Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on September 6, 1974 · Page 7
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Friday* September 6, 19?4 HOPE (ARK.) SfAR Page Seven (Editor Joseph Weeton is convicted of libel teachers a/fend nutrition workshop CORNING, Afk. (AP) - A jury convicted Joseph Harry Weston, editor of the Sharp Citizen arid unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for governor, of criminal libel late Thursday. judge A. 8* "Todd" Harrison of Clay County Circuit Court sentenced the Cave City editor to three months in prison and fined him $4,000. The jury of nine men and three women returned the verdict in the one-day trial after less than one hour of deliberation. Weston, 62, has said he plans to run as a write-in candidate for governor. His family could not be contacted for comment Thursday night. Weston was convicted in connection with an article in his weekly newspaper last Nov. 30 that made certain allegations against Sheriff Liddel Jones of Clay County and his deputies. Weston showed no visible emotion as he was taken to Clay County Jail. He was expected to post $7,500 bond today. Weston's lawyers notified the judge that they would appeal the conviction to the Arkansas Supreme Court. They asked that Weston's $3,000 appearance bond be continued, but the judge refused. Sheriff Jones said he would give Weston a day or two to post the bond before transferring Weston to Cummins Prison Farm. Reporters were not allowed to talk with Weston once he was in the jail. One of Weston's attorneys, Dent Gitchel of Little Rock, said part of the appeal probably would challenge the constitutionality of the state's criminal libel law. He indicated that the appeal would go all the way to the U.SM Supreme Court, If necessary. Weston previously unsuccessfully challenged the state's criminal libel law before the state Supreme Court. Gitchel based his closing argument on freedom of the press. j^^and^mfc and Joseph Weston'have a "right anytime we want to to .-y what we want about a public offical," Gitchel declared. "I don't seriously think there's a man or woman in this room who believes the charges" against Jones, Gitchel added. "But just me fact that a statement is wrong is not a reason to put a man in the penitentiary." Gitchel reminded the jurors that on Nov. 23 the Sharp Citizen had printed ah article charging the late Clay County Sheriff William T. Pond with certain acts, but that Weston had retracted the allegations against Pond in the Nov. 30 article. ,, Gitchel said the Nov. 30 article, therefore, was not the act of a malicious man. The judge refused to allow the Nov. 23 edition to be admitted as evidence as requested by the prosecution. The defense had opposed admission of the article on the ground that it was not mentioned in the information against Weston. Pros. Atty. Gerald Pearson of Jonesboro indicated in his closing remarks that Weston was an irresponsible journalist. Pearson said he believed in freedom of the press, but he indicated that Weston had abused this freedom. With every right, Pearson said, there comes responsibility. Referring to a statement by Gitchel that no one else had been convicted of criminal libel before in Arkansas, Pearson said that might be so, but that Arkansas had "never had a cancer like Joseph Weston in the past." Prosecution witnesses included Jones and his deputies, all of whom denied the accusations that Weston had made against them. Mary Shaw of Corning was the only witness to testify in Weston's defense. She is the widow of Street Shaw, who was killed on the night of Oct. 12, 1973 at the Clay County Jail. Deputy Sheriff Jim Earl Groning who shot in the leg that night. Weston was talking with his wife, Anne, when officers told him it was tune to go to jail. His wife told him she had no money. He reached in his pocket and handed her what looked like about $4, a reporter said. Weston has complained of financial problems in the past. Weston's wife then gave him 'his light blue sweater ''which" she had been holding for him, and he gave her his belt. Weston was taken directly to the jail. APES IN ATLANTA ATLANTA (AP) - The Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center at Emory University here is the largest such center in the world, housing more than 150 great apes and more than 870 smaller primates. Hurricane-tracking takes common sense MIAMI, Fla. (AP)- It takes about as much common sense as it does sophisticated eqtu> ment to track a hurricane accurately, says Dr. Neil Prank. He's the man responsible for the tracking. "We have access to lots of equipment, but everything we do has to have that personal override," Prank said on Thursday. "Somebody has to evaluate all that information." Frank, director of the National Hurricane Center here, has a staff of 85. But most of the evaluation is by five hurricane specialists who work in what they call the "war room" of the center. The war room staff is surrounded by satellite pictures of half the world, plus charts, maps, graphs and several television screens capable of providing satellite pictures of almost any place in the world. "The satellite is backbone of our whole information-gathering operation," Frank said. "With our present ability to take pictures of these storm systems, day or night, we stand a better chance of pedicting where they're likely to go." But satellite pictures aren't enough, he said. It's like seeing smoke. It doesn't give a clear indication of how big a fire is. That's where information gathered by airplanes which fly into the storms becomes essential. The information is pumped into a computer in Washington, D.C., which uses mathematical models to predict probabilities. "But there are limits to how much we can trust mathematicd al models," Frank said. "So someone has to weigh the probabilities in light of all we know before we make a prediction." TEACHERS ASSUME THE role of second- graders in nutrition education workshop as Kathy Burris of the Dairy Council quizzes them in fun-learning activities to help select balanced meals from foods available. Teachers participating were: Hope—Mattie Elsie Jones, Melba Biddle, Henretta Carrigan, Mary High, Lynelle Lehman, Dora Kern, Alice Straughter, Mrs. Charlie Johnson, Thana Schoen, Mary Burgess; Washington—Betty Jo Lewis; Saratoga—Mrs. Bobby Webb; Blevins—Patsy Hicks; Spring Hill—Mrs. Judy Jones. Fuel dealers cautioned Nutrition education is part of curriculum Hernpstead County teachers of kindergarten, 2nd grade and 5th grade prepare to teach nutrition education as part of school curriculum. Through pre-school workshops, teachers became familiar with colorful food visuals and appropriate learning exercises to encourage a balanced selection of foods. The materials are ready to be included in the different areas of learning. The workshops were taught by home economists of Dairy Council, Inc. Frances Burcham, State coordinator; Kathy Burris and Christ Kelly, of Little Rock. The nutrition teaching aids were made available by dairy farmers contributing to the educational program. Hempstead County producers, AMPI, include Dexter Alford, Homer Salis-' bury, J/ernon. Brown C.R. and, C.C. East and E.E. Ehlert. The workshops were sponsored locally by the Cooperative Extension Service to help equip every school with the excellent teaching visuals offered by the Dairy Council. Dolores McBride, Extension home economists, is highly complimentary of the teaching materials and says that the county Extension office uses many of the visuals in their on- going expanded food and nutrition education program. The Extension nutrition program aides use the colorful food models and charts regularly to encourage better diets. School superintendents, principals, and supervisors were cooperative and seemed much interested in nutrition education, reports Miss McBride. With increasing evidence supporting the role and influence of good nutrition in mental and physical development, more attention is being directed to nutrition education. Miss McBride urgers parents to support the school teacher by reinforcing the learning at home—and adds that it is much easier to develop good food habits early that break firmly established poor habits in later years. The Extension service will continue to share its current teaching helps with county teachers. LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Arkansas gasoline dealers were warned Thursday to look at the over-all picture before lowering their profit margins to increase sales. Jerry Quattlebaumn an official of the Arkansas Gasoline Retailers Association, estimated that 40 per cent of the state's service station operators had cut their profit margins in hopes of increasing profit since July 1. "It's just not possible," Quattlebaum said. "We don't have the demand now. People are not buying as much gas as a year ago. That's because people are paying more for it. It's costing more and, like everything else, there's just less 1 buying." Quattlebaum said if the lowering of the dealers' profit margins was working there would be gas wars and that few were evident. Quattlebaum also said he could not agree with any price rollback "because of the complications we see in the winter months. River trips in the Yukon are becoming popular summer attractions. family center SATURDAY DOOR BUSTER SPECIALS PRICES GOOD SATURDAY-SEPTEMBER 7 SOON. HERVEY SQUARE HOPE,ARK. CONVENIENT WAYS TO BUY . T.fi.&Y. REVOLVACCOUNT • LAY-AWAY »BANKAMERICARD • CASH • MASTER CHARGE £ ,..M^ I <!\/Jtl - trf "' MINI MAG 22 LONG RIFLE SHELLS 100 count pack Nongovernment schools are drawing thousands SPCCIAL PRKC LIMIT2 \tv c 100 COUNT 9' LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Of about 67,000 school-age children in Pulaski County, around 6,200—roughly 9 per cent—are being educated this fall outside the public school system. Not surprisingly, slightly more than half, about 3,400, are Roman Catholics in the traditional Catholic parochial schools. But the enrollments of those 13 schools include about 800 non-Catholics. The other 2,000 youngsters are attending private schools operatved as commercial enterprises or as ministries of various non-Catholic church groups, including Baptists, Episcopalians and members of the Church of Christ faith. More than a half-dozen church-sponsored schools have come into existence in the county in the last five years, pushing to nearly 30 the number of nongovernment schools available for grades 1-12. What is their appeal over the tax-financed system? "There probably are as many reasons as there are parents," said Arthurine Harrison, headmistress of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral School, which has existed 18 years and this term has about 170 pupils in grades 1-7. Brooke Bumpers, daughter of Gov. Dale Bumpers, is among the 170. Interviews with administrators and patrons of private and church-sponsored schools suggest a variety of reasons for their development, all involving disenchantment with public schools. Much of the dissatisfaction involves public school policies and practices which are the result of federal court decisions. For example: —Public schools, the courts have ruled, cannot require pupils to participate in the pledge of alliegiance to the flag. Most private schools require it. —Public scholls, the courts have ruled, have limited authority over the modes of dress of the pupils. Several of the private schools have stiffer dress codes. —Public schools, the courts have ruled, cannot summarily suspend or expel youngsters for outrageous conduct. Most private schools can. —Public schools, worried about the legal consequences of corporal punishment, discourage spankings, but allow them—with witnesses—so long as a parent does not object. Private schools as a condition of enrollment, require parental permission in advance, in several cases. —Public schools, the courts have ruled, are restricted in their authority to compel pupil's to give attention to the traditional public prayer and public Bible reading. The private schools, in particular those sponsored by church groups, make such things daily fare and several teach the fundamentals of Christianity as part of the curriculum. Many of these things prompted persons interviewed To disparage what usually was termed the "discipline" of the public schools. -Discipline as an institution * going away in the public schools," said Betty Fullerton, principal of Edgewood Academy, a private school without church ties. The school, in North Little Rock, has 140 pupils in grades 1-10. At North Little Rock's Vic- ry Missionary Baptist Church School, where about 200 youngsters are enrolled in grades 1-7. principal gary winters said about half of the parents at the Victory school wanted an environment that provided "discipline and strict moral standards." Winters, who has a master's degree in psychology, said, "When a parent enrolls his child, we insist that we discipline as we want to, not as he wants to." There's a paddle in every room at the Victory school, "An eight-inch board has about as much psychology as a whole stack of books," Winters said. "We take the board to him, if we have to." The paddle is, under private school policies, a tool of last resort. But the administrators of these schools generally believe its presence, and occasionally its prompt use, is healthy. "We don't want to deal only with the intellect," said Earl Adams, princpal of Heritage Christian Schools in Little Rock, "If we did that, we would only be making brilliant devils out of them, and we- don't want to do that." Heritage, operating for the third year, has 340 children in grades 1-12. Even some administrators of public schools concede discipline problems abound more today than in yesteryear. PAPIRPIATIS ,.. $ 1 oo DIAMOND ALUMINUM FOIL 25 SQUARE ft. SPK1AI PRICE 1IMIT2 >/&•' GAYETY PAPER NAPKINS 160 COUNTPACK SPECIAL PRICE LIMIT 2 OIUfTTf T*AC 11 RAZOR BLADES 5 COUNT PACKAGE SPECIAL PRICE LIMIT 2 \ LP ALBUMS ALL REGULARLY PRICED ONE DAY ONLY! SPECIAL PKICf

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