News 2014 December

Stories for December 2014

Wednesday, December 31

Area events

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

Dance scheduled

Cheering Champions

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

Pea Ridge varsity Blackhawk cheerleaders won the Co-ed State championship for the second time in a row. The team won first place in competition Saturday, Dec. 20, in Hot Springs.

Obituaries 2014: January through June

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

This list contains all the names and basic information for obituaries published in each issue of The Times of Northeast Benton County, from January through June. The date shown is the issue date in which the obituary was pubished, not the date of death.

Days that are ordinary, but special

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

In many (if not most) of the days of my life, the drumming of the ordinary has had a steady and prominent beat, with relentless demands on our attention and time; and yet I don't feel that I have missed out on special times. When I grew up, we were general farmers, evolving into dairy farming in the mid-1950s and later. The farming business, and especially the way of life for a dairy farm family, is very structured around a number of necessary everyday routines. I was always curious at the idea that some families living in town had certain days as work days and certain days off from work. On the other hand, in our family, there were no days off, as such. We had to fit both necessary work and other non-work activities into the same days.

Letters to the Editor

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

City employees say 'Thank you'

Shiloh museum happenings

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

Museum Open House to Feature Local Collectors

Lady Wolves beat Lady 'Hawks

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

LINCOLN -- Ashtyn Rothrock's bucket in the final seconds of the first quarter gave Lincoln a 17-11 lead which the Lady Wolves expanded to 36-21 at half-time with a dominating second period.

Church news

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

Boundless Grace Baptist

Many 'firsts' in 2014

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

As the year comes to a close, a look at the headlines for the year is a reminder of some of the events of 2014. It was an election year, but there was no contested race in Pea Ridge, although there were in Garfield and Gateway.

Pea Ridge capitalizes on Lincoln's flurry of miscues

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

LINCOLN -- Point guard Roni Castaneda fouled out late in the game and wasn't available when Lincoln needed him to set up a potential game-tying last-second shot.

How many days of Christmas?

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

Sometimes I am astounded at the liberties taken by the commercial world today which sully and confuse any understanding of the traditions and seasonal festivals of the Christian church. A few years ago, I was struck by a series of ads by a local business which invited everyone to observe the 12 Days of Christmas with them. The idea was, they were designating the 12 days leading up to Christmas Day as special shopping days for your Christmas gifts. Now, this year, I have heard two local businesses promoting a similar line, one for 21 Days of Christmas, and the other for 18 Days of Christmas. As with the similar ads of several years ago, both were designating a certain number of shopping days, leading up to Christmas Day, and calling them so many Days of Christmas. It is to me an example of utterly ignoring the traditions of the church in celebrating Christmas, and of using Christian terminology in ways which confuse everything.

Obituaries

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

Phillip Matthew Frost Jr.

Recollections

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

40 Years Ago

Pea Ridge School menus

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 5

Blackhawk Basketball Schedule

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

Date Day Opponent Location Time Team

Lady Blackhawk Basketball

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

TIMES photograph by Annette Beard

Council met Monday

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

City Council members were expected to review the city's 2014 budget, appoint a city attorney and a prosecuting attorney and set the salary for the mayor at a City Council meeting Monday night. Pea Ridge City Council is scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month. At the November meeting, council members agreed to meet Monday, Dec. 29, instead of twice, in order to approve the current year's budget as close to the end of the year as possible.

Timing of news release is interesting

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

A few weeks ago we had an event occur that was widely reported -- after all it was news -- but it said a lot more about our political system than about the subject in question.

Community Calendar

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 1

Wednesday, December 24

Pea Ridge Police November 2014 report

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

Oct. Nov. YTD

NEBCO Fire Department

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

Sunday, Dec. 14

November sales tax receipts

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

Municipal 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

A Christmas gift that was remembered year after year!

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

Although in most of the things I write about Christmas I am turning the focus away from the presents received and toward the Christian heart of the seasonal festival, one Christmas in particular stands out in my memory because of what I received for Christmas. That was the Christmas of 1946.

Blackhawk Basketball

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

2014-2015 PEA RIDGE BASKETBALL SENIOR HIGH ROSTER

Pea Ridge Intermediate School Honor Roll

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

Third grade A honor roll

Pre-kindergarten option is viable

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

If the grant is approved, Pea Ridge School District will open one classroom for pre-kindergarten students next year.

Rejoice! No, really! Relax and rejoice!

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

Today is Christmas Eve.

Cardboard recycling change announced

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

Recycle trailers are set up behind the Fire Department station for the conveniece of city resicents. A change recently is in the type of cardboard accepted.

County eyes waste disposal costs

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials said they want to continue spring and fall cleanup campaigns, but will need to keep an eye on the events' increasing costs.

Recollections

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

40 Years Ago

Recipe

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

Praline cookies

Pea Ridge Fire/EMS Department

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 15

Propane costs unknown for winter

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

No one knows what the price of propane will be this winter, not even the people who deal with it every day.

Well done, faithful servant

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

Many who live in this region will remember Marjorie Barnhart and Virginia Boucher, or as more often remembered, "the Bible Ladies." They came to this part of the Ozarks in 1949 at a time when very few were interested in working with children in the "back-woods" schools. They started Bible Clubs in the country schools (that was before the Bible was considered a "dangerous" book) and eventually traveled to 50 different schools each month.

It's a d g's life

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

It's spa day -- a day for baths, toenail trims, foot scrubs, haircuts, styles and frolicking.

Marriage Licenses

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

Dec. 12

Is TV news really newsworthy?

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

The television news media never ceases to amaze me. Apparently the pressure of being "first" at any event, or having more one-on-one interviews, or some other measure we viewers don't understand, drives the networks to new extremes. Today we are able to see world-wide events broadcast into our homes, via cable or satellite. Apparently it is as if no one is concerned about the effects on society. And, if others are like those in our house, much of it is ignored or we find ourselves channel surfing to avoid the abuse to our psyche.

Astronomy program

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

For many years Hobbs State Park -- Conservation Area has partnered with the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society to be able to offer free astronomy instruction, special topic programs, and night viewing to the general public. That tradition continues for the year 2015.

Church news

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

Boundless Grace Baptist

Restaurant inspections

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

Information is from state Health Department records. Restaurants are listed in order of inspection date. All reports are from regular food service food store inspections unless otherwise noted.

Graves arrested for resisting arrest

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Wednesday, December 17

If I am a Christian...

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

Lights, Christmas trees, goodies fresh out of the oven, carols on the radio -- yep, we're in the middle of the holiday season once again and I love it! Christmas really is my favorite time of year. I especially like listening to Christmas music. My wife and son get tired of it, but not me and the girls, we love it.

Community Calendar

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Intermediate Choir 'flash mobs' Promenade Mall

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

The Pea Ridge Intermediate Select Choir performed Christmas music in the center of the Pinnacle shopping district Saturday afternoon as a part of a "flash mob" performance.

Pea Ridge schools menus

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

There are no school menus this week as school will not be in session for the Christmas holiday.

Warren reigns as 4A football champs

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

Wouldn't you know it, I thought the team to beat in 2014 had to be the Warren Lumberjacks on the strength of their being the best returning team from 2013 with most of their team intact. Turns out I was right as Warren turned the state final into a rout.

Students serve

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

School leaders and School Board members were treated to a luncheon prepared and served by members of the food service lab of the Family and Consumer Science Department at Pea Ridge High School under the direction of Mrs. Sherry Rickard prior to the December School Board meeting rescheduled to noon Monday.

Blackhawk Basketball

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

Head Coach: Trent Loyd

Church news

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

Boundless Grace Baptist

Water woes short-lived

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

A precautionary boil order was issued Friday after Pea Ridge Water Department employees found a burst line.

Barnetts celebrate 60th anniversary

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

L.C. Barnett and Miss Joyce Dierlam were married on Dec. 23, 1954, at the First Assembly of God in Refugio, Texas.

Elementary artists ranked No. 1 in U.S.

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

Pea Ridge Elementary Schools still hold the top ranking in the Artsonia National Online Art Gallery competition. Long the top ranked Arkansas school, this year has marked the first time the school has been ranked in the top spot this far into the school year.

Getting a lick and a promise

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

I'm glad that I did a good job cleaning house last fall because it's so busy now that it's only getting a lick and a promise.

Pea Ridge Fire Department

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 8

Hawks beat Tigers

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

The Blackhawk's long-range shooting was too much for the West Fork Tigers Tuesday, Dec. 9.

Try to make Christmas more about giving

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

I'm remembering that in the early years of my life, our larger family used to draw names for Christmas. I, and all my brothers and sister were born during the 1940s, during World War II or shortly after. Drawing names was a strategy for sharing gifts across a large extended family while trying not to break anybody's budget during lean times. As our aunts and uncles gave us new cousins from time to time, and as we gained more brothers and finally a sister at home, it was much too much to try to buy Christmas presents for everyone. So we would draw names. The idea was that we would never know who drew our name until Christmas arrived and we got our extended family Christmas present. We didn't get a lot of presents, but we were never left out, and we each gave our person a present.

Pea Ridge School Calendar

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Area events

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

Dances scheduled

Report thefts

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

The Pea Ridge Police Department has recently taken several reports of theft from unlocked vehicles, according to Lt. Ryan Walker. These thefts have mainly been in the Washburn, Eagle Crest and Greer Street areas. We have recovered several items and have been returning them as we find the owners, however, there are still several items that no report was ever made to the PRPD.

'Bible Ladies' acclaimed in new book

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

Marjorie Barnhart and Virginia Boucher, often remembered as "the Bible Ladies," came to this part of the Ozarks in 1949 at a time when very few were interested in working with children in the "back-woods" schools. They started Bible Clubs in the country schools (that was before the Bible was considered a "dangerous" book) and eventually traveled to 50 different schools each month.

Shiloh events

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

Call for Collectors

Students visited with author

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

The book signing and Christmas Open House was a great success! A big thank you to everyone who attended. It was a pleasure to meet Ms. Akins. She very graciously spoke to the group which included Ms. Londa Kever, ninth-grade English teacher for the Pea Ridge School District, and several of her students about writing this book and her work on the sequel.

Recipe

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

Spiced Instant Tea

NEBCO Fire Department

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

Sunday, Dec. 7

Benton County Jail

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Public meetings

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 18

Still going 'out of my mind'

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

"Out of my mind" was coined many years ago as a double entendre -- signifying either that I was writing about whatever came out of my mind or that I was "going out of my mind." At the time, I had many small children. I wrote the column for The Benton County Daily Record and usually addressed issues concerning parenting, although not always. Now, I still have many children, but most are no longer "children" in the age sense.

Court Report

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

District Court of Benton County

Obituaries

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

Clarence Floyd Foster

Recollections

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

40 Years Ago

Park Open House slated

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Christmas Card Donations Top $11,500

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

The 2014 Community Christmas Card campaign sponsored by NWA Media held $11,529 in contributions as of Monday.

Marriage License

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

Dec. 4

Wednesday, December 10

Sports brief

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

Fall sports banquet

Community Calendar

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 8

Area events

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

Polar Express Santa train ride set

2014-2015 Pea Ridge Basketball seniors

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

No. 5 Nick Hardy 5'6" 120 lbs., Sr. (not available for photograph)

Santa Letters

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

Mrs. Sarah Lamer's class

Second-grade Pea Ridge Primary School

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

Mrs. Michelle Kimble's class

Planners OK request

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

A home occupation request from Jennifer Hartman for 1099 Charles Street was approved in a very brief Planning Commission Tuesday, Dec. 2. Hartman told planners she was editing photographs for a photography business at her home.

Doing it for Mrs. Ruthie

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

For the first time in 20 years, Police Chief Tim Ledbetter was not in front of a parade in Pea Ridge. He and his wife, Teresa, were passengers in the Model A Ford owned and driven by Charles Crabtree. Ledbetter was selected to be grand marshal by Beta Alpha, sponsor of the parade.

First graders create market

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Mena and Warren square off for 4A title

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

While I called the Warren win over Dardanelle in the 4A semi-finals last week, I was sure that Malvern would get by Mena but the Leopards were beaten rather soundly.

'Tis the season

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

'Tis the season to be jolly -- at least that's what the message we hear everywhere we turn at this time of year is yet, it seems the older I get, the more I notice how much that has changed since I was a kid.

Pea Ridge schools menus

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 15

Blackhawks beat Greenwood

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

"We beat solid 6A Greenwood," head coach Trent Loyd said. "We shot the ball extremely well and made plays down teh stretch."

Marriage Licenses

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

Nov. 24

Akins to wed Underwood

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

Stan and Angie Akins of Pea Ridge announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Kassie Davis, to Wesley Underwood.

Hot cider and cookies today at the library

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

If you were not able to attend the book signing and Christmas Open House at the library on Tuesday, Dec. 9, you missed a fun time. But you can stop in today, Wednesday, Dec. 10, to enjoy hot cider and cookies. There will be more details on the book signing in next week's column.

Public meetings

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 15

Christmas card donations top $7,000

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

The 2014 Community Christmas Card campaign sponsored by NWA Media held $7,016 in contributions as of Monday.

Recollections

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

40 Years Ago

First amendment

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

"Freedom to differ is not limited to things that do not matter much. That would be a mere shadow of freedom. The test of its substance is the right to differ as to things that touch the heart of the existing order."

Avoca Fire Department

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 2

The music of Christmas is beautiful

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

Music has always been part of Christmas celebrations. As I remember becoming aware that I was in the world, during World War II in the early 1940s, even in the hard times music was a great part of Christmas. I think the first Christmas song I learned was "Silent Night." Our Sunday School class learned to sing Silent Night as part of our church Christmas program. That was 1943. Kids often have a bit of difficulty hearing and learning parts of "Silent Night." I remember puzzling about round John virgin. I would have known about "around yonder," but I didn't get it about "round yon." I also didn't get it about glories stream or radiant beams. Those were new words to learn.

Blackhawk Pride students named

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

Photographs submitted

Reading is fun

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

Scout, a therapy dog, visited Pea Ridge fourth-grade students last week during reading class.

NEBCO Fire/EMS Department

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

Sunday, Nov. 30

Russells arrested for recent thefts

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

DNA results returned to Pea Ridge Police from the Arkansas State Crime Lab Monday, Dec. 8, was the final piece of evidence in getting a felony warrant for the arrest of Crystal Dawn (Landrus) Russell, 43, of Pea Ridge, for the June 27 burglary of Starner Tax Group.

Court Report

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

District Court of Benton County

BCSO Jail

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Shiloh events

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

Lime Industry Photo Exhibit

Church news

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

Brightwater United Methodist, Garfield

First Grade Pea Ridge Primary School

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

Mrs. Allison Wilkins' Class

Yet another forest pest

posted: 12/10/2014 5 a.m.

It seems the grandest of our native trees are painted with a big, red bulls-eye. Chestnut Blight wiped out most of Arkansas' chinquapin trees in the 1950s. Dutch Elm Disease was first noted in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1930 and reached the Pacific Coast in 1973, killing millions of elms as it travelled across the country. Now entomologists are warning the emerald ash borer has potential to erase ash trees from much of eastern United States forest ecosystems. More depressing news for tree lovers.

Tuesday, December 9

Snoderly named Teacher of the Month

posted: 12/09/2014 5 a.m.

Quentin Snoderly was named Teacher of the Month at Pea Ridge Middle School. He was selected based on a vote from both teachers and students.

Wednesday, December 3

EMS officials in rural area want money

posted: 12/03/2014 5 a.m.

Is implementation of a new countywide property tax in Benton County a way to pay for rural ambulance service, or is it solely a way to subsidize cities that make ambulance runs outside of their boundaries?

Pea Ridge School Menus

posted: 12/03/2014 5 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 8

Diary records Pea Ridge battle

posted: 12/03/2014 5 a.m.

Pea Ridge National Military Park was recently honored with a special donation of an original diary kept by Private William E. Vaughan, a soldier from Christian County, Mo., who fought in the 7th Division of the Missouri State Guard Confederate States Army. The small leather bound diary was kept by Private Vaughan from Dec. 14, 1861, through May 27, 1862, and includes his first-hand description of the battle of Pea Ridge and the Confederate retreat all the way to Memphis.

Church news

posted: 12/03/2014 5 a.m.

Brightwater United Methodist, Garfield

Extension Corner

posted: 12/03/2014 5 a.m.

With winter weather patterns just around the corner, most gardeners are finished with outdoor projects. Healthy house plants are a beautiful addition to any indoor living space. If you've not already done so, take some time to get them spruced up and ready to look their best for winter.

Varsity Blackhawk basketball boys

posted: 12/03/2014 5 a.m.

The Varsity Blackhawk boys team for 2014-2015 includes: Dylan Roughton, Tristan Trundle, Garrett King, Nick Hardy, Cole Wright, Landon Rhine, Bryce Beckmann, Jake Edwards, Blake Sheppard, Britton Caudill, Westin Church, Logan Johnson, Joseph Beard, Chandler Tidwell, Zach Davis, Lance Buttry, Ckristian Gamez and Joey Hall. Head coach is Trent Loyd; assistant coach is Heath Neal; and managers are Jarrin Paryzek, Norma Matar and Jaylee Kelly.

Community Calendar

posted: 12/03/2014 5 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 3

Pea Ridge Police Department

posted: 12/03/2014 5 a.m.

Warrants:

Christmas decor

posted: 12/03/2014 5 a.m.

I am officially on turkey overload but I love it. It is time to pull out all the left-over turkey recipes including one of my favorites, Turkey Tetrazzini. Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. Our plans went from 15 for dinner to just the two of us. We realized that we were just not up to hosting everyone this year. Sure missed seeing the kids and grandkids but will work on being healthier for Christmas.

Public meetings

posted: 12/03/2014 5 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 4

Education paradigm changing

posted: 12/03/2014 5 a.m.

A creative presentation to introduce the annual Report to the Public was presented to School Board members by students in Mrs. Cathryn Segur's Sales and Logistics class from Pea Ridge Manufacturing and Business Academy. The students began the introduction with a video showing Pea Ridge -- community and school -- referring to their peers and family.

NEBCO Fire/EMS Department

posted: 12/03/2014 5 a.m.

Thursday, Nov. 20

Benton County Jail

posted: 12/03/2014 5 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 22

Obituaries

posted: 12/03/2014 5 a.m.

J.C. Carter

Blackhawks trounce 6A Bulldogs

posted: 12/03/2014 5 a.m.

Pea Ridge 73/Greenwood 57

Strength in obedience

posted: 12/03/2014 5 a.m.

In my teens and early 20s I hung out in the darker parts of Dickson Street. In those days, those who were tasked with screening age often weren't too strict about doing their jobs; especially with incentive of varying types. I had a couple of favorites (no longer there) and knew most of the places and the people who ran them.

Pea Ridge Fire/EMS Department

posted: 12/03/2014 5 a.m.

Monday, Nov. 24

Cranberry Delight

posted: 12/03/2014 5 a.m.

Cranberry Delight

Public input wanted

posted: 12/03/2014 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Football 4A playoffs down to four teams

posted: 12/03/2014 5 a.m.

Malvern, Dardanelle, Mena and Warren are in the final four in the State Class 4A Football playoffs after quarter-final action last week.

Club News

posted: 12/03/2014 5 a.m.

Granny's Quilts of Love

Avoca Fire Department

posted: 12/03/2014 5 a.m.

Monday, Nov. 24

Blackhawk Basketball schedule

posted: 12/03/2014 5 a.m.

Dec. 1-6 -- Citizens Bank Classic @ Van Buren TBA Sr. Boys

Recollections

posted: 12/03/2014 5 a.m.

40 Years Ago

First amendment

posted: 12/03/2014 5 a.m.

"Every man--in the development of his own personality -- has the right to form his own beliefs and opinions. Hence, suppression of belief, opinion and expression is an affront to the dignity of man, a negation of man's essential nature."