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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, August 23, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 134 BLYTHEVTLLE, ARKANSAS (72315) TUESDAY, AUGUST, 28,1968 TIN CINTS 12 PAGES Asphalt Suit Dropped LITTLE ROCK (AP)-Pulas- kj Chancellor Murray Reed has signed an order dismissing a complaint against American Oil Co., one of seven named in a taxpayer's suit in connection ^ith the sale of asphalt to the state Highway Department. Kenneth Coffelt, who filed the suit for G. D. Nelson, said he $nd counsel for the oil company agreed to the dismissal order, gigned Monday. ; Coffelt said Griffin Smith, American's counsel, furnished h'im a complete file covering the firm's tranactions with the Highway Department. "I am convinced the court would have dismissed (the charges) after the evidence was all in and it would be unjust to put this defendant to the heavy expense of further proceedings," Coffelt said. "Of course, this order does not preclude either the Highway Department or the present or future attorney general, or any other taxpayer from proceeding against American Oil if either might desire to do so," CoJfelt said. Othrs named in the suit were Berry Petroleum Co., Arkansas Bitumuls Co., Lion Oil Inc., Humble Oil and Refining Co. MacMillan-Ring-Free Oil Co Inc., and Bitucote Products Co See SUIT on Page 5 T r Trr ~ M " "'" REVVING UP — Rev. Eugene Hall, chairman of the Mississippi County War Memorial Association, spins the propeller of a Cessna 210 six-seat airplane, one of many that will be hauling passengers in an air show September 4. Sponsored by the Association, the show is intended to raise funds for marble memor- ials on the courthouse lawn for casualties in Viet Nam and Korea. Sam Haynes, airport manager, beckons Lori Billings and Lois Ann Hall aboard for a trial spin. Rev. Hall declined a, similar invitation on grounds that he did not wish to "spread the gospel" over a several-acre area. (Courier News Photo) Military to Disqualified Men Fall Kills Bassett Girl Services will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Bassett Church of Christ for Patricia Ann Weld 11-year-old daughter of Mr. anc Mrs. Vernon Welch of Bassett who was killed yesterday in a riding accident. • Burial will be in Bassett Cem etery with Citizens F u n e r a Home of West Memphis in charge. According to Highway Patrol | man Raymond Bishop, the girl was riding with two friends yesterday morning on an access road to Interstate 55 just west of Bassett when the fatal accident occurred. Her companions said the girl's horse strayed dangerously far into the middle of the road and {ell, throwing Miss Welch when she attempted to draw the horse up short. The fall put Miss Welch in the path of an oncoming pickup truck driven by Thomas Lindsey, 25, of Steele. Lindsey's truck ran over the girl before he was able to brake it, Bishop said. No charges have been placed. Besides her parents, Miss Welch leaves four brothers, Terry Lee, Stephen Larry, Vernon Lee, and Paul David Welch, all of the home; And two sisters, Joyce Marie and Laura Gay Welch, also of the home. NEY YORK (AP) — Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara disclosed today Pentagon plans to accept for military training in the next 10 months 40,000 men ordinarily disqualified because of education and health reasons. He said the number would increase to 100,000 in the next fiscal year and in succeeding years. The men would undergo intensive training using facilities of the Defense Department — "the largest single educational corn- lex the world has ever known" — to become "fully satisfactory soldiers," McNamara said in a speech prepared for delivery to the convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Aides in Washington described the training effort as unique and said men taken into the program will, like draftees and enlistees, be under military here in the United States. It has through the application of ad happened this year." ' ' ' " ' '"*" Then McNamara blamed poverty for figuring in the rejection of 600, men a year for military service, but said military qualification standards need not be lowered. 'What I do believe authority of the services. Pentagon sokesmen said ;>er cent or more of such train ees are exected to qualify for military duty. Those who do not qualify "will not be retained" in the service. McNamara told of the program in a speech that otherwise touched more on the war on poverty than the war in Viet Nam. Accident Prone But Determined GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — After eight years delay by broken legs, assorted childhood mishaps and childbirth, Mr. and Mrs. Arden Miser and their eight children finally set out on a vacation trip. They and the family dog headed Sunday for a rented cottage at Higgins Lake. About 25 miles from home a rear wheel on the loaded family station wagon started to lock and a short time later exploded. Miser walked to a telephone to call a tow truck. Mrs. Miser and children stayed in the car. "Then I heard a crackling sound," she recalled. "I looked back and smelled smoke. Then I saw it." She took tfie children, aged 1 to 12, to the side of the road just «s the car burst into flames. "We saved nothing, not even my purse which was beside me on the front seat," she said. "But we're still going to the lake,' at least for a few days." 85 that King Rejects Plea CHICAGO (AP) - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has rejected a request to cancel a march to suburban Cicero, and other civil rights leaders have announced new demonstrations in support of open housing. Aides of King, who was in Atlanta. Ga., met in the early morning hours to discuss a march to a Southeast Side neighborhood. The Rev. Jesse Jackson told a rally Monday night there would be a march today in the South Deering area. Monday night, the plea from — Sheriff Richard Ogilvie to halt The Pentagon chief declared the schedu i ed march into all- i :.. j. i iU™ TT_; + white Cicero Sunday was rebuffed by King. "We fully intend to have the march," said King. "We have talked with Ogilvie about this and announced our plans last Saturday. We feel that we have lionored in good faith his request for seven days notice. In fact we gave eight days notice." Ogilvie, who called the Cicero situation "volatile," said Monday night that he had not officially heard from King and would reserve comment until his telegram was answered. * * » Cicero, the sce,,e of three days of racial violence 15 years ago. was acknowledged by King to be probably the most racially sensitive of any Chicago-area community. Gov. Otto Kedrner, who called out the National Guard last month when violence erupted on the West Side, said he had not received notice of the proposed march into Cicero. Asked if the Guard might be called for Sunday, Kerner said, "I'll have to wait and see if there will be a march." Ths Cicero Police Department said the Guard will be activated if the march is held in the community of 7,00 white residents, just west of Chicago. The Circuit Court injunction obtained Friday by Mayor Richard J. Daley and Police Supt. O.W. Wilson limits the number of marchers in a Chicago demonstration to 500. at one point, however, the United States has kept its commitments from South Viet Nam to Berlin "and will continue to do so until reasonable settlements are achieved." He offered no hope an end to the war is forthcoming. "Our adversaries in Southeast Asia have come to respect our fire power," McNamara said. "It is clear now that they can only hope for a wavering of our willpower...they are of course mistaken." Former Vice President Richard M. Nixon told the VFW convention Monday night the United States should be prepared for five more years of combat in Viet Nam "unless there is a substantial increase in the present war effort." And Nixon said "as of the present time I foresee no hope' for a diplomatic settlement of the war..." McNamara led up to his announcement of the training program with a warning that "poverty in America makes our nation less secure." Obviously referring to racial disorders, he said since World War II state governors have hsd to call out the National Guard "no less than 59 times to put down disorders that could not be controlled by police." "We need not look as far as Africa, or Asia, or Latin America for poverty-induced tensions that erupt into irrational violence," McNamara asserted. "U hai often happened right Reds Sink U.S. Ship with Mine vanced educational techniques we can salvage tens of thousands of these men, each year, first for productive military careers and later for productive roles in society," he said, adding: "We are, therefore, in the current fiscal year going to accept 40,000 men who currently fall into the disqualification category — men who fail to score well on the standard aptitude tests, but who when exposed to intensive instruction in militar; skills and practical on-the-jol training can qualify as fully sat isfactory soldiers; men who have been deprived of proper health care, but who can be brought up to physical fitness standards within a period of a few weeks; men whose 'low aptitude' and lack of achievement are a function of external environment rather than internal potential." In succeeding fiscal years, Me Namara said, 100,000 additional men will be taken into the program. The Pentagon failed to win Congressional approval last year for an experimental program known as STEP (Special Training for Enlisted Personnel) which would have trained ::,000 volunteers who failed to By ROBERT TUCKMAN SAIGON, South Viet Nam AP)—A Communist mine ex- ilosion ripped today into the American freighter Baton Rouge Victory, laden with war supplies for the fighting forces n Viet Nam, and sank her to main deck level in the Saigon River 22 miles southeast of this city. Seven of the 45 American crewmen were killed and another suffered a fractured arm as water flooded the ship's engine room from a gaping hole n the port side. The Baton iouge Victory grounded beside the south bank, where salvage crews quickly started work under guard. As a security precaution the Vietnamese navy temporarily closed the channel, one of the two main channels of the river between Saigon and the South China Sea, though the ship was off to one side. Guerrilla-infested mangrove swamps line the river there. South Vietnamese troops worked ashore, and U.S. patro boats and helicopter gun crews kept watch over the river as a salvage ship and four tugs worked to transship the supplies and rig the Baton Rouge Vic tory for refloating. Elsewhere in the war, . the U.S. military command dis closed that a U.S. Marine am phibious force 1,500-strong land ed unopposed on beaches 50 miles southeast of Saigon early Monday, and in the 36 hours that followed the landings hac made no contact with the Viet Cong units believed to be operat ing in the jungle swampland in the area. Another Marine force ha( landed a week earlier 50 mile east of Saigon. Both were as signed a blocking role in Opera ion Toledo, a combined U.S Vietnamese sweep against th Viet Cong 5th Division. No other major ground action was reported. In the air war over North Vie Nam, four U.S. Air Force F10 Thunderchiefs tangled with fou MIG17s Monday in a four minute aerial battle 20 mile north of Hanoi. The MIGs attacked the Thun derchiefs while they were jombing a road 10 miles norS of the capital. Both sides ex changed cannon fire, a U.S. spokesman said, and then disen gaged without damage to eithe side. The MIG encounter cam< miles southeast of Saigon, .vhere a regiment of Communist roops had been sighted recent- The mining of the Baton Rouge Victory capped a week of tepped-up Viet Cong terrorism in the Saigon The U.S. government-owned yessel is operated by charter by •he States Lines of Baltimore, fld., a spokesman said. He said t left San Francisco July 28 for Saigon. It carried general cargo ncluding post exchange sup- ilies, and its deck was loaded with trucks. It had a crew of 45, all Americans. The vessel was hit in the Long qualify for service under physical or mental standards. In a statement issued in connection with McNamara's speech, the Pentagon said: "In our proposed program, we will not be experimenting. We will be producing men for regular duty in a reasonable period of time. Unqualified men will not be retained; 81 per cent or more are expected to qualify. • "STEP concentrated on men without demonstrated aptitudes," the statement said. "We now propose to accept men with demonstrated aptitudes." Legion Fair Dates Set CARUTHERSVILLE - The 33rd annual American Legion Fair has been scheduled for Oct. 5-9, according to George Brown, secretary - manager. Brown said harness racing will be featured and some $3,000 prize money and trophies will be awarded. On Children's Day - Oct. 7 — Trent Wood and Tiny of WMCT's Loony Zoo will entertain. For the first time youth groups will have educational and agricultural exhibits on display. Other events will be i youth talent show, grandstand show and a large carnival midway. A queen will be crowned in advinct of the fair'i opening nd sabotage rea. Tao channel in a swampy, mangrove area controlled largely by the Viet Cong. Official sources said the Viet Cong apparently were attempting to mine an ammunition ship which had been scheduled to travel up the river ahead of the Baton Rouge Victory. The ammunition ship, however, had been delayed. The explosion caused heavy damage to the ship's engine room, where the seven crew mmbers were killed. Lss than an hour after the blast, the ship was deliberately grounded on the south bank and it settled to the river bottom. U.S. river patrol boats and Late, Hard Hit Crop Reeling From 15 to 20 percent of this area's cotton crop was lost early in the crop year and beleaguered farmers now may face a new threat to the remaining acreage. "The potential for insect damage — especially from bollworm — has been increased by the continuing wet weather," County Agent Keith Bilbrey said today. Spraying for bollworm began yesterday in the Leachville and Manila area and is to continue today. On the brighter side, Bilbrey said the cool, damp weather generally is considered favorable for soybeans. A check of county ASC records revealed that 244 farms lost over 6,000 acres of cotton in North Mississippi County. This survey included only those farms which reported s loss of 10 acres or more, however. Rains increased the possibility of insect damage, Bilbrey pointed out, primarily due to the fact the beneficial insects have not been as free to work. "Ant colonies, for example, need three or.four days following a rain to rebuild. "And of course, we have a late cotton crop which means the plants are green and ten- der right now." County insect scouts have a reporting session this afternoon. "We should know a lot more about the insect situation fol- Iwing their reports," Bilbrey stated. while American pilots flew 8 missions over the Communis North, striking at 12 storage de pots and three surface-to-ai missile sites, among other tar gets. Pilots reported they severely damaged at least seven of the oil depots and set off numerous secondary explosions. Among other results, pilots claimed they damaged or destroyed 27 aarges, 9 bridges, 16 storage auildings and 5 antiaircraft sites. The Air Force said Thun- derchiefs destroyed or damaged 20 guns in one of the antiaircraft sites 95 miles northwest of Hanoi. For a third straight day, U.S. B52 bombers staged two raids today on South Viet Nam. One formation of the eight-engine bombers struck at a Viet Cong stronghold 65 miles northwest of Saigon near the Cambodian border. Another wave hit a Viet Cong troop concentration 45 Early Christmas? BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) - In hot and humid August weather, Christmas decorations festooned three light poles on Charles Street in Baltimore's business district today. The red, green and silver decorations went up last weekend but the Charles Street Association, a merchants' group, said they are only to test public reaction and will come down Wednesday. "It gives you a spirit of Christmas," said one pedestrian, Mrs. Willetta RowelL . armed helicopters provided protective cover for salvage operations. A salvage ship and four tugs were sent to the scene. The U.S. military command announced that American Marines and South Vietnamese troops had ended Operation Colorado, which began Aug. 6 : in an area 30 miles northwest of coastal Chu Lai. : The command said 514 enemy were killed or captured and .51 weapons seized. Allied casualties were termed light. In air action over South Viet Nam Monday, American pilots flew 392 sorties against enemy troop concentrations, camps, river traffic and fortifications. South Vietnamese pilots flew an additional 308 sorties. " r . The Marines who landed east of Saigon Monday came ashore in landing craft from the Navy ships Vancouver and Thomastpn and by helicopter from sault aircraft carrier Iwo Jima. In other developments: — Secretary of State Dean Rusk met Monday with U.N. Secretary-General U Tbant and said afterward he told Thant ths United States favored a de-escalation in Viet Nam and. a strengthening of the border watch in Cambodia. He spent70 See VIET NAM on Page 5 Rocketeers Get House Child Narrowly Escapes Death Kenneth Brown, year-old-son of Airman 2-C and Mrs. Walter 3rown of Blytheville Air Force 5ase, is reported in satisfactory condition at Baptist Hospital in Memphis, where he was taken after being run over by a car Saturday. The Negro youth received mul- iple lacerations in what was described by police as an "unusual accident." According to officers, young Kenneth and another small child were laying in high grass in the 100 block of Cleveland Saturday when a Friendly Cab Co. car driven by David Farley, 41, Negro of 1233 South Eighth entered ;he neighborhood to pick up a fare. Farley told police he drove to „...,. ..- - , — 116 E. Cleveland for his pas- around and link up with a dock —_„ _—j iU«« •./tnlininn ho inrr armarntlic af /IMP PflH Or tnf By HOWARD BENEDICT ,. .AP Aerospace Writer .... CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) — When a Saturn i rocket flings a satellite into orbit, its second stage enters a separate orbit and circles the earth like a giant empty house trailer. Why not, somebody asked, make use of this hardware in some way? That's what the National Aeronautics and Space Administration hopes to do. The agency's Marshall Space Flight Center has begun negotiating a contract to convert a Saturn 1 second stage into a manned space station. The contract, with McDonnell Aircraft Corp. of St. Louis, Mo., is expected to run about $9 million. McDonnell is to build an airlock that will connect a three- man Apollo spacecraft to the hydrogen fuel tank in the second stage and is to develop life-support systems to make the tank habitable. The second stage, which uses liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen for propulsion, is 58 feet long and weighs 23,000 pounds empty. Much of the length is taken up by the engine. But the hydrogen tank measures 20 feet by 21.7 feet — plenty of room for three astronauts to set up housekeeping. The airlock will be about 15 feet long and 5 % feet in diameter. It will be attached to the top of the second stage and ride in an adaptor section between the rocket and the Apollo spacecraft. Once in orbit, the three Apollo crewmen will separate their ship from the rocket, turn it astronauts will make certain any leftover hydrogen is vented overboard and they will activate equipment to pressurize it. They also will electrically connect the Apollo craft's life support system to the fuel tank. Equipment such as work tables, beds and experiments will je packed in containers attached to the walls of the tank. NASA officials hope to try out this concept in 1968 keeping the ;hree astronauts in the tank for up to 30 days. By then, the combination of the Saturn 1 and the Apollo spacecraft will be throughly checked. A test flight is scheduled from Cape Kennedy Thursday that may pave the way for the first three-man Apollo earth- orbit flight later this year. The advanced Saturn 5 rocket is to joost an Apollo ship toward the Moon in 1968 or 1969. senger and then, realizing he should be at 116 W. Cleveland instead, turned around in the parking lot of the Cleveland St. First Baptist Church. Farley said he noticed a "bumping" under his car but disregarded it. Later, on his way back east on Cleveland, with his passenger, Farley saw the Brown child lying in the street and realized he must have run over the boy. He then called the police. The child was taken to Chickasawba Hospital, from where he was transferred to Baptist. At the time Officer Bill Walk.:• commented that the boy was "practically scalped" by the effect of the accident ing apparatus at one end of the airlock. The airlock will be a chamber with airtight doors like manhole covers at each end. The astronauts will open one door and crawl into the chamber, closing the cover behind them. Then they open the other end and enter the hydrogen tank. This eliminates the need to depressurize the spacecraft and the tank each lime a man enters or leaves. There also will be an additional hatch on the side of the airlock to permit an astronaut to take a space walk without depressurizing either of the cabins. Before entering the tank, UM Two Suits Filed Here The Housing Authority of the City of Blytheville has filed a condemnation suit against a >iece of property owned by Ann Bancroft, Mary Boerschmann and mortagee, Blytheville Federal Savings and Loan Associa^ on. The suit, filed in the civil division of Circuit Court, is against property at 713 Fulton: Plaintiff claims they have been unable to acquire the property through negotiations and t h | jarcel is needed for Urban Re 1 newal development. M. E. Smith and J. C. Smith', who do business as Smith Brothers Construction Company of Paragould, have filed suit against Mrs. John Wells of Route 3 Leachville. •• Their suit claims Mrs. Wells' has refused to pay for a pond dug on her property after' a verbal agreement was made. ' Plaintiffs are seeking $357 plus interest and costs. •• iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiliiiiuii Weather Forecast Clear to partly cloudy thii afternoon through Wednesday; High today and Wednesday 7| to 82. Lows tonight 55 to 61 Outlook Thursday partly cloudjt and cool.

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