Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on December 24, 1968 · Page 1
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Tuesday, December 24, 1968
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' ; < . ••.v'-V'-'V^ TEMPERATURE Monday high 38, low 15. . DWritbwn at noon today 26i •1 1 WEATHER MEMBER AUDIT BUREA»» OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL—SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE Some Increase., in cloudiness • tonight and not so cold. LQW tonight from. 15 to 20. Consld- ; erable cloudiness and ; not so cold Christmas Day, with hllgb A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER in the 80s. VOLUME XLDC--NO. 73 MOUNT VERNON; ILLINOIS/T/UESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 196S 40c pet .Week — Single Copy 7c O- -O- -0- -0- -O- -0- Meei- Families In San Diego HOME FOB CHRISTMAS— Mr«f, Mary Shilling holds pictures of son, John 'A. Shilling, 21, crewman on U.S.S. Pueblo, at Cleveland, Ohio. She aspects htinfo ^ a re- s union with 1 him^--during the Christinas season. , . photo) Pilgrims Ignore Peril Battle 80 Bethlehem BETHLEHEM (AP) — Israeli warplanes pummelled Arab guerrillas inside Jordan again today. while 80 miles to the south in the birthplace- of Christ yuletide ^preparations approached their ;climax. The; plane's .smashed at Al'Fa­ tah i saboteurs the Israelis said were 'based in. the' abandoned village"of Manhiya, facing' the Betsan Valley ; just south of the Sea- ! of Galilee. The s Israeli army charged the Arabs'. fired" rockets and light arrhs at an Israeli patrol on the Jordan River ceasefire line at 7:30;a,m. .; • • >..",.,•. .. •„•>, Heavy.smoke cbuldtbe ;spen as the Israel jeis swept,through a driving rain. Israeli "tanks also, fired'at the village.,;,"' '.-;' No Israeli casualties were reported. > . It was the third" time in- a week the IsjajIi.YAir Force has sent one ptjf^) planes over Jordan *' ifo, ^ttft'ck positions from which /^jh £^|j^eiis claim the Arab guerrillas have been attacking Israel. Meanwhile, Uiousahds , of Christian pilgrims ignored Arab threajs of> trouble during the holy 'season .and converged on the. sites and shrines revered by the faithful. 2,O0Q Moslem pilgrims More .than 2,000 Arabs—Moslems' ,! as well * as Christians— have > also arrived from Jordan, SEOUL (AP) — Tlie 82 freed • crewmen of the U.S. intelligence ship Pueblo winged foji'ir way toward San Diego today for a joyful Christmas^, reunion with their families. r ' , Two Air Force C141s took off with the men and a coffin after a menprlal service at Seoul's Kimpo" airport for Fireman Duarie H. Hodges, 22, of Cres- wcll, Ore., fatally injured when '{he North Koreans captured the Pueblo Jan. 23. — The planes were scheduled to arrive at Sah Diego's Miramar Naval Air Station at 6 p.m. EST after a refueling stop at Midway Island. The Navy said at least 167 wives, children, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters have gathered at the base. Many left their homes for San Diego in such a hurry they didn't have time to buy Christmas presents for the men. A U.S. Army band played "California Here I Come" and "Anchors Aweigh" as the men boarded the planes. Clad in blue Navy fatigues,, they appeared rested and smiled and waved at a crowd of 200 persons seeing 1 •• _ ;; . '• •.;'•*'. > ' v: ^ The Pdeblo skipper, Cmdr. Lloyd M. Bijicher, .41, was the last to board, stopping on the way to thank the band members. Memorial For Hodges The simple memorial service for Hodges was held in an open field near the planes two hours before they left. It was conducted by Lt. Cnidr. Stanton Wilson, chaplain for Navy forces in Korea, and was attended by Bucher, Adm. Edwin M. Rosenberg, in charge of the Pueblo crew's repatriation, and PO 3.C., Ralph E. Reed, 30, of Duncannon, Pa., in whose arms Hodges died. The casket, draped in a U.S. flag, was carried from a military ambulance by eight Navy men. A platoon of sailors and Marines and about 200 American soldiers and civilians attended the service. An eight-man honor guard fired three rounds of salute while Taps were blown. Throughout the ceremony Bucher looked very sad, keeping his head down most of the time. Rosenberg, who accompanied the crew on the flight, told a news conference earlier the men were in "fair to good condition." They were given preliminary medical checkups and spent the night at the 121st Evacuation Hospital outside Seoul following their release Monday. Chung Visits Men Before their departure today the Pueblo men were visited by several top U.S. and South Korean officials, including Premier Chung H-Kwon. Chung, U.S, Ambassador William Porter, Philippine Ambassador Benjamin Tiroha and several South Korean Cabinet ministers visited Bucher and about 15 of his men. "We certainly felt the Ameri- HOUR TRUCE IN VIETNAM SAIGON (AP) — U.S. and South Vietnamese forces joined the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese in a Christmas cease­ fire tonight after an all-day battle Monday in which the South Vietnamese claimed their troops killed 159 of the enemy. The allied truce was to run for 24 hours, until 6 p.m. Christmas. The Viet Cong had proclaimed a 72 hour truce beginning at 1 a.m. today, but military spokesmen reported during the first six hours the. enemy made seven mortar and ground attacks on South Vietnamese military posts, killing six ^ soldiers and one civilian and ; wounding 16 soldiers and five civilians. The government said six enemy soldiers were killed. Despite these attacks, the U.S. Command said at noon that it had no reports of any significant action. But the command announced that the number of "indications" of enemy military activity in the Demilitarized Zone' since President Johnson ordered the bombing of North Vietnairi halted on Nov. 1 had pa§sec!'the'1,000 mark. 'A 'TJfS; spokesman "said there j ;had 'been 1,011 such Incidents by r^idnight Sunday, and U.S. bombers, artillery or warships had Opened fire in at least 305 of thede. Johnson in r innpuncing his bomb-halt order said abuse of tiie DMZ might prove a bar to the Vietnam peace talks in Paris, but allies and the .Communists are wrangling about such procedural matters as the shape of the conference table, and there is no indication when peace talks will get under way. American commanders made final preparations for an unprecedented Christmas Day meeting with Viet Cong representatives to discuss the Viet Cong's offer to release three U.S. prisoners of war. The meeting, scheduled for noon Wednesday, is to be held about 50 miles northwest of Saigon and five miles from the Cambodian border. The first Christmas In Skim 70 Miles Above Surface Of Dark Side Never •a- -o- Nixon Would Guard Spy Ships (Continued On Page 2 Col. 4) WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Nixon- would prevent a recurrence of the capture of the U.S. intelligence-gathering ship Pueblo by providing more and better protection for such vessels, according to his last recorded statements on the matter. In views expressed before and during the presidential campaign, and not publicly changed since, Nixon stated: "I say that wherever we have —and we must have ships of this type gathering intelligence so that we will not have a surprise attack—let us make sure that we have in the area other ships or planes that can come to the rescue of such a ship in the event that it comes underat- tack." mmmmmmmmmm<'>* Chamber Sees Good Year Ahead Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce today took a look at 1968 happenings on the local, county state, national and international scene and declared that Jefferson county residents have every reason'to feel in an optimistic frame of mind relative to the year ahead. Including all facets of the county — business, religion and socially — outstanding accomplishments were r e g i stered throughout the past 12 months and it was predicted by the chamber that even greater^ strides will be forthcoming. 1 ;' "The economy,. of Jefffeirson county is strong,".said a pham- ber spokesman, "4,hd : wijth Rend Lake, Interstate 57, ; Ramada Inn practically completed and other construction projects being underway in 1969, the year ahead should be one of excitement in a business way." A new Holiday Inn is expected to be started in 1969 and new housing is certain to increase. A new industrial • plant is under construction at Fountain place South and this industrial park is practically ready to welcome all newcomers and will be fully prepared with the completion of Rend Lake when water starts flowing through the inter- city mains. The chamber is of the opinion f '< ' V s Lincoln Heritage 4MT. V. MEN BUY INSURANCE COMPANY -O- -O- -0- Four Mt. Vernon men yesterday secured controlling stock in the Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company through acquisition of Atlas Management Corp. and Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Agency, the holding companies that own the insur- nace company. The new owners are Edward E. Curtis, president of the First National Bank and Trust Co., Neil Smith, vice president and Trust officer of the bank, and M. J. Mitchell and Dr. R. A. Alexander, bank directors. The acquisition did not include the company's real estate, the present home office west of Mt. Vernon on Ashley 'Road. "The insurance company will move into the fifth floor of the new bank building within 90 days," Smith said. "Construction of the offices on the fifth floor is already under way." Hawkins Returning The new owners also announced today that Haynes Hawkins, former well known Mt. Vernon resident who now heads an insurance company in Phoenix, Arizona, will return home to become the managing officer of Lincoln Heritage. "Mr. Hawkins will serve as exeoutive vice president and director of agencies," Curtis said. At present Hawkins is president of Republic Western Life Insurance Co. at Phoenix. He is expected to assume his new EDWARD E. CURTIS -O- -O,- -0- SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) — The daring explorers of Apollo 8 swept into an incredible Christmas Eve orbit around the moon today, reported it looked like dirty sand and televised to earth startling pictures of a wild and wondrous terrain. . Air Force'.Col. Frank Borman, Navy Capt. James A. Loyell Jr. and Air Force Maj. William A. Anders joined the ranks of history s premier explorers at ^:59 a.m. EST today when they fired Atiollo 8 into a perfect lunar orbit. They gazed in astonishment at a sight neyer before seen by man—the backside of the moon lliat constantly hides itself from i .irth. It was akin to Columbus sighting the New World, Bal1x>a staring down at the Pacific or De Game rounding the Cape of Good Hope. It was Jules Verne, Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon all wrapped up in a neat Christmas package for the adventure- Ipyers ori ^e, world., , : The- '^stronaiits, -then' .aippe^ around to the front! side to beam to earth dramatic pictuites, a 'cr compared by a vivid word description. As the three astronauts look back across 231,000 miles' tp their home planet this Christmas Eve, they are expected to beam a message to earthlings, calling for peace and unity in. a •troubled world. The plea could come in a television show planned to start from the streaking Apollo 8 cabin at 9:31 p.m. That would be about 3% hours before the astronauts are tp fire j their spaceship engine to shoot | out of lunar orbit and head for I home, aiming for a Friday morning landing in the Pacific Ocean. 70 Miles Above Moon The engine fired them into an Initial orbit rahing from, 69 to 193 miles high. A second firing during the third lunar orbit cir[ ?ularized the path at about 70 miles above the surface, i About the same time, Apollo 8 swept past the halfway point of the" planned mission of sue day and three hours. "It looks like plaster of paris, or sort of grayish beach saind," was Lovell's first impression of this alien celestial body that has awed man since his beginning. Two and one-half hours later, the astronauts flashed the scene to home television sets with the same camera that Monday had relayed pictures of the earth > (Continued On Page 2 Col. 7) ^^^^^^ (Continued On Page 2 Col. 3) NO PAPER WEDNESDAY The Register-News will not publish on Christmas Day. -O- -0- M. J. MITCHELL •O- -0- -o- "J BffKlCpjNDLy HANPSwBelp^ed crewmen of the U.S.S. uejblo board p, U.S. Army helicopter, Tuesday, at, the U.S. advance h»na£-flM>lr bejkmgtitgs. • • * - (AP^Wlropuof^b^radio from Seoul) Around Moon Is Planet Venus SPACE CENTER^ Houston (AP) —-.That bright light you've 5 seen hovering around the moon isn't Apollo 8. It's probably Verus. inundated with queries the {.ast two days on possible visual sightings of the spacecraft, space agency officials said the moon ship simply cannot be seen with the naked eye. And there have been no reports of visual sightings via telescope, a spokesman said Monday night. He added that it would be only a "remote chance of picking it up." An astronomer said Venus has ueen appearing in the vicinity of the moon and that probably led to the confusion, the spokesman Said.' A Fort Worth, Tex., astronomer gave a like report. Millions of sky gazers ;thrbugHout the world, had been hoping .to spot the spacecraft^ itiflashed mobnward. How Far To Next Rest Room On Space Trip? SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) — As they neared the moon Monday night, the Apollo 8 astronauts faced a situation familiar to many a traveler on earth: How far to the next rest stop? Every few hours during the flight, the astronauts open a valve to dump excess water, including urine, overboard., Because Apollo 8. is sailing through a vacuum, the dump exerts a small amount of thrust on the ship and alters its course ever so slightly. In moon orbit, ground stations want to know the course precisely. So Monday night they scheduled the last water dump bpfore the astronauts leave lunar orbit early Wednesday, and added this comment: "This is the last gas station for awhile." DILL1ES I WISH SOMEBODY / WOULD RING ME I JJP SOMETIME . Mrs. Byford Jones, I no, Wins In Lighting Contest If at first you don't succeed, try, try again! This must be the philosophy of Mrs. Byford Jones, Ina. She was a contestant in the initial Christmas Outdoor lighting contest (1966) held by Illinois Power Co., Tri- County Electric Cooperative and the Mt. Vernon Chamber : of, Qommerce. In 1966' she. was among the also ran; in the 1967 contest, she also finished out of themoney, but came closer'to winnlng'than she had previously. . r • - -Competing again in the ,1368 contest, Mrs. Jones was judged to have the best electt'ic ijisplay in the area • outside the oify 1 limits of Mt. Vernon.' Jna -also produced. a secondplade 'win* her in this division, Melviri Clinton, with' M. H. Outland, 523 Liebengood Ave., Summersville, finishing third. It was the thivd consecutive 'time that .Outland had entered the winners'.circle., landing .third in 1966'V '67 and .*68, . - ' " '•- ":'t r ' : ' : Mrs/ Jones will receive $33 Clinton, $25, and Outiand^.ft5 with this total ot : $75;being.* : ohf$ half of- the cash^ a^ard |;'m8ijfc ing up ^emi^^lllc ^n^^ der w^bfe<a ^pM winners'. tof fcoHHsta ^tePl^ within 'the v (Bi^t%Mi M " category- wU^xePBB^; Chaq|ber of O Chrisb&as Day,'

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