BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS ' VOL. «2-NO. 85 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72815) TUESDAY, APRIL 26,1966 TEN CENTS 10 PAGES PHANTOM JET BAGS COMMUNIST MIG21 'ON STREAM' — Continental Oil Plant Manager Mitch Gambrell holds "thumbs up" to indicate his satisfaction with the plant's first shipment of anhydrous ammonia—some 300 tons, which left yesterday, destined for the company's Agrico Chemical plants. At peak production the Barfield Landing plant will ship some 1000 tons daily. (Courier News Photo) Seek Federal Standards Detroit Reverses Safety Position By CARL P. LEUBSDORF WASHINGTON (AP) - Reversing its previous position, the automobile industry called today for "effective and forceful governmental machinery for setting vehicle safety standards without delay." John S. Bugas, vice president el Ford Motor Co., told a House committee in behalf of the auto manufacturers: "We favor a strong role for the federal government in setting vehicle safety performance standards." Th industry contended in earlier congressional testimony that it should be allowed to set car safety standards. But many members of Congress have demanded strong federal Standards. In a 64-page statement read before the House Commerce Committee, Bugas said, "Today's U.S.-built cars are the safest in our history." But he added that the rising traffic toll demands "development of nationally uniform and legally binding vehicle safety standards." "We believe," he said, "that the .federal government should have the ultimate authority and duty under appropriate guidelines to establish the standards applicable to the manufacture and first sale of the vehicle, and that the states should be encouraged to enact similar standards and enforce them during the vehicle's useful life." * * * statement also endorsed administration proposals for research into accidents and for development of highway safety programs. It went one step beyond the administration bill's provision that the secretary of commerce — or secretary of transportation if such a position is created — have the power to set safety standards if he deems them necessary. said the secretary Ex-Resident Hurt A former Blytheville resident was seriously injured in an accident in which a passenger in another car was killed near Chester, 111., Saturday. Bobby Forrest of River Grove 111., son of Mrs. C. W. Forrest of Blytheville, is in Chester Memorial Hispital, seriously injured but improving. A Mrs. 'Fielder of Nebraska should be required to set "legally binding" standards. Three weeks ago Bugas urged the Senate Commerce Committee to let the industry show what it can do voluntarily before any government standards are imposed. He also said then that federal standards were not necessary but that Congress could always pass legislation later if it was not satisfied with industry efforts. In his testimony today, Bugas objected to some parts of the administration bill, such as "too severe" penalties and the use of broad terms that refer to standards as "appropriate" and "adequate." And he urged that states be given a role in development and enforcement of standards. * * * The new industry position was outlined initially to members of the Commerce Committee late Monday. "I think it's a distinct gain for those working for auto safety," said one committee member. The committee appears split between congressmen favoring strong fderal standards and was killed in the 7:20 a.m. ac-1 those favoring action if it can be cident. ! proved this will cut the accident Batman Game Fatal to Child Playing Batman had mortal consequences yesterday for young Benny Keith, 5, of the Childress community near Leachville. According to Craighead County coroner Bill Emerson, young Keith accidentally strangled himself while swinging from a rope tied to a tree. The youth had been playing outdoors variant of a same Services will be held tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at Childress Baptist Church, with Rev. Liddill Bailey in charge. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens in Paragould. He leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Birchett Keith; A brother, Maxie William Keith; A sister, Mrs. Donnie Sue Bennett of Jonesboro. based on the popular television 1 Howard Funeral Service is in teries with • playmate. Icharg*. rate. "There's no use of legislature in a field if it doesn't cause the accidents," said Rep. J. Arthur Younger, R-Calif. But he added 'If you can prevent 50 accidents, or even 5, you ought to do something about it." planes the spokesman SAIGON (AP)-An American supersonic jet fighter shot down a MIG21 today over North Viet Nam, a U.S. spokesman announced. The MIG, newest and fastest type used by the Communists in Asia, was hit by Sidewinder missiles in a brief aerial duel 65 miles northeast of the North Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, the spokesman said. It was downed by an F4C Phantom figh.er in a dogfight Phantom fighter in a dogfight tacked two MIG21s. Neither of the U.S. was damaged, said. It was the first MIG21 kill of the Viet Nam war and the eighth Soviet-built fighter downed in the conflict. The previous seven were the older - version MIG17s. Th pilot of the destroyed MIG was believed to have ejected before his flaming plane crashed, the spokesman, said. Th Sidewinder missile used against the MIG is a heat- seeking projectile which seeks out and climbs into the hot tailpipe of enemy aircraft. The spokesman did no. disclose how many Sidewinders were fired. He said further details of the encounter would be available Wednesday. * * * Two of the delta-winged Communist fighters and two Phan- performance MIG21s bore out belief that the Communists mean to challenge U.S. air superiority over North Viet Nam as American planes strike closer and harder at vital areas around Hanoi, the capital, and Haiphong, the chief port. Until Saturday, U.S. jets had been undisturbed planes over the by enemy Communist toms dueled undamaged standoff north of Hanoi to a Monday. American planes and the Soviet-built MIGs had clashed three times Saturday. Two Air Force F4 Phantom jets got off 11 or 12 Sidewinder and Sparrow air-to-air missiles at the MIG21S, but none hit its mark, a U.S. spokesman reported, the spokesman said the MIGs also took some shots at the Phantoms without scoring. Both aircraft are capable of flying better than twice the speed of sound. The Phantoms are rated slightly faster, but the north for 10 months. As on Saturday, the MIGs Monday were not identified by nationality. U.S. planes flew a total of 65 missions over the north Monday. The targets included a suspected surface-to-air missile site, petroleum storage areas, ferry complexes and highway bridges. For the first time in three days, no American planes were reported lost over the north. Despite the heavy air blows, there was no evidence of any softening in the attitude of North Viet Nam's Communist leaders. A statement by President Ho Chi Minh, broadcast by Hanoi, repeated the usual North Vietnamese conditions for peace and said the Red regiment would fight until they, were achieved. In the south, the Viet Cong eluded three major U.S. ground operations but hit hard in the Mekong River delta, South Viet Nam's rice bowl, where American forces do not operate in strength. The guerrillas struck strategic hamlets and outposts in four provinces, including the Phu Nhuan "new life" hamlet in Vinh Binh Province south of Saigon, where they inflicted heavy casualties. MIGs are perhaps maneuverable and little more represent a serious threat to the American jets. The reappearance of the high- BULLETIN LITTLE ROCK (AP)-Gus McMillan of Sheridan, a former Democrat, filed for governor on the Republican Party ticket today with a scathing blast at Winthrop Rockefeller. McMillan, 64, joined Rockefeller in the Republican primary field. iiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiin PAINTING UP — Doing some restorative work to a Blytheville edifice that sorely needs it, Miss City Beautiful Judy Porter is encouraged by Mrs. James Tully, Clean Up - Paint Up'- Fix Up Week Chairman, and Mrs. Allen .Bush, City Beautiful Commission member. Cu-Pu-Fu Week will end Sunday. (Courier News Photo) HEADING DRIVE-E. M. Regenold (left) and R. A. Porter yesterday looked over plats of a 151-acre industrial site which the Cham- ber o! Commerce hopes to develop. (Courier News Photo) Industrial Park Campaign Opens About 40 Blytheville business taking this job (as co-chairman didn't believe we could get the leaders gathered in City Hall yesterday ..to launch a $150^000 fund campaign which is destined to put the city in a more competitive position in seeking industry. The money - raising effort is being directed by co-chairmen— R. A. Porter, president of Farmers Bank and Trust Co., and E. M. Regenold, president of First National Bank. When the goal is realized it will be used (along with $113,000 which will come from March's industrial bond issue) to acquire and put some polish on a 151- acre industrial site which is located one-half mile west of the Interstate 55 interchange on Highway 18. Price of the land will be $1,500 per acre. Cost of improvements will amount to another $26,000. The Chamber has hopes of getting some federal aid in developing the site. Chamber Executive Vice President Jada McGuire pointed out that after acquiring the land, streets, sewage treatment facilities, water service and lights will be needed. "We know we probably can't do all of this at once but it Will take $150,000 just to get part of it done . . . and that doesn't include street w o r k,' McGuire told yesterday's gathering. Regenold felt constrained to point out that the.land belongs to Armorel Planting Co., which he heads. "I felt a little funny about Man with Heart Device Dies HOUSTON, Tex. (AP) - Marcel DeRudder, died at 2:04 a.m. today of a possible rupture o£ his bronchia or trachea as a partial artificial heart device implanted in his chest almost six days ago continued to function. The retired coal miner from Westville, 111., who had suffered serious heart trouble for many years, had lived for six days in the quiet world of unconsciousness following the dramatic surgery last Thursday. A Methodist Hospital spokesman said DeRudder's death was "sudden" and "unexplained." He said death "was probably produced by a rupture of the bronchia or trachea," but that the exact cause of death could not be determined until'comple- tion of a post-mortem examination. The lift vpntriculu which had been installed to give the coal miner's left ventricle a chance to heal before resuming its normal function, was functioning at the time of death, the spokesman said. Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, head surgeon of a team which performed the operation, was in attendance when DeRudder died, the spokesman added. Dr. DeBakey said Monday the artificial heart was "working fine, and the basic design has proved itself." DeRudder had been at the Texas Medical Center for a week before the dramatic surgery and cardiologists felt "they couldn't help him any longer." Dr. DeBakey said in an interview Monday that although biological complications had been noted, "without the pump he would have died." "hi* own heart itUl can't M. sume quite half the work load of a normal heart," Dr. DeBakey said several hours before De- Rudder's death. Methodist Hospital's final advisory Monday reported DeRud- der continued to show slight improvement from a kidney mal- Dirksen Dinner Tickets on Sole Tickets to Saturday ' night's Republican fund - raising dinner in Little Rock are on sale in Mississippi County and between 25 and SO county Republicans are expected to attend. Sen. Everett M. Dirksen will be the speaker at the 7 p.m. affair at Barton Cblliseum. Tickets are f2S each and *5 for students and may be purchased from Mrs. Bill Foster in Blythevill* or from Guy Newcomb to Osceola. function, although he "has developed some lung congestion which is being treated by methods usually employed for conditions of this type." DeRudder exceeded Monday the life span of a patient who underwent a similar opration in 1963. Dr. DeBakey also performed that operation, in which a silicone rubber device instead of the plastic type pump was used. The patient, 43, lived four days. Death resulted from a hopeless condition of the brain, kidneys, liver and lungs. Another operation was performed last Feb. 4 in which Dr. Adrian Kantrowitz of Maimon- ides Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y. installed an airoperated artificial heart in a M-year-old man. He died 24 hours later of corn- plications not the surgery. connected with of the fund drive) because of that. We really don't want to sell the land, but we will," he said. * * * Two men possessing expertise in dealing with industry —John Watson and Max Logan — told of the importance of having a site ready to go. "We had one of the nation's biggest and best industries drop in on us out of a clear sky one day. We showed them some cot- tonfields and told them we could buy the acreage for them. "They were in such a hurry to locate a plant that they just Allison to File For Legislature Ed Allison, president of the Mississippi County publicans Club, Young Re- today announced as a candidate for the Arkansas Legislature. His November general election race will be one of chronological contrast,, for he has selected L. H. Autry, senior member of the county's legislative delegation, as his opponent. Allison indicated he'll file for Position Number One which is held by Autry. "Traditionally, Mississippi County and Arkansas elect Democrats to office, but I feel that there is not only a growing awareness of the need for change, but in many citizens an eagerness to see' this change take place this year," Allison stated. DISTRICT HEARS HALFWAY POINT "How's that improvement district coming? I was driving around there these last few days and I'm telling you the water in the ditch on Tenth is deep enough for a small child to drown in." The caller was Mayor Jimmie Edwards. He was inquiring about a northsu 1 - improvement district which is being formed to pave and drain much of the Tenth Street-U.S. 61 area. "We're half way m getting our petitions signed," Charles Moseley, who heads the district's organizing committee reports. "This is real good because we've only been at work a few days. We're going to push hard and try to wind up organization this w e e k e n d," Moseley Mid. land and develop it as fast as we told them'we could. So they moved -oh." Watson emphasized the importance of keeping up with one'» competitors. ' VThe cities who are competing with us for industry are getting ready. Actually, selling, doesn't get'industries to your town. It's what you have to offer. We were told in the Fantus report'to develop an industrial park several years ago. "We have reason 'to believe we'll be getting some industrialists in to look over our park just about as soon as it's developed," Watson said. W. J. Pollard, a veteran in Chamber work and now a member of the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission, told about the development of the Elm Street park, which now is. full. "We had those men from- Black, Sivalls and Bryson down here and showed them the site." They liked it-and when we told them we already owned it, that, just about cinched the deal." ; (This in reference to Central Metals.) : "You need to have a place ready for industry 'when they come to visit," Pollard concluded. • Porter told the group the sama thing. "If we expect to get industry, we must have a place ready fop it to go. This is important to our city. "We can put this fund drive over the top if we' all get out and work. * * * In the event the campaign falls short and the park development doesn't go through, Logan said, money will be refunded. Porter and Regenold asked for the first report from workers two weeks from yesterday. Final report date will he June 1. Comos 116 Launched MOSCOW (AP) - The Soviet Union today launched No. ;116 in its Cosmos series, officially described as a scientific space research program. There was no report of dogs or other animals aboard. '", iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiNiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiii Weather Forecast Cloudy with occasional rain and a few thunderstorms ending tonight. Cloudy to partly cloudy Wednesday. Low in the low 50s northwest to low 60$ southeast. High Wednesday 6878.
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