Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on December 26, 1968 · Page 1
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TEMPERATURE I.. Tuesday high 29, low IB. Wednesday high 27, low 23. 7:00 a.nt. today 28. "Downtown at noon todny 48. MEMBER AUDP BUREA»' OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL —SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER WEATHER 7 Southern Illinois — Rain likely beginning tonight and continuing into Friday. Lows tonight in 40s, hlglis Friday in 50s. VOLUME XLIX—NO. 74 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1D6S 40c per Week — Single Copy 7c Terrorism At Athens Airport Arabs Shoot Up IN VIETNAM SAIGON (AP) — Resuming offensive operations after a 24- hour Christmas cease-fire, U.S. forces caught more than 200 enemy troops on the move northwest of Saigon and killed at least-53 with bombs, rockets and artillery, the U.S. Command reported. There were no American casualties. The enemy soldiers were spotted in two groups Wednesday night end this morning by scouts from the U.S. 1st Air Cavalry Division leap-frogging in helicopters near the jungled borders of Cambodia. U.S. planes and artillery went into action in an area 63 miles northwest of Saigon and only two miles. from the Cambodian frontier. In addition to the 53 men killed, "numerous secondary explosions were observed," a U.S. communique said, indicating direct hits on ammunition stores. The 24-hour allied cease-fire for Christmas ended at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Viet Cong had proclaimed a cease-fire until 1 a.m. Friday, but as soon as the allied truce ended, American ambush patrols mo'Vecl' 6'uY into flight positions, and U.S. B52 bombers swung back into action with four raids during the night. 15 U.S. Offensive's At dawn today larger allied ground units resumed sweeping in the populous coastal lowlands south of Da Nang. A U.S. spokesman said 15 major American offensive operations were under way from the Mekong Delta to the demilitarized zone. The U.S. Command announced that American combat deaths last week dropped to their lowest total in five weeks ~151, with 838 wounded—despite intensive allied operations to stave off the Viet Cong offensive allied intelligence officers say may be shaping up. A total of 202 South Vietnamese troops were reported killed, 12 more than the week (Continued On Page 2 Col. 8) ATHENS (AP) — Two terrorists attacked an Israeli jet airliner with machine guns and hand grenades at Athens airport today, killing one passenger and injuring at least one. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the same Palestine guerrilla organization whose members hijacked an Israeli airliner last July, claimed in Beirut that its commandos were also responsible for the attack in Athens. Officials of the Israeli airline, El Al, said the two attackers were Arabs who were apprehended by police as they tried to flee. The airline officials said the two terrorists ran out on the runway as the four-jet Boeing 707 was warming up for a flight to Paris and New York. The plane, flight 253, had arrived earlier in the morning from Tel Aviv. It was leaving for Paris with 37 passengers and 10 crew members aboard. Machine-gun fire ripped into the plane windows and hand grenades blew up under the fuselage. A fire broke out aboard the plane but was quickly put out. A passenger was killed by a bullet in the head. Another was wounded by a bullet in the back. It was the second terrorist af tack on an Israeli airline in the last six months. Last July 23 three members of a Palestine commando" organization . , -.hijacked- an El Al airliner after it left Rome for Israel. They forced it to land in Algiers. The 42 other persons aboard and the plane were eventually released. The two Arabs who attacked the airliner in Athens also scattered pamphlets around the plane. As an ambulance pulled up to the stalled flame-seared aircraft to take off the casualties, Deputy Premier-Interior Minister Stylianos Patakos arrived for an investigation. Police threw a cordon around the airport and stationed guards with machine guns at the plane. The passengers and crew were taken off for questioning by police. The two terrorists were locked in the small jail at the airport. . All European airlines had to expect bomb threats during the pre-Christmas holiday rush. Splashdown In Morning South Of Hawaii ApcUo 8 Guides For 26-Mile Keyhde To Land In Pacific EAETHLINGS GET VIEW OF THEIR PLANET—Apollo 8 astronauts sent back this televised view of the earth from a distance of more than 200,000 miles as they streaked toward the moon. Picture was made from an ornicon image tube at NASA's Goldstone tracking station near Barstow, Calif. (AP Wirephoto) Child Still Missing Interior Renovation Man Sought $39,982 PROJECT in Sex Crime AT APPELLATE COURT Surrenders How Mt. Vernonites Brought E Christmas Joy To Needy Jefferson county residents opened up their hearts and their parse strings and the, generosity brought joy to 300 homes of the needy Christmas day. "While joy abounded, there was pMhes, too, and those delivering food baskets and those making it posisble through financial contributions, reaped an experience not soon forgotten according to ai/y number of workers., As one woman contributor, a beauty salon operator, said, "Never did I realize there were so many families in need," as she accepted a name of a needy fajnily sent to the mt. Vernon (Chamber of Commerce. "Four Crownview youngsters DAVENPORT. Iowa (AP) — Anthony Erthell Williams, charged with abducting blonde 10-year-old Pamela Powers on Christmas Eve, turned himself into police Thursday, but the girl remained missing, . Desk Sgt. Ernest Lester said a young Negro walked into the c police station and said, "I'm Anthony Erthell Williams. I understand you're looking lor me." Detective Lt. John Ackerman said there w?.s no ' doubt the man was Williams, a self-proclaimed minister with an arrest record' including four sex charges.. Police charged • Williams with child stealing after Pamela, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merlin Powers of Des Moines, d'isr appeared from a junior high school wrestling tournament at the Des Moines YMCA, "He's very' calm and cool," said Ackerman of Williams. "He's very polite and well dressed and clean. And he's a gentleman, to us anyway. He knows his rights and has decided to remain silent." Find Bloody Clothing Meanwhile, about 50 officers resumed the search in snow- Continued On Page 2 Col. 6) got an early start in life in the matter of learning that everything is not sunshine and roses for everyone. At the suggestion of one of the lad's mothers, the quartet of boys combed the Crownview neighborhood for pennies, nickles, dimes, quarters and any amount the 'at home' person desired to contribute toward purchase of a food basket. At the conclusion of their neighborhood forage, these young men had collected $10.95: Bar ry, 9, and Richard Dorris, 11, of 36 Crownview, and Gregg, Do ran Kernodle Is Found Dead (Continued. On Page 2 Col. 7) Doran Kernodle, 61, was found dead late this morning in his room at the Thompson Hotel, 317 south Tenth street. Coroner John Richardson said that death was apparently due to an overdose of pills. Mr. Kernodle, a former well known Mt. Vernon pharmacist, worked for several years in local drug stores. He had been away from Mt. Vernon for several years, returning only recently. Funeral arrangements were incomplete. Stimson Home Wins Holiday Lights Honors Jnside -the city- limits judges -.f the Outdoor Lighting contest, '-ave named the home of O. Stitnson and wife, 909 South 23rd St., as the best depicting the joys of the Christmas holi- .lay season. Mr. Stimson, an employe of Illirois Central railroad, scored sveond in 1967. The home of Mr. and Mrs. niles Chappell, 702 Tolle Rd., was judged the second best, entry in the 1968 contest sponsored bv Tri- County Electric Cooperative, .Illinois Power Co. and the Mt. Vernon Chamber of femerce. Chippcl' is local manager of Sears, Roebuck store. Kent Ray Easton, 1702 Pace, r or the second consectuvie year, mr.ed third. He is employed a I Easton floral shop. Each of the first three winners inside and outside the city iimits of Mt. Vernon will receive cash awards — 1st, $35; Jii-J, $25, and 3rd, $15, for a total of $159 shared equally by the sponsors. Previously 1968 winners in the area outside city limits of Mt. Vernon were announced, including Mrs. Byford Jones, Ina, 1st; Alelvin Clinton, Ina, 2nd, and M. H. Outland, 525 Leibengood, Summersville. The sponsors exp r e s s e d thanks- today to all those entering the county wide contest and also their appreciation of the efiorts put forth by the judges, including Mrs. Earl Myers, Texi- CG; Rev. Frank Brookman, Blu- loi d First Baptist church Glenn Kent, Andy Bird, John j-erino and Seaton Pearson, all of Mt. Vernon. : Contracts totaling $39,982 for renovation and repair of the in- j terior of the Appellate Court I building in Mt. Vernon, have I been awarded. I John A. Kennedy, director of the Illinois Department of Geni eral Services, announced award ' of these, contracts: 1. Ralph Vancil, Inc., of Cairo, a $10,970 contract for plumbing j work. ' 2. H. E. Mitchell Construction Co., of Harrisburg, a $29,012 contract for the general' work. Most of the interior work will bs in t/,j u^d::-!.;' quarters. i There will also be repair work on other interior rooms, including rtiinor repairs in the court room. Exterior renovation of the building has been completed. EDITOR DIES GRAYVILLE, 111, (API-Services will be held Friday in Grayville for Nolen B. Soil, editor and publisher ot the Grayville Mercury Independent Christmas Night Blaze Heavily Damages Home A'Christmas night fire heavily ! damaged a Mt. Vernon home, | while the family was spending | the holiday out of town. ; Firemen said the entire interior of the home of Forrest Tindel, No. 7 Elm Circle, was heavily damaged by fire, heat and smoke. Firemen, who were called to the home at 9:50 p.m., said the blaze started in a furnace utility room and spread to the kitchen, heavily damaging the floor. There was considerable heat and smoke damage to the rest of the house. Humphrey Raps Electoral College WASHINGTON (AP) --, Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, saying an archaic Electoral College system threatened this year to thwart the voters' will, has called for election oi presidents by a direct vote. SPAC E CENTER, Houston (AP) — Eager to return home after their historic orbit of the moon, the Apollo 8 explorers streaked faster and faster toward the earth today on a perfect course that is to land them in the Pacific Ocean Friday morning. "We're happy to report the earth is getting larger," commander Frank Borman said this morning. "Looks like you're going to hit the earth instead of Venus," joked astronaut Gerald Carr, the ground communicator. At that time Apollo 8 was 138,000 miles from earth, zipping along at 3,600 miles an hour. Air Force Col. Borman, Navy Capt. James A. Lovell Jr. and Air Force Maj. William A. Anders reported they were well rested after lengthy sleep periods. It was the best shape they have been in since they started the momentous journey last Saturday. They were extremely tired after completing 10 orbits of the moon Wednesday, and were told to get as much rest as possible for Friday's critical re-entry through the earth's atmosphere. The spacemen were in good spirits as they chatted with Carr this morning, receiving the daily news report from the "interstellar Times," and hearing the latest about their families. Asked about the weather, Anders said: "It looks like, it's snowing out right now." He was dumping waste water, which freezes as it hits icy cold Space. Lovell reported that his star- tracking navigation checks were matching ground computations extremely well. "Do you want to turn off your radios and come in without us?" queried the ground. Apollo 8 was on such an accurate course that a second midcourse correction maneuver planned today was cancelled. Controllers said the craft would make a slight adjustment just two hours before re-entry. The astronauts are to slam into the heaviest part of the atmosphere Friday at 24,700 miles' an hour. If the craft comes in at too steep an angle it could break apart from the tremendous forces exerted on it. If the angle is too shallow, it could skip- off the atmosphere, flinging the as­ tronauts deep into space to a point where they would not have enough oxygen to survive another return trip. The ship must hit a two-decree re-entry corridor—a 26- mile diameter slot at an altitude of 400,000 feet. To maintain a relatively constant buildup of gravity forces —after nearly six days of weightlessness—the astronauts will make a 30,000-foot "skip" from about 180,000 feet back up to 210,000 feet before nosing over into their final descent. Land South Of Hawaii After enduring re-entry temperatures up to 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit, Apollo 8 is to parachute into the Pacific Ocean, 1,000 miles south of Havvaii, about 10:55 a.m. EST Friday. Weather conditions were reported satisfactory in the planned I recovery area. Splashdown is scheduled about 75 minutes before daylight, Hawaii time, the first darkness landing of a U.S. panned space flight. Unless there is an emergency, recovery forces will let the astronauts float in the spacecraft or in cbeir liferaft' until ,dawn before moving in."' The spacemen executed a brief midcourse correction by fi'ing jet thrusters Wednesday, and ground trackers reported they were flying "right down the corridor." "We're sure looking forward to home," Anders told Mission Control Wednesday night. "How tar away are we?" At the time, they were still .175.000 miles from earth, traveling about 3,200 m.p.h. Earth Looks Good Eorman indicated his desire to come home when he said: "Ihat earth sure looks good from here." These statements followed a day in which the astronauts received Christmas greetings from their families and the wcrld hailed the history-making flight. Borman, Lovell- and Anders beamed a 10-minute Christmas day television show from Apollo 8 in which they demonstrated dav-to-day duties, such as preparing meals, operating the navigation equipment and building their muscles with an exercise device. The telecast contrasted with previous shows in which the astronauts showed a startling long-range view of earth and stark closeups of a desolate moonscape. The astronauts plan their final television show from space at 3:51 p.m. today. As the momentous mission neared an end, officials of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration began to assess its importance. Most officials agreed the flight advanced the United States toward its goal of landing men on the moon in 1969. The astronauts radioed that they had no trouble guiding Apollo 8 Over Assassinations In News Re-Poll The Apollo 8 moon shot was voted the top story of 1968 in a Christmas Eve repoiling of AP member editors. A previous poll completed before the dramatic flight around the moon had selected the assassinations of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as the No. 1 and No. 2 stories of the year. The new balloting dropped the two assassination stories down a notch to second and third place, as well as suggesting a high place for the release of the crewmen of the USS Pueblo. ' As with the Apollo 8 story, the release of the Pueblo crewmen occurred after the first poll. Originally, Ihe capture of the ship and its crew by the North Koreans had placed seventh in the list of the ship and its crew by the North Koreans had placed seventh in the list of the 10 top stories. 10 Top Stories of Year —Pages 6-A and 7-A thfernselves by.the stars or by sigliting bn ' landmarks on the moon such as prominent craters ' and mountains. They carefully surveyed an area in the Sea of Tranquility picked long ago as a potential landing site and they agreed it was a good, smooth area. They snapped severs* hundred photographs of. both the front side and the back side, whose face is always hidden from earth's view; and experts expect these to provide .the, best information yet about the. surface of the moon. Borman, Lovell and Anders reported as they circled the' moon that it was a bleak 1 barren, uninviting place of rugged, colorless features. Officials at Houston's Manned Spacecraft Center studied data obtained from tracking Apollo 8 during its 10 circuits of the moon, hoping to learn just how much its path' was altered by huge metallic objects buried beneath the surface. These objects, believed to be nickel-iron meteorites as much as 50 miles in diameter, alter the moon's gravitational pull slightly in the areas where they are buried and exert a subtle influence on lunar orbiting vehicle. Without precise knowledge of how great the change is, astronauts cannot make an accurate landing or takeoff from the moon. "We've got a great amount of detail from this flight," commented a NASA spokesman. "It will take us some time to break it down. After analyzing it and talking to the crew, we'll know a lot more about the moon and what our next step will be." THIS IS'-PHIS' tfrcMjteet'g': drawing -of. ^n<w--.''Mliool«bwUdin|f^bloh^tho^|i¥ople of ihe Ina community consolidated school district are proposing to construct. A" •olootibn will bVheld January tl on proposals to provide the funds for the construction. A public hearing will.be,held January 10 at 7:80 p.m., at the Ina school, .for tb&pM^ • ' & Vote Jan. 11 On fna-Bonnie School Bonds People of Ihe Bonnie- Ina area will vote January 11 on proposals to provide funds for a proposed new $420,000 grade school. There will be these two propositions: 1. A proposal to authorize issuance ot $120,000 in general obligation bonds', to bear interest at a rate not to exceed 6 per cent. 2. A proposal to authorize a !?2f),000 annual tax levy to pay rentals fixed by the state School Building Commission for use an occupancy of the school building, which will be owned by the state. The state commission will pro vide the major share of funds for the now school, and will have title to the school proper (Continued On Page 2 Col. sTj- Woodrow Burnette Is Mayor Candidate Councilman Woodrow Burnette. of 606 Harrison street, today entered the race for mayor of Mt. Vernon. Burnette, who is completing a four-year term as city councilman, filed his petitions at city hall this morning. For 20 years Burnette was a salesman in southern Illinois foi the Americart Bakery of St. Louis. At present he is a salesman for Atla Seal of Illinois Glass Co. Several years.. ;ago Burnette served as a ,Mt. 1 Vernon ' alderman. He was elected for two four- year terms, but resigned midway in his second term to enter the U.S. aimed forces in 1943, during World War II. He is a member of the Faith Lutheran church and Jefferson Post 141,. American Legion. ... -. Mr. Burnette and ,$s wife, Mil* •o- -o- -o- WOODROW BU^I «EPnp* dred, have LOW daughter .NfiNV BUI Cox, Jr^f tqe Ba ^J^ /

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