BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO. 86 BLYTHEV1LLE, ARKANSAS (72315) THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 1968 14 PAGES 10 CENTS Block A Shau Valley S. Vi By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON AP) — South Vietnamese paratroopers havs moved close to A Shau Valley to cut off North Vietnamese building up manpower and supplies there for a possible blow at Hue or other northern cities, military spokesman said today. The U.S. 1st Cavalry Division, In a directive, warned its officers to expect a high level of enemy action, possibly an offensive in late April or early May in the Hue area. In Saigon, the National Police Directorate told the people the enemy was planning another big attack on the capital. The south Vietnamese move to positions east of A Shau Valley could be the start of a major allied drive against that North Vietnamese stronghold 'stretching 25 miles along the border of Laos in the far north. Allied forces have not ven- V; tured into the valley in force in the two years since North Vietnamese troops overran the U.S. Special Forces camp at A Shau and turned the valley into their biggest supply base in South Vietnam. After round-the-clock pounding of the valley by U. S. B52 bombers, nearly 2,000 South Vietnamese paratroopers launched Operation Lam Son last Friday, but it was not announced until today for security reasons. A government communique, giving the first report of significant action, said the paratroopers destroyed 10 North Vietnamese three-quarter-ton trucks and seized 330 pounds of dynamite .16 miles southwest of Hue on Highway 547. North Vietnamese war materials and troops move down the Ho Chi Minn trail through Laos into the A Shau Valley and from here are funneled along Highway 547 eastward to the Hue area. Intelligence sources report there are 20'enemy batta- lions within striking distance «f Hue, and the aim of the South Vietnamese operation is to cut their major supply route. , There was no mention of 0.S. forces in the operation. But thu valley has been subjected to relentless saturation bombing for more than three weeks by ths U.S. Air Force's B52 bombers, its biggest warplanes. The B52s kept up their campaign today, again attacking suspected troops concentrations, trucks, bivouac areas and bunkers. Recent intelligence reports have told of troops and materials massing in the valley and of new roads being built, lead- See VIETNAM on Page 9 |HIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!IIIIIIIIIIIIIII!IIIIIIIIIIIIIIII|III1 | Set 'em Ahead Sunday | I LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas goes on Daylight .Sav--1 1 ing Time with 46 other states and the District of Columbia;! | at 2 a.m., CST, Sunday. | jj That means that clocks should be moved ahead one hour 1 1 at 2am., CST, to 8 a.m. Daylight Saving Time. 1 | DST ends on the last Sunday in October — Oct 27. g § This will be the second straight year for Arkansas to g | go on DST with 6ther states. Under the Uniform Time Act.,I 1 of 1966, a state must go on daylight time Unless its legis- § m lature specifically exempts it from' the law. a Actionline PO 3-4461 April 25 Schools Tell 'Why, Why f FEDERAL FUNDS TOTALING $223,610 have been approved for use by the Mississippi County Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) to finance the summer head start prgoram in the county, according to a telegram from U. S Sen. J. William Fulbright. The grant will be applied to the program's burget which is awaiting final approval from the regional OEO in Austin, Tex, Leo J. Schreick; Sr, director of the county Head Start program, said today. Until the approved budget is received from Austin, the break-down of spending as applied to the budget cannot 'be determined, Schreick said. Application for positions in the head start program are now being accepted, Schreick added, with the ppsi- sions and salaries listed as teachers and teachers aids, $400 and $200 a month respectively; cooks, $180 a month; bus drivers, $175 a month; and custodians, $90 a month. Teachers and their aids will be hired for a two-and- one-half month period, artd the other positions or two months, Schreick said. Persons interested in applying may secure employment forms at the Multi-Purpose Neighborhood Service Centers (NSC) in Osceola and Birdsbng and at either the NSC or the schools in the other districts, Schreick said. -'•''.' -..'•.Teaching, applicants must have a valid teaching -. certificate, and preference in the other jobs will be given to parents_ of children enrolled'in the Head start program, Schreick concluded. ' .• "-.".'•'•'• ' : • • .''•. -•' ..-.••.• DISASTER AREA STATUS for a seven-county area of southeast Missouri is being sought by the Portageville•.-. division of Missouri Farmers Association.'(MF A). ' The request to the United States Department of Agriculture was made this week. MFA.is asking that all or part of cotton acreage on flooded farms be: transferred 'to those'that will be able to plant and harvest a full cotton crop, a spokesman said. -.. . t ../'..' Any more rains-could put the area, into a critical situation, especially the low-lying farms that are already experience trouble, an MFA spokesman said. The transfer would make it possible for local ASCS committees to help farmers make maximum use of available land and proceed with plantings according to the farmer's individual situations. By Webb Laseter UI Staff Writer Several questions have been received by Action Line in connection with the Blytheville School District and with the policies followed by the district. In answer to these questions J. K. Williams, superintendent of schools, was contacted and he gave these replies: "How can parents find out what books then- children are required by their teachers to read?" — Anonymous, City. Williams said parents may check with then- child's teachers or with the principal of the school to find out what books are required reading. •. '.. ' • "Why is Yarbro School limited to only four grades, when there" is room for additional pupils, and why not send some .of Blytheville's students out there?" — Anonymous, City. "We would be more than happy to have additional students at the Yarbro School," Williams replied, "but unfortunately most parents have chosen to send their children to schools within Blytheville. ; "Since the Supreme Court ruling on school desegregation,, our old method of determining where, a. child would attend, classes, based oh what zone the child lived in, was discarded, and the method used now is based on the parents' freedom of choice," Williams said. "Last year while Abernathy Fears Plot ByDONMcKEE Associated Press writer •:'-•;• , ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) - The Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy, who succeeded the slain Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has raised the question of a possible conspiracy aimed ai picking off leaders of the civil rights movement and the Poor, People's Campaign. Abernathy, who launches the Poor People's Campaign next Monday, told newsmen Wednesday that the "forces of evil have sought to defeat our movement and our crusade by killing off our leaders." He enumerated many slain civil rights yeaders. "Now the grave concern at Mil.particular time w aty ,• part," he said, "is the fact that there, may be a conspiracy tak- • ing place in this country to actually defeat our movement, defeat the thrust, by picking off our leaders one by one or three by three,,as the case may be." King was shot to death in Memphis, Terih'., where he was to lead striking garbage workers April 4 in a march. The FBI has charged one man, Missouri prison escapee James Earl Ray, with criminal conspiracy in the ' slaying but has not named other alleged conspirators. Since then, att locki have been 1 changed at Southern Christian .Leadership Conference offices in Atlanta and an armed guard posted. , fiaaABfBNAIHY«BPaiel , were making this decision as to which school they wanted their children to attend, the Yarbro School was listed on the freedom of choice forms for grades one. through six, ,but we could only fill the first four grades because not enough parents chose Yarbro for the other two grades available," Williams added. • "What schooling is available for children of kindergarten and grade school age during 'the summer?" — Anonymous, City. "There will be an eight-Week Head Start Program this summer and a six-week summer program for elementary-age children. Announcements will be made soon concerning the dates and schools involved,". Williams said. • "Why didn't the classroom teachers in the Blytheville School District receive a $604 raise, as did the teachers in the other districts and do pur teachers earn an average of $5540 a year?" — Anonymous, City. Williams commented that part 'of the question was not clearly stated, but that he would attempt to answer it to the best of his ability. "In the first place I don't know where this figure for $604 came from, nor is it clear what school districts the 'others' mentioned are. "Last year," Williams continued, "the state of Arkansas gave $500 raises to all teachers in the state holding at least a Bachelor's' degree, and this, of course, included .the teachers in the Blytheville district, "This amount will soon be raised by an additional $608 for a teacher holding a Bachelor's degree, with the holder of a master's degree-receiving a |620 raise, provided the state revenues are forthcoming as they are supposed to be. "In answer to the latter part of the question, our teacher's last year earned, an average of $5,799," Williams added. • "Why do the school caretakers earn only $50 a week and have to work over 40 hours a week, and why are school bus drivers so underpaid?"—Anony- nous,' City. "Blytheville school.caretakers tarn $1.35 an hour and receive time and a half for overtime," ' Williams raid. "The school board sets these Iw ACTION on Paga * , SHAPING UP - Workmen continue in their efforts to finish the 30-bed addition to Pern- iscot County Memorial Hospital in Hayti, Mo, by October of this year. The tfew Wing is being financed by a $400,000. bond issue,-$490,000 in Hill- Burton funds, and the balance of the $1,170,000 project is coming from the county court. Another bond issue for $250,000, to finance construction" of a second story to the new wing housing another 30 beds, will be voted on April 30. Approval of the measure will mean a five-cent per $100 assessed valuation tax increase. If the bond issue is passed by the voters, then use of the present addition will be delayed until the second floor is added. (Courier News Photo) Suspect Not King's Killer By CHARLES GREEN Associated Press Writer MEXICO CITY AP) — Mexican authorities questioned today a U.S. citizen they said resembles the man wanted on a charge of slaying of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., then released him without' pressing any charges, Daniel' David Kennedy of Baltimore, who said he was on a walking tour of the State of Son- era, denied any connection with King's death. . An FBI agent, identified only as Mr. Smith, said there was no resemblance between Kennedy and the suspect^ James Earl Ray, according to police in the city of Hermosillo, Lt. Roberto Fletcher of the judicial police in Caborca, Sonora, had taken Kennedy into custody from a Caborca hotel. In Baltimore, Kennedy's mother, Pearl E, Kennedy, said, "There is just no connection. He doesn't even look like him Ray). HAR RD D DD DDDDLI Ray). • f'lt was impossible for him to do it," said Mrs. Kennedy. "He wouldn't even kill a fly, let alone kill a human being." Mrs. Kennedy said her 41- year-old son left Baltimore March 24 to go to.Mexlco-"he wanted to take off, that's sir- end that bt Ulepbouad bw from 'There is just no connection. He doesn't even look like him (Ray)/ -Suspect's mother there on Sunday. "He was so happy when he talked to me," said Mrs. Kennedy. "He said people .were so friendly to" him there, because everything was so peaceful and quiet." Fletcher said earlier that the man he was holding made a telephone call this week to Baltimore asking that money be sent him in Caborca. Agents of the Sonora state police were en route to Caborca to return the \ man to Hermpsillo, the state capital, Fletcher said. He added that FBI agents -were on their way to Hermosillo from Arizona, but in Phoenix, John Mull, in'i charge of the FBI in Arizona, said he had heard nothing from Mexican authorities and none of his agents were en route to HermosiHo. Fletcher said he picked the man up about 6 p.m. Wednesday in a cafe in Caborca, which is about 80 miles southwest of Nogales, Ariz. The officer said he took' the man in because of his similarity: to published photo- graphsof Ray, •'••-• ; Fletcher said the man crossed tba border at Nogalet OB April I and told him he had walked to Caborca. Police in Ciudad Victoria detained another man briefly 10 days ago because he fit the general description of Ray. There have also been reports from several other Mexican cities'of persons spotting men resembling Ray. The FBI announced April 17 that'it was seeking a man identified as Eric Starvo Gait in connection with King's slaying in Memphis, Tenh., April 4. Two days later, the-bureau said a "systematic and exhaustive search" through its fingerprint files revealed that Gait and Ray, a 40-year-old drifter and prison escapee, 'were the same man.- Hay fled from the Missouri Penitentiary , on April 23, 1967, while he was serving the seventh year of a 20-year sentence for a market holdup and auto theft in St. Louis. The FBI said Erie Starve Gait was one of a string of aliases used by Ray in frequent brushes with the law beginning when he was 21 years old, several years After be dropped out of high school in the 10th grade. '••.-. Ray was described as 5-foot- 10, 163 to 174 pounds, with brown hair, blue eyes and small scars on his forehead and right palm. He was said to have'-a habit of tugging on an ear when nervous. His left ear protrudes slightly further than his right ear. , • The FBI said acquaintances of the fugitive Ray called him a loner who likes beer and vodka, favors country and western music and speaks with a rural twang. . .;;,.,; The Beiht Booio! BEVERLY HILLS, V Calif. (AP)—: After sipping 27 original drinks, a panel of veteran bartenders picked Tom Fleming's concoction: An ounce and a hall of bourbon,;two ounces of orange juice, a half ounce of lemon juice, an ounce of orgeat syn- up and a dash of simple syrup. Westhat f oncost c Increasing doudfaMta and mild Friday. Mostly cloudy with a chanc« of • few thunde^ showers mainly north and eup portion*!. Low tonight mainly-ki the Ms.
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