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 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