Hattiesburg American from Hattiesburg, Mississippi on February 5, 1971 · 1
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Hattiesburg American from Hattiesburg, Mississippi · 1

Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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Friday, February 5, 1971
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LOCAL WEATHER Partly cloudy to clear and rather cold through Saturday. Highest today and Saturday in upper 40s Lowest tonight in 30s. ' YH 'Sw VI-' tM lJa J i 1 1 111.111.11 mi rr iiitiii tm?mtfX- , , f MOON SHIP BULL'S-EYE Apollo 14 flight controllers displayed varying emotions as they listen to the landing of the moon ship at their consoles in the Manned Space Center at Houston, Tex., early today. Standing at left is Flight Director M. P. Frank while seated in center is Gerald Griffin, another flight director. Buddy head coach at Blair High James Edward "Bubby" Gardner has been named t o succeed Stan Hathorn as head football ooach at S. H. Blair High School, it was announced today by W. H. "Buddy" Wat- kins, director of athletics for the Hattiesburg public schools. Coach Gardner served as assistant football coach and head track coach at Blair from 1966 through 1968. In 1968 he returned to Kosciusko as head football coach. ' Prior to Gardners assistant coaching job at Blair he had held the position of assistant footbairaTacVat' Kosciusko for four years. Walso coached the varsity track team and t h e girls varsity basketball team for two years during his first assignment at Kosciusko. Gardner graduated from Waynesboro High School in 1957 having lettered in football, basketball and baseball. He attended Jones Junior College from 1957 through 1959 lettering i n football and track. He continued his education at USM and received a B. S. degree i n 1962 from Southern. Gardner is married to the former Ima Jo Lewis of Waynesboro. They have four daughters, Naomi 9, Valerie 8, Jamie 2, and Jennifer 8 months. They are members of the First Baptist Church of Kosciusko. When Gardner was asked what his thoughts were on re- COAC.H GARDNER Israel cautious about extension of cease-fire By HAL McCLURE Associated Press Writer JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel cautiously withheld , immediate comment today on a demand by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat for a partial Israeli troop pullback from the Suez Canal, and a Foreign Ministry official said the proposal was being "carefully studied." The Israeli press denounced Sadat's demand. Sadat announced Thursday that Egypt would observe a 30-day extension of the Middle East cease-fire that was to expire at midnight tonight. But he demanded a partial pullback by Israel from the east bank of the waterway during this period as "a first step toward laying down Hatfiestarg AM EE, VOL. LXXVI-No. 31 A Gardner is turning to Hattiesburg he re plied, "It is certainly an honor and a challenge to return t o such a fine school. My family and I are looking forward to again living in Hattiesburg and Bombers attack missile sites in North Vietnam By GEORGE ESPER SAIGON (AP) - U.S. fighter- bombers attaceirdnfiaTf-TSouth craft missile sitettrNertirYicS nam, the U.S. Command announced today. Meanwhile, small South Vietnamese reconnaissance units were making forays into southern Laos and other Saigon troops fought a hard battle in Cambodia. The attack on the missile sites was the 10th "protective reaction" attack in North Vietnam this year to counter the threat of antiaircraft fire against American planes bombing the Ho Chi Minh trail through southern Laos. The U.S. Command said an F105 fighter-bomber fired two Shrike missiles Thursday at surface-to-air-missile SAM sites five miles inside North Vietnam when enemy radar locked on a flight of B52s bombing on the Laotian side of the border. The pilots said they saw no SAM's fired, but the radar was tracking the flight, thus posing an imminent threat. Although South Vietnamese reconnaissance units of perhaps 150 to 200 men were reported moving into southern Laos, there was no evidence that Saigon troops have crossed the border in sizable numbers. Associated Press correspondent William Barton reported from the border west of Khe Sanh that on Wednesday he saw about 20 UH1 troop-carrying helicopters cross the border into a timetable for Israeli withdrawal from all occupied Arab land." Sadat said that if Israel did this, Egypt would reopen the canal to world shipping. . Israel already had agreed to extend the cease-fire, and Jordan said it woul follow Egypt's lead. Israeli newspapers, which often reflect official views, generally attacked Sadat's proposals. The independent Haaretz said the promise to open the canal, blocked since the June 1967 war, was a tactical move "designed to gain sympathy in international navigation circles, especially in Western Europe." The Labor party newspaper (Continued on Pagt 10) 10c ' i ' 2 f , 1 1 H v ' if IV "I . i Standing in rear are Astronaut Eugene Cernan and Flight Director Eugene Kranz, at right. Seated at far right is another Flight Director, Glynn Lunney. Astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr. and Edgar D. Mitchell made a bull's eye landing. (AP Wirephoto) named working with the fine young men at Blair High School." Watkins said of Gardner: "We are fortunate to be able to get a man of the caliber of Buddy (Continued on Page 10) Laos. Such helicopters carry about eight soldiers each. And Vietnamese i "sISifTCet" Sfttf they were carrying South Vietnamese troops. Barton said the helicopters appeared to be American. A spokesman for the U.S. Command said no American helicopters had lifted any South Vietnamese troops into Laos although U.S. helicopters had carried South Vietnamese troops from Dong Ha to landing zones (Continued on Page 10) Unemployment rate drops slightly from 1970 hig WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's unemployment rate dropped slightly in January from December but in both months hit heights not reached since the 1960-61 recession, the Labor Department reported today. The January rate, the department said, was 6 per cent of the civilian labor force. The rate was the same as given out for December, but a statistical revi sion disclosed that joblessness in that month actually hit 6.2 per cent despite the return to work of workers displaced by the General motors strike. Today's report showed 5.4 million unemployed in January, a rise of about 780,000 from December. But, because unemployment always increases significantly in January, the sea- Armed gunmen take $40,000 in . Jackson bank holdup today JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A branch bank was robbed of an estimated $40,000 here today by two armed men who entered the bank from the rear and ordered everyone to fall to the floor, Hinds County officers said, A spokesman for the FBI said his office had joined state and county authorities in the investigation. He said the two fled in what was believed to be a 1966 auto with Hinds County license. Authorities said roadblocks were set up in the area soon after the holdup was reported. Illlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllliliiiiiii HATTIESBURG, MISSISSIPPI, Spite) Problems Shepard's By HOWARD BENEDICT AP Aerospace Writer SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) Two Americans who almost had their landing canceled by a computer problem walked the dusty surface of the moon today, ghostly figures seeking the secrets of an alien land. Alan B. Shepard Jr., realizing a decade-old personal dream at age 47, became the fifth human to leave his imprint in the black lunar soil. He stepped from the Apollo 14 lunar lander at 9:54 a.m. EST. Edgar D. Mitchell, 40, followed him down the ladder 10 minutes later. "It's been a long way, but we're here," were Shepard's first words as his booted left foot tested the lunar soil in the Fra Mauro region. He described it a very soft, like talcum powder. They were very business-like as they moved about their tasks, decribing the landscape often in scientific terms. This contrasted with the exurber-ance, even the giddiness, shown at times by America' two previous moon landing crews. They had been just as businesslike during a tense descent to the surface hours earlier when they came within 10 minutes of aborting a landing. But experts on the ground worked furiously to trace a false computer signal. They radioed a solution to the astronauts in effect, tell the computer not to lis-en to itself and the mission was saved. If the solution had not been found, the computer would automatically rocketed them back up to moon orbit when they tried to descend. After landing, they encountered another problem that de- sonal adjustment of the numbers brings the rate down by the equivalent of 110,000 workers from the December level. The rate showed disappointing sluggishness in the economic recovery, however, and failed to allay fears that unemployment would move higher before President Nixon's prediction comes true that in 1971 it "will finally come under control and begin to recede." Total employment rose 400,000 in January, after seasonal adjustment, and stood at a figure of 77,238,000, about 75,000 less (Continued on Page 10) School president Responds to students who ask financial investigation at USM Dr. W. D. McCain, president of USM, today released the following statement in response to a resolution adopted Monday night by the student senate: "T h e resolution passed recently by the Student Senate of the University of Southern Mississippi requesting investigation of the University's financial affairs is disappointing for all of us, including many student leaders and faculty members, who accept the responsibility for the conduct of university affairs. Any citizen, particularly a university student, should know better than to draw sweeping conclusions based solely on someone's suspicion and rumor, particularly when those conclusions impugn personal integrity. "All of the state institutions FRIDAY, FEB. 5, 1971 exit - m,- i layed their exit to the surface by an hour. Shepard had difficulty with his spacesuit communication system. The trouble was cleared up after it was traced to an out-of-position circuit breaker. None of the problems posed any danger to the astronauts. As Shepard and Mitchell moved about, setting up an atomic-powered science station, they were aided by a moon first a two-wheel cart on which they carried their tools and instruments. Mitchell reported, "It rode very well." "This is a very rough place," Shepard remarked as he gazed at the surrounding landscape of high ridges, craters and boul-ers as large as 20 feet across. "Nothing like being up to your armpits in lunar dust," Mitchell quipped. Although main emphasis on the first walk was the science station, the astronauts gathered walnut-sized rocks and dust particles, scooping some up as soon as they hit the surface in case they had to leave the moon early for some reason. They also hammered a core tube a foot into the surface to gather soil samples. After Shepard and Mitchell tested their ability to move about with antelope-like strides, they took out a television camera to give viewers 238,275 miles away their first sustained color view of the lunar surface. A color TV camera on Apollo 12 conked out after only a few minutes when its lens was burned by the sun. The third man in the expedition, Stuart A. Roosa, orbited some 70 miles overhead in the command ship Kitty Hawk, awaiting the return of his companions on Saturday. They had been on the surface more than an hour when Mission Control relayed a phoned message from President Nixon. The President congratulated the Apollo team and said he had been following the moon walkers progress on television. He invited the astronauts to dinner at the White House and a weekend at Camp David, Md. "Convey our thanks to the President," Shepard said. Shepard climbed down the nine-rung ladder to the surface after he guided the lunar ferry Antares to a landing only 60 feet from target in the rugged Fra Mauro highlands. To get there he had to take over controls and fly his spidery ship manually to override a computer that threatened to abort the mission. On the surface, the moon walkers began their scientific (Continued on Page 10) of higher learning follow rigorous financial regulatory procedures. Those citizens genuinely concerned with the welfare of any of the institutions need to be familiar with these procedures. "The state legislature appropriates state monies for the support of the state institutions of higher learning, including the University of Southern Mississippi. The Appropriations Committees of the House and Senate ascertain that requested state funds are necessary and will be expended in the public interest before the two governing bodies act upon the committees' recommendations. "The Board of Trustees o f Institutions of Higher Learning inform the various institutions (Continued on Pagt 10) -freer gT x p I. J: THERE HE ISI A beaming, proud Mrs. Edgar Mitchell reaches out to a television screen in her home at the Space Center near Houston, Tex., as her husband, Apollo 14 Astronaut Mitchell and Peniten&rv reform pbn passes Mouse by 1024 . By JAMES SAGGUS Associated Press Writer JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -Mi s s i ss i p p i' s biggest penitentiary reform plan since the turn of the century has been overwhelmingly approved Tornadoes cross South, seven killed in Grenada By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A vicious winter storm hammered much of the eastern half of the nation with wind, rain, snow and ice today after triggering death-dealing tornadoes in parts of the South. Eight persons were killed in twisters that churned into Alabama and Mississippi Thursday night. Seven, including six children, died at Grenada, Miss. One person died and 12 were injured at Bear Creek, Ala. The seven Mississippians, including the wife and three children of a Grenada policeman, were killed when a tornado shredded a house trailer near Grenada. The twister hit about 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the home of Christopher Hankins, who was returning to the trailer from duty. The three other victims were relatives. Authorities identified the dead as Mary Helen Hankins, 24; Gary Hankins, 2; Losonju Hankins, 4; Christopher Columbus Hankins, four days; Lura Alice Yates, 33, sister of the policeman; Brenda Lee Yates, 4, his niece; and Ellen Yates, 63, his mother-in-law. Mrs. Hankins had just re- The weather Official weather report: 9 a.m. temperature 42 degrees. Highest 76 and lowest 40 during the preceding 24 hours. Rainfall .94 River stage 5.5 feet. Extended forecast: South Mississippi Partly cloudy with a few showers Sunday. Lows in the low 30s to middle 40s and highs in the middle 40s to middle 50s.. Partly cloudy to clear and colder Monday and Tuesday with lows in the upper 20s to upper 30s and highg in the middle 40s to low 50s. Associated Press News and Wire photo by the House of Representatives. The proposal, to abolish the convict guard system and reorganize the governing board of trustees, scored a 102-6 triumph in the House Thursday turned from the hospital Wednesday with the new baby. Wreckage of the trailer was scattered as far away as one mile, authorities said, and one body was found three-fourths of a mile from the trailer site. Eye witnesses said the twister uprooted trees and downed power and telephone lines. However, they said a home just a few feet away from the trailer was spared damage. The tornado apparently stayed on the ground for only a short period, taking wreckage of the trailer with it. The witness said sleet began in the area shortly after the tornado struck. Severe weather lashed other parts of the state. Authorities said a tornado touched down about 12 miles north of Carrollton about 6 p.m., damaging two homes and (Continued on Page 10) Clarence Magee says NAACP will work to get black member on local school board Clarence Magee, president of the local chapter of the NAACP said today the organization has formed a plan of action in its attempt to gain black representation on the Hattiesburg School Board. This past Wednesday city councilmen Ford Vance and Walter Parker appointed two white men to fill vacancies on the board. The appointments were made over the objections of Mayor Paul Grady. For more than two years the black community had been promised representation on the all white board, Magee said. About 30 per cent of the children in the city's schools are Negro. Alan B. Shepard, Jr. walked on the moon Friday. They became man's third pair of earthmen to walk on the moon. (AP Wirephoto) after pleas to end brutality and murder. The House Penitentiary Com mittee, headed by Rep. Bob Anderson of Wesson, brought the bill to the floor as a measure to reorganize the penitentiary board. But lawmakers quickly amended ii to abolish the trusty system. The system involves the use of convicts, mostly long-termers, as armed guards over fellow inmates, with a few ci vilian guards as supervisors. Rep. Stone Barefield of Hattiesburg, chairman of the General Legislative Investigating Committee which reported on the death of a prisoner recently, spearheaded the move to outlaw the convict guards. Referring to the death of the convict on a work detail last June, Barefield said, "Dannjr Bennett was murdered by two trusties at the direction of a guard who was a sadist." And he recounted other instances of brutalities involving trusties- Barefield said there had been instances of a prisoner being handcuffed to a fence and in the leg by a trusty, of i rape, and of other violence, m Several lawmakers argued that it would be impossible to change the system immediately and they questioned Barefield about costs. "I don't know what it will (Continued on Page 10) Magee said the Negro community has met every request of the city administration in lo-eating qualified prospective black members for the board. "So far as we can determine," Magee said, "there is no help for us within City Hall, the city of Hattiesburg or Forrest County. We will possibly have to go outside this area for assistance. "There are many sources of help available to the black community in resolving this problem. The local chapter of the NAACP has held meetings in which we set our priorities and mapped our approach to the problem." (Continued on Page 10)

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