News 2016 December

Stories for December 2016

Wednesday, December 28

Dance set for New Year's Eve

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Blackhawks pound the first round

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

WASHBURN, MO. -- The Blackhawks and Lady Blackhawks demonstrated they deserved their high seeds as they pounded both their opponents in the first round of the 34th annual Southwest Holiday Tournament in Washburn.

Ruddick turning 100

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

Photograph submitted

Leaders of the Month

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

Photographs submitted

Pea Ridge Police Dept.

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

Friday, Dec. 9

Friends we lost in 2016

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

Jan. 6

Public meetings

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 29

Band students participate in Region Honor Jazz Band

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

Mikayla Hammond, Garrett Lang and Quentin Mathis were selected to the ASBOA Region 6 Honor Jazz Band on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The auditions were hosted at Pea Ridge High School. Students from Bentonville, Rogers, Gravette, Gentry, Green Forest, Haas Hall and Harrison came and auditioned for judges in order to be selected to the region honor jazz band.

Mayor walks out; attorney said meeting OK

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

GARFIELD -- Mayor Gary Blackburn walked out of City Hall on Dec. 22, refusing to attend the special City Council meeting that evening or provide the financial documents requested by council members.

Benton County Jail

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 21

Waxing nostalgic on winters long ago

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

You never know just what to expect with Arkansas weather. That applies to winter, maybe especially to winter. This year, suddenly we have gone from a very mild Autumn to having temperatures under 10 degrees with snow on the ground. I'm thinking about winters in the old days, at least if you allow that the 1940s and the 1950s were the old days. I have to stretch my imagination a bit to include the 1950s in the old days, since we did a great deal of modernizing in the 1950s. And, it seems more natural to me to think about the years before I was born as the really old days. But, since I am getting into my high 70s, and my January birthday will make me 77 years old, I guess I need to include not only the 1940s but also the 1950s in "the old days."

Several new ventures in town

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

It's been an eventful year in northeast Benton County with several groundbreakings and new businesses opening.

Obituaries

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

Martha June Becker

Pea Ridge Schools calendar

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

• Dec. 19-30 -- Winter break

Isabella blesses police officers

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

Six-year-old Isabella Johnson is bringing smiles to law enforcement officers across northwest Arkansas and southwest Missouri.

NEBCO Fire-EMS Dept.

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 20

Blackhawk Basketball Schedules

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 28

Pea Ridge Schools menu

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 2

People of Pea Ridge

updated: 12/23/2016 8:28 a.m.

Photograph courtesy of Brandon Davis

Marriage licenses

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

Dec. 19

Church news

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

New Life Fellowship

Lower personal income taxes implemented

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- One of the most important developments in state government in 2016 was the full implementation of lower personal income taxes for about 688,000 middle class Arkansas taxpayers.

Letter to the editor

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

City employees

Saturday, December 24

Grace for our nation

posted: 12/24/2016 5 a.m.

As the vice president elect, Mike Pence, began his acceptance speech he said, "I want to thank God for his amazing grace."

Wednesday, December 21

God is with us

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

In Matthew chapter 1 it says: "Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel," which means, "God is with us."

Mayor vetos meeting

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

GARFIELD -- Mayor Gary Blackburn wrote a "Notice of Veto" dated Monday, Dec. 19, stating: "I hereby Veto the Motion passed by the Garfield City Council on December 12, 2016, approving a special city council meeting on December 22, 2016."

Marriage licenses

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

Dec. 1

Church news

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

St. Andrew's Episcopal, Rogers -- Episcopal Church, Pea Ridge

Holiday Happenings

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

Saturday, Dec. 24

Public meetings

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 29

Pea Ridge Fire-EMS Dept.

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 12

Avoca Fire Dept.

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 14

Seventh-grade Blackhawks

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

Seventh-grade basketball Blackhawks are Braxton Anderson, William Anderson, John Roses, Joseph Adams, Logan Stewart, Aidan Aguilar, Braden Minks, Jamie Farrell, Hagan Mcgarrah, Joseph Peal, Gavin Spivey, Caleb Neil, Cole Vincent, Jared Brewer, Joseph Bott, Gavin Bernosky, Elijah Wiggins, Donald Phillips, Adonis Gamez, Robert Sebree, Caden Swadley, Gavin Stanley, Logan Smith, Ashton Heston, Jay Bolin, Jared Swope and Drake Wolfenden. The coach of the seventh-grade Blackhawks is Dalton Palarino.

New approach to political appointments is refreshing

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

Donald Trump is in the process of selecting his cabinet nominees and the television commentators are becoming even more obnoxious -- if that is possible. Short of nominating the Pope, the media is going to find a problem with any individual. If nominated, someone would probably accuse the Pope of being too liberal or expect him to attend Trump Tower for an interview in a business suit. We have all grown accustomed to political bickering and to the use of party ideology to attack any appointee just for the sake of displaying the party's power, but the media has found new "news life" in their archives of political footage. Luckily for us mortals, Trump seems undaunted by the side-bar comments and is proceeding at full speed -- albeit on an unfamiliar or uncharted course.

Community Calendar

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 22

NEBCO Fire-EMS Dept.

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

Sunday, Dec. 11

The earthquakes continue

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

A few weeks ago, Rick Fires of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette remarked that the earthquake Arkansas residents felt earlier this fall was actually the balance of power in 4A football shifting from southern Arkansas to the northwest.

Basketball season begins in earnest in Pea Ridge

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

When I looked at the schedule, I realized that it was only a couple of months before the district basketball playoffs begin. It seems like the season just got started but here we are, just a few weeks away from the "big dance" to the state finals.

Benton County Jail

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 13

Santa Letters

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

Ms. Beth Ash's class

Obituaries

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

Cleo Merle Ash

Friday, December 16

What takes Christ out of Christmas?

posted: 12/16/2016 5 a.m.

Quite often when we think or talk about things which take the Christ out of Christmas, we are thinking about things like using the abbreviation "Xmas" instead of the full word "Christmas," or making too much of Santa Claus and Christmas trees, or about signs and greetings which say Happy Holidays or Seasons Greetings rather than saying Merry Christmas! I want to talk a bit about several of these, acknowledging that they may play a part in neglecting to give the season its heart, its celebration of Christ as Immanuel, God with us! But, as things which take Christ out of Christmas, I believe they are only minor matters, not the real culprit which produces an empty Christmas.

Wednesday, December 14

Hall leads 'Hawks past 'Dogs

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

Not all the excitement for Pea Ridge was in Little Rock on Friday night.

Obituaries

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

Theodore Lee Francisco

CVT permit revoked

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

The conditional use permit for one of two businesses operated from the CVT Towing lot on the northwest corner of Weston and Slack streets was revoked following a hearing in front of the Pea Ridge Planning Commission Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Pea Ridge opens 'Battle' with 'W'

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

The host team handled its business in the opening round of the Battle at the Ridge Thursday, Dec. 8.

Newspaper to see rate increase

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

The Times of Northeast Benton County has been part of Pea Ridge and the surrounding communities for more than 50 years, and we look forward to many more, providing readers with one of the most outstanding weekly newspapers in Arkansas.

Area events

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

Santa's Train Rides

Community Calendar

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 14

Community events

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

Santa's Train Rides

Officials, Board consider plans for new high school

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

School officials and School Board members reviewed plans for a new high school during the December board meeting.

Changes coming for livestock owners by FDA

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

COLUMBIA -- Livestock owners are encouraged to be prepared for the upcoming Food and Drug Administration changes to antibiotics that will go into effect on Jan. 1.

How old is old?

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

How old is old?

Media reports can be confusing

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

As long as there is money in selling "news," we are going to be subjected to the "Trump effect" of the recent political campaign. To me the "Trump effect" is the constant reporting of almost any news event as it relates to Donald Trump. Whether they are discussing international politics, the stock market or his cabinet appointments, it seems everything is being reported as it affects "the Donald" and his position as president-elect. It is difficult to remember if this has been a problem in the past or if it is a result of expansion of the news outlets. When one watches a television news program on a network, it is not uncommon to see reporters from a related program appearing to tie the subject to another event. It is hard to know who owns which network, which programs are tied together within the network and which newspapers belong to which network, if any. Do we have too many networks or is it simply that the pressure to be number one in viewers, or readership, causes the news to focus on him because it always brings up controversy ?

Blackhawk Basketball Schedule

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 19

People of Pea Ridge

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

Photographs by Brandon Davis

Blackhawks falter late; lose to Warren 53-37

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

For most of the game it was a closely matched dogfight until late turnovers became a mountain too hard to climb as Pea Ridge finished their season with a second place finish in the 4A state football playoffs.

Pea Ridge Police Dept.

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 1

Pea Ridge Fire-EMS Dept.

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

Friday, Nov. 18

Public meetings

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 13

Shiloh happenings

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

LifeWriters

Holiday Happenings

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

Saturday, Dec. 10

Benton County Jail

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 6

Church news

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

Boundless Grace

NEBCO Fire-EMS Dept.

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

Sunday, Dec. 4

Community Christmas Card helps schools

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

The 2016 Community Christmas Card campaign sponsored by the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette held $2,489 as of Monday.

Blackhawks compete at state

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

TIMES photograph by Annette Beard

State faces on-going challenge in juvenile justice

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas lawmakers face an ongoing challenge to improve the state juvenile justice system.

Seventh-grade Lady Blackhawk basketball

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

Photograph courtesty of LifeTouch Photography

Zaine brings the pain; a true warrior

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

There were moments in Blackhaw Stadium throughout the season and in War Memorial Stadium Friday night when the most quiet Pea Ridge player will make the most noise.

Holiday Happenings

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 14

Thanks, guys!

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

Thanks guys. Thanks for the memories.

Tuesday, December 13

'Hawks claim 2nd in Battle of The Ridge tourney

posted: 12/13/2016 5 a.m.

In a highly competitive tournament, the Blackhawks were on the cusp of claiming a championship trophy until a late cold shooting streak and a questionable action by a referee led to a double overtime 59-57 loss to Providence Academy Patriots of Rogers.

Blackhawks beat Pioneers

posted: 12/13/2016 5 a.m.

Pea Ridge moves to 2-0 in conference play with a 71-65 win over Gentry. "It was a sloppy effort on both sides of the ball," coach Trent Loyd said. "Defensively we have to get better and get some of our chemistry back. Our identity as a team is on the defensive side. We have to stay true to that and focus more while defending. A win is a win and we are excited about getting the road victory, but know we have a lot to work on still." Blackhawk scorers were Matt Thomas, 39; Joey Hall, 12; Logan Johnson, 7; Kobe Rose, 6; and Cole Wright, 5.

Wednesday, December 7

FFA degrees awarded

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

The Pea Ridge FFA Chapter held its annual Parent Member Night on Monday, Nov. 21. The Chapter handed out three degrees which were the Discovery Degree, Greenhand Degree and the Chapter Degree.

Obituaries

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

Jon D. Hershberger

Avoca Fire-EMS Dept.

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

Monday, Nov. 28

Pea Ridge Fire-EMS Dept.

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

Reports were not available at press time.

Are you ready for Christmas?

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

It's two and a half weeks until Christmas.

Christmas sounds by Blackhawk Band

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

Winners in the annual Pea Ridge Christmas Parade were:

Angels still available

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

There are a few angels left on the Angel Christmas trees.

Church news

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

Boundless Grace

Marriage licenses

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

Nov. 18

Pea Ridge queens serve

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

TIMES photograph by Annette Beard

Congratulations Blackhawk Football!

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

TIMES photograph by Annette Beard

Shiloh Museum

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

EVENTS

Pea Ridge Police Dept.

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

Sunday, Nov. 27

Blackhawk Sports Schedule

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

Friday, Dec. 9

NEBCO Fire-EMS Dept.

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

Sunday, Nov. 27

Public meetings

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 13

Christmas train ride slated

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

SELIGMAN, Mo. -- There will be four Christmas train rides hosted by the Seligman Chamber of Commerce with the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad to take passengers on Dec. 17 and 18.

Blackhawks rejoice at win

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

Tickets for the Football finals will be on sale this week in the Athletic Office of Pea Ridge Schools.

Teeselink wins

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

GARFIELD -- Jim Teeselink will be one of two new aldermen on the Garfield City Council. He won the run-off election last week (Nov. 29) against incumbent Leonard Matthew Jr. garnering 83 percent of the 72 votes cast.

Choir earns honors

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

Recently nine Pea Ridge Middle School and High School choir students performed in the Region 6 All-Region choir at the Arrend Arts Center in Bentonville. Choir students from all over the region (including Bentonville, Rogers, all the way to Mountain Home and every school in between) competed to be in the top chairs to make the choir. There were well over 700 students who auditioned, according to Pea Ridge Choir director Sara Beth Eubanks.

Blackhawk Basketball Results

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

Blackhawks

Merry Christmas to all

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

TIMES photographs by Annette Beard

AAA denies request

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

The Blackhawk basketball team will watch the state playoff of their team mates and peers from home as the Arkansas Athletic Association denied the school's appeal to hold basketball tournament games Friday morning. The Battle of the Ridge basketball tournament has been scheduled for a year, according to head coach Trent Loyd.

Battle at the Ridge hosted

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

Seven basketball teams from around the area will descend on Pea Ridge beginning Thursday as the Pea Ridge Blackhawk basketball teams enter a home-hosted tournament without eight of their own. Those eight Blackhawks are also on the Blackhawk football team which is competing for the state championship Friday night in Little Rock.

Blackhawks state bound!

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

"This is a great success for the community and the team," Stephen Neal, head Blackhawk football coach said Tuesday morning as he prepared for the trek to Little Rock.

Club news

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

Granny's Quilts of Love

Arkansas is part of global marketplace

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- Businessmen and state economic development officials understand that Arkansas is part of a global market place, and that many of their customers and much of their competition is overseas.

Pea Ridge School menu

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 12

Mercy coming to town

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

Mercy Medical Center is planning to build in Pea Ridge and hopes to open next year.

Blackhawks win 30-24

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

The Blackhawks mastered Shiloh for the fourth consecutive time and earned a 4A state title berth in a 30-24 semifinal battle last week at Blackhawk Stadium.

Christmas is coming!

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

Normally in writing I wear two separate hats, one my historian hat, and the other my pastor hat. When I write about things from "back when" I usually write under my hat as a "rememberer" and as a student of things as they used to be. When I write about things Biblical, I normally write under my pastor hat. This time, however, I have both hats on. In writing about Christmas, I am thinking both of its roots in the Bible and in the customs of the church, and about our society's observances of Christmas seasons across the years.

Give thanks in all things

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

I take my title from the words of a brief hymn we often sing at church. It is usually simply called the Doxology. In our worship services, we usually sing it as we dedicate our tithes and offerings to the service of the Lord. To worship is to acknowledge God as creator of the heavens and the earth, to praise and give thanks to the Lord for his grace and mercy and providence, and to appreciate and to anticipate the blessings of eternal life with the Lord.

Holidays evoke memories of fruit cakes and family

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

Fruit cake was a big deal in my childhood. A lot of time and effort was put into gathering nuts and saving for it. The dates and raisins and other ingredients were bought and stored until it was time to prepare the batter. Attention to the day of baking was essential because it required three to four hours. A cookie cutter was put in the middle of batter so it would bake evenly and always at set temperature which hard to do on wood stoves!

Making history amazing

posted: 12/07/2016 5 a.m.

The Blackhawk football team is going to play in Little Rock for the Arkansas State 4A Championship. This has never happened before in the 50 plus years of Pea Ridge football. The game will make history.

Tuesday, December 6

Community events

posted: 12/06/2016 5 a.m.

Santa's Train Rides