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50 Years Ago

Pea Ridge Graphic

Vol. 6 No. 2

Thursday, Jan. 12, 1971

A near tragedy was averted near Pea Ridge Friday afternoon when a Wichita, Kan., pilot made a forced landing with his Beach Bonanza. The belly landing was managed by pilot Ken Sotwell who landed ... on property belonging to J.C. Evans.

The Pea Ridge Chamber of Commerce voted unanimously in favor of the school millage tax increase requested by the School Board of he Pea Ridge independent School District. Superintendent Andrew Widener expressed his gratitude.

According to figures that have been released this past week from the U.S. Census Bureau, Pea Ridge was the fastest growing town in Benton County during the past decade. From a population of 380 in 1960, Pea Ridge went to 1,088, an increase of 186.3%. Benton County was one of the fastest growing counties in the state.

Miss Penny Hall was crowned senior high basketball homecoming queen. The current Miss Pea Ridge, Miss Hall is a senior. Members of her court are Billye McElmurry, sophomore; Yvonne Snow, sophomore; Elaine Popken, senior; Peggy Arnold, junior; and Peggy McKinney, junior.

40 Years Ago

Pea Ridge Graphic-Scene

Vol. 16 No. 2

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1981

Consideration of installation of fuel tanks for city vehicles, a change in compensation for the city attorney and consideration of easements for the city's sewer project were the major items of business transacted by the Pea Ridge City Council Thursday.

When an unattended grader belonging to the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department started to roll about 8:45 a.m. Jan. 7, Gene Taylor, 58, Garfield, tried to jump aboard to stop it and was injured. The incident happened at the intersection of Tucks Chapel Road and Ark. Hwy. 94.

Pea Ridge's Dari-Park restaurant, formerly the American Drive-In and the Orange Blossom, has been purchased by Bert Arnold, Bella Vista, from Mrs. Ruth Gunn, Bentonville. It will continue to be managed by Debbie Phillips and Diane Small.

30 Years Ago

Pea Ridge Country Times

Vol. 26 No. 2

Thursday, Jan. 10, 1991

Pea Ridge School superintendent Marvin Higginbottom said Tuesday he doubts there will be school until at least next Monday. School has been out since classes were suspended for the Christmas holidays. As much as five inches of sleet were dumped on northwest Arkansas, forcing school cancelations.

The Pea Ridge Library awning collapsed under the weight of ice from recent sleet. The front window was also broken.

The Pea Ridge City Council has a new face. Norman Abrams was appointed to the City Council last month by Mayor Mary Rogers. David Scism was sworn in as constable.

20 Years Ago

The TIMES of Northeast Benton County

Vol. 36 No. 2

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001

City road crews have been busier than usual this time of year and busier than they've ever been in his seven years with the city, says David Guyll, Pea Ridge Street superintendent.

Thomas Wayne O'Dell of Avoca was the only mayor who attended the New Year's Day swearing in ceremony at the Benton County Courthouse.

The Pea Ridge School Board plans to consider a $30,000 track facility at its next meeting.

10 Years Ago

The TIMES of Northeast Benton County

Vol. 46 No. 2

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011

Demurely giving credit to others, M.J. Hensley accepted a plaque and applause from Mayor Jackie Crabtree and city officials for his years of service to the city as an engineer.

Pea Ridge school employees, both certified and classified, will receive additional bonuses and stipends, thanks to federal money and local funds, after School Board members approved the recommendation by school superintendent Mike Van Dyke.

Upon returning from an out-of-town holiday trip on New Year's Day, Hector Garcia found a door ajar on his house and many items missing. Police said the missing items had been recovered previously during a traffic stop.

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