News 2016 May

Stories for May 2016

Friday, May 27

Church news

posted: 05/27/2016 5 a.m.

Brightwater Memorial United Methodist Church

Wednesday, May 25

Pea Ridge Fire/EMS Dept.

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

Monday, May 16

Special Session limited to Health Care Grant Highway funding is increased Hi High

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- The legislature convened in a special session called by the governor to address highway funding needs.

Community events

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

Country breakfast scheduled

Sign up for Summer Reading program

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

We are gearing up for the Summer Reading Program sign-up and the big reveal of our completed multi-purpose room on Monday, June 6. We are excited for the community to see this room.

Benton County Jail

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

Tuesday, May 10

Church news

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

Brightwater Memorial United Methodist Church

Basketball Blackhawks

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

TIMES photographs by Annette Beard

Blackhawk athletes of the year

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

TIMES photographs by Annette Beard

Saturday movies slated

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Pea Ridge High School band wins music festival

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

The Pea Ridge High School Band won first place at a music festival at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City Saturday, May 7.

Camps starting

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

Varsity girls track coach Heather Wade reported the other day that she and some others would be putting on a track camp Tuesday through Thursday of next week, May 31 to June 2.

In whom do you trust?

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

Luke 12:12 "For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say."

Camp set for Little Hawks

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Man runs from police after traffic stop

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Council opening to be filled

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

GARFIELD -- Persons interested in filling the unexpired term on the Garfield City Council may submit resumes to Mayor Gary Blackburn at Garfield City Hall no later than 11 a.m. Friday, June 10.

Community Calendar

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

Wednesday, May 25

Seniors enjoy amenities at Autumn Place

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

She moved to Autumn Place "kicking and screaming," Betty Spencer says, but said now, she'd "kick and scream" if her children tried to move her out of the independent living apartment she calls home.

Neal to coach Lady 'Hawks

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

Heath Neal was named head basketball coach for the Lady Blackhawks at a special School Board meeting Monday night. Neal has been the assistant basketball coach for the boys Blackhawk basketball team since 2013.

Marriage Licenses

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

May 13

Coach King teaches valuable life lessons

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

Gage Cawthon, Blackhawk male athlete of the year, almost wasn't on the Blackhawk baseball team.

Blackhawk athletic awards

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

TIMES photographs by Annette Beard

Showing respect yields winning teams again and again

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

Coaching alongside "one of the most winningest coaches in Northwest Arkansas" -- coach John E. King -- is a dream come true for assistant coach Matt Easterling who was a student athlete on King's team in the late 1990s.

Athletic Awards presented

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

Parents and athletes lauded the accomplishments of student athletes in the spring programs at the spring athletic banquet Tuesday. Rebecca Woods and Gage Cawthon were named female and male athletes of the year.

Obituaries

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

Norman Eugene Chambers

Cemetery Association to meet Sunday

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

The annual Pea Ridge Cemetery Association meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m. May 29 at the cemetery. In the event of rain, the meeting will be held inside at Westside Baptist Church.

Blackhawk chairs for sale

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

Blackhawk chairs are available.

Letter to the editor

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

Boys of summer, men for life

Where to hold our commencement?

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

Graduation Day at Pea Ridge High School this year was a sight to behold! As people gathered at Blackhawk Stadium for the ceremonies, all the parking lots filled up. I say, "all" of the parking lots "filled up!" Cars filled not only the High School parking areas, but the Middle School parking lot, the church parking lot across the street, and the grassy areas between the parking lots. Cars were everywhere! Some people even parked in the ditch along the highway. I didn't look to the Primary School parking areas. They may have been full as well! I think all the moms and dads and grandpas and grandmas and aunts and uncles and cousins must have been there. But it didn't rain, and it was a great occasion.

Friday, May 20

Church news

posted: 05/20/2016 5 a.m.

Brightwater Memorial United Methodist Church

Wednesday, May 18

Pea Ridge Police Dept.

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

Warrants:

FFA names officers

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

The Pea Ridge FFA chapter held the 26th annual FFA banquet at the Pea Ridge City Park on Friday, May 5. The chapter recognized this year's seniors as well as introduced next year's Pea Ridge FFA officers for the 2016-2017 school year.

Graduation times, then and now

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

Pea Ridge schools have changed a bit since my Pea Ridge school days in the 1940s and 1950s. On Tuesday evening this past week, I attended the Scholarship Awards assembly at the High School gym, and was astounded and much impressed with the magnitude of the scholarship grants awarded to help our 2016 graduates in pursuing a college education, and also with the sheer number of graduates who have excelled in their high school work and were receiving scholarships. The size of our PRHS graduating classes is nearing the size of our entire school as it was when I entered first grade in 1946. The number of seniors who were awarded college scholarship on Tuesday evening far exceeded the size of my 1957 graduating class. Although we had been a class of as many as 25 during some years, at the time of our graduation in 1957 we were a class of 15 seniors. Today, in 2016, we are becoming accustomed to recognizing graduating classes of more than 115 seniors each year. In comparison, within the years of my memory, that has nearly reached the size of our entire Pea Ridge School, grades 1 through 12, as we were until about 1948.

Gateway shuts down Police Department

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

GATEWAY -- After four months in existence, the Gateway Police Department was officially shut down at Tuesday's City Council meeting. Mayor Frank Hackler said that the town's sole police officer, Grant Hardin, submitted his letter of resignation Friday, May 6.

Mayor declines grant money

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

GATEWAY -- Gateway was to receive $18,000 in grant money from State Sen. Cecile Bledsoe and State Rep. Grant Hodges to be presented at the May 10 City Council meeting. But, the mayor turned it down, according to Bledsoe.

Summer reading program begins

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

Congratulations to all the high school and home school graduates. Many of these students have availed themselves of the library services during their school years and we wish them all the very best.

In search of the greatest athlete at championships

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

"You, sir, are the world's greatest athlete!" exclaimed King Gustav V of Sweden in 1912 at the sixth Olympic Games in Stockholm. Gustav was referring to the gold medal performance just turned in by the USA's Jim Thorpe, the winner of the first Olympic decathlon.

Marriage licenses

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

May 5

Summer lunch offered

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

Special to The TIMES

Athletes praise King

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

Annette Beard

Pea Ridge Blackhawk Baseball

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

Year Record Conf. District Regional State

King's winning tradition teaches life skills

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

Blackhawk baseball is a winning tradition, but it nearly wasn't an option for Pea Ridge athletes.

Church news

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

Brightwater Memorial United Methodist Church

Correction

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

The construction survey costs for the new sewer plant for Pea Ridge will be $10,000. The amount was incorrect in the story published May 11, 2016. The TIMES apologizes for the error.

Cemetery Association meets

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

The annual Pea Ridge Cemetery Association meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m. May 29 at the cemetery. In the event of rain, the meeting will be held inside at Westside Baptist Church.

Graduation -- it's only the beginning

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

Happy tears is how some people describe the tears that flow unbidden when facing a great change in life -- graduations, weddings, births.

Pea Ridge School Menus

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

Monday, May 23

Blackhawk grads awarded scholarships

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Schools bursting at seams

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

Pea Ridge schools are continuing to grow and facilities are filling up quickly.

Blackhawk Decathlon/Pentathlon athletes

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

Senior Lady Blackhawk Ashtyn Mondy

Community Calendar

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

Wednesday, May 18

PRHS Graduation 2016

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

TIMES photographs by Annette Beard

Avoca Fire Dept.

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

Monday, May 9

Pea Ridge Fire/EMS Dept.

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

Monday, May 2

Rush Springs reviews

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

Rush is a fun place to wheel. It's got everything from rocks, waterfalls, steep trails, to easy flat trails really fun for the whole family.

Ozarks hillsides for trail riding are not far away

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

McDONALD COUNTY, Mo. -- The quiet, tranquil hillsides interspersed with woods, ponds, streams and meadows conceal what at times can be a roaring paradise.

Rush Springs Ranch Campgound

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

Turtles sun on a log in the pond.

King and Easterling continue traditions

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

Described as the most successful coach on the Blackhawks staff and "one of the most winningest coaches in northwest Arkansas," coach John E. King and his Blackhawks have 495 wins on their record.

Does money buy political seats?

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

The political world is revolving at an unusually rapid pace if the drop-out rate for Republican presidential candidates is a true indicator. A Trump victory in Indiana seemed to be too much for the last two Republican contenders and now we can prepare ourselves for the convention phase. It is not likely that Bobby Knight's endorsement of Trump was the key to Trump's victory, but basketball, the University of Indiana and Bobby Knight are on par with politics in the Hoosier State.

Council declares vacancy

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

GARFIELD -- With three Council members present, several motions were defeated as votes were 2-1 until the vote for accepting the resignation of council member Malania Carter was presented and Mayor Gary Blackburn cast the deciding vote.

School news

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas Community College

Obituaries

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

Lester Dale Dover Sr.

Wednesday, May 11

Community Calendar

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

Wednesday, May 11

Mini cheer sign ups

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

Children in second through sixth grades going into the 2016-17 school year, may sign up for PR Youth Cheer.

Marriage licenses

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

April 29

Is it an antique or a classic?

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

A few days ago I was watching a portion of Alex Trebec's TV Quiz Show "Jeopardy" when he asked one of the contestants to elaborate on his interest in special cars by asking, "Tell me the difference between an antique car and a classic car." It was just a question for conversation, not a part of the Jeopardy quiz. The contestant couldn't identify a difference between an antique car and a classic car. I thought at least he could have floated an idea or two on the subject, but he didn't even attempt an answer.

Traditions tie us together

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

Traditions are sometimes disdained by the young who wonder at the reason and see no value. Historically, the elders of a family or community continued traditions to teach the next generation.

Wood is PRHS principal

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

Matt Wood was named the new principal of Pea Ridge High School by School Board members Monday night filling the vacancy which was created by the resignation of Jon Laffoon, principal for the past four years.

Sewer project begins

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

Plans for construction of the new wastewater treatment plant are proceeding after a special City Council meeting Monday afternoon.

Camp set for Little Hawks

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

The year of the Cubs, is this a sign of the Apocalypse?

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

Way back in 1909, little boys born in Chicago would grow up to be Chicago Cubs fans. The Cubs had just repeated as World Series champions, winning both the 1907 and 1908 championships, the first major league team to win two straight titles in the sport.

Planners concerned about infrastructure

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

Meeting twice in one week, Planning Commission members addressed several subjects, including approving variance requests, hearing from developers about two 50-acre plots being considered for development and expressed concern about the city's infrastructure being able to handle the growth. Two developers presented their proposed plans at a tech review meeting Thursday, May 5.

The Vault: Another first for school

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

Breaking out of the box, students in Pea Ridge will be part of another first in the state as they design, work and run The Vault, a retail establishment selling Blackhawk paraphernalia, coffees and smoothies in the old downtown Pea Ridge Bank building owned by the city.

Blackhawk track state qualifiers

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

Blackhawk track athletes competed at State last week. Results are: Vanessa Wing, 9th, 400 meter, 1:05.48; Jennifer Anthony, 8th, 800 meter, 2:39.63; PRHS, 5th, 4x400, 4:26.24; Vanessa Wing, 7th, long jump, 15'11"; Cooper Elliot, 14th, 100mp, 11.70, and 9th, 200mp, 23.52; Trevor Henry, 10th, 300 hurdles, 44.35; and PRHS boys 9th in 4x100, 45.32 and fifth in 4x400, 3:39.22.

Community events

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

Music at the Firehouse

Benton County Jail

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

Tuesday, May 3

Avoca Fire Dept.

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

Wednesday, May 4

Club news

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

Granny's Quilts of Love

Recipe of the Week

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

Strawberry Delight

Library director sought

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

After much serious thought, I have tendered my resignation/retirement to the library board. This was not an easy decision. The Pea Ridge Community Library has been my world since Mrs. Linda Whitaker's leaving a few years ago and saying goodbye will not be easy. When I accepted this position I never imagined I was embarking on a journey that would test my strength, endurance, patience and capabilities to the breaking point but I would not have missed this journey for the world. I have met some wonderfully kind and helpful people and made the most amazing friendships. I often said I would retire when the multi-purpose room was completed, thinking that would be further down the road. But life sometimes has other plans -- like health issues and old age!

Pea Ridge School Menus

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

Monday, May 16

Blackhawks fall in 1st round of tournament

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

Blackhawk baseball and softball competed Thursday in the Regional tournament in Prairie Grove. Both teams lost ending their season for 2016.

Correction

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

Pea Ridge Pawn has until Dec. 31 to move out of the building owned by Pea Ridge Police Dept. The date was incorrect in the story that ran April 27. The TIMES apologizes for the error.

Church news

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

Brightwater Memorial United Methodist Church

Obituaries

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

Raymond Joseph Blankenship

Learn to identify frog sounds at Hobbs

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Special Session limited to Health Care Grant Highway funding is increased Hi High

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- With the successful completion of the fiscal session, Arkansas will fulfill its obligation to provide matching funds to go along with federal funding of Medicaid and other services.

Students participate in oratorical contests

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Art students win state awards

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

A large contingent of local youth artists made the trek to Little Rock last week to accept their awards at the annual state art competition awards ceremony. This was the eighth straight year that Pea Ridge has had multiple winners in this statewide contest.

Public meetings

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

Tuesday, May 17

Wednesday, May 4

County expands waste disposal effort

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Church news

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

Brightwater Memorial United Methodist Church

Blackhawk baseball freshmen

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

No. 24 Landon Allison, short stop

Track to State meet

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

Photograph submitted

Baseball Regional Tournament

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

Class 4A

Court Reports

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

District Court of Benton County

Community events

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

Dance slated

Community Calendar

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

Wednesday, May 4

Blackhawk track results

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

Girls

Blackhawks baseball team wins district championship

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

Photograph by Randy Moll

PRMBA opens doorway to career options for students

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

With enthusiasm, passion and wisdom far beyond their years, Kelsie Merritt and Haley Hanson shared some of their experiences from working as certified nurse assistants (CNAs) on their path to becoming registered nurses.

Pea Ridge Schools news

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

Blackhawk Band news

Pea Ridge School Menus

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

Monday, May 9

Pea Ridge School Calendar

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

Friday, May 13 -- 6 p.m. Baccalaureate, PRHS gym

Cities benefit from Municipal League

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

Cities and towns in Arkansas benefit from the Arkansas Municipal League, said Pea Ridge Mayor Jackie Crabtree, former president of the League.

Camp set for Little Hawks

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

College news

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith

Never having lost, Wade builds winners

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

Last week, girls track coach Heather Wade accomplished a feat that rarely gets accomplished. Her varsity squad won their third straight 4A-1 District Championship.

Benton County Jail

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

Thursday, April 28

Political machinations are intriguing

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

Maybe it is time to change the name of our political pre-convention contest in our two primary political parties. We refer to it as a voter-based selection process when in reality we should call it "the delegate games.. Depending on the specific party rules for state and national participation, the part the individual voter plays in the process can mean very little. All the shouting about who "won" a state means more to the news media and the effect it has on the candidates' campaign momentum than to actually indicate the impact of the voter's choice.

Technology streamlines ticket issuing

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Council meets Tuesday

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

NEBCO Fire/EMS Department

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

Sunday, April 24

Lady 'Hawks defeated by Wolves

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Connecting through time and place

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

The staff and volunteers arrived giddy on the third day of a weeklong archaeological survey of Ruddick's Field at the Pea Ridge National Military Park, possible through a partnership between the Arkansas Archeological Survey and the National Parks Service.

Celebrate Mom

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

When I was asked to write this article for the newspaper, I must be honest and tell you that I was intimidated.

Blackhawks ice Saints in shootout

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Pea Ridge coach John King thought he would stay dry after his Blackhawks held on for a 16-14 victory against Shiloh Christian in the 4A-1 Conference Tournament title game.

Mothering is an honor, a privilege

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

As Mother's Day approaches, I've been contemplating the mothers in my life and my role as a mother.

Letter to the Editor

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

To the mayor & city recorder at Garfield:

Special Session limited to Health Care Grant Highway funding is increased Hi High

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- The appropriation for Medicaid services was one of the first three measures enacted by the legislature during the 2016 fiscal session.

Mercy announces $247 million expansion

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Avoca Fire Department

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

Monday, April 25

Obituaries

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

Sarah Elizabeth Adams