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50 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic Vol. 3 No. 49 Thurs­day, Dec. 5, 1968

An im­por­tant town meet­ing is be­ing called for 7:30 p.m. Thurs­day, Dec. 12, in the Pea Ridge School cafe­to­ria. The pur­pose of the meet­ing is to give lo­cal res­i­dents an op­por­tu­nity to hear Tom Og­den, a con­sul­tant for the Arkansas In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion, dis­cuss a town’s re­quire­ments for co­op­er­at­ing with prospec­tive in­dus­tries for that com­mu­nity. Lo­cal Cham­ber of­fi­cials and other civic lead­ers have long an­tic­i­pated at­tract­ing some light in­dus­tries to Pea Ridge for the pur­pose of pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment to lo­cal res­i­dents and of­fer­ing work here that might en­cour­age some of Pea Ridge’s young peo­ple to re­main in their home­town af­ter com­ple­tion of school.

Old fash­ioned stack cake — the old hill recipes of dried ap­ple-mo­lasses stack cakes are said to have been the rea­son why mod­ern footed-cake plates were de­signed. It seems that a hill cus­tom called for each guest at­tend­ing a wed­ding to take another layer for the bride’s cake. All the lay­ers were put to­gether with cooked dried ap­ples. The taller the cake, the surer sign that a bride had many friends. One man­u­fac­turer felt sorry for brides with short cakes, so he be­gan pro­duc­ing a cake plate that stood tall on a pedestal, so that ev­ery bride could have a tall cake. Many recipes abound here in the Arkansas Ozarks for the stack cake. This one be­longed to the late Mrs. Newt Cook of near Huntsville: One cup su­gar and one cup sorghum, one cup short­en­ing, two eggs, one-half cup milk, one tea­spoon soda, one tea­spoon bak­ing pow­der, dash of salt and enough flour to make the dough easy to roll out like cook­ies. Mix and di­vide into six equal parts. Bake six lay­ers in round, eight-inch cake pans. Place a layer, then spread a help­ing of cooked, sweet­ened dried ap­ples. Con­tinue al­ter­nat­ing the cake lay­ers and dried ap­plies. Wrap in alu­minum foil or plas­tic wrap for 24 hours be­fore serv­ing for best re­sults. Freezes well.

40 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic-Scene Vol. 13 No. 49 Wed­nes­day, Dec. 6, 1978

A Pea Ridge Po­lice pa­trol car, driven by pa­trol­man Billy Peters, was wrecked early Satur­day morn­ing when chas­ing a speed­ing ve­hi­cle. The speeder was first sighted at the in­ter­sec­tion of Arkansas High­ways 94 and 72. When Peters took up the chase, the car sped weest on 72, then north on Weston Street to State Hwy. 94. The chase turned west on Hwy. 94, then down an un­paved county road at high speed. About three-quar­ters of a mile down the road, the po­lice car missed a curve and went through a barbed-wire fence. Dam­age to the po­lice care was es­ti­mated at $1,000. The speeder got away, but po­lice are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing and watch­ing for him.

When the lab re­port was re­ceived on the lat­est mu­ti­lated an­i­mal (a steer found be­tween Ben­tonville and Rogers near Arkansas High­way 71) a new drug was re­ported in the body. Sher­iff Lt. Don Rys­tom, who has been in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mu­ti­la­tions, said that so far, in the 22 mu­ti­la­tions in­ves­ti­gated by Nov. 30, residue of the fol­low­ing drugs have been found: PCP (an­gel dust), mesca­line and san tonin.

It’s been a dis­ap­point­ing week for Pea Ridge bas­ket­ball. Eight losses and one vic­tory is the record in nine games re­ported in to­day’s pa­per. The win­ning team was the Ju­nior High boys who beat St. Paul here Nov. 30. Three of the losses came Mon­day evening in the county tour­na­ment and re­sulted in the elim­i­na­tion of all of Pea Ridge’s teams ex­cept the Se­nior High boys who will have their first tour­na­ment game Wed­nes­day night against Gen­try.

30 Years Ago The TIMES of North­east Ben­ton County Vol. 23 No. 49 Thurs­day, Dec. 8, 1988

There’s another pavil­ion un­der con­struc­tion at Pea Ridge City Park, thanks to the Trades and In­dus­try Class at Pea Ridge High School. T&I In­struc­tor Dan John­son said that the pavil­ion should be com­pleted by the Christ­mas hol­i­days. He es­ti­mated the value of the pavil­ion at $5,000, if built by a con­trac­tor. “We’re go­ing to build it for about $3,000, so we’ll be able to save the city about $2,000.” John­son said. The pavil­ion is the first the T&I class has built, he said. “Bob Harp (city park chair­man) con­tacted us to see if the boys would be in­ter­ested.” John­son said. John­son said the city is fur­nish­ing all of the ma­te­ri­als.

The Pea Ridge Area Min­is­te­rial Al­liance launched a cam­paign to col­lect food for needy fam­i­lies dur­ing the Christ­mas hol­i­days. Al­liance pres­i­dent Charles Wo­mack said the cam­paign will be in co­op­er­a­tion with per­son­nel at the Pea Ridge Post Of­fice. Postmaster Stan­ley But­trey said that the Post Of­fice will serve as the re­pos­i­tory for the food. The food, Wo­mack said, “will be for in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies in our area that have a need this sea­son.”

Do you re­call ques­tions raised about that crit­ter that’s been mark­ing the trees in Pea Ridge City Park? As it turns out, it’s not one crit­ter but sev­eral. Spec­u­la­tion was that it was large buck, or even a bear or a moun­tain lion. The crit­ters were noth­ing that ex­otic at all. Park Board chair­man Bob Harp said that he has learned that the marks on the trees were caused by sev­eral dogs that had treed squir­rels. The marks that looked like they had been caused by a rack or by claws, he said, were caused by one of the dogs that only likes to tree squir­rels, but also likes to chew on bark. Another mystery solved.

20 Years Ago The TIMES of North­east Ben­ton County Vol. 33 No. 49 Thurs­day, Dec. 10, 1998

Build­ing per­mits in Pea

Ridge this year through last week to­taled $2.2 mil­lion, said build­ing in­spec­tor Dar­rel Van Roekel. Van Roekel said there were a to­tal of 41 build­ing per­mits pur­chased dur­ing the pe­riod. He said 24 of the per­mits were for con­struc­tion of new houses, plus two multi-fam­ily res­i­dences. Van Roekel said that the to­tal value of the per­mits “is maybe a third down from 1997.” Van Roekel said that the only com­mer­cial con­struc­tion projects this year in­volved the ren­o­va­tion of Pea Ridge Car Wash and the con­struc­tion of Wright’s Car Wash. He called this year’s con­struc­tion con­ser­va­tive.

If you have seen the Christ­mas star and tree atop the 130-foot-tall wa­ter tower, I’m sure you, too, are please and proud of that dec­o­ra­tion. Wa­ter su­per­in­ten­dent Robert But­ton says Mayor Jackie Crab­tree is the one who in­spired the pro­ject, when he ex­pressed the wish that the city had more hol­i­day light­ing.

Sea­son’s greet­ings to ev­ery­one from Beta Al­pha Soror­ity. Some of you might not know that the Christ­mas tree in the Emergency Ser­vices Build­ing is put there by the soror­ity and dec­o­rated by the Pea Ridge Head Start chil­dren for any­one hav­ing a Christ­mas party. One of the ladies who works with Ben­tonville and Pea Ridge and Ben­ton County told us that some of the dec­o­ra­tions from Pea Ridge were taken to the Capi­tol in Lit­tle Rock so we should be very proud of our Head Start chil­dren.

10 Years Ago The TIMES of North­east Ben­ton County Vol. 43 No. 49 Wed­nes­day, Dec. 10, 2008

A tor­nado safe room may be­come a re­al­ity for Pea Ridge. The con­crete room would with­stand winds of up to 250 miles per hour, ac­cord­ing to Mike Van Dyke, Pea Ridge School su­per­in­ten­dent. Van Dyke said a grant from the Fed­eral Emergency Man­age­ment Agency (FEMA) and the state Depart­ment of Emergency Man­age­ment, along with money from the Pea Ridge School District, would be used to con­struct the 100x50 build­ing which would sit south of the high school along the tree line.” It would serve our mid­dle school and pri­mary kids,” Van Dyke said, adding that it was also avail­able for com­mu­nity use.

Shots re­sounded in the quiet, dark, cold night Wed­nes­day, Dec. 3. At ap­prox­i­mately 9 p.m., two men — one wear­ing noth­ing but a T-shirt, the other wear­ing a dark-blue uni­form and a badge — fired hand­guns be­hind the house at 511 McCul­loch St. One left in the front seat of a state trooper’s car; the other, in the back of the coro­ner’s ve­hi­cle.

The stu­dents at PRHS raised $244.43 for the Arkansas Rice De­pot. Tim Pate, teacher, was in­stru­men­tal in help­ing the stu­dents raise the money. Pate’s first-hour class raised the most pen­nies per pound and those stu­dents will get a tro­phy for the class, cel­e­bra­tions snacks and Pate will re­ceive a school sup­ply trea­sure box. In 1995, a school nurse in Lit­tle Rock called the Arkansas Rice De­pot and asked for help pro­vid­ing food to hun­gry chil­dren in her school. Be­cause of that first phone call, the Arkansas Rice De­pot cre­ated the Food For Kids pro­gram.

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