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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, July 15, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE GOURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 10S BLYTHEVILLB, ARKANSAS (72815) FRIDAY, JULY 15,1966 TEN CENTS 14 PAGES CARUTHERSVILLE SHIPYARD - This there soon will finish the first river barge to aerial photo pinpoints location of the barge be turned out by the new company, construction site at Caruthersville. Workers ._ Sulcer Blasts Butler, Promises Suit, Race Gubernatorial candidate Kenneth Sulcer continued his slashing attack on Ben Butler last night, promising to file lawsuits against the Osceola mayor and to oppose him in this fall's may- orial campaign if Sulcer, as most observers believe, is eliminated from the governor's race in the Democratic primary. Sulcer, an Osceolan, made the pledges at a sparsely attended Jaycee fish fry here last night. Butler is supporting Frank Holt in the gubernatorial campaign. "Butler knew better than to mess with me," Sulcer said. "I told him and everybody else Siat if they were going to attack me, they better make sure i»i«!M«««in«^^ BULLETIN Ray Morgan, a spokesman for the Osceola City Council, which met in special session this morning to discuss Kenneth Sulcer's threatened suit against Mayor Ben Butler, issued this statement: "We of the Council are behind Mayor Butler 100 per cent. All of us do business with the city. In a small town we think it is inevi- able that this should happen." Butler jumps," Sulcer said. While chiding other Mississippi County politicians who have supported the Holt candidacy for a "lack of convictions," Sulcer said he would not charge them With dishonoarable intentions. "For all I know of Jimmie Edwards (Blytheville mayor) and Sheriff (William) Berryman, two of those who have rejected their home-county candidate, they are honorable men" * * * Butler is the only Mississippi County politician Sulcer has 70 QUELL RIOTERS ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD CALLED OUT IN CHICAGO their houses were clean." Sulcer last week attacked Butler as a "political puppet of the Little Rock machine." He accused the Osceola mayor of selling equipment to the city in violation of Arkansas! statutes. "Just this week the city of Osceola got a brand new fire truck for which they shelled out to the Ben F. Butler Company," Sulcer said. He said he will file a taxpayer's suit against Butler "before the election if he keeps attacking, me and probably afterward if he lays off. No matter wben, though, he's going to be sued." Inveighing against Butler as "a man whose soul is in Little Rock," Sulcer said he will "almost certainly" oppose Butler in this fall's mayorial election if he is not elected governor. "Osceola is going to get rid of Ben Butler. We're going to have a new mayor." Sulcer said Butler is "the personal puppet of Pete Raney." Raney, a former Mississippi Countian, is now a Little Rock broker and has been closely identified with the Faubus administration. "When Raney calls chosen to attack publicly. Observers tend to locate the Sulcer-Butler feud in the context of Butler's refusal to back Sulcer's candidacy for governor — a refusal, they say, which Sulcer regards as a personal betrayal. Contacted in Osceola this morning, Butler said he welcomed the possibility of a Sul- cer candidacy to oppose him. "No politician likes opposition but if it comes, it's good tha it comes from a man like Su' cer. I'm delighted." The Osceola mayor said h could not comment on whether the threatened Sulcer suit is valid. He admitted that he has sold equipment to the city, including the new fire truck mentioned by Sulcer, and said: "If I can be sued, then so can almost every member of the City Council. It's pretty obvious to me that Sulcer is bitter because no one in his own county will support him." * * * Sulcer also continued his attack on "the machine candidate and the two sidekick candidates," whom he identified as Holt, Brooks Hays and Dale Alford. He cited what he called "unprecedented scandals" in Little Rock, including recent disclosures of unauthorized pay raises for highway department employees, and hitting an alleged "million - dollar" over-charge on asphalt purchases by t h e state, a two-million dollar "personal spending fund" for Gov. Faubus, a "$20,000 giveaway to Harry Parkin for the Arkansas Horse Show," and "illegal collusion" of all kinds between state administrators and private contractors. Suleer said the state is "near bankruptcy." He compared the condition of Arkansas to that of Michigan when the Mid-Western state neared the point of bankruptcy a few years ago. "We're going to be absolutely broke if we let the machine put its candidates back in this year," Sulcer said. "I'm the only candidate with a chance who has no machine taint." Sulcer rated his chances of making file primary run-off as 'excellent." CHICAGO (AP)—The Illinois Rational Guard was called out oday as three nights of disorders on Chicago's West Side swelled into full-scale rioting with sniping, looting and exchange of gunfire between po- ice and lawbreakers. In the third night of rioting, ,wo Negroes -were shot and died, six poicemen including a captain were shot and more han 300 persons were arrested. Numerous civilians also were wounded. For the first time, the vio- .ence spilled into the daylight jours today. Police reported they were bat tling looters at two separate locations and police units at another location in the area sent out a call for more ammunition. Gov. Otto Kerner ordered 3,000 guardmen from 15 Chicago units of the Illinois National 3uard to the scene at the request of Mayor Richard J. Da ley of Chicago. They will back up some 900 policemen who have been assigned to the area. Policemen began carrying machine guns, shotguns, rifles and tear gas Thursday night in addition to pistols and nigh sticks, to combat roving bands of vandals, looters, and snipers The Chicago Transit Author! ty shut down bus and elevatet train service in the area and police blocked off most main thoroughfarces in an effort t stem the looting and gunfire. In one of the most violent in cidents Thursday night, mor an 100 policemen exchanged * lots in an hour-long encounter ith snipers in two high rise partment buildings. Police fi- ally moved in and cleared out oth buildings. Police filed charges today of onspiracy to commit treason gainst 13 of 20 persons arrest- d in the basement of one build- ng raked by race rioting. An officer declined to comment on the action except to ay the charges were being led as a result of a conference f police officials, the city at- orney, and ACT, a civil rights roup. The Negroes slain were a oung girl and a man. The girl, Roseland Howard, 4, was hit by a stray bullet and killed as she stood on a front orch during a wave of trouble n the area, which is about four TV DINNER HEATS UP QUICK Yesterday somebody not onlj fried an egg on the sidewalk ie cooked a teevee dinner, too It happened at L e s t e r Ed ward's TV Shop in Holcomb Mo. It seemed that the boys who congregate at Lester's,,hav ng solved less weighty world problems, turned their attention o the egg adage. A handy thermometer placec on the sidewalk registered 138 degrees, adding fuel to their 'ancy. But, not being men who tackl any problem with small - mind edness, the adventerous souls secured a frigid TV dinner for ;heir cook-out. As the true-life tale goes, both egg and dinner sizzled to a well done turn. Sam Robison Dies in L.R. Sam Robison, Lohokc ginner and farmer, died this morning in a Little Rock hospital. He was the half-brother of Hays Sullivan of Burdette. Mr. Robison also leaves three sisters, Mrs. L. H. Autry, Burdette, Mrs. Robert Lessenberry and Mrs. Roy Oamden, both of Lonoke. Services are incomplete, Only other speaker at last night's abortive rally, held inside the Jaycee building before a small crowd, was Lee Ward of Jonesboro, who is opposing Congressman E. Gathings. C. (Took) Charging that Gathings is "completely incapable of aiding his constituents," Ward said, "He is a man utterly lacking in prestige, despite his 28 years in office. Ward said, "There are 17 chairmen of the 22 major committees in the House with less tenure than Gathings. Why is it that this man, who boasts so of 8* SULCER on Page I Dot Germain Day Planned BIytheviile will have a Dor othy Germain Day and soon. "We want to recognize thi young lady for the wonderfu publicity she has g i v e n our city," Chamber of Commerc President Dan Burge said yesterday. Plans are being formulate now, Burge said, to honor Mis Germain with a dinner. luncheon o "Committee appointment should be completed by the firs of next week and we'll hono Dorothy sometime in mid-Au gust," he said. Miss Germain is the 19-year old golfer who last week wo the Broadmoor Invitational a Colorado Springs, who won th consolation flight at the Worn en's Intercollegiate Tourna ment at Ohio State and wh was a quarter • finalist in !h Trans-Mississippi tournament. "We would have the even for Miss Germain earlier, Burge explained, "but she'll b tied up with golf tournamen for the next several weeks." iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiBiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin SLAYINGS For a comprehensive story m the slayings of eight Chicago tudent nurses turn to page two. miles from the western edge of downtown Chicago. . She was pronounced dead on arrival at Mt. Sinai Hospital. .A pokesman at the morgue said ,he was shot in the head. The man, shot a short time ater, was identified as Raymond Williams, 22, of Robinson- 'ille, Miss., by Cook' County iospital authorities. He also was dead on arrival. . It was not known who firec he fatal shots, police said. Chicago hospitals said they md treated or admitted aboul 50 persons. Police said more nan 200 persons were arrested. At least nine Negroes were shot and wounded, police said Two policemen, including a captain, were shot in the back. Four other policemen were wounded by gunfire and two po icemen were injured by thrown mcks or stones. Three firemen also were injured as bricks crashed into their trucks as hey answered calls in the roubled area. More than 900 policemen were sent into the area Thursday afternoon in an effort to quell the disturbances which were touched off Tuesday night when police turned off a fire hydrant n a neighborhood three miles :ast of Thursday night's and this morning's unrest. Police said Williams and an other Negro man were seen ooting a store in the area ant were chased into an alley where Williams was shot to death and he other man wounded. It was the same alley where a Doliceman, Donald Ingrahm about 31, was shot a few hours earlier as officers attempted to find a sniper in a building. He was admitted to St. Anthony's Hospital in good condtion with a gunshot wound in his back. Among the injured was Polic Capt. Francis Nolan, watch commander of the Deering District, who also was shot in the back by a sniper early Thursday night. He was reported in good condition. Police cars raced from disturbance to disturbance along a four-mile strip with shotguns and rifles protruding from their windows. Police used the butts of shotguns to disperse a crowd of some 100 Negro youths on the corner of 15th Street and Kedzie Avenue. Up to 5,000 Negroes were on the streets. Some watched. Others wandered down the streets. Some looted. Looting was common. Police said that it consisted mostly of breaking shop windows and fleeing with small items. An early evening coolness and See RIOT on Page 2 FROM ANOTHER AGE?—Blytheville policeman Denver Johnson holds knee-cap and shinbone from a skeleton found yesterday in a ditch near Lost Cane. The skeleton (here obscured by shadows) was discovered by Mrs. Bryce Grant (kneeling, 2nd from left) and is believed to be that of an Indian who was buried possibly hundreds of years ago. Others inspecting the site yesterday were Sheriff William Berryman (left) deputy Herman Lane, and Mrs. Grant's daughter, Kathy.K Excavators will recover the skeleton today. (Courier News Photo). Bootheel's J.C Hopes Dampened By Herb Wight Staff Writer Last night's meeting of 17 persons interested in a junior college for the Missouri Bootheel got little accomplished other than talk. School superintendents, members of the proposed college steering committee, and other interested persons met at the Pemiscot-Dunklin Electric Cooperative building on Highway 84 hoping to establish boundaries for the junior college district. After much debate they decided to defer such action until it can be determined how much of New Madrid County should be included in the district. The group plans to meet again Aug. 11. Sparking the discussion was a report given less than five minutes after the meeting started by steering committee member Max Sturm of Hayti. Quoting what he described as a paragraph from a letter from the editor of the Sikeston Standard, Charles Blanton III, Sturm read, "We are not a damn bit interested in a junior college established in Pemiscot, Dunklin and south New Madrid County as we are planning one in this area to take in the whole Bootheel. So we do not feel we can use the junior college inior rnation." The paper from which Sturm read was not the letter but a yped copy. As Sturm noted, the implication is obvious. If action is not taken soon, a junior college may be estab- .ished in the Sikeston area and, Mrs. Ray Mann Dies Suddenly Mrs. Ray Mann of Osceola died suddenly in her sleep in her Osceola home last night. A former Blytheville and Caruthersville resident, she was 48. She leaves her husband, Ray Mann; Four daughters, Mrs. Bill Ray Millington, Tenn., and Lynn, Dennie and Rachael Mann, all of the home; Her mother, Mrs. E. F. Bio- meyer, Blytheville; Two brothers, Lloyd Blomeyer, Altadena, Calif., Gerald Blomeyer, Huntsville, Ala.; Two sisters, Mrs. Melvln Crowe, Walnut Ridge, and Mrs. M. C. Cook, Columbia, Mo. Services will be in First Baptist Church in Osceola. Other arrangements will be announced later by Swift Funeral Home. by a simple majority vote, Book ieel residents Would be forced o support, through taxation; a unior college located many miles distant. * * ¥ There was, however, another ly in the ointment for those smoother sailing. It was Portageville Superintendent Tom 'ark. His point of dissension: money. The financing bone of conten- ion simply stated is this: After the steering committee establishes, via a survey, that he need for the junior college exists, it must then establish joundaries for a district that has enough taxable property' to support the institution. •"••••; If the state board of education considers the proposal of merit an election will be held. : - : " According to figures cited at last night's meeting the additional tax levy will range from See JC on Page 2 ' ; iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiaiiiia Weather Forecast I '• Clear to partly cloudy, and hot through .tonight. Partly cloudy to cloudy and not so hit Saturday. Widely scattered thundershowers through Satui* day. Low tonight 70-76. High Saturday 92-98. /••£ a\

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