News 2014 May

Stories for May 2014

Wednesday, May 28

Smiths celebrate 50th

posted: 05/28/2014 5:10 a.m.

Mr. and Mrs. John M. Smith Jr. are celebrating 50 years of marriage.

Big numbers for Blackhawks

posted: 05/28/2014 5:10 a.m.

Pea Ridge coach Tony Travis has 70 players out for spring football, which is the highest in a number of years. Pea Ridge started spring drills last week and they will conclude May 30 with a scrimmage.

Col. Joe Hart died on Memorial Day weekend

posted: 05/28/2014 5:10 a.m.

Deemed an "American hero" by many who knew him, Col. Francis Joe Hart died Friday, May 23.

Walk-a-Thon for Heart & Sole

posted: 05/28/2014 5:09 a.m.

A Walk-a-Thon to benefit Heart & Sole will be held at 10:50 a.m. Thursday, May 29, sponsored by Pea Ridge Primary School. Heart & Sole collects and distributes shoes and socks to children in the Pea Ridge School District.

Brown gets 20 years for sexual assault

posted: 05/28/2014 5:09 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A Pea Ridge man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl.

Teachers given waivers

posted: 05/28/2014 5:08 a.m.

School teachers will still owe six days on their contracts after students leave school. The quandary arose as a result of the six days allowed as a waiver from the State Board of Education for missed days of school due to snow.

Area event

posted: 05/28/2014 5:08 a.m.

Gospel concert set

Cochran, Pitts top 10 in 4A

posted: 05/28/2014 5:08 a.m.

Heptathletes Emma Pitts and Mikhaela Cochran finished among the top 10 4A athletes in the 51st annual Decathalon/Heptathalon Track and Field competition in Cabot last week.

Summer food program feeds children for free

posted: 05/28/2014 5:08 a.m.

With summer right around the corner, it's time to think about keeping children healthy while school is out. Pea Ridge School District provides free meals to children during the summer.

Students fare well in Special Olympics

posted: 05/28/2014 5:07 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Community event

posted: 05/28/2014 5:07 a.m.

Meet and Greet set

Succeeding on a different path

posted: 05/28/2014 5:07 a.m.

Dakota Duffy graduated in May from Pea Ridge Academy.

BCSO Jail

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

Tuesday, May 20

Weather

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

Pea Ridge Fire/EMS Department

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

Monday, May 19

Recollections

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

40 Years Ago

Pea Ridge Police Department

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

Warrants:

Recipe

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

Monkey bread

Community Calendar

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

Wednesday, May 28

It was a long, long time ago

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

Boy, do I feel old -- really old.

NEBCO Fire/EMS Department

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

Sunday, May 18

Benton County Marriage Licenses

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

May 15

Planning agenda

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

Pea Ridge Planning Commission

Business news

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

Arvest Bank, Pea Ridge

Church news

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

First Baptist Church,Pea Ridge

How much does direct mail affect votes?

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

It's time for a postmortem on last Tuesday's election and some of the more important, or amusing observations. Let's start with how much does it cost to come in second in a two-candidate election? The answer is anywhere from very little to a whole lot, or how much do you have to spend. In that case it is probably all you have. Like every household that is on Republican mailing lists, we were absolutely inundated with flyers from numerous candidates. It seems some candidates had a lot to spend.

Shiloh events

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

History Camp for Kids

Public meetings

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

Wednesday, May 28

School calendar

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

Thursday, May 29

Pea Ridge School menu

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

Monday, June 2, Last day of school -- Cook's choice at each school

Playful pals

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

FOUND ANIMALS

Avoca Fire Department

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

Wednesday, May 21

Obituaries

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

Allan Arthur Culmer

Elections for now, as well as then

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

We just had a big set of primary elections on May 20, except that the turnout wasn't all that big. Of course, primary elections are party elections, in which the political parties weed out their candidates in preparation for the general election. So, for many people, the primary is not so big a deal as the general election in the fall of the year. Yet for our democratic republic to work as it should, we need people participating in the political process. Low turnout at elections is a worrisome thing. Voter apathy is a distressing problem, an unhealthy condition for a democratic republic.

First amendment

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

"First Amendment freedoms are most in danger when the government seeks to control thought or to justify its laws for that impermissible end. The right to think is the beginning of freedom, and speech must be protected from the government because speech is the beginning of thought."

Children of Issachar

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

I read something not long ago that really started me thinking; a statement saying faith is like the red corpuscles in the bloodstream carrying the life-giving oxygen to every part of the body and removing waste carbon dioxide. It also spoke of white blood cells seizing on dead and toxic matter and carrying it out to be expelled from the body.

Wednesday, May 21

Meet your Neighborhood Market managers

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

The new Neighborhood Market under construction in Pea Ridge is slated to open July 16, according to store manager Scott McMillan.

Library has a community room

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

Congratulations to all the PRHS graduates! My hope is that each will achieve their goals and see their dreams come true.

Blackhawk sports calendar

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

Friday, May 30

Cemetery meeting set

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

Pratt Cemetery

Weather

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

Council considers purchases

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

City officials asked for an appraisal of a building being considered for purchase to house the city's Water and Sewer office. The building on North Curtis Avenue owned by Collier Drug was offered to the city by Mel Collier, according to Ken Hayes, water and sewer department superintendent.

Obituaries

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

Robert Lee Kroll

Marriage License

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

May 9

NEBCO Fire/EMS Department

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

Sunday, May 11

Pea Ridge schools menu

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

Monday, May 26 -- Memorial Day, NO SCHOOL

BCSO Jail

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

Tuesday, May 13

Meetings

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

Coal Gap reunion: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Pea Ridge Community Room. Potluck lunch at noon.

Public meetings

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

Wednesday, May 21

Pea Ridge Fire Department

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

Monday, May 12

Church news

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

First Baptist Church, Garfield

First amendment

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

"Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech."

Letter to the editor

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

Consider funding

Club news

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

New Meadowbrook EH Club

Pea Ridge students reap $780,000 in scholarships

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

Arkansas Challenge Scholarship

Pea Ridge Police Department

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

Warrants:

Recollections

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

40 Years Ago

Recipe

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

Chocolate Pie

Students of the month

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

Photographs submitted

Pea Ridge pageants set

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

Pea Ridge pageant registration for Tiny Tot and Teeny Tot is due at rehearsal July 9 for 3-4 years not entering kindergarten, Pea Ridge Teeny Tot, and children entering kindergarten, Pea Ridge Tiny Tot.

Pea Ridge Court Report

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

May 13, 2014

Change isn't always easy; we can choose joy

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

It's been a busy, interesting few weeks with graduation, a new grandbaby born, the announcement of the newspaper office closing, learning The TIMES won 27 awards in the state editorial contest.

Playful pals

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

FOUND ANIMALS

Community events

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

Chicken-in-The-Ditch set

College news

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

Henderson State University

Area events

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

Music at the Firehouse set

School calendar

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

May 22: 6-7 p.m. 2014-2015 Kindergarten Parent night

Seniors exit the stage

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

The 2014 Senior Class of Pea Ridge High has exited the stage with the conclusion of graduation ceremonies at Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville last week. With all but the track program wrapped up for the year (the two remaining athletes are juniors), the senior athletes are now part of history.

Community Calendar

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

Wednesday, May 21

Tumult shows ineffectiveness of lottery

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

A few years ago, Arkansas voters approved the formation of a state lottery. Let me admit from the beginning that I voted against the lottery back then, and I continue to see that decision for a state-run lottery as a sad development for our great state of Arkansas.

Sports briefs

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

Cheer sign ups set

Wednesday, May 14

Meet the Parks Commission

posted: 05/14/2014 5:10 a.m.

Larry Whisenhant

PRHS graduate Justin Wall earns college degree, too

posted: 05/14/2014 5:09 a.m.

Justin Wall will graduate twice this month.

Times office to close

posted: 05/14/2014 5:08 a.m.

The business office of the Times of Northeast Benton County in Pea Ridge will close June 4 and move its operations to the Rogers Morning News office at 313 S. Second St. in Rogers. The Times will continue publishing on its regular production schedule, covering the important events in and around Pea Ridge.

Arson Plea Nets 10-Year Prison Sentence For Pea Ridge Man

posted: 05/14/2014 5:07 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A Pea Ridge man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for setting fire to a house.

Meet and greet Parks Commissioners

posted: 05/14/2014 5:06 a.m.

The Pea Ridge Parks Commission is alive and well, after nearly being disbanded.

Webb is community hero

posted: 05/14/2014 5:05 a.m.

Dott Webb was honored as a "Community Hero" award Friday at the Naturals game in Arvest Ball Park. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Clardy, started the Benton County Sunshine School in 1958, according to Webb's daughter Kellie Webb.

Community calendar

posted: 05/14/2014 5:04 a.m.

Wednesday, May 14

Club news

posted: 05/14/2014 5:03 a.m.

Republican Women

Garner-Cypret engaged

posted: 05/14/2014 5:02 a.m.

Shaylea Garner and Patrick Cypret announce their engagement and forthcoming wedding. the wedding is set for 3 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at River of Faith Church.

Couple wed 65 years

posted: 05/14/2014 5:01 a.m.

Don and Betty McAllister of Pea Ridge were married April 30, 1949, in Wellsville, N.Y. They moved to Prescott, Ariz., in 1952, to West Fork in 1956 and then to Pea Ridge in 1966.

Pea Ridge Police Department

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

Monday, May 5

Grant received; staff hired

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

A new state-of-the-art high school -- Pea Ridge Manufacturing and Business Academy -- is well on the way to open this fall under the direction of Charley Clark, director, and Jacqueline Brownell, assistant director.

Area events

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

Seligman open mic night set

Flowers hold prominence for mothers

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

I know that people haven't always observed Mother's Day, but so long as I can remember our families have been doing Mother's Day. I see lots of emphasis on finding the right gift for Mother these days, with ads varying from great places to take Mom to eat, to jewelry stores to buy her diamonds, to appliances bound to delight her heart as a homemaker, and so on. In my early memory, there wasn't much money in our family, so we didn't have much emphasis on gifts for Mom.

Mothering babies to graduates

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

Mothers' Day and graduation -- inextricably linked in the calendar and memory.

Lady 'Hawks bring home 14 state ribbons

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

The Pea Ridge Blackhawk girls varsity track team brought home 14 ribbons from the State 4A Track and Field Championships to cap one of the best track seasons for the local tracksters in school history. All three relay teams scored in the state finals with a pair of individuals also earning points that placed Pea Ridge 14th overall in the state standings among the 48 schools in the classification.

Choose your destiny wisely

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

"Spirited," "progressive," "promising" and "fun" were all words used by our faculty to describe this year's graduating class. When I reflect on Pea Ridge's seniors and the vast accomplishments they achieved this year, there is little wonder why.

Pea Ridge Police April 2014 report

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

Traffic stops 114

Avoca Fire Department

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

Wednesday, April 15

Letter to editor

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

Family is grateful

Obituaries

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

James Stanley Black Jr.

First amendment

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

"Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears."

Primary election looms

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

You have no doubt said, "my, how time files when....!" When you are busy trying to get over last Fall's procrastination. It seems as I approach the '80' threshold, days are longer but the results of an hour's effort seem to little effect on a backlog of projects.

Sports Roundup

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

Baseball

Public meetings

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

Friday, May 16

Recipe

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

Easy Mexican Casserole

Many new books on shelves for summer reading

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

What a beautiful weekend we had! Hope all the mom had a wonderful Mother's Day! Isn't it nice to see all the flowers blooming? We have a miniature rose bush that is covered in tiny yellow buds; the azalea produced more blooms this year than all the other years combined, and the peony bushes are beautiful. I received a beautiful hydrangea plant for Mother's Day that I hope to get in the ground soon.

Influencing or influenced

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

In the days we live in, one thing we can say without a doubt is that we can figure things will change and not necessarily for the better. Society is in such a flux it almost seems there is nothing that is not up for grabs. Legislation and law voted into existence by a majority of the voters is being overturned by a branch of government that was never intended to make law but to interpret it -- the judiciary. It's like these few people who were not elected by anyone are saying to the majority of the rest of us "you're too stupid to know what's good for you so we must make the decisions that are best for you, whether you agree or not."

Community events

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

Intermediate school Bull Drop set

Playful pals

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

FOUND ANIMALS

BCSO Jail

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

Tuesday, May 6

Shiloh events

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

Madison County History

Weather

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

Videos available to buy

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

Pea Ridge graduation videos are for sale for $15 until Friday, May 16, and $20 after Friday, May 16.

NEBCO Fire/EMS Department

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

Sunday, May 4

Pea Ridge Fire/EMS Department

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

Monday, May 5

Crowders told to reapply

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

The new owners of the former Blackhawk Stadium applied for a zoning change from Agricultural to Commercial on the advise of city officials, but after a long discussion with Planning Commission members, were advised to reapply for a Residential zone.

Recollections

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

40 Years Ago

Church news

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

First Baptist Church, Garfield

Pea Ridge school menu

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

Monday, May 19 -- Nachos with ground beef, lettuce and tomato, refried beans, fruit and milk; Breakfast: breakfast burrito, fruit and milk

Wednesday, May 7

Lady Blackhawks softball

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

No. 11 Avery Dayberry, fresh., IN

Walmart soon to open in Pea Ridge

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Ten years ago I would have predicted that there would not be a Wal-Mart in Pea Ridge in my lifetime. Now, I'm hearing that Pea Ridge Wal-Mart is to be opening in mid-July. The work is moving right along on the new store building and grounds, and from all indications, the July opening looks very realistic. There apparently will be a main entrance from Slack Street and a side entrance off Carr Street.

Church news

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Assembly of God Church, Pea Ridge

Blackhawks fall to Wolves 5-4

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE -- After receiving the plaque for winning the 4A-1 conference regular season title, the Lincoln Wolves put themselves in position to win the 4A-1 district tournament crown after defeating the Pea Ridge Blackhawks 5-4 in the tournament semifinals held at Prairie Grove's Rieff Park.

School News

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Kindergarten graduation set

Playful pals

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

FOUND ANIMALS

Public meetings

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Monday, May 12

Recollections

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

40 Years Ago

Lady 'Hawks take 4a-1 District crown

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Both on the field and on the track, the Pea Ridge Lady 'Hawks proved to be a bit more than a match for the defending champion Berryville Bobcats, taking a narrow lead after the field events, and holding a narrow margin through much of the early running events. After Berryville took a brief lead, the Blackhawks surged back and had the meet on ice before the final event came onto the track outscoring their nemesis 154-144.

Seniors boys sprint relay wins District, heads for state

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

The Blackhawk boys track team recorded one first and sent four boys to the 4A State High School Track and Field Championships set to be held this week in Heber Springs.

NEBCO Fire/EMS Department

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Sunday, April 27

Pea Ridge Fire/EMS Department

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Monday, April 28

Life lessons learned

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Life lessons can be hard, especially when you're 18 years old and thousands of miles from home.

Letters to editor

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Questioning expiration dates

BCSO Jail

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Tuesday, April 29

Pea Ridge Police Department

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Warrants:

Recipe

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Country cobbler

Pineville Man Sentenced To 25 Years For Sexual Assault

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A Pineville, Mo., man was sentenced to 25 years in prison after he admitted he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl from Pea Ridge.

Obituaries

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Dorothy Louise Bledsoe

Trading black for red

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Pea Ridge Blackhawk senior cheerleader Steven Ty Conner will cheer on the University of Arkansas Razorback cheer squad next year.

Youth cheer

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Registration and a parent meeting for 2014 Pea Ridge Youth Cheer will be held Thursday, May 8, in Pea Ridge Intermediate School media center. The meeting for second- and third-grade students and their parents is set for 6-7 p.m. The meeting for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students is set for 7-8 p.m.

Blackhawk Sr. Boys Track Results

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

1-4A District Track Meet @ Gravette on May 1, 2014

Gym classes offered

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Opening a larger facility in a new location has allowed John and B.J. Dye to offer more at Dye Hards Gym, 1978 Slack Street. Multiple classes are now being offered and there is a trainer available.

Pea Ridge schools menu

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Monday, May 12 -- Sloppy Joe, green beans, tator tots, sherbet, fruit and milk; Breakfast: cereal and muffin, juice and milk

Choose whom to serve

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

I have to make a confession. I like to watch reality shows. I know there's not much there that's really positive but I think I like to watch them because I'm intrigued by human nature. The thing that gets me is that the people on these shows will lie, cheat, steal, connive and deceive and still look at the camera and say something like this, "I'm not really like this at home, I'm really a good person" or "I consider myself a good person but I'm in this game to win, I have to be true to myself."

Summer reading programs to begin

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Cinda Wooldridge and I attended the Parent Fair at the Primary School on Thursday evening, May 1. We loved meeting all the new people and seeing a lot of familiar faces. We even managed to buy some books at their book sale! We tried to spread the word about the library and our Summer Story Hour and Summer Reading Program. We were in the same hallway with the Shiloh Museum and the Museum of Native American History and they attracted a lot of attention with their displays. Thanks again to the Primary School for inviting us.

Pea Ridge city council agenda

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Stuff the Bus for Vilonia and Mayflower

Weather

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Letter to editor

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Consider change

Lady tracksters roll up surprise point total

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

With a little help from some late season roster additions, the Lady Blackhawks rolled up a massive point total to make off with the 4A-1 track championships.

Club news

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Optimist Club Flag Project set

Roe attends meeting

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Court report

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

April 22, 2014

First amendment

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

"When I began we did not really have a lot of First Amendment law. It is really surprising to think of it this way, but a lot of the law -- most of the law that relates to the First Amendment freedom of the press in America -- is really within living memory. "

Consider candidates' positions on issues

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

A discussion with one of our state assembly persons (that's one of our elected leaders) brought out a very interesting point concerning our up coming party primary elections. Because we do not have Democratic Party candidates running for every state assembly district seat in our area, the outcome of the Republican Primary will determine the next person to hold that seat. One point we must consider, perhaps more closely this election cycle than some previous years, is the voting record of our incumbents seeking re-election to any House or Senate seat. We have numerous seats area-wide that do not have challengers to incumbents and that can be a good thing if all their constituents feel they have voted on matters consistent with the expectations of the voters. However, for those who question their elected assembly-person, they have no choice.

Pea Ridge School calendar

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

May 13-14: Algebra I EOC

Band students receive awards

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Blackhawk sports calendar

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Thursday, May 8

Community calendar

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Wednesday, May 7

Area events

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Armed Forces Day program