News 2013 July

Stories for July 2013

Wednesday, July 31

Safe at home - finding value in small towns

posted: 07/31/2013 1:44 a.m.

The oldest team sport in our country and perhaps the most American of any sport is that of baseball.

Joplin man pleads guilty to helping Pea Ridge girl run away

posted: 07/31/2013 1:44 a.m.

JOPLIN, Mo. — A Joplin man pleaded guilty Monday to kidnapping a 13-year-old girl from Arkansas after meeting her on Twitter. James A. Morey, 34, changed his plea to guilty on the charge in Jasper County Circuit Court as part of an agreement that would limit the prison time that he might be assessed to no more than 10 years.

Country boy and high-tech world

posted: 07/31/2013 1:44 a.m.

I realize I am getting too old for this high tech world we live in and it seems that a dozen or so times a day something reminds me of it. Somehow it brings me back to the Kermit the Frog song “It Isn’t Easy Being Green.” The message is loud and clear that my age and country-style upbringing don’t fit well in the fast-paced electronically powered social media society of today. This certainly deserves the name of the high tech communications age.

2013 PUBLIC OFFICIALS

posted: 07/31/2013 1:44 a.m.

CITY OF PEA RIDGE P. O. Box 10, Pea Ridge, AR 72751 Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Council meetings 7 p.m. third Tuesday of each month at City Hall. Mayor: Jackie Crabtree, 451-1102 ; pearidgemayor@centurytel.net, expires 2014 City clerk: Sandy Button, 451-1101 ; slbutton96@centurytel.net, expires 2016 Council Members: Ray Easley, P.O. Box 86, Pea Ridge, AR 72751; 451-8244 ; Term: expires 2016 Steve Guthrie, 221 Barris Lane, Pea Ridge, AR 72751; 451-8236 ; Term: expires 2016 Bob Cottingham, 120 Henry Little Circle, Pea Ridge, AR 72751; 451-8873 ; Term: expires 2014 Nadine Telgemeier, 15888 Mariano Rd., Bentonville, AR 72712; 451-8881 ; dntelg@yahoo.com; Term: expires 2014 Planning Commission: Matt Powers, chairman, 655 Eagle Crest, Pea Ridge, AR 72751; 295-5757 (586-6178 ) Dr. Karen Sherman, vice chairman, Dove Road, Pea Ridge, AR 72751; 451-1048 Al Fowler, secretary, 298 Green St., Pea Ridge, AR 72751; 451-8061 or 451-8192 M.J. Hensley, 1759 S. Curtis Ave., Pea Ridge, AR 72751; 451-9118 Jerry Burton, 488

The sounds of life are truly good

posted: 07/31/2013 1:44 a.m.

Raindrops pelting the roof and windows envelope the house.

True honor for servants’ hearts

posted: 07/31/2013 1:44 a.m.

Sometimes the best voice on a subject is not your own. That is true of the subject of this column this week. My wife, Kathryn Duncan, wrote the following and in order not to mess it up, I will say no more (MBC is Mountain Bible Church): A tribute to MBC teens: They are a group of young people set apart for God’s purpose. They have servant’s hearts (Matt. 25: 34-40 ).

PEA RIDGE PLANNING COMMISSION

posted: 07/31/2013 1:43 a.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 6 7 p.m. Public Hearing Conditional use request 750 Slack Street (Jim Erwin) New Business Conditional use 750 Slack Street (Jim Erwin) Home occupation request 597 Smith St. by Kevin and Cheryl Wilson Variance request 647 S. Curtis Ave., rear setback, by Wendell Tegetho

Who has the liability?

posted: 07/31/2013 1:43 a.m.

The city’s contract with Pea Ridge Veterinary Clinic is unsigned two weeks after City Council members approved it. The previous contract expires Aug. 16. During the council meeting Tuesday, July 16, Howard Slinkard, city attorney expressed concern about a paragraph in the contract protecting the clinic from liability.

Four vie for School Board seat

posted: 07/31/2013 1:43 a.m.

Pea Ridge School Board members serve five-year terms; one seat opens for election every year. This year, the seat held by Darin Wright is up for election; Wright is seeking re-election.

Rizzio seeks ALS

posted: 07/31/2013 1:43 a.m.

Fire Chief Frank Rizzio was to meet with county ocials Tuesday to discuss funding formulas for reimbursement of ambulance runs in the county and on Aug. 6 to request funds for the ambulance runs Pea Ridge Fire/EMS Department makes outside of the city limits.

Wednesday, July 24

Ridger Sports: Blackhawks begin gridiron season

posted: 07/24/2013 4:09 a.m.

The bad news, if a preseason ranking could be considered either good or bad, is that the Blackhawks have been ranked as the 35th best team in the state in the 4A classifi cation.

Klein rises to leadership role

posted: 07/24/2013 4:08 a.m.

Will Klein has embraced being one of the leaders for the Pea Ridge football team.

Blackhawk Foundation fundraising source

posted: 07/24/2013 4:08 a.m.

With the opening of the new Blackhawk football stadium and track comes a new era in Blackhawk sports. The Blackhawk Foundation will be the fundraising arm of the program, said Tony Travis, athletic director, who admitted he copied the idea othe Razorback Foundation in some ways.

Library Notes: Story Hour big hit at the library

posted: 07/24/2013 4:08 a.m.

The weekly Story Hour has far exceeded our expectations. We have between 25 and 30 children plus parents, guardians and baby-sitters each week. There is no Story Hour today! We will have Story Hour July 31, Aug. 7 and, tentatively, Aug. 14.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

posted: 07/24/2013 4:08 a.m.

Lack trust in government Editor, Every law abiding, tax paying, play by the rules person I speak to, without exception, says they no longer trust our government. I, by the way, feel the same way. There is not one thing I can think of that leads me to believe anything our government says. From the administration, from Congress, from the military, from the bloated federal bureaucracy — everything seems to be an outright lie, couched in some sort of spin, ignored or denied. The problem is when citizens lose faith in the credibility and/or honesty of their government, what is left? Unfortunately, not much.

Out of My Mind: The value of a good name is inestimable

posted: 07/24/2013 4:08 a.m.

Years ago, I remember hearing stories about people with “funny” names. There was “Flirt,” “Chicken,” “Bunny,” “Shed” and “Froggie.” There’s “Too tall,” “Tootie,” “Tater,” “Golly,” Turk” and “Basil.” Others include “Punkin’ ,” “Sweetie-pie,” “Sunny” and “Shorty.” One man, when asked about the origin of the names, said: “Oh, it was just something we thought was funny and it stuck.” Some names are because of physical characteristics — there’s “Rooster” and “Red” for red-headed people.

Cats Cats, cats cats

posted: 07/24/2013 4:08 a.m.

Wearing gloves to protect from bites and scratches, police entered a home on Klauss Lane to pick up dozens of cats, which were reportedly ill.

Building bright futures

posted: 07/24/2013 4:08 a.m.

Bright Futures … Wanting to make a difference in the life of children and to clear the way for teachers to be free to educate children, Rick Neal is proposing for Pea Ridge schools to be the first in the state to use Bright Futures USA to meet needs in children’s lives.

Smith receives liquor permit

posted: 07/24/2013 4:08 a.m.

A liquor permit was granted to Chad Smith for a site in Pea Ridge after a three-day marathon of meetings by the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board in Little Rock which ended Thursday.

Riding hundreds of miles in their moccasins

posted: 07/24/2013 4:08 a.m.

Bicycling the trail trod by thousands of moccasins 175 years ago, Michael Black feels the pain of the Cherokee along the Trail of Tears. He crossed through Benton County last week, fi nishing the journey in Tahlequah, Okla., this weekend.

Wednesday, July 17

SOCCER SIGNUPS SET

posted: 07/17/2013 1:38 a.m.

Pea Ridge Soccer sign ups are currently open online at www.nwalightning.

Ambulance discussion continues

posted: 07/17/2013 1:38 a.m.

Benton County’s discussion of how best to provide rural ambulance service is proceeding, but is far from over, ocials said Friday.

COURT REPORT

posted: 07/17/2013 1:38 a.m.

June 11, 2013 Judge Ray Bunch Prosecutor Richard Hardwick Reynolds, Curtis Rusty Alan — driving on suspended, guilty; failure to appear, guilty Frank, Chad E. — driving on suspended driver’s license and no proof liability insurance, nol prossed; failure to appear, guilty; contempt failure to pay fines and costs, guilty Blake, Amanda L. — contempt failure to pay fines and costs, guilty; failure to appear, guilty; failure to appear, nol prossed; failure to appear, nol prossed; failure to appear, guilty Hollingsworth, Patricia E. — imprudent driving, guilty Bangs, Ashley — dog regulations, bond forfeit Martinez, Benjamin — dog regulations, bond forfeit Reeves, Jerry D. — contempt failure to pay fines and costs, bond forfeit Erskin, James M. Jr. — imprudent driving, bond forfeit Dougherty, Jennifer J. — possession controlled substance, guilty; possession drug paraphernalia, guilty Fitzpatrick, Jack T. — no proof liability insurance, guilty Turner, Cody Allen — criminal trespass, nol prossed Rosenbaum-Mitchel, Kri

Library Notes: Library’s new book drop is ready

posted: 07/17/2013 1:38 a.m.

I am very excited that the new book drop has arrived.

Out of My Mind: From girls to boys, what a difference

posted: 07/17/2013 1:38 a.m.

Nowdays my house looks more like a man cave thanks to teenaged and pre-teen sons.

Pastor’s Corner: True joy found in Christ

posted: 07/17/2013 1:38 a.m.

We are told that one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit that is in every born again believer is Joy (see Galatians 5:22). The word joy spoken of in Galatians 5 has all but disappeared from our current Christian vocabularies largely because people confuse joy with happiness and have come to believe it’s found in pleasure, security and prosperity rather than being a gift of God that is totally separate from those things. The sad thing is many Christians have come to believe this lie that Satan tells the world.

Sharing the love and forgiveness he received

posted: 07/17/2013 1:38 a.m.

Proclaiming God’s love to the people in the church family at Twelve Corners Baptist Church is easy for pastor Rick Booyer. He’s experienced it himself and loves to tell others about it. Booyer did not grow up in church, but clearly remembers when he surrendered his life to the Lord.

Ambulance dues increase passed

posted: 07/17/2013 1:38 a.m.

A proposed increase in yearly ambulance fees was narrowly approved Tuesday, July 9, by voters in the Northeast Benton County Fire Department’s emergency medical services district, according to unofficial vote totals available Tuesday night.

Planners consider drainage

posted: 07/17/2013 1:38 a.m.

City planners told representatives from Carroll Electric Company that city code does require paving of Dove Road. Ken Jorgenson told planners Carroll Electric Cooperative is considering several properties, one of which is 20 acres at Dove and Blue Jay roads, on which to place a service center with a warehouse and equipment.

Wednesday, July 10

Four-way race for School Board begins

posted: 07/10/2013 1:21 a.m.

Four people have fi led for the Pea Ridge School Board seat currently held by Darin Wright.

Hearing set by ABC

posted: 07/10/2013 1:21 a.m.

A hearing has been set for 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, in the fifth floor conference room of the 1515 Buildings, 1515 W. 7th St., Little Rock, for the request by Chad D. Smith, d.b.a. Chad’s Beverage Shop, 139 N. Curtis Ave., Suite C. Smith’s name was drawn for a permit to sell alcohol by the Alcohol Beverage Control Board. As of Tuesday, July 9, he had not applied to the city for a permit, nor does he have a business out of which to sell alcohol. He did post a sign on the column of the drive-through for Dr. R. Higgin’s oce.

Police: Man raped woman at hotel

posted: 07/10/2013 1:21 a.m.

Police arrested a former Pea Ridge man Saturday after they said he raped a woman at the Value Place Hotel in Springdale on Wednesday.

Now & Then: Doing the Fourth of July

posted: 07/10/2013 1:21 a.m.

It’s 4th of July this week, firecracker day for many of the young boys. We used to do our share of setting ofirecrackers when I was growing up in the 1940s and ’50s.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

posted: 07/10/2013 1:21 a.m.

Family is grateful Words cannot express how grateful we are for your kindness during this time of bereavement. It is through the support of friends and family that we have gotten through this dicult time. Thank you for your love, concern, compassion and prayers. May Chad’s bright spirit live on in us all.

Out of My Mind: Enjoy the specialness of our town

posted: 07/10/2013 1:21 a.m.

Size and importance are not necessarily inextricably linked. Something small can be more important than something large.

Guest Column: The joy of sisters recharges me

posted: 07/10/2013 1:21 a.m.

Mom invented the term “Cheaper by the dozen” long before Hollywood coined the phrase. Mom always wanted 12 children.

Library Notes: Book sale was successful

posted: 07/10/2013 1:21 a.m.

Wasn’t it a wonderful long weekend for all the activities that took place? It was good to see so much activity in downtown Pea Ridge.

From the Pastor’s Desk: It’s a scandal

posted: 07/10/2013 1:21 a.m.

I remember while attending seminary, hearing one sentence that shook every foundation that I ever had when it comes to religion, my faith and the church.

Parmenter crowned Miss Rodeo of the Ozarks

posted: 07/10/2013 1:21 a.m.

Following her dream, Kelsey Parmenter got her first horse when she was 11, later bought two more and just last week, was crowned Miss Rodeo of the Ozarks 2013.

MORE THAN A CO-WORKER

posted: 07/10/2013 1:21 a.m.

“I have worked with Barbara for over 23 years and I can’t imagine her not being here anymore. I have dreaded this day for a long time. Barbara is the most dedicated and loyal employee I have ever known — not to mention smart, accurate and amazing.

Love is even better the second time around

posted: 07/10/2013 1:21 a.m.

Not everyone gets a second chance, but Mike Sanford and Barbara Welch have.

Pea Ridge City planners ‘hamstrung’ over issue

posted: 07/10/2013 1:21 a.m.

A conditional use approved for CVT Towing last year was used as justification for approving a conditional use for Erwin Towing. But, the existence of Erwin Towing was used to justify the approval for CVT. Planners admitted to being “hamstrung” over the issue with two planners admitting they voted to approve the CVT conditional use because of the Erwin lot. Planners recently learned that Erwin Towing did not have a conditional use.

Wednesday, July 3

Young ladies vie for Miss Pea Ridge

posted: 07/03/2013 12:49 a.m.

Miss Pea Ridge Contestants Chattin Cato, 17, is the daughter of Jeand Ann Cato of Pea Ridge.

Blackhawks featured in Hooten’s Arkansas Football

posted: 07/03/2013 12:49 a.m.

The Pea Ridge Blackhaws are voted by 1-4 A conference coaches to finish sixth in the league in the 21th annual Hooten’s Arkansas Football magazine. The Arkansas Razorbacks are picked sixth in the SEC Western Division and ranked 49th nationally.

Bell awarded

posted: 07/03/2013 12:49 a.m.

Garrett Bell, a student at Pea Ridge Primary received a special award Friday at Ms. Mayher’s second-grade awards ceremony. He was awarded for perfect attendance for three years in a row. He has not missed a single day of school since starting kindergarten continuing through second grade this year.

Hawks have part in West victory

posted: 07/03/2013 12:49 a.m.

The West needed just one more opportunity, and Clay Patrick of Springdale provided it Friday night.

PEA RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL IS ONE OF THE BEST

posted: 07/03/2013 12:49 a.m.

Pea Ridge High School has been recognized in Newsweek /The Daily Beast top 2000 High Schools across the country as one of America’s best high schools. With approximately 30,000 high schools in America (public and private), PRHS is in the top 6 percent, according to Rick Neal, school superintendent.

Ridger Sports: Blackhawks help West All-Stars win

posted: 07/03/2013 12:49 a.m.

Tony Travis, head Arkansas West All-Star coach, used three of his own athletes among the talented West roster to take a 16-13 victory over the East All-Stars in the annual Arkansas Activities Association All-Star football game on the University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway recently.

Now & Then: Growing up on Otter Creek

posted: 07/03/2013 12:49 a.m.

Sometimes when we tell people where we grew up, we speak of the town, or the street, or the road that we lived on. I could say that I lived on the road going to Jacket, Mo., north of Pea Ridge. The road is called Hayden Road, or Arkansas Highway 265, today. But I like most to say that I grew up on Otter Creek. As I think back to my younger days at home, so many of the scenes that come to mind are Otter Creek scenes.

Library Notes: Book sale set in former library building

posted: 07/03/2013 12:49 a.m.

By the time you are reading this the brickwork will be complete and the area cleaned up! We so appreciate the work the men did in this miserable heat! I really like the looks of the outside of our building.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

posted: 07/03/2013 12:49 a.m.

Boyd’s thoughts I worked at a job one time where they asked us to contribute money from our weekly check to the United Way. Many of us did because, in theory, it was the right thing to do. When times got bad for me, I went to the United Way oce to ask for help, but I was told that they did not help individuals. I was told that I would have to go to one of the organizations that they sent their (yours and my) money to. That was one of my fi rst lessons concerning charities.

Lynch Pen: How to best fund ambulance service

posted: 07/03/2013 12:49 a.m.

A number of people have asked questions concerning my previous article on NEBCO EMS’s proposed increase on its yearly dues, or fees. An opportunity for residents to vote on the issue is scheduled for July 9 and this will be the last opportunity for me to help clarify my stand on the issue in this newspaper.

Pastor’s Corner: There are giants out there

posted: 07/03/2013 12:49 a.m.

From time to time I hear someone make the statement, “Life is tough.” I have heard it said in dierent tones, with diering attitudes, and with emotions ranging from optimism to deep negativism. It is rare to have one’s life go smoothly and easily from success to success. Most of us face obstacles and reversals in our eorts to reach our goals.

Crabtree named president

posted: 07/03/2013 12:49 a.m.

Mayor Jackie Crabtree was installed as president of the Arkansas Municipal League at the annual meeting last week.

Time to file for School Board

posted: 07/03/2013 12:49 a.m.

Pea Ridge School District voters will have choices when they vote in school board elections in September.

Crews is grand marshal

posted: 07/03/2013 12:49 a.m.

Jim Crews joined Beta Alpha thinking it would be something fun to do every now and then.

NEBCO seeks dues increase to fund ambulance

posted: 07/03/2013 12:49 a.m.

Advanced life support ambulance is provided to the many residents of northeast Benton County from Rogers to Carroll County and Beaver Lake to Missouri. The area is a designed Emergency Services District. In order to retain the level of service they began, the Board of Directors for Northeast Benton County EMS is asking for an increase in dues from its members.