News 2013 May

Stories for May 2013

Wednesday, May 29

SPORTS BRIEFS

posted: 05/29/2013 12:38 a.m.

TeamFirst Soccer Academy slated Arkansas Select soccer will host its TeamFirst Soccer Academy June 7-9 at Memorial Soccer Park in Bentonville. Olympic gold medalists Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Tisha Hoch will conduct the academy.

Ash sings bass in winning bluegrass band

posted: 05/29/2013 12:38 a.m.

Adam Ash and the Bluegrass group, Pure Tradition, won second place in 2013 National Single Mic Championship hosted by Silver Dollar City on Saturday, May 18. The group is comprised of Dylan Hall, Daniel Collier, John Meyer and Adam Ash and has been together since February. They specialize in the traditional sound and style of Bluegrass music.

Now & Then: The tree did not talk, but many others did

posted: 05/29/2013 12:38 a.m.

Our great old tree by the School Heritage Building didn’t have much to say last Saturday, but several folks did contribute to our collection of family histories, and we did hear about beaucoups of happenings in and around the building over the years.

Guest Column: Finding story ideas for the newspaper

posted: 05/29/2013 12:38 a.m.

Since I’ve been writing newspaper columns over 20 years, I get ideas from many different places and times. I type these impressions in a computer file, and that begins my article. Sometimes, though, I don’t have enough information to make as many words as I need, so I’ll share some of those “short” ideas I’ve come up with through the years.

Library Notes: Open house and story hour soon

posted: 05/29/2013 12:38 a.m.

The library volunteers and I spent most of the week preparing for and hosting the kindergarten through third grades from the Pea Ridge School District. The children seemed to really like their visit to our new facility. A few parents have stopped by to get library cards. Since opening in early April there have been more than two dozen library cards issued to new patrons. We have people stopping in just to see the new library and several people are using the computers. While this is keeping us very busy, we are very pleased to have so many people using the library.

Out of My Mind: A thank you to community contributors

posted: 05/29/2013 12:38 a.m.

As the school year winds to a close, it’s time to reflect on what an incredibly good year it has been. The working relationship between the school administration, city officials and newspaper staff is excellent. Our community benefits when all public officials work together transparently and humbly for the good of the whole, instead of for personal agendas.

PLAYFUL PALS

posted: 05/29/2013 12:38 a.m.

FOUND ANIMALS Husky — Male; call Tammy Rogers at 644-7750. (5/15) Dachshund — Call Daryl Lancaster at 381-2047. (5/8) LOST ANIMALS Rat Terrier — Black and gold; call Shirley Baker at 721-3961. (5/22) Jack Russell Terrier — Tri-color ; call Shirley Baker at 721-3961. (5/22) Chihuahuas — Two; one brown and white, the other one tan; call Kevin at 330-1837. (5/8) Lhasa Apso — Has partial hair cut; call Brad at 586-7552. (5/8) Black Lab — 9-week-old puppy; Call Arissa at 544-1457. (5/8) Free animals Dog — Male, large, outside dog; call Beverly Wilson at 359-3210. (5/15) Kittens — Call Michele at 586-9245. (5/8) Horse — Little stud horse; call Chad for information at 899-5279. (5/8) To list animals, call 451-1196.

Pastor’s Corner: Responding to tragedy

posted: 05/29/2013 12:38 a.m.

I am writing this on the day after the deadly tornado that hit Oklahoma.

Bomb threat defused

posted: 05/29/2013 12:38 a.m.

A bomb threat Friday afternoon emptied Pea Ridge Middle School. No bombs were found.

Liquor store tabled

posted: 05/29/2013 12:38 a.m.

A conditional use permit for a liquor store denied by the Planning Commission was presented to the Pea Ridge City Council Tuesday night. Chuck Simmons, owner of property at 165 W. PIckens Rd., appealed the planners’ decision to the council, which, after much discussion, tabled the request until the July meeting to hear more information.

Explosion rips quiet; woman dies

posted: 05/29/2013 12:38 a.m.

Explosions rocked the campground at Lost Bridge on Beaver Lake Friday afternoon destroying the quiet of the beginning of Memorial Day weekend a little after 1 p.m., according to campers Karen and Dale LaBrue of Dennison, Texas.

Wednesday, May 22

SCHOOL NEWS

posted: 05/22/2013 1:55 a.m.

Pea Ridge Primary School May 22 — Second-grade field trip, Pea Ridge City Park May 24 — Awards assembly, classrooms May 29 — 9 a.m. Kindergarten graduation, high school gym Pea Ridge Intermediate School May 22 — 1:20 p.m. Fifthgrade recorder concert May 23 — 5-7 p.m. International Day May 24 — Awards assembly : 8:30 a.m. third grade; 9:30 a.m. fourth grade; 10:30 a.m. fifth grade Pea Ridge Middle School May 22 — Academic awards: 9:30 a.m. eighth grade; 1 p.m. seventh grade; 2 p.m. sixth grade May 23 — Sixth-grade AR field trip

SPORTS BRIEFS

posted: 05/22/2013 1:55 a.m.

Little ’Hawks basketball camp set Little ’Hawks basketball camp is scheduled from 8 a.m. -noon June 4-7, at the high school and middle school gyms. The cost is $50.

Ridger Sports: Cochran wins state heptathalon discus

posted: 05/22/2013 1:55 a.m.

Competing in her first state heptathalon championships along with fellow sophomore Emma Pitts, Blackhawk Mikhaela Cochran recorded the best discus throw among the more than 70 athletes. The competition closed the book on Pea Ridge athletics for 2012-2013.

Now & Then: Decoration day services and meetings slated

posted: 05/22/2013 1:55 a.m.

Since a few years after the Civil War, the custom of cemetery observances of Decoration Day, or Memorial Day, have become traditional across the United States.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

posted: 05/22/2013 1:55 a.m.

The hours of The Times office are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. The office will be closed on Thursday Friday.

Library Notes: Students volunteered at library

posted: 05/22/2013 1:55 a.m.

Last week was such a good week at the library!

RECOLLECTIONS

posted: 05/22/2013 1:55 a.m.

40 Years Ago Thursday, May 23, 1973 Pea Ridge Graphic-Scene The new school gym and additional classrooms in Pea Ridge moved closer to reality when the architect, Perry L. Butcher of Rogers, presented nearly-final plans for the School Board and administration.

Pastor’s Corner: Unity is best

posted: 05/22/2013 1:55 a.m.

It concerns me how an increased sense of division and a general lack of unity or oneness seems to be becoming more prevalent in our nation.

School grows and grows

posted: 05/22/2013 1:54 a.m.

Anticipating up to 1,800 students next year, Rick Neal, school superintendent told Pea Ridge School Board members it is time to construct more classrooms.

Floods, time erode road foundation

posted: 05/22/2013 1:54 a.m.

Pea Ridge school buses were rerouted Friday morning to bypass a section of Twelve Corners Road closed due to erosion beneath the roadway.

Safe house full

posted: 05/22/2013 1:54 a.m.

Storms hit Pea Ridge about 7:30 p.m. Monday, but there was little damage. A tornado watch was replaced with a tornado warning around 7 p.m. and when the storm sirens sounded at 7:12 p.m., the doors to the safe room on the High School campus opened.

CHURCH NEWS

posted: 05/22/2013 1:51 a.m.

Forgiven Quartet Forgiven Quartet will be in concert at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, June 22 at the Second Baptist Church located at 1950 West U.S.

Wednesday, May 15

SCHOOL NEWS

posted: 05/15/2013 1:07 a.m.

Pea Ridge Primary School May 22 — Second-grade field trip, Pea Ridge City Park May 24 — Awards assembly, classrooms May 29 — 9 a.m. Kindergarten graduation, high school gym Pea Ridge Intermediate School

SPORTS BRIEF

posted: 05/15/2013 1:07 a.m.

Little ’Hawks basketball camp set Little ’Hawks basketball camp is scheduled from 8 a.m. -noon June 4-7, at the high school and middle school gyms. The cost is $50.

Ridger Sports: Last Women Standing

posted: 05/15/2013 1:07 a.m.

With the 2012-2013 school year coming to a close, the school athletic calendar is all but concluded.

NEBCO receives grant

posted: 05/15/2013 1:07 a.m.

In an effort to support firefighters, police and emergency medical services across the country, Firehouse Subs set up a Public Safety Foundation to assist with grant money to help pay for equipment or resources needed by these public safety organizations.

Fifth graders tour Tulsa

posted: 05/15/2013 1:07 a.m.

“It was the best experience I ever had!” exclaimed Blake Garrard.

Cothrans have golden anniversary

posted: 05/15/2013 1:07 a.m.

Harold Morris Cothran and Marcia Taylor were married on May 19, 1963, at the Methodist Church in Pea Ridge by the Rev. Charles Reed.

Church of Latter Day Saints in town

posted: 05/15/2013 1:07 a.m.

Officials with the Pea Ridge Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints announced the arrival of two more missionaries to the Pea Ridge area. They are Elder Devon White and Elder Riley Carson.

Now & Then: If this tree could talk - History Day, May 18

posted: 05/15/2013 1:07 a.m.

On Saturday, May 18, the Pea Ridge Historical Society will hold a special History Day observance called “If This Tree Could Talk!” The place is the Pea Ridge School Heritage Building, on the downtown Intermediate School Campus, at the corner of North Curtis Avenue and Pike Street, across the parking lot from the Historical Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

’Til Next Time: Finding humor in common things

posted: 05/15/2013 1:07 a.m.

While reading a humorous article written by a lady helping with the Mayflower oil spill clean up, I was enjoying every bit of the humor until she started relating that she disapproved of everything, including the snakes. I suddenly had a vision of me holding a snake by its throat while I tried to clean the rest of it. I knew it wasn’t going to just hang there limp. I had to lay the article aside to avoid nightmares.

Library Notes: School children visiting new library

posted: 05/15/2013 1:07 a.m.

Does it seem possible that the end of the school year is so near? I asked that question of a friend this morning and her reply was “yes, if you are a student or teacher.” And I am sure she is correct. What an exciting and perhaps, a little scary, time for the soon-to-be graduates.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

posted: 05/15/2013 1:07 a.m.

A Thank You! Our thanks to everyone who attended the recent BBQ Dinner and Pie Auction, sponsored by the Pea Ridge High School Alumni Association, and held on Saturday, April 20, at the Middle School Cafeteria.

Out of My Mind: It’s a new beginning, not the end

posted: 05/15/2013 1:07 a.m.

It’s the middle of May, school is nearly over and graduation for high school seniors is this Saturday.

CHURCH NEWS

posted: 05/15/2013 1:07 a.m.

First Baptist Church Pea Ridge The last meeting of TeamKids until next school year will be 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, for children ages 4 years to sixth grade.

From the Pastor’s Desk: They will know we are Christian by our love

posted: 05/15/2013 1:07 a.m.

A conversation I had this week ended when somebody told me, “Oh no! Not you! I didn’t mean you. I know you! You are one of the kindest and smartest persons I know!” Now, while I will vehemently argue the “kindest and smartest” remark, the first part of his statement was spot on. I truly get discouraged when I hear people talk and read what people write (especially on Facebook or Twitter) when it comes to others they may disagree with or those they may not know.

New products for fundraising

posted: 05/15/2013 1:07 a.m.

A partnership between the school district’s athletics department and a promotions company brings new products and vigor to fundraising, according to athletics director Tony Travis.

People want choice

posted: 05/15/2013 1:07 a.m.

Responding to new state guidelines for School Choice, Pea Ridge School Board members approved two resolutions changing the district’s transfer policies during the regular School Board meeting Monday night.

Summer food program to be provided

posted: 05/15/2013 1:07 a.m.

A complete reorganization of the Pea Ridge School District food services program is underway and includes adding a summer food program, preparing more home-cooked foods and adding online payment options. School Board members discussed the changes at length during a Saturday morning workstudy session, then approved the changes Monday night during the regular board meeting. The summer food program will feed children up to 18 years of age for free. It will run June 3 through July 26 and bus service will be provided.

Liquor permit denied

posted: 05/15/2013 1:07 a.m.

The May 7 decision to deny a conditional-use permit that would have allowed a liquor store to be built between the city’s two school campuses has been appealed to the City Council.

Wednesday, May 8

Ridger Sports: Conference to change, Shiloh back in?

posted: 05/08/2013 1:03 a.m.

When the 4A-1 Conference is realigned in the fall of 2014, it will have a new look according to information recently released by the Arkansas Activities Association.

Pea Ridge pageant registration set for May 14

posted: 05/08/2013 1:03 a.m.

Pageant registration for all age groups will be at 6 p.m. May 14, at the Pea Ridge City Park. All contestants will have a picture taken for the Pea Ridge Times fair insert.

Falkenstein named business ambassador

posted: 05/08/2013 1:03 a.m.

Lindsey Falkenstein of Pea Ridge is the recipient of the 2013 Arkansas Tech University College of Business Ambassador Award.

Cochran, 4x800 relay Lady ’Hawks place in state

posted: 05/08/2013 1:03 a.m.

Sophomore Mikhaela Cochran and the 4x800 girls relay team scored at the 2013 4A State Track and Field Championships in Heber Springs last week.

Guest Column: Influence of religious upbringing

posted: 05/08/2013 1:03 a.m.

My mother took her 12 children to church. The fact that my father didn’t go never deterred her. To her credit, she never made church-going boring.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

posted: 05/08/2013 1:03 a.m.

Shannon for the slide show and presentation; the Family Florist of Pea Ridge for Mom’s flower garden; the nephews for being honorary or casket bearers; the delicious food, supplies we needed, phone calls, cards, prayers and hugs; and the hundreds of family and friends that came to console us, cry with us and laugh with us as we treaded down memory lane.

Library Notes: Volunteers needed for reading hour and more

posted: 05/08/2013 1:03 a.m.

What an exciting start to the month of May we have had. While I was hoping for sunshine and warm temps for the weekend so I could get some yard work done, I must admit the dusting of snow was pretty while it lasted. I truly hope this was winter’s last hurrah.

Pastor’s Corner: A matter of priorities

posted: 05/08/2013 1:03 a.m.

A few times I have had young children come to me, saying, “I’m bored. I don’t have anything to do.

Liquor permits requested

posted: 05/08/2013 1:03 a.m.

Two requests for retail liquor sales in Pea Ridge have been received by the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. Mayor Jackie Crabtree and Police Chief Tim Ledbetter received copies and were asked for comments.

Election to raise NEBCO fire dues set for July 9

posted: 05/08/2013 1:03 a.m.

Benton County officials endorsed for a special election to raise the ambulance fees charged by the Northeast Benton County Fire Department from $40 to $100 annually.

Cattle pedicure is an art, science

posted: 05/08/2013 1:03 a.m.

A nose numbing odor and a painful whirring sound filled the cattle barn at Oak View Animal Hospital on Friday evening as a few show cattle got what amounts to a pedicure.

Wednesday, May 1

School counselors available to parents

posted: 05/01/2013 1:09 a.m.

Bullying and school violence have been major issues of concern in recent years, but schools do have several resources to help solve those problems. One important resource is the school counselor. School counselors have been required in Arkansas public schools since 1986. In Arkansas, school counselors are required to be licensed teachers with a master’s degree in counseling. The counselor is the mental health professional of the school.

State competition tests athletes

posted: 05/01/2013 1:09 a.m.

The 4A State Track and Field meet which starts tomorrow in Heber Springs will test the dozen locals who will be in attendance.

Clark steps down as Pea Ridge coach into administration

posted: 05/01/2013 1:09 a.m.

Charley Clark has resigned as the boys basketball coach at Pea Ridge but the seven-year Blackhawks coach isn’t moving far.

Jr. Lady ’Hawks take 1st in District track

posted: 05/01/2013 1:09 a.m.

The Blackhawk junior girls track team brought home a district championship trophy becoming the first Pea Ridge team to take home a district track title in more than 20 years. The 4A-1 Junior District Meet was held April 19 in Gravette.

12 runners heading to state meet

posted: 05/01/2013 1:09 a.m.

A dozen Pea Ridge varsity track athletes qualified for the 2013 4A State High School Track and Field Championships set to get underway tomorrow, May 3.

Now & Then: Trying to keep up on the farm

posted: 05/01/2013 1:09 a.m.

I’m wondering if anyone out there feels that they are being able to “keep up?” I’m always trying to keep up. I sympathize with the person who is often saying, “There just aren’t enough hours in the day!” I think I understand somewhat the other side, in which a person says, “Time drags on, heavy on my mind!” But, no, I guess I don’t really understand that after all. That hasn’t been my experience of life for the most part.

CHURCH NEWS

posted: 05/01/2013 1:09 a.m.

Twelve Corners Baptist Church, Garfield A food pantry will be open from 2-4 p.m. May 5 at the church, 15993 Twelve Corners Road, Garfield.

Pastor’s Corner: Following Christ

posted: 05/01/2013 1:09 a.m.

One of the many comforts of following Christ is knowing that decision making is not entirely dependent upon our limited amount of knowledge. If our life’s big — and even little — decisions were totally dependent upon our little understanding of the present and zero knowledge of the future then we would not be in a good place!

Town meeting with electric officials draws crowd

posted: 05/01/2013 1:09 a.m.

Even with less than two day’s notice, a crowd packed Garfield City Hall for a meeting with officials from the company planning the route for an electric transmission line through town.

Sewage treatment plant upgrade fizzes along

posted: 05/01/2013 1:09 a.m.

Like most sewage lagoons, Pea Ridge’s treatment plant isn’t much to look at. But that doesn’t mean there’s not a lot going on — especially recently.

Garfield organizes to oppose power line

posted: 05/01/2013 1:09 a.m.

A plan to build an extra-high-voltage electric transmission line through Garfield is energizing residents to fight the route.