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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, December 19, 1967
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(Ark.) Courlw New» — Tuesday, December 19, 1%7 — Page Fivl "I hear they're spending plenty just to build new roads around the state. Well what for? I haven't even got a car/ Penniless People and Out IN AND AROUND •BLYTHEViLLE-H Mr. and Mrs. .Jewel Overlon I a son. horn Dec. 3. He has bcci and daughtcr.s. Sue and Mrs. | named Jimmy Joe. Joann Hanchett, and her baby, all of Memphis, visited Saturday with Mrs. Ethel Brittan. Mrs. Adcll Estep of Joncs- boro was dismissed Saturday from Doctors Hospital. Melissa and Kenny Prince, children of Mr. and Mrs. David Mr. and Mrs. .Jackie Uselton and family visited Saturday with her grandfather, Mariar Warren, at Keiser. Mr. Warren was recently dismissed from Osceola Memorial Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Belcon Vinson and daughters of Birmingham Prince of Little Rock, arrived j Ala., were called here Saturday Sunday to spend the Christmas due to the dcalh of her mother, holidays with their grandpar- Mrs. Matlie Bynum. cuts, Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher Marshall Tucker arrived home Higgins, and family of Sandy Saturday from Vietnam. Aftei Ridge. , a 30-day leave, lie will be sta- Miss Ann Nance, Mrs. Mary j tioncd in Colorado. Warren and Mr. and Mrs. Gene Mr and Mrs Herb Moorc and Thaxlon were among those from dail g|,tcr. Annette, of Spero. Blytheville attending the tuner-> ok i a . recently visited with Mr. al services of Mrs. Lena Welburn al Lake City Monday morning. Mrs. Wilburn was killed in a car accident. Mr. and Mrs. Gene Thaxlon recently visited with their daughters and sons-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Sallis and Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Kennedy. Mr. and Mrs. Lester McGnf- fey and daughters of Batesville spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Burl White. Also visiting Mr. and Mrs. White were Mr. and Mrs. Sharty Jcfferies and family and (First of a Series.) By TOM TIEDE NBA Staff Correspondent BOTTOM CREEK, W. Va. — (NEA) — There are some 250 residents living in pestilence and privation of this dilapidated coal community and a good many of them are of the bitter opinion that the place is well-named. Bottom Creek, they say, is the low water mark in United States society. It is 80 largely forgotten families living in 50 sagging shacks. It is a few dozen outhouses so overfilled that a convenient stream has been pressed into service. It is a pair of torn trousers per child and no glass in the windows. Bottom Creek is another era. Daily newspapers are rarely read here. Women wash with scrub boards. Wood-burning kitchen stoves are turn-of-the century vintage. The stark, dim, lianglecord light bulbs look like Edison originals. It's sad here. Almost sickening. "It's about as far down as a body can git," says one penniless resident on relief. "A man just can't sink no lower less he's dead and buried." Happily, Bottom Creek is not altogether typical 01 either West Virginia or Hie 13-state, 17,000,- OOO-populated Appalachian region of which West Virginia is the core. But neither is the community only a rare exception. Places like this—some even worse—blemish these far-flung hills like festering boils. This fact is, of course, no revelation. Appalachian poverty have been public record for 100 years. But what is noteworthy —or should be, at least to Hie taxpayer— is that the pockets continue to exist (even grow worse) despite massive transfusions of federal and state KOT MUCH protection, but a sure eye catcher is this "mlnl-ratncape" worn by a model at a Hong Kong fash- Ion show. Purpose of the show was to demonstrate the ability of Hong Kong's huge garment industry to create high fashion styles. money designed to eliminate them. This year alone the Wesl Virginia Office of Economic Opportunity will funnel nearly $30 million to fight poverty. State welfare and assistance agencies will kick in many millions more. Uncle Sam will top both donations with astronomical sums. Yet, in Bottom Creek anyway, hardly a dollar's worth of progress will be fell. "I hear they're spending plenty just lo build new roads around the state," says one, unemployed coal miner. "Well, what for? I ain't even got a car." * * * Indeed, the sophisticated plan- ping of state and federal poverty agencies fails miserably no small or large improvements to impress the really poor of Appalachia. Families without running water just can't comprehend the long-range programs of bureaucracy. A sick woman wants nearby medical help ... not the promise of developing commerce. A middle-aged, unemployed miner with silicosis wants a job . , . not adult education classes . . . Homeless nomads want shelters . . . not model city plans. "I ain't much on all the high falootin' programs," admits Mrs. Bill Mitchell. "I just wisli somebody would help my husband fix the hole in my kitchen floor." Here in Bottom Creek, the poverty needs are mostly all like Mrs. Mitchell's so fundamental as to possibly be incomprehensible even to dedicated poverty officials. • Ray Knuckles, 60, father of five, unemployed, on welfare, needs a pair of scissors to cut the hair of his 5-year-old boy whose locks are shoulder-length. • Roger Harmon, 22, uneducated, unemployed, needs some kind of new, warm jacket to replace Hie Army issue blouse he now wears. • Mary Elaine (not real name), 46, needs husbandless home from being chopped apart by firewood-seeking neighbors. • Gladys Johns, 45, a cook, needs legal assistance to fight an eviction notice from an al- ledged slumlord whom she has publicly criticized. Other Bottom Creek wants are more standardized. A once- prosperous nearby mine has been closed for 15 years, and 50-60 per cent of the community is .in want of employment. At least that many also need medical and nutritional inspections. Also clothing, home repairs, dental care . . . * * * In sum, the people of Bottom Creek need almost everything. When asked wiiat emergency assistance she covets most today, one resident, Pat Church, says: "Lord. I don't even know where to begin listin'." Despite this want, however, and the critical condition of Bottom Creek and its citizenry, are likely to result from eilher slate or federal aid this year . . . or next, or the year after. "Money helps," explains local poverty worker Ergie Smith, 'but it's not the real solution. "All it does is make the poor more and more dependent. What we have to do is begin to make tiiem less and less dependent." Smith's idea is not new. He's saying thai Hie poor should be- helped to help themselves. He's saying that Bottom Creek will improve only when poverty official realize that residents musl be motivated, not mothered. But how to motivate them? That's the rug. "Well," opines one Bottom Creeker, "some of them guv- ernment people might start by coming here and sitting in our outhouses at midnight, when the temperalure is 30 degrees. Then ask us what WE Ihink should be done." (NEXT: The Thin Green Line.) and Mrs. Louis Backoff and Mrs. Pete Dapkus, all of St. I and Mrs. Charles Jefferies and Louis. family, all of Poplar Bluff, Mo. Joyce Sullon. daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cloyce Sutton, was a paticnl recently in Chickasawba Hospital. j Mr. and Mrs. C. w. Pulley, | Mr. and Mrs. Harold Pulley j and Mrs. Mable Rose visited in | Tennessee Sunday. They were accompanied home by Mrs. Lizzie Privett who had been visiting her mother in Jackson. Mrs. C. W. Pulley received: Sacred to Indian* Plains Indians considered sacred both the peace pipe ceremony and the sources ol the soft, red pipestonc. Hostile tribes met in amity on the common ground of the quarries. RAY KNUCKLES, 60, father of five, unemployed and on welfare, is one of 250 residents living in pestilence and privation in Bottom Creek W.Va. Your Friendly Theatre OSCEOLA Last Time Today THE BIG MOUTH WED. And THURS. "AS FUNNY A MOVIE AS ANY AUDIENCE COULD ASK FOR!" N i Eveiyone wants to keep on repeating Lanrin's most famous Kent And you can so easily, when i you get it in the leakproof, ' jpillproof, KJjIlalU Natural Spray* dbpenter. Eau de Lanvin 6.00. Perfume 6.00. Also available in My Sin. LANVIN i ROTHROCK DRUG CO. Railroad & Main Downtown Blytheville QUICK QUIZ Q—What part of Kentucky can be reached only by passing through another slate? A—Owing to a loop or double bend in the Mississippi River, there is-an area of about 10 square miles in the .extreme soulhwest corner of Kentucky that can be reached from the rest of Ihc slale only by passing through a part of Missouri or Tennessee. word Tuesday of the dealh of her brother-in-law, Ellie Green of Tigrett. Tenn. Mrs. Lawrence Stabbs, Mrs. Dora Eubanks and Mrs. Jessie West are patients in Doctors Hospital. Mrs. 0. M. Mitchell is a patient in Baptist Hospital in Memphis. Mrs. Gracy Cates underwent surgery in Doctors Hospital Monday. Mrs. Barney Barnes was dismissed from Chickasawba Hospital Wednesday. Linn Richardson recently underwent major surgery in Chickasawba Hospital. Mrs. Ray Warren was admitted to Chickasawba Hospital Thursday and is in Room F-10. Mrs. Myrtle Morrow of Blytheville spent the weekend in Little Rock with her son .and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. j Wenlford Morrow, and their! family. j Leon Russell of Blytheville I recently was dismissed from Baptist Hospital in Memphis where he underwent major surgery. Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Dildine are parents of their firsl child, Three's a Crowd LAKEWOOD. Calif. (AP) — A subject listed as "Great Dane Doe" was in cuslody at Ihe sheriff's slation loday after hej became an uninvited third parly in a two-passenger sports car. Tony Bergeron, 21, of Lakewood, said he left a girl friend in the parked car at a service station Sunday. 'When I looked back, there was this huge dog in the car," he said. Bergeron squeezed in with the dog in the middle, drove to his home to get a leash and surrendered the lost dog to deputies. FAMILY RESEMBLANCE? Romina Power, daughter-of r the late film star Tyrone;' Power and actress Linda . Christian, arrives in Rome, from Israel wJicre she apr; pcarcd jn a movie, "The Five Days of the Sinai." .... African Baboons I A dozen different species of baboons roam Africa south of the Sahara. Being voracious : foragers, they even devour live scorpions, first tearing off the venomous stinger; and raid the; homes of bees lo steal honey from the combs. New Location MARTHA ROSE'S BEAUTY SHOP •10!) So. Second High Fashion Hair Styling and Coloring Phone PO 3-0550 We Will Be Closed Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Watch Tuesday's Paper For Our Big TOP MARK FABRICS SALE! 130 E. MAIN Wanted To fill lier stocking this Christmas with gilts from the New York Store's magnificent collection of gifts. Lingerie, hosiery, lovely sweaters a n d sportswear — all the pretty things she loves. All sizes a n cl colors available now. So shop now; shop leisurely; sales personnel and you have more time to make selections. Your purchases will he gift wrapped FREE. The New York Store 216 West Main •:- Phone POplar 2-2132 Blytheville, Arkansas DURING WINTER MONTHS. .Malinccs will start at 1:10 p.m. MONDAYS THRU THURSDAYS (exceptions: National Holidays & Advance Admission Prices). Special Adult Prices 1 to 4 p.m. 75c - Children 35c. Mon. thru Thtirs. After 4 p.m. Regular admission OOt: & 35c. Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Show conlinous from 2 p.m. Oflc & 35c. LAST TIME TODAY "SPARTACUS" — with Kirk Douglas (NC) WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY DOUBLE FEATURE (A-MY) PARAMOUNT PICTURES :•••«• A SPECIAL CHILDREN'S SHOW Friday afternoon, Dec. 22, starling at 2 p.m. and Saturday morning, Dec. 23, starling at 9:.')0 a.m. "THE WACKY WORLD OF MOTHER GOOSE" ADMISSION: SOc TO ALL (Watch Newspaper for Regular Programs Friday Night & Saturday.) The Ritz Theatre and THE GOODFELLOWS, will have the annual CHRISTMAS CARTOON SHOW on Thursday Morning, Dee. 21st. Show opens at !):J!(), starts at 9:45. ' Admission: CANNED FOODS and FRUIT. COMIXO SOON TO THE RIT7, FATHOM — With Raqucl Welch ROSIF. — With Rosalind Russell A Sandra Deft TAMMY Ik THE MILLIONAIRE — With Debbie Watson

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