The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 13, 1968 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, April 13, 1968
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS TOL. 68—NO. 26 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 1968 10 PAGES 10 CENTS UGHH!—The Indians that used to prowl these parts probably would have had a few choice words to say about the state of Pemiscot Bayou toady. Plans are underway to correct the situation, however. According to Steele Mayor Tommy German efforts are being made to convert the bayou and an adjacent ancient Indian village into a state park. (Courier News Photo) Steele Pushing For Huge 13 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE President Alex Hill and Vice Mayor Denny Wilson will be the speakers at the Chamber's monthly executives luncheon Monday at Holiday Inn. All Chamber members are eligible to attend. AMERICAN RED CROSS Chickasawba District Chapter board of directors meets Monday night at 7:30. AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT which occurred at 5:30 a.m. today on Highway 61, three miles south of Hayti, Mo., proved fatal to Bobby Dunn, 17, of Hayti, and seriously injured his passenger, George Lyons, 18, also of Hayti, the. Missouri State Police reported this morning. - . Dunn, who was driving a 1965 Pontiac going north, lost control of the vehicle on wet pavement and slid into the path of a 1965 International tractor-trailer truck driven by Melford Gremore, 33, of Lilbourn, Mo., authoirties said. , Gremore managed to steer his cab off the road before the collision and was not injured, but Dunn's car ran under the side of the truck trailer, killing him, police said. ,,'•'* Lyons, who suffered lacerations about the head and a possible chest injury, was taken to Pemiscot County Memorial Hospital in Hayti, and Dunn's body was removed to the German Funeral Home in Hayti, police reported. . . • AMMffi NEWBERRY, father of Dr. D. E. Newberry of Blytheville, died unexpectedly Thursday in Livingston, Tenn., following a heart attack. Services will be conducted tomorrow afternoon in Livingston where he will also be buried. McKINNIN'S INCORPORATED of Manila has been declared legally bankrupt by Arnold M. Adams,, referee in bankruptcy, in action taken in federal District Court on a petition filed by the Manila corporation. Robert Joseph McKinnon,. president and owner of. the retail store,: also filed a. personal bankruptcy petition and was declared bankrupt, authorities said., Mckinnori, who is a principal stockholder in a Manila lumber company and the owner of the Houmac Finance Company, said die bankrupt corporation listed its debts at $280,016 and Valued its assets at $81,454. -A meeting of: the corporation's creditors will be held at 1:30 p.m., .April 24, at Jonesboro. .ACTOR-PRODUCER Tommy Noonan, 46,.was reported In a coma today at Motion Picture Country Hospital. ••'*.'.-• • • . • • Eight.months ago a malignant brain tumor was removed. He,played opposite Marilyn Monroe in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and appeared with James Mason and Judy Garland in "A Star ,Is Born." VICE PRESIDENT. Hubert H. Humphrey will enter the presidential race .probably on April 17 but will stay out of the June 4 California primary, the Los Angeles Times said today; ' The Times said Humphrey, .aides announced the decision to run at a secret meeting with California supporters of the vice .president. : , Those at the meeting agreed that Humphrey wouldn't have enough time to prepare a full scale California campaign, the, newspaper wid. By Gary Shipley Staff Writer Archery, fishing, swimming, an Indian craft shop, mound and amphitheater, golf course and rodeo . . . all in one state park? That's the possible future of a site about three miles west of Steele, Mo., considered by archaeologists to contain the ruins of an ancient Indian culture. Plans .have been launched, pressing for the area to be developed as a state park, according to Steele Mayor Tommy German. . The Indian village is called "The Denton Mound Site" by University of Missouri scientists and is adjacent to Pemiscot Bayou. The petition for creating a state park' has been sent to Washington, D. C., to the Department of Interior fOr approval, German said. What will the project cost? German said he doesn't have exact figures, but. guesses it might be ?1 or $2 million if everything planned is constructed. If the project is approved by the Department of Interior, a combination of federal and state funds will finance the park. But if the state park commission has to build it, the project will he constructed as funds become available. "I believe there is a very good chance that the project will be approved since there is no other recreation area in this part of the state and also because of the desire to conserve Indian culture," German said. Resurrecting the Indian vil- German lage will be .designed -for instruction in; the Indian culture that once flourished in t h e Steele area. For example: Qualified instructors may be hired to teach archery and.In- dian crafts. A swimming pool of Olympic specifications is proposed. In it not only swimming, but also Indian water skills, will be presented. An amphitheater — akin to the Cherokee Village amphitheater of the Smoky Mountians — will be built for presenting Indian pageants. No swimming will be allowed in the bayou but surface sports such as canoe racing and riding and bicycle - pontoon boats will be featured. The Indian mound will be excavated and restored. If possible, a portion of it will be reserved for tourists to excavate under supervision of the Archaeology .Research Division of the University of Missouri. A rodeo grounds, where Indian-style races will take place, is planned., , . Campgrounds with facilities for tents and trailers and modern bath, houses and disposal See STEELE an Page 2 B-52s Kill 200 In Mekong Raid By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (P) — American B52 bombers pounded enemy positions up and down South Vietnam in five missions today after killing 200 Viet Cong soldiers in a rare strike in the Mekong Delta, the U.S. Command said. The B52s, which fly too high to be seen or heard from the ground, dropped tons of explosives Friday on enemy troop concentrations, weapons positions and a storage area in Vinh Binh Province, 74 miles southwest of Saigon, military spokesmen said. South Vietnamese troops reported finding 200 Viet Cong bodies when they swept through the area four hours after the eight-engine Stratofortresses struck. If their count is correct, it is the'-largest number of enemy troops ever reported killed in a single B52 mission in the nearly three years the giant bombers have been supporting allied forces in South Vietnam. So far in the war, the Strato- fortresses have flown perhaps only a dozen or so missions in the delta. The other raids today were against enemy buildup areas •west of Kontum City in the cen- tial highlands near the Cambodian border, near Khe Sanh and southwest of Hue. The. toll from the raid over Vinh Binh Province, 74 miles southwest of Saigon,. was the biggest ever reported for a single mission of -the eight-engine Stratofortresses in their nearly three years' service in Vietnam. But many B52 raids are not followed up by allied ground sweeps. The B52s have concentrated on enemy strongholds in the central highlands and the northern border area. The U.S. Command said Fri• day's raid was against troop concentrations, weapons positions and a storage area, but did not say how many B52s were in the mission or what tonnage of explosives they dropped. It is generally known that a B52 mission includes from 3 to 12 of the bombers, each capable of carrying 50,000 pounds of bombs. .Following up the raid, the South Vietnamese troops said they fought with a Viet Cong force of unknown size, killing 12, taking five prisoners and destroying an enemy radio station. Government losses were reported as one killed, four wounded. In air raids against North Vietnam, U.S. headquarters said the new F111A swing-wing fighter-bombers resumed combat missions after being grounded since March 30. . The suspension of F111A combat missions came after two of the $6 million aircraft were lost in their first week of combat flying. North Vietnam claimed snooting down both of the lost FlllAs but U.S. sources have said the second and probably the first had mechanical trou- ble. U.S. mlitary spokesmen said the FlllAs flew two missions Friday, attacking truck parks and other targets 25 miles northwest of Dong Hoi and about 65 miles north of the demilitarized zone. Pilots reported one secondary explosion, indicating fuel or ammunition had been hit. For the ninth straight day, all American air raids were reported confined to the area south of the 19th Parallel about 170 miles above the demilitarized zone. President Johnson has ordered the bombing curtailed in an effort to promote peace talks. In the ground war, scattered clashes were reported in the two major allied ground operations —Pegasus, which broke the enemy siege of Khe Sanh in the northwest frontier area, and Complete Victory, in the 11 provinces around Saigon. Units on Operation Pegasus, a 20,000-man sweep, reported killing 53 enemy troops in scattered skirmishes near Khe Sanh. In the 100,000-man Operation Complete Victory, the war's biggest allied operation, helicopter gunships were reported to have killed 20 Viet Cong about 90 miles northwest of the capital.. Hanoi Radio, meanwhile broadcast a Viet Cong announcement of a three-day cease-fire starting today in An Giang Province, 100 miles southwest of Saigon, to mark the Cambodian—or Khmer- new year. The broadcast said most of South Vietnam's Khmer people live in An Giang and Khmer soldiers would be allowed to enjoy the festival if they did not travel home in groups or carry weapons. Columbia Carbon Plans Open House Columbia Carbon Company's multi-million dollar. Blytheville plant will have its official open house on May 28. On that date, the public will be invited to join guided tours open house on May 2. through the plant, first to be built in Blytheville's new industrial park, on East Highway 18. Governor Winthrop Rockefeller has tentatively agreed to be present for the May opening. Congressman E. C. Gathings and Arkansas Senators John McClellan and J. W. Fulbright also will be invited to the event. Jerry Kogelschatz, a vice president of Columbia and manager of the Blytheville operation, has expressed the hope that he can combine the open house with a meeting o£ Columbia stockholders arid the company's board of directors. Present plans call for Hal Dixon, Sr., president of- Columbia Ribbon and Carbon •Co., of Glen Cove, N. Y., to be present for the May 28 affair. Also due to be here is Henry Holmes, executive vice president of the company and also of Glen Cove. Columbia's Blytheville plant makes a wide variety of office supplies, including typewriter irbbon, boxes and lithographic supplies. Currently, approximately 155 persons are employed there. Employment continues to rise. The plant .opened in mid-No-, vember. FBI Pressing Hard in Manhunt By GAYLORD SHAW Associated Press Writer MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) FBI agents have uncovered "very substantial" physical evidence as they work "around the clock pursuing every lead" in the search for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassin, says Atty. Gen. Ramsey Clark. "The 1 FBI is devoting every possible resource to this investigation," Clark said. ".. .While it remains impossible to predict when the killer will be arrested, I remain hopeful that it will be soon." A Justice Department spokesman said the statement issued in Washington Friday night, Clark's first public pronouncement on the case in five days, was in response to newsmen's queries. But Clark, like FBI officials, refused to answer nevvsmen's questions. "All I can say is no comment," said Robert Jensen, Action Line...,. PO 3-4461 City Ready to Tackle Enforcement Job "Why doesn't the city have a better electric inspection system? I talked to the mayor tu find but when they could hire an electric inspector. He (and the city council) say they can't afford it." — Anonymous, City. Anybody riding Blythevilte streets would agree that the city doesn't have enough money to do what it wants to do. What members Of the city council, told you is the came thing they told Action Line. there'is a plan in the mill to upgrade the permits and inspo tions system to make it pay for itself. If and when that happens Blytheville will be able to hire an inspector, Alderman Bill Williams, chairman of the Building Codes and Permits Committee of the 'city council. . ..'•-.. Presently building, wiring and plumbing permits are calculated on the estimated cost, of a building,, Williams, said. Williams plans to introduce ordinances to the-city .council that will update the 1934 law now regulating the feei system. A permit now costs a builder $2.50 for the first $1,000 of the house's value, and SO cents for each additional $1,000 of estimated value. Williams will propose charging a flat two cents'per square foot (outside dimensions) and one cent per square foot per additional floor. Here is what luch a change would mean: A $15,000 home (1,«53 square feet) costs a builder $9.50 for a permit, Williams said, but under the toofrtfrbt-propoMd «yt- iem it would cost $34. If these new rates eventually are adopted, Williams feels the Building Codes and Permits Department can be put on a self- financing basis and then afford to hire an electric inspector. * * * But, doesn't the city already have an inspector? In name only, according to Williams. "We have no way to enforce the .National Electric Code, even though it has been adopt- fee ACTION oa Page S special agent in charge of the Memphis FBI office. King was shot and killed by a sniper April 4 as he stood outside his motel room here. In Washington, Rep. Charles W. Whalen Jr., R-Ohio, said a welter of "premature and contradictory statements" was clouding the investigation and asked the FBI to "set the record straight." "The handling of the Investigation and the efforts to apprehend the guilty person or persons hardly has been reassuring to a tense and troubled nation," Whalen said in a news release. The search for the assassin has spread hundreds of miles from Memphis, sources report, and involve thousands of investigators. The scope of the investigation was evident Friday in both Memphis and Birmingham. Newsmen seeking to question persons who might have information about the case were told repeatedly: "The FBI has already been here." At. the Memphis rooming house from which the fatal shot was fired, Charles Q. Stevens said FBI agents had shown him two composite drawings of the suspected slayer—one a partial profile and the other a full face view. Stevens said he could identify the partial view, but not the full face view. He said he saw the gunman flee after hearing a shot fired from a communal bathroom next door to his room. The bathroom window affords a clear view of the motel balcony where King was standing when shot. And at a rooming house in Birmingham, residents said FBI agents' had questioned them about Eric Starvo Gait, a white man named in an FBI bulletin issued, then withdrawn,'in Florida Thursday night The message sent over the state police teletypewriter network in Florida asked help in locating Gait. It said Gait was driving a white Muitaiif. Witnesses in Memphis told investigators earlier they saw a man in a white Mustang drive away from the rooming house. Records in Alabama show that a man named Gait bought a 1966 Mustang in August 1967. Doctor Blasts Gas Testing By JO ANN HACKER Associated Press Writer TOOELE, Utah (AP) - Dr. Kelly H. Gubler, chief of staff of the Tooele Valley Hospital, says it is possible that chemical and biological testing at the Army's Dugway Proving Ground could cause a "massive human disaster." In reference to the deaths of some 6,700 sheep in Utah's Skull Valley in March, Gubler said: •• "The sheep's worries are over, now I'd start worrying about the people. Undoubtedly the wind shifted and the' Army failed to take adequate precautions." : •'.;,;• He discussed the subject in the April 12 edition of Medical News World, a weekly magazine.. "We should bear in mind that with a slight amount of misdirected contaminant, there could See GAS on Page I Weather Forecast Mostly cloudy and mild with occasional periods of light rain and scattered thunderahowers through Sunday. Low tonight in the upper 80s to the upper 60s.

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