The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 5, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, August 5, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 119 BLYTHBVILLB, AJEUUNSAS (72815) FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 1966 TIN CENTS 14 PAGES \\ Who'll Fill Void?" Craighead Democrat Asks There is a void in Eastern Arkansas politics — in all Arkansas politics, probably - and it must be filled, a veteran Craighead County political figure told members of Blytheville's Rotary Club. "I can tell from looking at those vote totals in Mississippi (50 percent) Craighead (50 percent) and Crittenden (30 percent) that people like you, who have the power to do good things, didn't use that power," Carles Frierson. Jr., chairman of the Craighead County Central Democratic Committee, said here yesterday. Frierson said the passing of traditional controlled boxes in Eastern Arkansas means that more citizens are going to have to take an interest in government if good government is to be maintained. Poised to fill the void left by the traditional political groups (which were unseated by a combination of new state and federal voting laws and continuing movement of the population from the farms to the urban areas) are several factions, Frierson said. "A real unity in the Negro vote could become very impor- tant. This is a problem which must be met with intelligence. By upgrading the knowledge of the Negro, he can become a thinking, independent voter By failing to do this, we can let some organization or the other so captivate him that he really is not left with voting freedom." Other groups which are ready to Fill any political vacuum Frierson said, are the unions, the radical right and the Republicans. Speaking about the radical right, Frierson said, "You always have a number of people who would just love to get someone told off. They get psychological relief by backing a candidate of this sort." In Craighead County, Frierson said, "I feel that most of the people I know didn't get out and work and vote for a candidate. . .they voted against someone. "I know a doctor who voted for Jim Johnson. Now really, he heard that Jim Johnson was against Lyndon Johnson and this doctor didn't like Lyndon Johnson so he voted for Jim Johnson. Not very good political thinking. "And I sat at a table with seven men, drinking coffee one morning, and heard all of them give credance to a phrase — 'that Italian' — in relation to Joe Basore. None of them had taken the trouble to find out that Mr. Basore's antecedents include men who fought for the CSA and who were in the Revolutionary War. "This is what I mean: men like you and I didn't inf6rm ourselves. We didn't use our positions to get out the vote. We failed, I think in many ways. "This is to say, that we in Craighead County (and you here) failed to fill this void I'm talking about. "You remember the old days," Frierson chuckled, "when we'd have those huge turnouts with 90 to 95 percent of the qualified voters voting. Well that's all over. Now, we will have to use every means at our disposal, we will have to exercise the leadership which is ours to get people to come out to the polls and exercise their privilege of the franchise." Frierson admitted that much of the July 26 polling results were puzzling. "Many presumably intelligent voters voted against incumbents — all incumbents. Maybe this is part of the universal spirit of protest, I wouldn't know. "Our lawyers endorsed three candidates to the Supreme Court. Two of them lost and the third is in a run-off. Now they're thinking of getting out letters for T. J. Gentry (whom the Craighead Bar did NOT endorse and who is John Fogleman's runoff opponent). 'Some of the Jim Johnson vote as an anti-Lyndon Johnson vote.. .this by intelligent people who gave no thought to how far Arkansas will be set back if she attempts to re-fight the Civil War at every fence row." Frierson was introduced by Rotarian Oscar Fendler. Joe Basore Is Out By ED SHEARER Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Democratic Party's final, official vote tabulation from the July 26 primary showed .today that James Piikinton of Hope, and not Joe Basore of Cherokee Village, made the runoff for lieutenant governor. I n unofficial tabula t i o n s Basore was shown as the No. 2 candidate in the eight-man race, a few hundred votes ahead of Piikinton. The shift in the vote totals placed Piikinton ahead of Basore, setting up a runoff match between'Piikinton and the ticket leader, Claude Carpenter of Little Rock. * * * It also set up mass confusion. Ballots have already been printed in almost all counties for Tuesday's runoff, but they carry the name of Basore where Pilkinton's name should be. There was speculation that one of the candidates might seek an injunction to halt the election until correct ballots can be printed and distributed to voting precincts. Absentee ballots, carrying Basore's name rather than Pilkinton's, have already been cast in most, if not all counties. Basore declined to comment temporarily, saying he wanted to talk first with Piikinton, who _ endorsed Basore Thursday. dropped by many Arkansas CHARGES FLY AS CANDIDATES STUMP Leon B. Catlett, state Democratic Party chairman, said the final official tabulation showed Carpenter with 108,358 votes. It gave Piikinton 81,562 and See ELECTION on Page 14 Vote! C. of C. Urges Blytheville employers are being urged to help get out a large vote on Tuesday — the day of the state's second Democratic primary. . Chamber of Commerce President Dan Burge in a letter to employers today noted that "less than 50 percent of the registered voters in Mississippi County voted" in the July 26 primary. "This apathy is a serious problem. It means that a candidate representing less than 25 percent of the people might easily be elected to a responsible office. "For this reason and many more we need to encourage all of our employees and friends to vote. This letter is not intended as a soliciation for support of any candidate, but its purpose is to stimulate interest and get voters to the polls," Burge said in the letter. He went on to suggest that employers offer every incentive to vote - staggering lunch periods, giving a ai-minule voting break and anything else which might maki voting easier. READY FOR TUESDAY — Joyce Ingrum puts the finishing touches to a large master chart which will be used in the court house here Tuesday when results of the Democratic primary begin coming in from over Mississippi County. (Courier News Photo) State's Ambulance Service in Danger By BILL SIMMONS Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Ambulance service, starting point in most emergency medical treatment systems, may be funeral homes because of federal wage-hour law changes. Some funeral homes have already put cities—Fayetteville, for instance—on notice that they plan to halt the service when the changes take effect in September. A similar situation, exists in at least four other states- Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas—and an official of the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association says it's nationwide. The wage-hour law change made its provisons apply to funeral homes that also house insurance agencies—for burial insurance, in this case, said James Henry, secretary of the Arkansas association. This means that funeral | homes will have to cut the work week to 40 hours for the ambulance service employe, raise the salary to the federal standard, and either hire more help or pay time and one half for work done over 40 hours a week, he said. "All this on top of what has long been a money-losing operation," Henry said. "They're just tired of being bled white so they're getting out." Henry said funeral homes started ambulance service years ago as a courtesy and a means of advertising, but for many years they've been losing money because of a combination of three factors: 1. The equipment is costly, "a Cadillac ambulance runs to about $14,000." 2. The fees are low, about $10 or $20 for a 10-mile trip in an expensive vehicle. 3. Funeral homes have trouble collecting the fee at all, partly because it's bad public their own." Funeral homes contacted in Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, Huntsville, Siloam Springs and other Arkansas towns found directors thinking about, or talking with city officials about, ending the service. In North Carolina and South Carolina, some funeral homes have also set September deadlines, Some of them plan to I donate their equipment to the agency that will take on ambulance service duty. Others plan to convert ambulances to hearses. Texas and Florida private ambulance companies are complaining that they may have to go out of business because of the wage-hour law, and funeral home associations in all five states have held a number of discussions about the situation. relations. a g uv says ne > s New Suit Filed In 1-55 Deaths Richard Snider of Bloomfield, Mo., charged with the death of six persons in a July 3 auto pileup on Interstate 55, faces a $30,000 lawsuit. Snider and his father, Lloyd Snider, also of Bloomfield, already have had a $900,000 lawsuit filed against them by other parties. The $30,000 suit was filed yesterday in Circuit Court by Marlin and Ida M. Sims of Missouri and Mrs. Sims' son, John B. Jones of the Osceola District of Mississippi County. All were involved in the collision. Yesterday's action asks $10,000 for each person for property damage and personal injury. going to pay because he didn't call us to pick him up off the highway, the law is on his side," one director said. Funeral homes would have too triple their fee and step up efforts to collect it to meet the added cost under the hour- wage law, Henry said. Walter Stevens, president of the Arkansas association, said some funeral homes had absorbed the ambulance service loss by adding to the funeral cost. "But it can't absorb any more if funeral costs are going to be kept in line," Stevens said. The two funeral homes operating ambulance service in Fayetteville have told the city they plan to stop service Sept. 1. "We don't want to catch the city by surprise," one director said. "If they want to continue the service, we're giving ttiem time to find • way to do it en By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Jim Johnson said Thursday night that the 106,000 votes he got in the Democratic gubernatorial primary showed that the people of Arkansas were tired of federal control and political manipulation in sate government. His opponent in the runoff next Tuesdayj' Frank Holt, meanwhile, said that Johnson and his "apostles of discord" are trying to make Arkansas 'a last-ditch battleground in a war against the 20th Century." The two men who led the July 26 primary ticket each went on television with their messages, and sent emissaries around the state. Mrs. Johnson spoke at a rally in Jonesborp, and relayed word that her husband was fully behind moves to grant university status to Arkansas State College. This included financial support to make it a university in the fullest sense of the word, too, she said. At Paragould, Brooks Hays and Jack Holt Sr. spoke for Frank Holt. Hays, who ran third in the first primary race for the Democratic nomination, said Arkansas is in desperate need of responsible leadership. Jack Holt, Hie brother of Frank, asked a crowd at a drive-in theater: "Are you willing to vote for progress and peace in Arkansas or for hate and vituperation that will set the state back 30 years?" * * * Frank Holt unleased his most policy." Johnson's election would be tragedy which Arkansas can't afford, Holt said. What Johnson has said already in the race is threatening the various 'ederal programs in Arkansas, Holt said. He also said no important in- dustry will come to Arkansas if Johnson is elected, because of his "radical extremism." Johnson said it was ridciulous for Holt to assert that election of Johnson would damage federal aid programs or hinder industrialization. Federal aid is administered under federal law that applies o aU states alike, he said. "Federal aid is not being denied to any rtate that reused to vote blind endorsement of Lyndon Johnson," Jim John- Shut-ln Voting Plan Clarification Issued Elizabeth Blytheville Parker, county clerk, today issued a clarification about the manner in which absentee ballots may be secured and voted. "We have no delivery service for absentee ballots," she emphasized. "In the case of shut-ins, a member of the immediate family must secure an application from our office and have it signed by the shut-in voter. "A ballot will then be issued When this signed application is presented to the county clerk's office. The ballot must then be returned to the clerk's office when marked." Mrs. Parker said no ballots will leave the county clerk's office after 1:30 p.m., election day. She said all absentee ballots must be returned by 6:30 p.m. on the day of election. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIUIIinilllllllllllllllllllllllllllN Writer Claims vigorous attack to date on Johnson, telling his viewers that Johnson's campaign is guided by extreme radicals who want to the state to "turn its face backward to turmoil and danger...turn its back on America and make the state a place where hate is the public Ellington, Clement Unseat Opponents By JIM LUTHER : Baker polled 103,164 and Ken- NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -1 neth Roberts 33,636. Buford Ellington, a political ally of President Johnson, won the Democratic nomination for governor of Tennessee Thursday in a close battle with a political novice allied with the Kennedy family. In the U.S. Senate primary, Gov. Frank G. Clement unseated Sen. Ross Bass in a race which was not decided until after 90 per cent of the vote had been counted. With 2,520 of the state's 2,741 precincts reported, Clement had 339,997 while Bass had 331,019. Howard H. Baker Jr., son-in- law of Sen. Everett M. Dirksen, R-I11., swamped a more conservative candidate to take the Republican senatorial nomina^ tion. Ellington had 368,443 votes to 322,535 for John J. Hooker Jr. Two Negro civil rights leaders jecame the first of their race to gain election to the County Court of Haywood County in West Tennessee. Dan Nixon and A. D. Powell, both farmers, took narrow victories in the county which has been the scene of several racial incidents in recent months. Hooker, 35, conceded defeat' just two hours after the first returns from Shelby County (Memphis) - the state's largest — were reported in Ellington's column. Bass, who defeated Clement in 1964 to fill the unexpired term of the late Sen. Estes Kefauver, had put his record of 10 years in the House and two in the Senate on the line against the governor, Clement, rounding out his See TENNESSEE on Page M Beatle Ridicule Didn't Christ By EDDY GILMORE ihim: Not that his mind is LONDON (AP) — Maureen Cleave, whose interview with John Lennon set off a wave of Beatle banning in the United States, said today that Lennon actually deplores the fact that some people know the Beatles better than they know Christ. "I do not think for one moment that he intended to be flippant or irreverent," said Miss Heave. "He was certainly not comparing the Beatles with ihrist, "He was simply observing ihat so weak was the state of Ihristianity that the Beatles were, to many people, better oiown. He was deploring rather than approving this. "Sections of the American public seem to have been given an impressio not his views that is totally absurd." Remarks by Lennon about Christianity, quoted by Miss Cleave in an interview that was reprinted in an American magazine this week, aroused a storm on some U.S. radio stations, particularly in the Southern Bible Belt. A number of stations banned the quartet's records and urged listeners to join the boycott. Miss Cleave's interview with Lennon was first published in the London Evening Standard on March 4. In'it she wrote: "Experience has town few seeds of doubt in I closed, but it's closed round whatever he believes at the time." "I'll do everything within my lower to get our fair share" of iederal aid, he said. Johnson said the fact tiiat He led the primary ticket showed that "Your're telling Washing,on you're tired of a no-win war in Viet Nam, sending obso^ ete munition to our troops arid ! oreign aid to countries which oppose us and tired of federal control of property." .....;. And you've told the manipulators in state government that you're tired of paying $100,008 to pets of the administration (of Gov. Orval Faubus) for office rent when there is vacant space in your own Capitol." Holt, Johnson said, is "the See CANDIDATES on Page U R. C. Certifies Area Teachers Mother and baby care classes will be offered to home economics students in this area for the first time this year, the Red Cross announced today. Home economic teachers have completed Red Cross courses under the direction of Mrs. Lucille Childress of the Memphis Area headquarters. This is the first time Red Cross training has been avail- table to local home economics nstructors in area high schools. They'll take the skills and cnowledge they learned during he course and instruct high school students in the care of Then she quoted Lennon as infants saying: "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that. I'm right and [ will be proved right. "We're more popular than Jesus now. I don't know which will go first — rock 'n' roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were hick and ordinary. It's them iwisting it that ruins it for me." Miss Cleave then wrote: "He is reading extensively about religion." That was all the 1,600 word article had to say about religion. In a telephone interview today Miss Cleave commented: "I am astonished that John's quotation should have been taken out of the context of my article and misinterpreted in this way. The interview, which took place and which appeared in British and also in some American newspapers five months ago, dealt Completing the course were Marguerite Hunnicutt, Dell; Nadine Kelley, Sleele; Katherine Nations, Blytheville; K?!en Nunn, Blytheville; Nancy Summitt, Holland, and Virginia S. Robinson, Blytheville. In previous courses, a number of area home ec teachers were certified by the Red Cross to instruct classes in care of the sick and injured. These include Carolyn Atkinson, J.eachville; Peggy Hall, Gosnell; Annie C. Home, Hallie .Jordan and Virginia Robinson, Blytheville: Marguerite Hunnicutt, Dell, and Irene Jackson and Mary Alice Lane, of Osceola. Weathet Forecast Partly cloudy to occasionally cloudy and a little warmer ueis UVK iiiuniiia ago, ucmi-, •> briefly with the subject of reli- through Saturday with widely gion. "Mr. Lennon is very interested in it and has been reading several books. As I remember the interview, we discussed how the power of Christianity had declined in the modern world and his remarks were intended to illustrate this." scattered thundersliowers through Saturday Highs today 84 to 90 .Lows tonight 62 to 63. High Saturday 35 to 92. Probability of rain 10 percent ..i- creasing to 20 percent Saturday. Outlook Sunday cloudy with chance of Showers. _ i; iiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiNiiiiiiniiiiiiuiiHiiuiiiiiimiiiiiiuiiii

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