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FBI (Fayetteville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-479-443-3181 If no answer call Little Rock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-501-221-9100 ArkansasStatePolice(Springdale)................................................... 1-479-751-6663 U.S.Marshal(Fayetteville).......................................................... 1-479-442-6141 U.S.SecretService(LittleRock)..................................................... 1-501-324-6241 Poison Hotline (Arkansas Poison Control Center) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-376-4766 TTY(ForHearingImpaired)......................................................... 1-800-285-1131 ArkansasGame&FishCommissionViolationHotline.................................... 1-800-482-9262 Or Dial “0” (Operator) and stay on the line. If you cannot stay on the line, give the Operator the street address and community where help is needed. NOTICE: The 9-1-1 emergency telephone number has been developed to quickly summon emergency service in a crisis situation. If you dial 9-1-1, your telephone number (including non-published numbers) may be automatically displayed on a viewing screen located at the public safety answering point. The display of the calling number enables the emergency agency to quickly locate the caller if the call is disrupted by the crisis. If you do not wish to have your telephone number displayed, you should report emergencies by dialing the appropriate seven digit number in the white pages of this directory.


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Table Of Contents

Prairie Grove Telephone Company Prairie Grove, Arkansas Telephone Directory December 2023 This Directory Contains Listings For The Following Exchanges And Communities

List of Titles

• Hometown Magazine • Hudson Closes Out 31 Years . . . . . . . . . 3 Lincoln Riding Club & Rodeo . . . . . . . . . 4 Cane Hill Kite Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 PeopleWeKnow.................. 6-7 Something For Everyone Local Attractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9 Join The Fun Annual Happenings . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11 Community At A Glance Numbers To Know . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 PGTELCO History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-14 • General Information • Repair Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Internet/ZING..................... 16 Long Distance Calls . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17-18 811 Brings Utility Locators To You. . . . 19 Area Codes & ZIP Codes . . . . . . . . . 20-21 Billing & Payments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Custom Calling Services. . . . . . . . . . 23-27 Customer Information . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-32 Area Codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-21 Business Office Information . . . . . . . . . . 2 Custom Calling Services. . . . . . . . . . 23-27 Direct Distance Dialing . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Directory Accuracy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Directory Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2, 32 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Long Distance Calls, Types Of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Long Distance Calls, International.................... 17 Payment Of Bills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Postal Information (Also See U.S. Government) . . . . . . . . . 21 Repair Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2, 15 Rights & Responsibilities. . . . . . . . . . 28-32 Voice Mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Alphabet Index

Strickler Cove Creek Onda

Farmington Little Elm Morrow Dutch Mills Evansville Shady Grove

Lincoln Cane Hill Cincinnati Clyde Rock Springs

Prairie Grove Center Point Hogeye Illinois Chapel Prairie View Rheas Mill Viney Grove Walnut Grove

Sugar Hill Summers Wedington

How To Reach Us

Business Office Location Prairie Grove 139 North Mock Street

Repair Service All Exchanges (Answered 24 hours) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dial 846-4161 Or........................ 611 Internet Technical Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 846-9700 Answered 24 Hours Directory Assistance For all directory assistance numbers............... Dial 411 Inward WATS . . . . . . . . . . . Dial 1-800-555-1212 . . . . . . . . . 1-800-285-1121 (Voice) . . . . . . . . . 1-800-285-1131 (TDD) Customer Service and Repair (TT/TDD) . . . . . . . . . 1-800-285-7192 Or........................ 711 TDD Operator Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-855-1155 Time & Temperature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267-TIME TDD Arkansas Relay Service for hearing or speech impaired customers—To place a call through ARS

To Reach Your Business Office Business Office Hours:

8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday Thru Friday—Closed Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays If you have questions regarding your monthly statement, long distance calls, directory listings and service and/or equipment, please contact this business office. Prairie Grove, Lincoln, Farmington, Morrow & Strickler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 846-7200 Or................... 267-7200 If you are calling long distance, you may call . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-235-6565

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Hudson Closes Out 31 Years of Public Service

Give Mayor Sonny Hudson the opportunity to talk about living in Prairie Grove and all that’s happened during his 21 years at the helm of the city; he’s glad to look back over the past two decades. But he’s also quick to repeat this comment: “I’ll say it over and over. I didn’t do it by myself. You have ideas. You have things you want to do but you also listen to other people’s ideas.” Hudson has served the city of Prairie Grove for 33 years, first as a City Council member for 11 years and then as mayor for 21 years, since November 2001. He decided not to run for re-election for the next four-year term, instead opting to stay home and be with his wife, Becky, who was diagnosed with cancer last year. “It was time,” Hudson said. “After a while, you get tired. I’m old (69). You get older and you start feeling tired. I felt like this would be the last one when I ran the last time. But when your wife gets sick, that was a factor. I would say that took the thought pretty much out of it.” Being mayor requires a lot of attention and now, Hudson said, he wants to give all his attention to his wife. Hudson entered city politics 33 years ago in November 1989 at the request of people who asked if he would be willing to fill a vacancy on the city council. He was a Springdale police officer at the time, and he thinks people were looking for someone with a law enforcement background to be on the council. Years later, then Mayor Andrew Bain had to resign as mayor because he was moving out of the city limits. Hudson said he had no plans to run for mayor in the special election but had some concerns about those who had announced they were running for the office. “So I decided to throw my hat in the ring,” he said. Four people were on the ballot, and it went to a runoff election between Hudson and another candidate. Hudson won the runoff election. Over the years, he’s had several people challenging him for office but was re-elected each time. Hudson continued to run for office because he’s enjoyed being mayor. “I took ownership of it. It just became something that I had a lot of desire to do and to do it right. You also get into the deal where it becomes a family with your employees. Anytime you think about a change, such as I’m not sure I want to do this anymore, it affects everybody.”

He said he believes he’s treated everyone fairly and has let them do their job. “Also, the job itself can be very fulfilling because you can make so much difference,” he said, and then repeated his comment, “But you can’t do it by yourself.” Looking back over the years, Hudson said the list is long when thinking about accomplishments in the city since 2001. But he first gives lots of credit to Larry Oelrich, who served as director of administrative services and public works for 41 years before retiring at the end of 2020. Oelrich took about half a year off before returning to help out the city in a part time capacity as administrative assistance.

“Most everything we have we’ve been able to find already built at a really good price to save taxpayers’ money,” Hudson said. “That’s one of the reasons we’ve been able to get into them. We couldn’t have afforded a new building.” Looking at all these accomplishments, Hudson said the most satisfying project to him is one that is going on now. “This is something that was needed to be done since I became mayor and when I was on the council, and we could not afford to do it because it was a million-dollar project, and we’re doing it now. That is getting rid of the old water lines and sewer lines and replacing them.” It’s one thing to figure out a way to pay off debt for facilities that may cost around $400,000 or so, but it’s something different to figure out a way to pay for something that costs millions of dollars, Hudson said. This is possible, he said, thanks to the citizens and their willingness to approve bond issues for water and sewer improvements and a sales tax to pay off the debt. “Voters have been very good to us,” he said. “We’ve never lost a bond issue question.” Replacing these old water and sewer lines is important to people living in those areas, Hudson said. “The library, as big a deal as it is, people use the library and people have a choice to use the library, but all those folks out there in those areas with 100-year-old water lines and old sewer lines, they don’t really have a choice. It was up to us to figure out a way to do that and we finally did. Leaving with that being done is great.” Other things done over the years include street improvements, new sidewalks, water and sewer improvements and expansions, drainage improvements, new parks, a city workout facility to especially help police and fire staff, and expanding the fire station. The city has also seen new businesses come into town and had record residential growth. As he prepared for his last few weeks of office, Hudson said he has one major last-minute project he wants to complete, and that is installing plaques on city facilities and hanging up a new banner underneath the City Hall sign out front. Then, he’ll clean his office so that the new mayor can move in and set up to begin a new era for Prairie Grove city government.

“Larry has been instrumental in everything we’ve done,” Hudson said. “He’s been the #2 guy, and I’ve been extremely fortunate to have him. That also makes it easier to leave, knowing he will be here part time to help someone else fit in.” Hudson points to how the city has improved facilities but notes it took time for all this to happen. “We were in moldy, crappy facilities. All of us. The water department, the police department. Parking was terrible for court day. They were lined up in the hallways, just packed in there. All those facilities needed something.” Starting out, the city didn’t have money to improve facilities, but Hudson said he and others didn’t give up. Slowly, the city purchased existing buildings and remodeled those structures so that now Prairie Grove has new facilities for City Hall and the water department, district court, police department, public library and a public works facility with five acres.

Article courtesy of Lynn Kutter, Enterprise-Leader

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Lincoln Riding Club & Rodeo Community Happenings

in the club when my kids were growing up who knew a lot of the kids in the community, wanted to ride, but didn’t have their own horse. So, he would bring his horses to the arena and let those kids ride in the events. He would even run alongside the horse if a child didn’t know how to guide the horse through the event.” Besides being a wonderful resource for the community, the main event that the Lincoln Riding Club hosts is the Annual Lincoln Rodeo. This year the rodeo is celebrating its 70th year. The much-anticipated riding com petition spans four nights and three days in August. It kicks off with a street dance on the Wednesday night before the three-day rodeo event. The rodeo parade is also a favorite of Lincoln residents that the whole town comes out for. “Everyone in Lincoln can participate by riding their horses or antique cars,” Sherry said. “It is truly a com munity celebration.” As for the rodeo itself, it is a professional event that draws riding fans from all over Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma. “We get sponsors to help pay the cowboys and cowgirls who partic ipate,” Sherry explained. “We have six or seven different events for professionals to compete in. We have lots of vendors set up outside, selling mostly homemade goods along with the concession stand.” Along with the Lincoln Riding Club, the event is co-sanctioned by the Arkansas Cowboy Rodeo Association (ACRA) and the International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA). “The cowboys and cowgirls come from all over the county to participate,” Sherry said. “They gather points throughout the year to add to their year end tally at events like ours that allow them to participate in the finals with our two sanctioning organizations.” Sherry believes that the riding club provides a real service to the com munity. “I think it’s important that children and adults alike have a con nection to animals,” she said. “I think they can gain a lot of wisdom and character building by being with animals. You can see the connection between the horses and the kids.”

The Lincoln Riding Club brings horses and people together. It’s made up of volunteers who love riding and providing opportuni ties for the people of Lincoln and Northwest Arkansas to ride, play and connect with animals. “I was originally involved as a parent,” said Sherry Barnard Smith, Secretary of the Lincoln Riding Club. “For over ten years, when our kids were growing up, we were very active in the club. Then we took a break, and now, ten years later, I am active again as a grandparent.” The club offers a facility for members to ride in a professional arena and work with their horses. They also hold events that they call Play Days. These will start up in May and take place about twice a month going forward. “Children and adults alike can come out and partici pate in our Play Day events,” Sherry said. “It’s all for fun, and at the end of the year we hold an awards ceremony where we give out ribbons and present a saddle to the high point winner of the year. It gives an opportunity for the amateurs to participate in events.”

These Play Day events held throughout the year include barrel racing and pole racing, where the riders have to weave in and out of a pattern laid out by the poles. “It shows the skills of the riders as they

get the horses to turn really quickly,” Sherry said. “They are all designed to show the connection between the horse and the rider. They also have an event where they ride down to the other end of the arena, grab a flag and ride back. The participants range from two or three years old, up to seventy! Everyone is welcome to participate.

And perhaps the best part of these events is you don’t always have to own a horse to participate! Most everybody in the riding club is really good about letting people ride their horses,” Sherry said. “There was an older gentleman

Article courtesy of NWADG

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Cane Hill Kite Fest

let-friendly venue for families. It’s free to park (there is handicap preferred parking closer to the hospitality tent), $1 for kids and $2 for adults to fly and free to watch. Military (active or retired) and their families fly for free. In addition to kites, you can also buy extra string, rewinders, and bubbles. Although food is provided on site, guests are welcome to bring picnic lunches. We were honored to make someone’s birthday very special this year. The popular 50 cent raffle (so named because each person may buy one 50 cent ticket) awards a large nylon kite at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00. You must be present to win. Small cash prizes are awarded throughout the day for sometimes silly categories. After the 2:00 drawing, there is a contest for kids only to guess how many armadillo holes were filled in to make the flying area safe.

Cane Hill Kite Fest 2023 After a 2 year hiatus due to weather and Covid, the Cane Hill Kite Festival was back under sunny skies as 683 attendees enjoyed the pleasant day on the spacious acres of Springfield Ranch. 2023 saw a few changes and surprises with a new non-profit caterer, Blind Hope Cat Sanctuary — the reviews were an enthusiastic 5 meows. One of the sponsors went above and beyond and was handing out T-shirts and stickers. An area dulcimer group came to entertain fly ers and also provided a donation bucket for Kite Fest 2024. Many of the kites that had been in storage for 2 years found air and homes. Kites are for sale on site for $1-$16 in a wide

variety of themes, sizes, and styles; all are bought with the amateur flyer in mind. In the Kite Hospital our skilled specialists, all PHDs (pretty high-fly ing device experts) will assemble and repair your kite, whether you bought it onsite or not. There is also a “Make an Offer” box of kites that have been recovered, repaired, or previously loved and donated. Thanks to our generous sponsors and donations, the event has continued to remain a truly wal

The fun starts at noon and goes until the last kite comes down, usu ally around 5:00. The Cane Hill Kite Festival is held on the spacious pastures of Springfield Ranch in Downtown Cane Hill. The driveway is across the highway from the Cane Hill Post Office, but you can’t miss all the flags. Kite Fest 2024 will be March 9. In case of rain, snow, or other detrimental Arkansas weather, the fallback date is March 16. For more information, call 479-824-8109 (there will be an event day recording in case of iffy weather), email canehillkitefest@ , or like us on Facebook, where you will find updates and numerous photos of past fests.

Article & pictures courtesy of T.A. Sampson

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Community Happenings People We Know

Eagle Scouts Jayton Patterson, Hunter Bentley and Heath Daughtery, all Farmington High School students, have achieved their Eagle Scout award and were recognized at their Eagle Court of Honor at Farmington United Methodist Church on Oct. 1, 2022. To achieve the Eagle Scout rank, scouts must earn a total of 21 merit badges, 10 more than required for the Life rank, including these 14 merit badges: First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in Society, Citizenship in the World, Communication, Cooking, Personal Fitness, Emergency Preparedness or Lifesaving, Environmental Science or Sustainability, Personal Management, Swimming or Hiking or Cycling, Camping and Family Life. - Courtesy of Enterprise-Leader

Historic Cane Hill Robert and Barbara Reynolds, from Springdale (via Batesville), take in sorghum processing and sample a piece of cane at the Cane Hill Harvest Festival on Saturday. Historic Cane Hill’s 36th Harvest Festival roared back after a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic with record attendance at its Country Breakfast and other scheduled events. Many people of all ages strolled the expansive grounds, listened to music, watched artists at work, participated in Historic Walking Tours and explored the Cane Hill College building and other historic structures. - Courtesy of Enterprise-Leader

Lady Cardinals Farmington won its second Class 4A State championship in girls bas ketball since 2020 on Thursday with a 65-61 victory over defending champion, Nashville, in the finals at Bank OZK Arena in downtown Hot Springs. The Lady Cardinals have now made the state finals four straight years. - Courtesy of Mark Humphrey/Enterprise-Leader

PGTelco Donates Auger & Employees The City of Prairie Grove, Prairie Grove School District and PGTelco worked together the past couple of weeks to install seven solar radar speed signs to improve student safety for Prairie Grove Schools during school hours. - Photo courtesy of Prairie Grove School District

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Community Happenings People We Know

Duston Dougan 4/13/81-7/5/23 Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, Dustin Dougan.

Celebrating Fall in Lincoln Rose Lambright (right), helps customers at the Ozark Mountain Jams tent at the Arkansas Apple Festival on Saturday. - Courtesy of Marc Hayot/Enterprise-Leader

Junior Police Academy Treyson Tabor, 13, uses the “jaws of life” with the assistance of fire fighters Wesley Watts, left, and Capt. Jacob Kahl with Prairie Grove Fire Department during the Junior Police Academy, sponsored by Prairie Grove Police Department. The academy was held at Prairie Grove High School from June 26-30, 2023. - Courtesy of Enterprise-Leader

Cane Hill Collections Suzie Dunn of Fort Smith looks at some of the Niloak pottery pieces being displayed in an exhibition of American art pottery at Historic Cane Hill Gallery. Dunn and her husband collect Niloak pottery. - Courtesy of Lynn Kutter/Enterprise-Leader

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Local Attractions Something For Everyone

Historical Attractions: Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park - Civil War Battlefield featuring historic buildings, Hindman Hall Museum and Visitor’s Center, informative markers throughout and a walking trail. Hosts the annual Clothesline Fair and biennial reenactment. For more information, call 846-2990 . Natural Attractions: Bob Kidd Lake - Located between Prairie Grove and Lincoln, this lake offers year round fishing, fishing docks, boat launches and a picnic area.

Farmington Historical Attractions:

Veterans Memorial - Dedicated in 2009, this monument honors veterans past, present and future. For more information, call 267-5709 .

Prairie Grove Antiques & Flea Markets: Southern Merchantile 107 E Buchanan Daisies & Olives 129 E Buchanan Redfeather Trading Co 122 E Buchanan

Fayetteville Entertainment:

The Local’s 128 E Buchanan Miss Rosie’s 124 E Buchanan Entertainment:

Walton Arts Center - The largest performing arts center in the region, WAC features an exhibition gallery, recital studio, amphitheater, learning center, 1,000-plus seat auditorium and a full theater. For more information, call 443-5600 . Historical Attractions: Arkansas Air Museum - Located at Drake Field, museum features vintage aircraft, aeronautical memorabilia and a gift shop. For more information, call 521-4947 .

Prairie Grove Aquatic Park - Family facility featuring a large main pool, water slides and a kiddy pool. Open daily in the summer, the park is also available for group rental. For more information, call 846-2961 .

Lincoln Antiques: Four Roses Antiques 415 E Pridemore Dr Back In The Day Antiques 405 W Pridemore Dr Historical Attractions: Arkansas Country Doctor Museum - Museum dedicated to preserving and honoring the unique history of Arkansas’ country doctors. Features lectures, work shops, special exhibits and historic mem orabilia. Open Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 824-4307 or e-mail .

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Local Attractions Something For Everyone

University of Arkansas Sports Museum Museum commemorating the greatest moments in Razorback football, basketball, baseball, track and field, tennis and golf. For more information, call 575-2000 . Natural Attractions: Lake Wedington - Located between Fayetteville and Siloam Springs, this national forest lake offers camping, fishing, swimming and picnic areas just 15 miles west of Fayetteville.

Natural Attractions: Beaver Lake State Park - (Benton County) Part of the Hobbs State Management Area, Beaver Lake offers boating, swimming, water-skiing and fishing with limited rec reational camping, nature study, 11 miles of walking trails and a public shooting range nearby. For more information, call 789-2380 . Devil’s Den State Park - (Winslow, AR) Scenic state park offering camping, swimming, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, pedal boats and canoes, visitor’s center and a restaurant. For more information, call 761-3325 or 1-800-264-2417 .

Surrounding Areas Entertainment:

The Great Passion Play - (Eureka Springs, AR) Theatrical reproduction of the life of Jesus Christ, featuring over 200 actors, live animals and life-sized Biblical exhibits. For more information, call 1-800-882-PLAY . Terra Studios - (Durham, AR) Art studio showcasing handmade glass and stone ware pottery, fine art and the famous Bluebird of Happiness. For more information, call 643-3185 . Historical Attractions: Pea Ridge National Military Park - (Pea Ridge, AR) Site of the largest Civil War battle west of the Mississippi, the park offers a museum and visitor’s center, bicycle, horse and walking trails and a self-guided auto tour. For more information, call 451-8122 .

Springdale Entertainment:

Arts Center of the Ozarks - Local performing arts center offering community theater productions and classes in theater, visual arts, dancing and combined arts. For more information, call 751-5441 . Jones Center for Families - A 220,000 sq-ft facility housing classrooms, a TV studio, conference center, chapel, ice skating rink, swimming pools, gym and more. For more information, call 756-8090 . Historical Attractions: Shiloh Museum - Museum exhibiting collections from the Ozarks region, including photographs, pioneer artifacts and more. For more information, call 750-8165 .

Ozark National Forest - Nationally preserved and maintained forest featuring miles of hiking trails, including the Ozark Highlands Trail, campgrounds, picnic areas and cabins. For more information, call 968-2354 . War Eagle Cavern - (War Eagle, AR) Cave on the shores of Beaver Lake offering 60 minute walking tours, Lost in the Woods Maze, gem panning, hiking and picnic areas. For more information, call 789-2909 or 756-0913 .

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Annual Happenings Join The Fun

Clothesline Fair The Clothesline Fair, held on the Labor Day weekend, has grown from decorative sewing displayed on clotheslines strung from tree to tree, to a three-day high-quality arts and crafts fair at the Battlefield Park in Prairie Grove. The Prairie Grove Battlefield Park has drawn national attention and is a historical and scenic attraction for any traveler in Northwest Arkansas. The early years of the park featured an annual reunion of Confederate Veterans rounded out with parades, speeches, musical entertainment and community entertainment and contests. The Clothesline Fair hosts some of the most renowned craftsmen in the area. There are selections from almost all mediums. There is wood sculpture, sewing, embroidery, quilting, candles, soaps, pottery, painting and more. In the late 1950s, local residents began to make plans to reflect life in the Arkansas Ozarks. The Battlefield Park Commission moved historic structures into the park and restored them to the condition when families lived and worked in them. Among the features on display are the historic Borden House, school buildings, cabins, a walking trail and several historic markers that describe the events of the battle. Festivities begin Saturday morning with a parade through downtown Prairie Grove and the opening of the arts and crafts show. Entertainment for the weekend includes square dancing competitions plus gospel and country music in the afternoons. The Clothesline Fair is one of the oldest and most respected of the arts and crafts fairs in the state. It is hosted by the Arts Center of the Ozarks, the Prairie Grove Lions Club, and the Arkansas State Parks System. Concession stands operated by local non-profit organ izations include the Prairie Grove Lions Club, Band Boosters, PTA, Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts, which offer a variety of food and drink. For more information, contact Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, PO Box 306, Prairie Grove, AR 72753; or call (479) 846-2990 ; e-mail

July 2024 Lincoln Rodeo Lincoln, AR

September 2024 Clothesline Fair Prairie Grove, AR

The Lincoln Riding club will host the annu al rodeo in early July 2024. The ACRA/ CRRA event will attract top-notch cowboys and cowgirls from around the region for a chance to qualify for the finals. Bareback, saddle bronc, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and bull riding are featured nightly. 1-800-639-9002 or (479) 824-4114 .

Crowds estimated at more than 50,000 are attracted to the arts and crafts, entertainment and food offered each Labor Day Weekend at the historic Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park. Little Miss Clothespin will be crowned, foot-stompin’ good music is expect ed, the square dancing contests are a delight, more than 150 artists and crafters will set up shop on the park grounds, loads of food, gospel singing and more will make for a great weekend.

Junk Ranch Prairie Grove, AR Country Barn Sale featuring re-purposed, vin tage, jewelry, salvage, boutique, handmade and more. Rodeo of the Ozarks Springdale, AR Top rodeo circuit competitors descend upon Parsons Stadium in Springdale for one of the largest rodeos in the state during the Independence Day weekend. Calf rop ing, steer wrestling, women’s barrel racing, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding; live music, barbecues, rodeo queens, pancake breakfasts. (479) 751-4694 or 1-800-972-7261 . August 2024 Tontitown Grape Festival Tontitown, AR This Italian settlement west of Springdale celebrates the grape harvest each year. Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social Fayetteville, AR Period costumes and the latest gossip mingle at Fayetteville’s Headquarters House over bowl after bowl of homemade ice cream. Washington County Fair Fayetteville, AR Fayetteville’s fairgrounds spring to life for a week long old fashioned county fair.

Cane Hill Harvest Festival Cane Hill, AR Let your nose lead the way to the sorghum molasses making! Cane Hill comes alive with music, arts and crafts, and tours of historic homes in celebration of Cane Hill College, the first college west of the Mississippi River. October 2024 Arkansas Apple Festival Lincoln, AR First Weekend in October. Lincoln, AR. Apples of every kind: sliced, diced, pared and whole, apple pie, apple cobbler, apple dumplings or apple cider. There’ll be singing, dancing, clog ging and country music, gospel, parades and fun activities. Contact Arkansas Apple Festival Committee Director Luedell Kley. 824-3402 . Autumnfest Fayetteville, AR Great food and fun in the fall foliage in Fayetteville; three days of festivities with parades, games, live music and entertainment, crafts, triathlon competition and more. Call 1-800-766-4626 for more information. Junk Ranch Prairie Grove, AR Country Barn Sale featuring re-purposed, vintage, jewelry, salvage, boutique, hand made and more.

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Annual Happenings Join The Fun

for people in the area and surrounding states. The Apple Festival was founded after Lincoln residents had the idea to host an annual event to attract visitors to their friendly, beautiful community. The Arkansas Apple Festival is a tribute to Lincoln’s apple industry history, combining down home southern goodness and a glimpse of what life was like in the Apple Capital of Arkansas in years gone by. “I’ve lived in Lincoln since I was in first grade, and I’ve looked forward to the festival every year,” said Rhonda Hulse, one of two directors of the festival. “I expect a lot of people will be making their way to Lincoln that first weekend in October.” Friday traditionally kicks off the three-day celebration that includes more than 80 booths of craft artisans, great food and fun. On Saturday there’s a parade, followed by the iconic apple core throwing contest. There will be music Saturday and Sunday and, of course, plenty of apples, fresh from the harvest. Hulse estimates they will give away more than 100 bushels of free samples, as well as cider samples. Whether you come to sample the free apple slices, fair and food-truck goodies or buy your favorite jelly, you won’t want to miss Lincoln’s Apple Festival this fall. For more information about the Apple Festival, check out the Facebook page .

Cane Hill Harvest Festival The Cane Hill Festival held in mid-September each year continues to draw crowds that enjoy a glance back in history. The festival, which began as a means to support and maintain the Cane Hill College building and campus, has grown to

two days of enjoyment for young and old in the West Washington County area. The Cane Hill Harvest Festival, produced by volunteers in the community and those who were one-time students in the Cane Hill public school, draws a picture of life in the 1800s when everything was produced at home by family members. Soap was made by the women of the household from lye, lard and water. Even the lye had to be home produced. Long hours of stirring with a wooden paddle finally produced soap for the family. Apple butter was a delicacy that also required long hours of slow cooking. But probably the most labor intensive was the production of sorghum molasses. All three processes will be on demonstration during the two-day festival. The products will be for sale in the country store in the college building. Also for sale will be post cards and Cane Hill History Booklets. The two-day trip into history is fun for those taking part in the demonstrations but it is also a sobering thought to realize that in the 1800s it was a deadly serious business for a family to produce the necessities of life. Keeping with the spirit of the era, the participants will all wear period dress. The Cane Hill Museum, on the second floor of the college building, will be open both days. It features a good deal of memorabilia including clothing and documents dating from 1828.

Lincoln Apple Festival The history of Lincoln dates all the way back to the 1800s and has undergone several name changes throughout its lifespan, including Starr Hill, Blackjack and Georgetown, before finally settling on Lincoln in 1885. But one thing has remained constant through all the name changes and remains true today: Lincoln is all about apples! Its reputation for apple production has earned it the moniker of Apple Capital of Arkansas. The Arkansas Black Apple and the Collins Red Apple were both developed in the verdant apple orchards of Lincoln. The popular Apple Festival, which debuted in 1975, is still a huge draw every fall

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Numbers To Know Community At A Glance

Your Local Government Farmington City Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267-3865 242 Rheas Mill Road City Council meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the City Hall. Lincoln City Hall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 824-3321 106 Arthur City Council meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the City Hall. Prairie Grove City Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 846-2961 151 East Buchanan City Council meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Washington County Court House. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 479-444-1700 Quorum Court meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Quorum Court Room. County Assessor’s Office. . . . . . . . . . . 479-444-1500 The assessment date is January 1st to May 31st. These are the locations for assessing:

Your Schools Farmington Public Schools Information Line/News/Calendar/ School Closings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 266-1800 Lincoln Public Schools Information Line/News/Calendar/ School Closings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 824-7300 Prairie Grove Public Schools AdministrationOffice.................. 846-4213

Washington County Court House Revenue Department in Lincoln Revenue Department on Watson Street in Springdale

County Collector’s Office. . . . . . . . . . . 479-444-1526 Taxes may be paid without penalty from February 3 to October 10.

Your Libraries Lincoln Public Library. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 824-3294 Prairie Grove Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 846-3782 Farmington Public Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267-2674 Your Chambers of Commerce Prairie Grove Chamber Of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 846-2197 Farmington Chamber Of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267-2368

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Focused On Progress PGTELCO History

The front of Prairie Grove Telephone Company’s office

PGTELCO is family-owned and operated and has been since its incorporation in 1906. Since its inception, PGTELCO has always been committed to making the satisfaction of its customers its top priority. It began in 1888 when Dr. E.G. McCormick strung telephone lines between his medical office and his brother’s pharmacy. At first the telephone line was a novelty, but soon Dr. McCormick discovered that there was a big demand for telephone service. Later that year, Dr. McCormick, with the help of Dr. Gladson and Jim McIlroy, established a line that ran from Fayetteville to Prairie Grove. This telephone line was reportedly one of the longest in the state of Arkansas at the time. In 1906 Dr. McCormick and M.M. Collier began the Prairie Grove Telephone Company and bought a switchboard to handle all of the calls. The company has grown steadily ever since, keeping up with the growth of West Washington County.

The first central office was located in a small room on the second floor of a main street building where a bundle of telephone wires came in through the wall. In the early 1950s the office was moved to its present location on Mock Street in Prairie Grove. James C. Parks, Dr. McCormick’s son-in-law, began working first as a switchboard operator then became General Manager and later President of the Prairie Grove Telephone Company. He operated the Telephone Company until his death in 1958. The company continued to grow, but during the Depression the growth began to decline when many of the customers returned their magneto (crank-style wall phones). Mr. Parks never disconnected a phone for non-payment, even after the Depression years had ended. Phone bills were often paid with eggs, vegetables, and an occasional cow.

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During World War II, telephone service remained limited to a few hundred customers as people concentrated on the important issues of rationing and supporting their families. Yet after the war, demand for service began to increase. At this time, Jim Parks’ twin sons, Barry and Donald, joined the Telephone Company. They installed telephones, dug postholes, and strung wire. Jim Parks’ youngest son, Joe, also worked for the Telephone Company from 1947 to 1951, when he accepted a position at the Prairie Grove Post Office. One of the first major problems the Telephone Company encountered was an ice storm in January 1949. After three days of freezing rain, sleet, and snow, practically all the pole lines in the company’s service area were on the ground. And of the 2,000 telephones in service, only about 85 were still working once the storm was over. There were only three employees who worked outside the plant. The Telephone Company began hiring anyone they could find. Customers also helped by working for nothing, and some even made an advance payment on their bills to finance repairs. It took six weeks to bring everything back to working order. In the late 1960s plans were made to upgrade all multiple-party lines to single-line service. This project was completed in 1977, making Prairie Grove the first Telephone Company in the state to provide all private lines to their customers in a multi-exchange company. In 1979, the Prairie Grove Telephone Company converted its central office switch to the Northern Telecom DMS-10 digital equipment. This allowed customers the convenience of touch-tone and the benefits of call-waiting, call forwarding, three-way calling, etc.

Beginning in 1958, Barry Parks served as President of the company, and Donald Parks served as the Secretary and General Manager. Donald Parks’ son, David, began working for the company in 1980. He is now President. Today, the company is the second largest family-owned and operated Telephone Company in the state of Arkansas. In the early 2000s the Prairie Grove Telephone Company officially became PGTELCO, a name change that reflects the wide variety of services the company now provides. No longer just a POTS company—literally Plain Old Telephone Service company—PGTELCO has evolved into a Broadband company. It provides high-speed Internet access, DirecTV, and various other services and possesses the capability through Fiber to the Home technology to provide its customers with seemingly unlimited bandwidth. Though many things have changed throughout PGTELCO’s history, one thing has not: the customers’ well-being was and still is the first priority of the company.

Helping Connect Families for Over 100 Years

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Troubleshooting Repair Service


Once you call our repair service, we will see to it that your repairs are made as quickly as possible. Some will be made at no charge to you. Other repairs may require a fee, depending upon the source of the trouble. If The Trouble Is In Your Telephone Set Fees will apply if you ask us to make a repair visit and the trouble is found in your telephone set(s) or other phone equipment and you do not have our Service Plus Maintenance Plan . Our Service Plus Maintenance Plan does not cover the repair of your telephone set(s) or equipment, they should be made by the manufacturer or any other source you choose. If you have our Service Plus Maintenance Plan , we will provide you with a free loaner phone for up to 30 days while yours is being repaired or replaced. For your convenience, we will also give you the opportunity to lease or purchase this phone. If The Trouble Is In Your Inside Wiring Fees will apply if you ask us to make a repair visit and the trouble is found in the telephone wiring inside your home or place of business. To repair the damage, your options are to hire us, do it yourself, or seek outside assistance. If you already have our Service Plus Maintenance Plan , we can repair the inside wiring and jacks at no extra cost. Certain restrictions may apply. Service Plus does not cover wiring or jacks installed by the customer. If The Trouble Is In Our Outside Lines There are absolutely no charges for any repairs in our telephone lines, which are located outside your home or place of business. Service Plus Maintenance Plan –A worry free option to inside wiring repairs. You can avoid unexpected charges for telephone inside wire repair by subscribing in advance to our Service Plus Maintenance Plan . With the Service Plus Maintenance Plan , a small monthly fee pro tects you from normal repair charges on the telephone wiring and jacks inside your home or business. Plus, we will loan you a phone for up to 30 days if your repair personnel find your phone itself is in need of repair. For your convenience, we will also give you the

We do everything possible to make sure your phone service remains the best, and we try just as hard to fix any problems that do occur as quickly as possible. We make repairs to the phone lines outside your home or busi ness at no charge to you. Unless you have our Service Plus Maintenance Plan , any repairs to your inside phone lines require an additional charge. (See the Service Plus Maintenance Plan information on this page.) Because some of your repair assistance requires a fee, we work with you to help determine the source of the problem, whenever possible. Listed below are a few things to do before you call our repair service. • Look for symptoms on your telephone set(s) like cracked plastic housing or broken or frayed cord. • If you have just one phone, unplug it and plug in a borrowed phone. If the borrowed one works, the problem is in the phone set and not the phone line. • If you have more than one phone, make sure each phone’s receiver is on the hook. If none of them are off the hook, unplug every phone. Then plug each phone back into any wall jack one at a time, checking each phone for a dial tone as you go. The telephone set that causes the line to go dead is the one needing repair. • If your phone or phones appear to be working, take a working phone to your telephone network interface box. This box is usually located on the outside wall of your home or business. It is located where our outside lines and your inside telephone wiring connect, or “interface.” Open the network interface box and locate the “test jack” inside. Remove the modular plug from the test jack and insert the phone jack from your phone. If the same problem occurs when you plug your phone into the test jack, the problem is in our outside telephone lines. Call our Repair Service. The number is 846-4161 . If the problem disappears when you use the test jack, the problem is in your inside telephone wiring. If You Need To Call Our Repair Service Please be prepared to answer these questions when you call: 1. What is the telephone number of the line in trouble? 2. Does the problem occur on all your phones? 3. Do you have a dial tone? 4. Is noise the problem on the line? 5. Can you call out? 6. Can you receive calls? 7. How often does the problem occur? 8. Is the problem on local and/or long distance calls? 9. What number can we call to reach you during the repair?

opportunity to lease this phone or purchase it. For more information, call our business office.

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ZING Internet Access Yes, We Have Internet Access!

ZING Unlimited Internet Access High Speed Internet Access provides the bandwidth needed for web surfing, online gaming, video conferencing, and Virtual Private Networking (VPN). You can talk on your phone and be online at the same time. ZING service is always on so there is no more waiting to connect. Available in most places. Call our business office at 846-7200 for business and residential prices and availability.

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Home Networking Let the technicians at PGTELCO install your own personal network. With a home network you can have multiple computers throughout your home using High Speed Internet Service at the same time. Our home network includes all the equipment necessary for blazing fast, secure, and reliable wired network. Wired network installations will be billed on time and materials. Wireless network installations will be a one time charge of $49.95. We have a price schedule that will fit your individual needs, and we even have service contracts to cover any questions or problems you have in the future. Call us today at 846-7200 to set up your Home Network!

Configurations There are several common ways to configure your home or office network to access the Internet over ZING. PGTELCO provides up to 2 dynamic IP addresses for each standard ZING account. Therefore, only two computers can directly connect to the Internet at the same time. However, if you would like to access the Internet with more than two computers, you may purchase a third party router that is capable of doing Network Address Translation (NAT) or purchase Static IP Addresses. A NAT router is a cheap and easy way to enable hundreds of your computers to access the same ZING service. Static IP Static IP addresses are available at an additional $10 per IP address. ZING High Speed Internet Access is required. ZING Fiber To The Home We offer Fiber to the Home service in certain areas of West Washington County. Fiber to the Home, or FTTH, refers to the installation and use of fiber optic cable directly to the home. Connecting fiber all the way to your home provides the most bandwidth opportunity to your household. Fiber is unquestionably the fastest, most versatile high speed Internet connection. Better video experience—see higher quality streaming video across all your devices. Virtually unlimited bandwidth: Download/Upload for Fiber 200Mbps / 200Mbps 1G / 1G

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