BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS ' VOL. 62—NO. 45 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72316) SATURDAY, MAY 7.1966 TEN CENTS 12 PAGES City to be 75 Fun, Frolics To Keynote Jubilee After all these years of growing, the city will finally get a birthday party next week. Blytheville's 75th anniversary will be hailed by a full week of celebrations beginning next Thursday, and if the carney touch will be missing (the city fathers feel midways are a messy affair), the camp touch will be evident, along with some serious commemorative activities. The Jubilee week will be kicked off Thursday, May 12, (which has been designated Old Timers' Day) by a Fiddlers' contest at I p.m. at the Jaycee building. Next, at 4:30 that afternoon, USAF hunderbird jets will present a display of aerial acrobatics. As a bonus, Mayor Jimmie Edwards and County Judge A. A. (Shug) Banks will go along for the ride. Two events have been scheduled for 7:30 Thursday night at Blytheville Hgih chool auditori- um - the Little Miss Blytheville contest and preliminary judging of the Jubilee Beard - Growing contest. On Friday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m., finalists in the Beard Growing contest will return to the high school stage for a verdict during intermission of the Miss Blytheville Contest. * * * A parade will highlight Saturday's activities. Prizes of $100, $50, and $25 respectively are offered by the Blytheville Develop ment Council and Blytheville Jaycees to the top three float From 12:30 to 5 p.m. that af- winnrs. Base will hold open house and ternoon Blytheville Air Force will mark the occasion with various displays — including a simulated nuclear blast, a show of sky divers, and low - level aerial refueling demonstrations. Tenatively planned for Saturday night by the Blytheville Jay- Farmers Open ASC Battle "I think I'm waging a farmers' fight, and I think most farmers in north Mississippi County are behind me." So said Jack Robinson yesterday, in reporting on attempts, by him and the Chamber of Commerce to restore an Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service office to Blytheville. Robinson headed a Chamber delegation which met with un der-secretary of agriculture John A. Schnittker Monday in Washington! At that time Robinson presented Schnittker with a petition signed by several farmers in the Blytheville area, including members of the county's ASC committee. "We made it clear that we did not qquestion the integrity of either the Department of Agriculture or the Mississippi County ASC Committee," Robinson said. "Our aim was solely to state a case for reopening of an office here." Until April , Robinson noted, there had been two ASC offices In the county, one at Osceola and one at Blytheville. The Blytheville office was closed and its functions assumed by the Osceola office under what was described as a USDA policy of centralizing ASC functions. "We're not after Osceola's office. We just want an ASC office here," Robinson said. Robinson said he presented Schnittker with statistics showing a projected $1,000,000 cost to farmers in the Blytheville 'area over the next ten years under the new UDSA policy. "We calculated this on the basis of an average four trips a year each to Osceola by the approximately 4,000 farmers in the Blytheville area covered by inson said. Farmers are obliged to make •contracts with the ASC," Robat least this many trips to an ASC office every year for such purposes as working out a format for diverted acres and se- iuring funds for necessary land- leveling programs, Robinson laid. He said he pointed out to the wider-secretary that the government had gone to considerable expense last year renovating ASC facilities in the Federal Building here. "It seems an odd thing to do, if the government was planning to .vacate the office," he said. According to Robinson, Sennit Iker promised to re-open the case. "He said he would give It his most diligent attention," Robinson said. ftpbinion, former and owner of Jack Robinson Gin and Implement Co., is a member of the Chamber's Agriculture Committee. He filed a suit in Circuit Court last month for a restraining order preventing transfer of the Blytheville ASC office's functions to Osceola, but nothing much ever happened on that, since they moved out the next day." cees are a Battle of the Bands contest, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Walker Park and a Gay Nineties ball later that evening. All of the city's ex - mayors will be present Sunday, May 15, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., when dedication ceremonies are held at recently renovated City Hall. There will be open house at City Hall until 4. Religious vesper services George sponsored by the Blytheville Ministers' Alliance will be conducted late Sunday afternoon at Walker Park. Afterward the Chickasaw Jaycees will sponsor a box • lunch supper, beginning at 5 at the park. On Monday and Tuesday nights at 8 at Blytheville igh School auditorium a series of farcical skits by the Blytheville Very Little Theatre will be produced in conjunction with band and choral concerts. The Blytheville Jaycees have tentatively scheduled a Barbershop Quartet contest for Wednesday night, May 18, at a site yet to be chosen. Dedicaion of Founders' ark has been scheduled for Thursday May 19, last day of celebrations. Elaborate plans are still being formulated, according to Dr. Vernon, chairman of the Blytheville Developj ant Council, co - ordinating agency of Jubilee plans. "Various dignitaries will be present for the Founders' Park dedication, including a representation from Washington," Vernon said. During the week's activities, members of the Joy Rebekah Lodge will serve as meter maids depositing coins for motorist* who have parked overtime. iiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim Two Convicted for Murder LONDON (AP) - Ian Brady and his blonde mistress, Myra Hindley, began serving life sentences today for the murders of the moors. Shouts of "hang them" were heard when Brady, 28, a stock clerk, and his 23-year-old mistress were led from court after their conviction Friday. Letters to the editors of national newspapers have called for revival,of the death penalty. Detectives said at least two children who disappeared in the area where Brady and Miss Hindley-operated may be buried on the Yorkshire moors. Keith Bennett, 12, vanished in Manchester in June 1964. He was last seen walking to his grandmother's house. Pauline Reade, 16, disappeared in Manchester after leaving for a dance in July 1963. An all-male jury at Chester ruled Friday that Brady had murdered Edward Evans, 17, Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and John Kilbride, 12. Miss Hindley, they said, was guilty in the murders of Evans and the Downey girl. The prosecution charged that all three murders stemmed from sexual perversion. SCREAMING EAGLES-Members of the 101st Airborne Division's Screaming Eagles will perform May 14 at Blytheville Air Force Base's open house. The base is cooperating with the 75th anniversary celebration of the city, which will be next week. (AF Photo) 47 Mi Ribbicoff 'Startled and Surprised' ion Autos Defective Since '60 By CHARLES C. CAIN AP Business News Writer DETROIT (AP) - The U. S. auto industry promised to do better after disclosing Friday that shortcomings, ranging from major fire hazards to misplaced ash tray lights, had been found in thousands of cars since 1960. General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and American Motors submitted detailed reports to a House committee indicating that one out of every five cars built in the past six years had been involved in a check of possible defects. Sen. Abraham Ribicoff, D- Conn., head of a subcommittee probing auto safety, said he was "startled and surprised by the size of the percentages" but added that the American car still is "the safest on the road." Ribicoff told a news conference he was confident labor and management could work out better quality control on assembly lines before cars get to dealers' hands. Sen. Ribicoff had asked the four auto firms to supply his comittee with a list of "product defects and deficiencies found in the 47 million cars built since 1960." * * * He said of the company reports: "In the last six years, 8,700,225 cars have been involved in so-called recall campaigns. Thus, in six years, 18.5 per cent of the cars have been defective in some respects. It should be clear that many of the defects were not safety related." James M. Roche, GM president, said in a covering letter to Ribicoff: "We realize it is not possible to assure that every car off the production line is a perfect vehicle. We now manufacture passenger cars which average 14,000 parts each, and it is hardly surprising under these circumstances that imperfections crop up. Defects do occur." Arjay R. Miller, president of Ford Motor Co., said in a similiar letter to Ribicoff: "Many of the campaigns in this report involved modifications intended to maintain or improve customer satisfaction. They had nothing to do with safety. They were made to correct problems such as water or dust leaks, wind noise, vibrations, loose ornaments, missing ash tray lights and malfunctioning clock cables." Ribicoff said Roche telephoned him at his Washington office Friday to report that GM's 1966 model auto sales were running ahead of the 1965 model. He quoted Roche as saying that the auto safety talks were not responsible for an April drop in sales or for limited production cutbacks in four GM assembly plants this week. * * * A capsule summary of the four auto firm's reports to Sen. Ribicoff showed: GENERAL MOTORS In seven model years, GM has had 171 recall campaigns which involved 4.8 million of the 23 million cars it built in that period. Many of the items were mi- nor, but the list included such things as a potential fire hazard from a carburetor adjustment in the 1966 Oldsmobile. Some 1.8 million 1964 and 1965 Chevrolet division cars were called back for correction of a splash shield problem, but only 159,000 of the car owners have had the work done as yet, GM said. ..FORD Ford listed 184 recall campaigns, the biggest being the 257,000 Fords, Falcons, Fair- lanes, Comets and Meteors recalled in 1963 because of an air cleaner problem. Ford said its list of callback items included some cases of defective brakes, pop-up hoods, tires or ignition that could cause safety problems. Sen. Ribicoff noted that one Ford recall letter sent out in July 1965, urged return of 5,500 Comets for inspection of a potential brake tube abrasion, but he said the Ford letter gave no indication that a safety hazard was involved. CHRYSLER Chrysler said it had 24 recall campaigns which involved a checkup on about one million of the 7.5 million cars built since I960: The firm is involved in one of the most recent callbacks. It started last week a campaign to recall 182,000 of its 1966 Dodge, Coronets and Belvederes because of loose nuts in the front suspension assembly. Sen. Ribi- coff said he had asked Chrysler for more data. AMERICAN MOTORS AMC said that in 47 recall campaigns since 1960 it had corrected about 92 per cent of the 759,744 cars involved. AMC said that in one of its most recent cases in October 1965, it had telephoned dealers warning of a defect in the steering wheels of 5,970 Ramblers. It said all th cars were located and .that the defect was confirmed and corrected in 5,871 cars. Ribicoff told his new:, conference: "I have not tried to be inflammatory, but rather have tried to act responsibly." He said he would turn the auto reports over to Secretary of Commerce John Connor for evaluation. 'Largest in Years' Beauty Pageant Plans Set Blytteville Jaycee chairman I Dick Hefner announced final' plans today for what he called "the largest Miss Blytheville Beauty pageant in many years," to be held at the High School auditorium at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday and Friday. Tickets each night at 50c for children and $1 for adults. This year's pageant is being held In conjunction with the city's 75th anniversary celebrations, May 12-19, Hefner ••id. Two collateral contests are included in the pageant—the Little Miss Blytheville contest and the Little Mr. Jaycee contest. These will be held Thursday night, Hefner said. Jerry Lumpkin will be master of ceremonies for these events. Some 21 girls will compete in th* Mils BlytheviUe Pageant Friday night, when WHBQ disc jockey George Klein will serve as master of ceremonies. Hefner said registration (or all mlwluii will bt bdd * 4:30 p.m. Monday at Blytheville High School Auditorium. Joint rehearsals will be held at 6:30 p.m. for the Little Miss Blytheville and Little Mr. Jaycee pageants, with Miss Blytheville rehearsals scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, all entries in the Miss Blytheville contest will IN treated to a luncheon at the Drummer Boy restaurant at 12 noon and to a tea sponsored by the Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. from 3:30 to 4:30 at Westbrook CiftUrit, Klela Road-E-0 Officials Are Seeking More Entrants "All system are go-go!" reports Ray Patterson, Blytheville Jaycee chairman of tomorrow's Teenage Driving Road-e-o contest. Washington Report Tomorrow at 1:30 Chet and David, move over- one more time! Radio Station KLCN will present a re-broadcast of Jada Me- Quire's "Washington Report" on the recent Chamber of Com- mere* trip at 1:30 tomorrow. "We can handle some additional entrants and would like to have more participate than have signed up at this time, though," Patterson said. Patterson said teenage boys and girls interested in the contest shouW obtain an entry blank at Union Motors. The event will begin at 2 tomorrow aftrenoon at Safeway parking lot, Patterson said. First place winner will receive a $25 bond,, while second and third place winners will r» ceive plaques. 416 Cong Killed By ROBERT B. TUCKMAN SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) - The U.S. Command claimed today the annihilation of a reinforced Communist battalion in two days of savage fighting in central Viet Nam. A military spokesman said there was "precious little left" of more than 400 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops -.encountered 10 miles north of Bong Son and 280 miles northeast of aigon in Operation Davy Crockett. The fighting has taken place near the coast along the South China Sea. The spokesman said troops of the helicopter-lifted 1st Cavalry, (Airmobile) Division killed 332 enemy soldiers Thursday and Friday. •: A South Vietnamese spokesman reported that Vietnamese paratroopers and reconnaissance units who supported th» American action killed 84 more. This raised the total enemy dead to 416. - ... : The heavy ground fighting, the biggest action in three weeks, dominated a day in which there were also these developments: 1. Prime Minister Nguyen Cao Ky declared he would retain his post at the head of the South Vietnamese government for at least another year. He thereby possibly touched off new political unrest from power-seeking Buddfifsts because of his earlier >romise to step down after tha ational elections scheduled by leptember. 2. The U.S. Air Force, in t elayed report, said its fighter- ombers had wrecked two pans of the vital Bac Giang ailroad and highway bridge 25 miles northeast of Hanoi. Tha Bridge is a key link in the rail md road system from the North Vietnamese capital to Commu- list China. 3. Air Force B5S bombers again bombed • suspected Viet Cong troop concentration near lie Cambodian border, 75 miles lortheast of Saigon. It was the :eventh day In a row that the ;iant bombers returned to the Viet Cong stronghold, to support U.S. 1st Infantry Division roops. In addition to more than 400 illed in Operation Davy Crock- tt, the military spokesman re- orted the capture of 40 Communists and 515 suspects. He said that there had been o significant contact with the nemy since midnight, indi- ating that the remnants of tha ommunist force had fled. The spokesman said 12 U.S. ir sorties were flown .in support ' the action and credited pilots ith killing 85 of the Viet Cong. "If the enemy force Was a attalion as estimated at first," e said, "there is precious little it left. Even if there were wo nemy units, they were badly auled." American and Vietnamese isualties were officially de- ribed as light, although the ircentage in some' units were stcd as moderate. In the air war, hampered all eek by monsoon rains over orth Viet Nam, carrier-based S. Navy planes flew 26 mis- ons Friday. They hit at high- ays, bridges, storage areas, ilroad yards and river traffic ostly along the coast. They claimed 19 junks de- royed and five more damaged, barges destroyed and five imaged. In storage areas, the avy fighter-bombers reported structures destroyed and five maged. Also north of the 17th Paral, U.S. Air Force fighter mbers flew 13 missions Friy. some n' t.iiom in thimrter- Sce VIET CONG on Page 5 iiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiunniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiHiniiiii Weather Forecast Fair with little change In mperatures through Sunday, gh Sunday 82 to 88. Low to- ght 54 to 62. HIIIIIIIIIMUIIIIIIIIII ,., -)>/,Mi.,ii:'
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