The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 16, 1968 · Page 1
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 256 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 1968 12 PAGES 10 CENTS ndustries. Home Owners Due Sewer Rate Hike i * Election to Be Feb. 27 By Herb Wight Managing Editor Listen closely. The next screams of protest you hear may come from Blytheville's giant commercial and industrial sewer customers. They will be hardest hit if city fathers go with the recommendations of consulting engineers Ellers Reaves (E&R) of Memphis to initiate a rate hike to finance a $1.5 million sewer project. In a series of meetings last week Mayor Tom Little asked the engineers to come up with a more equitable sewer rate charge than Blytheville presently is using. (Home owners now pay 1.80 per month. Under E&R's new plan they would pay $2.) .The inequities of present rates are pointed up by the E&R plan. In its analysis of the proposed sewer rates the firm says: "The average home in Blytheville will discharge approximately 10,000 gallons of sewage each month to the sewer system. For the service of collecting and treating sewage he pays (under the new plan) $2 per month to the city. '"The present Class 4 rate will allow commercial and industrial users to discharge up to 100,000 gallons for the rate of $10 monthly. "This is 10 times the volume from a home for only five times the rate. The present Class 5 rate is $20 for customers whose water usage in 1953 was over 100,000 gallons. "The Blytheville Canning Company now pays $250 per month for sewage. This is 125 times the residential rate for 462 times as much sewage." * * * If voters give ttieir approval — a bond election probably will be set for Feb. 27 — the industrial and commercial rates will be greatly affected. The biggest change will come for those high volume water users such as Zenite Co. (The Randall Company), Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Chickasawba Hospital and Nu-Way Laundry. Under the pending rate schedule no $20 maximum rate will apply for these users who pour more than 100,000 gallons of water into the sewer System each month. Instead, the new law would require those industries using more than 80,000 gallons per month to pay $20 OR 25 percent "of the peak months water bill, which ever is greater." What would this mean? To Randall Company, which the engineers say dumped 15,883,000 gallons of sewage during October, 1966, it will mean a rate jump from $20 per month to $500 per month. While Randall Company's increase would be exceptionally great, one should not expect the city to make blanket increases without consulting the industrial powers. And, in fact, it has been decided that Harry Rike and Jim Chaney, E&R engineers, will, visit 14 of the city's big sewer customers and explain .the. proposed rate increases. None of those at last week's meeting — which, included the mayor, several aldermen,, two sewer commissioners and a bonding expert — expect.Ran- dall to go along .with .a.$20-to- $500-per-mont4i rate hike. Instead, a negotiated settlement is expected with a rate more in line with that paid by Blylheville Canning Company ... $250 per month or perhaps a little more since Randall uses more than twice the amount of water as the canning facility. * "* .. * How will the money from thg additional sewer fees be used? These figures came from last week's meetings: Total project cost will be $1,537,100. The project includes: 1) Constructing sewers, lift stations, force mains, $750,601); 2) Constructing oxidation See SEWER on Page 2 Negro Issue Triggers It Sniping Begins On County Level By Harry Haines Courier Editor Mississippi County's Election Commission is poised to make some political history tomorrow. In the- process, they'll fire the first volleys of the bi-partisan election year. Both Democrats and Republicans have agreed to the appointment of a few Negro clerks and judges. Negroes, who have voted here for decades, never have served in official capacities in an election: However, there js a wide area of disagreement as to just how this new bi-racial posture came about. . County Election Commission Chairman W. J. Wunderlich said he understood the Republicans were, coming forward tomorrow with some Negro clerks and judges and extended an invitation for Negro Democrats to nominate themselves. 'We'd like to let the colored citizens know," Wunderlich, a Democrat, said, "that we aren't drawing the line on them." As a matter of act, C1 e o Hanna, the Republican member of the Election Commission said the Democrats did just that — draw the line. "At last Thursday's County Election Commission meeting I submitted the names of several Negroes to serve as election officials in predominantly Negro precincts for the forthcoming special election (Jan. 30). "However, Mr. Wunderlich took exception to these appointments and adjourned the meeting until Wednesday at which time he insisted that I submit a substitute list naming all white judges and clerks. "I am happy to learn today that Mr. Wunderlich has not only changed his mind about my appointments, but has indicated that he will also appoint Negro officials for the special election." Wunderlich told the Courier News that he.had not seen Hanna's list of clerks and judges. He admitted that the Demo- crats had prepare dno list which included Negro election officials. However, he said, "If some responsible group like the Voters League wanted to suggest some people to serve, we probably could get them on." Hanna, in a prepared statement, took a parting shot at Wunderlich and the Democrats: "I felt last week! and still feel that Negroes are entitled to serve in these capacities. Members of the last Republican County Committee meeting voted unanimously for these appointments. We are happy to see the Democrats again following our lead." The Election Commission meets tomorrow to discuss the clerks and judges and the num See COUNTY on Page Z Another First for Arkansas Currie Excited, Honored By Webb Laseter III Staff Writer W. L. Currie, 44, Negro educator and farmer from Oscebla, whom Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller appointed yesterday to the state Penitentiary Board, said today that he was both excited and iionored by the appointment. Currie said he no prior knowledge that he was even being considered for the position, and that it came as a complete surprise to him, since he has had no previous experience in prison work. He did say, however, that he hopes to suggest establishing a thorough vocational education program witSiin the state's penal system, because he feels this would be the best method to prepare inmates to become useful and productive members of society. A vocational teacher by profession, Currie said his experience in this field is why he felt he was chosen by the governor. He anticipates no prob- JJ Withdrawing? PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) Jim Johnson, the 1966 Democratic gubernatorial nominee, implied here Monday night that he was withdrawing from leadership in the state Democratic party. Johnson told the Pine Bluff Jaycees he "knew damn well" that Democratic politicians in the state did not need him to lead the party back into power. "Politicians have never needed me, but it was encouraging to know they didn't need (former Gov, Orval) Faubus," Johnson said. "They've always leaned on him." Johnson was asked if his statement meant he was withdrawing from Democratic leadership. "I suppose it does," he answered. Several Democratic legislators have said recently that the party would benefit if Faubus and Y Will Meet Wednesday at 3 A special meeting of the YMCA executive board with Y banquet and membership committee chairmen has been called for 3 p.m. Wednesday. The group will meet at the YMCA to discuss the membership drive, annual banquet, and activities for the coming year and will be assisted by special guest Rob Hibner, southwest area associate executive. Any board members who wish to attend this meeting and who have not been specifically notified are also welcome, a X ipokesmm Johnson would step aside and allow new leadership to emerge. George Wallace for president, said the Wallace could capture the presidency because both major political parties solicit the vote of the minorities rather than the masses. Johnson said Wallace appealed to the masses. Johnson predicted that President Johnson and New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller would be tiie presidential nominees of the two major parties. He also predicted that the two would split the vote enough to create an opportunity for a third party. Mrs. Luckett Rites Set Mrs. Jim Belle Luckett, widow of Dr. Joseph A. Luckett, died early this morning in Memphis' Baptist Hospital. Born in Coldwater, Miss., she moved to Arkansas in 1920. She was a member of the First Christian Church. She leaves a daughter, Miss Neal Luckett of Blytheville; A son, Dr. Frank Luckett of Helena; A brother, Polk Martin of Coldwater; Two grandchildren and five great - grandchildren. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in Cobb Funeral Home chapel, Rev. Ira Kirk officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. 'Pallbearers .will be Paul Wood, R. L. Logging, Elmer Stone, J. 0. Bradley, .Nick Rose and J. T. Sudburjr. _ _ FIRST — Paul Hughes of Blytheville has been elected vice-president of the Memphis Board of Trade and is believed to be the first non- Memphian ever so honored. As veep, hejs president-elect. (Courier News Photo) Mrs. Hamilton's Rites Are Held Mrs. Ida Rule Hamilton, 91, the mother of George A. Hamilton of Blytheville, died Sunday in a hospital in Searcy. She leaves, in addition to her son, one brother, Rev. Dr. E. Clifton Rule of Pine Bluff; One g r a n d c h i 1 d and two great • grandchildren. Funeral services were today at 11 a.m. by Rev: Harold Wilson in the First Methodist Church in Augusta, Ark. Burial will be in Augusta Memorial Park Cemetery with Powell Funeral Service in chug*, _ v lem in dealing with other members of the board and thinks tJiere will be a harmonious working relationship in seeking to solve problems within the state's prisons. Following the board's scheduled tour of prison facilities on Wednesday, Currie said he would then have a better understanding of what must be done, and what programs he hopes to introduce. * * * Currie, the first Negro to be appointed to the Arkansas State Penitentiary Board, was born and reared in Mississippi County and for the last 12 years has taught school in this area. Presently he lives in Osceola and teaches at Rosenwald High School there. He finished high school in Pine Bluff, received his B. S degree in agriculture from Ar kansas AM&N College, also in Pine Bluff, and earned his M S. degree in education from Arkansas State University a Jonesboro. Currie served in the Army Air Corps in the European the ater during World War II am is a member of the American Legion, Farm Bureau, Arkansas National and American Voca tional Association, Phi Delta Phi, Alpha Tau Alpha, Missis sippi County Teacher's Associa tion and the St. Paul AME Church. He is married and has one son, aged 14. Dateline — January 16 ~~ PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — The casualty toll in Sicily |s catastrophic earthquake moves steadily up today as new tremors spread more panic through the devastated western tip of the Mediterranean's largest island. The unofficial toll rose to more than 300 dead, nearly 1,500 persons missing and more than 1,600 injured. Officials said with that many missing, the final death toll might be 500 or 1,000. As new waves of undulating shocks toppled ruined walls in shattered communities, a growing army of rescue workers fought against the clock in a desperate search for buried survivors still alive under the ruins. WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.-(AP) - God-and his agents in Lake -Worth— are being sued for $25,000 by an accident victim whose injuries were attributed by a jury to an act of God. The man, who identified himself as George Albricht, an electrician, paid a $17.50 filing fee and handed astounded circuit court clerks copies of his allegations to distribute to the defendants. They include 32 Lake Worth churches and synagogues lumped by the plaintiff under the term "God and Co." Albrecht claimed he was injured in 1964 when a rain- sodden sidewalk collapsed under him. The defendants in the first suit were a construction firm and the city of Lake Worth, a suburb of West. Palm Beach. HOUSTON, Tex. (AP)-The freighter Christiana smashed Into a string of gasoline-laden barges in the Houston Ship Channel today turning the water into a blazing inferno as the volatile fuel exploded in sheets of flame. Two Amercian tourists, the captain's Wife and 3-year- old daughter, ant! 27 officers and crewmen scrambled into the ship's lifeboats and fled through the iittff waters. State police *aid they bad no report! of «riou» injum*, FICKLE 'CICLE—As if the weather isn't mixed up enough, now icicles are growing out of the ground. Not really. Actually this 7-footer was hanging off the roof at 921 south 21st and Roger King (left), Hi flster Theresa and his brother Kennith took ft off the house and "planted" it in the snovr. (Courier Newi-i Photo) /•' >• 'I'd Do It Again' Charlie Wiygul's Hornet's Nest "There's a lot of money to be made off electricity," Osceola Mayor Charlie Wiygul told Bly- heville Chamber of Commerce's executives luncheon 'esterday. "We're doing good in Osceola nd we're doing it on our light nd water plants." Wiygul selected Osceola's hot opic—Public Power and From Vhom—as the subject of his emarks at the H o 1 i d a y Inn uncheon meeting. JCs Plan Meeting At a special meeting of the Jlytheville Junior Chamber of Commerce last night, plans vere made in connection with National Jaycee Week which 'ill begin this Sunday, Jan. 21st foe local group will attend the irst Presbyterian Church as body. Next Monday night the Jay- ees will have their annual osses' Night Banquet and will onor some employer who, hrough his co-operative efforts, lave enabled a Jaycee employe o devote more tune to the roup's projects. The banquet will begin at :30 p.m. and the guest speaker ill be Blyttieville lawyer OR-, ar Fendlir, He pointed to a long list of civic improvements which have been financed by income from Paving (or blacktopping) of every street in Osceola, "except three short ones and one the city's electric and water; of these will be paved later systems: A $100,000 contribution to the city airport project; Some $90,000 in new fire fighting facilities; Parks and playgrounds: 'Dog' Law In Effect Numerous phone calls with questions concerning the new "dog" ordinance have been received by local police in recent days. Police Chief George Ford said the ordinance is in effect now and dog owners should begin compliance immediately or be prepared to pay a fine for any violation. The ordinance' says, in part, that dogs may hot be allowed to run at large; that they must wear a collar and license tag, the tag costing $2 per year and must be renewed by June 1 each year; and that a dog must be vaccinated against rabies within six months before the owner appljes for a license. Violation of the ordinance wiH cost from. $5 to $100 per offenM, his year." Wiygul said the municipal utility put $115,000 in the city treasury at the beginning of this year. 'And what about rates? We have pretty good ones," he said. Then he read off the comparisons (per 1,500 killowatt hours): Osceola—$29.08. Blytheville-$34.41 Kennett-$29 Paragould—$23 Jonesboro—$22 Wynne, Newport and Forrest City-$2t ; Paragould and Jonesboro are purchasers of Southwest Power Administration, he pointed out, while Wynne, Newport and Forrest City are served by Arkansas Power and Light. .:' "Our water charge is $2 for Sec OSCEOLA on Page 2 ,, iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Weather Forecast Clear to partly cloudy and not so cold tonight. Fair Wed; ncsday morning but increasing cloudiness in ' the afternoon. Warmer Wednesday. Low tonight mostly in lower 30s south to 20s elsewhere. \ '",!', IIHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIHWUIIIIIIIIilllllHIIliHI

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