50 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic Vol. 3 No. 45 Thursday, Nov. 7, 1968
The Pea Ridge Telephone Co. announced today that the local business office will be closed beginning Nov. 24. A spokesman for the telephone company said that local officials had been contacted and arrangements have been made with the city secretary to collect the phone bills. The company spokesman pointed out that local residents will be able to pay four utilities at the same place.
Thomas Hales, 20, Powell, Mo. was injured in a one-car accident on Ark. Hwy. 94, west, in Pea Ridge about 6 p.m. Monday. The victim was taken by Sisco ambulance to Rogers Memorial Hospital. The hospital reported Tuesday that he had been dismissed earlier in the day. It was reported that young Hales was en-route to Oklahoma to be married. His car was demolished in the accident, which occurred on a curve just west of the downtown business section. Constable Al Koenke investigated.
40 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic-Scene Vol. 13 No. 45 Wednesday, Nov. 8, 1978
Bob Harp was elected chairman of the Pea Ridge Park Commission at the monthly meeting Thursday night at Harp’s Pharmacy. Under the leadership of the outgoing chairman, Kathy Knox, the commissioners discussed and made plans for erecting a backstop for the practice field on the south portion of City Park with the $450 from the Little League sponsored tractor and four-wheel pull held recently. Harp is to proceed with arranging the construction. Plans also were discussed and worked out for moving top soil already stockpiled at the park to the area around recent construction of the restrooms for seeing to improve the area.
The Bank of Pea Ridge salutes churches of Pea Ridge Country. With a membership of 50 families, the Pea Ridge Church of Christ came into existence sometime in the early 1900s at a location north of school campus. The present building at 908 N. Curtis Ave. was constructed in 1947, when Joe P. Rhoulac was the main leader, teacher and preacher.
30 Years Ago The TIMES of Northeast Benton County Vol. 23 No. 45 Thursday, Nov. 10, 1988
Nearly $20,000 was in the Pea Ridge Elementary School Roof Fund as of Tuesday, far exceeding the $18,400 goal established by the Roof Fund Steering Committee two months ago. The campaign to pay for the replacement of roofs on two elementary school buildings was launched because the Pea Ridge School District did not have the funds to make the repairs. Several hundred more dollars expected as a result of this Saturday night’s Pancake Supper sponsored by the Pea Ridge Fire Department. Pea Ridge School District superintendent Marvin Higginbottom said, “I can’t say enough for the people of Pea Ridge the way they raised money for the roofs. It makes me proud to be associated with them.”
The Pea Ridge Blackhawks brought home their second consecutive outright conference crown Friday night. The Blackhawks, who were already guaranteed a share in the conference title and a first round by in the playoffs, did not let up when they took on the Elkin Elks. In fact, they hammered out an overwhelming victory, 42-0. In conference play Pea Ridge has racked up 136 points and not allowed any of their opponents to score. The defense handed out its third straight shut-out.
Christina McCool, 8, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth McCool, Pea Ridge, found a burst balloon with an information tag on the ground near her home. The tag read: “The Choice for me, Drug Free, Red Ribbon Week. Please let me know if you find my balloon. Elizabeth Kirkeby, Anderson Elementary School, Broken Arrow, Okla.”
20 Years Ago The TIMES of Northeast Benton County Vol. 33 No. 45 Thursday, Nov. 12, 1998
The Pea Ridge School Board has made it a little more difficult for home schooled students to return to public school. On the recommendation of principal Gary Wayman, the board agreed on a policy that would call for standard achievement tests to be conducted upon re-entry, as well as a list of textbooks used at home by home schooled students. If a student is required by state law to take the Minimum Performance Test, a copy of the results must be made available to the school. Wayman said that this will cut down on the number of students dropping out and re-entering at will, sometimes several times during a school year.
The Mountainburg Dragons came from behind Friday night to end the season for the Pea Ridge Blackhawks. The final score was 40-29. Head coach Rob Bray said, “We just made some mistakes late in the game that really hurt us.”
10 Years Ago The TIMES of Northeast Benton County Vol. 43 No. 45 Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008
Pea Ridge Planning Commission Tuesday approved a request from Kevin Felgenhauer to rezone for a new subdivision south of Maple Glen subdivision. He told planners he was seeking to rezone 20.14 acres on Ross Salvage Road from agricultural to R1 single family and planned, 8,000-square-foot lots throughout most of the subdivision.
Five high school students stood individually before
the Pea Ridge School Board Monday night. Each presented their success at the Benton County Fair as members of the Pea Ridge chapter of the Future Farmers of America. The students said the Pea Ridge chapter was the third largest in the county, ranking behind Rogers and Siloam Springs. Board members applauded the students’ achievements and praised Perry Mason, agricultural teacher, for his involvement with the students.
Walking into the log farm house of Robert and Jenny Wood, one walks literally walks on history. The twoinch tongue and groove oak floors are constructed of the boards which originally graced two classrooms in the old Pea Ridge School downtown. Buying the school floors was an experience. Jenny said they bid on the floors and won the bid for $50. They had two days to pull up the boards and remove them from the building before it was razed in 2005. Throughout their house are antiques painstakingly restored by Jenny. The desk in Jenny’s office was formerly in the Bank of Pea Ridge. She bought it from a sale sponsored by the Pea Ridge Band.