The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 10, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, May 10, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS M-NO. 4T BLYTHEV1LLB, ARKANSAS (72815)' TUESDAY, MAT 10, 1968 TIN CINTS PAGES Gemini Astronauts Rehearse Countdown By JIM STROTHMAN AP Aerospace Writer . CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) — America's next pair of astronauts climb into their Gemini 9 spaceship today and rehearse the complex dual countdown that will send them rocketing •loft next Tuesday to test skills needed to land on the moon. Before next week's three-day space adventure concludes, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Eugene A. Cernan is to take a record-duration space walk and use a rocket- powered back pack. Command pilot Thomas P. Stafford is to steer Gemini 9 on SeMo's J.C. Plans Move HAYTI - Following action at a meeling of the steering committee on the Bootheel Junior College proposal last week Floyd Hamlett, superintendent Farmers Get Another Vote -• Missco cotton farmers will have a second opportunity this month to vote by mail on the question of sale or lease of upland cotton allotments to farms outside the county, said Mildred Bunch, chairman of the Mississippi County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation committee. A similar referendum was held last fall throughout the Cotton Belt area, and at that time 349 counties approved the transfers. The vote this month is being held in counties which disapproved such transfers last year. * * * Voting period is May 16-25. Bunch said copies of the ballot are being mailed to all cotton producers of record in the county, along with information describing the program's purposes and operation. "It's easy to vote by mail," Bunch said, "and we hope all producers will vote. The vote should be fully representative of the wishes of cotton farmers in eur county." Calling the upcoming vote a "first in program administration," Bunch said the balloting by mail method has been previously used only in annual ASC comitteeman elections. Bunch emphasized that ballots may also be delivered by hand to the ASC office in Osceola. He said cotton producers with additional questions about the referendum should get in touch with the Osceola office. "This vote applies only to extra - county transfers," Bunch said. "In no case may transfers be made outside the state." Driver, 14, Hits Office A 14-year-old driver lost control of an automobile yesterday afternoon, smashing into the offices of Drs. Cecil Holcomb and George Vernon on North Sixth and wrecking considerable damage to the properties and to his car, Police Chief George Ford reported. The youth, identified as David Michael Carroll of 816 Mayfair, was accompanied on what investigating Patrolman Bill Walker called "a reckless ride" by Sandra Shook, 17. The car was registered in the name of John Shook. The accident apparently occurred, Walker said, when the boy was driving out of the Blytheville Junior High school parking lot and attempting to turn south on North 6th. He lost control and hit the doctors' offices. " : Young Carroll and Miss Shook Were rushed to Doctors' Hospital where was treated for a lacerated foveliead and fractured elbow and the jjirl fo.' a broken left arm and possible fractured ribs. Carroll was the owner of a restric'e'l driver's Hcwre, v*n- titling him to operate a molar •cooler, police Hid. R-3 Schools, accepted the ap-i several rendezvous attempts with an Agena target satellite and jolt Gemini 9 into a new orbit by firing the 16,000-pound- j thrust Agena engine while their ' spacecraft is hooked up with it. The flight plan for Gemini 9 "is to date one of the most com plex and sophisticated," Air Force Lt. Col. Stafford said. Today's countdown — called a simultaneous launch demonstration — is the start of two days of intensive rehearsals designed to test equipment and brief technicians in the blockhouse on procedures necessary to launch Gemini and its Agena target satellite one hour, 29 minutes apart. Wednesday Gemini 9 will go poinment as chairman of the! througn a simu]ated {light _ survey committee and has al-| where it is counted d own f or ready started work on it. His objective is to have the survey completed before the area schools are dismissed for the summer later this month. The completed survey will show whether or not a junior college is needed in the region, the approximate number of students who would attend if one is established, tax valuation figures and other information required by the State Departmnet (three practice liftoffs. Equip- 'ment in the spaceship and ~n the ground which will be used during early phases of the actual flight will be checked out. * * * Preparations continued for noon (EST) liftoff Wednesday for a scientific satellite called Atmospheric Explorer. The spacecraft, a shiny ball weighing 495 pounds, is scheduled to ride a Delta rocket into an egg- of Educaion for its considera- shaped orbit ranging from 170 to lion of an application for such - •• • •• •• • Junior College Act of 1961. Members of Harriett's survey committee include all school superintendents in the proposed junior college district. They are Victor Hill, Caruthersville; Sam Wallace, Hayti; Carl Hutchison, North Pemiscot; Ben Griffin, Deering; Frank Moring, Braggadocio; S. H. Marcellus, Cooler; Riley F. Knight, South Pemiscot. H. Byron Masterson, Kennett; James Dement Holcomb; Valley Button, Senath - Hornersville; Charles Parker, Cardwell- Arbyrd; Avla Devalt, Maiden; Jack Lincoln, Campbell; Carl Clarkton; Arobe L. Whit-lock Gunn, Clarkton; Arobe L. Whitlock, Rives. Tom Park, Portageville; Gerald McEIwrath, Gideon; Abe Bates, Risco; and Max Timmons, Lilbourn. Additional officers of the steer ing committee were also appointed. These are Ben Griffin, Deering, secretary; Bob Garrett, Steele, treasurer. * * * R. 0. Knibert, Hayti gin operator, accepted the appointment as finance chairman; John Braswell, insurance agency operator, Kennett, chairman of the petition comittee, and Jack Hutchison, gin operator and farmer of Ca'rulhersviUe, promotion chairman. Max Sturm of Hayti accepted the appointment as chairman of the public information committee. Also appointed to his com- mitee were all newspaper edi- ors and radio station managers in the region, including the following : Leroy Sigman, Jim Cortese and Cleat Stanfill, all of Caruthersville; Wilburn Mathis, Hayti; Rusty Tennyson, Steele; Ralph Hawkins, Erwin Lloyd ar»i Kuz 750 miles above tl. earth to study the chemistry of the up- Next Tuesday, the Agena — hoisted by an Atlas boaster — is to blast off at 10 a.m. (EST). If the cylindrical space engine achieves a proper orbit, Stafford and Cernan will rocket aloft at 11:39 a.m. and begin a tricky four-house chase to catch the Agena. The morning of the second day in orbit, Cernan will open the hatch and step into space on the end of a 25-foot lifeline. He will mount a movie camera on the outside of Gemini 9, retrieve a package of microscopic living organisms attached to the spaceship and stick another experiment on the Agena. After the first 54-minute daylight period ends, he will move to an equipment section behind Gemini 9, slip into a rocketpow- ered back pack called an astronaut maneuvering unit — AMU — and grab a bag with another 125 feet of tether inside. After Stafford disconnects Gemini 9 from the Agena, Cernan will float into space and practice maneuvering with the AMU. He will move to about 40 feet in front of Gemini 9 and remain stationary while Stafford drives the spaceship to him to simulate a rescue of a stranded astronaut. The space-walking astronaut then will hook onto his 125 feet of extra tether, shift over to the Agena about 80 feet away and touch it before returning to he spaceship. He is scheduled to be outside Gemini 9 a total of two hours, 25 minutes. After the space walk, the astronauts will practice various methods of rendezvous approaches with the Agena and change orbit three times by firing the Agena's engine while ENTRIES — Michele Johnson, Janet Johnson and Mary Lee Pavlas, all seniors at Gosnell High School, will be entries for the title Miss Blytheville and Miss Diamond Jubilee Thursday and Friday at Blytheville High School auditorium. (Courier News Photo) Mao Ends Speculation On III ness TOKYO (AP) — Communist Chiif:se leader Mao Tze-tung emerged today from a six- month absence from public view to meet with an Albanian government delegation led by Premier Mehmet Shehu. The Communist New China News Agency reported the meetir^. Mao's long period i apparent seclusion had resulte in speculation that he was sen ously ill. The meeting with the Albani ans, reported also by Peking radio, was the first official wort Irom Red China that Mao had attended a public function since Nov. 26, when he met a Cambo dian military delegation ihanghai. The report today did not say where or when Map met with the Albanians, Eed China's only luropearj Communist allies in he Peking-Moscow struggle .lie * c»ii»5 ««**«"•" ••"•' Shehu's delegation arrived in Parking Lot On Agenda See SEMO on Page 12 ' Gemini 9 is hooked up with it. City Council's agenda for tonight's meeting is packed with terns concerning urban renewal building codes and the possible purchase of additional property or downtown parking. On the agenda is the possible jurchase of a lot at First and Ash which is owned by E. M. legenold. This lot may be used 'or off-street parking. Its purchase has been recommended >y the Blytheville Downtown As- siciation. In this connection, the city is expected to conclude a purchase agreement with' Bob Sullivan Chevrolet Co., for that firm's property on Walnut sometime tomorrow. The city is paying $190,000 for the twin parcels of property which will park about 175 cars. The Sullivan firm is scheduled to begin construction on a new place of business south of the city within 30-60 days. , The city hopes to have possession of the Walnut property early next year. Four minimum building ordinances are up for approval tonight. They deal with plumbing, electrical wiring, fire prevention and general construction. Approval of Urban Renewal paying and drainage projects and of an Urban Renewal workable program is scheduled. The Council will review plans for drainage and paving in the Central School area, too. Dan Blodgett's name will be submitted for confirmation to the Blytheville Housing Authority. A petition to rezone lots in Block 2 of Wilson First Addition (from R-2 to B-3) will be considered as will an application for federal aid for a city transit system. The City Hall meeting begins at 7:30. T-Birds, Girls In Spotlight The Thunderbirds, Air Force | week. aerial demonstralion team, will share Blytheville's 75th anniversary celebration spotlight with Miss Blytheville contestants this MEN OF STRONG FIBER — Curtis Duncan, North Mississippi County chairman of National Cotton Week (left), pins a cotton corsage on Edna Stromire, of the Courier Newi, while Buell Carter doe* the honori for Phyllis Reed. Some 700 of these corsages were given out yesterday and this morning by members of the Blytheville Jaycees. (Courier News Pbolo) The Miss Blytheville contest begins Thursday night in the Blytheville High School auditorium. The Thunderbirds, in their FIDO's, will stage their show at Blytheville Air Force Base at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Gates to BAFB will be opened to the public at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Air police will direct civilians to the proper parking area, County Judge A. A. (Shug) Banks and Mayor Jimmie Edwards will take a short hop with the Thunderbirds on Thursday morning. Monday and Tuesday night at Blytheville High School auditorium, Blytheville's new Very Little Theater will stage its first production — an original script which pokes fun at local and state political leaders. Tentatively set to round out the program are the Blytheville High School band and glee club. The show begins at 8 o'clock both nights. A few males are needed for walk-on parts in the farce. Interested men may contact La- Jean Hampton, PO 3-1891. Attention, horsemen! A genuine effort is b e i n g SM PROGRAM on Pap 1! EVERETT DIRKSEN IN WALTER RIID WASHINGTON (AP) Sen. Everett M. Dirksen, R- 111., fractured his right hip early today at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, aides reported. Dirksen, Senate Republican leader entered the hospital Monday for a checkup. About 3:30 a. m., he arose from his bed and fell, fracturing the hip. Dirksen, 70, was to undergo surgery this forenoon to reduce the fracture. Aides said Dirksen will be hi the hospital several weeks. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII' China late last month for the May Day celebrations in Peking, went on a tour and re- tuH'd to the capital Sunday. Mao, now 72, did not attend the annual May Day review in Peking. The Chinese govern^ ment denied the rumors abroad that he was seriously ill or even dead,. and a non-Communist source in New York reported last week that the Chinese leader had been at the airport in Peking Feb. 28 to say goodbye to ex-President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana. The source said Mao appeared to be in good health. Another Peking leader long out of the public eye also emerged with Mao for the Albanians' visit. He was Defense man .of the Central Commutes Miniister Lin Piao, vice chair- of the Chinese Communist party, for whom a public appearance had not been reported in'a year. The New China News Agency said Lin, along with Premier Chou En-lai were present at th« meeting. It added that Mao also gave a banquet forjhe Albanian Did Chinese Blast Fizzle? By BOBHORTON WASHINGTON (AP)-Red China may have come up with a dud in an attempt to detonate a lydrogen bomb, Defense Be- lartment sources suggested today. The announcement by Peking radio of Communist China's hird atomic explosion Monday said the test included "ther- nonuclear materials." But Peeing stopped short of calling it a lydrogen bomb. The mention of "thermonu- -lear materials," Pentagon ources said, could mean one ol wo things: —Chinese scientists attachec leuterium or tritium, used in a lydrogen weapon to an atomic wmb to analyze the effects ol he blast on those elements. —Or China set out to stage a C.G. Drive Progresses and river transportation. Regenold said Industrial Fund committeemen will schedule additional meetings at an accelerated rate. Members of the Chamber of Commerce's Industrial. Fund Committee yesterday reported "encouraging progress" on a public subscription drive to raise $150,000 toward purchase of an industrial park. Committee co-chairman E. M. Regenold and R. A. Porter said the first category of subscribers the Blytheville Insurance Exchange, has contributed 100 per cent of the requested amount. Members of this group are M a 'rfoe"corp"s neltiopters collid- „_ t>_ YIHIlinvMC* TTIP thfl c - _.. _ . , ,, ed, plummeted 30 feet to the Copter Crash Kills Three SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) Three Marines died and three were seriously injured when two Bracey & Williams, Ins., the Buchanan Agency, Farmers' Bank & Trust Insurance Dept, •eneral Insurance Agencies, the W. J. Pollard . Agency, United Insurance Agency, and W. Marion Williams Insurance Agency. "They reported early and will supply approximately Regenold said. 53,000," The money raised in this drive will be added to some $113,000 acquired in a recent bond issue and an additional sum of 173,000 to be advanced by the city and the federal government on a matching funds basis. It will be used to purchase 151 acres east of the city, in proximity to major trade routes, ncluding highways, and air, rail Lightning Hits Trolley SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - jghtning struck a trolley bus Honday but the Jriver and all 21 passengers escaped injury in a crackling shower of sparks. Power failed in nearby houses and a fire alarm sounded in an adjacent school. The bolt blew out a fiat holder and a «00-volt switch. Tom McCoy, the driver, said, 'It scared the living' daylights out of mi." ground and burst into flames, the Marine Corps said. Investigators said the crewmen in the helicopters were practicing landings Monday before their scheduled assignment to Viet Nam. The names of the victims were withheld pending notification to their families. A Marine spokesman said the helicopters were on routine training flights in the Fountain Valley area when the' accident occurred. Debris was scattered over two acres. The twin rotor CH46A carried four crewmen, the smaller UH34D carried two. Both persons aboard the smaller craft were killed. hydrogen explosion and failed to get the proper energy release required to fuse the thermonuclear reaction. ~; A hydrogen bomb has an atomic device for a trigger. Millions of degrees of heat—provided by the splitting of the atom- are required to fuse the deuterium or tritium elements—and release their awesome power. The atomic device can, however, go off without unleashing the fusion process. 'State Department press officer Marshall Wright said tha test was "in the same general range" as the two previous Red Chinese detonations in October 1964 and May 1965. Both of these were equivalent to about 20,000 tons of TNT, or 20 kilotons. Wright did not say whether the test was of a thermonuclear device. Secretary of State Dean Rusk, asked about the test as he appeared before the Senate For- ign Relations Committee, said he doubts it affects the international situation any more than did the first or second detonations. One Atomic Energy Commission official described the blast as "one hundred KT (kilotons) or less." "We don't know ;-et whether this was a thermonuclear explosion," he said, "and we won't before we get a reading on tha atmospheric debris." Pentagon sources said manned U2 planes would collect radioactive debris. An analysis of the fallout, combined with seismographic readings, would perhaps provide a key to the type of detonation. A thermonuclear blast would j>ut the Red Chinese an estimated three years ahead of sehed- lie in their work, according to U.S. estimates. Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg, AEG chairman, said in 1964 after the 'irst Chinese, nuclear test that Red China probably was five rears away from developing a lydrogen bomb. As late as last October, however, Sen. Henry Jackson, D- Wash., said Red China might set off its first thermonuclear )last within two years. Jackson is chairman of tha Joint Atomic Weapons subcommittee. Jerry Lewis Files Suit LOS ANGELES (AP) - Comedian Jerry Lewis has filed a $3.4 million damage suit against Paramount Pictures Corp. and York Pictures Corp., charging breech of contract. In his Superior Court action Monday, Lewis contended that the market for two of his new films was hurt by the re-release of several of his older film* Weather Forecast Partly cloudy this afternoon with increasing cloudiness .to-' night becomi; g cloudy Wednesday. Cool this afternoon and not so cold tonight and warmer Wednesday. Highs today in tha >0s. Lows tonight in the 40s. Sighs Wednesday in the 60s. Ten percent probability of measurable rain Wednesday. Outlook Wednesday cloudy and warmer with showen likely.

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