The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 29, 1968 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, January 29, 1968
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 267 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) MONDAY, JANUARY 29,1968 12 PAGES 10 CENTS SENATORS DIVIDED ON PUEBLO CRISIS ; AWARD WINNERS — Honored at the Jaycee Awards Banquet Saturday riight were, (from the left) Bob N. White, Outstanding Young Man for 1967, Mary Janet Taylor, Outstanding Young Educator, B. C. Kennon, Boss of the Year, and Steve McGuire, Outstanding Young Far- A.M. Roundup J a n ii a r y 29 AN ARGUMENT SATURDAY night in Bragg City, Mo., resulted in the shooting death of Elmer Harness, 62, and the hospitalization of his brother, Tom Harness, 53, for stab wounds. Authorities said the older man reportedly stabbed his younger brother during an argument and the .other man is alleged to have then taken a .22 caliber pistol and fired the fatal shot. Tom Harness was taken to Pemiscot County Memorial Hospital in Hayti where he is in serious condition. The elder Harness' body was removed to Osborne Funeral Home in Wardell, Mo., authorities said. No charges have been filed at this time, according to state police. mer, whose father Gene McGuire, shown here, accepted the award for his son. The awards were given for outstanding service rendered to the community in 1967. (Courier News Photo) JCY Receive Challenge OPTIMISTS CLUB MEETS tonight at 7:30 at Holiday Inn. Chaplain William Page of Blytheville Air Force Base will be the speaker. A group of optimists from Memphis will be present for the meeting, which is open to the public. * ALL OF CRESCENT DRIVE will receive a blacktop capping as an amendment to Ihe plans for proposed Street, Improvement District Eight ... if enough property owners in the project area sign petitions being circulated. That announcement was made today by Councilman Eddie Saliba, alderman for the project area. Saliba said engineers had determined the capping could be included in the project "at no extra cost to anyone." ' Signatures of property owners representing two- thirds of the valuation of the district are needed, he said. Those who have not signed have through Thursday to stop by Attorney Leon Burrows' office and do so, Saliba said. : * PRESIDENT JOHNSON handed Congress today a $76.7 billion defense budget reflecting "our re- colve to preserve the independence of Vietnam" and provide the nuclear and convertional forces essential to national security. His military spending proposals for the 1969 fiscal year are nearly $3 billion bigger than this year. Vietnam accounts for one-third of the entire military budget. ' But except for Vietnam war costs, it is essentially a holddown budget with few surprises. • * . THE SEA AND AIR SEARCH for the missing' Isaerli submarine Dakar was increased today after an Israeli ship intercepted signals that could have come from one of the sub's radio indicator bouys' . .At' the western end of the Mediterranean, more than 600 miles away, another rescue task force made underwater soundings as it groped for the French submarine Minerve, which desappeared early Saturday. A total of 121 men are aboard the missing vessels.. The Blytheville Junior Chamber of Commerce, together with numerous guests, gathered Saturday night to honor three local residents at the annual Jaycee Awards Banquet. Guest speaker Guy Newcomb, Osceola businessman and past president of the Osceola Chamber of Commerce, challenged the Jaycees to stand up for their beliefs at, not only the local level, but also state and national levels. Newcomb said that early Americans were "not afraid .to get involved" in order to face up to the problems brought on by a too powerful centralized government. Any changes which have been wrought to correct these problems always have, and must continue io be, initiated at the grass .roots level of political dissent, Newcomb said. This in no way permits the people to riot in the streets, however, and the protest groups prevalent in the country today are not the answer, he said. More people should take a personal interest in government by forming and expressing opin- ions; being active in commuity service groups such as the Jaycees; and by working with like thinking people to accomplish desired changes. Only in this way, Newcomb concluded, can we return to our forefathers' concept of government. * *. * Following Newcomb's talk, awards for outstanding service to the community in 1967 were presented. Superintendent of Schools, J. K. Williams, presented the Outstanding Young Educator Award to Mary Janet Taylor, reading teacher at Fairview and Sudbury; the Outstanding Young Farmer Award was accepted by Gene McGuire for his son, Steve McGuire, and the Outstanding Young Man Award was won by Bob N. White. Also honored was the winner of the Jaycette Award, Katherine White, presented by the president of the Jayettes, Diane Corder. The six Key Man certificates went to Bob White, Jerry Hollingsworth, Jimmy Austin, Don Morris, Wayne Sandlin and Steve McGuire. WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Democratic senators say such military action as a blockade of North Korea or sinking its gunboats are possible if she refuses to return the USS Pueblo and its crew of 83. Senate Republican Leader Everett M. Dirksen also said Sunday that if diplomatic means fail, "we are going to have to put our foot down." But Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield continued to urge caution, saying avoidance of another Asian war must be a paramount goal. The congressional reaction to the Pueblo crisis came as the Pentagon announced that U.S. air power in the Far East is being beefed up as a precautionary move. Details were kept secret. Other Washington developments in the aftermath of the- Pueblo's seizure: —The Navy froze most requests for discharge by members of Naval Reserve units. There are more than 133,000 Naval Reservists in drill-pay status. —Sources said that while the U.N. Security Council continued, this country was asking several countries for backstage help in resolving the crisis. Chairman John C. Stennis, D- Miss., of the Senate preparedness subcommittee mentioned a possible blockade if the North Koreans don't return the ship and crew. Stennis did not advocate any specific military action, mentioning the blockade possibility during an interview. But he said he wouldn't "rule out anything", including the use of nuclear weapons. Sen. Russell B. Long, P-La., suggested the United States might start sinking North Korean gunboats or holding that country's merchant ships hostage if peaceful means fail. "It was an act of piracy, it's an act of war, and I believe that we should make an appropriate response," Long said. But Mansfield, who has maintained any "rash act" must be averted, said: "If it would bring about the release of the ship and the crew, I would admit that it was taken in territorial waters, even though that is not the truth. "I am satisfied that the Pueblo was in international waters where it had a right to be," he continued. "But if we could avoid a new war by a concession of this kind on the record, I would do it." Dirksen said he supports President Johnson's diplomatic efforts to get the ship and crew back, adding he had talked over the matter with the Chief Executive. But, Dirksen added, "there is a great deal more here than just this ship and its crewmen. There is involved national morale and prestige. "If we let these fourth, fifth and sixth rate Communist countries kick us around, what can we expect in the future? "We must make it plain, and not in weaselly words, that there will be no answer except the return of the ship and its crewmen because they were clearly in international waters when they were seized," Dirksen added. r Mansfield and Dirksen spoke in interviews; Long commented in a letter to constituents and See KOREA on Page 2 Part of Tet Truce Canceled by Allies By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - The allies called off the Tet truce in South Vietnam's northern military sector tonight because of a build-up of a massive North Vietnamese invasion force ready to spring after tde cease- fire. The 36-hour standoff began elsewhere in the country, marking the Vietnamese lunar new year. U.S. and South Vietnamese officials reported'the enemy had four or five divisions—40,000 to 50,000 men—along the demilitarized zone and just over the border in Laos. The force included a new enemy'unit, the 320th Division, the officials said. "The threat is serious up there," a senior U.S. spokesman asserted. "It is not militarily logical to let Hie enemy have 36 hours of resupply and movement while we sit there and get hit. Why should we give the enemy 36 hours time to get into Jo- sition when they've got three to four divisions there ready to whack us?" Another senior U.S. officer said: "There are three divisions in the Khe Sanh area, and possibly a fourth. It is something I would label an invasion. It is no longer just infiltration." Khe Sanh is in the jungled hills of Northwest South Vietnam. The U.S. Marines are dug in there in a combat base just below the demilitarized zone. The truce cancellation announcement also said U.S. air raids would continue during the truce peirod in North Vietnam's southern panhandle for. a distance running about 125 miles north of the demilitarized zone to Vinh on the northern coast. The U.S. Command has rushed nearly 10,000 Army troops to the five northern provinces—called the 1st Corps area —to back up the Marines spread along the DMZ. More Army forces are likely to be dispatched SOOn. ;•;; The United States has three divisions in the 1st Corps area —perhaps 60,000 troops. The South Vietnamese have 12,000 See VIETNAM on Page I Decision Day! m .'•",'l',~ Is Tomorrow "Tuesday is a day of decision for the industrial future of Blytheville," Cham ber of Commerce President Alex S. Hill told members of the Chamber by letter last week. Tomorrow, Blytheville voters go to the polls to decide the fate of a $300,000 tax-free financing plan for the expansion of Blytheville Canning Co.. Company officials have explained that the modernization will provide additional employment not only for an estimated 15 to 20 workers but in the form of additional hours for present employes. The expansion will stabilize present employment and assure the competitive posture of the plant, they said. In addition, voters over Mississippi County will be marking ballots to determine who will represent them in ttie special session of the Arkansas Legislature next .month. Mrs; L. H. Autry, -widow of the former holder of this position, is the Democratic candidate. She is opposed by Ed Allison, Blytheville businessman and Re-. publican. The seat becomes open again the first of next year and midsummer Democratic primaries and next fall's general election will determine the next two year holder of the position. Election officials and polling, places follow: Party Split Worries Demos By GEORGE F. BARTSCH Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A number of prominent Democrats are beginning to admit privately that they hold little hope of fielding a gubernatorial candidate who can win the general election this year. They see no potential nominee who could unite the warring factions of the party—the liberals, the Old Guard supporters of former Gov. Orval Faubus and the arch-conservatives and hard-core segregationists who follow Jim Johnson. To defeat Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, they contend, the Democrats must nominate a progressive, independent, reform-minded candidate who can battle the incumbent Republican on his own ground and win back the Democratic voters who defected to him in his race against Johnson in 1966. They include in this cate- gory House Speaker Sterling Cockrill Jr. and Little Rock insurance executive Frank Whitbeck, both of whom, according to close associates, probably will announce as candidates after the General Assembly ends its special session next month. The problem, say these influential Democrats, is that tne "Establishment," the king-makers who put up the money for gubernatorial .campaigns, won't support either man. State Democratic Party'Chair- man Leon Catlett is known to have told one gathering of party stalwarts recently that the "Establishment boys" didn't "trust" either Cockrill or Whitbeck because both men were "too independent." Some of those in the gathering interpreted this to mean that neither man could be "controlled." They said the Establishment wants Faubus, and that if the former governor's polls show that he has any chance of winning, he will be "the" candidate. An East Arkansas lawyer said Blytheville Robinson Gin — Ward 1A — Carolyn Williams, Mrs. Fred Decuir, Mrs. Madeline McSpadden, Mrs. Milton Snow and Mrs. Jerry Hodge. Wade Warehouse — Ward IB — Pat Ohitmon, Mose Burns, Mrs. Lawrence Skidmore, Odell Shields and Mrs. Jane Collins. Hensley Groc. — Ward 1C — 0. J. Rodgers, Jack Wagnon, W. F. Boling, Mrs. Larry Lutz and Woodrow Anderson. Jaycee Bldg. — Ward 2A — Maurice Sanders, Carson Alley, Marvin Lipford, Mrs. Maurice Sale and Mrs. Emil Damon. YMCA - Ward 2B — W. J. Rodgers, Rev. R. T. Shipp, Mrs; he didn't think the Establish- - Lennie Henion, or. Helen Nunn",. Fulbrigkt Puzzled Over Pueblo Reaction HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) Americans who would "send the Marines" to retaliate for North Korea's seizure of the Pueblo should stop to think whether an affront to national pride is worth risking a nuclear war, Sen. J. William Fulbright said here Saturday. "Even if this ship was always 12H miles out and therefore legal, I think we ihould seek a better solution than just sending in ttie Marines," h« laid. , Fulbright told th« Arkanui Press Association he was puzzled by the reaction of Americans who would "take up the cudgel against a small nation." "I wonder if the reaction would have been the same if this was done by Russia," he said. "Russia and the United States have the power to destroy each other. They have the power to destroy us twice, and we havi the power to destroy them 10 times, if that makes any difference." The Pueblo incident "should be judged with the background of the power of those bombs," he said. H a full disclosure of the facts reveals that the North Koreans were trying to provoke an incident, this country might have to do something, Eulbright •aid, but it should exhaust every peaceful approach before using military force. •'•' , "1 ihould be very reluctant to take precipitate action," h* said. '<! remember how World War I started over a relatively minor event." The senator uid be bad no solutions to offer, but "I have been groping for some other way." "Do you think it would be worthwhile to risk the destruction of Little Rock, Hot Springs, Chicago and New York over the seizure of one ship?" Reaction to the Pueblo incident has been limilar to the reaction to the linking of the Maine, which provoked the Spanish-American War, he pointed out, and today, 70 years later, "We haven't found but .who tank the Maine." "There is a suggestion that it was sunk by people who wanted to precipitate the war," he said. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman said he thought America's foreign poll- cy had been showing a tendency toward imperialism during recent years, and he warned thai aimilar tendencies hid destroyed gnat nation auch ai Greece, Rome and the British Empire. Fulbright said his idea of the fee FULBRMiHT on Page I 1 ment controlled Faubus, but that its members knew they could "trust" him after watching him work for 12 years. By denying their money to anyone but Faubus, the men who control the party's purse strings hope to discourage Cockrill, Whitbeck and anyone else from entering the race. Liberal strategists hope both will run, and that Faubus won't get a majority vote in the first primary. Forced into a runoff, they say, he can be beaten by either man, just as Rockefeller See DEMOCRATS on Page 2| miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Weather Forecast Mostly cloudy through Tuesday with scattered showers and a few thundershowers tonight and mainly east and south Tuesday. Cooler northwest tonight and Tuesday and continued mild elsewhere. Low tonight 40s northwest and 80s elsewhere. nillllllllllllllllllllllllilllllllllllllllllllllllllilllillllllllllHHllllI See ELECTION OB Page I M. J. Shivers and Clayton! Kimes. ;,,-/ Beckham Moving & Stg.'-^ Ward 2C — Mrs. Glenn Homer, Mrs. George Fisher, Ted Johnston, Mrs. Ed Campbell arid' Mrs. Dianese French. Pontiac Bldg - Ward 3A — Mrs. Jim Tompkins, Mrs. Peggy Godley, Mrs. Bill Ward and Bill Ward. Water-Co. - Ward 3B Randall Hawks, Rev. 0. W. Weaver, P. J. James; Mrs. Estella McNeary and Mrs. Katie Wells. Anderson Real Estate — Ward 3C - Mrs. Oliver Coppedge, Jr., Mrs. Robert Childress, Steve Eatmon, Mrs. Dan Burge and Adam Taylor. Pickard's Groc. - Ward 4A — Mrs. Roy Bray, Mrs: James" Steinsleck, W. A. Afflick, Mrs. James Gardner and Mrs. Edwin Weedman. Missco Implement — Wa-rd 4B - Floy Ann Yates. Charji*.

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