The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 30, 1968 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, March 30, 1968
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 68—NO. 14 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 1968 12 PAGES 10 CENTS Memphis Is Quiet; But Protest Continues IMPROVISE-When the job has to be done, one makes due with what is available. This seems to be the attitude of these Marines in Vietnam, who are using bricks and a'table for support for their weapon, while firing at the enemy. MEMPHIS Tenn. (AP) - National Guard rifles enforced peace in Memphis today but protests on behalf of the city's striking garbage collectors continue. Only minor incidents occurred Friday night under a rigid curfew, and the presence of police and guardsmen, on patrol since a protest march turned into a riot Thursday, was the only sign of life on most streets. The protests continued, but on a smaller scale than the march of 6,000 which shattered into violence and brought one death, injury to 60 and 300 arrests. President Johnson, making a specific reference to the disorder in Memphis, said Friday all segments of society should "strive to prevent violence, to obey the law and to preserve conditions of social stability which are essential to progress." If federal assistance is needed to preserve order it will be supplied, he said, but added the nation looks first to "capable local law enforcement." Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who has called the strike a fight for "economic equality" for Negroes, and who led the Thursday demonstration, left Memphis Friday but promised to return and stage another one next week. Ninety-eight per cent of the strikers are Negroe. Another effort, is expected to- day on the order of the march Friday by 600 strikers and sympathizers. Because of the rioting and the curfew and anxiety which have followed, business in the normally bustling downtown shopping district of this city of 700,'000 has been curtailed severely. Soldiers ana steel-tracked armored vehicles took the place of Saturday shoppers. Liquor sales have been stopped throughout Memphis and Shelby County and in neighboring DeSoto County, Miss., and Crittenden County, Ark. Driving downtown is risky. Much of the pavement of Main Street is chewed up by treads of armored personnel carriers; " Historic Beale Street, which bore the brunt of the rioting, was a plywood-front wasteland for 10 blocks, and troopers allowed no traffic through the area. Brig. Gen. Robert W. Akin, adjutant general of the Tennessee National Guard, said the troops would stay "as long as necessary." Mayor Henry LOeb would not say how long the nighttime curfew would be enforced. The 48-day-old garbage strike over union recognition, higher wages and payroll deduction of union dues remained far from settlement despite four closed- door sessions of city Council. Club Owners Unperturbed MARCH 30 THREE CLUBS RAIDED IN LR EUGENE F. STILL, state representative from Mississippi County, filed Thursday in Little Rock in his bid for a second term in the legislature. 'Still presently remains unopposed in this summers Democratic primary. ... • FOLLOWING MORNING SERVICES tomorrow members of Calvary Baptist 'Church will .officially break ground for construction of a new $110,000 church plant. Following the ceremony, dinner will be served at the The E & W Construction Company of North Little Rock has the contract for construction. JO ELLA TODD, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mack Todd of Dell, was crowned Miss Arkansas State University last night on the Joriesboro campus. Mary Rose of Leachville was second runnerup. Miss Todd will represent the school at the Miss Arkansas pageant in July. AN AUTOMOBILE OWNED by Tenie Cook was reported stolen this morning to the Blytheville Police Department, police said today. The vehicle, a 1962 tan Chevrolet, was taken from a parking lot at the rear of an apartment house located at 204 South 8th and was discovered missing at 8:15 a.m., authorities said. THE BLYTHEVILLE AIRMAN, James Terry Acuff Jr., who has been charged with possession of marijuana, was released from custody yesterday after posting $1,000 bond and will be tried in Circuit Court Monday, according to authorities. Earlier this week Aculf posted $2,000 bond on another charge of dispensing marijuana to a teenaged Blytheville girl. By PETE YOUNG Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK (AP)- Three private clubs were raided and seven persons arrested in early morning raids here today by Little Rock Police — somewhat to the amusement of the clubs' patrons and relief to two bands. Police Chief R. E. Brians .identified the clubs as the Progressive Businessmen's Association or Hanger Club, the Tanglewood, Club or Pink Pussy Cat, and the Blackhawk Club. Arrested and charged with selling whiskey without a li-. cense were Herman H. Branton Jr., manager of the Tanglewood Club, and Jenelle Hild, a waitress there; Grant Killough, manager of the Hanger Club, and Betty Dillon and Elesi Harris, both waitresses there; and John S. Byrd, manager of the Blackhawk Club, and Patricia Ann -Bryant, a waitress there. "We dressed a young patrolman in civilian clothes," Brians said. "He bought drinks in each club and identified the persons who sold him. the drinks and then the raids were conducted." Brians, who led two of the raids, said no warrants were needed since the patrolman was able to pay from $2 to $6 at the door of each club and gain admittance. No Alcoholic Beverage Control agents were with the city police on the raids, Brians said. He said all seven persons were arrested on ."bootlegging" fore and we have raided any number of clubs on these statutes," he said. "We have closed 36 clubs on these statutes." He would not specify what his actions would have been if the "All the patrons at the clubs took it good nature and that if his officer had been unable to get into the club, "it would have been another matter." "These people were charged under statutes we've used be- officer had been refused admittance to the clubs. "There wasn't a sizeable amount of liquor, confiscated," Brians said. "There were over two cases of partially filled botr ties taken from the Pink Pussy Cat, one case from the Hanger and almost two cases from the Blackhawk." Brians said bands were playing at the Tanglewood and the Blackhawk Clubs when the raids were conducted and that tftere was quite a crowd at the Tanglewood. "The officer bought drinks at each of the clubs and visited at some time there," Brians said. "He visited for some length at the Blackhawk Club." "Later, when the officer went to the Pink Pussy Cat, the manager and one ol the girls from the Blackhawk came up there to see what was going on. 1 * "All the patrons at the clubs took it good naturedly," -he said. "We went in and announced over the loud speaker system that the plac$ was being raided and they all bundled up;and left," he said. "Some just laughed about it and they all left without incident." •' :; -- ;; '-' "One of She band members 'at the Blackhawk said 'well, we're getting off early tonight' and that was it," Brians said, some-, what amused himself. Brians said the club owners were not particularly upset about the raidi either. S. Vietnamese Score in By GEORGE ESPER Assaciated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - South Vietnamese civilian irregular forces killed 40. guerrillas, apparently including a Viet Cong province chief and a hamlet chief, in two ambushes in central South Vietnam, the U.S. Command said today. The irregular troops and their U.S. Green Beret advisers used information from four prison- ers, including a woman, to set up one trap in Phu Yen Province, 265 miles northeast of Saigon, a U.S. spokesman said. The Green Berets directed ar. tillery fire into a suspected Viet Cong base camp and set up the ambush along one of the withdrawal routes. An enemy, force of unknown size came down 'he trail several hours later and the irregulars, waiting until the enemy was within 30 feet, opened At Blytheville Meeting Economic Education Hailed The goals of economic education were explained yesterday at a luncheon sponsored jointly by the Blytheville Chamber o f Commerce and the Arkansas- Missouri Power Company. Speaking in behalf of Bie Arkansas Council on Economic Education was Dr. Bessie B. Moore, an educator from Little Rock, and Al Pollard, a Little Rock businessman. The purpose of the luncheon was to explain the nation-wide program which was begun basically, as Pollard explained, "to teach our children to become responsible citizens through economic education, thus enabling them to maka sound judgments as adults both at the polls and in the market place." "One of the greatest challenges facing America today," Pollard continued, "is to eliminate economic illiteracy in in t h e nation...and the country look! to Arkansas for leadership because of the progress made by the State in this field. "We have proved the feasibility of economic education in Arkansas by introducing t h e i fchai- »w^ lower grades, not as a course itself, but by integrating it into a part o£ the normal curriculum. Powell on Tour GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -' Adam Clayton Powell, who left his Bimini fishing grounds to return to Harlem last week, starts a college speaking tour here today. Powell was to speak at the University of Florida as guest of the Afro-American Student Association. Sunday Powell is scheduled to speak in Tallahassee at Florida A&M University, a predominantly Negro state-supported school. The Veteran's Club invited Powell. Powell's schedule takes him to Duke University in Durham, N.C., Monday, Howard Univer- lity in Washington Tuesday, and Amherst in Massachusetts Wednesday and Thursday. There were reports that Powell has invitations to speak in England at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and at the London frVffll at BiTHHiil'fi .' "Economics can be explained by relating it to other subjects, whether in the math class, or in the teaching of history or social studies," Pollard added. "Because this program has -been proved effective, it must now be expanded, as the solution to national problems hinges many times on a thorough understanding of the American economic system." Dr. Moore said in the near future that supporters, of the-. program would be seeking to raise approximately $7,000 in Mississippi County to help finance this expansion. ' sUJt Coffet Problem ""' MADISON., Wis. (AP) Longer sentences would be an answer to the coffee problem at Dane County Jail, inspectors reported Friday. A committee o! the county's board of supervisors who dined at the jail during a routine study ruled that complaints about the coffee were justified. • Officials said it appears that by the time prisoners learn to make good coffee, their sen- leneii an evaj, up with small arms and machine-gun fire. When the enemy fled, it left behind 21 dead, U.S. spokesmen said, including two men tentatively identified as .the Viet Cong province chief of Phu Yen and a hamlet chief. One irregular was wounded. Commenting on the capture of the woman, the spokesmen said the Viet Cong is recruiting more and more women to fill ranks depleted by heavy casualties in its lunar new year offensive. Earlier this week, allied troops reported killing three Viet Cong women 28 miles northwest of Saigon. Headquarters reported another ambush in the central highlands seven miles east of the Cambodian border. It said civilian irregulars fired- into the middle of an estimated 400-man column of North Vietnamese troops and killed 19. One irregular was reported killed and seven wounded. In a delayed report, headquarters said another unit of civilian irregulars killed at least 121 enemy soldiers in two days of fighting Wednesday and Thursday two miles from the Cambodian border and 66 miles northwest of Saigon. Many of the enemy were slain by U.S. Army helicopter gun- ships, Air Force dive bombers and artillery. Allied casualties were reported as 15 irregulars killed and 49 wounded and five Green Berets wounded. In other ground fighting, U.S. reports indicated considerable damage to helicopters from an enemy bombardment of Camp Holloway near Pleiku City in the central highlands. Casual-* ties were reported light. Enemy gunners also shelled five allied Infantry bases. In the air war, the monsoon weather which has protected North Vietnam for six months is beginning to break, leaving the Hanoi-Haiphong area open to BAUive less President Johnson orders a pause. At the northwest frontier outpost at Khe Sanh, U.S. Marines said they spotted a new enemy trench 1.24 miles from the base. They said they fired on eight North Vietnamese soldiers there and a patrol found four of them had been killed. Shelling of the northwest frontier outpost Friday was among the lightest in recent weeks. Marines reported 50 rounds of artillery, mortar and rocket fire hit the post. They said casualties were light. On the central coast 270 miles northeast of Saigon, a crowded bus struck a mine and, U.S. officials said, 17 civilians were killed and 25 wounded. Vietnamese government infantrymen reported finding the fifth big Viet Cong weapons cache located in the Mekong Delta in the past few days. The cache found 42 mllel southwest of Saigon included eight 60mm mortars, 20 machine guns and a 755mm recoilless rifle. The pace of U.S. air raids already has quickened and another indication of clearing weather has been the appearance of North Vietnamese MIG interceptors in 'the last three See VIETNAM on Page 2 Action Line....PO 3-4461 Colu ' mns File Is Growing Fatter Wednesday, this column featured a story about the relationship of cold cash and admission to Chickasawba Hospital. Action Line asked for information about factual cases where a person was denied admission to the hospital. A member of the county hospital's board of governors said policy prohibits refusing anyone admission to Chickasawba. The member and another hospital official said they have no knowledge of anyone ever being denied admission to the hospital simply because they did riot have insurance or a $65 deposit, So far Action Line hat learned of four persona who allegedly were denied admission to Chickasawba because they did not have enwgh money to make a down payment. , We m the wort "allegedly," because each case has not been checked out ... as yet. The checking is being done and — hopefully - by next Saturday this column will make a report. Some of ihis column's readers who have submitted questions may have wondered why their inquiry has not been answered. The reason is that the crush of questions has left us with a backlog of 28. questions which are being answered as quickly as possible. Action Line will attempt to answer the majority of these next week and the week following. Some of the questions to be answered include: 1) Why are two horses being kept in Walker Park if no one else in the city isn't allowed to keep any? 2) Why doesn't the sheriff's department hire some Negroes? V Why bave the drivewayi on Hardin Street been left so steep that they are difficult to use? (A street-paving project recently was concluded in that area.) 4) Are police officers allo*e'd to stop people on the slreet'and ask to see their dirver^s license? . , v ';' 5) When and where does'th'e city intend to build the two'ne* fire department substations for which a bond issue has been passed (at the same time city hall was renovated and the city See ACTION on Page I Partly cloudy to cloudy and warm through Sunday. Witty scattered thundershowen Sunday afternoon. Low tonight M- 68. : ' •; ' ,- .V

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