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BLYTHE VILLE COURIER N EWS VOL. 62— NO. 217 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 1967 12 PAGES 10 CENTS McNamara's Resignation a Portent? Stepped-Up Bombing Due in North Vietnam? By BOB HORTON AP Military Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara's impending resignation from his key Cabinet post to head the World Bank produces a flock of questions ranging from war policy to politics. Among the most pertinent: —What if any effect will the resignation have on U.S. policy in Vietnam? —What are the implications for the 1968 election, in which President Johnson is expected to seek re-election and the Vietnam war appears a key issue? —Who will succeed the man who served as America's defense chief, longer than anyone in history? * * * Some Pentagon sources have long contended that McNamara wanted out of the job because he felt he was losing his bounce after nearly seven years in one of the Cabinet's—and the world's—most exacting posts. As defense chief he managed an institution with 4.5 million, em- ployes, an $80 billion budget and a nuclear capacity that could devastate the earth. * * * Those who express thai view say McNamara would have stepped down long since except for his sense of duty to a nation and a President embroiled in a difficult, widely unpopular war. They say McNamara stayed on so long only because he felt his resignation during the Vietnam war might have been interpreted as personal opposition to President Johnson's war policy. On the other hand, McNamara has never concealed his disagraament with those U.S. military chiefs and members of Congress who favor further acceleration of the bombing of North Vietnam. He has made it clear publicly that he believes the bombing, while useful, is of limited value and that the war's outcome depends on ground victories in South Vietnam. This year's stepping up of U.S. bombing of the North is viewed in some quarters as evidence that Johnson has begun to listen more to his military advisers than to McNamara. * * * Some Pentagon officials argue lhat McNamara's influence with the President has not waned. They point out McNamara has opposed any air attacks on Hai- phong Harbor's docks, and they have not been hit. Some are likely to see in the resignation either a decision by McNamara to leave Hie administration because he could no longer support Johnson's war policy, or a Johnson move to dump his defense chief in an effort to approach a bid for re-election with a new war policy team. * * * And there no doubt will be those who see McNamara's departure as heralding a stepped- up drive by Johnson to end the war as soon as possible by bombing North Vietnam into submission. V/hat appears more likely to Pentagon-watchers is that Mc- Namara simply no longer feels, after his long tenure, that he can bring the proper amount of vigor and fresh thinking to the job. A clue to many of the questions raised by the resignation could lie in the man President Johnson names to replace McNamara. Certainly, appointment of a person whose views on bombing of the North differ sharply from McNamara's will be interpreted by many as proof that stepped up bombing is imminent. Defense Chief Resigns By FRANK CORMIER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara, for nearly seven years manager of fee world's biggest military establishment, is re- siging to become president of the World Bank. McNamara's formal selection as $40,000-a-year president of the international lending institution will come Wednesday when the bank's 20 directors meet at its Washington headquarters. He will succeed another American George D. Woods. With President Johnson's approval, McNamara, 51, was secretly nominated for the bank presidency last week. The nomination was made by 'the United States, which traditionally plays the nominating role because it is the largest single financial contributor to the bank. Woods' term expires at the end of this year but he has an interim appointment to serve an additional year unless a successor is named earlier. There was no word on just when McNamara would take over, and so it could be early next year— or not for months. McNamara's impending departure immediately raised speculation that be would be replaced in the defense post by one of Johnson's closest political allies, Texas Gov. John B. Connally, a former secretary of the navy. But Connally, who recently announced he would not seek Warships, Jets Pressure Greece re-election as governor, said Monday there was no truth to such rumors. There had been recurrent reports in recent McNamara was months that anxious to BULLETIN LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller announced today that state Purchasing Director Sidney A. Kegeles will resign but will probably remain on the job to complete several projects he is currently working on. Kegeles, 51, former executive director of the Better Business Bureau of Pulaski County, was not immediately available for comment. liiiiiijiiiiiiiiiitiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiaiiiiiiiiisiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiraiiiiiii leave his Cabinet post, which has often demanded working days of 12 and 18 hours, sometimes seven days a week. A former president of the Ford Motor Co., McNamara has been defense chief since the inauguration of President John ,F. Kennedy in January 1961. No other man has held the post that long. When Johnson became president four years ago, he quickly made it apparent that Mc- ". . .TWO FOR THE SHOW" — Cadet Troy E. Thompson (right) helps fellow Cadet Woody W. Sigman get ready for Blytheville High School's ROTC unit's debut in tonight's Christmas parade down Main Street. The ROTC unit will be one of about 30 groups participating in the 7 p.m. parade. (Courier News Photo) Computer to Save Motorists' Time A $1 million computer in Little 1 as 1909, 1933, or 1941-lhe new (day ot the operator's birth Rock will save 950,000 state mo-;license will expire on the last torists much time as well as inconvenience, according lo Arkansas Revenue Departmenl (ARD) officials. Wednesday new driver's licenses will be mailed from Litlle Rock to state vehicle operators and Blytheville motorists will have only to ge to the state | _ renvenue office on the second \ g second floor at City Hall to get their new license validated. The license is void unless validated. The pre-printed form will contain the information ordinarily copied by a clerk at the revenue office and-if one's address and physical appearance have not changed-it will take but a minute to have the license okayed. If a person's address or physical appearance has changed, the ARD says, the clerk will jot down the changes, mail it to Little Rock and a new license with the correct information will be mailed. * * * The innovation marks the beginning of a staggered renewal system in Arkansas as well as the start of two-year licenses. Not all licenses will be issued for two years at first, theARD :ays. For example: If one was born in an odd-numbered year-such Nursing Home Personnel to Meet 1 Another in a series of seminars for nursing home'person- Namara and Secretary of State ne i w jn t, e conducted by Arkan- Dean Rusk were particular fa-| sas League of Nurses and the vorites of his within the Cabinet Arkansas Nursing Home Asso- he inherited from Kennedy. Iciation 'in Forrest City on Dec. 6 and 7. Mrs. Estelle G. Crafton (wife They became key presidential advisers managing the enlarged war in Vietnam. With Vietnam now a major item of public controversy and with a presidential election barely 11 mouths away, it was believed Johnson would have See DEFENSE an Page 2 = | Restrict Parking | | On Main Tonight | | Police Chief George Ford | § has asked that Blytheville's a 1 Main Street be cleared of g I parked cars by 6 o'clock | tonight. f _ "We'll follow the same g 1 procedure as 1 for all Christ- j i mas parades," Ford said. 1 I Traffic flow on and across t g Main will stop at about 6:45, 1 | he said. | ( The parade begins at g g Main and Laclede and ler- g 1 inmates at Main and Ninth, a month in 1969. This one-year license costs ?2. Those born in even-numbered years will get a license that will expire in two years-1970-on the last day of the month in which the motorist was born. The two- year license costs $4. Next year, the ARD hopes, all driver's license renewals will be done by mail. No more going to the revenue office. The motorist will fill out the form he receives, send it and a check for the fee to Little Rock and wait for his new license to come through the mail. But for at least one more year, it's back to the revenue office- iBliliiiillliiliiiiliiiiiilliililllllllllllliilllllllllllBllllllllllllllllSB I f°r just a few minutes. By ALEX EFTY Associated Press Writer NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) Turkish warships circled off the Cyprus coast for two hours today, then disappeared in a fog. In Athens, a Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman said the crisis between Greece and Turkey over this island will be clarified before the day is out with either an agreement or possible war. The statement was made as all three international negotiators striving to get Greece and Turkey together assembled in Athens with reports on their talks in Ankara and in Cyprus. The ships remained off the resort of Kyrenia for about two hours, their arrival set off fears that a Turkish invasion of Cyprus was imminent. But in Ankara, an informant said the ships were conducting "a normal exercise." He said they departed from the Turkish port of Mersin at 2:30 a.m. U.N. peace force observers at Kyrenia, 15 miles north of Nicosia, said between six to eight ships were within Cyprus' 12- mile limit of territorial waters. When the line of vessels appeared from the north, two Cyprus navy torpedo boats rushed from Kyrenia harbor for shelter in the lee a small island Doctors Lecture Governor on Alcohol LITTLE ROCK (AP)—At a news conference Monday Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller said his doctors have given him a clean bill of health and had advised him to get down to 220 pounds. Rockefeller was asked if his doctors had told him "to go on the wagon." "The doctor did not put me on the wagon but he lectured me on the relationship of the liver function and alcohol," Rockefeller said. beyond the breakwater. The Turkish ships steamed slowly toward the northwest, made a leisurely circle, headed back from where they came and disappeared out of sight under a light fog. The exercise appeared to be a new threat of force, to pressure Greece in the tense diplomatic negotiations with Turkey. The ships appeared on the horizon at 8:40 a.m. Shortly before two Turkish air force jets zoomed low over Nicosia and circled the city three times at low height. Ankara and Athens appeared to be near agreement on measures to avert a war between them over Cyprus. Foreign observers in the Turkish capital suggested that the naval ships were maneuvering off Cyprus to put pressure on the Athens government. Discounting the renewed fears of invasion, sources in Ankara said the Turkish flotilla consisted of six destroyers, two submarines and other smaller ships but troopships and other person- All's Quiet At Osceola OSCEOLA — The only way things could have been quieter at the City Council meeting last night was if there had been no meeting. In an unheard of (at least in recent months) one-hour meeting, the Council only mentioned its electric power problems in passing. Last week they agreed to hire Russell Caywood of Pennsylvania, described as an expert on electric power rates, to examine their contract with Southwest Power Administration and one proposed by Arkansas Power & Light Company. The contract he calls best, the Council now says, is the one the city will accept. Electric power was mentioned, but in connection with the four year growth requirements of American Greetings Corporation Jim Richardson, supervisor at the city's electic power plant says Osceola's substation at AG CC Group Lifts Highway Gloom ByG. J. Drott Staff Writer You haven't got a prayer, boys he said. The state will never come around, he said. You're wasting your time, he said. Wise up, he said. It was the damp, chilly, dreary month of March, more ominously the ides of March. "He" was Sam Smith, district engineer for the Arkansas High way Department at Paragould. The "boys" were members of the Streets and Highways Committee of the Chamber of Commerce. ft was only the second meeting of the committee, and Smith had been invited as a guest to advise on procedures and possibilities regarding the group's goals for the year 1967. At its first gathering some 10 days earlier.the committee had outlined an ambitious program of former Blytheville resident. for tne year| yiz . over i lead Jim Crafton) is director of the s j gns on interstate 55 at the project. Yarbro turnoff, Highway 61 and A grant from the Medical Care Administration has made the workshops possible. road to the municipal airport; a I Department's priority list, widened Highway 61 within the ' Swniriiv HP aHrlpH. ihp rii city limits; perimeter roads to alleviate downtown traffic congestion; and, finally, a westward extension of the road on which the city incinerator is located to connect with Highway 18. The main item of business at this second meeting was the road to the base, and if this were not feasible, at least the widening of the present highway. Another proposal broached at the gathering was the request from Col. George McKee, then commander of the 42 Bombardment Wing, that ttie state install a signal light at the entrance to the base, where, he said, the convergence of several roads presenter a serious traffic hazard. Smith ticked off the various reasons why he thought the committee had little if any, chance to attain any of its goals. Of the city-base highway, he Highway 18 interchanges; a four said, it was within the state's lane highway to Blytheville Air | secondary road system and hard-surfaced therefore low on the Highway Force Base; a v Secondly, he added, the rights- of-way must be made free to the state, and the state must be satisfied that the city streets at which the highway would terminate could handle the volume of traffic from the four-lane road. A fourth important point he made was mat the slate would be most reluctant to spend $50, 000 necessary for a four-lane construction or even the $150,000 required to widen the road on|y to have the base phased out by the U.S. Department of Defense. Colonel McKee's request for a signal light was also given little hope by Smith, who thought the state would not approve such an installation for safety reasons. Moreover, be continued, installation of the signal light was the responsibility of the county, although state authorization was needed. As an alternate, Smith proposed that the state police be asked to have an officer to handle traffic during the peak hours. To this suggestion, County Judge A. A. (Shug) Banks countered that the installation of a light would be less expensive than having a state patrolman on duty at the intersection daily. Of the possibility of widening Highway 61 within the city limits, Smith said the state would never consent because of the costs of rights-of-way involved. The best course he could recommend was the installation of left-turn lanes at 61 and Main, but here again, it would be Ihe responsibility of the city to restrict parking so as to provide sufficient room for the thrce- lanes. Regarding the overhead signs on the Interstate interchanges, Smith read from the guidebook of the state Highway Dipart- menl a list of nine conditions necessary before the state would agree to the installations. Of the nine prerequisites, hardly one was met by the interchanges involved. The committee had requested the signs because it felt many travelers on the Interstate by- See CHAMBER on Page 2 has a recommended capacity of 4,000 kilovolt ampres (KVA), and will handle a 3,400 Kilowatt (kw) load, and yet this summer AG's demand was 5,088 kw's. The hotter a transformer gets the less efficient it becomes, Richardson said. So, by using fans to cool the transformers the capacity can be boosted to 5,100 kw's, he said. nei carriers remained in Hit south Turkish port of Mersin. Turkish air force jets flew over the island 40 miles south of Turkey for the llth successive day and for the first time appeared directly over Nicosia, the capital. Two RF84 jets flew over Ihe city at about 1,000 feet and circled it three times. * * ¥ As tensions rose again on Cyprus, U.S. special envoy Cyrus Vance flew Irom Ankara to Athens after an all-night session of the Turkish Cabinet, taking with him the latest exchange in tne Greek and Turkish proposals and counter proposals. The government of Cypriot President Makarios, the Greek Orthodox archbishop of Cyprus and leader of Ihe island's Greek Cypriot majority, said six Turkish destroyers and two other warships had been observed 15 miles off the northern coast of the island, moving in a westerly direction. They apparently were from an invasion fleet which the Turks had assembled on th» See TURKS on Page 2 wiiiiiniiiiiiiNiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiinn Weather Forecast Northeast Arkansas — Cloudy with slowly rising temperatures through Wednesday. Occasional light snow at times mixed with committee reported last j slect . end !"S. ! ™ m the west th > 3 ..,..,.„ , . evening. Ram likely Wednesday, night that in the next four years | Low tonjght 35 to 42 Hjgh ^ AG's power requirements will I nesday in the 40s. See OSCEOLA on Page 2 Dateline — November 28 — KENNETT, Mo. (AP) - Phillip Harpet, 27, of Cardwell, Mo., has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting early Sunday of James "Junior" Arnold, 40, of Paragould, Ark. Authorities said Arnold was shot five times at a restaurant on Missouri 25, at the west edge of Cardwell. The Dunklin County prosecutor filed the charge Monday against Harper. Dunklin County Sheriff Ray Scott said Arnold and Harpet argued prior to the shooting at a night club in Arkansas, a few miles away. # BUFFALO, Mo. (AP) — Two bodies found in a soybean field south of Buffalo may be those of two Montreal College students Who were hitchhiking home from a summer vacation in Mexico, authorities said. Montreal officials said Bertham Kidd, 20, and Marjorie Sharp, 21, students at McGill University, were iast seen Sept. 16 when they left a bus north of Mexico City. The Missouri Highway Patrol said clothing near the woman's decomposed body bore a Canadian manufacturer's label. The patrol said W. S. Cheek of West Memphis, Ark., recalled that about three months ago he brought two young hitchhikers from near the Mexican border to the Texas-Oklahoma line. BEN HUR, Ark. (AP) — Two o£ the four prisoners who escaped from the Conway County Jail at Morrilton Monday were captured near here late Monday night, leaving one escapee still at large. State Police said Billy Gross, 39, of Hattieville Conway , County and Lawrence Broussard, about. 34, of Louisiana wer« f -: captured near Ben Hur, which is located in the southeast corner of Newton County. f .• •• Trooper Deloin Causey captured Ernest Junior Maxwell,. : 29, of Pottsville Conway County Monday at Ozark after.: chasing him about three blocks and forcing his car to the. side of an Ozark street. The other member of the foursome Is Richard Tiner, about 27, of Benton. ; :

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