The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 24, 1968 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, May 24, 1968
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS 63—NO. 62 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) FRIDAY, MAY 24, 1968 14 PAGES 10 CENTS Mayor Cautions Committee JuCo Site Discussed Edwin Holstead By Webb Laseter III Staff Writer Educators representing Leach- Ville and Manila at a meeting of the Mississippi County Junior College Committee last night were reluctant to become active workers in the junior college project because of a prior commitment involving the proposed school consolidation of their districts with Caraway. Leslie (Dukey) Speck, Manila School superintendent, said that although both Leachville and Manila recognized the need for a junior college in the county, both school districts .are busily engaged in this other proposal and until that project'is completed, they can give nothing in the way of active participation. "We wouldn't feel that we were being left out, if other sections of the county continued to work toward establishing a junior college, because we da endorse the proposal," Speck said. Dr. Olin M. Cook, a member of the commission on coordination of higher educational finance from Little Rock, was present at last night's meeting to answer questions about the junior college plan and to explain the guidelines necessary to establish a two-year institution of higher learning. Cook told the group that, "The law states that before the proposal can be brought before the county residents for a vote, petitions must be submitted which have been signed by a minimum of 10 percent of those who voted for the candidates for governor in the last general election. "The important thing is that when the measure is submitted to the people your timing must be right," Cook said as he referred to a comment mads earlier by Speck, who was concerned that the possible five- mill tax increase needed to finance the junior college proposal might endanger passage of another five mill increase which the Leachville, Manila and Caraway School Districts will need to finance their secondary education consolidation. * * * The question of a site location came to the forefront of discussion last night, and Blytheville Mayor Tom Little cautioned those present to select a site which would benefit the most possible people within the county, rather than to work for the advantage of one particular community. "I'm sure that everyone here tonight has in the back of his mind the idea of establishing this junior college in his own town, but remember that w« See JuCo on Page 2 Dr. Olin M. Cook Pompidou Seeks Negotiation. Meet More French Strikes? MAY 24 Who says you can't fight city hall? Mississippi County farmers took on (albeit very politely) the Secretary of Agriculture last month and came out with a unanimous decision. On April 30 when Secretary Orville Freeman was here for the Democratic rally day, farmers from over Eastern Arkansas met with him to report that the 1967 crop was 59 percent under the average yield of 1961-65. Thus, they argued, the 1967 figure should be thrown out when figuring 'projected crop yields for future cotton programs. Freeman, they found, was an attentive, knowledgeable and cautious arbiter. He grasped the problem immediately and promised he would give it study. He did. This week, Farm Bureau leaders here ; received his reply. It said, in part: " order to minimize or limit year-to-year variations in projected yields which might otherwise result — for example from a sequence of poor weather crops — we are recommending a revision as a part of a broader package of legislation which should be promptly enacted. "The proposal would provide that the projected yield for any succeeding crops of any commodity shall not be less than 95 percent of the yield established for such state or county for the preceding crop... "As you know, the Food and Agriculture Act of 1965 expires with the 1969 crop. Our legislative proposals to the Congress recommend that this act, augmented by. a few desirable changes and revisions, such as the yield revision, be made permanent. Your support of this See FREEMAN on Page 2 Associated Press Writer PARIS (AP) - Premier Georges Pompidou summoned labor and business leaders to . meet with him Saturday to seek a solution to the crushing strike wave paralyzing most of France's economic life. More and greater - turmoil threatened, meanwhile, as workers, students and farmers called a new round of demonstrations today a. few hours before President Charles de Gaulle's address to the nation. DeGaulle was expected to give his analysis of the situation and propose broad outlines for a settlement. The government then would try to reach an agreement with business and labor within these guidelines. The Communist-led General Confederation of Workers, France's biggest union, immediately accepted Ponipidou's invitation, to meet but expressed that "24 hours are being lost." The French-Confederation of Democratic Workers also accepted, but warned that the strikes would not stop. French farmers were out by the thousands in protest against a possibility the six-nation Common Market Will order the limiting of.government subsidies on dairy products at a meeting in Brussels next week. That would mean lower prices for such items as milk, butter and cheese. West Germany wants to curb such outlays. Tractors and barricades were used to halt traffic on many roads in Brittany and south arid central France. The farmers moved from car to car to explain their economic difficulties to motorists, then allowed them to proceed. Premier Pompidou told newsmen Agriculture Minister Edgar Faure has been instructed to establish a French position of-"extreme firmness on the organization of the agricultural markets" when he and his colleagues in the Common Market open the Brussels meeting Mon- day. Complicating the situation, Belgium, which has a crisis of its own, asked its Common Market partners to postpone the meeting. Belgians were reported to want to avoid more trouble for their premier-designate, Paul van dem Boeynants, who is trying to form a new government. Students rioted in Paris Thursday for the second night in succession, and authorities feared the violence would increase. Interior Minister Christian Fouchet warned that "armed extremists" hoped to use the demonstrations today to See STRIKE on Page 2 Poor Mud, Evacuation Library Post Is Resigned A member of the BIytheville Public Library's board of trustees resigned today, explaining that he wanted to "step aside and make way for the sort of new civic vitality which I feel this board needs at this time..." ;:.' Author of the resignation let- let to Alvin Huffman, Jr., chairman of ^he library board, was Harry A. Haines, Courier News Editor. Haines noted that "it is grat- Cloudy, Showers Mostly cloudy tonight and Saturday with scattered' showers and thunderstorms developing southward over the state and increasing late tonight and Saturday. Little change in temperature tonight. Cooler most sections Saturday. High today mainly in the 80s. Low tonight mid M Berth to (to (Nth, ifying to know that we have some $50,000 in surplus funds, which we generally agreed will be used someday in the construction of another building." A member of the board for ten years, Haines said : in his letter to Huffman that "my tenure ranks as the most pleasant civic experience of my life. For this, I am indebted to you and the other -members of the board..." . He went on to note: "j have never been entirely satisfied with the manner by which members of the. board such as myself maintained-tenure. The city, over the past 20 : years or more, never has made appointments to the board ai terms expire. "Therefore, all-current mem* tors of the board simply arc serving on expired appointments by yirtUe.'of .the fact, that no qualified- successors h a. v • been ' REV. GENE SCHULTZ is the new pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church at Half Moon. A former pastor of the church, he moves here from Florida. Rev. Schults was former pastor of Baptist churches at Gosnell and Number Nine. A graduate of Dell schools, he attended Southern Baptist College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married and the father of one child. By JOHN BECKLER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP)-Heavy rains turned Resurrection City, U.S.A., into a sea of rnud today and forced at least a temporary evacuation of most of the residents of the Poor People's Campaign shanty town. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, Resurrection City manager, said plans are being made to shift about 2,000 of the 2,400 residents to churches in metropolitan Washington. Meanwhile the campaign sustained Thursday its first group arrests after a Capitol Hill demonstration the movement's leader called unplanned and unfortunate. But it also received its first federal response as Secretary of Agriculture Orville L.. Freeman promised to expand federal food programs and 30 senators and representatives set up. an informal unofficial liaison committee between Congress and the campaign. Jackson said there also is danger of a flu epidemic sweeping the campsite at Lincoln Memorial. Campaign leaders issued a call for thousands o£ boots and raincoats for the campaign demonstrators. It has rained heavily for 24 hours and more rain is predicted today and Saturday. Jackson also said there is a need for more temporary accommodations outside the camp area to house inhabitants until conditions improve. Jackson described the conditions as "rather deplorable." The mud is four to five inches thick, he said. The planned evacuation will not interrupt the campaign's efforts to convince Congress and the federal government that more help is needed for the poor, Jackson said. "We will evacuate as many as possible today, particularly mothers with small children," he said, "and once we've done that we plan to send some welfare mothers back to the Capitol and have a prayer vigil at the Department of Agriculture." The 12 adults and 6 juveniles arrested Thursday for singing and kneeling outside a House office building—banned as unlawful assembly on Capitol Hill- were released without bond in the custody of a campaign official. The Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and leader of the Poor People's Campaign, said no SCLC official was with the group but that this will be required in the future. "We are not quite ready to up the movement to mass arrests," one of Abernathy's lieutenants, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, told newsmen. Jackson, "city manager" of the poor people's shantytown near the Lincoln Memorial, hustled to Capitol Hill after receiving word that arrests were being made. Police had already sent two See POOR on Page 2 SERVICES FOR ARMY Cpl. Earl Woods, 19, Of Osceola, who. was killed in Vietnam on May 11, will be . conducted Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in the Pleasnat Grove Baptist. Church there. ..Burial will be in Whiteside Memorial Gardens, .Norlhside Funeral Home in charge. Woods, was killed when the truck in which he was .. riding, struck an enemy mine, according to the Defense .Department. . . .He.levaes Us parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Woods of .. Osceola;. • . ; Two .sisters, Mrs. Jetlie Mae Teace of Michigan City, .. .Ind., .and Mrs. Ernestine Hill of Osceola; And. two brothers, George Gooch of Chicago, HI., . .and Brooker Wilson of St. Louis, Mo. BILL LIVINGSTON, principal at Central and Lange chpqls.'has resigned to accept an elementary principal- ship at Hot Springs, according to Supt, J. K. Williams. Livingston joined the BIytheville school system in 1963 .as a principal. No replacement has been named, Williams said. (See additional story and picture on Page Two.) MARION CRANK, CANDIDATE for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, will address a meeting of the Mississippi County Young Democrats Club here Tuesday. The 7:30 p.m. meeting will be held in Holiday Inn. RUSSELL PHILLIPS OF BIytheville has been cited by the Elk Chute Drainage District for 25 years of service as a member of the board of supervisors and for more than five years' service as president. He retired from .the board this week. ; CARUTHERSVILLE CITY EMPLOYES were given' a pay raise May 20, Mayor B. F. Rogers announced today. Special attention was given to the police department, Rogers said. The chief of police received an increase of $35 per month, the assistant chief $35. A day captain wlil be appointed by the chief and will receive a $40 increase per month over his present salary. Regular patrolmen received a $30 increase per month. ' , . All other city employees were given an approximate 10 percent increase in salary per month. The increases become effective July 1. - ARKANSAS COMMISSIONER OF Education A W. Ford will be the speaker at Dell High School's commencement exercises next Thursday at 8 p.m in the school cafetorium. Mr. Albert Holland will be baccalaureate speaker Sunday at 8 p.m. at the school Bombers Keep Up Hammering Tactics By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - Waves of America's biggest bombers kept up one of the most concentrated saturation attacks of the war today against North Vietnamese troops reported crossing from Laos into the center of South Vietnam. The intensified air campaign was aimed at stopping any major enemy thrust across the country. In 10 missions Thursday and today, at least 30 Air Force B52 bombers rained nearly „ ,1,000 tons of explosives along enemy areas near the junction of the borders of South Vietnam, Laos and Caobodia. While the pressure mounted in the central highlands, U.S. Marines just below the demilitarized zone reported 203 North Vietnamese killed in a savage two-day battle. The Leathernecks said 23 of their men were killed and 86 wounded in the action Wednesday and Thursday two miles northeast of Con Thien.' Bombing of the central highlands was stepped up after North Vietnamese troops were reported crossing over the Lao. Man frontier in force. U.S. Intelligence officers in the field said the Communist command might try to grab a large chunk of South Vietnam's cwtral platan to put more teeth into its demands at the Paris peace talks. The first North Vietnamese divisions ever identified in South Vietnam tried to cut the country in half in 1965 but American troops drove them back during a fall of bloody fighting. Flying at altitudes of more than 20,000 feet, the huge planes attacked staging areas, troop concentrations, bunkers, artillery positions and antiaircraft batteries between the Laotian border and Dak To. U.S. outposts at the head of a valley that stretches from the Laotian border south to Dak To report heavy traffic nightly along the route which serves as the main north-south highway through the highlands. Intelligence reports said two regiments from the North Vietnamese 325th Division have completed a 165-mile march south from near Khe Sanh to an area west of kontum, possibly to reinforce Another enemy division and four independent regiments along South Vietnam's western border. In the JMZ action, the Marines took on two battalions-about 800 of the enemy-believed to be from the 320th North Vietnamese Division. Units from three regiments of (He 3rd Marina Division got into the fraj; before the enemy withdrew .j- Thursday night. •••":": The Americans threw tanks, ,ff; ; artillery and fighter-bombers ;; into the battle, as well as helicopter gunships which were .credited with a large percentage of the. enemy killed. ' Another Marine force launched a new operation, Mameluke Thrust, 24 miles southwest of Da Nang to seek out enemy forces in the rolling hills between the highlands and the rice-producing coastal low Iwids, U.S. headquarters said sever, al battalions from the '1st Marine Division began the opera*' SM VIETNAM •• Pa* I

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