50 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic Vol. 3 No. 5 Thursday, Feb. 1, 1968
Notices were being mailed out this week from Pea Ridge City Hall regarding the annual fire assessment dues. The Pea Ridge Volunteer Fire Department is supported entirely with the $6 annual dues coming in both from residents within the city and those living in the surrounding rural areas.
One of several residences destroyed by fire in the Pea Ridge vicinity during the past year was a house located on Rainbow Ranch and is thought to have burned through the carelessness of prowlers that may have slept in it. The owner said his dogs had been barking at at the house for three or four nights prior to the fire last month, but he had thought the dogs were excited by the remodeling work that was being done on the structure.
40 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic-Scene Vol. 13 No. 5 Wednesday, Feb. 1, 1978
The Blackhawk senior boys disposed of three conference opponents last week and early this week but the senior girls, junior girls and junior boys all took losses in their contests. At GRAPHICSCENE press time Tuesday, the senior boys were in a tie with St. Paul for second place in the conference with three losses each. Decatur maintained the lead with only two losses while Gentry slipped to fourth place with four defeats. Due to scheduling problems caused by several recent snow cancellations, a tournament schedule was unavailable at press time.
A state-wide emergency preparedness test will be conducted Wednesday, Feb. 8, according to Harley True, Benton County emergency services coordinator. When the simulated emergency is issued, the message will come to the sheriff’s department first. “When they get the word,” True said, “they press a red button and the message goes out directly to all police, radio stations, hospitals, schools, some factories and local emergency service coordinators.” In Pea Ridge, the local warning system is a siren mounted on the water tower. The emergency signals from the site are for nuclear attack, storm warning (take cover), and all clear. Emergency shelters available to Pea Ridge include the city storm cellar which is the old underground water tank on Davis Street, and the basements of the First Baptist and Presbyterian churches.
30 Years Ago The TIMES of Northeast Benton County Vol. 23 No. 5 Thursday, Feb. 3, 1988
The secretary-treasurer of the Pea Ridge Lions Club said last week that the club will install, at no charge, smoke alarms in the homes of at least 24 residents of the Pea Ridge area.
The president of the Pea Ridge High School Band Boosters Club said that a drawing for a new quilt will be held Feb. 12 as part of the campaign to replace 10-year-old uniforms. President Jackie Blevins said that the drawing is part of the effort to raise between $8,000 and $10,000 for the uniforms. The quilt was made by Charlotte Foster. Mrs. Blevins said that students in grades seven through 12 participate in the band. “These uniforms are at least 10 years old,” she said, adding that they are worn badly and in some cases incomplete.
The superintendent of the Pea Ridge School District said Tuesday that the suspension of school this week because of icy road conditions will simply mean that the additional time will have to be made up by students and teachers.
20 Years Ago The TIMES of Northeast Benton County Vol. 33 No. 5 Thursday, Feb. 5, 1998
Subcommittee reports Monday night dominated the meeting of the committee to build a new Pea Ridge High School building. Henry Durand, chairman of the building facility subcommittee, told the group of the committee’s research findings. He said that the size of the facility the school board is asking for is based on the size requirements of state standards and the state’s student population projections for the district. Superintendent Roy Norvell said that he believes the projections are very conservative.
Jim Brown, of Rogers, bought the Battlefield Shopping Center and plans to open a new video store in the center by the end of this month. Brown bought the center from Bill Atherton of Tulsa, who built the center nearly two decades ago. Brown said that he hope to open Video World by the third week of February. Renovation of the building will cost $58,000.
10 Years Ago The TIMES of Northeast Benton County Vol. 43 No. 5 Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008
The “High School Sports: The Magazine” has released its football team of the year and a pair of Blackhawks made the honor roll. To no one’s surprise, the ’Hawks Josh Simmons was named to the small school all region (4A, 3A, and 2A school) team as a defensive back. A little bit surprising was the naming of sophomore Kip Kelly to the quarterback position, along with Blake Roberts of Shiloh. The surprising thing was not that Kelly hadn’t displayed allstar talent in the time that he played, but that he played only half a season. After a stellar game against Shiloh, Kelly broke his arm in the fifth game and was lost for the year.While Kelly will be a junior next year at PRHS, Simmons will probably be pursuing football on the collegiate level.
The Pea Ridge Varsity Cheerleaders were first runners up in the 1A-3A Coed Division at the ACCA State Grand Championship Feb. 2 and placed second at the Regional Competition Jan. 26. Nicole Brown was a recipient of the ACCA Senior Scholarship, according to coach Courtney Hurst. The Pea Ridge High School cheerleaders thank the many businesses for their donations to the squad this year. Without their donations and support, competition would not have been possible.
Rental fees for outside organizations to use school facilities will be considered by the Pea Ridge School Board at the next regular meeting scheduled for Monday, Feb. 11. Several personnel issues are on the agenda, including the Board’s consideration of the Principal’ and curriculum director’s contracts. Updates are on the agenda concerning the Athletic Strategic Planning Committee, curriculum and instruction and on the kindergarten through secondgrade school building.
First Baptist Church Pea Ridge
Wednesday night services include 5 p.m. dinner, 6 p.m. BLAST (Bible Learners and Sharers Together), 6 p.m. youth and 6:30 p.m. adult Bible study.
Faith Riders meet the second Saturday of every month and have weekly Thursday night dinners.
Sunday services begins at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday school is at 11 a.m. on Sundays.
Episcopal Church Pea Ridge
Angel’s Share food pantry is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at 1300 N. Davis St.
Pea Ridge Free Will Baptist Church
All Titus II meeting are on the second Saturday of the month beginning at 10 a.m. We welcome anyone interested to join us.
Messiah Lutheran Church Pea Ridge
A regular Sunday School program is offered every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for all ages.