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50 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic Vol. 3 No. 6 Thurs­day, Feb. 8, 1968

The first road turn­ing north off of Arkansas High­way 72 west of Aunt Sally’s Gro­cery and Mar­ket is re­ferred to by long-time res­i­dents as “Aunt Lucy’s Cor­ner.” There’s no house or other build­ing at the site, but the other day when J.B. Blevins and Jim McKin­ney of Ben­tonville, for­merly of Pea Ridge, were in the pa­per’s of­fice, they ex­plained the phe­nom­ena. There once lived in a two-room house at that cor­ner an el­derly woman named Miss Lucy Mor­gan. Every­one called Aunt Lucy, and of course, the cor­ner where she lived be­came know as her’s. Blevins re­called that Aunt Lucy had a brother name Ev Mor­gan, who was said to have been the only sol­dier who fought on his own land in the Bat­tle of Pea Ridge. Blevins re­calls Aunt Lucy as be­ing el­derly when he was young, and he is now 83. Nat­u­rally, her home and all other signs that any­one ever lived there are long since gone, but Pea Rid­gians of to­day are still re­mem­ber­ing her when they give di­rec­tion in which they re­fer to Aunt Lucy’s cor­ner.

It rained and it rained — well, not quite 40 days, but some folks hardly rec­og­nized the sun when it fi­nally came out again last Fri­day (on Ground­hog Day, of course). In Pea Ridge coun­try, the Cas­cade Spring runs about the same whether or not it rains but when the wa­ter sup­ply builds up in caves to a cer­tain depth in­side the moun­tain, then the wa­ter flows out over the cave en­trance into the val­ley be­low. Two tiers of con­crete dams catch the wa­ter and al­low it to flow along the val­ley bed to Lit­tle Sugar Creek about 400 yards away. This ex­quis­ite val­ley and hemmed in hol­low are lo­cated but a few hun­dred feet off Arkansas High­way 94 south of Pea Ridge and be­long to the John Easley fam­ily, which dreams of one day build­ing a home in the ma­jes­tic set­ting.

40 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic-Scene Vol. 13 No. 6 Wed­nes­day, Feb. 8, 1978

Pea Ridge School District vot­ers will have a choice of three can­di­dates in the March 14 school elec­tions. The in­cum­bent is Keith Es­cue, a dairy and beef cat­tle farmer who has served seven years as pres­i­dent of school. He is seek­ing re­elec­tion to a third five-year term. C.Y. “Chuck” Hazel­ton, co-owner of Ad­cock Drilling Com­pany in Pea Ridge, is one of the chal­lengers. The other chal­lenger is Bill E. “Red” Hayes, who lives south­east of Pea Ridge and is em­ployed as a crib clerk at Crane Com­pany in Rogers.

The Pea Ridge Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment re­sponded to a ru­ral house fire call to the Carl Ben­nett res­i­dence at Bright­wa­ter at 5 p.m. Sun­day. Pea Ridge sent two pumper trucks and 12 fire­men to as­sist the Rogers Fire De­part­ment which first re­sponded to the call. The Rogers fire­men con­trolled the blaze with­out as­sis­tance, ac­cord­ing to Sammy Spivey, chief of the Pea Ridge vol­un­teers. The Ben­nett res­i­dence was only lightly dam­aged by a chim­ney fire.

30 Years Ago The TIMES of North­east Ben­ton County Vol. 23 No. 6 Thurs­day, Feb. 10, 1988

Ge­orge Sum­mey and his wife Von­deleete haven’t lived in Pea Ridge very long. Sum­mey is no stranger to north­west Arkansas, how­ever. He re­mem­bers well the con­di­tion of what is now Arkansas High­way 265, which con­nect Pea Ridge with Mis­souri. It hasn’t changed much, though he said its con­di­tion is much bet­ter to­day. Af­ter many years, there ap­pears to be enough ac­tiv­ity on the Arkansas side to fully ex­pect that State 265 will be paved to the Mis­souri line within two years.

Pea Ridge School District su­per­in­ten­dent Bill Al­varez said a de­ci­sion will be made late this month about how and when the district will make up the days lost be­cause of bad weather. “We presently have five days to make up,” he said, and the “de­ci­sion on how to make th­ese days up will be made to­ward the end of Fe­bru­ary.”

20 Years Ago The TIMES of North­east Ben­ton County Vol. 33 No. 6 Thurs­day, Feb. 12, 1998

The Pea Ridge School Board heard con­cerned par­ents make a plea to re­move a book from the fifth-grade cur­ricu­lum. The small group of par­ents and con­cerned cit­i­zens ob­jected to the book for some of the lan­guage used in it and for how the fic­tional char­ac­ters were some­times por­trayed. Sev­eral of the school board mem­bers had read the book and had ques­tions about the age ap­pro­pri­ate­ness for fifth grade for the same rea­sons as ex­pressed by the con­cerned par­ents. Board pres­i­dent Randy Easter­ling brought the lengthy dis­cus­sion to a close by say­ing that there are things “we do and do not like” about the book, but they are not con­vinced that there is any­thing so ter­ri­ble in it to war­rant its re­moval from the class­room.

10 Years Ago The TIMES of North­east Ben­ton County Vol. 43 No. 6 Wed­nes­day, Feb. 13, 2008

A lo­cal builder is will­ing to pro­vide his la­bor to con­struct a new field house for the foot­ball field, ac­cord­ing to a re­port from the Ath­letic Fa­cil­i­ties com­mit­tee. Head foot­ball coach Mark Laster pre­sented a pro­posal to the School Board at the reg­u­lar meet­ing Mon­day night for a 24- by 40-foot build­ing for the Pea Ridge foot­ball team. He said Mike Bot­son was vol­un­teer­ing his time and ex­per­tise to con­struct the build­ing. Laster told the board that as the school had been moved up to 4A, the vis­it­ing teams would con­sist of no fewer than 40 play­ers and the fa­cil­i­ties cur­rently aren’t large enough to pro­vide dress­ing rooms. Su­per­in­ten­dent Mike Van Dyke told the board it was re­quired to bid for the project and re­ceived au­tho­riza­tion from the board to pro­ceed.

Al­though Pea Ridge may have a need for a va­ri­ety of hous­ing, in­clud­ing row town­houses and clus­ter con­do­mini­ums, Plan­ning Com­mis­sion mem­bers agreed that re­zon­ing more than 100 acres with zones al­low­ing for 2,770 units was not in the best in­ter­est of the com­mu­nity. The meet­ing be­gan with a pub­lic hear­ing dur­ing which both the engi­neer rep­re­sent­ing Co­pher, Gary Car­na­han, and neigh­bor­ing landown­ers spoke about the is­sue. Fol­low­ing the pub­lic hear­ing, dis­cus­sion cen­tered around the de­vel­oper’s fail­ure to com­ply with ear­lier re­quests from the com­mis­sion­ers to elim­i­nate flood­ing cre­ated by the de­vel­op­ment while work­ing on Phase 1 and 2. Com­mis­sion­ers unan­i­mously agreed to ta­ble the re­quests.

Bright­wa­ter Me­mo­rial

Bright­wa­ter Me­mo­rial United Methodist Church, 14108 E. U.S. Hwy. 62, and Pea Ridge United Methodist Church, 1205 N. Davis St,Pea Ridge, will hold a com­bined Ash Wed­nes­day ser­vice at 6 p.m. on Feb. 14 at Bright­wa­ter MUMC. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion: www. bit.ly/bmumc

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

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