The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 24, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, May 24, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS «2-NQ. 69 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72815)' TUESDAY, MAY 24,1968 TIN CENTS U PAGES HUE REBEL COMMANDER SURRENDERS Rocket Scientist Killed COLUMBUS. Ohio (AP)-Police pursued links today between the execution-style slay ing of a rocket researcher and other recent killings. Officers said the .25 caliber gun used to kill Loren E. Bollinger, 40, had been identified as the weapon also used in unsolved slayings of two service station attendants during holdups last fall. Bollinger, an Ohio State University rocket scientist, was found slain Monday in a downtown building where he had an office. He had been shot five times from close range, from the rear and the side. His wallet was missing. Bollinger wrote a newspaper column titled "Man and Missiles." His final column, delivered t9 the Columbus Dispatch Monday while its reporters were investigating his slaying, was published today. A bachelor who lived in suburban Upper Arlington, Bollinger spent some of his time away from the university at the little office where he shared space with a rcording studio. Described as quiet and reserved, Bollinger was assistant supervisor of Ohio State's rocket research laboratory. He held assistant professor status in aeronautics and astronautics at the university, where he obtained degrees in 1948 and 1956. He had been on the staff since 1952. His weekly column was nationally syndicated for a time. Graduation Will Have Local Flavor Graduation exercises at Blytheville's two liigh schools will have a distinct local flavor this year. Mrs. Helen R. Nunn, a former city schools faculty member who recently received her doc- the commencement address at , . - - torate from Cornell, will deliver va or > houses > trees and P ower U.S. CONTINUES BACKSTAGE DIPLOMACY By EDWIN Q. WHITE SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) — The break in the ranks of the opposition to Premier Nguyen Cao Ky widened further today as the commander of the mutinous 1st Vietnamese Division in the Buddhist stronghold of Hue reportedly pledged his allegiance to Ky. Defense Ministry sources said Brig. Gen. Pham Xuan Nhuan wired Ky saying he was giving up his opposition. It was not clear immediately whether he also spoke for the troops he commands. Tht 1st Division provides the military backbone of the opposition in the northern Storms Rap Nation's Midsection By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Thunderstorms, high winds and scattered tornadoes slapped a large slice of the nation's midsection late Monday and the Weather Bureau says more severe weather can be expected today. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiininiiiniiniiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiinii BULLETIN The Ark-Mo Power weather station in Blytheville reported 3.02 inches of rain fell here last night to the period ending at 7 a.m. this morning. Illlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllilllllllllllll Thunderstorms, sparked by a cold front stretching from upper Michigan to central Texas, splattered portions of .the Great Lakes area and the Ohio River valley early this morning. Belind the cold front, cooler air spread southeastward into the north and central Plains. Although dozens of violent storms and twisters were re- jorted Monday, property damage appeared moderate and injuries were few. Funnel clouds touched down n Texas, Missouri, Illinois, and 'owa. For the most part, damage appeared limited to farms and rural communities. Among areas hardest hit was Astoria in central Illinois, where authorities said a tornado severely damaged a grain ele- Harrison High School Thursday night at 7:30 in the school gymnasium. Blytheville High School's seniors will hear remarks from two students — Douglas Smith and Martha Huffman — when graduation is held Friday night al 8 in the BHS gymnasium. Other students on the BHS program include Betsy Johnson, Faye Bunch, Clemit Wallace Liles, Jr., and Virgil Daniel Keeley, Jr. The BHS choir, directed by Molly Autry will provide special music. Supt. J. K. Williams will recognize honor graduates and Principal 0. B. Meador will introduce the class. School Board President W. H. Wyatt will award diplomas. Harrison will graduate 73 seniors. On the program will be the Harrison band, directed by Cecil Brown, which will be In concert from 7:30 until 8, and th'e Harrison Chorus, directed by Joe Williams. Leo D. Jeffers, Harrison principal, will present tiie seniors. TOWN MEETING IS TONIGHT Ancil Douthit, Little Rock city manager, will explain the city manager form of government tonight in the first of a series of town meetings sponsored by the Mississippi County Young Republicans Club. Tonight's meeting will be on second f'oar of Ci:,v Hall and begins at 8. poles. Civil Defense crews reported heavy damage in Murphysboro, 111., where hail, high winds and heavy rains raked the countryside. Winds up to 70 miles an hour swept southeastern, Wisconsin, and Madison recorded 3.57 inches of rain. Police reported one storm- related highway death. Four persons were slightly injured when winds ripped roofs off houses and bowled over outbuildings in the Watertown and Waukesha, Wis., areas.' At Cape Kennedy, Pla., high winds flipped two trailers, knocked in doors at rocket assembly buildings and inflicted minor injuries on six persons. Early morning temperatures ranged from 35 at North Platte, Neb., to 85 at Laredo, Tex. city. . It was the first break in the rebel front in Hue, the remaining stronghold of opposition to the premier. Heartened by its victory over other rebels in Da Nang, the military regime exhibited little outward concern over the continuing dissidence in Hue, 50 miles northwest of Da Nang. U.S. officials continued their backstage diplomatic role with contacts with the main figures in Hue, Thich Tri Quang and Gens. Nguyen Chanh Thi and To That Dinh, successively fired by Ky as comander of the army's northernmost 1st Corps. Ky's ruling junta showed its confidence also by assembling 1,000 civilian and army representatives at a political congress in Saigon to reaffirm its power. Buddhists boycotted the meeting. * * * With U.S. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge in the audience, the military chief of state, Lt. Gen. Nguyen Van Thieu, said once more the regime would carry out its promise of elections this fall for a constitutional convention. He added that the 10-man junta was considering a proposal to add five civilians to its membership. While Ky defended his mili- tary action against Da Nang a essential to preserve the nation, 400 Buddhist demonstrators marched peacefully before the guarded U.S.' Embassy to protest the crushing of the Da Nang revolt. The marchers included 150 robed monks. * * * U.S. B52s from Guam spearheaded the war against the Communists today by plastering a suspected enemy troop concentration of about 350 men 35 miles west of the South Vietnamese coastal city of Quang Ngai, but monsoon rains again curbed American attacks against North Viet Nam. Navy planes flew 32 missions and the Air Force only one. On the ground, the U.S. 1st Cavalry, Airmobile, Division reported killing 17 more Viet Cong in scattered actions in the central highlands, while the U.S. Marines claimed 28 killed around Da Nang and Phu Bai. U.S. 25th Infantry division patrols reported killing nine guerrillas 35 miles northwest of Saigon. Rather than a direct troop move like the one against Da Nang, the governmet appeared to be planning to cut off Hue from the rest of the country to starve out the dissidents. Loyal troops held positions around the old imperial capital. FROM PROVING GROUND TO BATTLEFIELD Under pressure of the Viet Nam conflict, innovations in military technology are moving from drawing board to battlefield faster than ever before. Crucible for the updated weaponry now flowing to U.S. forces in the field is the Limited War Labora- tory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. A few of the new devices and techniques rapidly developed there to meet the special demands of Viet Nam are depicted in this series of sketches by Army artist Spec. 6 Bill Dolan. Small Claymore-type mines linked electrically along the reinforced side of a truck provide immediate fire coverage in an ambush. Triggered from the cab, the "Claymoretres" spew steel pellets throughout the target area. Steel nets dropped over free tops create an instant landing point for helicopters in thickest jungle, ready for use within 15 minutes. A hoist raises and lowers troops and cargo. ' ' ' Conoco Host To Agrico Officers attending today's Agrico Chemical management meeting at Continental Oil Co. at Barfield include D'avid Bradford, Agrico president; Don Parham, executive vice president; Howard Olehy, senior coordinator, and Burr Schofield, administrative vice president. Meetings will lust from 8:30 a.m. to 3 this afternoon, at which time the group will tour the Blytheville plant. At 5 they will be guests at a cocktail hour and dinner at Ely| theville Country Club. A helmet-top microphone, picking up voice vibrations transmitted through the skull, permits crew chief to talk to his helicopter pilot through the roar of copter's prop. A deadly accurate twin-eyed optical rifle sight superimposing cross hairs on the target image does away with froiit and rear sight alignment. A sniper directional alert flashes a warning light in a helicopter cockpit when a shot-detecting shield on the bottom of a helicopter spots ground fire. From. Old River, La, to Camden State's 'Other River Project By GORDON BROWN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP)- While; be open for navigation by I March 1972 and the Gallon Lock September 1972. the Arkansas River navigation When completed the Jones- project, due to be completed by 1970, has attracted the most attention, Arkansas has another large navigation project which likewise is .nearing completion. This is the 9-foot navigation channel under way on the Qua- chita-Black rivers extending :rom Old River, La., upstream 382 miles to Camden, Ark. Under the construction schedule outlined by Army Engineers, the Ouachita channel is to be finished and ready for use throughout its entire length by late 1972. The project involves the construction of four large locks and Jams, two in Louisiana and two n Arkansas. The Jonesville and Columbia locks and dams, which are in Louisianna, are to be completed and open for navigation by June, 1970. The Felsenthal Lock and Dam in Arkanui ii ilated to ville lock will have a 30-foot UK. * <> um b' a . a " 18 . foot lift, Felsenthal 19 feet and Calion 12 feet, for of 79 feet. a total lift Missco Gets OEO Grants Two Mississippi County Head Start programs were among 19 Arkansas projects approved today by the Office of Economic Opportunity in Washington. The county grants, with the name of the sponsoring organization, the amount of the grant and the number of children to be handled were: Mississippi County Economic Opportunity Commission, $251, 987 for 1,050. Osceola School District, $44,075 for 200. The channel is to be 9 feet deep and 100 feet wide for the 382 miles from Old River to Camden. Cost of the project is an estimated $87.4 million, considerably under the Arkansas river development program, estimated at $1.2 billion. * » * Theoretically, there has been navigation on the Ouachita Riv er for many years — 6-foot channel. But the traffic has been relatively small and there was a time, some years ago, when the stream barely supported the 6-foot channel. Traffic on the river's existing channel totaled 215,520 tons in 1957 and by 1964 had increased to 325,360. Sponsors of the 9-foot project expect a big jump in water traffic when the *ork is completed and have visions of an Indus- xial development in south Arkansas rivaling that anticipated for the Arkansas River. The budget for the year startling July 1 proposes (6.5 mil- lion for continued work on the Ouschita project. Sponsors are asking that this ge increased to $7.6 million. The House Appropriations Committee is not due to report out thfe Public Works Appropriation Bill, which will carry money for this and all other simi- liar projects, until late in June. Osceola Grabs Prime News Slot A story on.Osceola and Bill Alexander, Osceola attorney and civic leader^ is featured in this week's issue of the National Observer — one of the nation's foremost newsweekly publications. The story was written by Wes- !ey, Pruden, Jr., staff writer of the Observer who just returned from Viet Nam. Pruden is a former Little Rock resident who once worked for the Arkansas Gazette. The Arkansas River project involves a 9-foot navigation channel from the Mississippi River to Catoosa, Okla. It is due to be completed to Little Rock by 1968, to Fort Smith by 1969 and to Catoosa by 1970. A third navigation project in which Arkansas may have some interest is beginning to pick up steam. That is the Ried River project across Louisiana to Shreveport and possibly into Texas. This project has been authorized but never started. Louisianians are beginning to agitate for funds to get it going. Heat Wave Kills 30 BOMBAY, India (AP) Three persons and many cattle died Monday in a 10-day-old heat wave. Nearly 1,350 thatched huts burned down in parched villages around Bezwada City as the temperature soared to 120. The day's victims brought the beat wave death total to 30. Police Begin Hunt ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) — Bloodhounds from the state prison were flown here today to spearhead a massive swamp search for aman charged in a slaying. The fugitive was identified by Patrolman John Ledbetter : as Glenn Stewart, 30, of Marion^ formerly of the Curtis community 10 miles south of here, hear where the manhunt was concentrated. « Stewart was charged at Marion in the death of Larry Lee Schmidt, 30, of Marion after Schmidt's widow told police -at Sparta, Tenn., Sunday that.a man killed her husband then held her and two children captive for two weeks in swamps near Arkadelphia. Authorities refused to release Information about the manhunt for fear it would, help the fugitive if broadcast. "We know he had a radio,'.' said a police spokesman. "He may still have it. We don't want him to know what we are dor ing." • •-• ••--•. Ledbetter said the search started after Stewart was seen leaving the home of his father, Pearl Stewart of Curtis, about dawn today. . -.:.-, He said Stewart disappeared into the jungle-like Terrinoir Creek bottoms. Mrs. Schmidt returned to Marion today to help officers there assemble details of the slaying. Schmidt's body was found in the basement of the Schmidt home Sunday. Coroner Russell W. Lavengood ruled that he died of a stab wound in the heart about two weeks ago. Both Schmidt and. Stewart worked in a factory at Marion. Mrs. Schmidt told' officers that she escaped from Stewart near Arkadelphia while he slept in a car. Ted Null, Marion police chief, said the woman was returned "strictly as a material witness." The children, by a former marriage, Nancy Goodwin, 8, nd Jimmy Goodwin, 6, remined at the home of Mrs. Schmidt's stepfather and mother near Sparta. British Navy 9n Standby In Strike By GRANVILLE WATTS LONDON (AP) - Britain's loyal' Navy today awaited a -all from Prime Minister Harild Wilson to move into the na- ion's jammed ports and tow away strikebound ships. Wilson was expected to issue rders to the navy soon under a tate of national emergency reclaimed Monday by Queen Elizabeth II. But he assured the House of Commons that naval 'essels would not be used indis- riminately. "This is a highly delicate situation," said Wilson, "and we are going to be extremely careful about how it is hi.nd', d." William Hogarth, general secretary of the 65,000 striking seamen, warned last week that use of the navy as a strike breaker might result in a general strike of all workers. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiwiiiiiiiiiiiNiiiiiiiMiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiB 1 ' Weather Forecast Decreasing cloudiness and mild this afternoon. Clear and cooler tonight. Wednesday fair and mild. Highs today 76 to 80. Lows tonight mostly in the lower 50s. High Wednesday 76 to 82. Outlook Thursday fair and • little warmer. WIIIIIIIHUIIiillllHHllllllllllUlllllinUlllHllliin

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