The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 18, 1968 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, May 18, 1968
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO. 57 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72815) SATURDAY, MAY 18, 1968 10 PACKS 10 CENTS Bomb Halt Offered If Infiltration Stops MUTE TESTIMONY to the awesome power bound up in a killer tornado's screaming winds was witnessed by Dr. D. J. Brewer (right) Thursday morning after a twister left 34 persons dead at Jonesboro. While cleaning debris from his yard Brewer found a check made out by Mrs. Virginia Morrison, 606 Willow, Jonesboro. The twister leveled the Mor- rison's home Wednesday—Injuring Mrs. Morrison—and then apparently blew the ?17.09 check to Blytheville. The next day Brewer and a neighbor found another check in his yard . . . this one from Mr. and Mrs. Leon Gibson of Cash, Ark., a small town a few miles southwest of Jonesboro. (Courier News Photo) By MICHAEL GOLDSMITH Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - The United States has offered in the Paris peace talks to halt all bombing and other attacks against North Vietnam in return for a freeze on Communist force levels in the South, Foreign ' Minister Tran Van Do said today. Do said in an interview that South Vietnam has reluctantly, agreed to go along with this offer. There has been no indication thus far that Hanoi would tie willing to accept such a proposal. The 64-year-old foreign minister has been kept closely informed of developments in the Paris talks by the U.S. Embassy,, here and by the South Vietnamese observer delegation in Paris. He said the freeze of Communist forces would be obtained by a formal North. Vietnamese' agreement to re-establish the demilitarized zone along the 17th parallel and to reaffirm the neutrality of Cambodia and Laos. This would in effect establish a buffer zone along the full length of South Vietnam's land MAY 18 Calls Mayor FUNERAL SERVICES for Dennis Goodman', 11, and his brother, David Goodman, 3, who were killed Wednesday by the tornado that struck Jonesboro, will be cori- ducted today at'2 p.m. in Howard Funeral Service chapel, Rev. P. H. Jernigan officiating. Burial will be tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the National Cemetery in Memphis, beside their father, .Murhl Joe Goodman, an armed forces veteran from Blytheville, : who died in 1964. They leave their mother, Mrs. Faye Goodman, a former Blytheville resident who now makes her home in Nettleton, a Jonesboro suburb; Three brothers, Murhl A. Goodman, Bobby Goodman, and Kenneth Goodman, all of the home; Their paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. .Roy Goodman of Marion, Ark.; And their maternal grandmother, Mrs. Cora Mae Neal of Harrisburg, Ark. . Their mother and brothers are hospitalized in critical condition in Jonesboro .and Memphis hospitals. BLYTHEVILLE AIR FORCE BASE held an open house today, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., allowing visitors to tour the base. Another open house will be Aug. 9, at which time, the Air Force's aerial demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, will perform. HAROLD 0. GALLOWAY has been nominated for postmaster at Armorel .The nomination by President Johnson is subject to Senate approval. A STOLEN AUTOMOBILE was reported to the- Blytheville Police Department this morning, according to Police Chief George Ford. ' . The vehicle, owned by Lettie M. Link of 108 East See ROUNDUP on Page 2 Since Mayor Tom Little suffered a heart attack last February, numerous questions have been accumulated in Action Line's files pertaining to city government. Now that Mayor Little has resumed his duties,' he was approached by this column to answer some of these questions. "Does the city plan to do anything about the steep driveways on Hardin Street between Highway 61 and Tenth? When the city paved this street, they left the driveways so steep that visitors must park their cars in the street, rather than in the driveways." — Mrs. H. R. C., City. Before putting this question to the mayor, this reporter went to the address of the writer of the letter and found that the driveway must be approached slowly to e n t e r or leave the drive, but if reasonable caution is exercised, the driveway is accessible. When the mayor was questioned about this situation, he replied that, "Before the street was paved, some of the houses had drives which were constructed of either dirt or gravel. In an effort to make all of ths drives uniform and to improve the appearance of t h e drives bordering the street, it was decided to construct con- crete approaches to these driveways at the same time the street was concreted. "Since this work was the result of an improvement district commissioners made the final decision to pave ony the approaches, because paving the entire driveway would make the members of the district assume higher construction costs. "In order to pave only the approaches from the right-of- way back to the street and to cut the grade of the street properly to provide drainage, it was necessary to 'increase the angle of approach to the drive without encroaching on private property," Little continued. "To lower the : angle of approach on any of these drives, the city would have to go eight to 10 feet beyond the right-of- way limits onto private property. "To each of the several complaints I have received concerning this problem," Little said, "I have repeatedly told these property owners that if they will furnish the construction materials required to correct the problem, the city will supply the necessary labor to perform the construction at no cost to the property owner." • "Why did al] of.the city's em- See ACTION on Page 2 frontiers where—at 'least in theory—Communist infiltration could be stopped. The formula would bypass one of the main stumbling blocks in the Paris talks: Hanoi's refusal to acknowledge that there are any North Vietnamese troops in South. Vietnam at all. Do said the American offer does not include a halt of reconnaissance' flights over North Vietnam. "How else could we be sure Swaps Posts BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Thomas C. Sorensen is quitting as the University of California's vice president for public relations to work in the presidential campaign of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, D-N.Y. Sorensen, 42, is a brother of Theodore C. Sorensen, who was special counsel and speeehwrit- er for President John F. Kennedy. Sorensen, a former U.S. Information Agency deputy director, was hired by the university in April 1966. He was paid $32,500 a year. I m not surprised at anything ,Mr. Rockefeller puts in a call . , . .1 think everybody should know by now that Mr. Rockefeller is an ardent supporter of alcoholic beverages and some say an ardent imbiber .• . / - Sen. Guy (Mutt) Jones New Appointment Ends Crisis S. Viet Prem ier Resigns .SAIGON. (AP) - President. Nguyen Van Thieu announced appointment today of ex-schoolteacher Tran Van Huong, 64, as South Vietnam's new premier. Thieu made the announcement in a prepared nationwide radio and television address nine hours after he accepted the resignation of Premier Nguyen Van Loc at an emergency cabinet meeting. The announcement may put a quick end to the threat of a long government crisis : which could have undermined the position of the American delegation in the Paris peace talks. But it did not necessarily heal the widening iplit between Thieu and hid Vice Marshal Nguyen'Cao Ky. Loc is a close .associate ofiKy, who is strongly the American effort to end the war by negotiation and compromise. Thieu's attitude has been more flexible. , In his resignation statement, Loc declared that South Vietnam faces "grave danger" from the Paris talks. • i . For the past three days, Ky's ' friends have passed the word that Huong, a former premier,; is unacceptable to the vice pres> ident. ,,-,' ; 'Informants said Ky suspects, • Huong of a willingness to end the war by compromise. Ky was ths only government member absent fcon fea Mbiaat He was reported at the South Vietnamese air base at Nha Trang, 200 miles northeast of •Saigon. Huong, a Buddhist from Vinh Long in the Mekong delta, hai twice served as mayor of Saigon.' Some diplomatic sources (ear the long-smoldering conflict between Thieu and Ky, which .preceded the peace negotiation?, issue, could erupt into the open after Loc's removal. Addressing the Cabinet before iubmitting his resignation, Loa laid there was • serious possi- . bility the Paris talks >could be expanded Into full .peace negotiation! without the participa. , 0aa V0KRUM M Ftp 1 ^ ' ' that the conditions are being observed?" North Vietnam has declared 'repeatedly it will not discuss any other matter at the Paris talks until bombing and all other acts of war against it —including reconnaissance flights- have been halted unconditionally. Do said the proposed buffer- zone freeze would leave 300,000 Viet Corig and North Vietnamese troops in South Vietnam. They face 700,000 South Vietnamese forces, 526,000 Americans, and 63,000 other allied troops. A halt to Communist infiltration would be only a first long and difficult peace negotiations, Do said, and would not end the fightiflg in South Vietnam The buffer zone idea was the substance of three of the four proposals put to the North Vietnamese by Ambassador W. Averell Harriman, Do said. The fourth point was a demand for a halt of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese attacks against civilians in South Vietnam. Do said Hanoi undoubtedly will reject this demand because it claims to have no control over Communist operations in South Vietnam. He indicated that in the long and difficult bargaining still ahead in Paris, both sides might make concessions leading to a complete halt to the bombing of North Vietnam. "We have told the United States that the bombing is aimed at impeding the inflow of troops from the North and e: I- ing the Communist pressure in the South which is a result of this infiltration," Do said. "But Eagles Win REDDING, Calif. (AP)-Eagles have driven utility workers to the ground. The Pacific Gas & Electric Co. put up two 85-foot steel towers near Lake Shasta, north of here, to carry a power line across a highway. Before a line crew arrived to siring the line, a pair of eagles built a nest in one toWer and flailed at the workers until the men descended. Supt. Gordon Sparrowe ordered the work delayed until three eaglets are able to fly, in several weeks.. we insisted that there must bs no interruption of reconnaissance flights over the North until a full and effective international control system has been established." Do said South. Vietnam remains opposed to the admission "of the Viet Cong's National Liberation Front to the Paris talks with full delegation status. But, he added, Saigon would not object to having the Viet Cong seated as an ally of North Vietnam. As in the Panmunjom talks which ended 1 the Korean war, Do said, "We would have South Vietnam and her allies on oiia side of the table and North Vietnam and her allies on the other." .:'" Do headed the South Vietnamese delegation at the 1954 Geneva conference which partitioned Vietnam. Afterward, He served as foreign minister for one year under the late President Ngo Dinh Diem and then resumed charge of the Foreign Ministry in June 1965. • He was expected to be replaced in the new government to be appointed following the resignation of Premier Nguyen Van Loc earlier today. Call Surprises MosLNbt 'Mutt By ED SHEARER Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller's inclusion of mixed drink legislation in his call for a special session to begin Monday caught most legislators by surprise. An exception was Sen. Guy "Mutt" Jones of Conway. "I'm not surprised at anything Mr. Rockefeller puts in a call," Jones said Thursday night. "I think everybody should know by now that Mr. Rockefeller is an ardent supporter of alcoholic beverages and some say an ardent imbiber," Jones said. "And I don't think I mis- spoke myself." Jones was the only lawmaker interviewed in an .Associated Press survey who expressed no surprise that the call, a 26-item agenda released by the governor Friday, contained two mixed drink items. One proposal, which Rockefeller says he strongly favors, would provide for the on- premises sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages in hotels, restaurants, and in bars in designated tourist and convention areas and in private clubs after approval in a local option election. It would also provide for fees and taxes. The other item would abolish the Class 6 permits issued recently by the Alcoholic Bever- age Control Board and prohibit the sale or dispensing of mixed drinks in commercial establishments and public or private clubs. All of the lawmakers expressing surprise that Rockefeller placed the matter in the call said they did not care to comment about its possible passaga of the merits of the bill legalizing mixed drinks since they had not read the measure. "Actually the only proposal is the one calling for the mixed drinks because the other one is the law now," said Sen. Max Howell of Little Rock. Howell and three other senators from Little Rock, Ben Al- See ROCKEHELLEB on Page I SEN. J. WILLIAM FULBRIGHT (center) visited Manlle yesterday morning to discuss with residents there federal programs to aid rebuilding after Wednesday's tornado. Fulbright explained the federal programs and then conducted » question L aodaonNrMatfed, WithMm»»« Judd William **• Small Business Administration (SBA), Orvffle Chaney «f «he Federal Housing Authority (FHA) and John Faulkner of the Farmer! Home Administration. Anyone needing advice may call Jim McDougel at the Federal Building in Little Rock aft FR MMfc (Conrier New Photo) . ,

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