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Life saved by ambulance crew

Subscriber onlyA 911 call in October of 2015, dispatched emergency personnel from the Pea Ridge Fire-EMS Department to meet a private vehicle at the intersection of It'll Do Road and Slack Street (Arkansas Highway 72). Continue reading...

King leaves legacy

Subscriber onlyBlackhawk baseball is a winning tradition, but it nearly wasn't an option for Pea Ridge athletes. Thirty-one years ago when John E. King was hired as a football coach for Pea Ridge High School, he was told to coach baseball, too. Soon after he arrived, the school superintendent told him that baseball would be cut because of costs. Continue reading...

Mr. and Miss Blackhawk of the Year

Subscriber onlyHayden Holtgrewe Continue reading...

Educators and community leaders collaborate

Subscriber only"I'm excited for Pea Ridge," Susan Chambers with the Arkansas State Board of Education, said when in Pea Ridge Monday. Continue reading...

Six injured in wreck

Subscriber onlySix people -- four of whom were children -- were injured in a two-vehicle collision Friday morning, according to Arkansas State Police Trooper Jana Cordes. Continue reading...

Attorney hangs shingle in town

Subscriber onlyHe didn't set out to become a lawyer, said Brian Campbell, an attorney who has recently set up practice in town. A native of Springdale, Campbell, 37, graduated from Springdale High School in 1999 then from the University of Arkansas with a double major in marketing and business administration. Continue reading...

Tax considered

Subscriber onlyCity officials are contemplating adding a city sales tax. "We're going to have to start thinking about it in the near future," Mayor Jackie Crabtree said at a recent City Council committee of the whole meeting. "We have a lot of projects." Continue reading...

Attorney writes indemnity clause to protect city

Subscriber onlyA gas pipe line owned by TransMontaigne Operating Company traverses the southwest side of the city. During construction of Elkhorn Ridge Subdivision, phase II, that pipeline, buried about 4.5 feet deep, was crossed over and below and unearthed at one point in a ditch 40 feet wide and 25 feet deep near the intersection of Crump and Crawford streets. Continue reading...

School adds personnel

Subscriber onlyGrowth continues to impact Pea Ridge Schools. School Board members approved the creation of four new positions as the April School Board meeting. "Our numbers for first graders going into second grade... " Tracy Hagar, principal of the Primary School, said, "show we will need a second grade teacher. I'd like to move Melissa Woods from special education to be one of our teachers. She will really help us with phonics." Continue reading...

Sweets are on the menu

Subscriber onlyThe aroma of baked goods wafts through the doors leading into the old Pea Ridge court room now the Butterstick Bakery. On Friday, April 20 -- opening day -- there was a steady stream of customers waiting to taste the delectable muffins, cookies, orange and cinnamon rolls. All sold out quickly. Continue reading...

Project stalled

Subscriber onlyWork is stalled on a new storage unit development by RLP Development on West Pickens Road until the Arkansas Health Department approves the project. The engineer for the project, Nate Batchelor, told planners no work can commence until the city gives approval. There were several changes to the original plan, including name, office location and drainage. Continue reading...

Long-time teachers retire

New positions created

Subscriber onlyA dozen Pea Ridge School District employees took advantage of a one-time offer to School District teachers, administrators and classified staff who have a minimum of 20 years of service credit with the Arkansas Retirement System or the Arkansas Employees Retirement System and a minimum of five years of service with Pea Ridge Schools. Continue reading...

City contemplates policy

Plan goes back to committee

Subscriber onlyExtended discussion between city officials concerning use of city-owned vehicles resulted in sending a proposed resolution back to the personnel handbook committee. Continue reading...

Business plan wins first place

Subscriber onlySeveral Pea Ridge High School students won awards at the State Career Development Conference in Little Rock recently. Two of those students won first place and will represent Pea Ridge at the International Career Development Conference later this month. Continue reading...

Sewer stinks

Warm temps should alleviate

Subscriber onlyBelow freezing temperatures for the last week of December and first week of January dropped the temperature of the sewer lagoons to 32.8 degrees killing essential bacteria. Continue reading...

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