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 deadline for stories and photos is Wednesday.

Senior citizens’ dinner slated

December 7, 2009 MOUNT PLEASANT — Mount Pleasant Elementary will hold its annual Christmas dinner for senior citizens at 6 p.m. Thursday.There will be drawings for prizes and admission is free. Those who need a ride and would like to arrange transportation can call the school at (870) 346-5481.

Plans proceed for new football complex

December 7, 2009 CAVE CITY — A bid of $131,514 from Fleming Electric Inc. of Bryant was accepted during last week’s Cave City School Board meeting for lighting for a planned football complex, Superintendent Steven Green said.The complex will be located just east of the new high school building and high school parking lot. Architect Jim Harris of Little Rock and local surveyor Pete Musgrave are developing plans to bid out dirt work for the project, Green said, but no target date has been set for dirt work to begin.