Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on September 24, 1974 · Page 1
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Hope, Arkansas
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Tuesday, September 24, 1974
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Cesnttibuted totally— Time has no value before it is used—nor after it has been wasted. _,dl ' r'nfinr ~df . Our Daily Bread Sliced Thin by The Editor Alex, H. Washburn 43 local pictures in 4 editions; photo story In the four days from last Thursday through Monday The Star published 43 local pictures—an average of approximately 11 photos per day. This is a far cry from the long-ago-day when this editor was a cub reporter. When I joined the morning Wilkes- Barre (Pa.) Record as a vacation-time cub in 1920 all newspapers were printed by letterpress. Photographs were rare and the equipment to make them was cumbersome. The Record's "old reliable" was a 5x7 Graflex using sheet film in plate-holders. It took an accomplished photographer to manage a Graflex, with its big viewing hood and heavy square camera box. No staffers dared touch it. When a reporter was given an assignment requiring a picture the staff photographer went along. My photo companion on many an occasion was Kendall Raborn—and in all the time I spent with the Record on two college vacations I never knew him to miss a picture. Raborn developed his negatives and made his prints entirely by hand, passing them through the conventional trays containing developer, acetic acid shortstop, and finally hypo (fixer). There was always a critical delay in waiting for film and prints to dry before you could make the etched zinc plates and the photographic image which was pressed into a paper matrix and transferred to the plate that went on the press. , Up to the end of 1965 The Star used practically the same tedious process, 'except for the engraving—electronic engraving by Fairchild having knocked out zinc and the complicated chemical work of etching zind plates. Also, we cut corners in the hand-camera field by using the rapid Polaroid system.. The coming of offset printing (Dec. 29, 1965) changed everything. "Then, as now, 35mm. hand-camera film is developed and dried in 12 minutes, and enlarged prints are processed by a machine in 16 seconds. There is no engraving process on offset newspapers. The photographic print is rephoto- graphed through a 100-line screen on the big 17x23-inch shop camera and this screened negative is taped into a corresponding hole in the newspaper page negative—and the composite negative is "burned" into a press plate in an arc-lighted plate burner. No heat, no messy solutions—and exceedingly fast in giving the best printing results in the world. And the marvel of it all is that absoutely any one can learn to use today's automatic 35mm. cameras in a few minutes—as those who borrow our pool of loan cameras know. 2 escapees are caught PRESCOTT, Ark. (AP) — Two men who sawed their way out of the Nevada County jaU here Saturday were apprended Monday at Idabell, Okla., following an intensive search by about 45 law enforcement officials from Arkansas and Oklahoma, Sheriff Clyde Covington said. He said the men stoled a total of four vechicles, including a taxi cab, at Prescott; De- Queen; Broken Bow, Okla., and Idabell, Okla., before their capture. "No shots were fired in the apprehension," Covington said. "We got one on a fence row in Idabell and another out of an old bus body in a wreckage yard there." The escapees, Randy Johnson of Raymond, Wash., and Kelly Henry Patrick Durr of San FVancisco, were being held on charges of armfed robbery and car theft. VOL, ?$-*No, 293 —10 Pages Hempstead . County- of the Bowie Knife Star HOPE, AttKANAS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, MM Av. net paid circulation 3 months ending March 31,19?4—4,0 As filed with Audtt Bureau of CjfcuUtjpjfl^^ubjccj.j^udH^ PRICE IOC New queen, LittleMiss crowned |>olice chief shear Ford —Hope (Ark.) Star photo by Pod Rogers Beth McCrqskey (left), and Rimlierly Hardman ; BETH ANN McCROSKEY of El Dorado (Union County) was ' crowned 1975 queen of the Third District Livestock Show, and Kimberly Love Hardman of Arkadelphia (Clark County) was crowned Little Miss for 1975 in the annual queen pageant here Monday night. Miss McCroskey is 17 years old, and a 12th grade student. First runner-up in the queen contest was Vickie Bailey of Columbia County; second runner-up was Charlene Gilbert of Hemsptead County. First runner-up in the Little Miss contest was Carla Denise Lambert, of Emmet. In photo below, last year's queen Sallye Beth Jordan of Malvern (Hot Spring County) places the crown on Beth Ann's long blonde tresses. The River City rock band MC'd and played for the queen's contest. WASHINGTON (AP) - President Ford told the nation's po- -lice chiefs today high priority "/should be placed on combating violent crime and street crime iri the inner city because i'there's where crime most "i hurts the poor who already suf- >'f'er enough." |[ In remarks prepared for the 'tannual convention of the Inter- 'national Association of Chiefs , of Police, Ford said law enforcement authorities "first .have to make some hard deci- .sions on priorities." f He suggested that as a start> er greater attention be given to '.the inner city, "where crime does the most damage to our whole urban structure." , Ford asked his audience to stand in silent tribute to Washington, D.C. patrolwoman Gail Cobb, first American police woman killed in the line of duty. Miss Cobb, whose funeral was being held as Ford spoke, was shot to death last week while chasing a suspect. Excavation of mall is prohibited Chancellor Darrell Hickman issued an injunction Monday prohibiting any excavation for the proposed new office complex on the mall behind the state Capitol at Little Rock before trial of a suit filed last week challenging the project. Judge Hickman said he would decide the case within 30 days. The injunction was issued at the end of a hearing on a suit filed last week by'State Rep. Thomas Sparks of Fordyce. Sparks was one of a group of legislators who sponsored the law creating the state Public Building Authority, empowering it to issue revenue bonds to build a new state office complex. He testified he was shocked last April to learn that the PBA planned to develop the open space on the mall. The PBA awarded three contracts last week to grade that area, pave a parking lot on it, and relocate state sewer facilities to the tract. Work started Thursday. Judge Hickman said he would not enjoin work already started tinder those contracts. The PBA is scheduled to take bids October 15 on the excavation of the mall. The judge said he would permit bid-taking, but no actual work. Although the suit makes several challenges to Act 236 of 1973 which created the PBA, Judge Hickman said it seemed the main issue was its authority to issue revenue bonds, to be amortized with rental payments from agencies occupying the new buildings. He questioned whether the PBA could make any agencies occupy the proposed new complex. The PBA has proposed a $74 million project including $15 million in an appropriation by the General Assembly and the rest based on the proposed bond issue. One question raised by the suit is whether Act 236 illegally delegates legislative authority to the PBA. Sparks also contends that the voters ought to have a voice on the bond issue. 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 wil) deliver your paper. Declaring that the time has come to act, Ford said "the point in dispute is precisely how crime can be reduced." He promised to come up with "proposals which I will spell out later both to the nation and to the Congress." The President also urged priority for a program to deal with habitual offenders or career criminals. "We must take the criminal oft of circulation," he said. "We must make crime hazardous and costly. We must ensure that swift and prolonged imprisonment will inevitably follow each offense. Only then will we deter others from pursuing careers of crime." Ford went on to describe a pilot program to deal with habitual criminals that was discussed at the convention Monday by Ally. Gen. William B. Saxbe. The President urged police and the courts to take more positive steps to ensure public cooperation in law enforcement, saying too much crime goes unreported and witnesses often do not show up in court. A survey in the nation's capital, he said, showed that victims are frustrated, fearful and pessimistic about seeing justice done and that "even victims do not want to gel involved with all the paper. work, interrogations and repeated visits to the courthouse in a case that, after several continuances, may be dropped anyway." Describing this as partly a problem of good management. Ford said: "Fast action and better conviction rate on major crimes can help restore public confidence in the system. Better scheduling, better notification of witnesses, and few continuances will serve to cut down the terribly frustrating waste of the witness time." Killing frost hits Midwest BOONE, Iowa (AP) — An early killing frost has dealt weather-stricken Midwest corn and soybean producers another blow and may mean higher consumer prices on meat, milk and eggs. Officials say freezing temperatures which settled across the Upper Midwest on Saturday and Sunday nights may have caused the loss of another 200 million bushels of corn, and the figure on soybean loss could be twice as great. One result may be consumers paying "still higher prices for meat, milk and eggs," says Walter Goeppinger, chief administrative officer of the National Corn Growers Association in Boone. "American farmers would probably have raised a record 6.1 billion bushel corn crop this year," he said on Monday. "After the spring storms and summer drought, it was looking like a crop of 5 billion bushels. "But the frost damage has covered such a wide area that 4.8 billion bushels is the maximum that can be expected. It could be less." Severe spring storms washed away much newly planted corn and soybean seed or delayed plantings, then a summer drought laid waste to thousands of acres of prime cropland. Now the unseasonably early frost has taken its toll of immature corn stands in Iowa, Nebraskan Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Illinois and Michigan, Goeppinger said. Delayed plantings of corn resulted in later-maturing plants which were more susceptible to frost. For that corn to develop "it needed a later-than-average killing frost date, instead of an earlier one," Goeppinger said. Dr. Harvey Thompson, an Iowa State University agronomist, estimated the Iowa corn loss from frost alone at 40 million bushels, or 4 per cent of a predicted one billion bushel harvest. "The percentage loss on soybeans will be more than double the loss on corn," Thompson said. "Because of the spring rain, hardly any beans were planted on time, and a lot were replanted a couple of tunes." Goeppinger said corn producers in the seven-state Upper Midwest area who were hit by the drought and then the frost "are really paying the biggest price. Probably in many cases they may not get 15 to 20 bushels to an acre. And in some cases there is complete failure." Corn producers in recent years have consistently harvested more than 100 bushels an acre. Goeppinger said higher prices for corn will cause beef, poultry and hog producers — who use the grain for fattening livestock — to reduce the amounts they send to market. Police search for kidnaped child CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) — Police say the 4-year-old daughter of Charles S. Mechem Jr., board chairman of Taft.Brpad- casting Corp., was kidnapeO as she played in front of her home. A $2,000 ransom was demanded on Monday for the safe return of Allison Mechem in one of at least two phone calls to the family, police said after the abduction on Monday. FBI agents joined police in the search for the child. Mechem left his home in the prosperous Mount Lookout residential area twice during the evening. The first trip took him to a phone booth a few blocks from the house. On the second trip, he was followed by a second car carrying police. He had not returned several hours later. The Mechems have two other children, both teen-agers. Witnesses told authorities a man of about 30 with light-colored hair and driving a 12-14 year old white car stopped near where Allison and a playmate were riding tricycles. They said someone leaned ou^of the car* spoke to the youngsters, then pulled the girl into the car and sped away. Ron Laker, a university student who was painting a house nearby, told police he saw a commotion and attempted to follow the fleeing vehicle in his own car. He said he lost it in traffic. Police said Mechem subsequently received a call at his office and was directed to a car in the parking lot of a dairy store near the Mechem neighborhood. In the vehicle, which police said was the kidnap car, officers said they found a ransom note in the pocket of a blue jacket and a shoe belonging to the missing girl. Bob Gilmartin, news director at WKRC-TV, a Taft station here, said there was concern about the amount of ransom asked. Coon brings campaign to Hope —Hope (Ark Sally fileth Jordan (left) passes on her crown to Beth M Star photo by Pod Rogers cCroskey Ken Coon, Republican nominee for governor, made a campaign appearance in Hope Monday in an effort to strengthen his bid for the state's top post. The 38-year-old Coon, who is a biologist, is making his first attempt at public office. He spent the afternoon in Hope shaking hands and giving a radio interview. He made an appearance in the Third District Livestock Show parade and finished the day in an appearance at the Livestock Show parade and finished the day in an appearance at the Livestock Show Monday night. Coon, in a short interview in the Star's offices, said that he had no platform formulated yet. "But my number one priority will be a clean campaign law. I'm trying to restore honesty and integrity to government." Concerning what he would do to help the economy if elected, Coon said, "You are limited in what you can do. Most of it is to call on the people to be more efficient in use of their money, gasoline, and what have you." Commenting on Nixon's pardon, Coon has described the pardon has being an albatross around his neck. "It will hurt me because of association. It's wrong to say someone is guilty by association, but people still do it," he remarked. On his opponent's weaK- nesses, Coon said that David Pryor (Democratic nominee for governor) was not disclosing his contributors and was not planning a platform. "This will hurt him because of the present situation of the politics and that people expect a platform because this is a way of showing leadership." Coon was to travel to Pine Bluff where he will put in an appearance at the Livestock Show there. —Hope (Ark-) Star photo by Roger Ken Coon in Monday's Fair parade

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