News 2013 June

Stories for June 2013

Wednesday, June 26

Ridger Sports: Doing what you have to; ya’ gotta go further

posted: 06/26/2013 1:20 a.m.

As I sat comfortably one evening watching a St. Louis Cardinal game on TV, I noticed something kind of odd. The video crew was showing an angle of the field where you could see the pitcher as well as the runner on first.

State T-ball tourney in Pea Ridge

posted: 06/26/2013 1:20 a.m.

More than 18 T-ball teams from around the state are expected to be in Pea Ridge this weekend as Pea Ridge Youth Sports hosts the state T-ball tournament June 27 - 30.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Cost too much

posted: 06/26/2013 1:20 a.m.

Ambulance service, yes, we need! But to raise it to $100 from $40 is too much and for it to go part for a retirement fund for the EMT.

LETTERS POLICY

posted: 06/26/2013 1:20 a.m.

The Times of Northeast Benton County invites and encourages letters to the editor from our readers.

Library Notes: Relocated library is used by many

posted: 06/26/2013 1:20 a.m.

Three years ago when we learned of the gift of a building from Mercy Health, we (the members of the Library Board and I) had simple dreams and plans. I know we all hoped for a beautiful new location that would draw more of the community ! Our dreams have come true! So many people in the community are using the library — checking out books, using the computers, attending the story hour, etc. It does get a bit busy at times, but we are just overjoyed by it all.

Pastor’s Corner: God’s love saves

posted: 06/26/2013 1:20 a.m.

As we continue to progress into the new year of 2013, several things keep coming to mind. Foremost in my mind is how glad I am to be a child of the King, the most High God, who sent His Son Jesus to be the author and finisher of my faith and who has kept me safe, energizing and taking care of me long after I was told by medical science I would be lucky to live to be 25. Should the Lord be willing, I will be 63 this year.

Blackhawk stadium taking shape

posted: 06/26/2013 1:20 a.m.

The sun beat down upon the men and a lone woman building the aluminum bleachers for the new Pea Ridge Blackhawks stadium.

Missing girl’s brother shares concerns

posted: 06/26/2013 1:20 a.m.

If April Andrews were alive, she would have gotten in touch with someone in the family sometime during the more than six years she’s been missing, her halfbrother Alfred Goldberg said.

Name not drawn

posted: 06/26/2013 1:20 a.m.

Not on the agenda, but discussed at the June 18 City Council meeting was the tabled appeal for Hilltop Liquor from Chuck Simmons. Simmons’ request for a conditional use permit was denied by the Planning Commission, but later deemed too close to a church (less than 1,000 feet) by an investigator for the state Alcohol Beverage Control board. Council members discussed the appeal at the May meeting, but tabled it for one month.

Keeping gospel alive

posted: 06/26/2013 1:20 a.m.

What began as a casual invitation to have a “gospel sing” a year ago has continued every month with an average of 90 to 100 people in attendance at the Camp Auction Barn on Arkansas Highway 72 and Patterson Road just east of town.

Wednesday, June 19

Ridger Sports: State All-Star games have Blackhawk flair

posted: 06/19/2013 1:13 a.m.

Arkansas high school All-Star week will have a definite Pea Ridge influence as a record eight individuals will be representing the Blackhawks in the multisport activities taking place this week in Conway on the University of Central Arkansas campus.

Ham radio field day set

posted: 06/19/2013 1:13 a.m.

Despite the Internet, cell phones, e-mail and modern communications, every year people find themselves without reliable forms of communication.

Now & Then: Going to the hayfield

posted: 06/19/2013 1:13 a.m.

I spent a great part of my younger life in the hayfield. Of course, I did other things too, but as I think back, a great deal of our farm work had to do with the hay. I guess we saw our well-being in those days as measured as much by the hay crop as by how much money was in the bank.

Lynch Pen: Trust in federal government eroding

posted: 06/19/2013 1:13 a.m.

Once again our great nation proves that we, the simple people on the street, cannot be trusted with the truth.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

posted: 06/19/2013 1:13 a.m.

The Sabbaths This is an Excerpt from the Book of Jubilees 50:5-12.

Out of My Mind: Life experiences broadened by trials

posted: 06/19/2013 1:13 a.m.

Seventeen years ago I was lying in a hospital telling the medical personnel I didn’t have time to stay there. My foot was lying at an odd angle oto the side and I was in pain, but rather confused as hospital personnel had begun a morphine drip as soon as I was admitted.

Pastor’s Corner: Back to basics

posted: 06/19/2013 1:13 a.m.

As I ponder the direction the Lord is leading our church, to “get back to basics,” centralizing on the doctrines found in Hebrews, chapter 6, and to go on to perfection — Greek word teleiotes meaning growth in moral character — I’m struck by the grace and mercy the Lord shows.

Memories recalled

posted: 06/19/2013 1:13 a.m.

Alva Johnson remembers the house on Arkansas Highway 127 as his Uncle Emory Bailey’s house.

Reaching out through ham radio

posted: 06/19/2013 1:13 a.m.

More than 10 years after they began an interest in amateur radio, both John Langham and Rick Helmer studied and received their ham radio licenses.

Store is full of memories

posted: 06/19/2013 1:13 a.m.

The weathered gray wooden boards are more than 16 inches wide and stand vertically around the old building which is about 24- by 30-feet. For more than 40 years, it served its community as a post oce and store.

House ablaze

posted: 06/19/2013 1:13 a.m.

The old wooden structure was smoking and blackened Monday afternoon when fi refighters arrived; fl ames occasionally rose from beneath the edges of the the roof or inside the structure, visible from the windows.

Wednesday, June 12

Art students honored

posted: 06/12/2013 1:08 a.m.

The Gilcrease Museum of American Art in Tulsa, Okla., will host a reception honoring Pea Ridge elementary-aged artists in a special ceremony at 2 p.m. June 23. Currently 52 Pea Ridge artists have their art hanging in a special Pea Ridge schools exhibit which opened in mid-May with the event to close soon after the reception. Curator Deborah Burke will address the students with parents and supporters invited to view the art on display. This marks the sixth time that Pea Ridge elementary students have had an exhibit at the internationally renown museum. Cars will caravan to the reception with the trip being organized by art teacher John McGee who can be contacted at 479-381-7412 or at littlehawkart@live. com.

Ridger Sports: It’s official - Shiloh’s back

posted: 06/12/2013 1:08 a.m.

In an interview with the athletic director at Shiloh School in Springdale, the Blackhawks former district opponent in the 4A-1 Conference, it was announced that Shiloh will again be a member of the league when the current cycle ends in June 2014.

Technology department increases

posted: 06/12/2013 1:08 a.m.

The demand for technology in education prompted the School Board to create a third position in technology agreeing to hire another technology specialist to join Keln Taylor, network administrator, who was hired last month and replaces Brent Kincade, and Nancy Henson, technology specialist.

Now & Then: Farmers’ markets seem to be on the rise again

posted: 06/12/2013 1:08 a.m.

Farmers’ markets were very much a part of the scene when I was young.

Lynch Pen: Is there really a need for so much ‘reality’ on television?

posted: 06/12/2013 1:08 a.m.

This aging thing does have some benefits. One of the things that is becoming more obvious as I grow older is how much we can learn from television.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

posted: 06/12/2013 1:08 a.m.

The Glade Post Office Nestled in the Ozarks, is a community of people who aspire to maintain a sense of heritage and belonging. It is of great importance to preserve this spirit of heritage alive today, with the restoration and transportation of the historical Glade Post Office. The Glade Post Office currently rests in Pea Ridge, and it is our desire to transport it back to its original location by the lake in Glade, Arkansas. Currently, there is an effort to fund the transportation by having a garage sale and quilt raffle, on June 14-15 between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., on West U.S. Highway 62 past the Garfield Post Office.

Summer reading programs held

posted: 06/12/2013 1:08 a.m.

On Tuesday evening, June 4, the library celebrated the move to our new home with an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. For the first couple of hours, we had a very full house.

Out of My Mind: Life is hard, live it to the fullest

posted: 06/12/2013 1:08 a.m.

Years ago when I was working full-time, carrying around my first-born and expecting my second born, I remember being exhausted. I called my doctor wanting to know what was wrong with me whether I was sleep deprived or battling hormones and he simply said “yes.” Now I laugh at my naiveté . I was pregnant and nursing an infant and not sleeping more than two hours at a time as well as working outside of the home.

Pastor’s Corner: The old coat is laid aside

posted: 06/12/2013 1:08 a.m.

In October of 2002 my uncle Willard passed away.

More beer sales

posted: 06/12/2013 1:08 a.m.

A third business in town has requested a “new retail beer off premises” permit from the Arkansas Alcohol Beverage Control Board.

Lumber store opens doors

posted: 06/12/2013 1:08 a.m.

There’s a new store in town.

HazMat checks out drug odors

posted: 06/12/2013 1:08 a.m.

Odors emitting from evidence seized during an arrest caused two Pea Ridge police officers to have headaches, prompting a visit from a HazMat team to the Pea Ridge Police Department Thursday, June 6.

Freedom Fest fireworks set

posted: 06/12/2013 1:08 a.m.

From its meager beginnings of a church picnic and fireworks show, Freedom Fest has grown into a full-scale festival for thousands of people. Slated for 6 p.m. Sunday, June 30, the event is hosted by Assembly of God Church with the help of other churches and community members, said Edwin Brewer, pastor of First Assembly of God Church.

Wednesday, June 5

Young artists take top state rankings

posted: 06/05/2013 3:17 a.m.

For the fourth consecutive year, Pea Ridge School art students have claimed the top ranking among all Arkansas schools with their online art gallery.

SEC - Southeastern confusion?

posted: 06/05/2013 3:17 a.m.

With the addition of two more teams to the SEC this year, the SEC baseball tournament has a new format and is one that couldn’t be more convoluted if it tried.

PEA RIDGE 2012◊ 2013 ATHLETIC AWARDS

posted: 06/05/2013 3:17 a.m.

Honorable Mention All-Conference : Lucas Fancher, Garrett Morgan, Zack Norris, Will Klein and Jack Rapp All Conference: Dalton Morgan, Austin Easterling, Braxton Caudill, Tyler Handy, Charlie Holliday, Daniel Beard, Zack Oldebeken, Jayse Anderson, Jonah Torres, Dayton Winn and Blake Roughton Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award: Charlie Holliday (three-year starter, All Conference) Outstanding Running Back Award: Austin Easterling (Three-year starter, two-year All Conference, 2012 KURM Dream Team) Outstanding Wide Receiver Award: Braxton Caudill (three-year starter, two-year All Conference, 2012 KURM Dream Team) and Daniel Beard (three-year starter, 2012 NWA Times All Area Team) Offensive MVP: Dayton Winn (three-year starter, 2011 and 2012 KURM Dream Team, two-time All State, 1-4 A Outstanding Back, 2013 All Star Game, 2012 NWA Times Offensive Player of the Year, 2012 Arkansas Democrat Gazette All NWA Team, 2011 and 2012 KURM Dream Team, 2012 Hooten’s Preseason Super Team, 2012 Channel 5 News All NWA Team, 201

Brewer follows purpose

posted: 06/05/2013 3:17 a.m.

Like Jonah of the Old Testament, Edwin Brewer ran.

Now & Then: What’s it mean to be ‘a Jack of all trades’?

posted: 06/05/2013 3:17 a.m.

I’m not sure where I first heard of the idea of being a “Jack of All Trades,” but from that time on it has always been a fascinating idea to me. Of course, normally that expression is followed by a qualifying phrase. The person claiming to be something of a jack of all trades usually modestly tempers that claim, as in “I’m sort of a jack-of-all-trades, and master of none.” I think I’m a bit of a jack-of-all-trades, and a master of none. I’ve done a little of a lot of things, but never became as good at any of them as I would have hoped. I think having a farm background tends to make one something of a jack-of-all-trades.

Library Notes: Library work progresses; cards are free to city residents

posted: 06/05/2013 3:17 a.m.

Each week as I sit down to try and compose an interesting column I go through the same routine.

Guest Column: Just because someone invents it, do I have to use it?

posted: 06/05/2013 3:17 a.m.

Just because someone invents it doesn’t mean I have to use it.

Out of Mind: Appreciate your unique value

posted: 06/05/2013 3:17 a.m.

The sun has risen high enough that a brilliant yellow light is illuminating portions of the play house and garden. A robin is singing “Good morning” and the day is beginning.

In His Study: Praying back to nation’s roots

posted: 06/05/2013 3:17 a.m.

In just over a month from this date, we will celebrate the 237th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Our day off on July 4, is an opportunity to have a “Day of Remembrance” of our Independence. God himself requires His people to remember our past, especially when He has acted in our behalf, as in Joshua 4:20-22.

Sidewalks connect school, park

posted: 06/05/2013 3:16 a.m.

Long in the planning stages, sidewalks along Hayden Road are to be constructed this summer. City Council members approved plans presented by Rick McGraw, project engineer, and Daniel Barnes, both from Mc-Clellen Engineers, at the regular council meeting.

Where are shelters?

posted: 06/05/2013 3:16 a.m.

Realizing that many residences in the Pea Ridge area have private storm shelters, Pea Ridge Fire Chief Frank Rizzio and staff are assembling a data base of residential storm shelters located in the Pea Ridge Fire Department response area.

PEA RIDGE SCHOOL BOARD

posted: 06/05/2013 3:16 a.m.

Meeting 6 p.m. Monday, June 10 Professional Development Center Items on agenda include: Consideration of Monthly Financial Report Beginning Food Service Hourly Rate Consideration of Bond Restructure- Dan Lovelady Northwest Technical Institute Tuition Agreement Board Policy Considerations School Choice Considerations Certificate of Appointment of School Treasurer Schedule of Meetings 2013-14 Notice of Annual School Election Wal-Mart Grant Award Personnel Resignations and Employment 2013-14 Informational Items Student Achievement- Test Scores New High School Programs Other Announcements

Liquor too close to church

posted: 06/05/2013 3:16 a.m.

A request for a conditional use permit for Hilltop Liquors at 165 W. PIckens Road has been deemed ineligible by Alcohol Beverage Control Board investigator Bill Kruse. The request, presented to the Pea Ridge Planning Commission by property owner Chuck Simmons, was denied. Simmons appealed to the City Council.

Free lunch served

posted: 06/05/2013 3:16 a.m.

About 85 students ate lunch at Pea Ridge Primary School Monday, the first day of the summer free lunch program.