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50 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic Vol. 3 No. 41 Thurs­day, Oct. 10, 1968

Utah Smith peeped in­side per­sim­mon seeds off of eight tress at his place last week, and re­ports that all but one had spoons in­stead of forks this fall. That means, I think, that we’ve got a rough win­ter ahead. Mean­time, might as well en­joy the nice autumn and the good crop of per­sim­mons. Mrs. Smith shares a cou­ple of good recipes one for pud­ding and one for candy to be made from per­sim­mons. Utah says for y’all to come on down and get per­sim­mons at his place, free for the tak­ing.

A brother and sis­ter who had not seen each other for 39 years have been hav­ing a visit to­gether in Pea Ridge. They are James A. Jef­fer­son of Pea Ridge and Mrs. Harry (Edna) Veitch of Van­cou­ver, B.C., Canada. World War I had not yet started when the then Edna Jef­fer­son left for Canada. As a 19-year-old, she ac­com­pa­nied her sis­ter and brother-in-law, and their three small chil­dren. As it turned out, the trip to Canada was to be a per­ma­nent move for Edna, who mar­ried and re­mained there to make her home. She had made only two re­turn trips to Pea Ridge, prior to this one this fall. At the time, 1929, Jim Jef­fer­son was in Canada with his sis­ter, and when he re­turned with her for their fa­ther’s funeral, he re­mained in Pea Ridge with his mother. That was the last time, the brother and sis­ter were to see each other for 39 years.

40 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic-Scene Vol. 13 No. 41 Wed­nes­day, Oct. 11, 1978

The Oct. 3 meet­ing of the Pea Ridge Park Com­mis­sion marked the end of the fis­cal year for the com­mis­sion and found sev­eral year-end items and plans for the new year. With one com­mis­sion mem­ber hos­pi­tal­ized and an­other also un­able to at­tend, the three other com­mis­sion­ers agreed to post­pone un­til the Nov. 1 meet­ing the elec­tion of new of­fi­cers. It was voted to seek bids on land­scap­ing two ar­eas of City Park. It also was de­cided to ask whether the coun­cil wishes to con­tinue us­ing city em­ploy­ees for the mow­ing of the park or to pro­vide a main­te­nance fund with which the Park Com­mis­sion would hire the work car­ried out.

All Home­com­ing fes­tiv­i­ties lead up to the big game. Pea Ridge Black­hawks won the game against the Green­land Pi­rates 22-14. Fri­day was a full day in Pea Ridge and from noon un­til the game ended, Black­hawk faith­ful were fully oc­cu­pied.

Pea Ridge’s Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment, which re­sponded to more than 50 fire calls last year and has al­ready re­sponded to 29 this year, has a need for funds to help main­tain its fire-fight­ing equip­ment. An­swer? “We’re spon­sor­ing a jamboree Oct. 17,” Sam Spivey, fire chief, said. “And we’re hop­ing to bring in funds to sup­ple­ment our an­nual bud­get. We need them for up­keep of our equip­ment which must be ready to re­spond at all times,” he added. Spivey ex­plained that fire calls were low this year com­pared to last year when there was a great num­ber of grass fires due to the dry year, whereas this year’s rain has helped keep those fires to a min­i­mum.

30 Years Ago The TIMES of North­east Ben­ton County Vol. 23 No. 41 Thurs­day, Oct. 13, 1988

The Pea Ridge School Board re-elected as of­fi­cers two of its mem­bers Mon­day night and a third was named vice pres­i­dent of the board. Re-elected were Ron Fos­ter, pres­i­dent, and Tony Fletcher, Jr. sec­re­tary. The board also dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­ity of con­struct­ing a new high school build­ing. John Brown was elected to vice pres­i­dent filling the po­si­tion that was va­cated by Kent Webb.

The Pea Ridge Black­hawk March­ing Band at­tended a march­ing con­test Satur­day, Oct. 8, at Lin­coln. Fif­teen school par­tic­i­pated in this con­test. The Black­hawk Band did an out­stand­ing per­for­mance which won them third place in their class 1-A/ AAA Divi­sion. They were beaten by Prairie Grove, which took sec­ond place and Atkins, which one first. Di­rec­tor Randy Mealer and the band stu­dents were very proud of their ac­com­plish­ments be­cause they brought home the very first band tro­phy ever.

Pea Ridge Brownies marched along Cur­tis Av­enue last Fri­day dur­ing the an­nual Pea Ridge High School Home­com­ing pa­rade. Later, high school roy­alty was pre­sented at the home­com­ing game with Dover. Pre­sented were Michelle Carr, Shan­non Coo­ley, Tara Nobles, Jen­nifer Key, Ali­cia Ben­son, Shawn Snow, Kelly John­son, Sta­cie Collins, Tina Dean and Hope Hardin.

20 Years Ago The TIMES of North­east Ben­ton County Vol. 33 No. 41 Thurs­day, Oct. 15, 1998

Dr. Dorothy LeBoeuf of Pea Ridge Med­i­cal Cen­ter was cho­sen as Wash­ing­ton Re­gional’s Phases in Women’s Health Woman of the Year for 1998. Dr. LeBoeuf was pre­sented with a crys­tal vase in honor of her con­tri­bu­tions to the north­west Arkansas com­mu­nity at the sev­enth an­nual Women’s Day held last Satur­day at the Fayet­teville Clar­ion Inn.

The Pea Ridge School Board met Mon­day night and ap­proved an in­sur­ance pro­posal from su­per­in­ten­dent Roy Norvell and sup­ported by the Per­son­nel Pol­icy Com­mit­tee and 70 per­cent of the fac­ulty mem­bers. The board au­tho­rized Norvell to ac­cept bids on bonds for the new high school as long as they come in at 5 per­cent or less. High School Prin­ci­pal Gary Way­man ap­proached the board with a so­lu­tion to the prob­lem of home study stu­dents re-en­ter­ing school, stat­ing that this has be­come a real prob­lem since state reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing this have be­come so le­nient as to al­low stu­dents to drop out and re-en­ter school sev­eral times a year. The pol­icy would call for a stan­dard achieve­ment test to be con­ducted upon reen­try, as well as a list of text­books used by the stu­dent and cour­ses taught.

Seven Pea Ridge High School stu­dents re­cently at­tended the 13th an­nual Gov­er­nor’s Youth Con­fer­ence on al­co­hol, to­bacco and other Drugs held at Hard­ing Uni­ver­sity in Searcy.

10 Years Ago The TIMES of North­east Ben­ton County Vol. 43 No. 41 Wed­nes­day, Oct. 15, 2008

Con­flict be­tween the city and county plan­ning of­fices gov­ern­ing the ter­ri­to­rial ju­ris­dic­tion five miles around the city lim­its is cre­at­ing dif­fi­culty in gov­ern­ing that area, ac­cord­ing to city build­ing of­fi­cial Tony Townsend. Ac­cord­ing to Townsend, the county is al­low­ing res­i­dents in the coun­try, but within the city’s ter­ri­to­rial ju­ris­dic­tion, to split a lot for $50, then come back later and split that lot again, ul­ti­mately re­sult­ing in cre­at­ing a sub­di­vi­sion with­out it ever be­ing ad­dressed by

the city build­ing of­fi­cial, as law pro­vides.

Peo­ple cheered, whis­tled and ap­plauded try­ing to help coax two mules to get over a 67-inch-tall jump. Both had cleared 66 inches. It was near­ing the end of a long Satur­day, the sun was hot and mule own­ers vis­i­bly frus­trated. Owner Mike Call and mule Radar ran to­ward the jump, then stopped at the sim­ple tarp hung from a pole sus­pended be­tween up­right metal poles (think the high-jump in hu­man track and field). Call tan­ta­lized Radar, ex­cit­ing him to the point of frenzy. Although it had worked many times be­fore, Radar, re­fused to jump. “The mules have had enough,” de­clared Kenny Vaught, owner of Maggie Hue, 20. “We had a great com­pe­ti­tion through­out the day, fin­ish­ing in a down-tothe-inch tie for first place in the pro jump,” said Tracy Messer, chair­man of the Pea Ridge Parks Com­mis­sion, which spon­sored the event.

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