The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 11, 1967 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, November 11, 1967
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 204 BLYTHEVILLB, ARKANSAS (72315) SATURDAY, NOVEMBER H, 1967 10 PAGES 10 CENTS Dateline — November 11"" ABOARD U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (AP) - President Johnson, marking Veterans Day aboard a carrier at sea, challenged Hanoi today to meet With American representatives aboard a neutrarship on a neutral sea to talk peace. PHN.OM PENH, Cambodia (AP) - The Viet Cong "sym- ''""""• ' ' -#' bolically" turned over three captured U. S. sergeants to an American antiwar activist today, and a U.S. document said the men had been through Communist brainwashing programs. They gave an apparently memorized statement of thanks to the Viet Cong and to Tom Hayden, who said he represented a peace committee led by Dr. Martin Luther King, folk singer Joan Baez and Dr. Benjamin Spock. But Hayden said after the ceremonies that Ihe prisoners were not in his custody. He said they were taken away in a car, but he would riot say where. a Asked if the men were free, Hayden said: "I believe so. "They are in the process of going home," he said. He added he would see them later in the day. The U.S. document concerning brainwashing was released by American officials in Saigon. In it, Donald Rochlen, a psychological warfare adviser to the South Vietnamese government, told of an interviewer with a ed defector who said he peronally took part in the indoctrination of two of the prisoners. # • HOLLYWOOD (AP) — Actress Jennifer Jones, found unconscious in surf at the base of an ocean cliff near Malibu, was reported improving today in Mount Sinai Hospital. "She's doing very-nicely," a hospital spokesman said. A son, actor Robert Walker Jr., was among her visitors. Sheriff's deputies said Miss Jones apparently had stopped breatlng but was revived by mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. In her stomach, the sedative seconal and an alcoholic beverage were found at Malibu Emergency Hospital, authorities said. She was transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital where six hours later she regained consciousness. Her physician said Miss Jone had telephoned his home and said she intended to swallow some plils. 18 AMERICANS, 98 REDS DIE IN LATEST DUEL E-DAY BATTLE STILL GOING By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP - U.S. paratroopers and dug-in North Vietnamese troops clashed fiercely today in a battle that left 18 Americans and 98 Communist troops dead in the ninth day of fighting near Dak To in the central highlands. The U.S. Command reported 96 paratroopers, from the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade, also were wounded in tiie day-long engagement. Communists ambushed a U.S. armored convoy in the same sector and killed five Army engineers and wounded seven in a 15-minute fight. The engineers called in artillery support and 13 of the enemy died under the ant Peter Arnett, noting that counterfire. ! November has always been the A battalion-sized unit of the U.S 4th Infantry Division —perhaps 500 men—operating 1 nearby also was reported in contact with enemy troops and exchanging fire with them into the night. The clash occurred as other U.S. soldiers probed a hill near war's bloodiest month, reports that fighting at tile onset of this year's fall dry season is more widespread than in any other year. "Initiative seems more important to the enemy than their casualties," he said, and quoted a Viet Cong political official as Dak To. North Vietnamese | saying in Cambodia: "Our loss* troops threw back a U.S. assault on the Hill Friday and American artillery, gunship helicop- ;ers and warplanes then raked the hill repeatedly. Away from combat there were two major developments es are not important. What was important at Loc Ninii was that See VIETNAM on Page 2 Water System Loan Approved A $345,000 plan has been approved for the Little River Water District Association. These funds will be used to construct a 40-mile water line which will serve about. 400 rural families, Bill Alexander, attorney for the district, explained. Construction probably will get started next summer. Agrico Turns Tables And Gets Good News If Blytheville civic leaders and other guests blushed bashfully yesterday at a dinner at the Blytheville Country Club it •was because they play the role of guest of honor so seldom to industry. At a small get together (which included County Judge A. A. Banks, Mayor Tom Little and a handful of others) Agri-. "If .you think that all weve co Chemical reported informal- ] been interested in is making ' ammonia, I guess you're right," Shook said by way of explaining the preoccupation of himself and his staff with things fiscal. Production of anhydrous ammonia out at tiie river plant is ly on how things are going out at Barfield and in return got a few bits of information from Banks. The meeting was the idea of Percy Shook, new Agrico plant manager who succeeded Mitch proceeding quite well now, how,-,". T _._u • ii__ ^_u over Rhivilr sfatRri Gambrell in the job. It Beats Me j i —by herb wight— i (Courier News Managing Editor) '"Why does the city allow a and certainly a better smell. private business to park on the city parking lot at the corner of Ash and 1st? Do they belong to Sam Black Oldsmobile? Anonymous, City. No, they don't belong to Sam Black Olds. They belong to American Quality Coach Company. Even though the presence of the eight vehicles violates tha reason for building the lot- giving shoppers a place to park —the city intends to let the cars sit until American Quality Coach gets into its new building—about- Dec.l—or until the city comes up with an ordinance saying its wrong. The above information comes from the mayor. He says the company pays the city a dime a day for each car. Who gave them permission to put their vehicles on the lot? "Nobody I guess," Little said. So, if you're a Saturday shopper and are trying to get a parking place ... you'll just have to circle the block until Dec.l or until the city gets up an ordinance regulating use of the lot. Three weeks ago this column carried a report on raw sewage : bubbling out of a manhole on Grandview Street and running down the gutter for about a block before emptying into a drainage ditch. Residents of the street said they had been trying for about five weeks to get the situation corrected. Jack Buck, superintendent of the sewage disposal plant, said his crews would correct this situation! " Two days after the column was published, Mr. Buck's crew crews were at work. They fixed the sewer line, making • Utter view on Grandview.. • ever, Shook stated. "We're making 900 tons per day. Our rated capacity is 1,000 tons and who knows maybe we'll reach 1,100 tons. Shook said his Barfield plant force now is an experienced, efficient team. "I'll put them up against any similar group in the country," he smiled. Shook and his accompanying Agrico (asubsidiary of Continental Oil) retinue were in for a bit of good news. "I am going to guess Biat the Why will it take the city 60 days to order street signs for Martin Street or .any other street, for that matter? About a year-and-a-half ago the city j nE xt spring," Bands said, spent several hundred dollars Explaining that he could not today: In Saigon, South President Nguyen Vietnam's Van Thieu announced that South Vietnam would observe a 24-hour cease- fire for Christmas and possibly also for New Year's and Tet or the Vietnamese New Year. In Phnom Penh.the Cambodian capital, the National Liberation Front of tile Viet Cong "symbolically" handed over to an American pacifist three American prisoners of war. But after a release ceremony it was not known what became of the three: Sgt. Daniel Lee Pitzer of Spring Lake, N.C.; Sgt: James E. Jackson Jr. of Talcott, W. Va., and Sgt. Edward P. Johnson o£ Seaside, Calif. The pacifist, Tom Hayden, said he believed they were free and that they were "in tiie process of going home." Hayden said he represented an American peace committee. Johnson was said to be ill with dysentery and did not attend the ceremony. A U.S. report said the three had undergone Communist brainwashing programs. Monsoon rains sharply curtailed the air war .over the North but carrier-based Navy pilots made radar-guided bomb drops on the Kien An airfield six miles southwest of Haiphong. Bad weather prevented damage assessment. And Navy Al Sky- raiders sank or damaged 23 Communist supply boats and barges 22 miles south of Hai- phon L The fighting in the rocky central highlands 270 miles north of Saigon, near where Cambodia, Laos and South. Vietnam meet, reflects the same enemy determination that cost the Viet Cong about 900 dead in efforts to sieze Loc Ninh last week. In eight days of righting around Dak To, U.S. officers State Highway Department will I said, 450 Communist soldiers start to work on Highway 181 have been killed. They listed to purchase a laminating ma- speak for the department, chine to make their own signs." | Banks said that it seems prop- See WIGHT on Page 2 | See AGRICO on Page 2 casualties among the 4th Division and 173rd Airborne Brigade as 49 killed and 175 wounded for the same period. Associated Press correspond- PRICE IS RIGHT—Since the city has no ordinance to the contrary, a business is being allowed to store its automobile on the city, parking lot at the corner of Ash and at. Mayor Tom A. Little Jr. says American Quality Coach will not be asked to move their eight autos until about Dec. 1 when the firm's new building east of Blytheville is completed. (Courier Newi Photo) Robinson Rites Set Mrs. Ada C. Robinson, age 62 widow of Dr. Clyde Robinsbn : died yesterday in Baton Rouge, La. Born in Blytheville, she had lived with her daughter and son- in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Winfre( Miller, of Baton Rouge, for the past four years. She was a member of the St George Catholic Church in Ba ton Rouge and the Immaculati Conception Catholic of Blytheville. She leaves one son, George M. Robinson of Baton Rouge; Three daughters, Mrs. Miller, Mrs. W. A. Stigall and Mrs. Paul Bishop, all of Baton Rouge; Two brothers, Ed Cable of Chaffee, Mo., and Lige Cable of Evansville, Ind:; Two sisters, Mrs. A. L. Richardson of Blytheville and Mrs. Louise Elam of Bermingham; Ala.; Twelve grandchildren, . one stationed in Vietnam; And one great-granddaughter. A rosary will be said 8 p.m. Sunday at Cobb Funeral Home chapel, with services 10 a.m. Monday from the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Rev. Joseph Doyle officiating. Burial in Maple Grove cemetery. Pallbearers will be Lee Richardson Jr., Kenneth Richardson Gerald Snyder, Jack Robinson, F. M. Miller, and Loyd Gates. West Side NSC Reorganization Set West Side Neighborhood Ser- MAN TALK—The young Gosnell student shown with Lt. Gov. Maurice (Footsie) Britt was a little shy about approaching the esteemed executive, so Britt took the initiative and introduced himself. Britt was guest of honor and featured speaker at Veterans' Day ceremonies held yesterday morning at the Gosnel! High School gymnasium. He read a letter from Vice-President Hubert H. Humphrey commemorating those who have served or are serving in the armed forces and castigating anti-war demonstrators. Britt delivered a brief prepared address. (Courier News Photo) Politico Special Nixes Elections To elect or not to elect ... "It's going to cost someone $3,100," County Election Commission Chairman Bill Wunderlich stated today. He was discussing the legislative position which was vacated earlier this year by the vice Center has a reorganiza-1 death of L. H. Autry. tional meeting Tuesday night in the Mississippi County Electric Cooperative building. Members to the center's Council will be elected at this 7:30 p.m. meeting. Following the election, a discussion of various office of Economic Opportunity programs will be held. "And if we elect someone, the chances are that they'!! spend about three days in Little Rock at a special session." Wunderlich had reference to the long - rumored special session which Gov. Winthrop Roc- eieller is expected to call. Attorney General Joe Purcell LBJ Calls For Unity ABOARD U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (AP) — President Johnson, touring many of the nation's military bases, has called for national unity to win the Vietnam war. He says the United States must walk a tightrope between surrender and "World War III." The President left the White House Friday morning,, flew to Ft. Benning, Ga., jetted across the country to visit with Marines and went to sleep after viewing naval exercises on an aircraft carrier anchored off San Diego, Calif. Although met by large and enthusiastic crowds, the President's words and mood were grave and somber as he viewed training exercises, decorated Vietnam veterans and talked of the testing of the nation's "hopes and beliefs" on the anvil of the Vietnam war. He said it strongest at Ft. Benning where he told Army men and their families peace will come more quickly "when the enemy of freedom finds no crack in our courage-and no split in our resolve—and no encouragement to prolong this war in the shortness of our pa- .ience or the sharpness of our tongues." In California, he helped Marines celebrate the 192nd anniversary of the founding of their service—first at El Toro Marine Station where his plane landed and later at Camp Pendelton, 3 miles south. Thousands of Marines and their families, gathered on the See LBJ on Page 2 sent Wunderlich a copy of his four-page typed opinion on the matter of the special election. Purcell admits that the mass of Arkansas laws dealing with such matters is confusing ... even for an attorney general. However, in esence, Purcell ruled that either ,a general election or a primary election may he held. "If we had a primary," Wun- derlicb commented, "the candidates would have to come up with ?3,100 in filing fees to pay for it. "If we had a general election, the county would have to bottoms failing out of the county roads I don't see where it can afford to spend the money just to get somebody in Little Rock for a few days." Purcell advised Rockefeller "In fact, I don't think we caS justify an election at all. If wa don't have a special session, tha money will be wasted. If we do, we migiit hare this legislator in Little Rock for only a few days. "But if we have an election, I'd want it to be general ... not a primary, because that would double or triple the cost." Little Named To State Board Mayor Tom A. Little Jr. has been selected to serve on the executive committee of the Arkansas Municipal League for the year 1967-68. The committee is composed of four members from each of the five League districts throughout the state. The dis- „ . .... , . itrict which Little represents .is Aide Marion Burton the date ised o[ w counties in the to be determined is largely ^de- northeast quadran t of the state. pendent upon what course of action the local political parties choose to follow..." ........ Wunderlich, a Democrat, had this to say about that: j "Rocky never has asked the j Martin Is Elected local Democrats how they feel about this thing..." Evidently, county Democrats I and Republicans may have their separate primaries, if they insist on it. "We don't want one," Wunderlich said of the Democrats. Approximately 20 downtown Auto inspection Law Is Topic of Meeting The recently • adopted vehicle inspection law which becomes effective Jan. 1 will be explained at a public meeting to be conducted by the Arkansas Stats Police at 7:30 .p.m. Monday in the courtroom of the Blytheville Courthouse. The requirements will affect most new and used motor hides sold and registered within the state in the coming year. The inspection will include such items as horns, windshield room at City Hall Thursday afternoon and formally organized the Citizens' Advisory Committee for Urban Renewal. James Martin was elected chairman, with Felix Carney vice-chairman and Randall Hawks, secretary. The purpose of the organization will be to serve as liaison between the proposed Downtown wipers, window glass, mirrors | Urban Renewa | p ro ] ec t and tires, wheel alignment and exhaust systems as well as other operational traffic mechanisms of the vehicles. Local automobile deaders and automotive repair shops will be authorized to issue the inspection certificats. A certificate that the vehicle has passed inspection will be necessary before a licens will be issued. The meeting will be conducted by Sgt. Gerald Garrett and Trooper Glen Bailey. those who reside or do busines in the involved area. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiDiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiniiiiiniiiii Weather Forecast-I Partly, cloudy to clear tonight and Sunday, A little cooler..tonight, otherwise not much change in temperatures. Low tonight in the 40s northwest to the 50s southeast. ininiiiiiiiHiiiHiiiiiiiiiiiifflniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiHui

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