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50 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic Vol. 2 No. 41 Thurs­day, Oct. 12, 1967

Fri­day night the Pea Ridge Black­hawks meet the De­catur Lions in the Pea Bowl. For the Lions, it may be just an­other game, but for the Black­hawks it will be a mem­o­rable oc­ca­sion be­cause it is home­com­ing. The home­com­ing queen will be selected by the team from among a bevy of beau­ties cho­sen by the re­spec­tive classes of the high school. The new queen will be crowned at half­time cer­e­monies by the co-cap­tains of the Black­hawks.

At a reg­u­lar meet­ing of Mt. Ver­non Lodge No. 428 F and AM Wed­nes­day night, Oct. 4, mem­bers and vis­it­ing broth­ers as­sem­bled to honor Ernest Hile­man in com­mem­o­rat­ing his at­tain­ment of 50 years as an ac­tive Freema­son. Af­ter the pre­sen­ta­tion Hile­man stressed the fact that the ba­sic prin­ci­ples of Freema­sonry — Loy­alty to coun­try, be­lief in God and the Golden Rule are as vi­tal to­day as when he first en­tered the fra­ter­nity. He has served as a jus­tice of the peace for more than 40 years, and is still hold­ing such an of­fice.

40 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic-Scene Vol. 12 No. 41 Wed­nes­day, Oct. 12, 1977

Two acres of prairie grass doesn’t’s make a prairie, but it does pro­vide a good idea of what it would take to es­tab­lish a prairie of re­al­is­tic size. That it what is go­ing on at Pea Ridge Na­tional Mil­i­tary Park in an ex­per­i­ment which be­gan on April Fools Day, 1975, and will con­tinue through Aug. 31, 1978. The ex­per­i­ment is be­ing con­ducted by Dr. Ed­ward E. Dale Jr., head of the Depart­ment of Botany and Bac­te­ri­ol­ogy at the Univer­sity of Arkansas at Fayetteville. A pro­posal writ­ten for the na­tional park ser­vice on the project states: “There is good ev­i­dence that prairie was present in the Pea Ridge Na­tional Mil­i­tary Park at the time of the bat­tle of Pea Ridge in 1862. “Restora­tion of all or part of a prairie that du­pli­cates the orig­i­nal veg­e­ta­tion will be an aid to the in­ter­pre­tive pro­gram at the park. Also such an area would be of ed­u­ca­tional value to sec­ondary schools and col­leges since no other prairie ex­its nearby.”

The Pea Ridge Black­hawk march­ing band marched in the Univer­sity of Cen­tral Arkansas home­com­ing pa­rade at Con­way Satur­day and were guests of the col­lege band at the home­com­ing foot­ball game Satur­day night. The band un­der di­rec­tion of Dal­las Lafleur, has 60 mem­bers this year, with 55 in the march­ing unit com­pared to 50 last year.

30 Years Ago The TIMES of North­east Ben­ton County Vol. 22 No. 41 Wed­nes­day, Oct. 14, 1987

Pea Ridge High Schools FFA Club has taken on the job of as­sist­ing the Shady Grove Com­mu­nity Club with ex­penses and main­te­nance for the Shady Grove com­mu­nity build­ing. FFA Ad­vi­sor Greg Mat­teri says stu­dents read of the plight of Shady Grove Club mem­bers who are no longer able to meet all of the costs of main­tain­ing the prop­erty and de­cided to pitch in as an FFA-BOAC Com­mu­nity Ser­vice project. FFA club mem­bers will raise money to pay stu­dents for mow­ing and to help with the ex­pense of badly needed win­dows and other re­pairs, Mat­teri says.

A re­cent raise in rates by South­ern Cable­com for its ba­sic ser­vice to Pea Ridge ca­ble tele­vi­sion sub­scribers may have vi­o­lated an or­di­nance grant­ing the com­pany a fran­chise, ac­cord­ing to Pea Ridge City At­tor­ney Howard Slinkard. Slinkard gave his ten­ta­tive opin­ion on the mat­ter in re­sponse to a re­quest from Bil­lie Jines that the coun­cil in­ves­ti­gate whether a re­cent raise in min­i­mum ser­vice rates to users was le­gal. Jines said that South­ern Cable­com had, with­out coun­cil’s ap­proval or even no­ti­fy­ing the coun­cil, raised the rate for ba­sic ca­ble ser­vice in Pea Ridge from $9 per month plus tax to $12.50 per month.

20 Years Ago The TIMES of North­east Ben­ton County Vol. 32 No. 41 Thurs­day, Oct. 9, 1997

Some Pea Ridge water cus­tomers may ex­pe­ri­ence a brief loss of water pres­sure dur­ing the wee hours of the morn­ing for the next four weeks, said Water Depart­ment su­per­in­ten­dent Robert But­ton. But­ton said, The project will take a month or so and then the project will be on-go­ing to keep leak­age at an ac­cept­able level.

Last Satur­day’s Pea Ridge Lion’s Club In­ter­na­tional Mule Jump was once again a suc­cess, said Lions spokesman David Dickey. There were more mules than last year and the events went very smoothly, Dickey said. He said, “We had about the same crowd we had last year and it was at lease as suc­cess­ful as last year.” Dickey said, “Next year will be the 10th an­nual jump. Hope­fully, it’ll be even bet­ter than this year.”

10 Years Ago The TIMES of North­east Ben­ton County Vol. 42 No. 41 Wed­nes­day, Oct. 10, 2007

The Pea Ridge Mule Jump has brought many mule lovers to­gether, but it also sparked a dif­fer­ent kind of ro­mance this past year. Car­men Mon­tague lived in Ben­ton, Ark. Jim Wo­mack lives in South­west City, Mo. Last year, Car­men’s cousin, Vickie Brown of Ben­tonville, in­vited her mother (Car­men’s aunt) and Car­men to the Pea Ridge Mule jump. “I tried ev­ery way to get out of it,” Car­men said. At the time, Car­men was a hair­dresser and worked with two men who didn’t be­lieve there was such an event as a mule jump. “I wanted a pic­ture of me on a mule to prove I’d been to a mule jump,” Car­men said. “They didn’t be­lieve there was such a thing.” Vickie’s hus­band, Michael Brown, is the phar­ma­cist at Col­lier’s Drug store in Pea Ridge. “Vickie told Michael I needed to get my pic­ture taken on a mule.” He found a young boy and he told Michael I could sit on his bare­back mule,” Car­men re­counted. “As soon as I was on, the mule took off. I slid from front to back and landed on my feet,” she said laugh­ing. So the quest con­tin­ued, this time for a sad­dled mule. “Then I saw my knight in shin­ing mule,” Car­men said, smil­ing, of Jim Wo­mack, the mule’s owner. Vickie said she could sense that Jim was in­ter­ested in Car­men, so af­ter the pho­to­graph was taken, she rushed back to ask him if he was mar­ried and give him her hus­band’s num­ber so he could call to get in touch with Car­men if he was in­ter­ested. “Some peo­ple call it des­tiny,” Car­men said, “I call it God. We were meant to meet.” Jim called Michael and got Car­men’s phone num­ber just a day later. “The rest is his­tory,” she smiled. “We got to­gether ev­ery week­end and were mar­ried June 23.”

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