News 2015 August

Stories for August 2015

Wednesday, August 26

Getting rid of stuff

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

Whether we are talking about Now or way back Then, we all need to get rid of things from time to time. And, just as getting rid of things can be a problem now, it was sometimes a problem way back then. I'm not sure that we are making any progress in finding means of getting rid of things today. We have landfills, which let us put things out of sight, but they don't necessarily really get rid of things -- they mostly just bury stuff. In earlier times, more of the things we were getting rid of were biodegradable, meaning that when they were buried in the soil they decomposed and "went back" into the soil. Back then, on the farm, we often had pigs which functioned as our garbage disposers. Today, after years of progress, we may have a garbage grinder in the sink which pulverizes the table scraps and sends them down the drain where, eventually, they plug the drains and pose us plumbing problems.

Marriage License

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

Aug. 14

Senior Blackhawks

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

TIMES photograph by Annette Beard

Officers want to influence students

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

There are two new faces in the halls at Pea Ridge schools this year. Corporal John Langham and Officer Tracy Reynolds are the new school resource officers.

More mysteries donated

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

This past week as I walked a visitor through the library I remarked that when we were moving in my thought was "how will we ever fill up all this space." Two and a half years later, we are anxious to complete the "unfinished room" -- the approximately 1,200 square feet of space on the east side of the building. This addition will house a small kitchen area with refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker and sink as well a restroom. The remaining space will allow for tables and chairs to seat 48 people. We can visualize many uses for this room. Of course, my thinking goes to children's activities and a book club but there are many possible uses for this space. We are grateful for each donation we receive toward this expansion.

Lead by example, Harbour said

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

Leadership starts with a personal vision.

Musical chords bind them together

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

GARFIELD -- From the toe-stomping rambunctiousness of "Jambalaya" to the melodic strain of "I Don't Remember Loving You" in the key of C to the haunting folk-pop hit "House of the Rising Sun," members of The Black Oak Band delighted their audience Saturday night.

Musical chords bind them together

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

GARFIELD -- From the toe-stomping rambunctiousness of “Jambalaya” to the melodic strain of “I Don’t Remember Loving You” in the key of C to the haunting folk-pop hit “House of the Rising Sun,” members of The Black Oak Band delighted their audience Saturday night.

Community events

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

Labor Day breakfast

Letter to the Editor

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

Open letter to the taxpaying residents of the City of Pea Ridge

Blackhawk Football Varsity Schedule

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

Aug. 24 (Scrimmage) Greenland 7 p.m.

Recollections

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

40 Years Ago

Pea Ridge Fire/EMS Dept.

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

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

Pea Ridge Planning Commission Agenda

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

Board of Adjustments

'Hawks take on Pirates on the battlefield

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

Joseph Ortiz, No. 18, and Tyler Randall, No. 58, prepare for battle during Monday's scrimmage against the Greenland Pirates on the Battlefield.

Mr. Fred left a legacy

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

“He was my inspiration for serving as mayor,” former Pea Ridge mayor Mary (Rogers) Durand said of Fred McKinney, mayor of Pea Ridge in the 1950s. McKinney died Monday.

Blackhawk Pride Night is Friday

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

The 12th annual Blackhawk Pride Night is set for Friday, Aug. 28. The event is hosted by the junior and senior high Blackhawk cheerleaders.

Garfield employee resigns

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

GARFIELD -- City employee Mickey Kelley resigned his position Friday morning.

Meeting constituents

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

"If it's the expectation of a constituent, then add it to your job description," Congressman Steve Womack told the more than two dozen northeast Benton County residents at the Coffee with the Congressman event in Garfield Tuesday morning.

Church news

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

Episcopal Church, Pea Ridge

Jr. Blackhawks Football Schedule

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

Aug. 24 (Scrimmage) Greenland 6 p.m. (no 7th grade)

Football season finally arrives next week

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

High school and collegiate football season will be debuting next week with literally millions of athletes across the country suiting up for the most spectacle laden sport in the nation.

Avoca Fire Dept.

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 19

City OKs contract

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

Despite fervent objections of one council member, Pea Ridge City Council members approved a five-year contract with Pea Ridge Veterinary Clinic and Dr. Gary France for animal control services at the regular council meeting Tuesday, Aug. 18. The meeting was chaired by city clerk Sandy Button in the absence of Mayor Jackie Crabtree.

First Amendment

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

Recipe

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Quick and easy Quiche

Pea Ridge School Menus

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Monday, Aug. 31

Pea Ridge Police Dept.

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Warrants:

Obituaries

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

William Charles Hartman

NEBCO Fire/EMS Dept.

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Sunday, Aug. 16

Pizza is simple

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

"Calizones are our signature product."

Wednesday, August 19

Get bids

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

GARFIELD -- Alderman Bill Matthew Jr. wants bids on a backhoe Mayor Gary Blackburn proposed buying for $54,899, after trade in.

Joint venture saves money

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

A joint venture between the city and the school district will save both entities money and is the best use of the taxpayers' money, Mayor Jackie Crabtree and school superintendent Rick Neal said Monday.

Pea Ridge Fire Dept.

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

Monday, Aug. 10

Public meetings

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Tuesday, Aug. 25

Kids' health report cards dismal

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

If your child came home with a report card filled out with an F, two Ds, two Cs and bunch of incompletes, you along with most parents would be at the least concerned if not irate.

Community events

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

Labor Day breakfast served

Benton County Jail

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

Monday, Aug. 10

Library's value is inestimable

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

For the last week or so we have been asking the children at the check-out desk if they are ready for school to start. Not surprising that many said no -- it is hard to give up the freedom of summer. Others were looking forward to seeing friends they haven't seen in a while. Some were excited about going to a new building while others were a little apprehensive about it. In a short while they will all be settled into a routine and I am hopeful part of that routine will be visits to the library.

Preparing for real life

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

Haley Hanson enrolled in Pea Ridge High School's Manufacturing and Business Academy last school year to study health care. Her mother, a certified nursing assistant, encouraged her.

Pea Ridge Police Dept.

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

Warrants:

Public forum set

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

GARFIELD -- City officials are seeking public input on a proposed water rate increase, scheduled to be charged customers of the Garfield water system, beginning in 2016. A public forum has been set for 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, and 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at Garfield City Hall. In addition, comments may be mailed to City Hall, 14655 S. Wimpy Jones Rd., Garfield, or via e-mail through the city web page/email (contact us) tab.

Garfield looks at all streets

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

GARFIELD -- City officials are still discussing ways to dedicate all streets in the city limits as city streets. At the regular City Council meeting, city officials heard the second reading of an ordinance that would make all streets public and therefore available for city maintenance in their current condition. The third reading of the amended ordinance will be heard at the Sept. 8 City Council meeting.

Pea Ridge School Menus

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

Monday, Aug. 24

Duvall, Possage announce wedding

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

Miss Erin Elizabeth Duvall of Pea Ridge and Mr. Robert Ray Possage of Dardanelle announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

Community Calendar

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 20

Five teens arrested in connection with area car break-ins

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

Staff Report

Obituary

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

Bonnie Flannary Gipson

Letters to the Editor

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

Veterans express thanks

Jr. Blackhawks 2015

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

Coach Cody Alexander

First day was great

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

"I had a kid say 'I've had a job I hated, now school is like a job I love,'" Chip Greenwell, Pea Ridge High School assistant principal, told School Board members.

Nunnally, Estes exchange vows

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

Tyler Michael Estes and Katelynn Ann-Marie Nunley were united in marriage at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, at First Baptist Church, Pea Ridge. In a garden-archway setting with red roses, candles and cascades of wisteria, the double ring ceremony was officiated by the Reverend Michael Smith of Journey Church, Siloam Springs.

Farm fences: Now and then

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

Those of us who have farms often want to not have to think about our farm fences. A farm fence, especially if well built, is supposed to stand there and stand there, doing its job without further attention. But of course, things that are supposed to be semi-permanent, requiring little or no attention, have a way of demanding attention at the most inconvenient times. Right when you need to be doing other chores or errands, you discover that the cows have found a hole in the fence and they are out in the neighbor's pasture, or out in the road. You can't just leave them until you are more in the mood or when it is more convenient to take care of the situation. When the cows are out, it is a priority situation, demanding immediate attention, and needing to be followed up with some fixing fence work.

Marriage license

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

Aug. 10

Church news

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

Episcopal Church, Pea Ridge

Avoca Fire Dept.

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 12

City won't pave Tall Oaks

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

GARFIELD -- Three of four City Council members voted against a proposal to pave Tall Oaks Lane after council member Dale Watkins recommended it. Watkins left immediately after the vote failed saying: "I don't think you need me."

Shiloh events

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

Photographer and Newspaper Columnist

Wednesday, August 12

Shiloh event

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

EVENTS

Cardinals keep on rolling

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

In spite of several prognosticators who keep predicting that the Cardinals of St. Louis will hit a bad patch and that other teams will eventually surpass their record, they keep winning.

Understand real persecution

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

As someone who has always had a heart for the persecuted church, I must admit being puzzled at the attitude of the church in the U.S. toward those who are persecuting the church; persecution being much more than "they won't let us pray in schools anymore" but a truly biblical persecution that can cost one their life.

Will check-writing disappear?

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

Our society doesn't have one official rite-of-passage to mark our transition from childhood into adulthood. We do have a few things, of various significance, such as getting a driver's license, or getting married, or getting one's own car, or graduating from high school, or getting a full-time job, or getting one's own smart phone. To me, one of the growing up rites-of-passage was getting old enough to have my own bank account, and being able to pay for things by writing checks on my account.

Pea Ridge Fire Dept.

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Monday, July 13

Blackhawk Golf

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

Pea Ridge Match Schedule

Obituaries

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

John W. Ellenbecker

Pea Ridge Middle School

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

Pea Ridge Middle School will hold a schedule pick up 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 15. Students may pick up schedules at these times, according to Matt Wood, principal.

Pea Ridge School Menus

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

Monday, Aug. 17

Letter to the editor

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Former council member speaks

Blackhawk Golf results

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Aug. 3 Valley View

Pea Ridge School Calendar

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Monday, Aug. 17 -- First Day of School

PRMBA grows for second year

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

Entering the second year of the first conversion charter school in the state, Pea Ridge Manufacturing and Business Academy will have more students than the first year. There were 87 students in PRMBA the first year. There are 141 enrolled for the 2015-2016 year.

High school changes abundant

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

The educational environment and the physical surroundings at Pea Ridge High School will be noticeably different when students return to the classrooms.

Fiber optics enhances communication

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

A new phone system at Pea Ridge schools will improve communication ability and save the district money.

Club news

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Granny's Quilts of Love

Love of football kept him in college

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

Entering the sixth year of Blackhawk football, head coach Tony Travis said he enjoys football as much now as he ever has.

Mayor wants to take in all streets

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

GARFIELD -- City officials considered an ordinance to dedicate all streets in the city limits. Council members heard the first reading of Ordinance 163 and plan to read and discuss the ordinance again at the next two council meetings.

Best sellers in now

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

I recently logged on to the Bentonville Public Library web site and was pleased to read that their circulation has increased by 5,000 check-outs over last year. While we are far from that large a circulation increase, we are certainly holding our own in circulation and new library cards issued. It is very interesting to note how patrons' reading choices vary and that keeps us searching for titles to hold their interest.

Blackhawk Football 2015

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

SR High Varsity Opponent Time

Marriage licenses

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

Aug. 3

NEBCO Fire/ EMS Dept.

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Sunday, Aug. 2

Elkhorn tabled

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

Plans for Elkhorn Ridge subdivision were put on hold by Planning Commission members but will be considered in a technical review committee meeting and then in a special Planning Commission meeting at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13.

Debate raises interesting thoughts

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

If you watched the Republican Party's Primary Debate on the Fox News channel last Thursday night, you can probably write this article better than I. It is way too far ahead of any meaningful voting to be of real value except to the television news media for purposes of filling the endless hours on the air. We, as voters, get to see and be entertained by, those we might not otherwise be considering part of the candidate group. In the case of the Republicans, seventeen candidates were too many for a single "debate," so we were blessed with a pre-debate overflow of the ones not part of the select "10" -- those with the highest rankings in a group of probably meaningless polls.

Saturday, August 8

There's lots to do in August

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

Welcome to another Wednesday edition of Library Happenings!

Wednesday, August 5

Pea Ridge School Phone Directory

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

District Administration Office

Pre-Kindergarten

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Pre-K:

Welcome to Pea Ridge Intermediate

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Dear Families,

Pea Ridge Schools administration

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

Gail Langston, Human Resources, has worked at Pea Ridge School administration office for eight years and in education for 13 years.

Church news

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

Episcopal Church, Pea Ridge

Cannon provides history lessons

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

Firing a cannon isn't as simple as it seems, especially when manning a cannon in a battle.

School meals

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Breakfast

Middle School adds electives

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

Pea Ridge Middle School will follow the same format as the Pea Ridge High School helping students develop skills in responsibility. There is a new lobby with new safety procedures as well as TV monitors in the hallways for communication.

Pea Ridge Intermediate School faculty

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Pea Ridge Intermediate School

Open Houses

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Tuesday, Aug. 11

Shiloh Museum

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Sacred Harp Singers

Learn when to refrain from speaking

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

"If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."

School supplies

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Pea Ridge Primary School

Primary students learn leadership

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

Primary school students will learn soft skills to better succeed in life through the Leader in Me at Pea Ridge Primary School.

Pea Ridge Intermediate School

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Pea Ridge Pre-K

Pea Ridge Fire Dept.

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

Reports were not available at press time.

There were so many banks

updated: 08/04/2015 12:19 p.m.

I'm amazed as to how our banks have changed over the years since I was a boy. The first bank I became acquainted with was our Bank of Pea Ridge, which for years occupied a small building in the old downtown. It had originated there way back in 1911, being one of the first concrete block buildings in the east block of the downtown. Up through 1910, the east block buildings were frame store buildings, several stores connected by a long front fascade on which the store names were painted. The early Putman Store was on the corner of the intersection, then the old pre-1928 post office, then the J.R. Wheat Store, which stood about where Webb's Feed and Seed stands today. When the concrete block structures were erected, the new Putman store was again at the intersection, then the Bank of Pea Ridge, somewhat later a drug store, then the buildings that have been used by Webb's Feed & Seed, and then what I like to call the Tetrick Building, which is now occupied by our City Hall, mayor's office and courtroom.

Jesus is the Bread of Life

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

Summer is starting to wind down. It is still hot with a lot of sun, and the kids are still out of school, but only for a couple more weeks. The days are already getting shorter. Summer is marked by such great traditions as picnics and cookouts. This is a time when families and friends join together and enjoy great eats such as sandwiches, hamburgers and hotdogs. These great summertime delicacies would not be possible or least not the same without a common staple we call bread.

Obituaries

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

Benjamin Joseph'Joe' Staats

Avoca Fire Dept.

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Monday, July 27

NEBCO Fire/EMS Dept.

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Sunday, July 26

Pea Ridge Police Dept.

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Warrants:

Community calendar

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Wednesday, Aug. 5

Battle of Pea Ridge to be reenacted

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

Reading can change a child's world!

Recollections

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

40 Years Ago

New things to see at Pea Ridge High School open house

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

We are so excited for the upcoming school year! As we seek to continue our positive and engaging school culture, we are very excited about:

Pea Ridge Academy helps in credit recovery

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

Pea Ridge Academy is a school designed as a "credit recovery program focused on the emotional and social needs of the students" designed to help the students transition back into high school and/or meet graduation requirements and develop a plan for after school, according to Joshua Johnson, director.

Welcome back to school

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

Welcome to another new school year. The 2015-16 school year promises to be a great one. I would like to take this opportunity to say I am honored and very excited to once again be your superintendent of Schools. As we begin another exciting educational year, we welcome you to one of the most innovative, creative and vibrant learning communities anywhere. Our district is committed to providing a high quality public education to each and every student, and we are fortunate to have stakeholders who are so passionate about our school district.

Benton County Jail

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

Tuesday, July 28

Garfield Council Agenda

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

Garfield City Council

Shiloh events

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

Museum to close Saturday morning

Marriage licenses

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

July 23

Back to School Bash serves children

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TIMES photograph by Annette Beard

Public meetings

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 6

Open House slated

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

Pre-K

Music at the firehouse

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

GARFIELD -- NEBCO FIRE-EMS presents "Music at the Firehouse!" with The Black Oak Band, from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the NEBCO Community Center, U.S. Highway 62 and S. Wimpy Jones Road in Garfield. There is plenty of free parking, room to dance, and no cover or admission, donations only with 100 percent going to NEBCO FIRE-EMS. To stay current with all NEBCO FIRE-EMS news and events, go to www.nebcofireems.org.

Sharing lunch with a buddy

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

She can't walk the ramp but she can share her lunch.