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50 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic Vol. 3 No. 27 Thurs­day, July 4, 1968

A kinder­garten teacher has been engaged for Pea Ridge for the 1968-1969 term. She is Mrs. Bon­nie Dea­son of Rogers, the mother of one kinder­garten-aged son and one who will en­ter the first grade in the fall. Mrs. Dea­son be­gan her own school­ing in Pea Ridge by at­tend­ing the first and sec­ond grades here. She com­pleted her pub­lic school­ing in Rogers High School. This will mark Pea Ridge’s sec­ond year to have a kinder­garten. How­ever, it will de­pends upon whether or not enough chil­dren are en­rolled. So far, four youngsters have been reg­is­tered, but a to­tal of 20 are needed to war­rant the ser­vices of a teacher.

Cases were heard in the court of Jus­tice Judge Ernest Hile­man last week were: one case of no-driver’s li­cense, $9.50 fine and costs, with $4.50 sus­pended upon get­ting the li­cense im­me­di­ately; one case of a traf­fic vi­o­la­tion, re­sult­ing in fine and costs of $14.50, and an­other case in­volved a sum­mons to ap­pear in court which had been ig­nored. Judge Hile­man is­sued a war­rant for ar­rest, which was made in Rogers and a $25 ap­pear­ance bond was paid. The bond was for­feited in the lo­cal court.

In Novem­ber 1966, the peo­ple of Arkansas saved the Pea Ridge School Dis­trict at the polls by de­feat­ing a pro­posal to elim­i­nate school dis­tricts with less than 400 enu­mer­ates. At the present time, the ef­fort to elim­i­nate such school is be­ing waged anew — only this time, the rec­om­men­da­tion af­fects all school dis­tricts with less than 600 stu­dents. Dur­ing its en­roll­ment pe­riod last fall, Pea Ridge Schools had 440 stu­dents. In April of this year, the State Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion is­sued a re­ply to the of­fi­cial Gov­ern­men­tal Ef­fi­ciency Study Com­mis­sion which rec­om­mended that schools with less than 600 stu­dents be con­sol­i­dated.

40 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic-Scene Vol. 13 No. 27 Wed­nes­day, July 5, 1978

It wasn’t ex­actly “The Great­est Show on Earth,” but it was def­i­nitely a circus that gave two per­for­mances un­der the big top at Pea Ridge City Park Fri­day night. The im­pre­sario of Fisher Broth­ers Circus, Mel Sil­ver­lake, said his is “just about the small­est show on the road,” but it

was enough to en­ter­tain the au­di­ences that turned out for the two shows Fri­day evening. Sil­ver­lake has been in the busi­ness for 37 years, he said. Fisher Broth­ers Circus was started about 1910 in In­di­ana by his wife’s grand­fa­ther, he said. His son, a clown, is the fifth gen­er­a­tion to be in the busi­ness on one side of the fam­ily or the other. Sil­ver­lake said the turnout in Pea Ridge was pretty good. It was spon­sored here by the Chamber of Com­merce, with the lo­cal share of pro­ceeds to go to the Pea Ridge City Park fund. Chamber pres­i­dent Sammy Spivey said $100 was raised for the park fund.

Donna Steiger, mem­ber of the Pea Ridge 4-H Club, has been se­lected to par­tic­i­pate in the In­ter­na­tional Farm Youth Ex­change. She is the 18-year-old daugh­ter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Steiger of Rt. 4, Ben­tonville. The IFYE Car­a­van con­sists of 4-H mem­bers from all over the United States. They spend six weeks liv­ing with fam­i­lies from France, Fin­land, Den­mark and the United King­dom. While learn­ing the cul­ture and cus­toms of the coun­tries, these 4-Hers rep­re­sent Amer­i­can peo­ple.

30 Years Ago The TIMES of North­east Ben­ton County Vol. 23 No. 27 Thurs­day, July 7, 1988

When the Pea Ridge Fair be­gins Sat­ur­day evening, Bill Sisco will be at the front as mar­shal. Sisco, who re­tired from the fu­neral home busi­ness here more than a year ago, ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the pa­rade po­si­tion. He came to Pea Ridge in 1959 when he bought what was then Miller Fu­neral Home. Pea Ridge, he said, “is a fine lit­tle town and the only place I felt at home the first day I was here.” He said that he at­tributes that feel­ing to the “at­ti­tude of the peo­ple and com­mu­nity in gen­eral.” Sisco was in the fu­neral busi­ness for 41 years.

Twenty-eight peo­ple, in­clud­ing a for­mer su­per­in­ten­dent of the Ben­tonville City Schools, have ap­plied for su­per­in­ten­dent of the Pea Ridge School Dis­trict. The job is open fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion last month of Bill Al­varez, who re­signed ef­fec­tive the end of June af­ter serv­ing as su­per­in­ten­dent for two years. The Pea Ridge School Board was ex­pected to nar­row the ap­pli­cants to five or fewer in a spe­cially called meet­ing last night, said Al­varez, who con­tin­ues to serve in the ca­pac­ity of dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tor at the plea­sure of the board or un­til a re­place­ment is named.

The su­per­in­ten­dent of the Pea Ridge Bat­tle­field Na­tional Park said this week that there were sub­stan­tially more vis­i­tors at the park this Fourth of July week­end than last year. Part of the rea­son for that, though, she said, is be­cause this year the Fourth of July week­end con­sisted of three days rather than two. Su­per­in­ten­dent Betty Gen­try said 1,876 peo­ple toured the bat­tle­field dur­ing the week­end this year com­pared to 1,205 dur­ing the same week­end last year. Most peo­ple, she said, take the driv­ing tour around the park as well as visit the head quar­ters build­ing.

20 Years Ago The TIMES of North­east Ben­ton County Vol. 33 No. 27 Thurs­day, July 9, 1998

The Pea Ridge Wa­ter Depart­ment con­tin­ues to make progress on re­duc­ing wa­ter loss, ex­tend­ing wa­ter mains and mod­ern­iz­ing the sewage treat­ment plant. Wa­ter su­per­in­ten­dent Robert But­ton said, “Wa­ter loss has been look­ing re­ally good. We’ve been run­ning the na­tional av­er­age of 15 per­cent for sev­eral months now.” He said, “It got as high as 50 per­cent a lit­tle over a year ago… The old sys­tem is not ef­fec­tive any­more,” he said. But­ton said, “We’re up­grad­ing it to in­crease the oxy­gen in the ponds to treat the waste bet­ter… It’s a nat­u­ral sys­tem, all bi­o­log­i­cal.” He said that the treat­ment plant project will be com­pleted in a cou­ple of weeks.

The pri­mary ob­jec­tion among prospec­tive Sum­mit wa­ter project cus­tomers — the threat of an­nex­a­tion by the City of Pea Ridge — has been re­moved. The Pea Ridge city Coun­cil re­moved Or­di­nance 243, which al­lowed the city to an­nex prop­erty us­ing city wa­ter. A steer­ing com­mit­tee of the area’s res­i­dents asked the City of Pea Ridge to ap­ply for a loan to fund the project, man­age the project and han­dle billing once the project is com­plete. The city agreed and the loan was ap­proved, but be­fore the project can be­gin, 400 res­i­dents of the area must agree to be­come cus­tomers. But­ton said that cer­tain rules and reg­u­la­tions will still be re­quired in the Sum­mit area, be­cause of state law.

Last Thurs­day af­ter­noon, July 2, a Pea Ridge po­lice of­fi­cer spot­ted three ju­ve­niles on the city’s older wa­ter tower. Though the tower is fenced off and has No Tres­pass­ing signs in place, gen­er­a­tions of youth have climbed up and down the 129-foot tall tower with­out in­ci­dent. Pea Ridge Fire and Am­bu­lance De­part­ments re­sponded. Af­ter as­sess­ing the sit­u­a­tion, they agreed that the Rogers Fire Depart­ment’s Tech­ni­cal Res­cue Team could safely bring the kids down. With a climb­ing rope in place, no one could fall more than a few feet, three fire­fight­ers climbed the tower, bring­ing drink­ing wa­ter, hel­mets and climb­ing har­nesses for the boys. Then, each boy roped to a fire­fighter, climbed down like moun­tain climbers on a glacier. The youths were ar­rested on charges of crim­i­nal tres­pass.

10 Years Ago The TIMES of North­east Ben­ton County Vol. 43 No.27 Wed­nes­day, July 9, 2008

A new build­ing for Hands-On Chi­ro­prac­tic re­ceived large scale ap­proval from the Pea Ridge Plan­ning Com­mis­sion July 1, at the reg­u­lar monthly meet­ing. All re­quested vari­ances were also ap­proved, as was the pre­lim­i­nary plat for The Plan­ta­tion, a sub­di­vi­sion north of Hazel­ton Road by Moon­hull LLC. The new build­ing for Hands-On is planned for the lot im­me­di­ately north of the post of­fice on North Cur­tis Av­enue. Vari­ances in­cluded in­creas­ing block length and chang­ing street grade and were nec­es­sary be­cause of the “geog­ra­phy” of the area, ac­cord­ing to Tony Townsend, city build­ing of­fi­cial. Block length was in­creased be­cause the por­tion of land sits be­tween two other de­vel­op­ments and con­nect­ing to the other streets re­quired ad­just­ments in street widths and block length.

With gaso­line prices and travel costs at an all-time high, it’s no sur­prise school dis­tricts across the na­tion would be­gin to look at ways of cut­ting ex­penses to stay within their bud­gets. In­evitably, ath­let­ics have now be­come part of the con­ver­sa­tion. Pea Ridge School su­per­in­tended Mike Van Dyke said Thurs­day that he and other su­per­in­ten­dents of school in the 1-4A

Con­fer­ence be­gan ini­tial dis­cus­sions last week about ways to cut ex­penses in the ath­let­ics bud­get re­lated to travel. Though noth­ing is set in stone yet, Van Dyke said the con­sen­sus among his peers is that some­thing has to be done. Van Dyke said the ath­letic di­rec­tors of the con­fer­ences have been told to meet among them­selves and come up with univer­sal cost-cut­ting pro­pos­als to sub­mit to the su­per­in­ten­dents. The su­per­in­ten­dents will then come to a de­ci­sion about what mea­sures to take.

“I liked to go fast,” re­mem­bers Johnny Bone Sr., as he re­called his fas­ci­nat­ing with rac­ing. That rac­ing, ini­tially drag rac­ing on the streets, turned to dirt rac­ing on tracks and the way he and his fam­ily spend their time. Bone’s ded­i­cated to speed was re­cently awarded as he was in­ducted as a leg­end into the Ozarks Area Rac­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Hall of Fame, memo­ri­al­iz­ing more than 25 years of dirt rac­ing. A na­tive of Pea Ridge, Bone at­tended Pea Ridge High School, left school, went to Cal­i­for­nia, then re­turned here about 1960. Bone and his brother, Ed­die, both of Pea Ridge, be­gan rac­ing in the 1970s as the Bone Broth­ers drag rac­ing team.

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