Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on October 15, 1974 · Page 1
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Here's to 1974; Daily Our Bread Sliced Thiri by tKe Alex. H. WaShbufh, VOL, 76—No, 2 —8 Pages Itrttennial, and 76thyear for Star, Member of Newspaper Ent^Ms'c* Home bf the Bowie Knife TUESDAY, OCTOBER IS, 1974 as Bled With Audit Bureau of Circulation, subject to audit. Av. fttt paid circulation 4 month* Mdtag S«pt, *, 1174-4,118 10c a salty river -Old Red A major value of the average river Is that It is an almost unlimited source of water'for man and beast. But Red River is faulted on this score. Local cattle tolerate the taste of the Red's water, but farther upstream the river Is so loaded with salt that livestock reject it. Some years ago I read the official report of an Army engineer who a century ago was assigned to find the headwaters of the Red. He found it—in the semi-arid highlands of west Texas. In his official report he noted that while passing through chloride areas in Texas Old Red picked up so much natural salt that neither man nor beast would drink from It. This is a condition restricted to the area far west of Arkansas, for by the time the river reaches us Its water has been so diluted by various tributaries that its quality is much improved. Nevertheless, the chloride content definitely lessens the value of the river in central and western Texas, where good water is scarce. The federal government is proposing to clean up the Red, by one means or another. The current news letter of the Red River Valley Association re-' ports that a major ap-- propriation has been authorized to find a solution for the chloride problem. The project is known as the Arkansas-Red Basins Chloride Control, in Texas, Oklahoma, .and Kansas. Authorized for advance engineering and de signed is $1.3 million., •,,,,._ , How. the engineers propose to \ get rid of the chloride content is pure speculation at this time. However, one proposal that was given considerable backing a year or two ago was to construct settling basins to let the chloride drop out of Red River, creating a valuable new supply of usable water in the sunbaked West. Three hurt at McNab Three persons were injured in a head-on collision Monday at McNab on Highway 355. Mrs. Virble Richardson of Nashville was going north on Highway 355 when her pickup crossed the center line and struck the south-bound pickup of Homer Sellers of Smackover. Seller's wife, Lucille was a passenger in the pickup with Sellers. Trooper John Turner of the Arkansas State Police said that all three individuals were injured. The nature of their injuries was not known. Turner also said that the highway had some fresh oil on it where repair work was being done. Mrs. Richardson was charged with driving while intoxicated due to the presence of beer .in her car. Turner said that the results of the blood test were not finished. All three persons were taken Woman ihvo backs up Mi I Is WASHINGTON (AP) *Breaking a week-long silence, the woman involved in a bizarre incident with Rep. Wilbur D. Mills has backed up his version and complained that the press Vis trying to destroy a great man." "What Mr. Mills said was exactly what happened," the 38- year-old Argentinian and former dancer said in a telephone interview Monday night. She reportedly worked as a stripper in a Washington nightclub and was billed as "the Argentine firecracker;" Speaking in a soft, slightly accented voice and sounding at times close to tears, Annabel Battistella said that accounts of the episode may also ruin "me and my chances of going back to school." But she expressed confidence that the political career of Mills, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, would not be ruined by the episode which took place in the predawn hours of Oct. 7. "I am sure when he goes to Kissinger will return home today ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) Secretary of State'Henry A. Kissinger flies home today with "some positive indications," he says, that his latest|Middle East toiu|has brought|£rogress toward Arabdisraeli peace?; 1 ,*T""' '. rycissjager endsta .week-long tour of the Middle East in Rabat, where he talks with Morocco's King Hassan II. Their meeting takes place 11 days before Hassan is to be host to'.an Arab summit conference. 1 The Rabat summit may determine the outcome of peace moves Kissinger discussed in the capitals of Egpt, Syria, Jordan, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Algeria. No details have been disclosed, but Arab sources said proposals have evolved that include some new Israeli pullbacks from Arab lands and resumption of political negotiations. Before Kissinger left Egypt on Monday, President Anwar Sadat told him he will try to gain support for interim agreements with Israel at the Arab summit. Sadat added he was "very optimistic." After a brief stop in Damascus, Kissinger flew to Algiers and talked for three hours at night with President Houari Boumedienne, among the most influential and radical of Arab leaders. Afterward/ Kissinger! said the talks had been "very good and very positive." American sources said nothing new emerged from the talks, which they described as "a general review of the Arkansas, he will be able to talk to his people like he used to," she said. Mrs. Battistella refused to elaborate on Mills'-statement about the events of Oct. 7 beyond saying it was accurate. But she differed with U.S. Park Police accounts in at least one aspect. Police said she jumped into the Tidal Basin, a backwater of the Potomac River, after police stopped Mills' speeding, unlighted car and he emerged smelling of alcohol and with a bleeding face. A policeman pulled Mrs. Battistella from the water. "I didn't jump into the Tidal Basin. I fell," she said. "I got hysterical because the officer was drowning me. I didn't need his help. I am an expert swimmer." Mills' account stated that he had arranged a bon voyage party for Gloria Sanchez, a cousin and houseguest of Mrs. Battistella, who was returning to her native Argentian. He said his wife, Polly, had a broken foot and insisted that he take the party out while she stayed home. Mrs. Mills went out with us all the time," Mrs. Battistella said. "We were always with other people — never alone." Mills said in his statement that "after a few refreshments, Mrs. Battistella became ill and I enlisted the help of others in our group to assist me in seeingher safely home."v i On the -way home, with the •car being" driven by another jnan^/ ^M|s. ' 'BattfetejOte^t-^); ^y^B^^l P n . -Main lempted^a^ attempted to prevent it,'' Mills\ said. ''In the ensuing struggle her elbow hit my glasses and FIRE GUTTED Hope Eggland Division Monday afternoon. The ruins were still smouldering Tuesday morning and smoke was so bad that it was not safe to go inside, plant Two accidents —Hope (Ark.) Star photo by Pod Rogers manager Howard Jackson said. No estimate of damage could be made at this time. The work of salvaging would begin later. to Memorial balance. Hospital by am- Belgian bank expects losses BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — Belgium's second largest bank said today it expected losses of $15 million to $37.5 million from unauthorized dealings in foreign currency. The Banque of Bruxelles and the Belgian finance ministry reported Monday that four of the bank's dealers had made "irregular, unrecorded and unauthorized foreign exchange transactions" of U.S. dollars and German marks. 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. Middle East situation." They said the talks touched on the oil crisis and the possible restorad tion of diplomatic relations between Washington and Algiers. Algeria is one of only three Arab countries — Iraq and South Yemen are the Others — still without diplomatic ties with the United States. At the United Nations in New York, the General Assembly voted 105-4 Monday to invite the Palestinian Liberation Organization, which coordinates the activities of Arab guerrilla groups, to take part in the assembly's debate on Palestine. Only the United States, Israel, Bolivia and the Dominican Re- oublic voted against. Austin Hutson injured in fall Austin Hutson of Hope fell and broke his hip Tuesday morning while at work at a local motor company. He was taken to a Texarkana hospital by a Hempstead County ambulance unit. broke them, resulting in a number of small cuts around my nose." • Asked about those details, Mrs. Battistella said: "I'm not going to say any more — whatever damage has been done is enough." She was reluctant to discuss her dancing career, saying, "I haven't been a dancer in a long time — only one month this year." Both Mrs. Battistella and her husband, Eduardo, who was interviewed in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday night, said they had been good friends with the Mills for some time. But they disagreed on whether Mrs. Battistella had ever worked in the Arkansas Democrat's office "First my wife began working for Mrs. Mills as an assistant and then a year and a half ago she began working for Mills as a personal secretary," Battistella said. "They saw she was very bright." But his wife said: "I was not on his (Mills') payroll. I did decorate his apartment. I am not a professional interior decorator but I manage very well." She said Mills paid her for the decorating job but refused to say how much. "That is personal," she said. A spokesman for Mills denied she worked for the congressman. "I don't know anything about that. To my knowledge she has not been on his official payroll," his administrative assistant, Oscar Goss, said. Mrs. Battistella said she lives with her son and two daughters, all teen-agers. She and her husband are separated "in a way, but not legally," she said, adding that "he hasn't been here for four months." Mrs. Battistella said she was a premedical student in Argentina, and is enrolled in a Washington-area college for the term starting in February to take "general biological sciences." She would not name the college. "I've also been a school teacher and take accounting," Mrs. Battistella said. "I spend half my life in school." But, she added: "I don't know anymore if it's important to be decent because you get misunderstood." reported here Two minor accidents were reported Monday in Hope. At 8 p.m. Monday, Kathy Fricks, 1003 West Sixth, was traveling west on Sixth Street when she failed to stop at a sign pn South Main. Harold Collier, ^West Fifteenth, was and •cw&cairmp'rt' 1 ' through the intersection. ,^, y The report shows tha^-the Fricks car failed to yield right- of-way, but no charges Were filed. Mrs. Fricks was*-treated at a local hospital and released. Brenda Dickson, Route 4, Box 332, and Riley Wood of Southhaven, Miss,, were involved in a wreck at Grady Street and Summit Drive. Reports show that the Dickson car was traveling north on Summit'Drive when the Wood car attempted a right-hand turn off Grady'. Street onto Summit, and the Wood car struck the rear portion of the Dickson car. No charges were filed. Three charged in drug store break-ins here \ Michael Lafferty, 20, of Bodcaw, was charged with burglary and grand larceny in connection with break-ins at Ward Drug Store and Medicaid Drug Store in Hope, Sheriff Henry Sinyard reported Monday. Joe Elledge, 20, and David Beavers, 19, were charged with burglary and grand larceny in a recent break-in at Medicaid Durg Store. The Sheriff's office was assisted in the investigation by Lt. Travis Ward of the Arkansas State Police. JAMES VOSS of Fulton had just arrived at Eggland with 144 cases of eggs to be processed when the fire broke out. Voss' eggs and those of other producers are now being loaded onto trucks and driven to other processing plants in this area. Additional legislation needed for nursing homes, says Spratt Clow woman is wounded; husband held Mrs. John Gamble, who was shot in the leg by her husband Sunday, was reported "doing fine" Tuesday at Howard County Hospital in Nashville where she was taken for treatment. John Gamble, 42, was charged with assault with intent to kill and is being held in Hempstead County jail, Sheriff henry Sinyard reported Monday. The shooting occurred during a family argument at Clow, Ark., where the couple resided. Investigation is continuing. COOLER LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A state Health Department official said today that federal regulations on nursing homes have been helpful, but that additional state legislation is needed to provide more inspectors and to regulate boarding houses. Eugene Spratt, director of the Bureau of Health Facilities Services in the Health Department, appeared before the Arkansas Legislative Council at the request of Sen. Olen Hendrix of Prescott. Hendrix requested the appearance because he had received complaints, he said, concerning inadequate nutrition of patients in some homes. "I've had reports of food that was left over being put back in the pot and served again," Hendrix said. "How would you catch that?" Spratt said such a practice could be detected only if witnessed by the state's nursing home inspection team or if witnesses in the nursing home could be located. Spratt said that his department would have inspected all nursing homes in the state this year by Dec. 1 because of new regulations from the federal Department of Health, Educa- tion and Welfare. In some areas, he said, the HEW rules are more stringent than state requirements. "I've been pleased to see the feds get involved," Spratt said, adding that the regulations require the state to do a better job of supervising the quality of, nursing home care. He said the agency's budget would request 13 new positions, most of which would be for the nursing home inspection division. The division now has 17 employes, he said. However, Spratt added, complying with HEW requirements has kept the present employes of the division so busy that they have been unable to make the surprise nursing home inspections that he and Hendrix felt were valuable. Spratt said surprise visits could be made with added personnel. Dr. John A. Harrel, Health Department director, urged the council to "please consider some boarding home legislation" when the regular session meets in January. He said that some boarding homes admit the elderly who need nursing home type care but do not provide that quality of attention. He said one situation at Russellville was "atrocious" and that the operator of that home "kept them behind locked doors." "We need something to keep old people on welfare from being taken advantage of," Harrel said. Spratt said that there are about 17,000 patients in the state's 209 nursing homes and that about 12,000 of the patients receive welfare benefits from the state. The state rates nursing homes in terms of the care they are designed to provide. The 71 homes rated as able to provide skilled care have 6,377 beds, Spratt said. The 138 homes rated as able to provide intermediate or minimum care contain 11,670 beds. State benefits for skilled care homes include monthly payments of $485 per skilled care patient, $405 per intermediate care patient and $350 per minimum care patient. The payments for intermediate care homes are $385 for skilled care patients, $350 for intermediate care patients and $320 for minimum care patients. Decision to rebuild The tight money situation could prevent Corn Belt Hatcheries, Inc. of Arkansas from rebuilding its Hope Eggland division, a large egg processing plant gutted by fire'Monday. However, Howard Jackson of Hope, the plant manager, said Monday night that officials had made no decision on rebuilding the facility, where about 50 persons had been employed. "The capital investment of a facility such as this is probably In the neighborhood of $750,000," Jackson said. "So, at this time, with the money situation the way it is, it (the decision on rebuilding) would just be determined by the availability of money." Fireman Cecil Faught of Hope said the plant's loss "is sure going to hit this area hard. That's one of the largest Industries around here now — eggs, chickens and that way." Jackson said Corn Belt Hatcheries has several other ' processing plants in the Hope area, "so, we will be able to carry on our operation in a reduced fashion at least." He Doubted that the firm's operations would be substantially hurt. Jackson had no monetary •damage estimate'on the facil- ^ ity, which, processed from 50,- ^OOOito^^ • do^ and which'had a roofed area of "f about 35.000 square feet. "The building caught fire in the southwest corner about 12:30 (or thereabouts)," said Fire Chief Jim Cobb. "All those big doors where the trucks load and unload were wide open, so the building was well-ventl-' lated. By the time we got there, the west end of the building was completely engulfed by flames. Our men went to work on it, but we didn't have a chance. "Then we shifted to the north side of the building and were able to save the two sheds on that side. "In the meantime, the Perrytown and Prescott fire trucks had gotten there and they assisted us. Also they worked on the east end of the building and were able to save one room there." Before the three fire trucks from Hope, Prescott and Perrytown left the fire scene Monday, only two rooms of the six-room facility were standing. Faught said the Fire Department was notified of the fire at 12:30 p.m. and that it takes about four minutes to drive from the department to the plant site, approximately two miles east of Hope off U.S 67. "By the time our truck got there," he said, "the fire was already under way so, there wasn't anything we could do about it. "Within 10 minutes after we got the call, the walls were already falling in on one end of it," he added. He said one side of the plant had "practically burned off" before the men working in another area of the plant even knew about the fire. "We couldn't understand how it got so far along before someone knew about it," Faught said. Cause of the fire had not been determined Monday night, but Faught said, "The only thing I can figure is that probably a cigarette or something got thrown into some of those egg cartons." Faught said there was no water at the plant site that could be used to extinguish the blazes and that firemen had to rely on the limited amount of water carried by the three fire trucks. "Of course, these were all just a thousand gallon tank (Continued on Page Two)

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