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50 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic Vol. 3 No. 7 Thurs­day, Feb. 15, 1968

The Pea Ridge Cham­ber of Com­merce took the first of­fi­cial step on what could be­come the road to­ward see­ing the city’s his­toric and de­cay­ing old “Un­cle Cap” Pick­ens home re­stored. The com­mit­tee was in­structed to act im­me­di­ately, seek­ing, first, a quo­ta­tion from the owner of the struc­ture, Ralph Miller, as to the amount he asks for the house and for an ac­com­pa­ny­ing lot for it. The feel­ing seemed to ex­ist at the meet­ing that if the ask­ing price were con­sid­ered out of reach, the mat­ter would be dropped at once. Built on the ground, the front of the struc­ture has suf­fered greater de­te­ri­o­ra­tion than has the ad­di­tion at the rear which had an ex­ca­va­tion be­neath it. While the house is very nearly gone, it likely could be re­stored if ac­tion is taken quickly. The cen­tury old house be­longed to a Con­fed­er­ate sol­dier, Cap­tain Cyrus Pick­ens, who had fought in the Bat­tle of Pea Ridge. Capt. Pick­ens lived out his life here, as did his brother, R.A. Pick­ens, an­other Civil War sol­dier. All Pea Ridge streets bear the names of Con­fed­er­ate and Fed­eral sol­diers who fought in the Bat­tle of Pea Ridge.

Wash With Us, Speed-omatic Laun­dry will be open till 9, six nights a week, and closed Sun­days. Wash 20 cents, dry 10 cents and 25 cents, lo­cated in down­town Pea Ridge. At­tend church on Sun­day.

40 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic-Scene Vol. 13 No. 7 Wed­nes­day, Feb. 15, 1978

The Kelly ser­vice sta­tion, for­merly owned and op­er­ated by Cle­burne Cline, is now owned and op­er­ated by Harold and Phyliss Thomas and their son, Perry. The busi­ness, now know as Thomas Skelly, changed hands last week. The Thomases came to Pea Ridge from Downer’s Grove, Ill. The busi­ness of­fers Skelly gas, a full line of oil and me­chanic work rang­ing from tune-ups to au­to­matic trans­mis­sion work. Perry Thomas has two-and-a-half years vo­ca­tional school train­ing as a me­chanic.

The Pea Ridge City Coun­cil met in ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion with City Mar­shal Loyd Pifer and City Judge Don­ald Ben­nett at its Thurs­day night meet­ing last week to dis­cuss what was de­scribed by Mayor Carl J. Carter as a “con­flict of per­son­al­i­ties.” Although the ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion was closed to the pub­lic as is al­lowed for dis­cus­sion of per­son­nel mat­ters, the dis­cus­sion was heard clearly through the wall of the room in which the GRAPHIC-SCENE re­porter was wait­ing. The meet­ing was re­quested by the city judge, who sent a let­ter to the mayor, coun­cil mem­bers and city mar­shal which said: “There has arisen a prob­lem be­tween my­self and Mr. Pifer that is of im­me­di­ate im­por­tance and that I feel must be brought to the at­ten­tion of the city gov­ern­ment as soon as pos­si­ble.” Pifer said in the ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion and in an in­ter­view af­ter­wards that he felt Ben­nett’s let­ter showed “hos­til­ity” to­ward Pifer, and that such hos­til­ity would prej­u­dice the judge against Pifer as a wit­ness in city court cases. The let­ter from Ben­nett re­lated de­tails of an ar­gu­ment be­tween Pifer and Ben­nett over use of Arkansas Statute law books owned by the city.

30 Years Ago The TIMES of Northeast Ben­ton County Vol. 23 No. 7 Thurs­day, Feb. 17, 1988

Mayor Mary Rogers said there is a good pos­si­bil­ity the city will ap­ply to par­tic­i­pate in the Main Street Arkansas, a project de­signed to re­vi­tal­ize down­towns across the state. There are 11 Main Street projects in the state, in­clud­ing one in Rogers. Rogers said that the mat­ter of Main Street was the sub­ject of a meet­ing last week of a com­mit­tee she ap­pointed to dis­cuss the eco­nomic fu­ture of Pea Ridge.

20 Years Ago The TIMES of Northeast Ben­ton County Vol. 33 No. 7 Thurs­day, Feb. 19, 1998

A for­mer Pea Ridge School su­per­in­ten­dent said that he will seek the Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion for the state House Dis­trict 4 seat in the May 19 pri­mary. Marvin Hig­gin­bot­tom, who served as Pea Ridge’s su­per­in­ten­dent for seven years and, be­fore that, 15 years as Ben­tonville’s su­per­in­ten­dent. Hig­gin­bot­tom said that he will cam­paign for lo­cal con­trol of ed­u­ca­tion, prop­erty tax over­haul and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

The Cham­ber of Com­merce is busy work­ing on many events and in many ar­eas. One of the most im­por­tant is a Pea Ridge City di­rec­tory. The cham­ber pub­lic­ity com­mit­tee, led by Ker­rie Kelly, is gath­er­ing and col­lect­ing in­for­ma­tion for this project. The city di­rec­tory will be a re­source for old and new res­i­dents.

10 Years Ago The TIMES of Northeast Ben­ton County Vol. 43 No. 7 Wed­nes­day, Feb. 20, 2008

Vol­un­teers are es­sen­tial to the com­mu­nity, said Mayor Jackie Crab­tree, who said more vol­un­teers are needed for the Parks Com­mis­sion and sev­eral com­mit­tees to op­er­ate un­der the com­mis­sion. The city cur­rently has prop­erty prime for de­vel­op­ment as parks in­clud­ing Baker-Hayes Park on Bat­tle­field Es­tates, a lot in Givens sub­di­vi­sion and a lot in Cato Es­tates, in ad­di­tion that al­ready-de­vel­oped City Park on Hay­den Road. Sev­eral years ago, the city Parks Com­mis­sion took over the an­nual Mule Jump, which had been spon­sored by var­i­ous civic groups since it in­cep­tion in the 1980s. The event has grown and re­quires a tremen­dous amount of time by the peo­ple in­volved in run­ning it, Crab­tree said. Parks Com­mis­sion mem­bers must live within the city lim­its. Four or five new com­mis­sion­ers are needed, Crab­tree said. Com­mit­tee mem­bers need not live within the city lim­its.

While Karl Sch­midt has been train­ing for over­seas de­ploy­ment to Iraq, his co­work­ers have been work­ing on a project to help him know they are think­ing of him no mat­ter how far away he is. Sch­midt, a po­lice of­fi­cer with the Pea Ridge Po­lice De­part­ment, is also a mem­ber of the Arkansas Na­tional Guard. Af­ter be­ing de­ployed, he has been in train­ing state­side for sev­eral months. This week, he was sur­prised by a visit from his su­per­vi­sors — Mayor Jackie Crab­tree and Po­lice Chief Tim Led­bet­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing in Op­er­a­tion Boss Lift. In ad­di­tion to sur­pris­ing Sch­midt with their visit, they are de­liv­er­ing a quilt made by Sgt. Cer­illa Doyle, a co-worker, fea­tur­ing photographs of peo­ple with whom Sch­midt works and video mes­sages of greet­ings from city work­ers.

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