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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 262 BLYTHEVILLB, ARKANSAS (72315) TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 1968 12 PAGES 10 CENTS Faces Hazards: Fog, Rain and Legislators Bearden: Beware the night. (Courier News Photo) By Harry Haincs Courier Editor Governor Winthrop Rockefeller's airplane last night dropped out of a foggy, rainy sky, made a quick turn to avoid the KLCN transmitting tower and glided toward the Blytheville Municipal air strip. The pilot cut his throttles, hit the strip and began to skid on the rain covered runways. Finally, it stopped, just short of the far end of the runway and the Governor was off to his first of several regional meetings with legislators. The meeting seemed to go well enough. About a dozen legislators (half of them or more from Mississippi and Craighead counties) met with Rockefeller at the Holiday Inn in a special pre-session briefing last night. "I want to go over as much legislation as we've worked up to date, answer any questions you have and prepare you as much as possible for the special session," Rockefeller told the legislators. "I want to see a short, working session." Rep. Rosco Brown of Jonesboro said he's ready for a short, working session, too. "Why don't we ask the fellows to stay out of the Pink Pussy Cat (a Little Rock club) at nights and have some night sessions this time? Maybe we can get home in a week," he suggested. "The first time some of them turn up drunk at one of those night sessions, you'll wish you'd never mentioned it," Sen. Lee Bearden of Leachville commented drily. * * * Obviously the Governor and the team which accompanied him last night (Tom Eisele, Marion Burton, Bill Conley all administrative aides), are hoping for a short session wliieh will be as nor. - controversial as possible. "On the state police legislation," Eisele said, referring to a bill which doubtless will become known as the Lynn Davis Bill, "you can talk about it for an hour, but after that what more's to be said?" Privately, a legislator commented that "there's one man in the Senate who'll talk more than an hour about that bill." The reference .obviously was to Hot Springs' Q.. Byrum Hurst. Davis was the state police director who closed down Hot Springs gambling. * * * Rockefeller may have devised a means of keeping one controversial measure off the flr "ir. "We're asking the University of Arkansas and Little Kocs University people to prepare a resolution on merger of these two schools. "We're suggesting that they wait until special reports on budgetary requirements are ready this summer and then submit legislation together with a proposed budget to the 1969 legislature." If this conies to pass then the special session will not be called on to debate the merits of merger. Rockefeller made it clear that liquor by the drink legislation is not an administration measure and will have to come from the legislature. I will support it if a majority of the legislature is firmly committed to it." he said. Rockefeller admitted that he income provisions of the measure are attractive. "The projections for earnings are quite good and the money will go to areas where it is needed-cities, schools and law enforcement. "There's no doubt that it will help our tourist industry. Missouri is getting some business which should be ours because they have liquor by the drink." * * * Rockefeller spoke with some affection for a bill which would allow cities to levy a one per cent sales tax. "Texas has had this for less than a year, I think, and 170 towns have voted on it, with less than 30 turning it down.' Generally, Rockefeller said he is asking for a cutback in state spending of two percent. "Some state agencies have made dramatic economies of 15 to 18 percent. "We won't have any deficits, but if we continued to spend at the rate we have been, then we would. We're slowing down spending." Amazingly enough, Eisele reported, the administration still is working on arriving at an accurate count of the number of state employes. "When we got into the capital, we couldn't find anyone who could give us. the number of state employes. We started checking records and failed to produce the necessary data. Now, we have a study underway which very soon will give us this information." Rockefeller said the scattera- tion of state offices is costly. "We have a hodge - podge of buildings on the state grounds and then the state has offices all over town, including one over the Pink Pussy Cat." Governmental efficiency and reform will not come overnight Rockfeller said. "We can make some savings., and have..by changes in procedures, but in some instances it will take new legislation," he said. Rockefeller favors putting (he constitutional convention issue on the November general election ballot. "This measure is good for Arkansas, irrespective of party lines." County Judge A. A. Banks," who is president of the Arkansas County Judges Association, spoke in behalf of his group's proposed legislation which would "check off" one per cent of county aid money and use it to operate a Little Rock office. "This would bring us about $40,000," Banks said, "and although I can't deny there would be some lobbying activity, that would not be the only purpose of a state office to represent county government. "We would conduct seminars and workshops for county officers and we'd also be ready See ROCKEFELLER on Page 2 WR: Short, working session. lt _ ' (Courier News. Photo) N. Koreans Hijack U.S. Dateline January 23 * OPPOSITION LEADER-Alderman R. E. (Dick) Prewitt is Osceola City Council's vocal anti-Southwest Power Administration faction leader. Last night Prewitt spoke for the entire Council as he discussed a $1,212.37 bill presented the group by Jonesboro Engineer W. D. Buford. Jan. 9 Buford—by letter—said he'd sue the 'Council if payment was not made. At that time, the Council said, in effect, "Let him sue." Last night Buford and Attorney Ed Westbrook talked with the Council and the matter now is under advisement. The bill is for work Buford did acquiring right-of-way for a transmission line Osceola at one time planned to build to Jonesboro. (Courier News Photo) Osceola City Council: The Image Makers By Herb Wight Managing Editor OSCEOLA- - It's not that the Osceola City Council doesn't accomplish anything at its meetings. It does. It's just that-while getting things done -- it embellishes its accomplishments by snide remarks, bickering and a stubbornness that would do justice to a Missouri mule. For example, last night the Council: 1) Passed a resolution seeking to terminate its contract with Southwest Power Administration to purchase electric power: 2) Okayed an $872.50 bill for special legal assistance; 3) Gave final approval for a $40,000 se 111 e m e n t with the George D. Pollock Co., Inc., an Osceola engineering firm: 4) Passed a resolution that the city borrow $15,640 to build eight T - hangars at the municipal airport: 5) Discontinued preferential electric and water rates to city employes: 6) Approved a 20-year contract with the Grider - Driver Water Users Association to sell that body water. (The deal involves spending $18,320 for an eight - inch water line that will run to the south boundary of the city limits.): 7) Passed a resolution demanding that Woodstock Construction Company - in charge See OSCEOLA on Page 2 By K. C. HWANG Associated Press Writer SEOUL (AP) - The United States reported today a U.S. patrol boat with'83 men aboard . was seized by North Koreans in international waters and in Seoul, South Korean troops killed a sixth member of a North Korean assassination team. A North Korean broadcast charged the vessel was a "spy boat" violating North Korean waters. • The American announcement said the Pueblo, a Navy intelligence auxilliary ship, was boarded by an armed party about 25 miles off the North Korean coast today and taken to Wonsan. The U.S. announcement said a North Korean patrol boat approached the Pueblo and asked identification. The Pueblo signaled that it was a U.S. boat in international waters and the North Koreans signaled: "Heave to or I will open fire on you." About an hour later, the announcement said, three more patrol boats arrived, surrounded the Pueblo and North Koreans boarded the American vessel. The Pueblo reported she was requested to follow the North Korean ships into Wonsan and that she had not used any weapons, the announcement The final message from the Pueblo reported it was "going off the air." The Defense Department said there were 6 officers, 75 enlisted men and 2 civilians aboard the See U.S. on Page 2 Dimes Drive Falling Short Reporting on the progress of the 1968 March of Dimes campaign, H. N. Whitis, vice- president of Farmers Bank and Trust Company and this year's Mississippi county campaign director, said, adverse weather during the month has handicapped the drive's efforts to reach the hoped - for goal of $2500 in contributions. So far only about $700 has been collected, Whitis said, but contricutions should increase when the annual "Mother's March" is held. Tonight marks the beginning of the "Mother's March" in Osceola and Leachville with the Blytheville march set for this Friday, the 26th. Manila will hold theirs the following Monday. Other fund - raising projects planned in connection with the drive are a bread sale in, Osceola and Blytheville January 27, and two benefit basketball games to be played at local high schools Friday and Saturday night. Prior to the ball games a high school carnival will be held. Whitis said in the event the weather conditions force a post- ponment o f t h e "M o t b e r's March," it will be held the first night that weather will permit. Residents of Blytheville serving as officials for the local drive, Whitis said, are Mrs. Earl McGregor, Bob N. White, Ira Young, Richard Connell and Mrs. Earnest Johnson. Officials for the surrounding area are Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Morse in Osceola, Robert Price and Mrs. Jerry Atkeison in Leachville and Mrs. Leonard Sandusky in Manila. City Hosts Scout Meet Blytheville will host the District Scoutcrs Appreciation Banquet Thursday night. The 7 p. m. meeting will be held in Holiday Inn. Ralph Abramson of Holly Grove, president of the Eastern Arkansas Boy Scout Council, will be present. Col Ralph Holland, 42nd Air Division speaker. More than 100 Scout leaders and officials will be present for the meeting. New officers will be installed. Jack Robinson is district chairman; Nick Rose is vice chairman and Major Kent C. Brown li district cobunisfi S. Viets Leave 2nd Town By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - South Vietnamese troops and civilians pulled out of a second district town in the enflamed Khe Sanh Valley. Monday as the U.S. Command rushed thousands of reinforcements to South Vietnam's threatened northern sector. More than 3,000 helicopter- borne Infantrymen from the U.S. 1st Air Cavalry Division were moved up the line, available as backup troops should they be needed anywhere along the front. A battalion of U.S. Marines was rushed to the Khe Sanh combat baaa to bolster three other battalions there. South Vietnamese military headquarters said about 200 militiamen, accompanied by an unknown number of civilians, had been withdrawn from the district town of Huong Hoa, nearly two miles southeast of the town •of Khe Sanh. Government forces abandoned Huong Hoa after three days nf Communist attack in which the troops were killed at a cost of 18 Vietnamese dead and 53 wounded. Three Combined Action Platoons of U.S. Marines and South Vietnamese militiamen similarly, abandoned tba town tf Kb* Sanh Monday, withdrawing to the Marine combat base three miles north of the town. They were followed by 1,112 of the town's 10,000 civilians, and these refugees were shuttled on to Da Nang. Both Khe Sanh and Huong Hoa had been considered technically secure under the government's pacification progarm but their'semi-isolated position and their proximity to the northern frontier placed them in the "C" category on the U. S. Mission's A-to-E scale of rating how secure an area is. A, B or C hamlets are considered secure, D and G contested. Associated Press correspondent Robert D. Ohman reported from the Khe Sanh base that U.S. Marine commanders feared the small allied force in the town of Khe Sanh could not hold out against another North See VIETNAM on Page 2 wiiiiiiiiiiniiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiHiiiiiiiiii Wtatfttr Foracart Clear to partly cloudy and cooler tonight. Generally fair and locally a little warmer Wednesday. Low tonight upper 20s ; north to 30s south. ••••I JC's Honor B.C. Kennon Last night the Blytheville Jr. Chamber of Commerce climaxed their annual Bosses' Night Dinner with the presentation by Jaycee president, Ted Johnston, of a certificate to B. C. Kennon, manager of the Sears, Roebuck Co. here, honoring him as the Boss of the Year. The presentation followed an after-dinner address by the guest speaker, Oscar Fendler, a local attorney. Fendler spoke to the Jaycees and their guests on the hidden dangers to American youth from communism, saying that the best way to combat this ideology was through the "economic and political education of a child during the first six years of his lift." . ,: ._ KOMPONG TRABEK, Cambodia (AP) - Newsmen inspecting the area where Cambodia says it repulsed a U.S.-South Vietnamese attack found two bloody bandages, some insect repellent containers marked "U.S." and hundreds of .30-caliber shell casings. Some of the ground was splotched with dried blood and the trees were shredded and blackened around the bullet-pocked, fortified outpost where the press chief of the Cambodian Ministry of Information took newsmen for a briefing on the incident last Thursday. * , TOKYO (AP) — Officials of a pharmaceutical company reported today that a Japanese research team has developed a drug which cured a cancer in the roof of a man's mouth and achieved "encouraging results in clinical tests on other cancer, patients at the Kanazawa University Hospital. In some cases, officials of the Chugai Pharmaceutical Co. said, the drug has produced a "drastic" improvement and in others "slow" results. ' •*. ' SASEBO, Japan (AP) — Sasebo merchants, expecting $2.2 million in spending by sailors from the U. S. aircraft carrier Enterprise, blame student rioting against the nuclear-powered ship's visit for the $167,000 they estimated they took in. YDCs Meet 7:30 Tonight Former Gov. Orval Faubus won't be at tonight's 7:30 meeting of Mississippi County Young Democrats at Burdette, but'officials still expect a host, of powerful county democrats. President Dewey Neeley of Burdette said the county's legislative delegation will be there. : Sen Lee Bearden of Leachville, Reps. Walter Day and Gene Still, both of Blytheville, and Bill Nicholson of Osceola. Also expected are County Judge A. A. (Snug) Banks and Osceola Mayor Charlie Wiygul. Blytheville Mayor Tom A. Little has been invited, according to Neeley, but Little will not attend since the Blytheville City Council meets to discuss the city budget tonight. Rufus Branch, Joiner planter, has been asked to address the meeting, which has the announced purpose of "reorganizing the Democratic Party in the County." A special guest at the Burdette School cafe- torium meeting will be Mrs. L. H. Autry, a candidate to succeed her husband, the late state Rep. L H. Autry. In a post-card invitation mailed to young De crats, YDC Secretray Russell Phillips Jr. said, you know Mrs. Autry is opposed by Mr. Ed Allis Republican of Blytheville. Their race (January SO will likely.be a close one and your attendance Tueii day night will be important to Mrs. Autry's candj£\ dacy." . *•« * * * * Neeley said even though Faubus will not be 1 able to address the YDC meeting tonight, "We are supposed to meet with him Wednesday afternoon at the Cotton Boll Restaurant in Blytheville." ,..• (Faubus will address a joint meeting of the city's civic clubs tomorrow at noon at the Holiday Inn.) "I suppose we'll discuss his possible candidacy If he's ready to talk about it. "And we'll try and find out what he thinks of, Republican opposition as a whole and what we can do to take a more active part in (county Democratic) activities," Neeley, said.