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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62-NO. 13« BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72815) THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 1966 TIN CENTS 14 PAGES LARGEST BOOSTER - Ready for final assembly, six Saturn 1 first stage rockets, background, are lifted up at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility at New Orleans. In the foreground are fuel and liquid oxygen tanks to be assembled in clusters to form the booster. Weighing more than a million pounds fueled, the Saturn 1 first stage develops 1.6 million pounds of thrust from its eight engines. Apollo Prepares For 3-Man Orbit By HOWARD BENEDICT AP Aerospace Writer CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) — America's man to the moon program faces a critical test today with a.powerful Saturn 1 rocket scheduled to hurl an unmanned Apollo spaceship three- quarters of the way around the world. The aim is to qualify it for a three-man earth orbit flight in December. The Apollo ship, equipped with everything except the astronauts and their sleeping couches, was to ride into space at 12:30 p.m. under the massive thrust of the Saturn 1, the United States' most powerful rocket. If all goes well on the 93- minute test and there are no other development problems, three astronauts will take a trip of up to 14 days in December to trigger an all-out drive to land men on the moon in 1968. The Soviet Union launched an unmanned space laboratory weighing nearly two tons Wednesday on an undisclosed mission to the moon, prompting speculation it might photograph the moon's surface or perhaps land an animal on the moon. A Soviet satellite made a controlled "soft" landing on the moon in February, four months ahead of the United States. The latest Soviet vehicle. Luna 11, weighs more than four times as much as the 85-pound American Lunar Orbiter, which is now taking-pictures of potem. tial astrgnaut landing sites on the moon. The pilots for the first Apollo earth orbit journey will be Air Force Lt Cols. Virgil I. Grissom and Edward H. White II and Navy Lt. Roger B. Chaffee The 28-ton Apollo craft'was to soar today to a peak altitude of 706 miles above Africa, then— with some tricky maneuvers by its guidance system and steering engine — was to skip back through the earth's atmosphere like a rock skimming across the water The 5%-ton cabin section in which future astronauts will ride was to separate and parachute to a landing in the north- central Pacific 30 miles southeast of Guam after a 17,825-mile trip. A recovery force headed ,by the aircraft carrier Hornet was stationed in the landing zone. On its fiery plunge back through the atmosphere, the cabin section was to reach a speed of 19,450 miles an hour, during which temperatures up to 2.7CO degrees Fahrenheit were to sear its protective heat shield. "It is a tough mission," said Air Force Maj. Gen. Samuel C. Phillips, Apollo program director for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's office of manned space flight. He said the flight would provide information on operation of the guidance and navigation system, the propulsion system, the power-producing fuel cells, the communications, the astronauts' emergency escape system, the heat shield and other elements. Phillips said that if everything went weil, the next Saturn-Apollo shot would be manned. "It probably will be eariy October before we decide if the next flight will be manned." he added. : - . ' : Up to how NASA has been saying officially that the first manned Apollo flight is set for the first quarter of 1967. However, Phillips said it could be in December. Sources reported NASA was aiming for a launch date of about Dec. 15 for the next Apollo shot. If it's manned and ev- rything goes well, that would have the astronauts in orbit on Christmas. Demo Delegates To State Named Fifteen delegates and as many alternates have been named to represent Mississippi County at the forthcoming 1966 Democratic state convention at Little Rock's Robinson Auditorium, September 15-16. The appointments were announced yesterday by W. J. (Bill) Wunderlich of Blytheville and Henry Swift of 0 s c e o 1 a, chairman and secretary, respectively, of the Democratic Central Committee. Reserves' Bill Due for Battle By WILLIAM F. ARBOGAST WASHINGTON (AP) - The House squares off today for a fight over including in a defense appropriation bill authority for President Johnson to call up some Reserves for active duty. The President has not asked for such authority. Under present law, the President can call up Reserves only after declaring a state of national emergency, and then they usually are mobilized by units. The Senate-passed provision would waive the emergency declaration and authorize the President to summon Reservists as individuals, whether or not they were attached to organized units, to take advanage of se- cial skills. The Reserves provision added by the Senate is not mandatory lor the President. Spokesmen for National Guard and Reservt organiza- i tions opposed the proposal. 'They claimed it would wreck the Reserves. The Reserves provision was listed as the first order of business for today's House session. It was expected to be opposed by most Republicans and most members of the House Armed Services Committee which now is considering a separate bill dealing with Reserve forces. Under the Senate provision, Reservists or National Guardsmen could be called to active duty up to 24 months, minus any time previously on active duty for training purposes. Proponents of the Reserve provision have contended that many draft-age youths have signed up for Reserve and Guard duty to avoid induction for active military service. They argued that the policy of allowing young men to fulfill their military obligation without the risk ol going into combat was unfair to those who are drafted or who volunteer for See RESERVE on Page 9 ROBINSON SETS RECORD STRAIGHT Jack Robinson, Blytheville businessman, farmer and gin- ner, wiio is heading a campaign for re-opening of an Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation office here, today told the Courier News he was misquoted in an article about his efforts which was published Saturday. It was unfortunate that I was misquoted in the article concerning the ASC office. "I do feel the important element here is in setting straight the record," Robinson said. Robinson went on to point out that a quotation in the story which read, ".. I don'; want to blast them like they were SOB's," did not come from him and was not correct, Air War Tempo Is Stepped Up Delegates from the Blytheville district will be County Judge A. A. (Shug) Banks, Blytheville Mayor Jimmie Edwards, State Senator Lee Bearden, State Representative Walter Day, Representative - elect Eugene Still, E. M. Regenold, W. H. Wya and Wunderlich. Blytheville alternates are W. J. Pollard, Max Logan, Rupert Irafton, Charles Langston, Arnold Miller, Dean Hodges, Ira Koonce and Vance Dixon. Delegates from the Osceola] district will be State Represent Natives L. H. Autry and Kenneth Sulcer, Representative- ilect W. R. Nicholson, Calvin Williams, Caldwell Lowrance, Bryan Bonds and Dewey Neeley Alternates from Osceola are Bruce Ivy, Mitchell Moore, Rutus Branch, C. L. Denton III, Bill Cromer, Herman Phillips and Swift. Wunderiich noted that the county's delegation is considerably reduced in number this year from its usual size. He pointed out that delegates are allotted to counties at a ratio of one to every 400 votes cast in the "last preceding Democratic primary for governor." For the 1966 convention this meant the primary of 1964, in which Governor Orval Faubus faced only token opposition, Wunderlich said. "We had a very light vote that year in the primary," he said, "and our delegation was correspondingly reduced." Last previous delegation to a state convention from Mississippi County consisted of 24 delegates and a like number of alternates. Setting of the dates for this year's Democratic conclave was the prerogative of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jim John son. It is customary to allow the party's nominee for governor to do this. By ROBERT TUCKMAN SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) — American warplanes staged the heaviest raids of the war on North Viet Nam Wednesday, flying a record 146 missions, the U.S. Military Command announced today. Fighting also flared on the ground today. U.S. Marines clashed again in brisk fighting with North Vietnamese army regulars in the northern provinces of South Viet Nam. The Military Command disclosed that the Leathernecks were engaged in two new operations and so far have killed 188 of the enemy. Fighting also erupted 20 miles north of Saigon where units of the U.S. 1st Infantry Division engaged a reinforced company of Viet Cong troops early today. In other developments: —The Military Command announced that the number of American servicemen in Viet Nam had surpassed 300,000. A buildup to 350,000 to 400,000 is expected by the end of the year. —U.S. battle deaths for the week that ended last Saturday were 91, ten fewer than the week before. In addition 425 Americans were wounded and eight were listed as missing or captured. South. Vietnamese forces had 216 killed and 414 wounded or captured. —Premier Nguyen Cao Ky, opening South Viet Nam's national election campaign, called for a large turnout of voters Sept. 11 but warned .of an increase in Communist terrorism aimed at disrupting the elections. The 146 missions flown against the Communist North exceeded the previous record set earlier this month by seven. An official U.S. spokesman would not disclose the number of sorties—individual plane strikes—involved, but acknowledged that they were the highest so far in the war. This would probably run from 400 to 500 forays. American pilots claimed heavy destruction. Four of 18 oil storage depots attacked were damaged and several others probably hit but smoke and dust prevented an accurate assessment. Most of the attacks were concentrated in the Southern Panhandle and just north of the demiliarized zone. Only one raid was made in the Hanoi area—against an oil depot 18 miles from the Communist capital with results not announced. The Air Force flew 71 missions, Navy pilots 68 and U.S. Marines seven. I Today's ground action fol- ' lowed two engagements 90 miles apart in the northern section of South Viet Nam by U.S. Marines Wednesday. They reported 211 Communist dead and said they suffered only light casualties themselves. Despite heavy antiaircraft fire, pilots reported they damaged or destroyed 70 barges, 27 Dridges, 43 military supply luildings and 54 freight cars and a locomotive. Most of the freight cars were hit during three raids by carrier-based Navy planes on the 40-car train. Pilots reported the train's locomotive and 11 cars were destroyed and the other 29 cars damaged. Over South Viet Nam, Air Force B52 bombers hit at a Viet Cong base camp and storage area today 30 miles northwest of Qui Nhon on he coast. The latest ground fighting involved a company of the U.S. 1st Infantry Division which encountered an estimated reinforced Viet Cong company early today 20 miles north of Saigon. Reinforcements were sent to the U.S. units and they engaged in heavy fighting until contact was broken toward midday. In late afternoon, contact was renewed but was described as sporadic. In one of the newly announced Marine operations, the Leathernecks killed 50 Communist troops since the action began ast Saturday. The heaviest engagement was fought Wednesday, a spokesman said, when Marines killed 23 of the enemy n fighting 14 miles southwest of 3a Nang. The operation, named Allegheny, .involved units of the 3rd Marine Division. It reported its own casualties as light. The other operation, called J. M. Williams, Jr., Blytheville businessman, has filed for a position on Blytheville's School Board. Williams is seeking the posi- ;ion now held by Mrs. Oscar Fehdler, who will not seek reelection. Also filing petitions with tiie County Election Commission to- Prairie, was under way five miles south of the demilitarized zone. Marines fought a strongly entrenched force of North Vietnamese regulars 18 miles west of Dong Ha. The operation began Aug. 3 as a reconnaissance in force. Since then the Marines reported killing 138 North Vietnamese. Most of the heavy action was in the Two Seeking Board Posts City Teachers Will Attend Workshop An audio-visual laboratory, de signed to acquaint teachers with equipment used in this field of education, will highlight a two- day teachers workshop which begins Friday. Director of Instruction L. D. Harris said today. First session is in Blytheville School auditorium Friday morning at 9. Supt. J. K. Williams and Elementary Supervisor Julia Penn will be heading the program. Friday afternoon, Mrs. Martha Stout, vice - principal at Blytheville Junior High, will have charge of a special session for secondary educators. Miss Effie Lee Terrell, director of guidance services; C. C. Dulaney, junior high principal; Leo D. Jeffers. Harrison principal, and Charles Abel, coordinator of distributive education, will be on the program during the first session. T. A. Woodyard. director of federal programs, and Schoo! Board Chairman William H. Wyatt will speak during the second session. * * * An orientation meeting for beginning teachers has been scheduled for Monday morning at 8:30, Harris said. The Blytheville District Teach jrs Association, with Emmanuel Lofton presiding, meets at 9:30 Monday morning at Franklin School. Blytheville Education Association, president Robert Lipscomb, presiding, meets during this same hour at Blytheville High School. Faculty meetings will be held in the various schools Monday at 10:45 when principals will meet with their teachers. Blytheville School Board will entertain teachers at a reception Monday at 7:30 in the High School study center. Schools open on Tuesday for a half-day session. Bus-students will be returned home at noon and Wednesday will be the first full day of school and will mark the opening of school cafeterias. Luxora Schools Open Monday Luxora schools meet for a half a day Monday and school buses will run their regular schedule in the morning and again at noon, Supt. Herbert Smith announced today. No lunch will be served In the cafeteria Monday. Regular classroom schedules will begin Tuesday. day was Dr. W. T. Rainwater, who is asking for reelection to :he board. School Board President W. H. Wyatt this morning took note of the fact that Mrs. Fendler would not be a candidate: : She's been on our board six years and has been one of our lardest working members. There's no doubt that we're going to miss her." Filing deadline for all Arkansas school board positions is Sept. 6. In order to file, a candidate must obtain the signature on a petition of at least 20 citizen residents of his or her district. This petition (a form for which may be obtained through Jhe C o u n t y Election Commission) must be filed with a mem- jer of the Election Commission by midnight on Sept. 6. W. J. Wunderlich of Blytheville is chairman of the Commission. Other members are W. L. Hanna of Luxora and Bruce Ivy of Oscsola. Manila Mayor Loses Case Manila Mayor J. B. Brown yesterday lost his legal battle to revamp the rental system of Manila airport lands when Chancery Court Judge Gene Bradley- ruled that contracts awarded tenants by his city council took precedence over contracts awarded by Brown for the same land 6n the basis of competitive bids. The council had already, back in March, received a temporary injunction in its favor which prohibit Browns lessees from taking possession of the 11 plots in question. The lands in question are part of the old Blytheville Army Air lorps auxiliary air field which was closed in 1947 and purchased by the city for conversion into a municipal airport. -Terms of the bargain then sealed with the government provided that income derived from use of the land for other than public airport purposes must be used in maintaining the landing area. Since 1947 the city has leased 11 44-acre. plots of the airport jroperty to selected individuals >n the basis of private negotiations. In January Brown insisted that this "secret award" system had traditionally been discriminatory and announced his intention of advertising publicly for bids. He subsequently did so and awarded lease contracts to 11 persons. Meanwhile the council awarded its own lease contracts under the old system. This situation was the cause of a series of suits and counter- suits which led to yesterday's decision. » * * During the litigation, Brown made much of a statement by F. J. Schnitzer, airports branch chief of the Fort Worth office of the Federal Aviation Authority, which read in part: "It is the duty of this Agency to insure that the highest rev- See MANILA on Pig* I last two days. The Reds also lost heavily in an air strike. \ •" American pilots flew 353 sorties in South Viet Nam Wednesday and claimed they destroyed or damaged 327 huts and buildings and 11 sampans. South Vietnamese pilots flew an additional 299 sorties. In a war-related development, CBS reported from Saigon that an investigation was under way into allegations that the South Vienamese Navy had provided "safe conduct to sampans carrying food and supplies : 'tp_ Viet Cong units in the Mekong Delta." In Washington, Rutherford Poats, assistant administrator for the Agency for International Development, said he knew nothing of any such incidents of safe conduct or investigations. But he said "there could conceivably be a case" in which barges or sampans being c.pn- voyed by the Vietnamese Navy "stop off and deliver to villages that someone could consider to be VC-infested." : He added: "It's impossible/to seal off whole areas and deny them resources." Prison Files Reply On Lash LITTLE ROCK (AP) - An Arkansas convict's claim that his poor eyesight led to a prison whipping is only a frivolous excuse, the state attorney general's office said Wednesday in U. S. District Court. William K. Jackson, 27, charged last Friday in a handwritten petition to the court that he was whipped with the penitentiary's controversial leather strap for overlooking okra in the field. His poor eyesight caused him to miss some of the crop, the petition said. The attorney general's office, answering for the prison, admitted that Jackson and seven other convicts were whipped July 27 for not picking okra, but Jackson was Sie only one who defended himself against the charge. Jackson's medical records show that his vision is poor in his left eye, but the state contended it is normal in the right eye. The records show that "defendant's defense was frivolous," the state said. The state denied that Jackson, who is serving a fiver-year term on a 1963 burglary conviction, was being forced to perform hard labor for which he was not physically able becausa of blindness and poor, vision. . * * * . Some prisoners, the sta|e said, purposely leave part of the farm produce Kiat they should be picking as a form.of rebellion. All eight prisoners we're given eight lashes with the strap, the state said, causing them no physical injury, and all were returned to their okra- picking jobs, "this time picking all tiiat was supposed to be picked." Jackson's petition is the first test of prisons rules for whipping adopted earlier this yeah U. S. District Judge, ruling o'ij another convict's petition, said that the whip constituted cruel and unusual punishment, unless the state Penitenliary Board established an explicit set- of rules for its use. •':'•' iiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiniiiiKiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiir Weather Forecast ,,,., Clear to partly cloudy .and mild through Friday. High N today: 72-79. Lows tonight: 53-St. Highs Friday: 76-82. For Satiir. day partly cloudy and wanner.

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