Growth con­tin­ues to dom­i­nate the news in 2018

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Re­view­ing the year’s head­lines re­veals slices of life in Pea Ridge.

From the plac­ing of his­tor­i­cal mark­ers in front of a cen­tury-old church to the ground break­ings and rib­bon cut­tings of new busi­nesses, sub­di­vi­sions and a high school, signs of both his­tory and growth marked this past year. The Plan­ning Com­mis­sion has been busy re­view­ing pre­lim­i­nary and fi­nal plats for com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment as well as res­i­den­tial sub­di­vi­sions.

One ev­i­dence of growth is re­flected in the num­ber of build­ing per­mits is­sued by City Hall. Build­ing per­mits is­sued by month for 2018 were:

Jan. 7

Feb. 0

March 1

April 14

May 14

June 8

July 3

Aug. 11

Sept. 1

Oct. 11

Nov. 5

Dur­ing the sum­mer, the staff of sev­eral city de­part­ments were in­tro­duced in­clud­ing em­ploy­ees from the Wa­ter/Waste­water De­part­ment, the Li­brary and the Street De­part­ment. Each of these peo­ple works hard to main­tain the in­fra­struc­ture res­i­dents of Pea Ridge en­joy.

Plans con­tin­ued on the new waste­water treat­ment plant as city of­fi­cials ap­proved the bids dur­ing a spe­cial meet­ing Dec. 4. The new plant is de­signed to treat 1 mil­lion gal­lons per day and will cost $7,811,259.

In July, the City Coun­cil ap­proved ad­ver­tis­ing for bids to con­struct a splash pad at the City Park. That project is near­ing com­ple­tion as the splash pad con­struc­tion be­gan in Septem­ber and is ex­pected to be com­pleted soon for use in the sum­mer of 2019.

Sev­eral tra­di­tions con­tin­ued with the Free­dom Fest cel­e­bra­tion and car show draw­ing crowds over the sum­mer. The Miss Pea Ridge pageants were spon­sored by Beta Al­pha. The pageants were be­gun in 1950.

The an­nual Mule Jump was held the sec­ond Satur­day in Oc­to­ber and, although cold, rainy weather de­terred many, there were still hun­dreds of peo­ple in at­ten­dance

The an­nual Christ­mas pa­rade was spon­sored by Beta Al­pha and hun­dreds of peo­ple par­tic­i­pated and watched the pa­rade and at­tended the light­ing cer­e­mony down­town.

July 4

Spe­cial plan­ning meet­ing slated Broth­ers’ Chevy’s take 1st Pea Ridge man ar­rested for thefts

But­ler ar­rested at ac­ci­dent scene

Meet the Wa­ter Util­i­ties De­part­ment staff

July 11

Al­der­man wants to add ward

Vets re­tire flags

New Wil­low Run plat ap­proved

New ven­dor at mar­ket Safety, se­cu­rity are top con­cerns

Meet the li­brary staff

July 18

Teacher saves chil­dren Real Es­tate of­fice opens doors in town

Help stuff the Bus; Donate school sup­plies for kids

Meet the Street De­part­ment crew

July 25

Coun­cil OKs bid ad­ver­tise­ments for splash pad

Meet­ing in­spires col­lab­o­ra­tion

Third ward dis­cus­sion passed to com­mis­sion

Mu­nic­i­pal can­di­date fil­ing pe­riod be­gins

Aug. 1

Crab­tree files for sixth term in of­fice Wet­ting it down City Coun­cil con­sid­ers trash ser­vice

Plan­ning com­mis­sion looks at re­zone re­quests

NEBCO re­ceives grant from ru­ral ser­vices

Aug. 8

Vol­un­teers give to stu­dents

Wall files for mayor New se­cu­rity for ath­let­ics

Pride Night is Satur­day, Aug. 18

FOP char­ity golf tour­na­ment is a suc­cess

Aug. 15

Miss Shirley crowned Miss Ben­ton County

Keene files for coun­cil seat; Seats still open; Dead­line is Fri­day Coun­cil set for Aug. 21 School Re­source Of­fi­cers greet teach­ers

Devel­oper’s Slack Street plans stymied by changes

Aug. 22

Bou­tique of­fers unique items

Seats con­tested; Gate­way seats: No op­po­nents

Op­ti­mists give to stu­dents

Aug. 29

His­tor­i­cal church rec­og­nized

Two seek clerk seat Four men seek two PR city coun­cil seats

Home busi­ness tops agenda Quail habi­tat project check pre­sented

Sept. 5

School safety is para­mount

Cy­cling team work out Time for break­fast Wa­ter costs are not high­est

Sept. 12

Gov. Hutchin­son praises STEM pro­gram; “What you’re do­ing is amaz­ing!”

Three ex­pelled; Staff wants to pro­vide safe learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment

Flags adorn neigh­bor­hood

Coun­cil con­sid­ers bids for fire, po­lice

Sept. 19

Crab­tree, Wall share vi­sions, plans for Pea Ridge ‘Hawks best li­ons Sanders with­draws elec­tion bid

Plan tabled for lack of in­for­ma­tion

PRHS Alumni host din­ner and pie auc­tion Satur­day

Sept. 26

Crab­tree, Wall dif­fer on is­sues

Trail con­cept plan OKd City coun­cil can­di­dates want co­op­er­a­tion

Vot­ers have a choice: Ex­pe­ri­ence or new?

Oct. 3

Doyle’s re­mains found See Ya’at the Pole at dawn

Home­com­ing Queen named

Three dif­fer on vi­sion Quilt, bowl to be auc­tioned for char­ity

Oct. 10

30th an­nual Pea Ridge Mule Jump; ‘How high is it?’

School Board ap­proves salary in­creases; Free flu shots planned

Tobin gets ap­proval

Oct. 17

Tiny mule Pe­dro de­lights crowd

Roads, wa­ter ser­vice are top pri­or­i­ties

School of­fi­cials clar­ify ac­tion; No new raises

Oct. 24

Bids for sewer plant are high

‘Phoenix Ris­ing’ per­formed

Veter­ans hon­ored in Veter­ans Day pa­rade

Two Seek City Coun­cil seat

Lady ‘Hawks head to State Tour­ney

Oct. 31

Imag­ine that!

Plans for PRHS go to city Time to choose City work­ers lauded hero’s

Nov. 7

Many vot­ers cast bal­lots Garfield stu­dents will have bet­ter in­ter­net ser­vice

Events slated hon­or­ing veter­ans

PR Po­lice warn of email scam

Case was hon­orary cap­tain

Nov. 14

Veter­ans on pa­rade May­ors re­tain seats Po­lice Chief turns in res­ig­na­tion

Hin­ton hon­ored as grand mar­shal

City bud­get on ta­ble

Nov. 21

Bud­get fore­cast ex­ceeds $9 mil­lion

Com­mu­nity comes to­gether

Plan­ners ap­prove lot split, other plans

Hardin’s jury trial de­layed for DNA ex­pert tes­ti­mony

Nov. 28

City of­fi­cials ap­prove $9 mil­lion bud­get; County sales tax has gone up, which is a good thing. City Clerk Sandy But­ton

Fire­fight­ers/first re­spon­ders save young man’s life

Sewer treat­ment plant plans move ahead

Plan­ners to meet Dec. 4

Dec. 5

Vis­it­ing Santa Claus Top of­fi­cers awarded; Po­lice pro­mote six

Break­ing ground for PRHS

City waives fees for Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity; City em­ploy­ees get merit checks

Dec. 12

Fire­man teaches stu­dents Added $2.4 mil­lion OKd for sewer plant

Cardiff Manor adds 65 lots

Coun­cil sets last meet­ing of 2018

Stamps: Of­fi­cer of the year

Dec. 19

Hav­ing dream job meant study­ing Cel­e­brat­ing Christ­mas Wood­bridge, new sub­di­vi­sion re­viewed

Quilts are stitched with love

Plan­ners nix lot split

Dec. 26

Last day of fall se­mes­ter brings out cute ‘ugly Christ­mas sweaters Coun­cil agenda up­dated Elec­tions were cen­tral to news in 2019

TIMES pho­to­graph by An­nette Beard

Caitlin Baker, man­ager of F.L. Davis Ace Hard­ware in Pea Ridge, was joined by her mother, grand­mother and many fam­ily mem­bers as she cut the rib­bon for the new­est F.L. Davis store. The other stores are in Greers Ferry, Heber Springs and Sher­wood. The store, at 240 N. Cur­tis Ave., will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on­day through Fri­day and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Satur­days. It wil be closed on Sun­days. Mayor Jackie Crab­tree, city and com­mu­nity lead­ers joined the Greater Ben­tonville Cham­ber of Com­merce in cel­e­brat­ing the rib­bon cut­ting.

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