The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 1, 1953 · Page 10
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 10

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, January 1, 1953
Page 10
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PAGE TEN W/YTHEVTU,E (ARK.) COUTUER NEWS March Tornadoes State's Top News Story of 1952 LITTLE ROCK W — Arkansas' blg«*c4 raws story of 1052 was Its wor»l tragedy In history — t!ie March 21 tornadoes which killed 121 persons nnd injured nearly 1,000 others. That "Blnck Friday" disaster easily lopped Hie list of Ihc slate's ten best stories seleclcd in n poll of The Associated Press' continuing News Study Committees, mncte up of newspaper nnd radio executives. Jt received the first place votes of all but one committee member. One member suggested that the tornadoes not only were the No. 1 story o/ 1952 but the biggest story ever In Arkansas. The White County area was hardest hit. Fifty dead were covmled In that section alone — most of them at Judsonla, The stlns? of death and misery also struck at Dierks. England. Center Point. Cotton Plant. Bald Knob, Trumnnn nnd Manila- Property di>mase wns estimated at seven million dollars. Swirling out of Arkansas, the tornadoes Ir.shed Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. The four- state death toll was more than 200. The only first place vote that didn't go to the tornado story ;vrcs given lo the Democratic primary elections in \vhlch Chancery Judge Francis Cherry of Joncslioro scored JL major upset by winning his way into the runoff pnrl then l">nt Incumbent Sid McMath for the governor's office. Tli a I story, which Included the 'Talkathon", Cherry's unJrjue radio question and answer campaign method, was ranked second for the year. HAO Was 3rd Third was the Investigation of BtAta Highway Depnrtment operations The Highway Audit Commls- •lon, created by the Legislature, conducted the first probe. It reported finding waste, extravagance and dishonesty in Department operations and was highly critical of Uie McMath administration. The JIAC. recommended that ihe Pulaskl County Grand Jury study its report and mnkc further Investigation. One Grand Jury disbanded after returning no Indictments in the matter. A new Grand Jury was formed nnd still has the matter under consideration. In an interim report, the eccond Orand Jury said about 1.7 million dollirs was spent on the, last two jrubernatorlal onmpnlgns and that it wai looking into any connection between campaign expenses and Highway Department operations. The fourth biggest story, in the opinion of the newsmen, were the forest fires which burned over more than 287,000 acres of limber, in- fllottng a total loss estimated at four million dollars. Accidents nnd Incendiarism were blamed for the ftrea, but their severity resulted from a severe drouth. That drouth and the large minority vote received by President- elect Eisenhower in Arkansas tied for fifth and sixth places In the poll. The severely dry weather, accompanied by prolonged heat wavefj, prevailed from June to November and caused crop damage estimated at 12 million dollars. As elsewhere, many Democrats hi Arkansas got behind the Elsen- hower - for - president movement.' This state gave the general the largest vote it over accorded n Republican presidential candidate — 177,155. Democrat Adlat Sleven- eon carried the Democratic stronghold with 226,300 votes. The case of multiple slayer Tuck Bishop was In the news almost the entire year and was ranked as ttie seventh best story. Bishop, who wns serving n life sentence In the Arkansas penitentiary for the 1943 slaying of four men at Springdale, wns released on a holiday furlough at Christmas, 1951. Ho didn't return to prison when the furlough expired. ' In April, Bishop was arrested In Utah and charged with the murder of two miners In a bunkhousc brawl. He was convicted and sentenced to death at his first trim. A second troll was ordered. Again he was convicted, but this time his sentence was fixed at life Imprisonment. While being held in Utah Bishop claimed he had paid for nn extended furlough from the Arkansas prison. The claim became an Issue 5n the Arkansas gubernatorial campaign. A PulasM County Grand Jury Investigated Bishop's statement and reported that it was a boax. Tied for the eighth nnd ninth positions were tho $285,000 bank Kliortniic nt Dlerks and the "great debate" between Cherry and Mc- Mntl). Discrepancies In accounts of the Bank of Dlerks wore disclosed in August. The assistant cashier of Ihc bank, Mrs. Opal Slmmlngton, (s (o go before a Federal Grand Jury at Ft. Smith next month on a federal complaint charging her wlili falsifying accounts. She denies laking any of the money. The money hasn't been found and Mrs. Simmlngton has indicated she will tell the Jury "the truth of what happened." "Great Debate" The "Krent debate" occurred at Helena during the runoff primary campaign when McMath harged In on Cherry's talkathon. The governor's appearance was a complete surprise despite Cherry's repeated invitations to McMnth. The two candidates engaged in a bitter 40- minute liatttc of words. Rounding out the top ten stories of Ihc year, In the opinion of the editors, was Ihe University of Ark- niisns' disappointing football BM- son and the repercussions that fol- lov,'ed. Touted in September as contenders for Die Southwest Conference championship, the Razorhacks staggered through a season of two victories and eight defeats. The day hcfore the ilnal game. Head Coach Otis Douglne resigned. The lop news throughout December was the search for a successor. The ]ob wna all wrapped up and addressed to Paul (Bear) Bryant of the University of Kentucky and there was every Indication he would ncccpt, TJren, when the formal offer was made, Bryant startled University officials nnd the state as a whole by saying It would be "impossible" for him to take the assignment; that he would remain at Kentucky. The search was begun anew. NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION IN THE PROBATE COUUT, CHTCKASMWISA HISTJHCT, MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, Alt KANSAS ETATE OP CARL OEOflOE PAUL. DECEASED. Last known address: 108 West Kentucky Ave., BlythevIHe, Ark. Date of death: Dec. 6, 1352. Tho undersigned has been appointed administratrix of the above named decedent. All persona having claims against the estate must exhibit them, duly authentlcaierl, to the undersigned within six months from the date of the first publication of this notice, or they shall be forever, barred and precluded from any benefit In the estate. This notice published first on Dec. 18, 1052. Elva P. Poe. Administratrix, ion West Kentucky Ave.. BlythevIHe, .Arkansas Frank C. Douglas, atty. During Us lifetime, the average female sardine lays about 100,000 eggs. 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YOU'VE NEVER SEEN A TRACTOR TO MATCH THIS I Built-in Live-Action Hydraulic Syitcm, with Constant Draft Control, Implement Position Control and Manual Touch Control • Provision for « compiets range of remote hydraulic cylinder* application* • Hy-Tro!, for extra fast hydraulic response • New lightning-fast governor • New weatherproofed ignition • New rotating exhaust valves • New live PTO* • 3-Point implement hitch • New streamlined, row- vision hood • New extra-sire differential and rear axle gearing • Selec-Trol* for hydraulic control of front and rear mounted implement! • A lot morel So Low in Price, Tool You can buy the new Ford Tractor at » typically low Ford price, thanks to 50 yeari of Ford experience in building quality products by efficient, cost-»aving mass production. Convenient Term* AvaifaM* TRACTOR COBB TRACTOR CO. Osceola, Ark. Phone 959 FARM EQUIPMENT 1 )

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