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50 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic Vol. 2 No. 42 Thurs­day, Oct. 19, 1967

The Black­hawks won the Homecoming game last Fri­day night 20-6 over their op­po­nents, the De­catur Bull­dogs, in the Pea Bowl. Be­fore the game be­gan, the 1967 Homecoming Queen, Miss Patsy Pat­ton, was crowned. She and her court reigned over the game. Those in her court were LaVita Arnold, se­nior; Darlene Clan­ton and Judy Evans, ju­niors; Joyce Mahurin, sopho­more; Gra­cie Arnold, fresh­man; Jean Brown, eighth grade; and Deb­bie Easley, sev­enth grade. The royal court was seated on the win­ning float, which be­longed to the 10th grade.

A par­tial check of guest book records at the Pea Ridge Na­tional Mil­i­tary Park Visitor Cen­ter a few days ago showed that vis­i­tors from at least 48 states had been there this sum­mer or early fall. Only Ne­vada and Delaware had no names signed to the reg­is­ter in the pages scanned. They may very well have been present on other pages. Vis­i­tors to the park are counted in two ways: by the Visitor Cen­ter door automatic counter and a road count. It was ex­plained that those ar­riv­ing by car in­clude some who tour the mo­tor­ized route on the bat­tle­field and don’t stop at the Visitor Cen­ter and visa versa. The door count for Au­gust alone showed that the vis­i­tors to­talled 21,385.

40 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic-Scene Vol. 12 No. 42 Wed­nes­day, Oct. 19, 1977

The Twelve Cor­ners Grange build­ing was heav­ily dam­aged in a fire at about 10: 30 a.m. Thurs­day. Pea Ridge vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment Chief Sammy Spivey said the blaze was ex­tin­guished by four fire­men and a num­ber of other vol­un­teers. He es­ti­mated the dam­age at about $5,000. He said the fire ap­peared to have started in the area of a wood stove which had been left burn­ing after a meet­ing at the Grange build­ing the night be­fore.

A pow­er­ful Bull­dog of­fense dom­i­nated the game Fri­day be­tween De­catur and Pea Ridge, and handed the Black­hawks their first loss of the sea­son by a score of 27-12. Black­hawk coach Ray Hoback said he was dis­ap­pointed in the per­for­mance of the Pea Ridge de­fen­sive line which De­catur “phys­i­cally whipped.” The loss left Pea Ridge with a 4-1 con­fer­ence record, iden­ti­cal to De­catur’s. Moun­tain­burg hosts Pea Ridge in this week’s game.

30 Years Ago The TIMES of North­east Ben­ton County Vol. 22 No. 42 Wed­nes­day, Oct. 21, 1987

Pea Ridge is re­spon­si­ble for ac­quir­ing rights-of-way along stretches of Ark. Hwy. 265 that are within city lim­its, ac­cord­ing to County Judge Al Nor­wood. The city will have to ac­quire rights-of-way in the event that the State High­way De­part­ment up­grades Ark. 265 from its in­ter­sec­tion with Ark. Hwy. 94 at the north end of town to the state line. Nor­wood called Pea Ridge Mayor Mary Rogers Mon­day to con­firm with her that the city un­der­stood that.

Even be­fore their char­ter night din­ner, Pea Ridge Li­ons Club mem­bers took on a big job to raise money for the Lion’s Sight Preser­va­tion project. Pres. Sam Ryan and sev­eral mem­bers spent Satur­day at the Bella Vista Arts and Craft Fair pick­ing up sev­eral bar­rels of trash. The money re­ceived went to the project, cred­ited to the lo­cal club.

20 Years Ago The TIMES of North­east Ben­ton County Vol. 32 No. 42 Thurs­day, Oct. 16, 1997

The Pea Ridge School Board ap­pointed Ron Mul­likin as chair­man of a com­mit­tee for a new Pea Ridge High School. Mul­likin ap­proached the board on Mon­day with the idea of form­ing a com­mit­tee to re­search fi­nan­cial op­tions for build­ing a new school, get­ting rec­om­men­da­tions on the fu­ture build­ing struc­ture and ed­u­cat­ing the pub­lic on the need for a new high school. Mul­likin said he would rec­om­mend the board get peo­ple who be­lieve there is a need for a new high school on the com­mit­tee. The vot­ers turned down last month a bal­lot pro­posal that would have in­creased prop­erty taxes in the dis­trict by 6.6 mills to fi­nance con­struc­tion of a new high school. “The only ones that lost (re­fer­ring to the failed mill­age in­crease pro­posal) are the kids.”

Mem­bers and friends of First Bap­tist Church of Pea Ridge ob­served the church’s 125th an­niver­sary Sun­day with reg­u­lar ser­vices, a potluck lunch and a spe­cial ser­vice featuring two for­mer pas­tors, Stan­ton Cram and Cliff Palmer. First Bap­tist Church of Pea Ridge was or­ga­nized by a small group of loyal church leaders in 1872, in a build­ing at But­trams Chapel. Later the church moved to the same lo­ca­tion as the present church build­ing in the south part of Pea Ridge. At that time, it was called Mis­sion­ary Bap­tist but later af­fil­i­ated with South­ern Bap­tist and the name changed to First Bap­tist of Pea Ridge, Ark.

10 Years Ago The TIMES of North­east Ben­ton County Vol. 42 No. 42 Wed­nes­day, Oct. 17, 2007

More new busi­nesses are be­ing con­sid­ered in town as de­vel­op­ers present ideas for a stor­age shed busi­ness and a skat­ing rink to city build­ing of­fi­cials. At a tech­ni­cal re­view meet­ing ear­lier this month, Tim Le­mons, rep­re­sent­ing Jim Skel­ton and Chris John­son, pre­sented plans for a cli­mate con­trolled stor­age fa­cil­ity on land just south of Black­jack Corner on Arkansas High­way 94. Also dis­cussed were park­ing lots for busi­nesses in town, although no con­sen­sus was reached. The cur­rent or­di­nance calls for a “hard sur­face,” ac­cord­ing to city build­ing of­fi­cial Tony Townsend. Jeff Bates of Bates and As­so­ciates, Rogers, pre­sented a pro­posal for a skat­ing rink on prop­erty owned by Rex Lit­trell just west of Mrs. Neecy’s Day­care Cen­ter on Arkansas High­way 72 east of down­town.

Pea Ridge El­e­men­tary School stu­dents were evac­u­ated from the two el­e­men­tary schools Mon­day around 2 p.m. fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery of a note men­tion­ing a bomb. Pea Ridge Po­lice Chief Tim Led­bet­ter said school re­source of­fi­cer Lon Brown was no­ti­fied by school of­fi­cials of the note writ­ten by a sixth-grade stu­dent and be­gan the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Po­lice and school of­fi­cials evac­u­ated the build­ings for both lower and up­per el­e­men­tary while a search was made. Bentonville po­lice as­sisted in the search with a dog trained to lo­cate ex­plo­sives. Noth­ing was lo­cated. The stu­dent was cited into ju­ve­nile court. Stu­dents left school without re­turn­ing to the class­rooms white the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­cluded.

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