The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 9, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, July 9, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 6J-NO. M BLYTHEVILLB, ARKANSAS (T281B) SATURDAY, JULY 9,1966 TIN CINTS 10 PAGES Airline Strike Eased By GAYLOR'j SHAW WASHINGTON (P) - The Civil Aeronautics Board 'acted today to relieve air traffic congestion over the nation built up by a strike against- five; major airlines. The board approved a series of measures to increase service at air terminals where passengers have been held up by the strike of the AFL-CIO International Association of Machinists. , The relaxation of regulations affecting both scheduled and nonscheduled airlines was announced by the board as negotiations were resumed in the day-old strike that has snarled travel in 231 cities. The strike was called Friday against Eastern, National, Trans World, United' and Northwest airlines. The orders issued by the board will: 1. Give authority, to other certificated airlines to provide unrestricted service between points on their own route systems where 25 per cent of the number of flights were provided by the struck carriers as of July 1. 2. Permit the 13 nonscheduled air carriers to charter their equipment to the certificated lines, both trunk and local service, for traffic these carriers otherwise would be unable to handle. 3. Authorize nonscheduled and •certified carriers to agree to arrangements under which the gupplementals could carry passengers who hold tickets from the regularly scheduled airlines. The suonlemental carriers may not normally sell individual services. 4. Authorize the suonlemental air carriers t« carry individually waybil'ed careo on their military and commercial charter flights. 5. Authorize the carriers to hold discussions, lookins toward the leasins of eauinment nnd the rationing of route services In order to nrovide transportation In markets with the greatest need. In announdne Its new orders. the board said it had held discussions with the struck carriers In an effort to nrovide additional services for the coimtrv during the emergency. President Johnson *ad directed it to do what it could. Is Appointed A former Blytheviile resident, Mrs. Dean C. Leasure, was appointed this week as official court reporter for federal judge Gordon E. Young of Little Rock. Mrs. Leasure will begin her new duties on September 1. She was most recently employed by the court reporting firm of Ward and Paul in Little Rock and opened her own court reporting office in February. She was at one time secretary to several Osceola and Blytheville law firms. Mrs. Leasnre has three daughters, Mrs. Ira N. Koonce and Mrs. Jim Earls, both of Blythe- viile, and Jamie Leasure of Little Rock. Song Group To Meet Mississippi County Singing Convention meets tomorrow at 2 p.m. The meeting will be held in Full Gospel Church at Lilly and Vine. The non • denominational meeting is open to the public. Red Cross M«et Chickasawba District Chapter of American Red Cross holds its annual membership meeting July 18. The 7:30 meeting, at which time officers will be elected, will be held in chapter offices on Fecond SUMt STOUTHEARTED MEN— R. W. Raines, OEO field director, James Andrews; Manila school system federal program coordinator, , fanner J. R. Dobbs, and R. J. (Bob) McKinnon, temporary chairman of Manila's new .Community Service Center, met yesterday Just before turning the key in the new center to open it officially. Meetings like this became "de rigeur" in the last month, as Manila pushed its local "war on poverty." (Courier News Photo) Manila Leaders Join Forces with O.E.O. By Jack Baker Staff Writer When R. W. Raines and R. J. (Bob) McKinnon faced each other across a table in McKinnon's store in Manila yesterday, they admitted differences between them, 1 And then forgot all about them. Raines is a black man; McKinnon is white. Raines, as field director of the Office of Economic Opportunity here, is both government man and a liberal; McKinnon is a private businessman with more conservative economic views. Raines and McKinnon are friends, nevertheless. And what's more important, they are joining hands in an "Operation Bootstraps" .enterprise which they hope will lift Manila (and the rest of the county) into a new era. It all started several months ago — before McKinnon had heard of Raines or was even aware of the OEO's plans — when the Manila businessman circulated a letter among his friends sounding them out about a "central agency" which would coordinate plans for the city's economic and social future. McKinnon had in mand a plenipotentiary group able to coordinate the long-range plans of Manila's Chamber of Commerce, its city water and sewage system, its airport, an industry-seeking board, and low cost housing projects. He thought that maybe the city's Chamber of Commerce could hire an executive secretary to head the group.-But it turned out that neither the city nor the Chamber could afford such a man. * * * At about this time, back in the spring, Raines was laying plans for Community Service Centers in each of the county's communities. These were to be tied very closely to the War on Poverty and financed by the OEO office here. Their scope was to include programs to provide economic, social, cultural, and recreational opportunities for the poor. , Mr. Raines, meet Me. McKinnon. You fellows got a lot in common. When the two met this spring, they found that they did indeed ; 'have a lot in common." At a time when some members of the county's old guard were critical of the War on Poverty as a "gigantic welfare program," McKinnon saw it. in of his proposed "central agen- a somewhat different light. He reasoned that the functions cy" could be incorporated into the local Community Service Center proposed by Raines. "After all," he says today, .our aims are so similar. What we have to do in Manila is fight poverty, and that's what the OEO is charged with doing. So why not join forces?" Join forces they did. Yesterday Manila's Community 8*j> vice;Center ,the county's first, opened its door in a Main St. building, with Bob McKinnon as temporary chairman. Main St. is just where this center belongs, in more than the geographic sense. McKinnon has enlisted the services of many of the town's business and civic leaders in order to effect the center's programs. The center—to use the cliche —has "its work cut out for it." It must attempt to revitalize a sagging human economy now niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiin BULLETIN MUIRF1ELD, Scotland (AP) — Jack Nicklaus won the British Open Golf Championship today with a brilliant finish to an up-and- down final round. •Illlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll subsisting on a reduced agricultural income which is bolstered somewhat by Manila's three industries—but not nearly enough, to McKinnon's mind. These industries—Richland Homes, a trailer manufacturer; Manila Manufacturing Co., which produces women's dresses; and Razorbacfc Fabrics; which manufactures aeronautical fabrics—employ a total of some 140 people. McKinnon estimates their total annual payroll at $600,000.) "We've got the same problem here that most rural towns have,". McKinnon says. "We've got a surplus of undereducated, unskilled labor who aren't needed on the farms any more. We're right in the middle of school consolidation problems, we've got ramshackle housing, and economically we're a 'tres petit Appalachia' (very little Appalachia)." McKinnon and Raines figure that what Raines calls a "human resources survey" is the first order of business. "By making a sociol-economic survey of the population, we Industry Meet Set E. M. Reyenold and R. A. Porter, co-chairmen of the Chamber of Commerce's Industrial Fund drive, have called a final meeting of fund solicitors for Monday, at 2:30 p.m., in the City Hall courtroom. Stressing the need to complete the $150,000 solicitation in order to purchase 150 acres of industrial property east of the city, Porter and Regenold asked for additional workers to help in a crash program to acquire the last $50,000 necessary to buy the land. "We welcome any new men who want to lend a hand. It's getting UU," Porter uid. will establish precisely what the human needs are here," Raines says. Next, the center will attempt through the county's new Cotto route unskilled laborers ton. Boll VocationalJSchool. to be .opened.'this iail ! iri Burdette) and to provide basic remedial education courses for adults, in cooperation with the city's schools system. "Basically what we're going to do for the,first few months of the program is find jobs for people who need them," McKinnon emphasizes. "We've got longer - range, more idealistic ideas that we'll try to put into effect later." One of these longer - range plans, which Raines insists may come sooner than anyone think, is the employment by his OEO office of a housing specialist, who will work with local municipalities in planing low-income housing. Manila has more than its share of dilapidated dwellings. McKinnon stresses that Manila Industries (the town's industry-hunting board), will have a much easier job of selling to do when Manila's human resources are rehabilitated. Beyond these general programs, McKinnon and his loyal allies have not yet formulated a specific scheme of operation. Eventually they hope, with Raines' cooperation, to employ a full-time local director (at $350 a month), an assistant director (at $240 a month), and a secretary (at $200 a month). Nine-tenths of these and other center expenses will be borne by the federal government—and only one-tenth remains for the city to supply. 'We think this kind of staff See MANILA on Page 10 Gl Ruse Routs 2,000 Viet Cong By ROBERT TUCKMAN SAIGON (AP)-A U.S. armored column lured a heavy Viet Cong force into the fire of waiting artillery, alerted warplanes and battalions of helicopter- twrne 1st ' Infantry Division troops north of Saigon today. It was the second execution of such reverse ambush tactics in 10 days. Contact was broken just before dark. Field reports said it was believed the enemy — a force of at least regimental size estimated at more than 2,000 men — was withdrawing to the northwest. That would be in the direction of the Cambodian frontier. A spokesman at a forward command post reported American units were setting up blocking force behind the Viet Cong in' an effort to cut off their escape routes. There was no Immediate report of casualties on either side. Couoled with the sudden flare- UD in ground ftehtins; after a 10- day lull, the U.S. command reported renewed aerial pounding of five oil installations in North Viet Nam. In the political field, a Vietnamese general court-martial disciplined five generals who coonerated with Buddhist dissidents in the spring uprising aeainst Premier Nguyen Cao Ky's government and sentenced them to 60 davs in prison. The chief figure forced into retirement was Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chahh Thi. a rival of Ky whose dismissal March 10 as commander of the -northernmost 1st Corps area touched off three months of nolitical turmoil. A U.S. spokesman said a Viet Cong force of at least regimen- size hit an armored column of the U.S. 1st Infantry Division which had been put out as bait ilong a secondary road near the Cambodian border. By prearranged plan, the spokesman said, U.S. forces mmediately flew in several lattalions of reinforcements by lelicopter and hit the enemy 'orce with pre-planned air at- ;acks and artillery barrages. The methods employed by the 1st Division forces were the newly developed "reverse am- Dush" tactics, used with success n the same area in Binh Long Province by the same American Toops 10 days ago. They involve sending an armored column along a highway as a tempting target for an enemy ambush, then hitting it hard with helicopter reinforcements, air strikes and artillery. The latest action broke out shortly before noon when, the U.S. spokesman said, the Viet Cong ambush force hit an American armored motorized column moving along a secondary highway 12 miles southwest of An Loc, and about 43 miles north of Saigon. The U.S. reaction force—helicopter-borne reinforcements, air strikes and artillery barrages—struck to turn the ambush into a trap of their own, the spokesman said. RUBBER BUGGY BUMPERS—Fourteen tons of synthetic rubber go on the front end of this new tugboat built in Marinette, Wis. The proboscis will help in the gentle handling of U.S. Navy atomic submarines during docking operations. Two Klansmen Draw Ten Years ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - U.S. Dist. Judge William D. Bottle sentenced two Ku Klux Klansmen today to 10 years in prison on conviction of conspiring to violate Negro rights. It was the maximum imprisonment he could have imposed on the pah- — Joseph Howard Sims, 41, and Cecil . Myers, 26, who were convicted Friday night. Four fellow Klansmen were acquitted of the same charges. Their attorney, James Hudson of Athens, said they would ap- )eal and he volunteered to rep- •esent them as court-appointed counsel. Bottle set bond at $35,000 each. The government had charged all defendants with forming "a broad conspiracy" to "injure. U. S. Victories Throttle V. C. Monsoon Offensive WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara said today the increased tempo of U.S. operations in Viet Nam in recent months has denied the Communists "the opportunity to assemble, sufficient forces to mount a monsoon offensive." McNamara, returning from a Viet Nam war conference at U.S. Pacific command headquarters in Honolulu, described himself as "cautiously optimistic" and said, "We're gaining militarily." But the defense secretary said it would be "impossible to predict a time" when the campaign might be brought to a successful conclusion. McNamara conferred in Honolulu with Adm. U.S. Grant Sharp, U.S. Pacific commander, who recently returr! from * visit to Viet Nam. From the Honolulu meeting camta MROrt that th« Viet Cong had been "thrown off balance" and thwarted in its efforts to mount a rainy-season offensive because of the growth of U.S. forces. McNamara credited recent gains in the war to what he called a "very substantial expansion" of U.S. forces in recent months to a total of about 280,000 men and particularly to the increase in the helicopter force to about 1,700 machines, giving the U.S. troops a swifter striking ability. As a result, McNamara said, Communist Viet Cong ambush tactics — so successful in the past—are now "suffering severe setbacks." He said the air strikes against vital oil supplies ir North Viet Nam "have been successful." But he said it is too early to leam whether the loss of oil supplies will cut back truck traffic carrying Communist sup- pies into South Vltt Nam, oppress, threaten and intimidate" Negroes including Washington educator Lemuel A. Penn who was shot to death in 1964. A co - defendant, Herbert Guest, was sentenced to two years in prison on four counts of selling "pep" pills without a license. He had pleaded guilty. Sims, a stocky, 41 - year - old machinist, and Myers,'26, a bespectacled crew-cut carpenter, were identified to the FBI by another Klansman as the men who fired shotguns into the Penn car on a dark and foggy road near Athens early July 11, 1964. They were convicted in the first of two back-to-back trials but their verdict had been sealed in an envelope since last Saturday. The all-white jury that convicted Sims and Myers returned a verdict of innocent for George H. Turner, 33, an employe in the maintenance department of an Athens poultry company. The 12 white men who tried the second case deliberated about 9H hours Friday before acquitting Guest, 39, a garage operator; James S. Lackey. 30, former manager of an Athens service station; and Denver Willis Phillips. 26, a mechanic. Lackey and Turner broke into broad grins as their verdicts were read. U. S. Dist. Atty. Floyd M. Buford, who had pleaded for six convictions, declined to comment when asked if he was disappointed in the four acquittals, but he added: "There is no reason to question the jury in anyway. It was my duty to present the evidence. It was up to the jury to decide the guilt or innocence. The jury has spoken." Biiford attempted in both trials to link the Klansmen to the Penn slaying and to other racial incidents in an effort to show they conspired to prevent Negroes from exercising the right of interstate travel, Hudson said it had nothing to do with a conspiracy. "Whoever killed Lemuel Penn killed him because they were mean," he said. "They weren't trying to violat his right to travel in interstate commerce." ATA Demand Blocks Merger LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Arkansas Education Association says one demand by the all- Negro Arkansas Teachers Association is the only irreconcili- able obstacle to merger of the two groups. The-two Arkansas groups have been told to merge by the National Education Association. The ATA is demanding that for three years after the merger Negro teachers be assured representation on all boards, commissions and committees and that the administative staffs of both organizations be retained. The AEA's official board said in a policy statement: "Such a demand is illogical and professionally and ethically indefensible. It contradicts the basic principle that participation and responsibility in professional associations shall be based upon the professional comoetence and achievement of the individual member without reeard to race: it infringes upon the rights of other members of the association; it Is an extension of the policy of segregation. The national organization has ordered merger of the AEA and ATA by this year. By late afternoon, he reported, heavy fighting still was under way in flatlands covered with dense jungle and bamboo thickets. ; Before nightfall, U.S. arid Vietnamese pilots had hit the Viet Cong with 66 air strikes. One pilot alone reported spotting 200 Viet Cong in an open area. As of late afternoon today the U.S. Command said it had hot received reports of casualties on either side. A few hours before the action, began, Guam-based B52 bombers pounded two suspected main base areas of a Viet Cong division only a few miles west of where the 1st Division troops were hit. One of the target areas was less than two miles rom the Cambodian border. Elsewhere, a U.S. spokesman said there was little ground contact. Vietnamese army head; quarters reported heavy ighting today that involved several South Vietnamese battalions 186 miles northeast at Saigon in Darlac Province. A Vietnamese military spokesman said South Vietnamese troops clashed with main force Viet Cong units estimated at 400 men in three contacts during the day. American pilots flew 30 sorties in support of the action. The South Vietnamese claimed they killed: 108 Viet Cong. In the air war, U.S. Air Force and Navy pilots flew 75 missions over North Viet Nam Friday and lost one F105 Thunderchief. The plane was shot down it miles north of Hanoi by antiaircraft fire and the pilot is listed as missing. : In a continuation of the 10-day old drive to wipe out the Communists' fuel reserves. Air i'orce pilots bombed three oil storage areas 31 to 62 miles north and northwest of Hanoi and hit a fuel tank plant 31 miles north of the capital city. Simultaneously, carrier-based *favy bombers hit an oil instal- ation and antiaircraft sites ona mile southwest of Thanh Hoa. U.S. pilots also kept up fiieir pounding of barges, bridges, railroad facilities and trucks. Over South Viet Nam, American pilots flew 384 sorties Friday and claimed possiby killing 15 Viet Cong. U.S. and South Vietnamese Janes also hit a possible Red itaging area for an attack igainst South Viet Nam's most important oil installation. Mili- ary officials bad feared the Communists would stage a re- irisal raid for bombings of fuel lepots near Hanoi and Hai- ihong. The massive aerial assault concentrated on a zone three miles long and one mile wide which military men consider a ikely springboard for a Viet long raid on the Nha Be Oil torage Depot near Saigon. The depot has all its storage anks above ground and is con- idered particularly vulnerable o attack, though so far in the war none has been made against it. The installation rests on a triangular site and is protected by wide moats on three sides. Officials feared an attack might come from the land approach on the fourth side This was the area nit by the planes. The Vietnamese government recently ordered all persons iving in the land'approach to move and anyone left there is considered an enemy. The zone s less than 10 miles from Saigon and the bomb explosions shook the capital. No special targets were -u> volved. Air Force spokesmen called the raid an interediction strike to prevent enemy concentrations. Rain* Kill Ten TOKYO (AP)^Tw(MUy torrential rains in southern Japan have resulted in the death of 10 persons, police reported today. Five others were, listed as missing and 90 were Injured. Police •aid 71 houses wer« dwtnyed, Wmther f oncost ' Warm and humid through Sunday with isolated afternoon thundershowers. High Sunday 95-102. Low tonight 70-76.

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