The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 28, 1968 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, May 28, 1968
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO. 65 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315)' TUESDAY, MAY 28, 1968 12 PAGES 10 CENTS Stemming the grisly tide—Dr. Beasley Spotless McPartland Is A Litterbilg •You can't win 'em all'—Lewis Mayo MAY 28 BLYTHEVILLE POLICE reported ttiat the engine and transmission stripped from a 1968 Chevrolet which was found abandoned last month in Rector, Ark., after being stolen from Bob Sullivan's automobile lot, have been recovered by the Dunklin County Sheriff's Department-in Kennett, Mo. Two Kennett men, ages 19 and 23, were arrested yesterday in connection with the theft and are being held in the Dunklin County jail, according to Blytheville Police Chief George Ford. Both men willappear today at an'extradition hearing in Kennett,':before they'are returned here to face charges of grand larceny which will be filed against them, Ford said. , ( VANDALS BROKE INTO Harrison High School last night and left the principal's office in a shambles, the BlytheviUe Police Department said today. Nothing has been determined stolen from the school, but a complete inventory must be taken of the wrecked office before school officials will know if anything of value is missing, authorities said. • A 1984 PLYMOUTH, owned by T. N. .Bennett-of 1108 Terry Lane; was reported stolen from the'Chick- asawba Hospital parking lot sometime last night, authorities said. . ,,.- : '.'•" The unlocked vehicle was discovered missing at 11 p.m. and police were notified, Investigating officers ' Sea ROUNDUP on Page I By Herb Wight Managing Editor Compared to the Mississippi County Health Department, Spotless McPartland is a litterbug. While the little anti-germ zealot battles bacteria in the Morty Meekle comic strip, the Miss co HD personnel are waging their private war against man's microscopic foe. Immunization programs and crippled children's clinics have become almost synonymous with the Health Department, but some of its credits and a large field of its activity goes, perhaps, almost unnoticed by the public'it serves. For ; example,' the grisly march of what once was termed "calamitous diseases" has been nearly 'ground to a standstill, according to Dr. Joe Beasley, affable HD head. When asked what the country's three top contagious diseases are, the doctor stares for a long moment at the floor. "We just don't have much of calamitous diseases any more,'" he says slowly, deliberately. "We seldom see a case of tetanus. Typhoid is a rare, rare thing. We've traced it to the carriers and they are dying out. "Doctors here seldom see a case of diptheria and as for medical students ..." Beasley grins and shrugs his shoulders, "they, just have never seen a case." *'*'*' When pressed to name the county's top contagious disease ("There's got to'be one.") the doctor explained that he was trying to paint a picture of a county that has very little problem with contagious diseases. "In 1967 we turned up'eight new cases of tuberculosis and it's probably our number one problem. "When you consider that out ef 76,000 people ihd after 12 months of screening programs only eight cases .turn up .,. we really don't have much -of a problem," he said. It hasn't ..always been that way, .though, he -said. Walking to a stack of pamphlets Beasley'extracted the department's annual report for 1961.' In that year 56 cases of active tuberculosis were found. In 1962 the number dropped to 32; in '63 it was down to 30. "So you see, while TB is our number-one problem you couldn't' very well say that we've got an epidemic on our hands," he smiled. * * * " If Beasley has his way the county never will have to face a bout with nature's calamitous diseases. In 1961 there were about 25,000 injections administered by the county staff to fight contagious diseases,; he said. And in'1967, "the number was about the same." To make sure the hacking cough and pallid complexions marking TB never become common sights and sounds in Mississippi County, the Health Department staff each year gives skin tests to every 1st, 5th, 9th and 12th grade student in the county, so that every child in the county will be tested four times for active tuberculosis by the time he or she becomes a high school senior. If a skin test shows "positive" HD nurses start checking for every person closely associated with the patient. For the eight new cases of active .tuberculosis found, last year, the nurses tracked down 86 persons exposed to the disease. Of these, 11 were found to be "suspects" and were given extensive tests until physicians were sure there was no danger. ' \* * * Beasley marvels that such an effective war is being waged ,by his 11-member staff. Three nurses service the county's 76,000 people, or one for each 25,000. , "The minimum recommended is one. for each 10,000 population and an ideal situation is one nurse for each 5,000," Dr. Beasley said. The problem — not surprisingly — is money. The Health Department's operating funds are provided on an approximately 50-50 split between the county and state. About $43,000.comes from Miss- co and about $39,000 from, the state (which includes some federal money). . . In Beasley's opinion his staff could only be comprised of ded- cated people. "We have one sanitarian and we need three," .JBeasley said. The sanitarian, Lewis E. Mayo, is more .'correctly .called .a . city - county sanitarian. His "beat" takes him into Blythe- 'ville, Osceola, Wilson and tha myriad of other small towns in • Missco as well as the rural area. Blytheville pays $100 a month on: Mayo's salary and Osceola shells out $15; (The county pays the balance.) "And," one official said, "those city councilmen act like they own him." When equated with.the services Mayo .renders,.he is grossr ly underpaid. . . ' Each year he inspects 674 city and county food dispensers and public places ... ranging from slaughter houses to swimming pools. ,...-; •He gives farmers and county business establishments technical advice on installing sewage systems, even running soil tests to determine which type system will be adequate. Milk wholesalers come under his eye. Samples are taken and if the bacteria count in the milk is too high— even though it originates from out of state — the wholesaler is out of business. (One such distributor was shut down last month.) Mayo works with city councils drafting animal ordinances.- He furnishes advice on mosquito control. When a service station or other business is built in the county, Mayo inspects its plumbing to make sure it meets state requirements. (He makes 15 to • 20 such inspections per month, See HEALTH n Page 2 . Tobacco Tax Up in Smoke LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Gov., Winthrop Rockefeller's weekend bid to arouse public support for the tax proposals he placed before the special legislative session had little impact on the 100 persons he had to sway the most—the members of the Arkansas House. The lower chamber so soundly defeated a pair of tobacco tax bills Monday that the. administration's sponsor of a third tax measure declined to let it come to a vote. . ' Meanwhile, the Senate moved Rockefeller's controversial bill .to legalize the sale of mixed drinks out of committee without recommendation and a vote on it could- come today. The house was scheduled to convene at i p.m. and the Senate at•!:»: ••••••••••>' •-'. "•-/•'•'•• After hearing speeches in which lawmakers charged that funds had been wasted and squandered in the state penitentiary system, the House crushed a bill calling for a 1'5 per cent excise tax on the wholesale selling price of cigars and cigarillos. The vote was 1676. Moments later the lower chamber defeated the proposed '3-cent per package increase oh cigarette taxes by;a 36-57 .vote. And, sandwiched in between, Rep. James'L. 1 Sheets of Siloam Springs, sponsor of another tobacco tax bill, decided to defer action on it. Rockefeller had delivered a statewide- television address Saturday night in which he encouraged citizens, who agreed with him to urge their legislators to vote for the tax measures to provide funds for the prisons, higher education and public schools.: . The three bills-had appeared to be doomed from the start of the special session and-' Monday's action did nothing to help the outlook for the other bill, SM TOBACCO on Page 1 'IT WON'T HURT a bit' is what the Mississippi County Health Department nurses keep telling, their tiny patients. Each year they administer about 25,000 Injections to fight disease. (Courier News Photos) Education. Minister Resigns Gaullist Regime Showing Cracks By LOUIS NEVIN Associated Press Writer "PARIS -'(AP) - Education Minister Alain Peyrefitte, caught in the midst of student •turbulence which touched off the'strike wave that is costing France more than a billion dollars a week in lost production, resigned today. Premier Georges Pompidou said he will take over Peyrefitte's duties. Peyrefitte, 42, had-been minister for information and minister for scientific research and atomic matters before he moved to the Education Ministry April 7, 1967. With no end in sight lo the general strike, a leftist leader proposed that .a provisional government take over to arrange election of a successor to President Charles de Gaulle. Pompidou disclosed France will dip into its $6 billion in gold and foreign currency reserves to help the nation through an expected slump in its trade balance due to wage increases and other costly benefits to workers. The package proposal, which is still not satisfactory to the unions, would obviously hike the cost of French export goods. "We have large reserves," the premier said. ".. .We will certainly use them in this period to ease a fall in our foreign .Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy through Wednesday with isolated mostly afternoon and evening showers or thundershowers. A little cooler mainly southeast tonight otherwise not- much temperature change. Low tonight mostly in the 50s. trade, a fall which we hope will be only temporary." This would mark a reversal of a 10-year policy of building up. the reserves of gold and foreign currencies. Peyrefitte's resignation, an- : hounced by the premier, was the first open the Gaul- list regime from the strike crisis. He has taken much of the criticism for the unrest stem- ming.from; rioting by university students since May 10. Mentioned in government circles as. being on shaky ground are Interior Minister Christian Fouchet, who runs the nation's police forces; Information Minister Georges Gorse, who has responsibility lor the strike-crippled radio and television networks; Defense Minister Pierre Messmer, who has taken a role in efforts to keep order; and Louis Joxe, who had been acting premier early in the crisis when Pompidou was abroad on an official visit. Francois Mitterrand, president of the non-Communist Federation of the Left, called for rejection of De Gaulle's reform proposals in the June 16 referendum. Since De Gaulle has threatened to resign if he does not receive massive support at the polls, Mitterrand said "the departure of Gen. De Gaulle after June 16, if it doesn't come before then, will provoke the disappearance of the premier and the present government." He called for formation of a provisional government immediately "to get the state back on its feet, reply to the just demands of the social groupings and finally organize the practical mechanism for a presiden- cal mechanism for a presidtn- Ual election which could take place in July." Mitterrand, runnerup to De Gaulle with 45 per cent of the vote in the 1965 presidential election, said: "I am a candidate." The strike, which economists say is wiping out more than a billion dollars a week in production, went into its 12th day today after most striking workers in private industry shouted down a proposed settlement which in- cluded a 10 per cent pay raise. In government-run industries, art "accord in principle" on a similar offer was reached with- the coal miners' union. But electrical and gas workers still were negotiating and the railroad workers broke off talks with the government.' Economists predicted the weekly loss from the strike would rise steadily as the strike continued. In addition, the economy faced severe strains from See MINISTER on Page 2 Federal Fund: Are Flowing NEW YOHK - In the distribution of federal funds -to localities across-the country under the" various "grants-in-aid programs, how has Mississippi County been making out? What portion of the money allotted last year,' amounting to more than $17 billion, went to the local area? Based upon state-by-state figures released by the Tax Foundation, a non-profit organization that does research in government taxation and spending, the local area's share was relatively large. During the past fiscal year an estimated. $7,285,000 was earmarked for Mississippi County under the community aid programs. Throughout Arkansas as a whole, the grants totaled $223,400,000, reports the Tax Foundation. They included funds for school and hospital construction child welfare, public housing, urban renewal, health, education and for many other needs. The figures, it is explained, relate solely to federal grants to states and localities and do not cover other federal spending, for goods and services, in local areas. * * * : On the other side of the ledger is the cost of these benefits to the individual communities. The money for them corn'es from federal income and excise taxes that are allocated to the See FUNDS oil Page 2: Atlantic Combed for Sub By BOB HORTON AP Military Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - A small U.S. Navy armada from both sides • of the- Atlantic combed the stormy ocean today for a clue to the whereabouts of the missing atomic submarine Scorpion and her 99 crewmen. What may have happened to the $40 million U.S. attack sub was a mystery. An obvious if unexpressed Navy fear was that the Scorpion may have suffered a fate similar to that of another atomic sub, the Thresher, which sank in the North Atlantic in 1983 with 129 men aboard. An unspecified number of planes were scheduled to join vessels ordered into a broad search Monday when the Scorpion failed to report in as scheduled at the end of a Mediterranean cruise. A source said Navy attempts to contact ,the sub—which he termed "part of the normal missing sub procedure"—were continuing. Because she was returning to the United States submerged, the Navy had not received any communications from the Scorpion since midnight May 21. This was termed routine. But about noon Monday the Scorpion should have come on the air asking Norfolk, Va., for docking space. Relatives waited at the port. No message came. She was due there at 1 p.m. The Navy quickly dispatched the first of 19 Atlantic Fleet ships to find the Scorpion, and by 7 p.m. Monday publicly pronounced her "overdue." "The weather is very, very bad out there," Adm. Thomas H. Moorer, chief of naval- operations, told newsmen at a hurriedly summoned news conference. The submarine Shark reported 15-to-22-foot waves from the area and was rolling to 22 degrees at times. Moorer offered two possibilities of what may have happened to merely delay the Scor- pion in reaching home: —Weather may have caused her to slow up, and she $ay have radioed a message about the: delay which was lost in stormy turbulence. —The Scorpion may have altered her; course as she rose from the Atlantic's depths to approach the shallower, 650-foot- deep continental shelf extending 40 to 50 miles from the Eastern seaboard, thus slowing her arrival. , .-.The latter, however, would not'have explained her faflur* to communicate with shore. He said it would be routine tor the Scorpion to remain NP> fee SUB <a Paf« I

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