The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 3, 1968 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, February 3, 1968
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS TOL. 68—NO. 272 BLYTHEVJLLB, ARKANSAS (72315) , SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8,1968 12 PAGES 10 CENTS FIGHTING RAGES IN HUE TESTING - Jim Bridges (left) of Leachville and Homer Byrd of Blytheville, State Plant Board representatives in this area, yesterday boxed samples of cotton seed which will be tested for germination Local seed is said to include some of worst germination results of any in years (Extension Service Pboto) By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) -. Fighting subsided in Saigon today but itill raged in Hue and the Communists pressed their biggest offensive of the war into a fifth day with fresh attacks on at least eight other cities.. Enemy gunners also opened up with the heaviest artillery bombardment 'in.several weeks along South Vietnam's northern frontier, where U.S: troops are watching tensely in what, they call "the big wait." Gen William C. Westmoreland, commander of U S troops in Vietnam, has said the next phase of the enemy's plans is a major assault in the north In the current phase—attacks aginst government cities- senior American officers said the Communists threw 36,000 men against 35 populated centers The enemy suffered a "substantial military defeat", he said, but still has the "capacity for a second wave of attacks " A US spokesman said ttie Communists' current trend "is toward a slowdown rather than an increase", but the full picture still was not clear. In Saigon, the guerrillas may have gone back into hiding Reports from Hue, far to the North listed some allied gams but the US Command said US Marines who fought their way to the jail found the enemy had released 2,000 to 3,000 prisoners. If the senior official's figure of 36,000 enemy attackers is cor- rect, the U.S. casualty count shows that the enemy already has lost more than one third of its attack force. Headquarters reported that over Hie past five days allied forces-killed-12,704 Communist troops by body count in the heaviest week of fighting in the war. It said 3,576 Communist suspects have been captured and 1,814 weapons seized. Allied losses for the same period were put at 983 killed and 3,483 wounded. These included 318 -American dead and 1,639 wounded. The high U.S. official said the. Communists succeeded in creating terror, confusion and military problems but "it is very clear that the people have not responded to a general uprising. There is no evidence of any :y- nificant popular support of the Viet Cong." As for the expected assault at South Vietnam's northern frontier, where a U.S. spokesman said there are as many as 50,000 North Vietnamese soldiers who did not get into the city fighting at all, the senior official said "the fighting may be severe and bitter but I think we can handle it" -••,- .. - . ' . , In Saigon, South Vietnamese rangers said they captured a 16-year-old girl who had been firing a machine gun at U.S. military jeeps in a skirmish near the American post exchange in Cholon, the Chinese sector. U.S. officers said for the most part, allied ofrces were searching for Communist troops around Saigon and had failed to find them. But Vietnamese marines clashed sharply with a group of Viet Cong apparently on the run about four miles north of Saigon. At Hue, the old imperial capital which has been under siege since Wednesday, South Vietnamese troops reported recapturing the airfield inside the city's walled citadel. The U.S. Command said at least two Communist companies—perhaps 300 men—still are in the citadel. Brig. Gen. John Chasson, di- rector of the command's combat operations center, said while the South Vietnamese forces are going after the Communists, U.S. Marines are in a blocking position and "it's just a matter of time. I would feel that within the next day or so we'll have Hue clear." Associated Press correspondent John Lengel had reported from Hue Friday night that the city was blacked but and the situation was confusion: He said the Viet Cong, supported by ari- tigovernment students, apparently still held much of the city. At one time, 2,000 Communist soldiers had been reported in Hue. There was no further word on the fate of the 10 to 20 American civilians reported missing in the city. ' The Christian and Missionary Alliance announced that six American missionaries were slam in a Viet Cong assault against Ban Me Thout, a provincial capital in the central highlands 160 miles north of Saigon One other missionary v was wounded, one captured and one See VIETNAM on Action Line PO 3-4461 County Hospita Audit? We Crisis Breeds Crisis 68 Cotton Crop Threatened February 3 SOMETIMES LAST NIGHT burglars broke into the Barksdale Manufacturing Co. on South Broadway, taking a Remington shotgun and a rifle valued at approximately $200, police said today. The theft was discovered at 8 this morning. . 1968 HEART FUND DRIVE special chairmen include: Mike Kenner, city chairman, assisted by Leon Jones; •. - '••'•:'• Linda Meador, Heart Sunday activities; Biytheville B&PW Club, specialevents; Mrs. Gail Tompkins and Mrs. Freeman Robinson's home economics class, tag day; ., • Frank-Ellis; publicity; Jerry Dyer, treasurer; Out of City Chairman George Dillahunty, Yarbro; Carl Ledbetter, Gosnell; Mrs. W. T. Metzger, Huffman; Hays Sullivan, Burdette;. Mrs:'Edna Kennett, Leachville, chairman and Atherton Hiett, business chairman; I. D. Stiedd, • Manila; Marian Dyer, Armorel; and Mrs. Reese Moore, Number Nine. ; A BLYTHEVILLE RESIDENT, Kelley Razer, 28,'was killed yesterday afternoon near Wilson when he fell beneath the wheels of a Frisco railroad train ' which he was Tiding. Kelley was ah employe of the track department of the Frisco Railroad and was working at the time of the accident, investigating authorities/said. The body was removed to Cobb Funeral Home, officials said. ; (See Page Two for funeral arrangements.) THIEVES IN BRAGG CITY entered Howen's Package Store early yesterday morning, stealing a quantity of whiskey, chewing gum, razor blades and 10 cartons of assorted cigarettes. No money was taken by the burglars, according . to the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department, continuing, a department spokesman said. NEXT WEEK IS clean-up week in the YMCA membership campaign and all:workers are asked to complete work on their cards and return those cards which are unworked. Prizes will be awarded at (he Feb. 12 board meeting. Dr. D. E. Newberry * ecupaJjn thalnnu. •••-••. • .J One farm crisis has bred another and the extraordinary : stretch of ; bad luck for area : farmers is yet in' sight. Cottonseed for the 1968 crop Is scarce and much of it is of poor quality. "We' have seen some seed samples come back with germination test scores of zero," County .Agent Keith Bilbrey commented. This means that based on a representative sample of the seed, none of it could be expected to, push a green shoot above the ground if planted this spring. The lack of quantity is obvious following a disasterous cotton production year, but why the sudden dip in quality? "Well," Bilbrey explains, "cotton is a tropical crop. Actually, you could grow it in Chicago, but very few bolls would open and seed germination would be something like what we're having here this year, except lower, maybe. "Cold weather increases the stress on the crop. This year, we had too much cold weather and we not only got a poor crop, we got poor seed." * * * This is especially bad news to an area which still is heavily dependent on agriculture. Nineteen - sixty eight was to be a year of expanded acreage.. Last year, Bilbrey estimates, some 98,000 acres in the county were subject to harvest. The acreage which might be planted to cotton this year could hit 150,000. This would mean not only an increase in farm income (if the crop is reasonably successful) but also an increase in dollars paid farm workers. Diversionary acreage payments are lower and the weather (which simply figures to be better by any law of aver- •ges) are factors in the acreage Foraeost Clear to partly cloudy with rising temperatures through Sunday. Low tonight in the mid 30s northeast and in the 40s elsewhere. Increase. But ; will there be : enough seed to plant 150,000 acres? "I can't answer that. "So far what looks' to me like the best source of seed around is down at Clarksdale, Miss., where Planters Oil Mill is reported to have a lot of seed which will germinate at between 80 and 92 percent. "There are undesirable features about buying oil mill seed: they are of mixed varieties often. . ' "But this isn't much of a gamble when the situation is as it is today. "I have been told that the Clarksdale seed - and they plant Stoneville and D&PL like we ,do - is selling for $120 a ton." * * * Most commercial seed suppliers in this area are sold out, Bilbrey reported. "The mill seed could be the answer. I don't know how much of it will be available, however." He pointed out there may be other good sources of oil mill seed right in this area. Bilbrey feels that the seed situation underscores (lie necessity for germination tests. In normal years, the law requires certified seed to have germination scores of 80 percent or better. There seems to be no 80 per- See COTTON on Page 2 "Why can't we have an audit of the two county hospitals printed in the Courier once in a while? I think the taxpayer would like to know what is going on."—Anonymous, City Your point is well made, since the hospital is financed not only by patients' hospital bills, but also from a percentage of the • real and personal taxes paid by county citizens. - After talking to five different county hospital officials, Action Line finally received this response: The question never has come up before. . .and County Judge A: A. Banks doubts that there is a law which says .an audit must be published. This doesn't mean that the hospital's board of governors won't order such a publication-. "I- just honestly don't know," board member.C.C. Czescmn said this morning. "But I'll tell you what*! will do. At our next board meeting I'll put it on the agenda and we'll discuss it'and give you (Action Line) an answer." • • "I went to the city pound to see if my dog was there and I got stuck twice before I could get back on the road. How do they expect people to get their dog out .of the pound if they can't get in there?" — Anonymous, City At Action Line's suggestion, the city is extending — for 30 days — the length of time one has to redeem one's pet from the city pound Instead of five days, you now have eight, according to Mayor Tom Little. •€• As soon as weather pernhts, he said, the pound driveway— and perhaps a parking area- See ACTION on Page'f City Status Gosnell Goal Flushed with the success of its 'community water system, Gosnell will seek to incorporate arid draw down an extra $10,000 to $15,000 per year in state funds In doing so, Gosnell is following the pattern established s o m e y e a r s ago by s m a 11 Arkansas communities. Leading the Gosnell incprppr- ation movement is J. W. Crawford - the same man who took the leadership in the Gosnell water system. Crawford said he hopes to file a petition for incorporation with County Judge A. A. Banks by the first of the month. "We can provide fire and police protection and lower our insurance rates with incorporation," Crawford said. Asked how the water system was doing, he responded enthu- siastically: "All the customers are being serviced and our audit shows that this will be a paying proposition from the word 'go'." Crawford said the community has learned something i"om its experience m setting up a water system. "I believe that members of our community learned that "if each one participates as much as possible in community affairs that we can maintain progress." Incorporation, he went on, will mean Gosnell will be eligible for "millions of dollars" in federal assistance. Incorporation, Crawford said, will involve more than preparing a petition for county court. "We havt to bring our plat up to date; we'll need to get our petition reviewed by state agencies and then we'll have to elect officials and take.* census.'' END OF A LANDMARK-One of the state's oldest tourist courts came to a fiery end yesterday. A bulldozer brought the Moultrie Motel and Res-. |», Fturaoi uubiof to tbe ground ,to make way {or •Goodyear tin store-w. extension of Day Brothers Shopping Center. This mommf Mam Oqr construction on the new Goodyear building should begin by spring, •torn aod • puUo| am will be added, be Mid. (Cert* I*** ft**

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