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The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - CHURCH -

50 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic Vol. 3 No. 40 Thurs­day, Oct. 3, 1968

Fig­ures compiled last week by the Pea Ridge Graphic dur­ing com­ple­tion of an­nual signed cir­cu­la­tion state­ment pre­pared for the Post Of­fice Depart­ment show the weekly pub­li­ca­tion to have shown a gi­gan­tic gain in cir­cu­la­tion for the se­cond straight year. The sworn cir­cu­la­tion state­ment ap­pears on the clas­si­fied page of this is­sue un­der the le­gal no­tices head­ing. Es­tab­lished Jan. 1, 1966, the Pea Ridge Graphic had 340 paid sub­scribers at the close of its first year of pub­li­ca­tion. By Oct. 1, 1967, nine months later, the an­nual sworn state­ment count showed that the paid cir­cu­la­tion had grown to 706 with an­other 74 dis­trib­uted to make the weekly cir­cu­la­tion 780. That more than dou­bled the cir­cu­la­tion of 1966. The bulk of sub­scribers live in the Pea Ridge area. Pea Ridge how­ever has only 300-plus homes in the city lim­its, and since the Pea Ridge Graphic now goes into ap­prox­i­mately 1,200 homes each week, it is ev­i­dent that Pea Ridge Graphic is be­ing widely read over the Ozarks area and has some sub­scribers in 33 states.

First- and ninth-grade stu­dents in Pea Ridge will be given tu­ber­culin skin tests on Oct. 21. The Ben­ton County TB & RD As­so­ci­a­tion in co­op­er­a­tion with Ben­ton County Health Unit, is con­duct­ing the an­nual Tu­ber­culin Skin Test­ing Clin­ics. These tests are for first- and ninth-grade stu­dents, and ALL stu­dents work­ing in the school lunch rooms. Con­trary to be­lief, TB is far from con­quered. De­spite re­cent gains made against TB, it still re­mains a spe­cial case.

40 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic-Scene Vol. 13 No. 40 Wed­nes­day, Oct. 4, 1978

A spe­cial assem­bly, a pa­rade, the crown­ing of a queen — all this topped off with the Black­hawks tak­ing on the Green­land Pi­rates in a con­fer­ence foot­ball game have been planned by the Pea Ridge High School for this week­end. Home­com­ing maids this year have been se­lected by their class­mates rep­re­sent­ing classes 9 through 12. Mrs. Mike Wright, Pep Club spon­sor, is co­or­di­nat­ing the crown­ing cer­e­monies which will take place at the foot­ball game, when the queen and her court will be pre­sented. The 1978 Home­com­ing queen will be se­lected by the Black­hawk foot­ball team.

30 Years Ago The TIMES of North­east Ben­ton County Vol. 23 No. 40 Thurs­day, Oct. 6, 1988

The cam­paign to raise $18,400 for the cost of re­plac­ing the roofs of two Pea Ridge Ele­men­tary School build­ings passed the $10,000 mark this week. The Roof Fund Steer­ing Com­mit­tee was told Mon­day that the to­tal de­posited so far at the Bank of Pea Ridge has reached $10,386.

The Pea Ridge Cham­ber of Com­merce will spon­sor an anti-drug cam­paign the week of Oct. 23, its chair­man said this week. Pea Ridge project chair­man Sam Ryan said the pur­pose of the Red Rib­bon cam­paign is to present a uni­fied and vis­i­ble com­mit­ment to­ward the cre­ation of a drug free Amer­ica. He said that cit­i­zens of all ages will be urged to wear a red rib­bon dur­ing Red Rib­bon Week and put a red rib­bon on al­most ev­ery­thing else to make peo­ple aware of the ef­fort.

Some of those in­volved in the Pea Ridge Area Min­is­te­rial Al­liance chili sup­per Sept. 23 be­lieve they’ve fig­ured out why it was so suc­cess­ful. Fam­i­lies didn’t have to worry about a meal on the night of the foot­ball game. There was a good meal avail­able at the school for no more than it would have cost to pro­duce one at home — and the pro­ceeds went to a good cause, the Ele­men­tary School Roof Fund. Be­cause of that, there will be good food avail­able for pur­chase be­fore the next two Pea Ridge home games.

20 Years Ago The TIMES of North­east Ben­ton County Vol. 33 No. 40 Thurs­day, Oct. 8, 1998

The pres­i­dent of the Pea Ridge Lions Club said that the club’s in­ter­na­tional mule jump last Satur­day at City Park was the best ever. Pres­i­dent John­nie Watson said, “We had more mules than we’ve every had, around 40.” He said that the only down­side was that at­ten­dance was down. Some of the win­ners do­nated their cash prizes back to the Lions Club, he said, be­cause they said that they were there just to have fun.

A math­e­mat­ics teacher has been named the first teacher of the month at Pea Ridge High School, said prin­ci­pal Gary Way­man. She is Lisa Senkevech, a math­e­mat­ics teacher at the high school for four years. Way­man said that the teacher of the month award is a joint pro­gram be­tween the high school and the Bal­four Co., a ven­dor of class rings and other items. He said that Mrs. Senkevech was se­lected, “be­cause of the time she puts in in her class­room and the at­ti­tude she projects to the stu­dents.”

The chair­man of the North­east Ben­ton County Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment said the NEBCO’s an­nual tur­key shoot last Satur­day was a rous­ing suc­cess. Chair­man Rick Wei­d­ner said, “It was splen­did.” He said that par­tic­i­pa­tion was clearly quite a few more than last year or the year be­fore. “We think that the in­come will be up over 12 per­cent above last year.”

10 Years Ago The TIMES of North­east Ben­ton County Vol. 43 No. 40 Wed­nes­day, Oct. 8, 2008

Once a ne­ces­sity, the use of mules in the Ozarks is now a means of en­ter­tain­ment and sport. The 20th an­nual Pea Ridge Mule Jump is Satur­day. More that 1,000 peo­ple de­scend on the City Park in this small Ozark town to watch mules jump a bar­ri­cade, some­times higher than their heads. Some­times the mules balk, lead­ing on­look­ers to yell en­cour­age­ment to the owner and an­i­mal. The Pea Ridge Mule Jump has its ori­gins in a fall fes­ti­val held down­town in 1985. Later events were called Bat­tle­field Days. Mule jump­ing and com­pe­ti­tion of ‘coon dogs was fea­tured. Mules are unique in their abil­ity to jump an ob­sta­cle from a stand­ing still po­si­tion. Awards are pre­sented at the end of the day with a $1,050 cash prize and Mon­tana sil­ver-smith belt buckle awarded for first place in the pro di­vi­sion.

Al­though most of the res­i­dents of Pea Ridge are quite fa­mil­iar with mule jump­ing many other north­west Arkansas res­i­dents

may still be in the dark con­cern­ing the unique sport. Ac­cord­ing to Lea Pat­ton, of­fice man­ager for the Amer­i­can Don­key and Mule So­ci­ety in Den­ton, Texas, the po­lit­i­cally cor­rect name for the sport is “Coon Hunters’ Mule Jump,” due to its his­tor­i­cal con­nec­tion with rac­coon hunters. “Rac­coon hunters are be­lieved to have in­vented the sports years ago when they rode their mules on nigh time hunts,” ex­plained Pat­ton, who is also the edi­tor of “The Brayer” mag­a­zine. “Mules are spe­cial in their abil­ity to jump an ob­sta­cle from a stand still po­si­tion,” Pat­ton said. “A horse can’t do it. A mule has unique mus­cu­lar char­ac­ter­is­tics that it in­her­ited from its don­key blood line which en­ables it to ba­si­cally per­form a stand­ing high jump.”

Past is­sues of The Times in­di­cate the first mule jumps in Pea Ridge were part of a fall fes­ti­val spon­sored by the lo­cal cham­ber of com­merce. Be­gun in 1985. The mule jumps were part of other ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the day, which also in­cluded trail rides and coon dog com­pe­ti­tions.

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