Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on August 12, 1974 · Page 1
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and inflation, Military shakeup in Syria By The Associated Press Syrian President Hafez Assad shuffled his country's military command today, bringing in as chief of staff the head of the Syrian team that negotiated last spring's Golan Heights disengagement agreement with Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger. Maj. Gen. Hikmat Shehabi, in his mid 40s, headed Syria's military intelligence service before Assad promoted him from brigadier and gave him the army's top post. He replaced Maj. Gen. Youssef Shakkour, chief of staff during last October's Middle East war. This and other changes, made by presidential decree, were the first in Syria's armed forces heirarchy since the October war. They came as Syria's government-controlled press charged that Israel was preparing to launch a fifth war with the Arabs, a charge Israel has made repeatedly against Syria. Shehabi is a long-time confidant of Assad. He led a Syrian military team to Washington last spring to negotiate with Kissinger Syria's terms for a separation of forces with Israel on the high ground separating the countries. The eventual signing of the disengagement agreement helped open the way for Richard M. Nixon to become the first American President to visit Syria. Nixon and Assad announced during the visit the renewal of diplomatic relations between Washington and Damascus, severed during the 1967 Middle East war. The radio broadcasts announcing the shakeup gave no official reason. 'Lebanese' newspapers also claimed in Beirut that the Soviet Union has warned Palestinian guerrillas Israel "is about to deal a major military blow on one or more Arab fronts." The press reports charged that Israel was preparing for a two-pronged offensive across its frontiers with Syria and Lebanon. The objective was said to be "the destruction of Syria's military power and the elimination of the Palestinian guerrilla presence in Lebanon." Despite the Arab talk of war, Israeli Foreign Minister Yigal Allon said on Sunday he expects Middle East peace talks to resume in Geneva this year. Allon met with Kissinger last week in Washington as part of a new round of discussions among the American secretary of state and Israeli and Arab officials. Poison fish dumped in Yuma water YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - The municipal water system for this southwest Arizona city of 32,000 was shut down from midaft- ernoon Sunday, when the temperature was 106 degrees, until early today. The city water was cut off after residents reported finding dead fish floating in the Yuma Main Canal. Chemists labored through Sunday to neutralize a deadly insecticide, parathion, that had been dumped into the canal. None of the poisoned water reached the city treatment plant, water mains or homes, said James Clevenger, city administrator. Some was detected in city storage tanks next to the canal and had to be dumped and treated. The identity of the person who dumped the chemical was unknown late Sunday, said Imperial County Deputy Richard Bell. Asked if the dumping was deliberate, Bell said, "Either that or someone wasn't thinking." The dumping took place about two miles north of Winterhaven, on the California side of the canal, said Imperial County Sheriff's deputies. Hempstead County- broke-buf pr/vafe cltfztns do, Home of the Bowie Knife Member of the Associated Press VOL. 75—No. 256 — 10 Pages Newspaper Enterprise Ass'n. Features HOPE. ARKANSAS MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 1974 Av. not paid circulation 3 months ending March 31.1974—4,080 As filed with Audit Bureau of Circulations, subject to nudlt. PRICE 10c New landmark for Hope appears at at 1-30 & Hy 4 Ford receives pledge President Ford will from organized labor t(>night —Hope (Ark.) Star photo It's official now. Last week the Holiday Inn sign went up at the big motel at Interstate 30 and State Highway 4. The Star made this picture Sunday in the rain. Note the lower level of the sign (partly obscured by brush): "Watch for Grand Opening." But the date remains to be set. WASHINGTON (AP) - Organized labor has pledged support for the new President despite Gerald R. Ford's nearly solid antilabor voting record in Congress. Ford, according to the AFL- CIO, voted "wrong" 109 times and "right" on only nine occasions when it came to legislation favored by labor during his 25-year congressional career. But with Ford assuming the presidency, organized labor's chief spokesman, George Meany, pledged on behalf of the 13.5 million-member AFL- CIO "all possible support in meeting the grave and serious problems the nation faces." Similar comments came from other labor leaders. United Auto Workers President Leonard Woodcock said his union would cooperate with the new administration "in any effort to correct the enormous economic and moral difficulties the nation faces." "You can count on our support and cooperation in your efforts to bring America back to the principles upon which it was founded and under which it has prospered," wired President Floyd E. Smith, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Teamsters chief Frank E. Fitzsimmons, a staunch aljy of former President Richard M. Nixon, said his union is "ready to unite" behind Ford. President Jerry Wurf of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employ- es union, referred to Ford's conservatism but said "we are willing to work with him on the very real problems facing the country." Labor leaders generally consider Ford a conservative on most issues and although they rarely saw eys-to-eye on legislation they respect his integrity. An AFL-CIO staff official called Ford's relationship with the labor federation on Capitol Hill "exceedingly friendly." "He was a man you could see anytime, a man you could talk to," the official recalled. "This was not a man who was unapproachable." Both Ford and labor regard inflation as the No. 1 problem facing the country and the new President is expected to call for reduced government spending while urging business and labor to restrain wage and price increases. Despite the promised cooperation, workers are unlikely to react too favorably to any call for holding down pay increases as they try to catch up with a nearly 5 per cent loss in real wages over the past year. 3 bus hijackers rape Brain pacemaker may help 8*1 rob passengers Mark achieve simple goals TULARE, Calif. (AP) Mark Kevins has simple goals: To talk without stuttering, to care for himself. Things most people take for granted. And with the help of a pair of experimental brain pacemakers implanted in his skull two months ago, the Tulare teenager may be a little closer to those goals. Bevins, 18, victim since age seven of a rare unnamed nervous disorder which gradually blinded and paralyzed him, returned to the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco last week to pick up two timers designed to regulate the pacemakers automatically. Until then, the battery-powered machines, implanted in an experimental operation after Mark suffered a seizure which nearly took his life, had to be turned on and off several times an hour. At night, they were left off so his father, Jake Bevins, could sleep. During the seizure last May, Mark's heart and respiration stopped. His parents thought the progressive ailment had finally claimed their son. But the youth revived, and on June 16 Dr. John Adams implanted the tiny pacemakers in an effort to reverse the effects of the illness. The pacemakers supply to Majority favors Nixon resigning PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) More than three-quarters of Americans surveyed in a Gallup poll believe Richard M. Nixon "did the best thing" by resigning the presidency. But more than half of those polled oppose an investigation of possible criminal charges against him. In a telephone survey conducted by the polling organization last Thursday night and Friday after Nixon's resignation speech, 79 per cent of those questioned said he "should have resigned " Thirteen per cent said he "should have stayed" and 8 per cent gave no opinion. the brain a tiny electric current, designed to block muscular rigidity and control the shaking and tremors which make it impossible for Mark to feed himself or control his movements. The father says Mark's condition has improved in the short time since the operation. "It was so gradual we didn't notice until recently how much he had really improved." He said he could tell when "we disconnected the pacemakers ... once they were off, we could really notice the change." Although the doctors have made no such promises, Mark's parents still hope for a dramatic recovery. The disease has not impaired Mark's mentality, and his father says the youth is pleased with his progress. "When we shut off the pacemakers it showed how much good they really did, and it gave him a lot of encouragement. CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities said today that three armed men boarded a Greyhound bus and raped a pregnant teen-age girl, pistol whipped a man and robbed all 34 passengers before making a getaway. A Ventura County sheriff's spokesman said the girl, who was not identified, was six months pregnant. The spokesman said she was raped in the restroom aboard the bus, but was otherwise unharmed and continued the trip. The trio boarded the San Francisco-bound bus at North Hollywood and pulled out handguns and a sawed-off rifle about 30 minutes later. As one of the robbers kept a pistol on the driver and another stood at the rear, the third walked down the aisle demanding money and valuables from the passengers, police said. Glenn B. Coons, 56, of Santa Barbara, was hit with a gun after he told the robbers he wasn't carrying any money, deputies said. "It was a nightmare," said Mats Grape, 24, a student visiting here from Sweden. "I was frightened. The blacks were so full of hate and so nervous, it made me frightened." The gunmen, all identified as Negro males in their early 20s, got about $3,000 in cash, travelers checks and jewelry, then ordered the bus driver to stop near a freeway exit where they got into a waiting car, police said. Anders Franzen, 25, also vacationing from Sweden, said that just before the robbery he heard one of the men whisper, "I want to kill some of these (passengers.)" But he said another answered: "No, no killing." "I was frightened to death," Franzen said. "I was afraid to say anything and I didn't tell my friends. I just waited and hoped nothing would happen." Police said they had no leads in the case. By GAYLORD SHAW Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Pausing briefly in his ever-broadening search for a vice presidential nominee, President Ford outlines for Congress and the nation tonight his new administration's goals and an agenda for reaching them. The nationally broadcast and televised 9 p.m. EOT appearance before a joint session of Congress is Ford's first major address since his brief speech upon assuming the presidency from Richard M. Nixon on Friday. In it, aides said Ford plans to set "the spirit and tone of his administration" and appeal for national unity and support in tackling such major problems as inflation. They said Ford won't disclose the name of his choice for vice president in the address. The search for his successor won't be complete until late in the •.veek, one aide said. With a whirlwind series of 11 White House meetings on Sunday, Ford accelerated his consultations with congressional and political friends, who said women and Democrats are among those being considered for the No. 2 post. After the meetings, Ford told a newsman "I'm not ruling out anything or anybody." Other sources said it was highly unlikely that he would stray from a list of about a dozen GOP leaders in making his selection. Republican national chairman George Bush emerged from Sunday's meetings with the backing of an influential conservative, Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz. "He's Mr. Clean and that's what the country wants," Goldwater said of Bush, a former Texas congressman and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Goldwater, one of the 11 friends and advisers Ford met with in the separate meetings, also ranks high on the list of possibilities. He said he wasn't seeking the job but "sure, I'd accept it." Bush's name also was mentioned by House GOP Whip Leslie C. Arends of Illinois after his meeting with Ford. And it was among three listed by Senate Republican leader Hugh Scott. But Scott said his first choice still is former New York Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller. He contended that the reported opposi- tion to Rockefeller among party conservatives is "grossly exaggerated." Melvin R. Laird, former congressman and defense secretary, also met with Ford but wasn't available for comment afterward. One indication of the direction of the new administration was furnished by Interior Secretary Rogers C. B. Morton. He said Ford will put new emphasis on some Nixon administration policies in energy resources and environment, but not alter their basic intent. Before moving through the meetings with party and political advisers, Ford conferred for a half-hour with Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger. A spokesman said Kissinger brought the President up to date on the Cyprus situation. Meanwhile, the Soviet Union pledged to continue its policy of detente and to seek with Ford a further improvement of Soviet American relations. And in Cairo, the official Middle East News Agency reported that Ford's new administration has renewed the invitation to Egyptian President Game books go on sale Season books for the 1974 Hope High, School football season are now on sale at Citizens Bank, First National Bank, Anderson-Frazier Insurance Agency and the School Administration Building. Season books sell for $8 for five home games. Anwar Sadat to visit the United States before the end of the year. The invitation was extended by .Nixon during his recent Middle East tour. The President began his public day by worshipping at the Episcopal church near his suburban home. Kneeling in a back row pew with his wife Betty and 17-year- old daughter Susan, Ford heard a special prayer for the success of his presidency. "Give him the strength of spirit, body and mind needed for the tasks; the wisdom to see, listen and act for the good of all people," said the prayer written by Suffragan Bishop John A. Braden and read by the church's assistant rector, the Rev. Patricia M. Park. The assistant rector also asked for comfort for Nixon, who flew to his San Clemente, Calif., home on Friday. In Essex, Mass., Ford's son Michael said he would like to see Nixon speak out and "make a total confession of what was his role in Watergate." The younger Ford is a 24-year-old graduate student at the interdenominational Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Wenham, Mass. At the White House, Ford signed the first bill of his administration—a measure authorizing the Coast Guard to adopt modern boiler and pressure safety standards for ships. Miss your paper? City Subscribers: If you fail to receive your Star please phone 777-3431 between 6 and 6:30 p.m.—Saturday before or by 5 p.m. and a carrier will deliver your paper. Centennial Teens ore being formed A group of "Centennial Teens" is being formed before this city's centennial celebration gets underway next year. The Teens group is for anyone between the ages of 13 and 16 who wants to help with centennial activities such as the Hollywood premiere, the staging of "Music Man", the Promenades, and much more during this coming year. Jim or Penny Gary are the ones to contact. . .777-8119. Stanleys are selected Farm Family for 1974 THE MARTIN STANLEY FAMILY has been selected 1974 Hempstead County Farm -Photo by Calvuj CaldweU wttfc Star camera Family of the Year. They are from left to right: Marty, Martin, Barbara and Arian. The Martin Stanley family has been selected Hempstead County Farm Family in 1974. The Stanleys live between Ozan and Bingen on the West Patrol road. They have two sons, Marty, 19 a Junior at Southern State College and Arian, 15, a student at Nashville High School. The Stanleys operate a 76S- acre farm, which consists of 46 acres of irrigated cotton, 80 acres of pine timber and 648 acres of pasture and meadow. The pasture and meadow land is used to support their beef cattle enterprise. Cattle on this farm are mostly crossbred using Herefords as the foundation herd. Water to irrigate the cotton is from a 13-acre lake. Irrigation is by gravity flow using gated pipe and furrow irrigation. The timber land is managed for best production through a timber stand improvement program. Pastures and meadows are fertilized and managed to insure a high level of production. The Stanleys are members of the First United Methodist Church of Bingen. They are active in church and civic work. Mr. Stanley is an ASCS Com- munity ComrniUeeman, a member of Farm Bureau, and serves as demonstrational leader in 4-H. Mrs. Stanley is girls demonstrational leader in 4-H work. Marty and Arian have been active in FFA and 4-H work. They have won outstanding awards in both 4-H and FFA. The Stanley family works closely with the various agricultural agencies of Hempstead County. The farm family of the year program began in 1947 and is sponsored by the Arkansas Press Association, Arkansas Power and Light Company, local Agricultural Agencies, lending agencies, Hope Star, Radio Station KXAR, and presidents of local farm organizations. The Hempstead County selection committee met on July 16 and selected the Stanley family for 1974. The Stanleys will compete for district and possibly state honors later this fall. More photos on Page Five

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