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The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - CHURCH -

50 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic Vol. 2 No. 36 Thurs­day, Sept. 7, 1967

Ivan Tol­ley, park ranger at the Pea Ridge Na­tional Mil­i­tary Park for the past 14 months, has been trans­ferred by the Na­tional Park Ser­vice to the Fire Is­land Na­tional Seashore in New York. The Tol­ley fam­ily left here Aug. 26 for their new lo­ca­tion. No an­nounce­ment has been re­ceived as to who the new su­per­in­ten­dent of the Pea Ridge Na­tional Mil­i­tary Park will be.

With the en­roll­ment still grow­ing, Pea Ridge Schools had a to­tal of 438 stu­dents at the end of the fourth day of classes last Thurs­day. Su­per­in­ten­dent An­drew Wi­dener ex­pressed the be­lief that the en­roll­ment is not yet at its peak for the school year, and ex­pects it to con­tinue to climb for sev­eral days or pos­si­bly longer.

The Pea Ridge Black­hawks will play their first home game of the sea­son next Fri­day night, Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m. All Black­hawk fans are urged to be on hand to see their fa­vorite team meet Prairie Grove on the grid­iron in the sec­ond game of the sea­son.

40 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic-Scene Vol. 12 No. 36 Wed­nes­day, Sept. 7, 1977

The Pea Ridge Park Com­mis­sion dis­cussed proper use of do­nated funds and in­stal­la­tion of lights at the park at its reg­u­lar monthly meet­ing last Thurs­day night at Harp’s Phar­macy. The com­mis­sion passed a res­o­lu­tion stat­ing that do­nated funds should be used only for projects to de­velop the park which would be el­i­gi­ble for match­ing fed­eral funds, and not for rou­tine main­te­nance.

Joyce Hale and Kathy Knox, both of Pea Ridge, have been named to the Out­stand­ing Young Women of Amer­ica Program, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion based in Mont­gomery, Ala. An­nounce­ment of an­other Pea Ridge woman, Mar­garet Cheek, be­ing se­lected for the honor was made ear­lier. Stated pur­pose of the program is to honor and en­cour­age young women be­tween the ages of 21 and 36 who have dis­tin­guished them­selves in their homes, pro­fes­sion and com­mu­ni­ties through ded­i­ca­tion, ser­vice and lead­er­ship.

30 Years Ago The TIMES of North­east Ben­ton County Vol. 22 No. 36 Wed­nes­day, Sept. 9, 1987

En­roll­ment in Pea Ridge schools as of Sept. 2 was 645, ac­cord­ing to school su­per­in­ten­dent Bill Al­varez, but is ex­pected to rise some­what as fam­i­lies re­turn from va­ca­tion and put the La­bor Day hol­i­day be­hind them. Al­varez said he ex­pects the high school fig­ure, es­pe­cially, to rise since sev­eral stu­dents have al­ready in­di­cated they ex­pect to at­tend PRHS but are not yet en­rolled. It may take a week or so for fig­ures to sta­bi­lize, Al­varez says.

Two Arkansas 4-H alumni were rec­og­nized at an awards cer­e­mony at the State 4-H O-Rama, Aug. 5-7, at the Fayetteville cam­pus of the U of A. Bobby Blythe of Booneville (Lo­gan County), and Joyce Hale of Pea Ridge (Ben­ton County) re­ceived plaques for their pre­vi­ous 4-H work and con­tin­u­ing support of the 4-H program. Joyce Hale was a state record book win­ner in foods and nu­tri­tion and was one of ten na­tional del­e­gates se­lected for the Cana­dian 4-H Con­fer­ence.

20 Years Ago The TIMES of North­east Ben­ton County Vol. 32 No. 36 Thurs­day, Sept. 4, 1997

Plans for a new $4,765,000 Pea Ridge High School build­ing show a to­tal of 88,000 square feet. Con­struc­tion of the high school will de­pend on a pos­i­tive re­sponse from vot­ers on Sept. 16 on a 6.6 mill in­crease in prop­erty taxes. Su­per­in­tended Roy Norvell said, “If the is­sue passes, the ar­chi­tect will have to come up here, meet with de­part­ments heads and fi­nal­ize plans and ad­ver­tise for bids.” He said, “It’ll be some­time in De­cem­ber or Jan­uary be­fore we could ad­ver­tise for bids.” Norvell said, “Hope­fully, some­time in the spring, we could break ground. I an­tic­i­pate it will take up to 18 months to build.” The school district has pur­chased 20 acres at We­ston Street and High­way 94 as the site for a new high school.

Pea Ridge Head Start is expanding its role in the area by adding a home­based program, said Bar­bara Nel­son, direc­tor of Head Start in Pea Ridge and Bentonville. Mrs. Nel­son said, “We’ve had the program for a long time, but never did it in the Pea Ridge area.” She said that the goal for the chil­dren in the home-based program is iden­ti­cal with the goal for chil­dren who at­tend the Black Street Cen­ter daily. Mrs. Nel­son said that she hopes to en­roll 10 chil­dren in the home-based program.

10 Years Ago The TIMES of North­east Ben­ton County Vol. 42 No. 36 Wed­nes­day, Sept. 5, 2007

More than 50 tons of hay, mostly Ber­muda, burned Mon­day af­ter­noon after ig­nit­ing in a barn on Jac’s Ranch be­tween Bentonville and Pea Ridge. Four fire de­part­ments re­sponded to the scene on Arkansas High­way 72. The fire was still smol­der­ing Tuesday. “We’re just glad no­body’s hurt,” said Daniel Shew­maker, son of ranch owner Jack Shew­maker. He said there was equip­ment in the barn in ad­di­tion to the hay. The pur­chased hay had been in the barn about two weeks, ac­cord­ing to the younger Shew­maker. An em­ployee on the ranch heard an ex­plo­sion, the elder Shew­maker said, and no­ti­fied the fire depart­ment. Daniel Shew­maker said barn fires are not un­com­mon but there had not been one on their ranch for 25 years. A grinder, mixer feeder was in the barn and pulled out and iso­lated to burn away from the hay. A truck was pulled from the east side of the barn and the up­right beams were pulled away to re­move the metal roof to fa­cil­i­tate con­tain­ing the fire. Fire Mar­shall Will Hanna said spon­ta­neous com­bus­tion was the cause of the fire.

The FFA or­ga­ni­za­tion has made a program of ac­tiv­i­ties that is set up to guide the group through all plans that have been made. Some ex­am­ples of what is planned in­clude the Arkansas/Ok­la­homa fair, where live­stock is judged, the PALS program, which is pretty much a Big Brother/Big Sis­ter program to help out and spend time with the younger chil­dren of Pea Ridge, park­ing at the foot­ball games where club mem­bers will help peo­ple park with­out get­ting into any kind of accident, and of course the FFA ban­quet, where awards will be pre­sented. Also part of the ban­quet is the wel­com­ing of new of­fices and hav­ing an ori­en­ta­tion for them.

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