The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 13, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, May 13, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS ,VOL. 63-NO. 60 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72815) FRIDAY, MAY 13,1966 TEN CENTS 14 PAGES Highway Commission Ready to Tangle With Faubus FEATURED PERFORMER - The public will get a rare view of aerial refueling tomorrow when a KC135 transfers fuel to a B52 at low level during Blytheville Air Force Base's open house. This Air Force photo was taken from the KC135 during a refueling Mission. Action Keynotes Base Open House Open house at Blytheville Air Force Base — an event which attracts thousands of visitors from Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri — begins tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. when the gates of the big Strategic Air Command installation are opened to a curious public. The affair lasts until 5 o'clock tomorrow afternoon and will include displays of SAC's weapons Peking Charges U.S. With Air Violation By ANDREW BOROWIEC | SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) —The U.S. Air Force today strongly denied Peking's charge that American fighters intruded into Red China to shoot down a Chinese plane. The Air Force said one of its missile-firing F4C Phantoms brought down a Communist MIG17 over North Viet Nam 20 to 25 miles south of the Chinese border. The deputy commander of the Air Force in Viet Nam indicated the Americans think the plane was North Vietnamese, not Chinese. Red China's first acknowledgment of any plane losses in the Vietnamese war placed Thursday's air battle northeast of Makwan, 25 miles north of the border, in China's Yunman province. It called the incident "an act of war provocation" and said "the debt in blood owed by U.S. imperialism to the Chinese people must be cleared." An American spokesman said the aerial battle took place 105 to 115 miles northwest of Hanoi three MIGs made firing passes with their wing cannon at two of three Phantoms. Maj. Wilbur R. Dudley, 34, of Alamogordo, N.M., spotted a fourth MIG attacking an Air .iVcc RB electronic jamui <, plan* with the flight. While his two wingmen maneuvered from the three other MIGs, Dudley fired two heat- seeking Sidewinder missiles at the fourth. The second missile scored from about l : /4 miles. The Communist jet exploded and was spotted by Dudley's wingmen spinning out of control to the ground. The other MIGs fled and the four American planes returned safely. Dudley's crewman was 1st Lt. Imantes Kringelis, 23, of Lake Zurich, 111. It was the 12th MIG reported shot down in the war. The spokesman said ths American pilots did not see the markings on the enemy jets. After previous encounters U.S. officials said they believed the Red jets were North Vietnamese, although this was never expressed with absolute certainty. North Vietnamese and Chinese aircraft markings are strikingly similar and would be difficult to distingush at the supersonic speeds involved. Maj. Gen. Gilbert L. Meyers, deputy U.S. Air Force commander in Viet Nam, cast doubt on speculation that the Chinese had decided to commit their planes to the war. "We have no evidence that the. Chinese have come in," he told newsmen at Saigon's Tan Son Nhut airbase, of war as well as various demonstrations. Headlining tomorrow's show will be sky - diving demonstra tion by the Screaming Eagles a highly - skilled group of para chutists from Fort Campbell These divers will free fall for up to 75 seconds after jumping from a C-47. They will trail smoke (from a smoke bomb in their boots) as they fall so the crowd may follow their progress. During this descent, they'll reach speeds of 125 miles per hour as they fall from 15,000 feet to 2,000 feet at which time they'll open their chutes. These special shutes — designed for steering — Will be used to guide the divers to a landing point in front of the crowd on the base flight line. * * * In other action on tomorrow's program will be a low - level aerial refueling demonstration, featuring SAC's Sunday punch, the B52, and the KC135 Strato- tanker. This will be a rather rare chance for the average person to view air-to-air refueling, a task which usually takes place high above the earth. The two big jets also will put on a quick takeoff demonstration. This will be to depict the readiness aspect of SAC's bomber and tanker force as the planes take to the air in rapid succession. Visitors also will get to make a close inspection of various aircraft and flying equipment. The Sky Divers, will perform at 2 p.m., 3:20 .p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The speedy takeoff techniques will be demonstrated at 1 p.m. and the low • level refueling will be 30 minutes later. A judo exhibition is scheduled at a:10 pjn. and 3:10 p.m f LITTLE ROCK (AP)-Wayne lampton said Thursday that most of the talk he has heard about impeaching him or other members of the Highway Commission has come from one source—Gov. Orval Faubus. And Hampton and other commission members said they were ready to defend them selves. ; I don't care who I tangle with, even Mr. Faubus," Hampton said. "I'm ready to lay everything on the table and get with it," said Truman Baker of Searcy Faubus revealed Thursday that impeachment proceedings against the commission, or individual commissioners, could come at a special legislative session later this year. Recurring reports about an impeachment attempt are efforts to intimidate their probe of $2.1 million in illegal Highway Department salary increases, the commissioners said. Hampton, the commission chairman, said, "This is a move to get us to shut up about :he investigation." "We have stepped on his (Faubus') friend Sturgis' toes," Bampton said at his Stuttgart lome. He was talking about Mack Sturgis, Highway Department director just before the pay raise scandal broke. Sturgis returned to his former job as state purchasing agent April 1, before the raises were publicized. Hampton said Sturgis, as director, "was very disappointing to me." He said Faubus had recommended Sturgis' hiring, and "I regret that I had anything to do with hiring him," Hampton said. The commission may soon reveal more "irregularities" in the department, Hampton said. "I'm thinking the commission was lax for a short while,' in trusting t he department to run its affairs, "and things gol in a mess while Sturgis was in there." . Faubus had other ideas abou: Sturgis' service. He said the first talk of impeaching the commission came about Wt years ago, when five state senators wanted to stari the proceedings. He said the complaints were that the com missioners were running the Highway Department from their homes, offices and cars rather than through the High way Department offices and its chain of command. Faubus was asked if that was why Sturgis was sent to the department as director early in 1965. "Let me put it this way," the governor replied. "When he went over there these com plaints died down." Faubus said not all five com/ missioners were involved in the impeachment talk, but he re fused to identify those involvec or the state senators he sak wanted to start the impeachment proceedings. A spot check of state sena tors Thursday produced no one who said he wanted to start the proceedings. State Sen Fred Stafford o Marked Tree, who criticized the commission and joined in resolution April 22 calling for an investigation of the commission by the Arkansas Legisla live Council, said he had no part in any recent impeach ment moves, if any existed. "If there had been, I think I'd have been one of the firs people ones they would have See FAUBUS on Page 7 Htolth Unit Clous Mississippi County Health Uni will be closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Personnel will be attendin the Arkansas Public Health As lactation meeting in Hot Spring LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI — About 50 Mississippi County citizens were guests of the Corps of Engineers yesterday for an afternoon's cruise on the Corps' vessel, The Mississippi. The party listened to explanation's of the Corps' work in drainage and flood control during the six-hour trip from Sans Souci (near Osceola) to Caruthersville. (Courier News Photo) Schools Will Request Study of Future Needs Blytheville's School District! will seek professional help in ( planning long - range needs of) the district in the matter of new construction, Supt. J. K. Williams said today. "We have requested the School Plant Division of the State Department of education to make a survey of building needs," Williams said. The decision to request the survey was made at a recent school board meeting. Williams pointed out that the district, had a comprehensive study of the Blytheville school system made by the Department of Education in 1962. "Many of these recommendations were put into effect and others are still under consideration," Williams stated. * • * "But with current trends and changes in our district, it is felt that new long range planning is needed." There probably will be changes in the district's dropout rate, Williams said, as adjustments in the curriculum and better facilities are brought to bear on this problem. The 1962 report showed a 37 percent drop-out or loss rate during the six years of grades 9 through 12. "The district needs some advice and counsel about building expansion and location of new school sites," Williams added. Big Lake Project Looms Two items of work, scheduled for early bid • taking, have been described by the Memphis .District Corps of Engineers-this week. They are thought to have happy implications for game and fish enthusiasts who have been fretting over Big Lake's been fretting ovver Big Lake's siltation problems. .V.T' Col. James A. Vivian, district engineer at Memphis, yesterday announced that his office hopes to advertise for bids in July for a 1,000-foot water vice just south of Highway 18 on the Right Hand Chute of Little River. ..;.',•' This device, the Engineers feel, will permit the Fish and Wildlife Service to control ..water levels in the area during the crop and duck feeding seasons. . .;... This water .control structure will be built of reinforced .concrete and is designed to regulate Big Lake water levels, between 230 and 233 feet above mean sea level. Scheduled for major enlarging is Ditch 81, which runs from well up in Southeast Missouri to the west side of the Lake, r, It will be enlarged (to a .120- foot bottom width) from th;e Cotton Belt Railroad crossing at Hornersville, south to a point near the Arkansas-Missouri state line. Bids on this work are to be advertised this month. •••-- The Fish and Wildlife Service announced yesterday that--Big Lade National Wildlife Refuge will be among 7,000 other .federal areas to charge entry fees from May 28 to Sept. 5. Entrance to any of these; are for $7. This pass, which the Whildlife Service terms its "golden passport," will be honored by any federal refuge. " It may be purchased from the refuge office at Big Lake weekdays from 8 a^m. until 5 jj.m. or may be ordered from the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, Washington, D. C. : City to Get New Queen Tonight belongs to a yet uncrowned Miss Blytheville. One of 21 contestants will be selected at Blytheville High School auditorium in the pageant which begins at 7:30, and the winning young lady will preside over the city's 75th anniversary celebrations for the rest of the week. George Klein, WHBQ disc jockey, Will be master of ceremonies tonight and will present the new Miss Blytheville with certificates for prizes including Mrs. Henson Rites Held Services were held at 2 p.m. this afternoon at Cobb Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Anne Lucy Henson, who died Wednesday at her home at 700 E. Walnut. She was 70. Mrs. Henson was the widow of Elmer Henson. She had been a resident here for about 60 years and was a member of Mary's Chapel Baptist Church at Huffman. She leaves three daughters, Mrs. C. E. Adkisson, Mrs. Gene Lanham and Mrs. Jack Adkisson, all of Blytheville; Two sons, James Henson and Lyman Henson, both of Blytheville; And eight grandchildren. Conducting today's rites were Rev. Bert Thomas and Dr. Myron Dillow. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dick Ray, Pruitt Harrison, Jimmie Ray, Johnny Ray, Albert Ray and BUlStalcup, a $300 wardrobe and a $50 picture album. Contestants in the pageant were entertained at a luncheon today at the Drummer Boy Restaurant, which was attended by last year's Miss Arkansas, Nita Kay Vanhook, Arkansas State coed, and Mrs. Arkansas, Mrs. Martha Lequieu of Benton. A tea in honor of the young ladies was held later in the afternoon at Westbrook Cafeteria. The winning contestant will be eligible for competition in the subsequent Miss Arkansas contest if she is 18 or older and can qualify for one of the formal talent divisions of that contest, according to Dick Hefner, Jaycee c h a i r m a n for the Miss Blytheville contest. Miss Blytheville will occupy the position of honor in Saturday's Diamond Jubilee parade and will be official hostess in other Jubilee events, Hefner said. Meanwhile a junior counterpart, Little Miss Blytheville, was crowned last night at the high school. She was Tracy Lynn Fair, 3, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lenzy Fair of 410 E. Kentucky. Mr. Junior Jaycee, Danny Trimue, 3, was also crowned last night. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Trimue of Summit St. Contests were sponsored by the Blytheville Jaycettes. ;,-. -'X 1 . Finals will also be held tonight in the city's Jubilee beard- growing contest, during intermission of the Miss Blytheville See CITY on Page 7 GUEST — Nita Kay Vanhook, Miss Arkansas, will be a special guest at tonight's Miss Blytheville contest which begins at 7:30 in the Blytheville High School Auditorium. Death Ends Play COVINA, Calif. (AP)-Robin Dukett, 9, and Chris Connelly, 8, tired of their normal toys when they saw a big, empty cardboard box. The two boys ducked under the box and crawled from the nearby park onto a busy thoroughfare. The driver of a car that struck the two boys Thursday, killing Robin and injuring Chris, told police that he thought the box was just being blown across the street by the wind. He said he swerved, but was unable to avoid striking the box. The 17-year-old driver was not held. Bike Wrecked, Youth Is Okay Fate has hardly been kind to the Terry Lloyd family of 312 S. 17th, but Wednesday it did smile a little bit. On that day Ricky Lloyd, 15, was brought home in "satisfactory condition" from Baptist Hospital in Memphis, where'iha had been taken after a motorcycle accident Tuesday night. The young junior high school student is said to be recuperating "nicely" at home, with no bruises and lacerations of'tha face. But on Tuesday night young Lloyd had seemed badly hurt, lying unconscious in the parking lot of Shamrock Bowling Lanes after smashing into the building at full speed on'his new 1966 Honda — a gift that day from his mother. "The motorcycle's accelerator apparently stuck,", his mother said. "He'd had the bike since 4:30 that afternoon and he had the spill at 9 that night. There were 21 miles on the speedometer." But if the new motorcycle.— a premature birthday gift — ; ls a total wreck, Ricky will be as good as new, doctors say. The Lloyds haven't always been so lucky. Terry Lloyd, the father, had the misfortune last year of being in Louisiana and was working on the Mississippi directly in the path of Hurricane Betsy. In the aftermath of the hurricane, Lloyd's body was never found. He is presumed dead. luiiiiiiiiniwiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiitiV' Weotfwr Forecast Cloudy to partly cloudy and cooler this afternoon. Clearing and cooler tonight. Saturday partly cloudy and mild with showers likely north portico late Saturday.

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