The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 20, 1968 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, January 20, 1968
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 260 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) SATURDAY. JANUARY 20,1968 10 PAGES 10 CENTS RESCUE AT WALKER PARK— An expectant mother fell through the ice at Walker Park pond yesterday morning and' it took two policemen, one fireman, a volunteer fireman, and the Park cartaker to rescue her. The victim was a Their radio call brought (first and Buck Roush ZS^L ing helmet). In the second photo, Roush crawled t on hefeladde and tried ?* do to on.fh h Tr g '" Sh ° WS R ° USh Md Park Carefaker ' , ammal ' S drculati ° n - Simmons took the , where she was ke P l ovemi S hl - Thte morn- , , o o on. , , dog, a hound that is expecting puppies. She fell through the ice and was spotted to pull the dog out of the pond with a hook Fang he finanv crawled to the inf th P L H Tf '" T* where she was ke P l ovemi S hl - Thte morn- by Lt. Dick Burns, and Officer Michael Richardson, both Blytheville policemen. water's edge and lifted the nearly frozen hound ol^heiadde The dog' h nd 3S " sallsfactor y condition." (Courier News Photos) WR, Mississippi County's legislative delegation is in agreement that GOv. Winthrop Rockefeller will. greatly enhance the chances of getting legislation through the special session of the Arkansas Legislature next month by the district'meetings he is.conduct- ing over the state. On Monday night, Rockefeller . will, meet with legislators from over Northeast Arkansas at Holiday Inn here. Purpose of the meeting is to M discuss legislation which will come before the special session in February. "This is a good idea," State Senator-Lee Bearden of Leachville commented this morning on th,e ; 'Blytheville meeting. . "I itjiih'JC it's nice of him to come out into the state and discuss his problems with us." Asked if this will relieve any of the tensions between the legislative and executive branches which were so obvious in the 1967 session, Bearden answered this way: "Any tune you improve communications, you're going to help things." However, Bearden takes a cautious view of the upcoming session. . Realistically, he said that "we might as well face it, we'll still have those people who won't cooperate on anything." In regard to primary legisla- : tion, Bearden thinks Rockefel- ler is in good shape. "I don't think he'll have much trouble with bills like the Lynn Davis thing and the penitentiary. Some of these aren't very controversial now. He'll have some bills which will face rough going, I imagine." * * * Bearden is predicting that the legislative temper will grow., shorter as 'the session grows longer. The reason: Under the state's 100-year- old constitution, legislators get $6 per day for a special session. "It doesn't make too much difference to me," the Leachville planter-banker stated, "but this is expensive for some of the men and it hurts. "It's just like the $5,000 limitation on county officers' salar- ..ies. That's the constitution again." + * * Blytheville's Representative E. F. Still commented that Rockefeller "probably will try to a selling job on some legislation. . .and that's okay." Still views the governor's visit as "a good idea. . .it will give us time to study some of these bills before we go over there to Little Rock and get so busy." Still said the governor hopes to have "some .of the legislation prepared by Monday night's meeting." ay "If we're going to accomplish anything," Legislator Walter Day said, "ISien we're going to have to get down to facts about what these bills actually will say. "We haven't seen any legislation yet and you can't dis^ cuss legislation until the bills are drafted and put .in your hand so you can study them." Day expects Rockefeller to poll the legislators on the li- See ROCKEFELLER on Page 2 Dateline January 20"W? Hill »a Mir' PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Driving rain, hail, snow and spreading diseases kept Sicily in a nightmarish state today as more than 40,000 refuges huddled in soggy tent camps-or waited in the hills for rescuers. An emergency program of antityphoid injections was begun, and other innoculations were stepped up amid outbreaks of scarlet fever, chicken pox, whooping cough, bronchitis, dysentery and pneumonia. Two deaths were reported from exposure. Trudging through the debris of what, was the town of Gibellina, Italian Premier Aldo Moro told hungry, bedraggled refugees: "My poor people, whatever we can do will be done." "More bread! More tents!" the earthquake victims shouted at him, and -angry crowds stopped him several'times along the roads. CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) - After some confusion resulting from a failure in a computer power supply, the space agency says it still hopes to launch its first Lunar Module Monday. The confusion occurred Friday night when power in the ground-based computer failed just 20 minutes before the end of a two-day countdown rehearsal. Officials first said the launching of the Saturn 1 booster rocket would be postponed at least 48 hours, depending on correction of the problem and determination of how much of the practice countdown would have to be repeated. STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Mike Kasperak, the heart transplant patient who has undergone a third intestinal operation in less than a week, is in "extremely grave" condition today, doctors say. Doctors at Stanford University Medical Center expressed concern about the possibility of "infectious influences" attacking the weakened system of the world's fourth human heart transplant patient. A medical bulletin Friday night, four hours after ttie removal of the 54-year-old retired steelworker's spleen, said the heart transplanted Jan. 6 was functioning normally despite the stress of disease and multiple surgery in other areas. CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) - Phillip Blaiberg began today his 19th day of life sustained by .another persons heart, and became the longest •. lurvivor of a heart transplant, At about 4:30 p.m.-9:30 a.m. EST the 58-year- old retired Cape Town dentist surpassed the survival ••;• time of Louis Washkansky, the first person to undergo , (tie operation. . . . , ;r .Doctors raid Blaiberg continued to, make excellent progress and surgeon Christian Barnard and other doctors at Groote Schuur Hospital have found no signs of his body rejecting his new heart, nor lira . U*« any indications of Infection in his system. ••••' ' Readers Ask About Action Line-PC 3-4461 Fluoride, Job Corps, Taxes "Can fluoride be removed from water by boiling it if a person doesn't want it in t'neir water?" — Anonymous, City No, it cannot, according to Dr. J.E. Beasley, county health officer. By boiling the water a per- son would simply evaporate some of the water, leaving the same amount of fluoride in a smaller quantity of water, Beasley said. By the way, the Blytheville Water Company hasn't even started putting fluoride in the water yet. General Manager Clyde Kapp said the installation of fluoride equipment will be completed next week and then state Health Department officials from Little Rock will have to come to Blytheville and supervise add- ing the chemical to city water, "Earlier this week the Courier published a story saying city sewer rates may be increased from $1.80 to $2 a month. I'm already paying $3 a month. See ACTION LINE Page 2 NAACP Maps Program Problems: Mud ,Jobs BLAZING AWAY - Osceola firemen battled away yesterday to control the fire which erupted just before noon at the Mississippi Valley Industrial Service building, located behind the National Food store. The fire ividently started In the building's paint room, a fire department official said this morning. An estimate of damage was unavailable. (Courier New* Photo) Back in 1957 when Orval Faubus tried to stare down an airborne division of the United States Army (Faubus blinked first), L. C. Bates was recognized around the state as a black (well, a brown, perhaps) militant, civil righter. That was in 1957. By today's standards, Bates, when juxtaposed with the likes Ted Wahl Dies Here Suddenly A well known local resident, Theodore Wesley Wahl, 41, died last night at Chickasawba Hospital in Blytheville. Wahl was vice-president and assistant trust officer of the First National Bank here, having been with the bank for the last 20 years. He was born in Blytheville, lived here all his life, and was a member of First Baptist Church. He was a Mason. A veteran of World War II, Wahl was active in the YMCA and the Little League organization having worked with local youth for the past 15 years. He leaves his wife, Ethelena Owens Wahl of Blytheville; Two daughters, Sandra Wahl and Linda Wahl, both of the home; His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilber Wahl of Blytheville; One sister, Mrs. Catherine Mann, also of Blytheville. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church See WAHL on Page 2 of Rap Brown and Stokely Carmichael, is somewhat like a Boy Scout standing smartly beside a Hitler Youtti. Last night, Bates was here to preside over the reorganization of the Mississippi County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. •-' Some 25 people turned out -for the meeting in True Light Baptist Church. After the formalities were over (Mrs. Charity Parke was elected president), Bates' spoke lor more than;;30 minutes .on the general picture of race relations and the progress and lack of progress'Jof the American Negro. •",;"We've had our demonstrS- tions, our sit-ins, our marches and all that and they've served their purpose," Bates, "the NAACP field representative from Little.Rock, said. • St: "We've got some laws nffsi So it's up to us to work withi> the framework of these laws and work in harmony with trie white man. . . .~5 "There must be good coin- -.munication," Bates said as';he pondered the significance : -<irf summertime urban rioting, "tf "And I don't mean commujii- cation with housewife and maid or employer and janitor. '' "But communication between the colored people and the white people who are trying to build the community.,.we have good communication in Blythe- ville-wlth the mayor, city coiin- See NAACP on Page 2 Weather Forecast., Clear to partly cloudy with little change in temperatures. Low tonight mostly in the 30s.

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