The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 9, 1968 · Page 1
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO. 22 BLYTHBVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) TUESDAY, APRIL 9,1968 14 PAGES 10 CENTS Osceola Counci Eyes More UR DECIPHERING—Donald S. Manes, planning consultant (standing cen- a General Neighborhood Renewal Program, will propose the subdividing ., „., ™ *,„„,., „•,„:,„„„ „» «,„ „:*,, TT,K»- Po« m ,oi i—j the eastern half of the city into several Urban Renewal projects. Osceola is not obligated to repay the loan unless they pursue the UR projects, according to Neely. (Courier News Photo) ter) and Dewey Neely, chairman of the city Urban Renewal board, (standing left) decipher the federal jargon concerning Osceola applying for a $115,000 loan from the federal government to compile a long range master plan for .renovating the eastern part of the city. The plan, called Last night the Osceola City Council took the first step toward developing a- "master plan for the renewal and revitalization of the entire eastern portion of the city." Which is another way of saying the council — by resolution — approved asking the federal government for a $115,000 advance to compile what in federal iingo is called a "General Neighborhood Renewal Plan" (GNRP). The GNRP, or master plan, preceeds creating several Urban Renewal (UR) projects in the city, according to Donald S. Manes, planning consultant. Once federal funds are received it will take about one year to draft the master plan. Then, if the city decides to embark on any of the UR projects outlined, the $115,000 will be added to the project cost to be repaid to the government, according to Manes. Alderman D. N. (Peewee) Morris brought up a point that helped the resolution get unanimous approval. "I understand that with credits and whatnot we may not have to pay a penny of this (the $115,000)," he said. Dewey Neely, chairman of the Urban Renewal board, agreed with Morris, explaining that the city's 25 percent of the cost of any UR project may be pai(J in "credits" (improvements made within the project area). "Credits will be frozen 10 years into the future and three years back to be applied to the loan," he said. That would allow Osceola, he said, to get dollar benefit from the $1 - million - plus Water and sewer system improvement now being made. "I guess everybody knows that we're discussing plans for a new high school and if it's approved the cost of it will be available for credits," Neely said. (Under the UR formula, for every $1 the city spends it is 9 Alii AN ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING Sunday afternoon in Holland, Mo., resulted in the death of Howard Fulton, 19, of Holland, according to the Pemiscot County Sher' iff's Office. The youth and three companions reportedly were target shooting with a small caliber pistol when Fulton put one shell in the revolver, placed the muzzle to his head, and began pulling the trigger, the sheriff's office said. Apparently the youth miscounted the number of times he pulled the trigger, and the pistol discharged, authorities said. He was rushed to the Pemiscot County Memorial Hospital in Hayti, Mo., where he died approximately four hours later, investigating officers said. Fulton's parents,' Mr. and Mrs. James P. Fulton, and their family had only recently moved to Holland from Marianna, Ark., authorities said. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the German Funeral Home of Steele, Mo. e EASTERN ARKANSAS BOY Scout Council's executive board meets at 7 tonight at BIytheville Air Fores Base's officers club. On the agenda is further develop-, ment of the Council's new summer camp. The Camping. Development Committee meets at 5:30 in the new base library. -/-•.. . • BURGLARS ENTERED the Kozy Korner lounge in Caruthersville last night' and stole an estimated $100 in change from. vending machines, according to the Caruthersville Police .Department. Entrance was gained through a window which the thieves 'broke out, police said. The police department also reported that vandals entered Washington School during the night and did some damage to the inside of the building, breaking windows, doors, and leaving the rooms in general disarray. '.. So far nothing has been determined stolen in the school incident and both breka-ins continue to ; be investigated, authorities said. ies End 5 Search in Vietnam By ROBERT TUCKMAN Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) — The U.S. Command today announced the end of five Allied operations in the provinces around Saigon and said 3,336 Viet Cong and North: Vietnamese. were killed. Meanwhile, the war slipped into another of its period lulls amid peace maneuvers by Washington and Hanoi. The Communist command may be regrouping and refitting its troops or waiting to see what comes of the peace moves. But senior U.S. officers-said they saw no 'signs that-.the enemy command was.de-escalating. These officers said 'the termination of the five Allied operations also did not necessarily mean a de-escalation by the allies. "From time to time we close out and begin new operations," one senior officer on Gen. William C. Westmoreland's staff said. In the five operations, some of them begun last'year arid others launched as recently as a month ago, 183 Americans were killed and 1,358 wounded, the U.S. Command said, while South Vietnamese, Australian and Thai troops suffered light cas- biggest Allied :offensive .of-the • ualties. . ' . . - war—Quyet Thang, or Resolved Among the operations was the See VIETNAM.on Page 2 Congressional Race Pace Is Quickening The pace of campaigning for that First Congressional Distirct seat picked up this week. Jack Files of Brmkley paid his. first. visit • to Mississippi County yesterday and Osceola's Bill Alexander spoke at a meeting of West Memphis Rotarians last night. Files was in Reiser yesterday, is to be in Manila and Leachville. today and will visit'Os- ceola and BIytheville tomorrow. Yesterday, Files spoke to'the Keiser PTA and discussed prdb- • lems in education. Alexander said' that'new, regional ports-along the Mississippi and White rivers can bring "highways of prosperity to Eastern Arkansas." "The establishment of regional ports 'along these two rivers will lure new industry to Eastern Arkansas," Alexander told the West Memphians. "Such new jobs will serve to provide our people with the de- cent kind of living .standards which we must find for them if we are not to lose them to other areas. . . . . "Each new industry which, employs 150 people has an annual payroll of $200,000, supports 1,000 people' and provides a taxable valuation^ about a million dollars," Alexander said Files, according' to his news release, plans no other speaking engagements in the county. TAKE OVER - J. M. Williams, Jr., (left) has been elected vice chairman and Harold Anderson, chairman, of Blythevllle's United Fund for the coming campaign year. Anderson said the Fund's volunteer staff will attempt to develop October campaign plans as soon as possible. (Courier News Photo) Ho Chi Minh Plots 'Honorable U.S. Defeat' By RAY CROMLEY, NBA Washington Correspondent Ho Chi Minh is attempting to bluff his way into a quick Victory over the United States. .'.-.. His response to President Johnson's'initiative amounts to the aggressor asking the defender to unconditionally and unilaterally stop retaliating against the aggressor's invasion before he will even talk about his terms. Yet it is Ho who is invading South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. The United States is not invading the north. A study of captured documents and prisoner interviews made by this reporter indicate that?Hanoi is hurting. The bombing is biting psychologically. It has forced Ho to tighten economic and political controls. Though the economic damage may not be high in ;dollar value,, the air war has increased dissatisfaction and.unrest among sizable numbers of North Vietnamese. Hanoi has been forced to adopt tighter sabotage and counterrevolutionary laws. In a strategy paper written u few months buck North Vietnam Defense Minister Clap made it clear one of his current major objectives was to get the bombing halted ai a necessary step toward winning the war. Hanoi is not about to collapse. A Jew months back Giap wrote out new plans for an extended insurgency. But he U short of manpower. The newest units coming south through Laos are'better equipped but shorter on experience, _ Ho wants to move Jo lor a quick kill, taking advantage of the strong cleavages he sees in the United States. A Communist notebook captured lately says, "negotiation . . . con- sists'of taking advantage of the enemy's temporary and internal frictions and dissensions." Stripped of our own wishful thinking, Ho's terms require the United States to agree in advance to accept defeat. A captured document says the peace conference will 'be- conducted in the line of "creating an honorable defeat" for the United States. Ho has proposed only to talk about:the unilateral;-unconditional U. S. cessation of bombing and "ail other-acts, of war" against the North. Vietnamese government. ' ' Ho does not say that in return North Vietnam'will cut back in any way on his aggression in the south. in fact, Communist documents say, negotiations:will giv* them a chanco to step up the insurgency. • • During every bombing pause to date, the North Vietnamese have increased the pace of their southern arms build-up. Photographs have shown huge convoys of arms and; equipment rushing to get through the He Chi Minh trails : before the pause ended. .-•'...•' Communist sources state clearly ithat if President Johnson accepts Hanoi's terms for negotiations, Ho's agents will' use this U. S. agreement to convince Asians that Hanoi.has ' won the war. •. Johnson made an important concession in ordering a halt t»,bombtag florUj el tot jOih jwraU*]. A jwrUaa <* UM major invasion routes into northern Laos are north of this line. Those who.now accuse Johnson of misleading the world in his original bombing-halt announcement should- reread his speech. Johnson referred to a halt in regions containing'90 per, cent of the'population and a majority of the ground area. North Vietnam is shaped somewhat like'the cloud of a nuclear bomb explosion. There is a large bulb on top and a long narrow panhandle below. The bulb contains most of the country's area arid,almost all of its people. • It'is precisely in this bulb area that dissatisfaction against Hanoi has'been growing. The bombing cessation will ease some ' of this anti-Hanoi pressure. . ' Roads to Laos and to South Vietnam by ; way of Laos branch off at a number of points along the panhandle. Reconnaissance photographs show the North Vietnamese are pushing large convoys along these routes for attacks on Laos and South Vietnam. It would thus be impossible for * responsible president of the United States to hold off on bombing thest military movements, .. There is a way for Hanoi to get a further restriction on bombing. Ho can make some cutbacks himself. Johnson has said that in return he would make a further de-escalation, Communist intelligence has certainly informed Hanoi that once hav- . Ing made that promise, he would have to keep it, What is wrong In expecting Hanoi to make some gesture, too, to that .w« bay* lorna evidence of sincerity! A matched with $3 federal money.) * * * In other action the council, went to bat for a Negro couple: .whose property had been damaged by an extension of the city : sewer line. City Attorney Mitchell Moore . had just explained that ex' v^- ing the city's lines had damaged the property about "eight: months ago," when Mayor Char lie Wiygul pointed to a city map and said the property actually was outside the city limits, r:':: Moore joined in, asserting that the city agreed to see that any damage done was repaired. "We might even owe them' for ruining some potatoes an°d okra," he said with a grin. A resolution was .passed ,.t» the effect that Woodstock Coti-" struction Co. would either ''restore the property or pay fee; couple sufficient funds, enabling them to, hire the work done. •;,'." * * * Several bids were received on a truck to be purchased. Low bidder was Buchanan Chevrolet Company and the council approved purchase of the truck for $3,535.20. The council also moved to debug (or more correctly to de- mosquito) the city when it ; de ; cided to hire a city crop dusting firm to spray for the insects..,, at a cost of $600 per application. The Osceola company, Ashley and Bowman, was awarded tha contract over a Hayti, Mo. firm. •;•.;•; When the council adjourned it went into executive session. Mayor Wiygul barred menP' bers of the press from attend, ing, saying- the session was to discuss matters pertaining to city personnel. . (Executive sessions other than for discussing matters pertaining to city employes or negotiating for the purchase of real estate is prohibited by Arkansas' Freedom of Information Act, 1967.) iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiniiiiiiiiiiii 'King's Killer ' Not Here' The BIytheville agent for tha FBI, Ed Cunningham, said, when questioned today, that thus far he has not been contacted regarding the search for the slayer of Dr. Martin Luther King. "All I know is that the physical evidence in the case has been sent to Washington, D. C. for analysis, and that the man who is the object of the search did not come in this direction, as far as I know," Cunningham said. "If there were evidence to indicate that the suspect was in the vicinity of Mississippi County, then of course this office would be alerted. "I imagine that the investigation is not being rushed . in order to have all the evidence thoroughly studied so that when an arrest is made, it (the evidence) will be so complete as to help insure a conviction. .. "If there is some legal point overlooked, or some right violated, then there would be.n-a possibility that the case would not hoid up in court and this'is what the investigating officers are probably trying to avoid," Cunningham concluded. ,,.., iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiHiiiiiiiniiiiiniiiiiiiiiii Weather Forecast Mostly cloudy south with chance of showers and few ttmn- dershowers extreme south'- : tS- night and early Wednesday. Otherwise, clear to partly cloudy north and central tonight and Wednesday. A little cooler, 1 tonight. Low tonight upper-3d north to low 50s axtreraa south.

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