The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 20, 1968 · Page 1
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER VOL. 6S—NO. 58 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) MONDAY, MAY 20, 1968 14 PAGES tO CENTS TWO MEN WERE Ktt,LED Saturday night when their 1965 Buick crossed the centerline of Highway 61 about one mile north of Blytheville and collided with two other vehicles. Ellis Beatty, a Bob Sullivan employe, examines the wrecked Buick. Dead are 28- year-old David Ford and 34-year-old Leon Williamson. The occupants of one of the cars hit by the Euipk,/Will|am Wyatt and Larry Wright,-?ajjs/in.' Chickasawba Hospital. This morning, hospital officials refused, to comment on their condition. The driver of the third vehicle involved in the accident, Mrs. Maxine Wheeler, .was. -treated and released. ^(Courier News Photo) Th ree Killed n MAY 20 FRIENDS OF THE Faye Goodman family, which was hard hit by Wednesday's tornado in Jonesboro, will meet at 7:30 tonight in-Fairview School auditorium to discuss ways of helping Mrs. Goodman and her three sons. Mrs.. Goodman is a former resident who was active in Cub Scouts. .Friend who want to help the family, but who can't attend tonight's meeting may call P03-1192 or P02-3238. GOSNELL TEACHERS will.be honored at the annual Teachers' Appreciation Dinner sponsored by Supt. J. W. Rea and the Gosnell School Board. . The Holiday Inn will host the event beginning at-. 7p.m. THE PRICE OF GOLD hit a new high on the London free market today, but the British pound recovered slightly from Friday's record low. "People are concentrating on the French franc," one dealer said. "The troubles there have taken the heat off us." The price of gold was fixed at $42 an ounce, up 50 cents from Friday afternoon's fixing. Gold passed $40 an ounce for the first time last Wednesday. The pound rebounded from Friday's all-time low of $2.3854. At one point after the foreign exchange market reopened today, it had climbed 33 points to $2.3876, then settled around $2.3872. : The franc dropped 1.25 to a rate of 11.7975 francs to the British pound. • • ' AN AIDE TO:GOV. Winthrop Rockefeller released Sunday a private poll which showed that 73 per cent of the Arkansas voters favored legalized mixed drinks. The aide, who asked that he not be identified, said the poll was taken for the governor. : It also indicated, than 24 per cent opposed it and 3 per cent said they had no opinion. : The question, which hinted :that the pollster was talking about mixed drinks in private clubs, said: "Private clubs pay a few taxes and most do not have permits to sell both liquor and beer. There is talk in the legislature to propose a bill making sale of mixed drinks legal under certain conditions if local people vote in favor of the idea..These places would have to have, permits and pay state taxes. Would you be for or against a bill like .this one?" The source, who did not say when the poll was tak- •n, Mid that in tht cities 78 per cent voted for if, 17 per cent against and 5 per cent undecided. The rural tally was 68 per cent for, 3d per cent against and 2 per etnt undecided, i, . ;'" • . .' •"' "•' , '. • • ->«*^-^ Three persons lost their lives in Mississippi County over the weekend as a result of three separate traffic accidents, authorities reported today. Two Blytheville. residents, Joe David Ford, 28, of 109 East Hardin, and his passenger, Leon Williamson, 84, of 2201 Kenwood died Saturday night about 8 p.m. when the 1964 Buick in which they were riding crossed the center line of Highway 61, one mile north of Blytheville city limits, and collided head on with a 1965 Chevrolet traveling north, injuring the driver, William Wyatt, 23, and his passenger, Larry Wright, 25, both of Blytheville according to the Arkansas State Police. . A third vehicle, a 1963 Plymouth driven by Mrs. Maxine Wheeler, 43, also of Blytheville, traveling behind the Wyatt automobile, was struck by the Buick as it .careened off of the Chevrolet following the first impact, injuring her, police said. Both Ford and Williamson •were thrown from their vehicle and were pronounced dead on arrival at Chickasawba Hospital, State Trooper Bill Crowell said today. Wyatt and Wright were taken to Chickasawba Hospital for treatment and the extent of. their injuries could ont be determined today. Mrs. Wheeler was treated for minor injuries and released, authorities said. Another accident which proved fatal occurred Saturday on Highway 118 six miles east of Joiner, when John Cambell, 3-year-old son of Sidney Campbell of Joiner, was struck by an automobile driven by Mrs. Gean Branch, 46, also of Joiner, as' he attempted to cross the road, police reported. The injured child -was taken to a Memphis hospital where he died that night, according to Raymond Bishop, the investigating state trooper. * * * A third near-fatal accident happened in Blytheville early Sunday morning, seriously injuring S.Sgt. George P. Zemanek of Blytheville Air Force Base, city police said. At approximately 1:05 a.m. Zemanek, who was driving a 1960 Chevrolet, was going north on 21st and while attempting to turn west onto Rose, his vehicle struck a 1966 Oldsmobile, driven by Robert L. Trimue of Blytheville, causing minor damage, according to the police report. Zemanek continued west on Rose with the Trimue vehicle in pursuit, when the Chevrolet hit the railroad tracks at the , See WRECKS on page 2 U.S. Envoys Review With PARIS (AP) -.Vietnam peace negotiators W. Averell Harriman and Cyrus R. Vance called on South Vietnam's observer here today for a 45-minute review of the talks thus far. Harriman told newsmen as he left the South Vietnamese consulate that he and Bui Diem, who is South Vietnam's ambassador to Washington, had agreed "the affirmative position taken by the United States delegation in the talks was the correct, one, rather than getting involved in the propaganda exercise which has characterized the Hanoi approach." . . When he arrived'at the South Vietnamese consulate, Harriman told newsmen he wanted to "get some information from the South Vietnamese delegation and to keep them .fully, informed. We want to get their point of view and judgment." . Knowledgeable American and French diplomats believe a : compromise way will be found to end the U.S. bombing- of North Vietnam, reduce North Vietnamese infiltration into the South and move to .full-scale peace negotiations. •But the possibility that the differences between the Americans and ; the North Vietnamese will persist and that the talks will eventually collapse cannot be ruled out. ..-...-•. The expectation'tof a compromise agreement rests on the belief that the finai purpose of both sides is to make peace. That, remains to be proved. One main purpose of the United States and North Vietnam in the talks to date has been to find out what the other's real expectation is. A second obviously is to make .propaganda, and pre- . sumably a third is to put bargaining positions on the table. Ambassadors W. Averell Harriman and Xuan Thuy began their second week of "official conversations" today with no meeting scheduled until Wednesday. .Meanwhile the exchanges continue at long range. North Vietnam's Deputy Foreign Minister Hoang Van Loi said in Damascus: "Strong and deadly blows must be dealt to American troops in Vietnam to force United States negotiators to listen to reason in Paris. Without more military victories against the Americans on the battlefield, the Paris peace talks are doomed to failure." U.S. officials said their evidence is that those words realistically reflect North Vietnamese policy. They said North Vietnamese officers captured in South Vietnam recently reported they were getting orders for attacks which served no tactical military 'purpose and must have been politically motivated. North Vietnam's only declared aim for the talks at this phase is to get the bombing stopped without any . military cutback of its own. One of its tactics has been to try to build up public opinion to support its demand. To counter this, the United States, with a similar combination of diplomacy and propaganda, has demanded some leveling off or cutting back of North Vietnamese infiltration into the South to justify an end to "the rest of the bombing, now confined to the area south of the 19th parallel. > Perhaps if the talks go beyond the stage of stating positions and making propaganda, some effort to develop a common view of the war will be undertaken. It probably will be done first in secret talks. .• The hope of.those who are cautiously optimistic is that both sides .have decided that neither can win and'that the cost of the war is too high for them to go on fighting. '.•••• On the Job . NEW YORK (AP) - A gasoline explosion sent flames through all three floors of tha Bronx building but firemen reacted quickly and kept damage to a minimum. It.was tn» home of Engine .Co. 94. ;.v City; Osceola i To Aid Victims Activity! fpr. .aiding Jonesboro tornado. yjpfjms. began to pick up in Blytbey.iUe,.and, Osceola today. , Alfred-Wise.-Lodge, of B'nai B'rith sent• •Blytheville's, Red Cross office-a-check tot $100 this morning.- The lodge has members .in Blytheville, Osceola, Manila,--Kennetl,- Caruthersville, Maiden -and Hayti. Contributions may be made through the Red Cross here (PO 3-4481). Locally, food and clothing contributions are being directed to "Mississippi County Union Mission, the Red Cross said this morning. In Osceola, the Lions Club, fire department and auxiliary police unit have combined to collect non-perishable food and also are seeking bedding of all sorts and old'(but usable) furniture. This campaign is being chair- maned by Bill Coekrell for tha Lions. The Osceola group hopes to make its. first delivery to Jonesboro on Thursday. . A call to the Osceola police department will result in pickup service for donors. Number Two fire station in West Osceola will accept donations of food and clothing. Fair and Cool Fair and cool today and tonight. Clear to partly cloudy and a little warmer most sections Tuesday. Low tonight 40s north to low 50s south. Scott Comments On McKee Case LITTLE ROCK (AP) - State Police Director Ralph Scott said Sunday night that he placed the commander of the highway patrol on sick leave one month ago because the officer had been arrested in Missouri and charged with driving while intoxicated. Scott said that on April 15 he received a copy of a teletyped message from Missouri authorities "in which he learned that Maj. Kenneth McKee had been arrested. "Immediately upon my re- cept of this information, I issued a directive placing Maj. McKee on sick leave," Scott said/ The director made the remarks about McKee in a prepared statement released late Sunday and handcarried to news media by a state trooper. Sidney Roberts, who filed, ; to oppose Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller in the Republican gubernatorial- primary election, said Saturday that he had asked Scott to explain "the mysterious events surrounding the so-called leave of absence" of McKee. Scott said he was issuing th* statement "in an effort to re- nov* UM Arkansas SUU PoliM as a subject for political speculation." At the same .time, Scott also released a two-page memo to department employes warning them that he would recommend the dismissal of anyone violating a section of a 1945 law that prohibits state policemen from becoming involved in political activities. "My reluctance to make a statement has been motivated completely by a desire, to save Maj. McKee from embarrassment," Scott said. "I will take' the same position in any disciplinary situation with any em- ploye." Scott said he immediately placed McKee on sick leave and that Rockefeller, had already made tentative arrangements for McKee to undergo medical evaluation because of persistent and periodic migraine headaches suffered by McKee. The governor told newsmen last week that McKee had undergone a neurological examination and found McKee to be in excellent health. "The medical report obvious* ly eliminated from consideration any possibility that Maj. Set POLICE oo THREE; PERSONS WERE INJURED, one seriously, in a two-car crash at 1:15 Sunday morning on West Rose Street to Blytheville. S.Sgt George P. Zemanek, driving a I960 Chevrolet, crashed into a 1965 Jeep Wagon, driven by Mrs. Lily May. Zemanek is in serious condition in Kennedy Veterans Hospital ia Mtmphis, according toa hospital ipotaWMa. Mn, May is In Doctors Hospital In satisfactory condition, a spoke* man there said this morning. Mr. May's husband, J. W. May, a passenger inthe Jeep, was treated and released «K*r the crash. Truman'Meador of Mendor's Body Shop, examines OM if tt» wrecked vehicles.' (Courier News Photo) ' '>'-

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