Farmers are finding new power for old tractors with electricity

December 9, 2009 APPLEGATE, Ore. (AP) — At Blue Fox Farm, the tractor is old but the fuel is new.Like a small but growing number of organic farmers around the country, Chris Jagger has converted an old Allis-Chalmers Model G tractor built in the 1940s to run on electricity at his farm in southwest Oregon.They like the small tractor’s nimble ways around row crops. And with an electric motor instead of a gasoline engine bolted on the back, it runs cleanly, quietly and slowly with no belches of exhaust, few breakdowns and no direct consumption of fossil fuel.

News of Other Days

December 9, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 24, 1996.

Scripture baking blends spirituality, cooking

December 9, 2009 Spoons and bowls and baking pans and ... a Bible?Most modern bakers probably don’t associate The Good Book with pulling together a batch of their favorite treats, but during the late 1800s some Christians began using scripture as a code for turning recipes into riddles.“This was a cutsie way of letting people know that they knew their Bible. If you knew it off the top of your head, you felt proud of yourself,” says Joan Houston Hall, chief editor of the “Dictionary of American Regional English.”

Sheriff: Couple found dead due to accidental overdose

December 9, 2009 LOCUST BAYOU (AP) — Authorities say a husband and wife who were found dead in their south Arkansas home died of accidental drug overdoses.Calhoun County Sheriff Bob Dunn says 26-year-old Eduardo Morales died of acute methadone intoxication while his wife, 24-year-old Heather Morales, died of an accidental overdose of methadone and diazepam, which is a sedative.Dunn says the deaths have been ruled accidental.

Officer demoted after jail escape

December 9, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Pulaski County sheriff’s sergeant has been demoted in connection with the Nov. 22 escape of an inmate.Mildred Champion is being demoted to deputy and reassigned to the jail’s prisoner security staff. The demotion comes less than a week after Deputy Kimberly Wainwright was fired for leaving a van running and unattended while preparing to take inmates to their jobs at the main jail. Inmate Marlon Watkins Jr. jumped into the van and drove through a fence to escape.Watkins was recaptured Nov. 30 in southwest Little Rock.

GOP’s Lamoureaux to finish Trusty’s Senate term

December 9, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Russellville area voters have picked another Republican to replace state Sen. Sharon Trusty, who resigned in August, saying she needed to spend more time with her family.Unofficial results show former state Rep. Michael Lamoureaux receiving about 70 percent of votes cast Tuesday in the district that covers all of Yell County and parts of Logan and Pope counties. He’ll serve the final two years of Trusty’s term.Democrat John Burnett netted about 21 percent of the vote, while independent candidate Tachany Evans finished with nearly 9 percent.

Store clerk accused in lotto theft

December 9, 2009 STAMPS (AP) — A scan of the Dixie Mart’s security video revealed what was happening to the store’s scratch-off lottery tickets, which had been coming up short between Nov. 25 and Nov. 28.After the tape was played for Stamps police, store clerk 19-year-old Martina Nicole Sterling was arrested for theft of $753. The sum includes $465 in tickets she allegedly took without paying and $288 in winnings.

AG asks Beebe to set execution dates

December 9, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ attorney general on Tuesday asked the governor to set execution dates for three convicted killers on death row, saying a recent court ruling has cleared the way for the state to resume lethal injections.Attorney General Dustin McDaniel told Gov. Mike Beebe that Don William Davis, Jack Harold Jones Jr. and Stacey Eugene Johnson had exhausted their traditional appeals and were ready to be executed.

Heavy snowfall, wind pounding Midwest, New England

December 9, 2009 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A fierce storm left dangerous ice, heavy snow and vicious winds in its wake as it slogged eastward today, snarling traffic and closing hundreds of schools from the Upper Midwest through New England.

A social networking timeline

December 9, 2009 Milestones in social networking over the past decade:2002 — Friendster launches and becomes a social networking force until MySpace and the more buttoned-up LinkedIn hit the scene in 2003 and slowly gain more traction.2004 — Facebook begins to become a staple of communication for college students. The service opens up to high schoolers in 2005, corporate networks in 2006 and eventually becomes a worldwide phenomenon.2005 — YouTube, an online video hosting site, launches.