News 2016 February

Stories for February 2016

Saturday, February 27

Pea Ridge Schools Calendar

posted: 02/27/2016 5 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 15 -- No school for students

Wednesday, February 24

Benton County deputies recover stolen property

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Avoca Fire Dept.

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 15

Obituaries

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

Mavis Orana McClain

There are many new books at the library

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

Happiness for me is buying and processing books for the library. I purchased 24 books over the weekend for a cost of $400. It seems almost obscene to spend that much. In looking through the Library Board meeting minutes from back in the late 1970s, I learned that the board had less than $5 in their account. Someone, I believe it might have been Fred McKinney, donated a small sum of money, $5 or $10, for the purchase of a large number of books. The high cost of books is just one of the reasons we work so hard to get patrons to return the materials they borrow from the library.

Marriage Licenses

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

Feb. 11

Community Calendar

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 25

FFA students speak

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

I am in survey of ag for my eighth-grade year. The reason I joined this class at the beginning was because it counted as high school credit and I really needed that. It turned out that ag is a lot more fun than it sounded. We get a lot of opportunities to go to field trips and events. If you like that, than you should really consider ag as one of your electives! We also got to build bird houses and we were taught how to use a saw which is a great life skill that I will use for the rest of my life.

Pea Ridge School Menus

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 29

'Hawks take 2nd in District, head to Region

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

The boys Blackhawk roundballers came from behind to take down rival Shiloh for the second Friday night in a row, but couldn't do the same to Huntsville as they settled for the runner-up spot in the District 4A-1 Tournament.

Community is supportive

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

The Pea Ridge Blackhawks have won 22 games and lost six. And, despite their losses, they've had a successful season. They're playing in the Regional Tournament this week.

Ag classes inspire

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

Having agriculture, ag mechanics, ag metals, and animal science as classes here at Pea Ridge High school are very important to most of the students here, and to me as well. These class are getting me ready to take on the real world.

Public meetings

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 25

Seligman dance

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

The Seligman Chamber Dance will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in the Seligman Chamber Event Center on Missouri Highway 37. Band will be Three Hits and A Miss. Admission is $4 each.

Congratulations on a successful season

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

Pea Ridge Blackhawk boys headed to Regional Tournament this week. Season stats: Overall 21-5, Conference 11-3.

Smith vies for Miss UAFS

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

Special to The TIMES

Lent: a time to fast and reflect

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

Continued from last week.

Pea Ridge Fire Dept.

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 15

Letters to the Editor

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

To: Honorable Judge Clinard

FFA grows and flourishes

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

The Pea Ridge FFA has been in existence for quite some time. I used to visit with Fred McKinney at Webb's Feed Store about FFA. He liked to tell the story about sponsoring a group of FFA boys to attend what I recall being the National FFA Convention in Kansas City. He even had an old picture which included some then young guys in there. I recall seeing Lee Otis Hall among others, so we know Pea Ridge FFA has been around a LONG time. (Just kidding, Lee.)

Planners to meet

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Blackhawks head to Regionals as No. 2 seed

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE -- For the second consecutive season, the Pea Ridge Blackhawk boys lost against Huntsville 48-39 in the 4A-1 District Tournament championship. But the Blackhawks won the game that mattered the most by defeating a feisty Shiloh Christian team 61-51 in the semifinals.

Changes in the way we vote

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

Since I first started voting in elections, in about 1961, the methods used for voting have changed considerably. In those days, practical voting machines had not yet been invented, so paper ballots were just about universally used. Early voting was basically unheard of back then, except that if one wanted to vote absentee; an absentee ballot could be submitted prior to the primary election or the regular election. Arkansas in the 1950s and 1960s was still largely a one-party state. Anybody who wanted to get elected to a public office ran as a Democrat, whatever their party preference. Remarkably, over the years that situation has turned right around, so that today anyone wanting to be elected to a public office in northwest Arkansas runs as a Republican, regardless of party preference.

Church news

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

Brightwater Memorial United Methodist Church

Quiet valley scene of deadly crash

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

Yellow jonquils dot the rocky hillside rising from the north side of Little Sugar Creek Valley; the roadbed of Arkansas Highway 94 rises several feet from the adjacent land.

Speed limits restored

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

Area residents complainted to Benton County Judge Clinard's office about the decrease in speed limits on Lee Town Road from Pea Ridge to Arkansas Highway 72, according to Jeff Clark, administrator of public service for Benton County.

Wednesday, February 17

Blackhawk Senior Night

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

Senior night photographs for Friday, Feb. 12, at the last home game for the Basketball Blackhawks will be published Feb. 24.

Community Calendar

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Pea Ridge Schools menus

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 22

Student Leaders of the Month

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

Photographs submitted

Cheer honored

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

TIMES photograph by Annette Beard

Benton County Jail

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 6

Early voting locations

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

Early voting locations for the preferential primary and nonpartisan general March 1, 2016.

Sports briefs

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

Babe Ruth signups

Church news

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

Brightwater Memorial United Methodist Church

Jr. Blackhawks take 2nd

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

TIMES photograph by Annette Beard

Pea Ridge Police Dept.

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

Warrants:

Children's Valentines on display

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

Attention book lovers -- the library must sell all those duplicate books we have collected over the past couple of years. We have sci-fi, romance, mystery, Christian fiction and children's books. There are lots of free and very low priced books to choose from as well. Come see what we have to offer.

Marriage license

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

Feb. 5

Jesus and our temptations and wavering resolves

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

Beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, many Christians around the world have entered upon 40 days of disciplined devotion in preparation for Easter. We call this 40-day observance the Lenten Season. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, leads up to a special focus for Holy Week (which this year begins March 20), and concludes with the celebration of Easter Sunday, March 27. Usually those who observe Lent focus their Scripture readings and devotions on major events in the life and ministry of Jesus, from his baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist, through his preaching and healing ministries in Galilee and Judea, and finally his entry into Jerusalem, the cleansing of the temple, his last supper with the disciples, and other events leading up to his arrest and trial, and to his crucifixion, burial and resurrection.

Students spread a little l ve

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

County judge will affect court location

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

The residents of the Pea Ridge area were given an opportunity to meet and evaluate the candidates for Benton County judge, sheriff and one of the candidates for Justice of the Peace District 1 Monday night, Feb. 8, in the Pea Ridge High School dining room. There have been numerous forums in the county in the previous weeks, but this was a chance for everyone to hear the candidates at a local location. For us who find ourselves at a disadvantage driving at night, having a forum close is greatly appreciated.

Lady Blackhawks Basketball managers

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

Managers for the varsity Lady Blackhawks are: Lexie Garrett, Rylie Hickman and Katelyn Ralph (not pictured).

NEBCO Fire/EMS Dept.

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 6

The big, really big, football game

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

Well, Super Bowl 50 has come and gone. Peyton Manning can now go out with a big win, if he decides to retire now. Cam Newton's introduction to the Super Bowl was a rough experience. The game shows that even great teams and great players can have times when nothing seems to go right for them.

Public meetings

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Shiloh happenings

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

Ozark Baskets

Blackhawks defeat Saints

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

Girls

Obituaries

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

Donna N. Bassham

College news

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas Community College

Smith brought unity

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

The cooperative spirit that exists today between the city and the school is a direct result of the unique leadership ability of Dr. Roland Smith, who served as interim school superintendent for Pea Ridge from 2011-12.

Coach Travis built leaders

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

"The main thing that I want people to know is how much fun I've had being the coach at Pea Ridge," Tony Travis said.

And ... life returns to normal

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

A line from a critic of Obama: A person is entitled to their own opinions, but not his own facts. Facts have to have a back up!

Avoca Fire Dept.

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 8

Basketball 4A-1 District Tournament

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

4A-1 District Tournament

Club news

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

New Meadowbrook EH Club

Coaches continue winning tradition

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

The Blackhawks are headed into the 4A-1 District Tournament as the second seed. Two home games this past week resulted in very close games, one a loss to Huntsville by 1 point, the second a win over Shiloh by 3 points.

Blackhawks fall to Eagles

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

The Pea Ridge Blackhawks (20-5, 10-3) and the Huntsville Eagles (23-3, 11-2 4A-1) have secured the top two seeds for the district tournament.

Pea Ridge Fire/ EMS Dept.

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 8

SourceGas is now Black Hills Energy

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- SourceGas is now Black Hills Energy, as Black Hills announced its successful acquisition of SourceGas, the natural gas utility serving 429,000 customers in Arkansas, Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming.

Wednesday, February 10

Webb house burns north of Pea Ridge

posted: 02/10/2016 12:20 p.m.

A century-old farm house near Pea Ridge was destroyed by fire before dawn Wednesday morning.

Kindergarten registration

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

Pea Ridge Primary School registration for the 2016-17 school year for kindergarten students will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. each day March 14-18. There will also be an early kindergarten registration held from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb 15.

In with one era and out with the other

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

An outstanding era in Pea Ridge athletics will come to a close with the departure of head football coach and athletic director Tony Travis.

Ferguson signs to SBU

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

TIMES photograph by Annette Beard

Blackhawk basketball

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

TIMES photograph by Annette Beard

College news

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

SBU Honor Roll

Club news

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

Granny's Quilts of Love

Doodle4Google winner celebrated

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

"Creative thinking is a skill we need to nurture," Matt Wood, principal of Pea Ridge Middle School said as he introduced eighth-grade student Mackenzie Campbell and her teacher Anya Bruhin.

Benton County Jail

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 2

Obituaries

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

John Samuel 'Sam' Grantham

February is Teen Dating Awareness month

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Teen Dating Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen relationships. Dating violence includes physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with. Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. (CDC 2006) Girls and women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence. Among female victims, 94 percent of those were between the ages of 16 and 19. (Department of Justice 1993-2004)

Pea Ridge Schools menus

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 15

Blackhawks defeat Tigers

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

4A-1 BOYS

Avoca Fire Department

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 2

Sports briefs

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

Softball sign-ups set

Pea Ridge Fire Department

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 1

Science fiction books for sale

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

Congratulations to the Gravette Public Library on their move to a new home. It is always gratifying when a library is able to expand and grow to meet the needs of a community. Kim, you and your staff have done an outstanding job.

Ground flies for historic venture

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

Leaders of both the city and the school met Tuesday morning for the groundbreaking of the new City Hall and School Administration office building. Both entities met in a joint session Monday night to approve the "guaranteed maximum price" of $2,5551,608, as presented by project estimator Trent Rogers.

Travis leaves a good legacy

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

It's not common to leave a winning team, but head Blackhawk football coach Tony Travis is doing just that.

Man stabbed; woman arrested

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

Annette Beard

Marriage License

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

Jan. 28

County judge and sheriff candidates face off at forum

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

Sheriff Kelley Cradduck faced off Monday night at a forum against the three men attempting to defeat him in the upcoming Republican primary election.

Morrison hired to enforce codes

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

GARFIELD -- With a plan to enforce ordinances already on the town's books, Mayor Gary Blackburn appointed Zannie Morrison as code enforcement officer for the town.

School seeks AD, coach

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

In the wake of the departure of Tony Travis, head football coach and athletic director, the school is seeking two persons to fill the two spots.

Public meetings

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 16

Church news

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

Brightwater Memorial United Methodist Church

Loyd learned the game of basketball at father's side

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

On the basketball court from his earliest days, Blackhawk basketball coach Trent Loyd knows -- and loves -- the game. He is passionate about the game and about winning and about making a difference in the lives of young men.

Cooperative attitudes help in changing times

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

Growth brings change.

Pea Ridge youth win championship

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

Photograph submitted

Pre-kindergarten registration

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

Pea Ridge Pre-K registration for the 2016-17 school year will be held from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, in Pea Ridge Primary School. A grant through the Endeavor Foundation will provide funding for 20 children to attend at no cost. Children who attend through the grant must meet Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) criteria to qualify for these spots. There are also 20 tuition-based spots available.

NEBCO Fire/EMS Department

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

Sunday, Jan. 31

Community Calendar

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 10

See-saw scoring left Blackhawks down 1 at final

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

BERRYVILLE -- Berryville was trailing Pea Ridge by a point with just seconds remaining Friday night at Bobcat Arena, when the Bobcats' Seth Helmlinger missed a 3-pointer, but got his own rebound and found Brady Smith under the basket and Smith scored to win the game 35-34 as time expired.

Pea Ridge School Calendar

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

Feb. 15 -- No school for students

Planners table request

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

Pea Ridge Planning Commissioners approved two requests and tabled a third at the regular February meeting Tuesday night. They also approved appointment of an additional member.

Wednesday, February 3

Church news

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Brightwater Memorial United Methodist Church

County decreases speed limit

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

"It was a public safety concern."

Blackhawks trounce Lions

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Pea Ridge Fire/EMS Department

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 18

Benton County Jail

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 26

Lady Blackhawks fall short against Lady Lions

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Avoca Fire Department

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 25

What's in a name?

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

I was not named after anyone in my family. The story I heard about my naming is that my mother had friends who had given their son the name Joe George. And since she had liked that name, she proposed naming me Joe Jerry, and it "took." I'm a little surprised, in retrospect, that I wasn't named Joe Calvin, since the name Calvin had come down in my Grandmother's Holcombe family for several generations, and my father was named Calvin Russell Nichols. For most of my early life, like my Dad, I was known exclusively by my middle name, Jerry. Many people probably assumed that Jerry was my first name. It was only when I was in the late years of high school that my brothers started calling me Joe, or big Joe. That didn't go outside our family, but even my sister Donna and my mother eventually took up calling me Joe.

Obituaries

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Robert Howard Berchtold Jr.

Community Calendar

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 3

Love 'em, let 'em go

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Cold fingers and ice on a fishing rod are small prices to pay for landing trout after trout during winter at Roaring River State Park.

Blackhawk basketball managers

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Managers for the varsity Blackhawks are: Sylvester Torres, Tyler Cody, Keith Couchman and Jaylee Kelley (not pictured).

Kindergarten registration

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Pea Ridge Primary School registration for the 2016/2017 school year for kindergarten students will be held 9 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. each day March 14-18. There will also be an early kindergarten registration held from 12:30 p.m. -- 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb 15.

Pre-kindergarten registration

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Pea Ridge Pre-K registration for the 2016-17 school year will be held from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, in Pea Ridge Primary School. A grant through the Endeavor Foundation will provide funding for 20 children to attend at no cost. Children who attend through the grant must meet Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) criteria to qualify for these spots. There are also 20 tuition-based spots available and have no restrictions to apply.

Counselors help students

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

It's National School Counselors Week.

Pea Ridge School menus

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 8

Hear the candidates Feb. 8

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

NEBCO Fire/EMS Department

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Sunday, Jan. 24

Gateway hires police

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

GATEWAY -- City officials hired a police officer Jan. 13.

Blackhawk Colors Day 2016

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Seven Pea Ridge High School seniors were selected by the members of the senior class to serve as maids for the 2016 Colors Day Court. One of the young ladies will be selected as the Colors Day queen.

Clarks fete 60 years

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Clark, of Gateway, are celebrating 60 years of marriage.

Court Reports

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

District Court of Benton County

Go, Blackhawks!

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Photograph by Russ Wilson

'Hawks enter final two weeks of regular season

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

After last night's game with Prairie Grove, there are just three games left in the Blackhawks 2015-16 regular season. For the boys squad, they have the chance to close in on the 4A-1 regular season championship, the top seed in the district playoffs, and a berth in the North Regional two weeks hence.

Shiloh happenings

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Illinois River Conservation

Caucus provides interesting information

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

My observations of the political landscape surrounding Iowa and the presidential caucuses has led me to believe the voters in Iowa are better at their role than the candidates are at theirs. This has prompted me to offer my views of the process from a perspective that has little to do with the results of the voting's outcome.

Club news

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Glade Community Historical Society

Early voting locations

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Early voting locations for the preferential primary and nonpartisan general March 1.

Looking to the future

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Looking to the future, Pea Ridge School Board members approved a resolution applying for partnership money from the state for the 2017-19 school terms.

Breaking ground and making history

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Breaking ground literally and figuratively, Pea Ridge city officials and school officials will join for the groundbreaking of the new City Hall/School Administration building at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9.

Letter to the Editor

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Decreased speed is bad for business

Restaurant Inspections

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Information is from state Health Department records. All reports are from regular food service inspections unless otherwise noted.

Public meetings

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 8

Band students qualify for All-State

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Special to The TIMES

Recipe

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Chocolate Delight