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50 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic Vol. 3 No. 39 Thurs­day, Sept. 26, 1968

After 57 years in its orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion, the Bank of Pea Ridge next week will be open to its friends in its hand­some new fa­cil­i­ties eight blocks south. Ac­cord­ing to an­nounce­ment made this week by Hearn Oliver, pres­i­dent, the bank will be ready for busi­ness it its new lo­ca­tion Mon­day, Sept. 30. The new bank home has been erected at the cor­ner of Arkansas Hwy. 94 South and Lee Town Road fac­ing the high­way but ac­ces­si­ble to cus­tomers from ei­ther of the two main thor­ough­fares. There such con­ve­niences as a drive-in win­dow and night de­pos­i­tory, never be­fore avail­able to the bank’s cus­tomers, will serve the pub­lic.

It would be nice if we had a few scalawags run­ning for of­fice here in Pea Ridge this year. As it is, we vot­ers are go­ing to be hard­put to make some choices be­tween men that we like. Of course, in a small town like Pea Ridge, there is re­ally only one right way to do it: We must leave per­son­al­i­ties out of the thing, and, much as a coach has to make se­lec­tions for a team, we must look at the mat­ter ob­jec­tively and vote for the man in each con­test that we sin­cerely be­lieve to be best qual­i­fied to fill that par­tic­u­lar role in lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

40 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic-Scene Vol. 13 No. 39 Wed­nes­day, Sept. 27, 1978

A re­quest for a vari­ance to per­mit the con­struc­tion of a build­ing (part of a shop­ping cen­ter) 15 feet closer to Lee Town Road than is re­quired by city or­di­nance was granted Sept. 20 by the city’s Plan­ning Com­mis­sion. Com­mis­sion chair­man Jay Hale re­ports that Jerry Ed­ding­field, rep­re­sent­ing Ather­ton & Mur­phy, de­vel­op­ers, ap­peared at the hear­ing and ex­plained that, with the vari­ance granted, they would be able to in­clude more ten­ants in the build­ings and the only ef­fect is would have on the cen­ter would be a less­en­ing of the park­ing avail­able. The shop­ping mall, known as Bat­tle­field Cen­ter, at the cor­ner of Lee Town and Ark. Hwy. 94, in­cluded in the cen­ter will be a Pizza Hut and from six to 10 other busi­nesses, de­pend­ing upon the space de­mands of ten­ants. Ed­ding­field told the Graph­icScene that con­struc­tion of the cen­ter, dig­ging of the foot­ings, is to be­gin this week and the sched­ule calls for the open­ing of the Pizza Hut early in De­cem­ber.

Lester Hall, Pea Ridge re­al­tor, filed a pe­ti­tion seek­ing elec­tion to the post of mayor of Pea Ridge ac­cord­ing to late word from the Ben­ton County Clerk’s of­fice. With Hall’s fil­ing Fri­day, the slate for Pea Ridge city of­fi­cials is now com­pleted with no op­po­si­tion for any po­si­tion in­di­cated. Can­di­dates for coun­cil posts are: Charles Colton, Lee Otis Hall, Daryle Green and Jack Pat­ter­son.

Pea Ridge area ex­hibitors and par­tic­i­pants in the Ben­ton County Fair car­ried away their share of spoils. For to­tal num­ber of awards, Lesa VanZandt topped the list. Top price went to C. J. Knox, De­catur, whose 1,235-pound steer brought $1.01 per pound and was bought by L. & L. Farms, De­catur. Lesa VanZandt’s grand cham­pion steer, 1,050 pounds, brought 91 cents per pound and was bought by Hud­son Foods, Rogers.

Pea Ridge School District 109 board of di­rec­tors ap­proved hir­ing a new bus driver and a spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion teacher, ap­proved the ap­point­ment of a text­book com­mit­tee, raised the price of school lunches for adults, ap­proved ad­min­is­tra­tion han­dling of stu­dent im­mu­niza­tion prob­lems, heard a re­port on school in­sur­ance and con­sid­ered sev­eral other items.

30 Years Ago The TIMES of North­east Ben­ton County Vol. 23 No. 39 Thurs­day, Sept. 29, 1988

In case you haven’t no­ticed, con­trac­tor ApecArkansas, Inc. has be­gun work to straighten, widen and pave Arkansas High­way 265 from Pea Ridge to the Mis­souri line. Work on the im­prove­ment by the con­trac­tor was de­layed for sev­eral weeks to al­low util­ity com­pa­nies to re­lo­cate poles and lines. The con­tract re­quires that the $1 mil­lion job be com­pleted by the end of next June. State High­way Depart­ment res­i­dent en­gi­neer Jack Brisco said, “About 5 per­cent of the work is com­pleted with 30 per­cent of the time charged, but those num­bers are re­ally for our ben­e­fit.” He has a June 1989 tar­get date. The en­gi­neer said that traf­fic con­tin­ues to use the road.

The cam­paign to raise funds to pay for re-roof­ing two Pea Ridge El­e­men­tary School build­ings passed the half­way mark this week. The to­tal reached $9,715.21, ac­cord­ing to Roof Fund Steer­ing Com­mit­tee fig­ures. The goal is $18,400 and will, when reached, pay for re­plac­ing the roofs of two of the el­e­men­tary school build­ings. The school district does not have the funds to pay for the re­place­ment. Com­mu­nity groups have joined to raise the money by the end of Oc­to­ber. Other projects for the Roof Fund in­clude much of the pro­ceeds from the Fall Fest on Oct. 15, an El­e­men­tary School car­ni­val on Oct. 29 and a com­mit­ment from the Booster Club of $6,000.

The chair­man of the fourth an­nual Pea Ridge Fall Fest said this week that plans are pro­gress­ing so well that the fes­ti­val may very well be the best yet. Chair­man Tommy Lynch said that “en­thu­si­asm is as high as for any such event that I’ve ev­ery been in­volved in.” He said that there will be some at­trac­tion for most ev­ery­one of ev­ery each through­out the day and evening. The Fall Fest, spon­sored by the Pea Ridge Lions Club will be held Oct. 15 on the Pea Ridge School cam­pus. The fes­ti­val, he said, will in­clude en­ter­tain­ment, good food, arts and craft booths and games for the young and not so young.

20 Years Ago The TIMES of North­east Ben­ton County Vol. 33 No. 39 Thurs­day, Oct. 1, 1998

When the Golden Gate com­mem­o­ra­tive stamp was un­veiled in San Fran­cisco on Sept. 3, there were noted dig­ni­taries listed on the pro­gram. The hon­oree, how­ever, was a car­pen­ter, who grew up in Pea Ridge, grad­u­ated from Pea Ridge High School and help build the Golden Gate Bridge over 60 years ago. The news­pa­per cov­er­ing the event passed over the photo-ops of the big names and used a four-col­umn pic­ture of Martin

Adams taken against the back­drop of a gi­ant poster de­pict­ing the stamp. The cap­tion read: “The U.S. Postal Ser­vice un­veiled a new stamp Thurs­day at a cer­e­mony at the Golden Gate Bridge, com­mem­o­rat­ing its con­struc­tion in the 1930s. An orig­i­nal bridge worker, Martin Adams of Oak­land, was hon­ored by the ser­vice and the bridge district. Adams, 86, was in his early 20s when he came from Arkansas to work on the Bay Bridge, af­ter­ward trans­fer­ring to the Golden Gate. He brought (to the cer­e­mony) his orig­i­nal safety hel­met with him, bear­ing the scars of a ca­ble ac­ci­dent.”

The Pea Ridge Area Min­is­te­rial Al­liance will spon­sor a child abuse sem­i­nar this month. The Rev. Robert Wil­son, pas­tor of Pea Ridge United Methodist Church, said that ex­perts will con­duct the com­mu­nity aware­ness sem­i­nar.

10 Years Ago The TIMES of North­east Ben­ton County Vol. 43 No. 39 Wed­nes­day, Oct. 1, 2008

The Black­hawk The­atre is closed. The the­ater, in the for­mer First Bap­tist Church build­ing, opened in the ren­o­vated Black­hawk Plaza Busi­ness Cen­ter July 7, 2007, with the movie, “Trans­form­ers.” “We re­cently made the de­ci­sion to close the movie the­ater be­cause there just wasn’t broad enough sup­port from the com­mu­nity,” said Ann Cato, who owns the busi­ness with her hus­band, Jeff. “We needed the au­di­to­ri­ums at least 50 per­cent oc­cu­pied (i.e., 77 cus­tomers) dur­ing each movie to con­tinue busi­ness. This just didn’t hap­pen. Part of this may be due to the econ­omy. How­ever, the bot­tom line is that a movie the­ater for Pea Ridge just wasn’t in God’s plan.” The ren­o­vated build­ing (ap­prox­i­mately 12,700 square feet with a 3,400 square foot pent­house) is cur­rently for sale.

In a place of honor in the Pea Ridge Po­lice Depart­ment is a flag which flew over Camp Teji, Iraq, this past July. It was sent to the depart­ment by Karl Sch­midt, Pea Ridge po­lice of­fi­cer, who is serv­ing 15 months in Iraq. Po­lice Chief Tim Led­bet­ter pre­sented the flag and plaque to his of­fi­cers dur­ing a depart­ment meet­ing Tues­day, Sept. 23.

The ’Hawks played their best game of the year but it wasn’t enough to turn back the Gravette Lions as Pea Ridge fell 43-13 in the 4 A-1 District sea­son opener. “We are get­ting bet­ter,” head coach Mark Laster said, “although it’s hard show­ing im­prove­ment with this mur­derer’s row of teams we have had to start our sea­son with.” The ‘Hawks’ first half of their sea­son has been against teams that have a com­pos­ite 17-3 won­loss record to day, a gaunt­let of a sched­ule very few teams could sur­vive.

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