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.