NI­CHOLS: Early read­ing ma­te­ri­als

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - COMMUNITY - Edi­tor’s note: Jerry Ni­chols, a na­tive of Pea Ridge, is a re­tired Methodist min­is­ter and on the board of the Pea Ridge His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety. He can be con­tacted by email at joe369@cen­tu­ry­, or call 621-1621.

chang­ing equip­ment, de­vel­op­ing meth­ods, and mar­ket­ing trends in the dairy busi­ness. I’m not sure just why, but I was al­ways in­ter­ested in keep­ing up with the farm equip­ment ad­ver­tis­ing, which pro­moted farm trac­tors, trac­tor­pow­ered im­ple­ments, milk­ing ma­chines, milk cool­ers and such things.

Through the years, news­pa­pers, sup­ple­mented by ra­dio and tele­vi­sion, have been my main way of keep­ing up with what is hap­pen­ing in the world and in the com­mu­ni­ties I have lived in and wanted to keep up with. In all the years we were away from Pea Ridge, we al­ways sub­scribed to the Pea Ridge pa­per, be­gin­ning with the Pea Ridge Graphic, and the later Pea Ridge pa­pers that fol­lowed. We lived in sev­eral sim­i­lar com­mu­ni­ties in which sim­i­lar good news­pa­pers were pub­lished lo­cally. The most no­table was the Atkins Chron­i­cle, pub­lished in Atkins, Ark., by the Van Tyson fam­ily. In­ter­est­ingly, Becky Tyson, from the Atkins Chron­i­cle’s Tyson fam­ily, was the manag­ing edi­tor of our Pea Ridge news­pa­per for sev­eral years up un­til about 2005. When we moved to Atkins in 1976, the main writer for the Atkins Chron­i­cle was Tommy Gille­spie, best known for his Tom’s Tales col­umn. Tommy al­ways used his col­umn to tease peo­ple. He fea­tured me one day when I broke my toe set­ting up for a garage sale. Also, in­ter­est­ingly, the Atkins area has a Pea Ridge com­mu­nity. Their Pea Ridge is a bit like our Twelve Cor­ners or our Shady Grove com­mu­ni­ties.

To me, the new ways of pre­sent­ing news that we have avail­able to­day by com­puter or smart phone can never take the place of a good news­pa­per. I still want to sit down with those big sheets of pa­per in my hand, and read the news, the po­lit­i­cal com­men­tary, the let­ters to the edi­tor (goofy as some of them are), and the comic pages. If I had my druthers, I would shut down Twit­ter.


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