The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 20, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, May 20, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS YOU 6B-NO. M BWTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72815? FRIDAY, MAT 20,1968 TEN CENTS 14 PAGES Lady Bird, Spring Smile on Park Mrs. Lyndon B. Jolmson sent congratulations, the sun was shining brightly, the temperature was rising and amid all this springtime superabundance, Blytheville dedicated Founders Park yesterday as the final item on its agenda for the observation of the 75th anniversary of the town. "Rapid urban growth has awakened America to the need for parks such as this where her people may pause and reflect and utilize their leisure," Leonard E. Church, director of an eight-state region for Urban Renewal, told a gathering of perhaps 75 or 100 people. In a telegram to City Beautiful Commission Chairman John R. Symonds, Mrs. Johnson sent best wishes and said the dedication of parks such as Founders js indicative of the fact that "America is casting its lot for beauty." Rev. Symonds presided over yesterday's dedication service and introduced Mayor Jimmie Edwards, who emphasized that "I'm proud to be here and pay my respects to all those who are responsible for this wonderful park." Church cited local leadership in Hie park project as "gratifying." Blytheville Development Council and City Beautiful collected more than $5,000 to purchase the fountain for the park. * * * Most of Urban Renewal's first Blylheville project, the Central District, will be completed within 12 months, Church reported. "Contracts lor the large drainage project will be let shortly," he said. "This park, which is a final resting place for the founder of your city — Rev. H. T. Blythe — is a tribute to Blytheville as a church-centered community. "It shows what happens when private citizens, non-profit organizations, local and federal government join in an effort for the common good." Also present for the ceremony was Dean Brown, Urban Renewal's area coordinator for Arkansas. Rev. Symonds introduced an array of local dignitaries, including W. J. Cupples, new acting U.R. director; members of the Blytheville Housing Authority; City Beautiful Commission members; City Council members; Chamber President Dan Surge and Executive Vice President Jada McGuire, and Mrs. Fred S. Saliba, widow of the city's first director of Urban Renewal. Also on the program were Mrs. James Mulhern, Mrs. Robert Butsch and a color guard from Blytheville Air Force Base Rev. Alvis B. Carpenter gave the invocation and Rev. Virgil D. Keeley asked for divine blessings on the park in his benediction. LOOKING AHEAD — Blytheville dedicated a new park' and looked back over 75 years of history yesterday at Founders Park. This young couple, who were among the onlookers, watched the dignitaries assemble on the platform in the background while the park's new fountain sent its spray skyward under a bright spring sun. The tots probably were not aware of the fact that the "future" so prominently mnetioned in yesterday's dedicatory messages belongs to them and those like them. (Courier News Photo) C.C. to Organize Political Classes "All politics are local. Where do you think the leaders of the nation come from? They were tocal politicians, who successfully ran for local offices," Tom McCann, district manager of the United States Chamber of Commerce district office in Shreveport, told members of Elythe- ville's Rotary Club yesterday. As a result of McCann's visit to the city (he met with the Chamber board while here), the Chamber will sponsor a course in practical politics. "We've ordered the material for the course," Chamber Executive Vice President Jada McGuire said today, "and we have just about enough (15) for the first class. We'll soon begin enrolling people in our second class." The classes will have breakfast meetings once a week. McCann suggested that the business community get to volved in politics. "Run for office. If you can't do that, help a candidate. Maybe you have some talent which he could use. And don't forget these candidates need money. You might help a lot simply by making a donation," he said. * * * The Chamber's practical politics course is to be non-partisan. It will attempt to explain how political campaigns are organized and will deal with such things as getting out a vote for a particular candidate. "You businessmen must be active in the political picture to bring our government more Second Patient Heart Dies HOUSTON, Tex. (AP)- Walter L. McCans, the second patient in Methodist Hospital to undergo a partial artificial heart implant, died today, the hospital reported. The hospital bulletin said, "The patient had developed complications in the past 48 hours. The probable cause of death was pulmonary insufficiency." The artificial heart unit was removed from McCans' chest Wednesday after it had functioned for 27 hours. Physicians said that during that time, the damaged portion of the heart had healed from the rest sufficiently to function normally without mechanical assistance. Marcel DeRudder, the first patient at Methodist Hospital to undergo such a partial artificial heart implant, died April 26, about five days after the operation. DeRudder, 65, of Westville, Paul Hughes To Head Lions Recently elected president of Blytheville Lions' Club is Paul C. Hughes, manager of Fann- ers' Soybean Co. Other officers are Max Logan, first vice president; Leon Jones, second vice president; J. G. Trieschman, secretary-treasurer; Russell Moslcy, Lion tamer; Jimmie Edwards, tail twist jr; Glen Homer and Newt Whitis, two-year directors; C. M. Smart, Jr., one-year director. Holdover director is Dr. Charlej Brock. 111., never regained consciousness after the operation and his death was blamed on probable rupture of the bronchia or the trachea. McCans, 61, was conscious shortly after the operation and apparently had been doing well although he was returned to surgery twice in two days for removal of chest fluids. Thursday's final Methodist Hospital advisory said, however, doctors were continuing efforts to halt a bleeding tendency in the chest. It said McCans, 61, a retired Navy chief petty officer from Woodinville, Wash., was returned to surgery and "a large volume of fluid was removed from his chest." It was the second consecutive day for McCans to undergo surgery for this purpose. The artificial heart implant was installed during a five-hour operation Tuesday. Tubes forming a bypass of the damaged left ventricle, the heart's main pumping chamber, were implanted. The tubes were attached to a plastic pump which remained outside the chest. Only the pump was removed during McCans' return to surgery Wednesday. In his initial operation Tuesday, McCans was given a new aortic valve — the one between the left ventricle and the aorta. The aorta carries blood out to the body. Hospital reports indicated he was doing well until midalter- noon Wednesday when an advisory noted some "pulmonary disturbance." A second trip to surgery followed shortly. in line with the traditional thinking. "Will you continue in your apathy, or will you choose a course of action?" McCann described the United States government as "not toe far from the big brotherhood of the socialistic countries."' "People think they can receive a gift from Washington. What we're asking is, do you approve? "Did these things happen because you supported them or because of your apathy?" McCann cites the high cost of Medicare, housing, farm, poverty, regional development and education programs. He said many smaller busi nesses may collapse under the weight of such talked - about legislation as the 35-hour week double time for overtime and the $2 an hour minimum wage Congress, he said, is indeed a rubber stamp Congress "and many say that we now have a labor government." What to Do With LSD? WASHINTON (AGP) - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and federal health officials are at odds on how use of LSD can be curbed. They also disagree on whether use of the hallucinogenic drug will increase. The Massachusetts Democrat said Thursday that unauthorized possession of LSD should be made Illegal. He complained that Public Health Service offi- cails are 'not unduly aroused" about the situation. Surgeon General William H. Stewart and Dr. Stanley F. Yolles, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, said they think the flow of LSD can be cut off under the Dangerous Drug Act passed in 1965 They said, contrary to Kennedy's prediction, they don't know that its use will continue to increase. "We are not sure this is going to expand across the country." Yolles said To this, Kennedy replied: "I'd be willing to wager that you are mistaken^" The exchange took place at a hearing of the Senate Juvenile committee chairman, Sen. Thomas J. Dodd, D-Conn, suggested that manufacture of the drug be made a felony It is now misdemeanor. Three Way Loser IX)S ANGELES .AP) - The bandit not only lost his shirt and pants but his loot too. Police said he was changing his clothing behind bushes when a passerby saw him. He fled in his underwear. iiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniinn LUXORA PLANS REMEDIAL CLASS Luxora schools will give "under-achievers" in the third through sixth grades a chance to break out of that category during a six-week remedial school this summer, said Herbert Smith, Luxora superintendent. Classes begin June 6 and will last from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Transportation will be provided and lunch will he served, including free lunch from those students who qualify, Smith said. Eligible for the school are students in grades three through six, with emphasis on those who were retained in their grade this year or who may be weak in one or more subjects. Those interested should contact Smith. BHS Senior Wins Award Robert Shaver, Blytheville High School senior, received a certificate of excellence from the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers during the ternational Science Fair which was held in Dallas last week. Shaver was one of the finalists in the international event. His exhibit, "Fossils as Indicators," used a display of fossils from the upper and lower Cretaceous formations to give a glimpse of life during that period. Shaver was one of 419 finalists from the .United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Puerto Rico and Sweden who exhibited their science projects at Dallas. He representd the affiliated Northeast Arkansas Science Fair at Arkansas State College, where his exhibit won first place. Dr. H.F.Hodge Dell Speaker DeH High School's baccalaureate services will be Sunday and graduation exercises will be Thursday, Supt. Roy Littlefield announced today. Rev. Jesse Bruner will address the graduating class Sunday night at 8 in the high school auditorium. Thursday night at 8, Dr. Harry F. Hodge, professor of education at the University of Tennessee's Extension Center at Memphis State, will make the commencement address. School Board Chairman John Stevens wil Ipresent diplomas to 25 graduating seniors. Principal Bob R. Cooper will make awards to distinguished students. , ANTI-AMERICANISM COLORS VIET RIOTS By EDWIN Q. WHITE SAIGON (AP)—Bud'dhists" revived anti-American slogans in a Saigon riot tonight and monks tried to pressure U.S. Marines to intervene against government troops in Da Nang, where rebel and loyal forces again skirmished inconclusively. The'crisis has built up over an election issue threatening to stall military action in the war against the Viet Cong and bring a possible reappraisal of the American commitment in Viet Nam. Premier Nguyen ao Ky says he expects to hold power at least another year; his critics want a quicker restoration of civilian rule. A crowd of about 1,000 Including screaming children, smashed windows, stoned police and exploded Molotov cocktail fire bombs in a march to Saigon's heart from the Buddhist nstitute. In turmoil resembling earlier Saigon demonstrations this spring for replacement of Ky's military government with a civilian regime, reinforced police squads drove the rioters back with tear gas grenades. The crowd had roared anti- American slogans and demanded Ky's ouster. ' * * * Buddhists in Da Nang asked hat Lt. Gen. Lewis W. Walt, he commander of U.S. Marines n Viet Nam, force a withdrawal of the 2,500 troons Ky sent to ihat hotbed of dissidence last Sunday. They wrote Gen. Walt hat if he did not intervene, 'we have decided to die for our 'eligion and bur nation and will destroy immediately the Da Nang airfield." It was not explained how the Buddhists, with their force of about 1,000 rebel troops and armed civilians penned up by government soldiers, expected o destroy the heavily guarded stratgic air base. Shooting erupted for the second successive day in Da Nang n the market place and in a nearby park where Buddhist-led students began the clamor for a civilian government in March, 'here was lighter firing also around the complex of three Suddhist pagodas where many of the dissidents were penned in >y Ky's paratroopers and marines. Ky's forces still made no move to take the pagodas, and he government's strategy ap- leared to be to bottle the rebels ip in their headquarters and wait for them to give in. On the war front, the U.S. 1st Air Cavalry battled Viet Cong main force units in tall -mountain grass near An K'he, 250 miles northeast of Saigon, for the fifth day. An American spokesman said the helicopter- borne Americans had killed at least 98 Viet Cong so far, captured 4 and seized 17 weapons. Casualties among the three battalions of cavalrymen pitted against the 350 or more Reds were described as light to moderate. Elsewhere only scattered small skirmishes' were reported. There was no indication the a heavy offensive to take ad- vantage of South Viet Nam's Internal discord. For the sixth straight day, monsoon rains and stiff winds brought the U.S. air 'offensive against North Viet Nam nearly to a halt. The Air Force flew no missions against the Corn- See VIET NAM on Page 3 City Manager Topic Of YR Meeting Here Mississippi County's Young) Succeeding Allison will be Republicans produced a couple I Rex Maddox. of terse announcements this * * * week: 1. They are scheduling a series of "town meetings", the first of which will be Tuesday night at 8 in City Hall and will feature Ancil Douthit, Little Rock's city manager, who will speak on the city manager form oi government; and 2. Ed Allison, YR chairman, is resigning to devote more time to organizing his campaign for the State Legislature. Maddox is a native of Ponca City, Okla., and is with Continental Oil Co., here .His wife is a teacher at Central School. Allison submitted his resignation at the YR's monthly meeting Thursday night. The Young Republicans took some pains to point out that their does sponsorship of Douthit not mean their endorsement b£ city manager form of government. "We are presenting this program as a public service for all the people in the county," a spokesman said. Douthit is a graduate of Texas Tech and was city manager of Hurst, Tex., (a suburb of Fort Worth) prior to becoming assistant city manager and director of finance for Little Rock in 1958. * * .*. In 1960, he took over as city manager. He'll speak on the form of government and then will field questions from the floor. NATO Plan Popular By HARRY KELLY WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional support mounted today for Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield's proposal that the United States consider pulling most of its troops out of Europe. Sens. Stuart Symington, D- Mo., and Thomas J. Mclntyre, D-N.H., two members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, endorsed the proposal in separate interviews and also voiced irritation with America's partners in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. "We're keeping our commitments and they aren't keeping theirs," Symington said. "I think it's a growing feeling in Congress that we have to talk tougher with these guys," Mc- lntyre added. Mclntyre told the Senate Thursday that West Germany's proposed sale of a $176-million steel complex to Red China symbolizes "the naive attitude of certain West European na- tions toward the very serious situation which now exists in Viet Nam." Consideration of the removal of U.S. troops "would make it abundantly clear to Western Europe that we can and Would withdraw out land forces from Europe — and put them to work in Suh Viet Nam where they are urgently needed to protect the lives of American soldiers who are already there." In place of American troops, Mclntyre said, U.S. Polaris submarines could be made ready "to bring the striking force of the United States to bear if Europe were attacked." Symington expressed fear that the United States is spreading itself too thin with worldwide commitments and is losing gold stocks while allies like France and Germany are building up theirs. He was unconvinced by two NATO specialists who warned at a Senate hearing Thursday against substantial reduction of U.S. forces in Europe. i Mansfield of Montana, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Cmomittee, has suggested that the lime has come for the West Europeans to shoulder the responsibility and pick up the tab for much of their own defense. This would allow the United States to reduce the number of its troops there to a "token" force, perhaps a single division, Mansfield said Monday. Niiiiiniiiiii'iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiihiiiiiiniNiniiini 1 Weather Forecast Clear to partly cloudy and a little wanner this afternoon through Saturday. Widely scattered showers and thundcrshow- ers tonight and Saturday. Highs today 75 to 85. Lows tonight 56 to 66. Highs Saturday in the 80s. Forty percent probability of showers tonight and Saturday. Outlook Sunday partly cloudy and warm with a chance of showers. miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitiniiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnniii

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