News of Other Days

December 7, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 20, 1996.

Ark Nuclear 1 marks 35 years

December 7, 2009 RUSSELLVILLE (AP) — Arkansas Nuclear One began operating 35 years ago, a start that changed the way Arkansas gets its electricity.The anniversary was marked Thursday with a reception at the plant for state and local officials with representatives of plant owner Entergy Corp.The two operating units at the plant near Russellville generate about a quarter of the state’s electricity. The plant has an annual payroll of $93 million and is responsible for about $8 million in local tax revenue.The $140 million plant was announced by then-Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller in 1967.

Historian finds Red Baron’s death certificate

December 7, 2009 WARSAW, Poland — A Polish historian says he made a surprising find when poring through World War I archives — the death certificate of Manfred von Richthofen, the German fighter ace known as the “Red Baron.”Maciej Kowalczyk said that he found the file last month while going through old German archives in the Polish city of Ostrow Wielkopolski. The area was formerly German, and Richthofen was briefly stationed there.The entry is a one-page handwritten form in a 1918 registry book of deaths that Kowalczyk was using to research the deaths of troops in the war.

Jodie Mahony, education advocate, dies

December 7, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Jodie Mahony, who spent half his life in the Arkansas Legislature where he worked passionately to improve public education, died Saturday. He was 70.Joseph Kirby “Jodie” Mahony II, a Democrat who represented El Dorado from 1971 through 2006, was known for his work ethic and his devotion to governing. After he could no longer hold office in the House or Senate because of term limits, he went to work as a House staffer.Mahony, who had cancer, died at a Little Rock hospital.

Breaking and entering, theft charges filed

December 7, 2009 A Floral man has been charged with felony breaking and entering and misdemeanor theft following an incident on Wednesday, according to a court affidavit filed by Detective Jeff Sims with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Sims said someone called police dispatch and reported a man in an orange coat and camouflage pants walking behind a vacant residence at 60 Branch St. and when he arrived, Sgt. Kirk Green reportedly found Damon Ray McAdams, 38, standing inside a storage building at the rear of the residence.

Church to hold holiday drama

December 7, 2009 Believers’ Community Church will present Warren Sager’s Christmas drama “This is the Day!” Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Admission is free and open to the public. Nursery care is provided.The play is about a young man who has left his roots on the family farm to pursue a high life in a city, then when he returns home from Christmas he finds himself reliving the same day over again. For more information, call (870) 793-8365. The church is located at 3645 N St. Louis Street in Pfeiffer, north of the Northside Fire Department.

Salem plans parade

December 7, 2009 SALEM — The annual Salem Christmas Parade and Lights on the Square sponsored by the Salem Chamber of Commerce will be at 6:30 p.m. tonight. The festivities will start in downtown Salem on the courtsquare with hot chocolate or coffee and cookies and Christmas caroling. Churches and school groups are asked to participate in the caroling on the square.

John 3:16 now selling smoked turkeys, hams

December 7, 2009 CHARLOTTE — John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte is selling smoked turkeys and hams for Christmas. The cost for a 12-15 pound turkey or ham is $39.95 each, and that includes tax.To place an order, call Dane Bawcom, who is the head of the ministry’s catering division, at (870) 307-4667 or the John 3:16 office at (870) 799-2525.John 3:16 is a spiritual-based boot camp for men with drug and alcohol addictions. It is funded solely on private donations.

Calico Rock to host tour

December 7, 2009 CALICO ROCK — This year’s Calico Rock Holiday Home and Lights Tour will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday and will stop at three homes and two churches.Organizer Gloria Gushue said, “Christmas has become a time to decorate homes, churches and yards to celebrate this happy season. Once again, Calico Rock wants to show off its Christmas spirit with our fourth annual Home Tour.”

Christmas memories sought for special section

December 7, 2009 The Batesville Daily Guard is publishing its annual Seasons Greetings special section on Dec. 24.Anyone wishing to share a special Christmas memory for publishing in this section may bring the story and/or a photo to go with the memory to the Guard office at 258 W. Main St.; mail it to the Guard, Attn: Andrea Bruner, P.O. Box 2036, Batesville, AR 72503; or e-mail it to andreab@guardonline.com.The deadline for stories and photos is Wednesday.