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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 118 BLYTHEVILLE. ARKANSAS (72815) TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 1906 TIN CINTS 14 PAGES BROADWAY BEAT — Mayor Jimmie Edwards, resplendent in his "L.A. suit," and Fifth Street Improvement District No. 5 commissioners Louis McWaters, Kelton Francis and Sam Black at yesterday's Broadway opening. (Courier News Photo) TV Must: Hogs, Birds Bids were received this morn- Ing at 10 o'clock by the City Council from prospective franchisees of a community antenna television service (CATV) for Blytheville. Mayor Jimmie Edwards promised yesterday that the name of the succsesful bidder will be written into the terms of the city's CATV ordinance, which will receive its second and third readings at the City Council meeting of August 9. "This is in order to expedite the construction of a CATV tower here," Edwards said. These were words surely welcome to residents of the city some of whom have been campaigning for such service for months. Edwards held out hope that construction of a CATV tower by the successful bidder will Fast-Moving Mayor: Where Action Is Yesterday was Jimmie Edwards Day in Blytheville. Unofficially. The day was so dedicated by an admiring and amused reporter who followed the mayor's energy circuit around town yesterday afternoon. The mayor looked like L.A. Clad in a bright red short sleeve sport shirt, a brown tie embroidered on it, and, of course, his ever-present hat, Edwards made a round of "checking-in" visits on various city projects. Down on Broadway, a street that, along with Moutrie, has " ... j • „ A,, Ulal, aiuliK WILII IUUULIIC, uaa get well under way during Au- und ^ rgonesextensive paving con . gust. Under terms of the CATV ordinance, the successful franchisee must have the system in operation within an 18-month period. The mayor left no doubt as to basic programming conditions bidders must meet in order to get the franchise. "The award of this franchise will go to somebody who can guarantee we'll get the Sunday Razorback football game playbacks and the St. Louis Cardinal baseball games," he said. This would mean that the system's operator would have to provide linkage with both Little Rock and St. Louis television stations. In addition, Edwards said, television reception from Memphis stations, including Channel 10, wll be improved by CATV. CATV service will be available on a subscription basis, Edwards said.. For a monthly charge, residents desiring the service will be linked to the proposed CATV master tower by wire, thus eliminating the need for home antennas. The city's ordinance prescribes also that the CATV operator must provide at least 12 channels capable of satisfactory reception and linkage to both UHF and VHF stations. Two Whites Held in Murder BOGALUSA, La. (AP) - Police have arrested two Bogalusa white men and charged them with murder in the shooting of a Negro. Charged Monday were Homer R. Seale and John W. Copling Jr., both 36. Police said they were accused of killing Clarence Triggs, 24, a construction worker, whose body was found last Saturday beside the wrecked car registered in the name of Seale's wife. Triggs had been shot in the head. Police Chief Claxton Knight said there were no racial Implications in the death but added that authortics were >•'• jstruclion in the last month, Edwards officially joined three commissioners of the city's 5th Improvement District in opening Broadway as a major north- south tiioroughfare; Edwards said 1,100 feet of Broadway have been paved in the last month, along with much of the 1400 feet planned for Moultrie. Pointing out that the paving work joins the north and south ends of Broadway, Edwards said, "We used to have a dangerous corner at Broadway and Moultrie, and, besides, Broadway gravel at tiie connection. Now we have concrete straight through." Extension of Broadway dictated a re-routing of the street on a curve so as to join the ends at Moultrie. Back in the city's 1964 Oldsmobile (recently blemished o n the back bumper by an errant laundry truck on Interstate 55) Edwards said, "The weather's been so pretty I just couldn't wait on all the work we want to finish. So I hired three new crews." * * * The mayor dropped in on construction workers laboring on a leg of the city's storm sewer between the Frisco Railroad tracks and Division. Leaning dangerously over the edge of the pit where construction was going on underneath, Edwards said, "That's good. That's very good." He said construction on the sewer line is proceeding at the rate of 40 feet of flooring a day. When completed, this leg of the storm sewer will be joined to sections on either end to be constructed under Urban Renewal programming. Hustling over to the Blytheville High School - Central Elementary School area, Edwards inspected paving work on 10th and Division that will tie in with later Urban Renewal paving. We've got to get this finished by September 1," Edwards said. Meanwhile the mayor has asked (and got) from County Judge A. A. (Shug) Banks a temporary tinulng fatoo." an intensive Invest-. gravel road on Division north lot Uu city limitf. Thii road forms an access route to the blocked - off areas near the schools. * * * Sometime later yesterday Edwards sat back in his City Hall office and delivered out of hand an announcement that the city hopes to have a ten-bus city transit system by September 1 — in time for the beginning of the school year. He said Charles Scheck, city planning aide to Dr. William Bonner at the University of Arkansas, will be in town today to help put together a final ap- plciation for the Department of Mass Transportation in Washington. "We'll determine (at today's will be, what kind of charge we ought to have, and the number of stops," Edwards said. Edwards said the application, when approved by the City Council at its August 9 meeting, will be subject to two or three weeks of processing in Washington before purchase of the buses can be made. ""Xs soon as we've bought them (at $150,000 — 2-3 government; 1-3 city'expense), we'll put them in operation," Edwards promised. All in all, the mayor put on quite a show of industry. But it wasn't over yet. Next he turned his attention to the question of Community Antenna Television for Blytheville (see ac- meeting) just what our routes companying story). Holt Continues Johnson Attack LITTLE ROCK (APJ-Guber- natorial hopeful Frank Holt lashed out at his opponent for the second straight day Monday, saying the election of Jim Johnson would mean educational chaos in Arkansas. Holt said that 10 years ago Johnson advocated closing of schools as an anti-integration neasure. Johnson, an avowed segregationist, said he would answer Holt's charges of the last two days later in the campaign. "It is important that we work to build bur schools in the way that we in Arkansas want them built rather than to consider closing them for any reason," Holt told a news conference. Holt said that Johnson's proposal of granting school district's funds in a matching basis to give teachers a $500-a-year salary raise "would virtually put many small districts out of business." "If some of the poorer districts were unable to provide the matching money, then the teachers in those districts would not get the raises," Holt said. "What a cruel penalty this would be to assess on our poorer districts." Holt said he is opposed to forced school consolidation and that he would vote against a proposed initiated act to require consolidation of districts with fewer than 400 pupils. Holt said he had heard a report that the President had endorsed him by telegram. When asked if he would welcome the President's appearance on his behalf, Holt said he would prefer to run his own campaign. * * * Holt said he thought party unity would be necessary to defeat Republican Winthrop Rockefeller in November. "My opponent cannot unite any factions of the Democratic Party," Holt said. But he said he would support Johnson if Johnson is the nominee. Johnson said Saturday that he would support Holt if he wins the runoff. Holt declined to answer questions from newsmen as to Holt's personal views on segregation. Holt said that he elected he would seek uncommitted funds that can be spent in areas of need, such as teacher salary in- reases. Holt's campaign headquarters announced that he would appear on four television stations tonight to kickoff a "Frank Holt Hotline." Holt is scheduled to answer questions telephoned in by viewers from 9-10 p.m. The program will be carried over two stations at Little Rock and one each at Fort Smith and El Dorado. * * * Johnson told a group of supporters Monday night that "panic has literally set in" at Holt's headquarters. "They see that the roof is falling down around their ears," Johnson said. "They are scared to death, particularly at the (Arkansas) Gazette, that people are going to stand up for Arkansas." He said Holt's forces were trying to instill fear in the hearts of the people by saying his election would cause riots. "There's nothing these people have to riot for in Arkansas," Johnson said. "They've gotten everything they ever asked for." Johnson said it was also ridiculous a charge that if he were elected that Arkansas would lose federal aid. "That's ridiculous," he said. "We're going to have our federal and Jim Johnson's going to fight for our share.. That's our money that we sent to Washington. I'm going to fight for just as much of it as I can possibly get." Johnson labeled many of the Methodical Murderer Kills 14, Wounds 31 By GARTH JONES AUSTIN, lux. (AP) — First he slaughtered the two who were closest to him, chronicling the deeds with macabre exact- Alone, he fired his weapons A Texas landmark, the libra- "12:30 a.m. — Mother already dead." "3 o'clock - Wife and mother both dead." Then he climbed with his guns to the highest place around, where the world — with all its pressures he said he couldn't understand — was visible as far as the eye could see, and where he was determined, as he wrote, "to fight it out alone." OEO Meeting Is Tonight Regional officers of the Office of Economic Opportunity will be in Blytheville tonight to assist county OEO functionaries with details in setting up some 12 communty service centers in various Mississippi County towns, including Blytheville. Tonight's meeting, which is open to the public, begins at 7:30 and will be held on the second floor of city hall. All phases of community action program will be discussed. Here for the meeting will be Thomas Mata of the regional OEO office in Austin, Tex., J. D. Hill, Arkansas OEO director, and Dr. Earl Evans, director of training for OEO in Arkansas. They are expected to explain federal guidelines for setting up tin varioui nrvic* Motto, with deadly precision for an hour and a half at the terrified humans dashing for cover on the broad campus below, and when it was finished he had killed a dozen more people and wounded 31 others. And he lay dead in his own blood in the bullet-pocked sniper's perch. That was the way police and eyewitnesses reconstructed the broad outlines of Monday's massacre at the University of Texas. The day's carnage left a total of 16 dead including the sniper and the unborn child of a woman he wounded who was in her eighth month of pregnancy. The sniper, Charles Joseph Whitman, 25, an archtiectural engineering student at file university and a former Marine, picked off his victims from the observation section atop the school's library tower. The terror ended when two policemen and a university em- ploye crept to a platform above the sniper's position and gunned him down at close range. Kindergarten Opening Set Blytheville Junior Auxiliary's Kindergarten will open in October and continue through May it was announced today. The free classes for preschoolers will be from 9 a.m. through 11:30 a.m. at the JA building on East Moultrie. Applicants should contact either Mrs. Charles Brock at PO 37555 or Mrs. Herbert Jones at POM744. ry tower is a slender, four-sided shaft rising 307 feet above the center of the campus. Its observation section, above the 26fii foor, commands a view of the entire city and the rolling hill beyond. Whitman, who qualified as a sharpshooter in the Marine Corps, dropped some of his victims at distances as much as two blocks away. Others fell on the broad campus mall surrounding file tower and lay untended in the 98-degree heat as Whitman kept rescuers at bay with his riddling fire. Police crouching behind trees and buildings answered with blistering rifle and shotgun volleys which left the tower pitted and marked. The gun battle lasted from 11:48 a.m. until 1:20 p.m. Posing as a repairman, Whitman had hauled to his perch on a workman's three-wheeled cart a footlocker containing his arsenal: Two rifles, one equipped with a telescopic sight; a sawed-off shotgun which police said he had purchased that morning; a highpowered pistol; semiautomatic pistol; a hunting knife. The locker also water, a plastic container of gasoline, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. When police identified Whitman after the slaughter ended they received a telephone request from the sniper's father- in-law to check the Whitman home, a small duplex some distance from the campus. They broke in through a window and discovered Whitman's !ffih,2I,itabb«dtod«itii. Then they went to his mother's fashionable apartment near the campus and found her stabbed in the chest and shot in the head. His mother was the estranged wife of C.A. Whitman of Lake Worth, Fla. Detective Lt. Merle K. Wells said Whitman had left notes at both residences revealing something of what he planned to do and why. "Pease do pinned to his mother's door. One note was left on his wife's blood-soaked bed, the second with his mother's body. Police did not reveal their exact contents but police reported that the notes said Whitman 'hated his father with a mortal passion," and that his mother "gave the best 2 Syears of her See MURDER on Page 14 A notice saying not disturb" was THE INN CROWD OUT AT ROOSTER When a recent burglary was reported, Bob Logan's Red Rooster Inn was termed the Red Rooster Tavern. Webster's defines a tavern as a place where alcoholic beverages are sold and Logan's contained a supply of food and Red Rooster Inn does not sell such nor does Logan allow it in the premises. However, Logan's semantic encounter may not be ended. Webster's gives "inn" as a synonym for "tavern." It further defines "inn" as a place where the public can find a night's lodging. Thus, the Bed Rooster Inn, really isn't an "inn" at all. "It's just a good restaurant," Logan waunariMd. poverty programs as being ridiculous. 'You're not going to get me up there shining some lackey's boots to get the money for them," Johnson said. "Many of those programs are immoral." Johnson did announce the appointment of Jack E. Adkins of Pine Bluff as co-campaign manager in Southeast Arkansas. Adkins, a former assistant director of education for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, is director of customer relations for the Ben Pearson Asphalt Probe Is Delayed LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The chairman of the Legislative Council postponed Monday night an investigation into asphalt sales to the state because it "might jeopardize the state's case in making recovery of alleged overcharges in sales to the Highway Department." Chairman Marion Crank said he announced the postponement after consulting with Highway Commission Chairman Wayne Hampton of Stuttgart. The council's Roads and Highways Committee was to have begun the investigation this morning with Atty. Gen. Bruce Bennett questioning witnesses from asphalt companies, the Highway Commission and key Highway Department em- ployes. He said the committee would keep abreast of developments and take appropriate action when it is deemed feasible. The Highway Commission said last week it would file suit against six major companies to recover $3.5 million. The companies were not named. Seven firms were given until Aug. 25 to answer a taxpayer's suit filed July 7 by Kenneth Coffelt for a Pulaski County resident. Three of the defendants had requested additional time to prepare their case and the request was granted by Pulaski Chancellor Murray 0. Reed. Normally such lawsuits would have been answered 20 days after the suit was filed. Major Cities Hit by More Race Riots By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Nebraska Gov. Frank Morrison returns to Omaha today to discuss what action might be taken to return peace to the city's North Side where racial violence has erupted for three straight days. Even as the governor planned the return, gasoline bombs hit balf a dozen stores early today. No one was injured and no serious damage was done. Some merchants stood guard with shotguns through the night seeking to prevent the looting which occurred Sunday and Monday. The fires, lootings and vandalism which took place in the predominantly Negro neighborhood early Monday resulted in the arrests of 24 adults and seven juveniles. Mayor A. V. Sorensen, after visiting the area, said city officials would not "tolerate any more of this." Morrison, who sent the Na tional Guard into Omaha during racial violence last month, was to meet with Sorensen. In Chicago, larger police patrols prevented another potential racial explosion in a Northwest Side neighborhood after 1,500 residents, mostly Puerto Rito RIOT <• Pa* 14 Co. Earlier Monday Kenneth Sut cer, seventh in the gubernatorial primary last Tuesday, announced his endorsement : ol Johnson's candidacy in the runoff. NOT HOMEMADE - Not just as he recalls it from childhood, but still good was Senate Minority Leader Ever rett Dirksen's verdict after: a long, cold drink of root beeiv He was presented with ::»-. plaque naming him "International Root Beer Lover (ffiBL) No.l" all part of the fanfare for National Root Beer- Week, Aug. 14 -:20. • ; MurderVictim Identified OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The director of the Oklahoma Crime Bureau said Monday' that a comparison of dental charts left little doubt that a body found near Ozark, Ark., Saturday was that of Kenneth Kienlen. Kienlen, 19, has been missing from his Del City, Okla., home since July 1 when he left to go to Little Rock to visit a girl friend. : 'We're satisfied that the remains are those of the Kienlen boy," said Earl Goerke, Crime Bureau director. "There's not one chance in a million that we're wrong." Meanwhile, 19-year-old Dennis Byron Sossamon of Grand Prairie, Tex., waived extradition to Arkansas where he was charged with first-degree murder in the case Saturday. Sossamon, using a pen borrowed from a judge to sign the papers, said he would "rather go to Arkansas" than fight extradition. The body was found in a heavily wooded area near Sossamon's birthplace. Arkansas officials were expected to arrive here today and return Sossamon to Van Buren where Prosecutor Jack Yates filed the murder charge. Judge Clarence Mills told officers, "Tell them (Arkansas officials) he (Sossamon) didn't cause us any trouble and'to treat him with the proper kindness." Goerke said Kienlen's dental chart was compared with an X-ray of the jaw of the body found Saturday. "They were identical," he said. Several days after Kienlen's disappearance, his abandoned red sports car was found hear Chccotah in Eastern Oklahoma. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiimntp Weather Forecast : ' : Mostly cloudy and turning cooler with scattered showers and thunderstorms over south portions ending early afternoon. Clearing and cooler tonight Wednesday fair and mild. High today 84 to 88. Lows tonight 62 to 66. Highs Wednesday 82 to 88. Probability of rain 10 percent by mid afternoon. Outlook Thursday clear to partly cloudy and warmer. • ;

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