conference games last week, both tied to a bizarre and roughly played game in Farmington the previous Tuesday.

All-Star Rosters Released

posted: 01/23/2013 3:19 a.m.

Pea Ridge Blackhawk football coach Tony Travis will get one more chance to coach Blackhawk seniors Dayton Winn and Blake Roughton.

Ridger Sports: Travis to be head coach for High School All-Star football

posted: 01/23/2013 3:18 a.m.

In a year than has seen a multitude of firsts and many athletic successes, head football coach Tony Travis has been tabbed to be a head coach in this summer’s High School All-Star football game.


posted: 01/23/2013 3:14 a.m.

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

Train play/work keeps one young at heart

posted: 01/23/2013 3:13 a.m.

Model trains keep a person young at heart.

Wednesday, January 16

Struck by car, officer flies 41 feet, lands in ditch

posted: 01/16/2013 5:04 a.m.

“I love you,” were Jessica Fris’ parting words to her hus when he left for work Thurs Little did she realize that tho words would resound in her mind as she heard her husba screams over the police scan shortly after dark.

Volunteers, inmates help remodel library

posted: 01/16/2013 5:03 a.m.

When completed next month, the Pea Ridge Community Library will be a visible testimonial to the strength of community involvement and volunteerism.

Planners approve of Hoyt

posted: 01/16/2013 5:03 a.m.

Allowing for uniformity, Planning Commission members approved a variance requested by Dennis Turner for setback variances for a storage building he is constructing at 1299 North Curtis Avenue.

School security improvements sought

posted: 01/16/2013 5:02 a.m.

Pea Ridge School Board members agreed that superintendent Rick Neal should do what it takes to make the schools in the district a safer place for students and teachers.

Pastor’s Corner: Affirmation is essential

posted: 01/16/2013 5:02 a.m.

I want to share a Scripture which describes the scene following the baptism of Jesus, in which Jesus receives from the heavenly Father a vision and a moving word of affirmation.


posted: 01/16/2013 5:01 a.m.

First Baptist Church Garfield Deacon Fellowship is Friday, Jan. 18.

Library Notes: Getting library ready for move

posted: 01/16/2013 5:01 a.m.

Another very busy week in the library. Issued new library cards, several people in to use the computer, lots of books returned and checked out. Processed some new and new to our library books. Spent a good deal of time on line Saturday ordering books.

Hall named to Arvest all-tourney team

posted: 01/16/2013 5 a.m.

Blackhawk senior Jacob Hall was one of 11 high school athletes from Arkansas and Missouri named to the All Tournament Team for their performances in the 2012 Arvest Hoopfest basketball tournament.

’Til Next Time: Resolutions involve work

posted: 01/16/2013 4:59 a.m.

I finally had to pack up the Christmas cards and put them away to enjoy next year. Opal Pittilo would have liked the red cardinal ones.

Now & Then: Remember Armstrong’s Grocery and Feed Store

posted: 01/16/2013 4:58 a.m.

One of the first stores I remember in Pea Ridge was Kelly and Dona Armstrong’s Grocery and Feed Store, located at the west end of the downtown east/west street. The building still stands at that location, and has served many businesses since Kelly and Dona worked there in the 1930s and 1940s. Most recently, the Pea Ridge Outlet Store operated in the white frame building. Today, we call the east/west street Pickens Street, after Capt.

Blackhawks’ league unbeaten mark to 6-0

posted: 01/16/2013 4:58 a.m.

The Blackhawks boys basketball team ran their league record to a perfect 6-0 with a pair of wins over Prairie Grove and Ozark last week.

Dates set for softball registration

posted: 01/16/2013 4:57 a.m.

The Pea Ridge Youth Softball League registrations for the 2013 spring season will be from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 and Jan. 26, at the Pea Ridge Middle School on Weston Street. Registration fees will be determined by the board. Fees include insurance for each girl, a team jersey, umpire/scorekeeper and field upkeep costs. The league provides bats and practice equipment; however, each girl must provide her own glove.

Visit Ark. Tech Feb. 7

posted: 01/16/2013 4:57 a.m.

All high school seniors and their families are invited to Time-Out For Tech 2013, which will be hosted by the Arkansas Tech University Office of Admissions on Thursday, Feb. 7.

Seven seniors vie for Colors Day 2013 queen

posted: 01/16/2013 4:56 a.m.

Natalie Flippo, 17, the daughter of Roxanne Flippo, has lived in Pea Ridge for two years.

Wednesday, January 9

Security for schools is priority for Neal

posted: 01/09/2013 3:48 a.m.

The next building project for Pea Ridge schools involves security of facilities as school officials reevaluate the safety of the district’s property.

Medical clinic is open

posted: 01/09/2013 3:47 a.m.

A new doctor’s office is in town.

Street Department is ready for winter snows

posted: 01/09/2013 3:46 a.m.

Keeping the streets clear to travel is a priority for Nathan See, street superintendent, who said his department is ready for winter weather.

Pastor’s Corner: Christ doesn’t bash others; don’t you!

posted: 01/09/2013 3:46 a.m.

Facebook is a great place to share our faith and, at the same time, it is a great place to repel people from the faith. I was scrolling through the wall post of my FB page and I saw a picture of a well known celebrity.


posted: 01/09/2013 3:45 a.m.

First Baptist Church Garfield Northwest Baptist Association Pastor’s conference will begin at 10 a.m.

Library Notes: Library is growing: more books

posted: 01/09/2013 3:44 a.m.

It seems that the library gets busier each week and that is a very good thing!

Now & Then: Who remembers “By Golly ?”

posted: 01/09/2013 3:43 a.m.

I think most communities through the years have had several folks who are remembered as colorful and unusual individuals.

Man arrested for sexual assault

posted: 01/09/2013 3:42 a.m.

A 62-year-old man remained behind bars nearly a week after being arrested for sexual assault of a pre-teen girl.

’Hawks take Berryville

posted: 01/09/2013 3:41 a.m.

The Blackhawk boys kept their league record unblemished at 4-0 with a hard fought 46-42 win over Berryville’s Bobcats Friday.

Blackhawks take second in Holiday Classic

posted: 01/09/2013 3:41 a.m.

The ’Hawks slipped by the Cassville Wildcats 49-47, upset secondseeded Hollister 78-63 in the semi-finals, then fell to Missouri’s top-ranked Billings Wildcats 64-57 in the championship finals of the Southwest Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament in Washburn recently.


posted: 01/09/2013 3:40 a.m.

Board members needed Pea Ridge Youth Sports has two open positions on the board.

Ridger Sports: Blackhawk Winn keeps piling up the honors

posted: 01/09/2013 3:40 a.m.

After being named 1-4 A All-Conference, 4A All-State, KURM Dream team and Northwest Arkansas Small School Offensive Player of the Year, senior tailback Dayton Winn has been named to the first team of the Northwest Arkansas All-Classification Offensive Team.

Time to visit Arkansas Tech

posted: 01/09/2013 3:35 a.m.

All high school seniors and their families are invited to Time-Out For Tech 2013, which will be hosted by the Arkansas Tech University Office of Admissions on Thursday, Feb. 7. The annual preview day provides prospective Arkansas Tech students with an opportunity to learn more about the academic programs, student housing options and campus life opportunities available on the Russellville campus.

Deadline nears for watershed initiative for farmers & landowners

posted: 01/09/2013 3:35 a.m.

Farmers and landowners in Benton and Washington counties in Arkansas have until Jan. 18, 2013, to submit applications to receive cost-share assistance to implement conservation practices through the Illinois River Sub-Basin and Eucha-Spavinaw Lake Watershed Initiative. Applicants can sign up at the Benton and Washington county USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field service centers.

Wednesday, January 2

’Hawks take 2nd in tourney

posted: 01/02/2013 4:21 a.m.

The Blackhawks took second place in the Holiday Tournament in Washburn, Mo., this past week, loosing the last game to the Billings, Mo., Wildcats. “The tournament went pretty well,” Blackhawk coach Charley Clark said. “We were not disappointed.

Library Notes: Time to order new library books

posted: 01/02/2013 4:20 a.m.

Happy New Year! Hope everyone has had a good holiday season. I made a trip to see my children and grandchildren but the forecast of snow caused us to cut our trip short.

Lynch Pen: How to prevent mass murder

posted: 01/02/2013 4:18 a.m.

Even if we are far removed from Newtown, Conn., by miles, there are very few people who do not empathize with the families of the victims. And, now we will deal with the question of gun control and how we as a society try to keep this from happening ever again. That is the goal we must work toward but how, if possible, we achieve it is in question.

Pastor’s Corner: Christmas is in our hearts

posted: 01/02/2013 4:17 a.m.

While talking with an old friend recently, they asked me if I have ever felt like Rip Van Winkle? and I said, “very often.” Now, some may think perhaps that may be a little extreme thinking — since Van Winkle slept for 100 years but, like my friend, I recently have begun to think I have been asleep for a few years now in spite of both of us have always considered ourselves to have been observant about things happening around us; or so we thought.

Cities struggle to fund ambulances

posted: 01/02/2013 4:16 a.m.

Ambulance service will cost Little Flock $36,400 more in 2014 than in 2012 as Rogers increases the bill to meet its costs of the service.The town’s struggle to find money for ambulance service is a microcosm of the problem unfolding for Benton County where seven agencies, including Rogers, provide emergency medical services to unincorporated areas.

City budget down at end of 2012

posted: 01/02/2013 4:15 a.m.

City Council members amended the 2012 budget in a special meeting Thursday, Dec. 27, approving the $3,356,356 budget, down from the previously approved $3,518,125 budget approved going into 2012.