News 2015 April

Stories for April 2015

Wednesday, April 29

Pea Ridge Planning Commission agenda

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

Board of Adjustments

Life plans change with a phone call

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

Last week as I wrote my column, I was mentally preparing this week's column which I believed would be my last for a few weeks. I was scheduled to have spinal surgery on April 30 and would be off work for six weeks or so. Had my pre-op, picked up the back brace I would be wearing after the surgery and was getting myself psyched up for the procedure. Actually the surgery itself is not the issue; the issue was the four to six weeks that I won't be able to do much. My mother and grandmother were always "doing" and I inherited that gene. "Idle hands are the devil's workshop" was often heard around my home.

Consider prescription medications effects

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

We just disposed of some prescription medications (drugs, if you prefer) through the courtesy of our police department. It should be noted that these prescription medications can harm our environment if they are not destroyed in an appropriate manner -- extreme heat in specially designed incinerators. That fact alone begs the question of how they affect my system beyond the prescribed purpose recommended by the physician that wrote the prescription. But, the purpose of this article is not to deny the need for medications when required, but rather to look at some interesting questions about the pharmaceutical industry as a whole.

Obituaries

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

James Andrew Evans

Pea Ridge School Menus

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

Monday, May 4

Shiloh happenings

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

Free Concert

Master Gardeners walks

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

The Benton and Washington County Master Gardener organizations are teaming up to offer "Walks with a Master Gardener" along the Razorback Regional Greenway as part of the Greenway's grand opening celebration at 3 p.m. May 2. All walks will begin at 3 p.m.

Stability balls in place in Primary School classroom

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

Finding a new way to keep students still and focused to improve their learning, Dawnitta Henson, first grade teacher, had an idea to replace her student chairs with stability balls after hearing about other schools in the state and doing some research.

Tourism to P.R. National Military Park creates $7.6 million in economic benefits

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

A new National Park Service report shows 104,686 visitors went to Pea Ridge National Military Park in 2014 and spent $5.87 million in communities near the park. The spending supported 100 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $7.69 million.

Remember blacksmiths of days gone by

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

We don't see very many blacksmiths around our communities these days. I'm remembering a time, not so long ago, when the Pea Ridge community had at least three blacksmiths. Those who I remember best were Shorty Hall, who had his shop on today's North Davis Street, where Jeff Spivey and family now live; Johnny Clanton, whose home and shop were on McCulloch Street; and Purley Cloyd, whose shop was on Twelve Corners Road just off Arkansas Highway 72 east.

Explosion awakens family; truck, trailer blasted

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

An explosion after midnight Sunday shook the house and awakened Steve and Lisa Harper. When Steve began looking for the cause of the noise, he saw the family's camper and truck ablaze and told Lisa to call 911.

Police, Pea Ridge

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

Friday, April 10

Sproing! -- A Kids Retreat At Camp Siloam

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Court Report

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

District Court of Benton County

Junior Blackhawks win District meet at home

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

Photographs courtesy of Harvey Winn

4A West Jr. High Track Conference at Blackhawk Stadium

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

April 23, 2015

Community Calendar

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

Wednesday, April 29

State Police

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

Fayetteville Police Dept.

City council debates need for police vehicle, ambulance

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

Vehicles -- one for the Police Department, one for the Fire Department -- dominated the Pea Ridge City Council meeting on April 22.

Pea Ridge Police Dept.

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

Warrants

Pea Ridge EMS

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

4-22-15 EMS call Kostner Dr. EMS call Hwy. 62

Marriage Licenses

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

April 10

Historic sites viewed on trail walks

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

Historical organizations in Benton and Washington counties are teaming up to offer history walks along the Razorback Regional Greenway as part of the Greenway's grand opening celebration on Saturday, May 2. All walks will begin at 2 p.m.

Pea Ridge Fire Dept.

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

Callout logs March 30 - April 5, 2015

Public meetings

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

Thursday, April 30

Champions

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

TIMES photograph by Annette Beard

Restaurant Inspections

posted: 04/29/2015 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.

Who is Jesus?

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

We are currently studying qualifications for eldership in our adult Sunday School class. Going through these scriptures and with comments I've had from some leads me to wonder if people truly understand what an elder is. At times I think it might be easier to teach what an elder isn't than what one is and one thing seems to be a constant -- people don't realize it is a LOT of work. Don't worry, that's not what I'm going to talk about. I'm going to talk about from whom the calling actually comes, which is Jesus. I've found that the Jesus you follow greatly influences what you believe an elder is.

Breakfast Casserole

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

Breakfast Casserole

Community calendar

posted: 04/29/2015 5 a.m.

Wednesday, April 22

Wednesday, April 22

Obituaries

posted: 04/22/2015 5 a.m.

Sharon Kay Bolain Evans

Club news

posted: 04/22/2015 5 a.m.

Granny's Quilts of Love

Lady 'Hawks take 2nd place in Pioneer Relays

posted: 04/22/2015 5 a.m.

The Pea Ridge Blackhawk track teams competed in the Pioneer Relays in Gentry Thursday, April 16. The women's team earned second place with 117.5 points; the men's team came in seventh with 36 points. Individual results follow.

First amendment

posted: 04/22/2015 5 a.m.

"It is now well established that the Constitution protects the right to receive information and ideas. 'This freedom (of speech and press) ... necessarily protects the right to receive ....' Martin v. City of Struthers, 319 U.S. 141, 143 (1943); see Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479, 482 (1965); Lamont v. Postmaster General, 381 U.S. 301, 307 -308 (1965) (BRENNAN, J., concurring); cf. Pierce v. Society of Sisters, 268 U.S. 510 (1925). This right to receive information and ideas, regardless of their social worth, see Winters v. New York, 333 U.S. 507, 510 (1948), is fundamental to our free society. "--Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Stanley v. Georgia, 394 U.S. 557 (1969)

Bell tolls 13 times: Let freedom ring

posted: 04/22/2015 5 a.m.

GARFIELD -- Students at Garfield Elementary gathered around their school bell at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Arkansas ratifying the U.S. Constitution's 13th Amendment that abolished slavery. Stephen Bowman, principal, read information about the 13th amendment to the students and said: "Today, we will ring the bell 13 times at the 13th hour to celebrate the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery."

School Choice deadline

posted: 04/22/2015 5 a.m.

The deadline for school choice applications has been moved up a month. Applications are due by May 1. They were previously due June 1.

NEBCO Fire/EMS Dept.

posted: 04/22/2015 5 a.m.

Sunday, March 29

Avoca Fire Dept.

posted: 04/22/2015 5 a.m.

Monday, April 6

Baseball 'Hawks defeat Huntsville

posted: 04/22/2015 5 a.m.

Blackhawk Sports Roundup

Kings celebrate golden anniversary

posted: 04/22/2015 5 a.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Bobby J. King of Pea Ridge recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

Openings for pre-kindergarten

posted: 04/22/2015 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Pea Ridge Police Dept.

posted: 04/22/2015 5 a.m.

Warrants:

Letter to the editor

posted: 04/22/2015 5 a.m.

Thank you Mr. McNeil for your service.

Recollections

posted: 04/22/2015 5 a.m.

40 Years Ago

Blackhawk Pride

posted: 04/22/2015 5 a.m.

Photographs submitted

Public meetings

posted: 04/22/2015 5 a.m.

Thursday, April 23

Pets perish

posted: 04/22/2015 5 a.m.

Three pets were killed in a fire that destroyed the home of Tim and Paula Immel.

Pea Ridge Police monthly report

posted: 04/22/2015 5 a.m.

February 2015

Connecting the Now and the Then

posted: 04/22/2015 5 a.m.

Sometimes we older people are described as hating change, as resisting change, or as living in the past. I think that idea is quite wrong, because so many of the older people I know have gone through a tremendous amount of change across the years; they really have lived a whole lifetime of adapting to new things. Our friend Joe Lasater was of the 1920s generation, which means that he was a boy when the Model T Ford was in its heyday, and the new and fledgling era of automobiles was just getting started. When Joe was a boy, it would still have been common to see horses and buggies and farm wagons and freight wagons and horse-drawn carts on the streets of Pea Ridge, along with a few cars, most of them built in the "19-teen" years.

Church news

posted: 04/22/2015 5 a.m.

Boundless Grace Baptist, Little Flock

Streets named for soldiers in battle

posted: 04/22/2015 5 a.m.

Editor's Note: The following is from Billie Jines' 1996 booklet, "The Streets of Pea Ridge." It has been updated to include new streets and those scheduled for future development. It is continued from previous columns, the latest which ran Feb. 25.

Books in Bloom festival in May

posted: 04/22/2015 5 a.m.

Things are back to normal after the book signing on April 11. We're still very pleased at the turnout. We're gearing up to host Karen Akins next month when she will be signing copies of "Twist," the sequel to "Loop." If you have not read this Young Adult publication, stop by the library and check it out.

Lady Blackhawks softball roundup

posted: 04/22/2015 5 a.m.

Friday, April 24

Wednesday, April 15

Quail lovers fund park plan with $2,500 donation

posted: 04/15/2015 5 a.m.

When members of Benton County Quail heard about the vegetation management plan at Pea Ridge National Military Park, they quickly agreed to a $2,500 donation and volunteered time and machinery to the effort.

Spelling Bee fun

posted: 04/15/2015 5 a.m.

Photographs courtesy of Dawnitta Henson

Helicopter ambulance visits Intermediate School

posted: 04/15/2015 5 a.m.

Photograph by Michelle Scholtes

Community Calendar

posted: 04/15/2015 5 a.m.

Wednesday, April 15

Nonresident students choosing Pea Ridge

posted: 04/15/2015 5 a.m.

Arkansas School Choice has allowed many non-residents students to enroll in the Pea Ridge schools with nearly 70 students enrolled this year through School Choice. School Board members approved the School Choice Capacity Resolution stating that provisional acceptance letters will be sent to applicants until "preliminary numbers are sorted out," according to Keith Martin, assistant superintendent. The law states that no school must lose more than three percent of its students through School Choice.

Authors visit library for book signing

posted: 04/15/2015 5 a.m.

If you were not one of the nearly 70 people who visited the book signing at the library on Saturday, you really missed out. We were honored to meet authors Dawn Bohl and Lynette Schmitt who wrote "The Bible Ladies of Mountain, Missouri: The Ministry of Marjorie Barnhart and Virginia Boucher" and especially pleased to meet Ms. Boucher! So many people came to purchase a book and have it autographed by Ms. Virginia but several people brought copies that had previously been purchased to be signed. Everyone seemed to have a very good time. Thank you, Dawn, for choosing the Pea Ridge Community Library to host this book signing. The members of the Library Board and I very much appreciate receiving copies of the book. A copy will be available for check-out this week.

Art on state calendar

posted: 04/15/2015 5 a.m.

Seven Pea Ridge Elementary School art students were among the winners in the Arkansas Department of Conservation state-wide art competition.

Obituaries

posted: 04/15/2015 5 a.m.

Billie Jean Brown

Benton County Jail

posted: 04/15/2015 5 a.m.

Monday, April 6

Recollections

posted: 04/15/2015 5 a.m.

40 Years Ago

Blackhawk Track

posted: 04/15/2015 5 a.m.

Blackhawk Track members include Clayton Brown, Levi Brown, Moizes Davilla, Tanner Flippo, Erik Gamez, Beau German, Eric Hankins, Shane Ivy, Ryan Jackson, Logan Johnson, Kody Losey, Dylan Luker, Jesus Munoz, Blake Noland, Joseph Ortiz, Tyler Randal, Chris Sandecki, Hunter Shackelford, Nathan Spencer, Jacob Torres, Jared Woollard and Kyle Hylton. Coach is James Ortiz.

Church news

posted: 04/15/2015 5 a.m.

Boundless Grace Baptist, Little Flock

Two police officers now school resource officers

posted: 04/15/2015 5 a.m.

Two Pea Ridge police officers were named as the new school resource officers and, after training this summer, will begin work in Pea Ridge High School and Pea Ridge Middle School this fall. Cpl. John Langham and officer Tracy Reynolds were approved by Pea Ridge School Board members at the regular meeting Monday night as recommended by superintendent Rick Neal and Police Chief Ryan Walker.

Rezoning required for RV repair shop

posted: 04/15/2015 5 a.m.

A request for a conditional use was not opposed but was not the appropriate request to bring before the Planning Commission. according to city attorney Howard Slinkard.

Lady Blackhawks score well at track events

posted: 04/15/2015 5 a.m.

Siloam Springs Panther Relays

Joe Lasater, seeing what we didn't

posted: 04/15/2015 5 a.m.

Joe Lasater is one of those men so long identified with Pea Ridge that it is going to be hard to imagine the town without him. But Joe passed away this past week, at 92 years old. Joe was a member of what we have come to call the great generation, men and women who were coming to maturity as World War II was beginning. Like many other young Pea Ridge men of the time, Joe enlisted in the country's military service in the war against Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. Joe joined the U.S. Army Air Corp, which would soon be reorganized and renamed to become the U.S. Air Force. He was discharged from the Air Force early in 1946, after war's end, and returned to Pea Ridge, his hometown. His brother Jack Lasater had also served in the Army, where he had been a tank mechanic. Back in Pea Ridge, the two brothers entered into a business partnership to operate the Lasater Brothers Phillips 66 Station and Garage.

Grace and Truth?

posted: 04/15/2015 5 a.m.

Are you a grace person or a truth person? Have you ever even thought about it before? You may be wondering what that even means. Let me explain. This is a question that was asked during a Bible study that we went through recently at the church I pastor. You see, people tend to be one or the other, or at least lean more towards one or the other. So what is a truth person or a grace person?

Pea Ridge School Menus

posted: 04/15/2015 5 a.m.

Monday, April 20

Wednesday, April 8

What now?

posted: 04/08/2015 5 a.m.

It seems that Spring is springing.

Public meetings

posted: 04/08/2015 5 a.m.

Monday, April 13

Pea Ridge Fire Dept.

posted: 04/08/2015 5 a.m.

Pea Ridge Fire Department reports were not available at press time.

Garfield City Council Agenda

posted: 04/08/2015 5 a.m.

6 p.m. Tuesday, April 14

College news

posted: 04/08/2015 5 a.m.

Bernal receives scholarships

Are we overrun with demonstrations?

posted: 04/08/2015 5 a.m.

Is it possible the demonstrations are becoming like television commercials -- once you have seen them you don't need to be beaten to death with more? It seems there are demonstrations to support demonstrations or the "right" to demonstrate. Are there so many unemployed people that almost any cause can lead to a crowd, carrying signs to influence the television networks, who obviously need something to report or they can't have anything for their newscasts? Demonstrations have had an effect on our society forever, I guess. Women earned the right to vote, workers obtained the right to organize unions and Little Rock schools were integrated through the efforts of some who chose to demonstrate, violent and non-violent, for their cause. Recently we had demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo., overflow to other cities complaining about police brutality. Now we are dealing with multiple demonstrations against a piece of legislation by states' governing bodies, that a special-interest group claims leads to their being discriminated against.

Marriage Licenses

posted: 04/08/2015 5 a.m.

March 30

Blackhawk Baseball

posted: 04/08/2015 5 a.m.

Blackhawk Baseball players

Shiloh happenings

posted: 04/08/2015 5 a.m.

Let Freedom Ring!

Pea Ridge School Menus

posted: 04/08/2015 5 a.m.

Monday, April 13

Spanish Club students sell 'pulseras'

posted: 04/08/2015 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Doing it 'The Burls Way'

posted: 04/08/2015 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Bella Vista child abuse trial continues Monday

posted: 04/08/2015 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A teen stuck to his claim Monday his parents forced him and his siblings to remain in a bedroom as defense attorneys pointed out inconsistencies in his story.

Obituaries

posted: 04/08/2015 5 a.m.

Deloris Ann Blake

It's about community

posted: 04/08/2015 5 a.m.

GARFIELD -- Despite cold temperatures and chilly winds, children grabbed their Easter baskets and lined up behind the twine barrier preparing to run onto the field and collect as many of the 5,000 plastic colored eggs as they could Saturday. There were a few special eggs containing a ticket entitling the owner to be entered in a drawing for a handmade Easter basket.

City offers clean up

posted: 04/08/2015 5 a.m.

For 15 years, the city of Pea Ridge has sponsored an annual clean up offering several days for city residents to dump their refuse free of charge. About three years ago, a fall clean up date was added, according to Nathan See, superintendent of the Street Department.

Recollections

posted: 04/08/2015 5 a.m.

40 Years Ago

Benton County Jail

posted: 04/08/2015 5 a.m.

Saturday, April 4

Pea Ridge Police Dept.

posted: 04/08/2015 5 a.m.

Warrants:

Pea Ridge Boys Track Results

posted: 04/08/2015 5 a.m.

April 2, 2015 @ Gravette

Wednesday, April 1

Easter events

posted: 04/01/2015 5 a.m.

Saturday, April 4

Woman arrested for possesion

posted: 04/01/2015 5 a.m.

Annette Beard

A nose for drugs

posted: 04/01/2015 5 a.m.

A unique odor on the breeze outside Pea Ridge City Court on Tuesday, March 24, aroused Capt. Chris Olson's suspicions.

Public meeting

posted: 04/01/2015 5 a.m.

Tuesday, April 7

Sr. Lady 'Hawks Track

posted: 04/01/2015 5 a.m.

TIMES photograph by Annette Beard

Easter Egg Hunt winners

posted: 04/01/2015 5 a.m.

Kolby Wade, son of Mark & Heather Wade of Pea Ridge, was the boy winner in the 0- to 2-year-old age category of the annual Easter egg hunt Saturday. The annual event is sponsored by Beta Alpha. It was held on the downtown school grounds.

Two injured in one-vehicle wreck

posted: 04/01/2015 5 a.m.

Annette Beard

Dogs tags

posted: 04/01/2015 5 a.m.

Dogs within city limits are required to have a current city dog tag, according to Pea Ridge city ordinances. Tags are available during the month of April at City Hall during regular business hours. Owners must show proof of current vaccinations.

Sponsor baccalaureate

posted: 04/01/2015 5 a.m.

Each year the Pea Ridge Ministerial Alliance sponsors the Baccalaureate service (which is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 15) so that our community can share in this time with graduating seniors.

Break-in at city shop

posted: 04/01/2015 5 a.m.

GARFIELD -- Numerous items were stolen from the city shop building.

Recollections

posted: 04/01/2015 5 a.m.

40 Years Ago

Obituaries

posted: 04/01/2015 5 a.m.

Joyce Barnett

Spring abounds with message of hope

posted: 04/01/2015 5 a.m.

Spring has begun in the Ozarks. Redbuds' purple buds are visible. Light yellow-green leaves have budded on some trees. Yellow forsythia and daffodils are in bloom. Warm-weather grasses are turning green.

Church news

posted: 04/01/2015 5 a.m.

Boundless Grace Baptist, Little Flock

Community Calendar

posted: 04/01/2015 5 a.m.

Wednesday, April 1

Pea Ridge Intermediate School -- 3rd nine weeks

posted: 04/01/2015 5 a.m.

3rd Grade

The Ozarks is a place of springs and streams

posted: 04/01/2015 5 a.m.

It goes almost without saying that water is one of the essentials of life. For any flourishing community of people, an abundant source of water is an indispensable and wonderful blessing. I'm hearing that northwest Arkansas has become a great community of 500,000 people. And, I'm sure that many of them, if not most, are supplied with water from Beaver Lake. Our great towns of Springdale, Lowell, Rogers, Centerton, Bentonville and Pea Ridge could not be the growing towns they are today without water from the lake. Of course the lake came at great sacrifice to many families in the 1960s. Many families had to move from the lower lands that would be flooded by the lake waters; houses and churches and stores and post offices and cemeteries were moved to higher ground, and in some cases entire small towns and communities had to give way to the great reservoir which we now know as "The Lake."

City clean-up dates set

posted: 04/01/2015 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Pea Ridge School Menus

posted: 04/01/2015 5 a.m.

Monday, April 6

Marriage Licenses

posted: 04/01/2015 5 a.m.

March 19

Serving the community

posted: 04/01/2015 5 a.m.

TIMES photograph by Annette Beard

NEBCO Fire/EMS Dept.

posted: 04/01/2015 5 a.m.

Sunday, March 22

Benton County Jail

posted: 04/01/2015 5 a.m.

Tuesday, March 24

Dance slated

posted: 04/01/2015 5 a.m.

CASSVILLE, Mo. -- The Cassville Center will have a dance at the Cassville Senior Center from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, April 4, with a $4 cover charge at the door. The Roaring River Sounds Band will play.