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McComb, Mississippi
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Much Colder Much colder with lows near 28 tonight. Partly cloudy to cloudy through Friday. The river stage at Natchez is 18.2 and falling. -p iDirn 10c PER COPY McCOMB, MISS. THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 1969 fiHEiOLirirr: 80TH YEAR-NO. 174 By OLIVER EMMERICH Editor lb) Note: Editor Oliver Emmerich is en route to South America. His columns, many of them to be written from that area, will resume soon. IP 17 )(o) fir LfL o) if chm Fatal Tornadoes Skip Across State a train but "my daughter ran over from across the street with Economic Goals Are Aired Here for Mississippi The buUetin said that the line of thunderstorms had weakened and moved eastward into Alabama. The highway patrol at Brook, haven said that the Hazlehurst twister hit at the Interstate 55 interchange just south of the I i v- HAZLE HURST, Miss. (AP) Killer tornadoes barreled across central Mississippi today, claim, ing 28 lives and injuring over 100 persons as the twisters ripped through a three-county area. Officials feared the death toll could rise higher. The most severe tornado struck Hazlehurst in Copiah County, 30 miles south of Jack, son. The highway patrol said at least 10 persons were killed in the area. FOUR PERSONS were killed in one house in the Sardis community of Smith County, the pa. trol said, when the twister hit near White Oak, off Miss. 18. In Simpson County, east of here, seven persons were dead between Mendenhall and Har. risville, the patrol reported, and hospitals here and in Mendenhall were reported full. In Jackson, three hospitals reported receiving patients from the tornado area. Alvin Smith, a high school football coach at Hazlehurst, said the tornado "sounded like three or four freight trains. Aft er three minutes, he said, it was gone. HE SAID as soon as the tornado had cleared he ran to the area of greatest destruction. "I dug two people out myself, an old lady and a boy. I put a tourniquet on the boy. He was bleeding pretty badly." Eddie Brown, whose home here was destroyed, said. "I heard nothing but a lot of wind. Then the house started crash inc. TKSte was nothing to do then but get out." Mattie King, whose house was damaged by the tornado and destroyed by fire a few minutes later, said she thought it was eight of her children. As soon as they got in the door, the bricks started falling out from under the house." SHE SAID the tornado blew off the roof and porch and after. ward a "car crossed some of the (fallen electrical) wires. I heard a noise and looked up and saw the house was on fire." Mayor Paul Kemp said that most of the damage was actual- outside the southern city lim its of Hazlehurst, where the tor nado dipped down near Inter state 55, then moved northeast, hit a lumber mill and then moved into a predominantly Ne gro area south of the city. "We're doing everything we can to provide quarters for the many people displaced," Kemp said. "The city of Jackson and Jackson Mayor Allen Thompson have sent in personnel and of. fered facilities. 'HINDS County has sent in work crews and they are dig ging into areas of wstruction, looklne for the missing that may be burled," he said at mid morning. Jackson hospitals received ov erflow patients from both the Copiah County and Simpson County areas. Both University Hospital and Baptist Hospital in Jackson reported one person dead on arrival. Several Injured were sent to Kintr's Daughters Hospital at Brookhaven. OTHER TORNADOES were re ported by the weather bureau in rural areas of Scott County as the storms moved toward the northeast At 9:15 a.m., the weather bu reau Issued an all-clear bulletin shown on television, but the shooting was not broadcast THE SOURCE said Soviet au thorities kept it quiet in order not to detract from the heroes' re At Rotary Club Photo by Patsy Brumfleld AMBULANCE IN BACKGROUND ADDS TO GRIM PICTURE IN HAZLEHURST TODAY However, occupants of automobile in foreground escaped injury town and flattened an area to the north and east The storm cut a mile-long path into the town, destroying about 15 homes and heavily damaging a lumber mill and a concrete products business. An empty store and adjoining serv ice station were destroyed. Searchers identified one of the Hazlehurst dead as Allen Tay- or. The storm hit Hazlehurst about 6:25 a.m. THE HIGHWAY patrol said the twister hit at Harrisville a short ime afterward. Harrisville is about 25 miles southeast of Jackson. The strong winds began ear- Her and hit at Fayette in southwest Mississippi The highway patrol said a tree blew down on truck east of Fayette, which is located about 90 miles southwest of Jackson. The strong winds began ear. From Fayette, the severe weather moved eastward to Ha zlehurst A PATROL spokesman said patrolman L.D. Thompson was slightly injured when rocks and debris churned up by the tor nado knocked the windows from his patrol car. The U.S. Weather Bureau issued a tornado warning for a large portion of central Mississippi and said a tornado was spotted in the Mendenhall-D'Lo area about 40 miles east-northeast here. ception given to the four cosmonauts. The street where the attack reportedly occurred was packed with persons cheering the cos-monauts. Bowen addressed the regular meeting of the McComb Rotary Club at the Continental. A Mississippi native who was educated in the East and spent some time in Washington, Bowen has been employed by Gov. John Bell Williams to coordinate federal projects and to handle such programs that go through the governor's office. Bowen said he is optimistic about the prospects of federal programs under the Nixon "J-fw tin til: Hushed -Up Moscow Shots Wound Cosmonaut Slightly 'Target 75' Puts Emphasis on Methods In the seventh of a series of 10 "Target '75" meetings sponsored by the Mississippi Economic Council, community and business leaders from the McComb area heard Si 01 Mississippi's. top business and research men discuss the state's economic objectives and goal. This morning's meeting, which was held in the Continental opened with a short slide presentation entitled "Mississippi' which showed general scenic pictures of the state. Keynote speaker J. R. Peterson, assistant director of Mississippi's Research and Development Center, in his address "Measuring Mississippi's Progress," pointed out five steps Mississippians must take if the state is to achieve its economic objectives. "INDUSTRIAL development is the base on. which higher income is constructed, but there is a great deal more to raising Mis sissippi's per capita income than merely bringing in Peterson said. According to Peterson, ad vances must be made in em ployment, training, wages and salaries, local ownership of bus iness, and service industries If Mississippi is to reach her 1975 goal of having per capita income in the state at 75 per cent of the national average. FOLLOWING Peterson, Mod erator Paul W. McMullan, MEC treasurer from Hattiesburg, in troduced Frank G. Smith Jr. of Jackson, vice president of Mis sissippi Power and Light who was the first of five speak ers to discuss, in greater detail, the steps presented by Peterson. While discussing Employment, Smith said, "Before we will solve our per capita income problem, more Mississippians must be employed. Manufacturing jobs offer the fastest and best method for accomplishing this." He add ed, "Mississippi does have peo pie who want to work, who want to give a fair day's work for fair day's pay. And, this is what industry wants, too." IN DISCUSSING Training, Geo rge W. Godwin Jr. of Jackson's Godwin Advertising Agency, said, "Our young people, and subse quent generations, must be ed ucated so as to be easily train able when the time comes for specific job training. They must learni how to learn, un-learn, and re-learn." Clyde McLeod, MEC director of research and Robert P. Guy-ton of Jackson, assistant to the president of Deposit Guaranty National Bank, talked on the sub jects of Wages and Salaries, and Local Ownership, respectively, McLeod said, "It's not good enough to just add jobs. We must be more selective in adding em ployment in higher-paying jobs, Also, we must examine our pre sent business where, across the board, we pay almost 25 per cent less than the national av erage for such industries." WHILE DISCUSSING the last of the five key steps, Dr. Ben B. M'New, dean of the School of Business Administration at the University of Mississippi, said, "Mississippi must recog nize that the natural trend to services in a developing economy places increased emphasis upon human capacity. We must not overlook the fact that the availability of adequate services constitutes a strong attraction for manufacturing firms." A panel discussion followed the six addresses in which members of the audience had an oppor tunity to ask questions related to specific problems in their local area. 4 ir Federal Programs Man Outlines State Plans THIS IS SOME OF THE DEBRIS PILED UP IN SOUTH Police stayed busy getting traffic through Mississippi should, "within the concept of state's rights," attempt to have as large a voice as possible in federal spending, according to the governor's coordinator of federal programs. The state should seek this voice, David Bowen said, because federal expenditures are here to stay. Significant of the importance to Mississippi of such expenditures, he added, is the fact that some $1.5 billion annually is spent within the state on one federal program or another. Corridor Is Formed by Debris By PATSY BRUMFIELD For the Enterprise-Journal HAZLEHURST Hazlehurst was gashed early today by a tornado which left a path of obstruction a half-mile wide and several miles long. Damage was extensive to the south end of the city, where mostly Negroes reside. Many houses were ripped apart and one roof sailed more than 100 yards from its ajoining home. Seen from Highway 51, the debris formed a long corridor as National Guardsmen and police from Hazlehurst and Brookhaven tried to keep traffic flowing smoothly through the disaster area. ACCORDING TO the assistant chief of the Hazlehurst police who had been at the site since early morning, four bodies had been recovered from the wreck age and units were continuing to search the area. Although those killed during the violent storm were mostly Negroes, another spokesman for the police said that a white wo man had been killed when the tornado struck the trailer in which she and her husband lived. Her husband was reportedly suffering from multiple injuries in cluding a broken back. STORES, A laundramat and another trailer were demolished by the twister. One family was awakened by the terrific noise of the twister, inhabitants of another razed trai ler said, and rushed outside to escape in their automobile. As they sped away from their home, the tornado struck the car tossing it into the air. But all mem bers of the family walked awayl unharmed. Dozens of families were left homeless. Kennedy Group Gets Down to Job MIAMI (AP; a group boosting Sen. Edward Ken nedy, for president In 1972 will Hckoff its Florida ef. fort tonight close to the Key Bis. cayne home of President Nixon. Lawrence Plummer, chair man of the Kennedy group, said it, deliberately chose to meet at a restaurant favored by Mxon. Wants Repairs Held Down END OF TOWN Hazlehurst tween the courthouse and the jail should be hardsurfaced. (Stake setting and other preparation for this work began immediately.) Repeated the recognition of MOSCOW (AP) A mentally unbalanced young man fired several shots at a motorcade led by the Soviet Union's fo'T cosmonaut heroes Wednesday, seriously injuring a chauffeur and inflicting slight wounds on cosmonaut Georgy Beregovoy, the Soviet foreign ministry said today. The shooting took place before more than a thousand onlookers at the entrance to the Kremlin, but it was hushed up for nearly 24 hours. Official confirmation of the incident came only after newsmen asked government spokesmen for details. A foreign ministry official said the gunman was "schizo-phrenic." THE ATTACK, reportedly occurred as the motorcade ap-proached the Kremlin's Borovit-sky Gate, shortly after 2 p.m. Riding In an open car at the head of the procession were the four cosmonauts being honored for their successful flights in So-yuz 4 and Soyuz 5-Vladimir Shatalov, Boris Volynov, Yev. geny Khrunov and Alexel Yeli-seyev. The gunman, described as a young man, was reportedly seized by bystanders and turned over to the police. The progress of the motor cade from the airport through the city to the Kremlin was Pike Dairymen Got Top Award Two Pike County dairymen are to repeat Friday night as recipients of the coveted Master Dairymen Award at a banquet at Mississippi Stae College. They are Nelson Ball of Johnston Station and Dock Slaton cf Magnolia. Both earned the award in 19G7, as well as in 19C8. It is based on rec ords of cows, milk production and other dairying fac- tors, according to County Agent George Mullendore Lincoln Grand Jury Asks Early Courthouse Plans 51 La prior grand juries of the need in Lincoln County for a county pro-secuting attorney "to assist law enforcement officers and justices of the peace in the administra-tion of justice." Told its appreciation forg the charge of Judge Roach and for the performance of duties by Sheriff Coleman Lea, Circuit Clerk Earl Burns Chancery Clerk Carroll houn. its work for the term with its report to Judge J. Gordon Roach that showed it had returned 16 indictments after interrogating 38 witnesses in its investigation of 21 reported violations of the law. The grand jury report reflects another innovation in Lincoln County jurisprudence. The two clerks who signed it along with Foreman George R. Lumsden Mrs. Alcus Montgomery and Mrs. Charlie Boyte are the first two women to serve as grand jurors in this county under the 19C8 change in Mississippi law that empowered counties to use women as jurors. IN OTHER ACTIONS the grand jury: Found that ceiling tile in the office of the chancery clerk needs replacing. Noted that it believes the driveway and parking area be By CHARLES B. GORDON Enterprise-Journal Staff Writer BROOKHAVEN The spending of "a minimum of maintenance money" on the old Lincoln County courthouse at Brookhaven pending the construction of a new one is urged in the final report of the grand jury of the current term of circuit court. Among other recommendations of the report with money matter connotations, the report of the grand jury: Urges that plumbing in the county jail, which the jurors said "remains in very poor condition," be replaced "as soon as funds are available." -Commends the Board of Supervisors "for actions in attempting to maintain the roads, bridges and other facilities of the county with the limited funds available." THE GRAND JURY closed out Mothers March Tonight DISTRICT ATTY. Joe N. Pigott joined Sheriff Lea and other Lin- coin County officials in assisting with the work of the grand jury. Miss Tommye Thomas of Mc-Comb, veteran reporter of the 14th Circuit District, is also on the job in the Brookhaven court. One of the hundreds of mothers who will call on neighbors for contributions for the Mothers March Against Birth Defects will be Mrs. James Hogan, right. Mrs. Hogan is receiving a donation from Mrs. I. E. Beck. Both live on Minnesota avenue In McComb. Mrs. Vince Culotta is chairman of the march, which will begin at 6 tonight.

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