Pea Ridge

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Several thousand households and businesses in Pea Ridge in Benton County suddenly lost their natural gas supply last Tuesday in the midst of back-to-back arctic winter storms. Black Hills Energy technicians coordinated a swift response, working with Pea Ridge Police Department, averting a major disaster. A debriefing is scheduled for later this week.

courtesy / Zipline

The Pea Ridge Planning Comission has approved an auxillary permit for Walmart and its partner company, Zipline, to launch a drove delivery hub at one of the city's neighborhood market locations. The test program is expected to begin for select area customers this spring. 

Community Clinic is opening its eighth school-based health center inside the new Pea Ridge High School. The clinic, which had its soft opening Monday, is providing access to medical services and educational opportunities for students.

The Arkansas Activities Association has cancelled all spring sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Coaches around the region are adapting to the end of the sports season and the cancellation of in-person classes at school by creating digital programs for athletes. Basketball coaches in the Pea Ridge School District, for example, are using an app and creating videos of drills for players to practice.

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Pea Ridge Schools Superintendent Rick Neal discusses the school district's future plans to deal with student growth after residents voted against a 5.1 millage increase in a special election last week. The increase would have funded a new high school.