BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. tt-NO. M BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72815) FRIDAY, JULY 1,1966 TIN CINTS 14 PAGES Medicare Now Is In Effect By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The federal Medicare program started today in Arkansas, with all but 23 of the state's 109 hospitals qualified for participation. Seven hospitals received contracts from the Social Security Administration just before the program got under way. They are the Arkansas State Hospital at Benton Harris Hospital and Clinic at Newport, Howard County Hospital at Nashville, Pike County Memorial Hospital at Murfreesboro, Ouachita Memorial Hospital at Hot Springs, Branch General Hospital at Hope and the Verser Clinic and Hospital at Harrisburg. Meanwhile, a hospital administrator said the Health, Education and Welfare Department bad said that hospitals must assign all their patients to rooms without regard to race and can't allow a patient to transfer to another room on racial grounds. This comes under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which hospitals had to agree to comply with to be eligible for Medicare participation. John Gilbreath, Baptst Med- cal Center administrator, said the Little Rock hospital had been assigning patients to rooms without regard to race Since April 1965, but had been permitting transfers if a patient objected to sharing a room with a person of another race. (For additional story see page 14). MISS NORTHEAST ARKANSAS — Mary Camelia Rose, 18, was selected Miss Northeast Arkansas at the climax of a beauty pageant last night at Osceola. Miss Rose is the first in the pageant's history to receive both the Junior Miss Neark contest award and Miss Neark in consecutive years. She was junior miss last year. First alternate is Connie Smith, left) 19, of Blytheville. Charolette Green, 19, of Leachville was second alternate. Miss Rose is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Rose of Leachville. She will represent Northeast Arkansas in the Miss Arkansas Pageant this month. (Confer News Photo) ' Joint Chiefs Long Felt Need to Hit Oil Depots By FRED S. HOFFMAN AP Military Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The government's civilian decision- makers lagged monttis behind •the military chiefs in reaching the view that oil stocks near Haiphong had to be knocked out. The Joint Chiefs took the position that it was of the utmost importance to hit the petroleum stocks there, so that the truck traffic carrying man and war supplies to the Communists in South Viet Nam might be hampered. The oil tanks about two miles from Haiphong contained about 40 per cent of the total North Vietnamese storage capacity. There were 30 tanks above ground, ftree below ground and they held an estimated 72,000 metric tons. But the civilian leaders withheld permission to strike a* the oil targets so close to the main port city. Their concern was over possible civilian casuaties and damage to ships in port — including Russian ships whose loss might impel the Soviet Union into a bigger role in the war. Decision-making also figured Candidates Keeping Busy LITTLE ROCK (AP)-Frank Holt said Thursday night that as governor he could produce an extra $8 million for a stepped-up road and street program. And, he promised in a televised talk, there would be no increase in the gasoline tax or automobile or truck license fees. While his speech on transportation needs of Arkansas was a major political activity, other Democrats in the race stayed busy. -Jim Johnson said if he was elected he would establish a system which could raise teacher salaries $1,000 each, through an amending of the Revenue Stabilization Act. — Brook Hays announced that well - known entertainer Mitch Miller will hold a "Sing Along for Brooks" at Little Rock July 7. Hays headquarters Mid Miller volunteered his help for Hays because he Is a good friend. —Kenneth Sulcer expressed dissatisfaction with the hearing Into Insurance rate Increases and Gov. Orval Faubus' statement that Hays was the front- running Democratic candidate. Sulcer said the hearing, at Which i 21.3 jwr cent increase was overturned, was not really a hearing, but "an attempt to fool the public into thinking they had achieved some relief." Faubus' statement about Hays was made to "ease the machine label pressure from his top machine candidate." He apparently referred to Holt. Holt said in his speech that the extra $8 million would be used primarily for rural road improvemeut. He will present legislation to the General Assembly, Holt said, which "will authorize certain interfund transactions in the state treasury that wil immediately make an extra $8 million available." He said the plan would not jeopardize any state treasury fund, and he said it could be accomplished under opinions of long-standing approval handed down by the state Supreme Court. Holt resigned from the court to make the race. Holt also said that he would honor the true spirit of the Mack - Blackwell Amendment and cause the removal of any Highway Commission member guilty of using his position for personal gain or political purpose*," n Congressional testimony made public today. Gen. John McConnell, the Air Force chief of staff, told a Senate De- ense subcommittee May 9 that 'resident Johnson personally designates all major bombing argets in Viet Nam. The four-star general said the Joint Chiefs of Staff submit proposed targets "and the President either approves them or disapproves tbem. He takes the advice of, I guess, file State De- >artment aad other Cabinet >eople in coining to his conclusions." Officials told newsmen earlier this year that the risks involved n striking at targets close to Hanoi and Haiphong outweighed he probable gains. One of the risks mentioned was the possibility that Red China might react militarily. Apparently, fiiese officials iiave now reached the conclusion that the gains are worth the risk — or that the risk wasn't so jreat as once thought. In explaining some of the reasons for hitting tiie oil depots, Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara spoke Wednesday of heavily increased enemy truck movement and the improvement of the infiltration routes. Neither of these is a recent phenomenon. Repeatedly during the pre- monsoon period, U.S. officials told newsmen that the North Vietnamese were rushing sup- pies into South Viet Nam by growing numbers of trucks, even risking daylight convoys to achieve a buildup before the rains came in May. Saigon military officials said in April that about 200 miles of roads had been laid down in Laos in an engineering effort they said began at the end of the 1965 rainy season. The information en North Vietnamese truck traffic and Toadbuilding was known to senior civilian leaders here at that time. Yet *e key oil dumps near Haiphong and Hanoi were , spared for several more 1 months. Error Kills 5, Wounds 41 BOMBERS HIT FUEL DUMPS, CIVILIANS By ANDREW BOROW1EC SAIGON, Soutti Viet Nam (AP) — U.S. pilots smashed another North Vietnamese fuel depot today as they continued he air campaign to keep fuel :rom the tanks of. trucks hauling men and supplies to the Communists in South Viet Nam. A U.S. spokesman said Navy pilots put all their bombs "right >n the target area" in an attack on the Dong. Njiam Storage de- )ot 15 mQes; northwest of Hai- ong.;Haj|aJdii^:'contained an istim|ied'; : i4,0tlb : 'metric tons of fuel;* iW.^ ' On the ground, American In- 'antrymen pushed a badly bat- Bred Viet Cong unit back toward the Cambodian border after an ambush that backfired on the enemy 60 miles northwest of Saigon. A U.S. spokesman said American counterattacks, artillery barrages and air assaults killed nearly 300 of the enemy in the An Loc area. By late afternoon contact was broken and the 271st Viet Cong regiment was reported streaming toward its Cambodian haven a short distance away. Three U.S. fighter-bombers accidentaly jettisoned antipersonnel cluster bombs on a Vietnamese village today, killing five Vietnamese civilians am wounding 41, a U.S. spokesman announced. The spokesman Said American helicopters rushed the wounded to hospitals. The three F100 Supersabre jets were returning to the Bien Hoa base 15 miles north of Saigon after a strike. The spokesman said following normal practice Siey attempted to jettison their unused bombs in a dumping area set aside for this purpose but the bombs did not drop until after they pulled away from tht area. Today was the eighth day of raids in the past two weeks on uel storage facilities in North Viet Nam. Since June 3, attacks lave been made on about 14 different such stoarage sites in North Viet Nam, particuarly around Hanoi. Despite considerable adverse nternational reaction to tiie winnings on the doorstep of Hanoi and Haiphong Wednesday, the United States went ahead with its campaign to re- Industry To Visit Here Blythville will definitely be visited late this ummer or early in the fall by representatives of two large mid-western industries interested in locating here, according to Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice-President Jada MeGuire. McGuire said today he and John Watson of Ark-Mo Power Co. secured pledges from these companies, whose headquarters are "in the Chicago area," during an industry - hunting trip last week. The pair also had talks with an industrial consulting service hi Chicago, McGuire said. Death Stalks Family FAIRFIELD, Maine (AP) Three young children were found drowned in their rural home Thursday, in what was almost a duplication of a tragedy 12 years ago when their mother was committed hi the drowning of her first three chil dren. Police said they would seek a murder warrant today against the mother, Constance Fisher, 37. The bodies were found by the father, Carl Fisher 45, when he came home from work. In March 1954, he had come home from work, from the same job, to find the first three children dead. Both tunes he found his wife unconscious. The first time the children were 6 years. 4 years, and 11 months old. This time, the children were 6 years, 4 years and 9 months old. Mrs. Fisher was taken to Thayer Hospital in Waterville Thursday night, where she regained consciousness. A hospital spokesman said she appeared to ie in good condition. She was under police guard. Police Chief Frederick Gould said three pill boxes were found empty Thursday. He said Mrs. Fisher had taken an overdose of medication. He also said a note was found, but did not disclose its contents. Twelve years ago Mrs. Fisher attemnted suicide, officials See DEATH on Page 14 duce the flow of aid to the Viet Cong in the South. The spokesman said the Skyhawks, Phan- oms and Intruders from the carrier Constellation left a column of black smoke rising high nto the sky from the Dong bam fuel depot. During another attack, over he North Vietnamese Panhandle north of the 17th Parallel, enemy fire shot down an Air 'orce F105 "Riunderchief. The pilot bailed out into the Gulf of Tonkin northwest of Dong Hoi, and a rescue helicopter picked him up 40 minutes later. It was the 273rd American Diane reported iost over North Viet Nam. The Strategic Air Command's B52s staged three raids in South Viet Nam Thursday, twice pounding a suspected guerrila leadquarters near the coastal city of Quang Ngai and once hitting a Viet Cong concentration area in the Zone C jungle 58 miles northwest of Saigon. Other U.S. planes flew 384 support and combat sorties in the South, some of them also aimed at fuel dumps. A spokesman said there were 40 secondary explosions, indicating hits on fuel or ammunition. Four 7th Fleet warships shelled the coast north of Sai gon. Spotter pilots reported ex cellent results, file spokesman said. The action around An Loc began with a Viet Cong attack Thursday on a 700-man reconnaissance battalion of the "Big Red One" on Highway 13 about 50 miles north of Saigon. The enemy force was estimated at first as 2,000 men but the esti- League to Meet Blytheville Voters League meets Tuesday at First Baptist Church at 121 East Cleveland. A-film on gubernatorial candidates will be shown. The meeting is open to the public. HIGHER-UPS, FOR REAL - These are the five pilots who have been picked to start training for the manned orbiting laboratory expected to be launched in 1968. Photographed «t Edward! Air Fare* Bate, Calif., they, are, left to. right, Capt. Robert F. Overmyer, USMC; Capt. Henry W. Hartsfield Jr., USAF; Lt. Robert L. Crippen, USN; Capt. Karol J. Bohko, USAP; and Capt. Chirlei G. Pullerton, USAF. mate was reduced to 800. The infantrymen, in tanks and armored personnel carriers, ailed for reinforcements which mured in by truck and helicop- er. Before nightfall, U.S. planes lew 90 sorties in support of the nfantrymen. U.S. military men thought the Communists had miscalculated n attempting to ambush the leavily armed reconnaissance squadron. .'.".'" Lt. Col. Leonard J. Lewane of Haddon Heights, N.J., the squadron commander, said: "It surprised me that they would ry to take on an armored unit in those conditions." As infantrymen went through the brush country today, they ound more graves and bodies of enemy dead. U.S. casualties were described as light, though at least one tank and one personnel carrier were severely damaged. Tanks and airpower killed 39 Communists in scattered engagements Thursday invoving Liie U.S. Marines near Da Nang and Chu Lai, more than 350 miles northeast of Saigon. At a ceremony in Saigon, Lt. Gen. William M. Momyer assumed command of the U.S. 7th Air Force and became deputy commander for air operations of the U.S. Command in Viet Nam. He succeeds Lt. Gen. Joseph H. Moore, who has been named vice commander in/chief of Pacific Air Forces, with headquarters in Hawaii. Gen. William C. Westmoreland, the U.S. commander in Viet Nam, presented tfoore with the Distinguished Service Medal. County Hospitals Are Approved Three of Mississippi County's five hospitals have completed arrangements for full participa- ion in Medicare's health insurance program, according to talph Dugger, officer-in-charge of the Social Security Administration office here. These are Chickasawba Hospital of Blytheville, Osceola Memorial Hospital, and Shaneyfelts Tag Trailers, Register Boats State Revenue Inspector Otis Austin today spelled out the difference between boat registrations and boat trailer licenses joth of which are now on sale n the Revenue Department of- ices on second floor of City Hall. Only boats using 10 or horsepower need be registered. "Each boat must be registered with our office," Austin said, and our office will supply reg- :stration cards. For new boats, ;hese are $2; renewals are $1, as are registrations of old boats transferred to new owners;" Austin said boat trailers must bear a license plate, which will cost the owner $4.50. Austin issued a reminder that those desiring boat registrations and boat trailer licenses, as well as license plates for trucks, must first report to the assessor's office on the first floor of the court house. Registrations and licenses Issued for 196546 will be honored until August 1, Austin said. Regular office hours for tht Revenue Department here are 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The office wilt be closed tomorrow and Monday. Hospital of Manila. Medicare goes into effect today. Dugger said more than 6,000 hospitals in the nation have completed arrangements for the health Insurance program. No formal application is required for doctors' service coverage under the medical insurance program. All three Missco hospitals have nominated Blue Cross te serve as fiscal intermediary for the handling of Medicare benefits payments under hospital Insurance Dugger said. Blue Shield was appointed by the Social Security Administration to handle claims for services rendered locally under the medical insurance program. Dugger called for residents of the county to write, phone, or visit the office at 211 North Broadway,here to receive full information about the various Medicare programs. Telephone number is PO 3-1460. Jiily Fourth Picnic Set The Beautifying Club' of the New Bethel Church will sponsor a picnic on July 4. '•""• Barbecue ribs 'and chicken; fish, home made ice cream, cole slaw and drinks will be served. IIIMIMIIIIIlllllllllIinilllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllf Weather Forecast Partly cloudy and warm wttn widely scattered thundersbow* ers through Saturday. Highs today: 88-Si; lows tonight: 68-71 High Saturday: (Mt. Probability of ram: » percent today, h> creasing to N percent tadcht tonight and Saturday. For Sunday: little change.
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