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Recollections

by Annette Beard | February 10, 2021 at 1:30 a.m.

50 Years Ago

Pea Ridge Graphic

Vol. 6 No. 6

Thursday, Feb. 11, 1971

A burning house located three miles east of Pea Ridge on Arkansas Highway 72 was saved by Pea Ridge volunteer firemen Tuesday morning. The firemen braved zero temperatures to hack a hole in the side of the house in order to extinguish the flames burning around the chimney. The house was the home of the Lonzo Self family.

With a new date being observed for Washington's birthday this year, readers are reminded that the Benton County Courthouse will be closed all day Monday, Feb. 15, in honor of the birthday of America's first president.

A pack of dogs that has been roving over a farming area west of Pea Ridge is blamed with the killing of two turkeys, two roosters and a goose Saturday. In addition, a farmer reported that the dogs had pulled wool out of some sheep.

40 Years Ago

Pea Ridge Graphic-Scene

Vol. 15 No. 5

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 1981

Northeast Benton County, roughly that area from the Pea Ridge National Military Park east to the Carroll County line and north to the Missouri state line and south to Beaver Lake, has an active, working, training volunteer fire department. Known as NEBCO Fire Department, the volunteers who work there also back up the Avoca and Seligman, Mo., departments when necessary.

The Arkansas Department of Education has released its 1961 statistical reports covering all the school districts in the state. The average daily attendance for kindergarten through 12th grade was 583. Pea Ridge averaged 34 teachers through the year 1979-1980.

Benton County Republican Committee's annual Lincoln Day dinner as been set or March 21, Asa Hutchinson, chairman, announced. Fritz Steiger, Pea Ridge, will serve as the dinner chairman.

30 Years Ago

Pea Ridge Country Times

Vol. 25 No. 5

Thursday, Feb. 7, 1991

The president of the Arkansas U.S. Highway 62 Business Association said at least four municipalities will be asked to become involved in the association at least to the extent of promoting Hwy. 62 on billboards. "I'd like to see the four primary cities involved -- Pea Ridge, Avoca, Garfield and Gateway -- give some consideration to supporting the association in that their interests run parallel to ours," Gary Campbell, association president, said.

The Pea Ridge High School Scott Hi-Q team didn't win its first match last week and didn't even come close, but coach Wade Kniseley was pleased, nonetheless.

Denise Patterson, a sophomore at Pea Ridge High School and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Patterson, was presented as Colors Day queen Friday preceding the junior varsity game.

20 Years Ago

The TIMES of Northeast Benton County

Vol. 35 No. 5

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2001

A teacher stood at the door and asked: "Do you have any speakers for my computer?" A student got up, went to a box, asked his teacher, "Does she use vertical or horizontal?" then, pulled out what the teacher wanted and she went away happy. Microcomputer Systems Technology I (MST I) began this year with a $21,000 grant from the Work Force Education Department, according to PRHS principal Gary Wayman.

Michael Brown replaced Melissa Brown as pharmacist at Collier Drugs in Pea Ridge. Michael Brown has big plans for the local store, located on North Curtis Avenue.

Lora Noschese opened Noschese Law Firm on Slack Street in January. Noschese grew up in Pea Ridge. She is the daughter of Murvin and Lona Goff.

Priscella Putzier was crowned Colors Day queen Friday by the 2000 Colors Day queen Mary Bell.

10 Years Ago

The TIMES of Northeast Benton County

Vol. 1 No. 5

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011

A proposed sewer rate increase will be presented at a public hearing Tuesday, March 15. The rate increase was necessitated by federal guidelines for ammonia and phosphorous and capacity restrictions.

Pea Ridge High School junior Jacob Grey, 17, was expelled for typing a bomb threat on a calculator at school. Grey admitted to principal Rick Neal he typed a bomb threat into a calculator Thursday, Jan. 27. The threat was found by another student the following day.

A long-time Garfield City Council member resigned one of two political seats for which he took the oath of office. His resignation was accepted by fellow council members Thursday, Feb. 3. Dale King was sworn in Jan. 1 as justice of the peace for District 1 and then on Jan. 11 as city council member.

Students in northwest Arkansas have been out of school for a week. Snow and ice made roads unsafe for travel and Pea Ridge School closed Monday, Feb. 7, for the fifth day. School superintendent Mike Van Dyke said the days will halve to be made up during spring break.

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