The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 27, 1968 · Page 1
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 266 BLYTHEVTLLE, ARKANSAS (72-S15) SATURDAY, JANUARY 27,1968 14 PAGES 10 CENTS Action Line .,... PO 3-4461 Sell Beer Near Schools? FIGHTING THE WEATHER—By March 1 Blytheville is supposed to have an operative Community Antenna TV system, and stockholder Harold Sudbury says the deadline will be met, according to a statement at this week's city council meeting. Sept. 13, 1966, Blytheville City Council awarded a franchise to Blytheville Cable T.V. Company, a local corporation, whose principal stockholders are Sudbury and his brother, Municipal Court Judge Graham Sudbury. The corporation was given 18 months to have the system operative. It is being built just east of the city dump. The corporation will forfeit $6,000 if it does not supply Little Rock and St. Louis ($3,000 each) television stations. (Courier News Photo) "Is there a city ordinance prohibiting the sale of beer close to schools?" — Anonymous, City According to the city attorney and city clerk, no. According to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) in Little Rock, there is a state Jaw. A department official was said no beer may be sold "within 300 feef'of a school. Recently Johnny H. White, White Incorporated, filed a permit with the ABC to "dispense beer at retail on the premise described as 545 North Tenth." Shamrock Lanes, the city's bowling alley, is located at 545 North Tenth. Whether the door of the bowling alley is the length of a football field from the door of the high scool band building, it's up to the ABC to say. Although White's permit asked for service to begin Jan. 20, the ABC officials said Thursday the permit had not yet been approved. "What is the telephone number of the dog catcher and is his truck radio equipped to reach the police?" — Anonymous, City. The telephone number at the dog pound is PO 3-3053. However it will only be by chance that you will be able to reach him there. He is only there for brief periods during the day to care for the animals. According to a police department official the quickest way to contact him would be to call the police at PO 3-4411. The catcher - Walter W. Stevenson — comes by there eight to 10 times a day to check on any calls that have come in. His truck is not radio equipped. • "It beats me why some of the doctors' clinics are not paying their assistants according to the federal minimum wage law. "A clinic comes under the first wage law and the rate of pay is higher than for hospitals. Could Action Line give us some light on this?" — Inquirer, City. Action Line contacted an official of the Wage and Hour Division of the U. S. Department of Labor in Little Rock to get the following information: "Before a doctor's clinic becomes subject to the requirements set forth by the federal minimum wage law, it must either have in its ebplay a person who has worked and who is now working on a regularly scheduled basis for the clinic and for the performance of his duties, be engaged in interstate commerce; "Or, the clinic must have had a volume of business which GROSSED more than $500,000 during a one-year period." Obviously the second requirement would probably be the determining factor, since most clinics fail to have employes engaged in crossing the state line. If you're in doubt as to wheth er the clinic for which you work is grossing $500,000 (and whether you should be getting the minimum wage or not), contact the U. S. Department of Labor in Little Rock. The telephone number is FR 2-4361. • ; ' "Why doesn-t the city clean np around and in front bfjhe old First National Bank building where all the pigeons and other birds roost? "The niess is piled up inches high and it looks terrible. It is very sickening to the people walking down the streets." — P. S., City A prominent official (who asked not to be named) at First National Bank said, "We have discussed it and plan to do something about it immediately." He added, though, that he is not sure who sould be responsible for the clean-up because of this technical point: £„>* The bird droppings, he sSjijp See ACTION on Page iS? ' KOREANS THREATEN U.S. END TOKYO (AP) —' North Korea declared itself fully combat ready today and promised "an exterminatory blow" at the United States if the Communist nation is attacked. A government statement issued at Pyongyang also said that the Uited Nations has no right to discuss the seizure of the USS Pueblo off Worisan. The statement charged that the United States is "now raising a frantic war clamor" by bringing the Pueblo incident to the United Nations and "mobilizing armed forces on a large scale." "But," it said, "the U.S. im- perialists, no matter how they act, can never conceal their ugly nature of aggressor, nor surprise the Korean people. "The heroic Korean People's Army and the entire Koren people have got fully prepared for coping with any provocation or invasion .by^.the U.S. imperialists and will deal an exterminatory blow at the enemies if they dare make an attack." The statement was broadcast by Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency and monitored in Tokyo. ' Turning to the debate in the U.N. Security Council, the state- ment said North Korea opposes the debate itself and will not recognize any resolution to be worked out there. By JOHN M. HIGHTOWER AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Official sources report President Johnson still seeks a diplomatic solution to the Korean crisis but that if the USS Pueblo and her crew aren't released by North Korea in a matter of days he will urgently consider proposals for further military action. U.S. officials, in reporting this, pointed to the President's surprise broadcast to the nation evidence his diplomatic activities at the United Nations, Moscow arid elsewhere are backed by the potential for military action if peaceful means fail. . "We have taken and are taking certain precautionary meas- ,nres," Johnson said, "to make sure'that our military forces are prepared for any contingency tfiat might arise in the area. "These actions do not involve a reduction in any way of our forces in Vietnam." The President already has ordered the call-up of nearly 14,800 Air Force reserves. At the Defense Department preparatory activity was under wax in the National Guard Bureau and Reserve offices. Name lists and equipment inventories were being checked. Some authorities speculated Johnson's next mobilization move, could be to call up a. Na- tional'Guard division, but the President has not announced any decision. Three Guard divisions have had stepped-up training in recent year and their equipment supply has been, improved. These are the 28th Infantry in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio; the 38th in Idian, Illinois and Michigan; and the 47th in Minnesota, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. At full strength, a division normally numbers about 14,000 men. Johnson's brief television-radio address was among many developments related to the seizure of the U.S. intelligence ship and her crew of 81 sailors and two civilians: -The United States told the U.N. Security Council it is essential to peace that steps be taken to assure the release of the ship and her crew. But the Soviet Union, sided with North Korea and rejected the U.S. See KOREA on Page 2 N. Viets Mortar Marine Base By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer • SAIGON (AP) - North Vietnamese gunners-opened up with fresh mortar barrages on the U.S. Marine combat base at Khe Sanh today and another 3,500 Army troops were flown to the northern front to back up the Leathernecks. The new barrages came seven hours after the start of a self-declared Viet Cong cease-fire for the lunar new year. Earlier, Comunist »».)s at- 'tacked three allied in^. ..Nations, including a U.S. airfield and hospital, and ambushed a platoon of government combat police inside Saigon's city limits. A brigade of troops from the U.S. 1st Air Cavalry Division was moved into the northernmost provinces of South Vietnam fronting the demilitarized zone, apparently as backup troops should they be needed anywhere along the line, including Khe Sanh. It was the second air cavalry brigade to move to the nothern front this week. The Army now has about 10,000 men, including artillerymen, along the northern frontier. Marine forces, also built up over the last few weeks, total about 40,000 troops. About 12,000 South Vietnamese soldiers are taking over defense of some out- pos's along the demilitarized zone to free more Marines for Feds OK City 'Blueprint' Foranother 12 months Blytheville is in a position to apply for federal funds to help finance, municipal improvements, according to H. Earl Rosamond, assistant regional administrator program coordianation and ser- v.ces, connected with the Department of Housing and. Urban Development. Rosamond m a d e t h e announcement this week when he informed Mayor Tom Little that Blytheville's "Workable Program" has been recertified until Feb. I, 1969. The city's workable program can be described as Its blueprint for progress for tha next year. It outlines for the federal government what Blytheville is planning in the way of municipal improvements and includes much more than Urban Renewal (UR) projects, according to W. J. Cupples, UR director .here. "The Workable Program covers anything that has to do with the federal dollar and not just Urban Renewal projects, Cupples said today. To be recertified-Blytheville has never failed to qualify since 1960-the city must not only furnish an outline of what is plan- See FEDS an Page I maneuver into any hot spots that develop. The buildup is to counter an expected major North Vietnamese offensive, which U.S. commanders say may come just after the seven-day Communist cease-fire period. U.S. intelligence reports show 32,000 to 40,000 Communist troops massed hi and around the DMZ, about half of them poised near Khe Sanh, which came under heavy attack last weekend. About 5,000 Marines hold Khe Sanh, which is 16 mjles below the DMZ and seven miles east of the Laotion frontier. With their large fleet of helicopters, the newly arrived U.S. air cavalrymen can move quickly to wherever an assault comes. The U.S. Marines at Khe Sanh, ignoring the Communist announcement of a cease-fire until the allies' 36-hour stand- down begins at 6 p.m. Monday, bombarded suspected enemy positions all night. The Communists opened up at 8:15 a.m. and Associated Press correspondent Peter Arnett reported from Khe Sanh that three Marines were wounded in the first 12-round mortar barrage. The Communists fired again two ^ours later when a four-engine C130 cargo plane landed with supplies, but missed the plane. Marines on hill positions northeast .of the base .sighted enemy movement and grenade exchanges were reported. Enemy artillery, rockets and mortars wounded 20. Leathernecks at Khe Sanh Friday. Elsewhere in South Vietnam, fighting was expected to continue throughout tha Viet Cong V standdown period, which began at 1 a.m.—noon Friday EST. The Communists had declared that any violation of this truce by the allies "will be punished severely," leaving the way open for them to keep shooting. U. Moore Dies; Rites Tomorrow Ulric W. Moore, 82, a prominent landowner and planter, died yesterday in Chickasawba Hospital. Born in Gilt Edge, Tenn., he moved here in 1914. He founded and operated Moore Brothers Store with his brother, Leslie Moore. He was trustee of the First Methodist Church where he was a member. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Nora Moore; Two daughters, Mrs. Ed Berry of St. Louis and Mrs. Glen Cook of Dell; A son, Robret E. Moore of Blytheville; ' A brother, Leslie Moore of Blytheville; A.sister, Mrs. Tassie Robertson of Blytbeville; And five grandchildren. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday in First Methodist Church, Rev. Virgil Keeley officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Cobb Funeral Home in charge. Pallbearers will be R. A. Porter, Curtis Duncan, L. E. Old, Harvey Morris, Paul Co* ie and W. L. Welborn, Communist forces staged an attack near Saigon just after 1 a.m. and,in one of three assaults just before that hour, turned the tables on government police who were trying to ambush hem on the southwestern edge of the capital. About 30 South Vietnamese combat policemen were lying in bush them on the sonthwestern blasted then- positions with ba- zooka-type rockets, killing five policemen and wounding five and badly damaging a nearby police station. It was one of the rare instances in which the Viet Cong used the rockets inside the city. The attack was not far from the main American communications center for all of South Vietnam, with direct links to Washington. A.M. Roundup 1 January 27 A TWO-CAR CRASH Thursday night, one-half mile west of Caruthersville on Highway 84, killed , a Memphis woman, injured a passenger in her car, and injured the driver of the truck. Dead is Mrs. Avel Capertoh, 36. Injured is her passenger, Betty Branham of Caruthersville, and the driver of the truck, Wilburn Mathis of Hayti, owner-publisher of the Missouri Herald, Gideon News and the Tri-County News. r,.s Authorities said Mathis was driving a 1964 Ford pick-up truck, traveling west which rounded a curve on the wrong side of the road striking the east-bound 1965 Mercury, driven by Mrs. Caperton head-on. Mathis suffered a broken left arm, fractured ribs, and a broken right ankle while Miss Branhani sustained head injuries, a broken left arm and left leg. Mrs. Caperton's body was removed to Dean's Funeral Home in Caruthersville. (See picture on Page Two) * THE ARREST AND subsequent conviction last year of James Burley Cordell, who briefly operated Jim's Auto Sales here in Blytheville before his apprehension, has led to the cracking of a wide-spread auto theft ring which operated in five states, according to Herbert E. Hoxie, special agent in charge of the FBI Little Rock office. While investigating Cordell's background, the activities of the car ring was discovered, Hoxie said yesterday, leading to the arrest in Chicago of Dale E. Peterson, Fred P. Gardner, and Merrwin Erickson, all residents of Illinois. Roger Calbech and John Burton Hankins are being sought by the FBI for questioning in connection with the auto thefts, Hoxie said. Both men, authorities said, have been known to frequent the Blytheville area. When the federal grand jury convenes in Little Rock in February, Hoxie said, the FBI will request an indictment for Hie return of the three men in Illinois to stand trial in Little Rock. Cordell, was originally from Kennett, Mo., b&% came involved with the gang while in Illinois, orities claim. POURING IT ON-Work crews yesterday put the fin- will be about 60 days before the lot la asphalted, imc* tha Ishing touches on the north sidewalk adjacent to the city's lot must be free of moisture before the surfacing is dona, off-street parking lot between Walnut and Chickasawba. A (Courier News Photo) representative of Hughes & Company said it probably 1 T

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