News that was making news in years gone by:
December 12, 1935:
* The first edition of the Northern Virginia Sun rolled off the presses, promising non-partisan coverage of news across the region.
* Fairfax officials want greater local authority to regulate where beer and wine can be sold.
* The Fairfax Chamber of Commerce is honoring F.W. Richardson, who is wrapping up a 55-year career as county clerk.
* A square dance at Vienna Town Hall will raise funds for fire services.
* Gov. Perry is looking for ways to reduce an increasing number of traffic deaths on Virginia’s highways.
December 8, 1962:
* Gov. Harrison says the state will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after Virginia’s legislative districting was ruled unconstitutional by a three-judge panel for discriminating against urban areas of the commonwealth.
* The Fairfax Chamber of Commerce says another airport is needed in the county to accommodate private aircraft.
* County officials have unveiled a 10-year capital-improvement plan totaling $113 million.
* Rev. Billy Graham will speak at the Pentagon this week.
December 9, 1969:
* Groundbreaking for the Metro system this week was coupled with President Nixon’s signature on a $1.15 billion measure to help fund it.
* Gov.-elect Linwood Holton says he will outline his priorities during a speech on Jan. 19.
* Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Horan is threatening to prosecute stores that flout Virginia’s blue laws on Sunday closings.
* At the movies: “Goodbye, Columbus,” “Midnight Cowboy,” Elvis in “The Trouble With Girls” and Paul Newman in “Hombre.”
* High-school basketball season opens this week.
December 9-10, 1977:
* While ridership on Metro subway and bus service has fallen across most of the region, it has been stable in Northern Virginia.
* Republican John Dalton spent $1.9 million in his successful bid for governor, compared to $1.2 million for Democrat Henry Howell.
* Billy Carter has endorsed Republican John Warner for U.S. Senate.
* Fairfax Superintendent S. John Davis wants the state to adopt minimum-competency standards for high-school students.
* Vienna officials have passed a noise ordinance, aimed at all-night restaurants.
* As many as 5,000 Fairfax students could be told to stay home from school until all their immunizations are up to date.
* Sun publisher Herman Obermayer opines that “I get nut calls almost daily.”