Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on November 1, 1974 · Page 1
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The Editor soyi: It takes a country boy 20 years to g£t to town -and $100,000 to get back. Our Daily Bread Sliced Thin by The Editor Alex. H. Washburn Hempstead County- of the Bowie Knife Star VOL. 76—No. 17 —14 Pages Member of the Associated Press Newspaper Enterprise Ass'n. Features HOPE, ARKANSAS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER I, 1974 Av. net paid circulation 6 months ending Sept. 30,1974—4,118 As filed with Audit Bureau of Circulations, subject to audit. PRICE IOC 6 Drys' broke down law enforcement, so now you have a drug problem Ed. Note: This is the third and final of a series of editorials on the proposals which will appear on the general election ballot next Tuesday, Nov. 5. There had been rumors about it, but the shocking discovery wasn't confirmed until last week when a student leader sat opposite me at the interview table and told it like it is. We have a drug problem among the boys and girls in Hope High School. This week Prescott High School made the same discovery, the story appearing in the Oct. 31 issue of the school newspaper, The Dynamo. What confronts us here is a breakdown in discipline in both the home and the school—and it follows inevitably in the wake of the breakdown in law enforcement. Prohibition of liquor did unparalleled damage to law enforcement. The police were in the middle. When illegal liquor appeared, critics said the police were "paid off," and when police raided the sellers of liquor, the same critics said it was because the police hadn't been "paid off." The prohibitionists were so busy trying to regulate the lives of other adults that they overlooked the children. And in this devil-may-care atmosphere the adults who wanted it got their illicit liquor—and the children turned up with drugs. America needs to put first things first. Adults should close ranks on the divisive liquor question, legalize it, beef up the police force—and make a united effort to kill the drug traffic. This shocking message about drug traffic among children should tell you how evil is this hour for our community. Do something about it. Vote FOR legal liquor next Tuesday, and make a beginning in restoring law enforcement so that we can unite in a war against drugs. Jobless rate tops 5 million WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's unemployment rate climbed from 5.8 to 6 per cent last month, its highest level in three years, the government reported today. The increase, another indicator of recession, was a pre- election blow to the Republican national administration. The October unemployment level was the highest since November 1971 when it also hit 6 per cent during a .time o covery fr.om the recession of 1970 and 1971. The last time unemployment was above 6 per cent was in November 1961, also a post-recessionary period. The Labor Department said 5.5 million Americans were without jobs last month, 200,000 more than in September and 1.3 million more than in October 1973. Government analysts said the 5.5 million unemployed was the highest since the Labor Department began computing monthly 'unemployment figures in 1948. Black workers accounted for much of the increase in the October rise in unemployment as their jobless rate rose from 9.8 to 10.9 per centn the department said. The jobless rate for white workers was unchanged last month at 5.4 per cent. • With economic activity in a slump, unemployment is expected to continue rising, possibly as high as 7 per cent nex f year, according to forecasts made by some of President Ford's economic advisers. Two queens 1949 and 1974 Star Ballot —Hope (Ark.) Star photo by Roger Head MRS. BURGESS GARRETT, right, shows her daughter Becky the crown she wore 25 years ago when she was one of two homecoming queens for the 1949 homecoming ceremonies at Hope High School. Becky was elected homecoming queen this year. She will be crowned in ceremonies Friday during an assembly at the high school. Mrs. Garrett's maiden name was Loretta James before she married Burgess Garrett, who was a co-captain and tackle for the 1949 Bobcats. Today is homecoming at Hope High School Amendment No. 54 (For competitive bids on state printing) For Amendment No. 54 Against Amendment No. 54 Amendment No. 55 (To establish commission to fix state officials' salaries) For Amendment No. 55 Against Amendment No. 55 Amendment No. 56 (For revision of county ernment) For Amendment No. 56 Against Amendment No. 56 gov- X Amendment No. 57 (To abolish constitutional ceiling of 10 per cent interest and permit legislature to regulate interest rates) For Amendment No. 57 Against Amendment No. 57 Hempstead County Local Option .— For Liquor |_Xj Against Liquor I Becky Garrett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Burgess Garrett, has been selected as the 1974 Homecoming Queen for Hope High School. Becky follows in the footsteps of her mother who was one of two homecoming queens in 1949. Mrs. Garrett's maiden name was Loretta James before she married Burgess Garrett who was a tackle and co-captain on the 1949 Bobcat team. Becky's sister, Melanie, was a homecoming maid in 1972. Elected as homecoming maids were Cherrie Scoggins, Anita Hoggard, Annette Walker, Sharron Williamson, Pam Gunter and Becky Gunter. All are seniors at Hope High School. Becky is president of the Nike Club, a member of the Future Homemakers of America, Beta Club, National Honor Society, and Quill and Scroll. She was a delegate to Girls' State and was selected to Who's Who of American High School Students. Cherrie is a cheerleader and a member of the Bobcat staff. She is an officer of the FHA and a member of Quill and Scroll. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Lee Scoggins. Anita is a cheerleader and holds membership in the Nike Club, Quill and Scroll, National Honor Society and FHA. She is an officer in the Beta Club and Spanish Club. A member of the Bobcat staff, she is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Hoggard. Annette, daughter of Mrs. Mary Walker, is a cheerleader and a member of the Nike Club and National Honor Society. She is treasurer of the Student Council. Sharron is a Bobette and songleader of the FHA. She plays basketball for the senior girls' team and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Londell Williamson. Pam Gunter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Gunter, is a cheerleader and holds membership in the Future Business Leaders of America, Nike Club, Art Club and FHA. Becky, the sister of Pan, is a member of the Bobcat staff. She holds membership in the FHA, Nike Club and Quill and Scroll. The crowning of the queen will be during an assembly at 2:05 p.m. Friday at the Fieldhouse. The homecoming parade will begin at 4 p.m. and go through downtown Hope. The Hope Bobcats will host the Camden Panthers at 7:30 p.m. at Hammons Stadium in the homecoming game with pre-game ceremonies slated to begin at 7 p.m. Former students and graduates of Hope High School are invited to the assembly and football game. Persons with HHS senior rings are asked to bring them to the game where ribbons will be handed out to those who have them. A search is being conducted for the oldest senior rin° CLOUDY 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. Rally on liquor issue set Sunday A mass rally of citizens interested in the local option liquor election coming up next week will be held at 2:30 Sunday at Fair Park coliseum. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Charles Ashcraft, executive secretary of the Arkansas Baptist State convention. The young people of Hempstead County, under the direction of Jim Murry, will sing. A testimony and special music will be brought by Donna Connelly, former Miss Arkansas. Every community and church In Hempstead County will be represented. Nixon expecting visit from Ford Street plan change request turned down The Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of Hope announced at a meeting Thursday night that, after careful deliberation, it had decided to proceed with the Urban Renewal street plan as scheduled. To change our program at this late date would involve too big a risk, Steven Bader told the group of about 30 persons who attended the special meeting. It would mean a delay of from nine to 12 months, since all work would have to be stopped until new plans were drawn up and approved. Also, he said, changes could lead to possible lawsuits.-Completion date for the City's urban renewal project is February, 1976. The Board submitted this request to Sterling Cockrill, acting area director of the Department of Housing and Urban Development at Little Rock. Cockrill was asked for "an outline of the step-by-step procedure necessary to make a major change in our Urban Renewal Plan." In response to this request, Cockrill wrote back, stating that "the changes you describe are considered to be "major" changes in the scope of the original plan and are not encouraged by this office. . . .The time involved in accomplishing the steps is of major consideration in light of the delay it could cause. Delays usually are costly to the citizens and the government because of inflation, increased interest rates, and inconveniences. Approval by this office can only LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Former President Richard M. Nixon's condition appears to be improved and he is to be visited today by President Ford. Pat Nixon said, "I can't think of anything that would do him more good." Nixon's doctors said late Thursday that he probably will remain on the critical list for 24 ' to 72 hours. They said, "There are dangers lurking i.i the background." The doctors said the internal bleeding which nearly cost the former president his life had apparently stopped. New transfusions were ordered to replace blood lost after surgery last Tuesday for his phlebitis condi- tionm Ford arrived in Los Angeles for a political fund-raising dinner Thursday evening and it was learned that he would visit Nixon at Long Beach Memorial Hospital Medical Center early today. , Presidential Press Secretary Ron Nessen said Ford talked to Mrs. Nixon by telephone Thursday and asked whether it would be helpful if he went to see Nixon. "I can't think of anything that would do him more good," was Mrs. Nixon's reply, Nessen said. The 61-year-old former president could have died from the internal bleeding that sent him into shock after the operation Tuesday, "if proper measures had not been taken," Dr. John C. Lungren told a news conference Thursday. Lungren, Nixon's personal physician, and two surgeons who operated on the fdrmer president did not specify when the apparent let-up in bleeding took place. The doctors said they would monitor Nixon's condition to determine whether the bleeding had stopped completely. Lungren said Nixon's vital signs had "pretty much returned to normal." He did not elaborate on his comment about dangers lurking in the background. Earlier, Lungren released a statement saying Nixon's blood pressure, pulse and henrt beat were stable, but that a prognosis was not possible because • "the possibility still exists for further complications." However, he indicated that Nixon had made slight gains: "His spirits and mental attitude are excellent. He is alert, oriented to everything going on around him, and cooperative." Before the operation, Nixon had been taking anticoagulants, to fight the clotting in his left, leg induced by phlebitis, an inflammation of the veins. The, operation was to place a clamp, on a vein so that blood could flow through while the clot was blocked from reaching his heart or lungs. The Housing Board had been prejented/zi petition two weeks aga'signfti|by 714 downtown merchan^nd-.otherCfisking a be recommended if there are no ^thai ^the traffic pattern be changed—that the one-way streetsjpn Second and Main be elminated and the beautification part be removed. federal "funds involved, no expansion in the urban renewal scope, and no extension in time necessary for completion. Star sells Stephens Co. Oakcrqst Mortuarjf site Search for $ 4 million stolen loot continues CHICAGO (AP) - Authorities continued their search today for more than $4 million stolen in the nation's largest burglary, but officials feared the search may prove futile. Six men are in custody in connection with the burglary of the Armored Express Corp. on Oct. 20, when more than $4.3 million was stolen. Officials said about $61,000 of the money has been recovered. U.S. Atty. James R. Thompson said Thursday the missing funds would be hard to trace because the bulk of the money may be stashed in secret foreign bank accounts. Two men were arrested Wednesday on Grand Cayman Island in the Caribbean shortly before they were scheduled to fly to Costa Rica, where authorities say extradition would have been difficult. A third man surrendered Thursday to federal authorities in Chicago where three other men are being held. Authorities said the money still missing may be scattered in several accounts in some of the 172 banks on Grand Cayman, an island south of Cuba in ihe British West Indies. ' The banks operate with the same secrecy as Swiss banks, Fulton water rise expected SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The National Weather Service predicted Thursday night that the Red River would rise sharply in Arkansas at Index and Fulton during the weekend. The NWS said the river would rise from 21 to 22 feet Monday. Flood stage is 27 feet. At Fulton, the river was expected to rise from 7.5 feet to 22 feet by Tuesday. At DeKalb, Tex., the NWS predicted, the river would crest two to three feet above its flood stage of 24 feet early Sunday. The NWS said the river level there would rise from 26 to 27 feet on Sunday. making investigation difficult, said FBI spokesman Kenneth Gray. The two suspects arrested on Grand Cayman were Charles Marzano, 42, and Luigi Di- Fonzo, 27, a former silver commodities broker, who were flown Thursday to Miami, Fla. FBI officials said they should be taken to Chicago after a hearing later this week to face federal charges of bank burglary, bank larceny, the use of explosive devices and interstate transportation of stolen money. Sale of Star Publishing Go's Oakcrest Mortuary property at E. Second and Hazel Sts. to Stephens Grocer Co. was announced today by A.H. Washburn, president and editor of The Star. With tqday's transaction Stephens Grocer Co. has acquired the entire block except for the Hope Fire Station. The Stephens firm had previously purchased the former Monts Seed Store adjoining the fire station on E. Second. Today's Oakcrest deal involved two conveyances. Star Publishing Co. sold the western half of the mortuary property to Stephens Grocer Co. direct. The eastern half of the mortuary site was sold to Cabe Land Co. of Gurdon, which is trading this half for some timberland Stephens owns. Washburn previously reported the sale of The Star Building on S. Walnut St. to W.H. Etter & Son, commercial printers of Washington, on May 3. Proceeds from these sales are being reinvested in the former Safeway supermarket property at W. Third, Grady, and Briant Sts., where reconstruction work is under way to make it the new plant site of Hope Star before the end of this year, Washburn said. J.L. Lavender Construction Co. is the general contractor; Harry Shiver will handle the extensive plumbing alterations; and Ellis Stewart of Stewart Electric Co., Prescott, has the electric job. The Oakcrest property sale was handled by Foster Realty Co., and finalized at the office of Albert Graves of Graves & Graves, attorneys. More letters on local option vote Tuesday Editor The Star: Four years ago we were faced with this same problem— proposed legalization of liquor sales—and we defeated it. Why shouldn't we do it again? We have too many problems here now, without making more. Do the people of Hempstead county want bigger sin problems? We already have a drug problem, and now there are people who want to mix whisky with drugs. Whisky is the No. 1 drug. Is this what Hempstead county want? Whisky is the No. 1 killer. The Bible says you should be filled with the Spirit- not wine and whisky. Now as to the man who sells whisky, wine, or beer, the Bible says, woe unto him that giveth his neighbor drink, and putteth the bottle to him and maketh him drunken. Thou may look on their nakedness and there is no difference in giving and selling. Now to the voter.I heard one pastor say a Christian would not vote to legalize whisky, and I agree. One man told me there are two classes of people who wouldn't vote to legalize whisky—the preacher and the bootlegger. I ask every man and woman to go to the polls Nov. 5 and vote dry Yours truly in Christ LAWRENCE McBAY Oct. 29, 1974 908 S. Main St. Hope, Ark. We were unsuccessful in placing a call to KXAR's "Open Line" discussion of the local option issue, so may we express our opinion via your newspaper? We gathered from the proponents' comments for legalization of manufacture or sale of intoxicaticating liquors their primary reason for wanting legalizing was "People are going to drink anyway and legalizing would benefit us in additional revenues, taxes, and other industrial aspects". It seems, then, their reason is to secure more money. Is our need for money so desperate as to justify legalization of proven detrimental factors because some do partake? If so, we could use this same reasoning to justify equal legalization of other proven detrimental factors such as marijuana, LSD and other narcotics, other vices, of anything-levy taxes on them and bring in the money! Would the end justify the means? 1 Timothy 6:10 states, "The love of money is the root of all evil". If our county is indeed this desperately in need of more money, rather than legalize the manufacure of sale of intoxicating liquors, then seek alternate methods that would be more honorable. We will vote against the proposal; we believe we can survive better morally, spiritually, and physically without it and it's alleged benefits. Sincerely, MR. & MRS. EULAS BURKE Oct. 30, 1974 902 S. Elm St. Hope, Ark. Kissinger flying to Iran TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger's campaign to get the price of Middle East oil reduced is in for another setback from the Shah of Iran today. Kissinger was flying to the Iranian capital from Pakistan and Afghanistan and was to call on the Shah soon after his arrival. The ruler, who wants all the oil money he can get to finance his huge military and industrialization program, is proposing that the price of oil be linked to an index of 20 or 30 major commodities. He has said he will not lower IContinued on Page Two)

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