Suspended chief resigns at Mayflower

December 15, 2009 MAYFLOWER (AP) — The suspended police chief of Mayflower has resigned during an investigation of a convicted felon accused of impersonating a police officer.Richard Shaw delivered a letter to Mayor Randy Holland on Monday saying he’s resigning as of Dec. 6. The letter is dated Dec. 1.It mentions “recent allegations of impropriety” but does not elaborate and Shaw could not be reached by the Associated Press for comment.

Schools added to fiscal distress list

December 15, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The state Board of Education is adding three more schools to the state’s fiscal distress program, and administrators of a Newton County district announced a plan to try to avoid consolidation.The Forrest City, Wickes and Yellville-Summit districts were added to the fiscal distress program Monday because of spending that is depleting their reserve funds.

News of Other Days

December 15, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 31, 1996. 

Man upset over home decor goes to jail for drunkenness

December 15, 2009 A Little Rock man who threw a tirade because he didn’t like the way his former home had been decorated was arrested on public intoxication and disorderly conduct charges Monday evening.Deputy Michael Thatch said police got a call around 6 p.m. that a man had entered a home at 150 Ottinger St. and began yelling and cursing at the owner, Gary Coots.Thatch said that when he arrived he found a man, later identified as Brad Aldon Smith, 25, lying in the living room floor.

Allied Wireless puts headquarters in Ark.

December 15, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — A wireless company that will serve more than 800,000 former Alltel Corp. subscribers announced today it will locate its corporate headquarters in Little Rock and hire more than 200 workers.

Free safety programs available for schools, churches, civic clubs

December 15, 2009 Arkansas Farm Bureau safety coordinators present safety programs around the state free of charge for schools, churches, civic and charitable organizations and county Farm Bureaus, one of those coordinators, Jennifer Victory, told members of the Sharp County Young Farmers & Ranchers on Tuesday.Victory, of Little Rock, told the group that equipment and instructors for the free programs are supplied by the state Farm Bureau.

Food Channel Kitchens present: ‘A Dickens of a Christmas Dinner’

December 15, 2009 The Food Channel team that attended a recent screening of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” was inspired by this new animated film version starring Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge (and the ghosts of Christmas Past-Present-Future).The team recreated the holiday table of the poor Cratchit family as well as more bountiful feast seen at the merry gathering at the home of Mr. Scrooge’s nephew, putting together a menu faithful to this classic tale written in 1843, and reminiscent of Christmas dinners served in English homes during that time.

Free lessons lead to 29 years of flying

December 15, 2009 It was while Bill Luster was on a flight from Hot Springs to Batesville in 1970 that a pilot named Jesse James offered him flying lessons for free. Thinking that was too good an offer to pass up, he took James up on it. Ten years later Bill’s son Randy also started flying. Both Bill and Randy said they became closer while learning how to fly and becoming a pilots. While Randy worked for National Welding Supply, his boss, George Rider, enabled him to start flying. Rider had airplanes and Randy began learning.

ASU-Newport to rock house with 60’s party

December 15, 2009 NEWPORT — The second performance in the 2009-2010 Patron Series, “A Rockin’ ’60s Christmas Party,” will be at 7 p.m. Friday in the Center for the Arts on the campus of Arkansas State University-Newport.

Painter to celebrate 90th birthday

December 15, 2009 Juanita Kelley Painter will celebrate her 90th birthday with a drop-in reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Ruddell Hill Baptist Church in Batesville.The reception will be hosted by her family.All friends and relatives are invited to attend.She requests no gifts.