The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 19, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, September 19, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS yOL. 62-NO; 1M BLYTHEVILLB, ARKANSAS (72315)1 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1966 TIN CINTS aits ' M'i', 12 PAGES Dateline Sept. 19 SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) - U.S. military headquarters reported today that an accidental bombing of U.S. Marines by a Marine plane and two accidental shellihgs of American infantrymen by their own artillery killed six U.S. servicemen and wounded 23 others. The artillery shells landed on units of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade in Tay Ninh Province near the Cambodian border. ',' ••-••' •.•'-*•- - •':-. -•"•..' KENILWORTH,-ni. (AP) — Police said they were without a suspect, motive or hard clue tbday as they continued their investigation of the mystery- shrouded murder of Valerie Percy, daughter of Republican leader Charles H. Percy: Valerie, 21, blonde and pretty, was beaten and stabbed to death in her bed early Sunday morning while the Pearcys and two of their children, including the victim's twin sister, slept 111 nearby bedrooms. • KENTUCKY DAM VILLAGE, — Many Southern governors agree with' Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace the federal government is pushing too hard, too fast on school desegregation. But none of those interviewed at the Southern Governors' Conference indicate that their states have sny intentions today of following Wallace's example of open definance on the issue. • GRENADA, Miss. (AP) Racially integrated public education today begins its second week in Grenada. City officials —facing a federal court order —have pledged to maintain law and order. • UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (AP) — Secretary of State Dean Rusk arrives in New York, today for talks with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrea G r o m y k o and others on the Viet Nam war, but prospects for progress toward the peace table appear slight. • CINCINNATI, Ohio. (AP) Sen. Robert F. Kennedy has told voters in four Midwest states that only by electing Democratic candidates can the programs initiated by his brother be realized. The New York Democrat cited numerous problems facing the United States and then repeated the words of the late President John F. Kennedy that it is time "to get this country moving again." • WASHINGTON (AP) - Both backers and opponents of the civil rights bill predict sudden death in the Senate today for the measure with its politically hot provisions on open housing. The showdown comes on a second attempt to invoke clo- 44 Complaints Are Denied HERE TOMORROW — Aqt Swenson's Auto Thrillcade is brought back to Northeast Arkansas District Fair year after year and one of the reasons may be seen above as a pickup truck leaps from a ramp over six parked cars. The Swensbn show will be at the Walker Park Grandstand at 8 p.m. Grounds to the fair open at 4 p.m. tomorrow. Officials Anxiously Eye Sky Fair Opens Tomorrow Two Norftieast Arkansas District Fair officials met by chance on-the street this morning. "Looks like rain," one of them offered. "Doesn't it always at this time of year?",the,.other said. The FMr^?BSVa' weefeloiig run at Walker Park tomorrow afternoon. Often, but not always, the fair is troubled for a day or two by wet weather. The prospects for rain this morning seemed rather good. Wrecks Kill/ By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A Pine Bluff couple died Sunday in a two-car collision on U.S. 65, about six miles norKi of Pine Bluff, bringing the number of Arkansans killed in weekend traffic accidents to seven. State Police said Vess Kimbrell, 77, and Virgie Kimbrell, 56, were killed when a car driven by their granddaughter, Carmen Kimbrell, skidded on wet pavement and collided with a car driven by Robert Brudner of Little Rock. A one-car accident near Benton Saturday took the lives of two teen-agers from Benton. Bobby Gene Threlkeld and There will be a strong emphasis on music at this year's fair. We think we have something or everybody in this program," Tair Manager Raleigh Sylvester stated. In addition to the usual award g^b'f ^prizes in the livestock, lower, ' homemking, heirloom and oSier divisions, there will B nightly entertainment at the grandstand. Tomorrow night, Aut Swenson brings his auto thrillcade show to the fair. This event begins at 8. Swenson's show has been a perennial favorite at the fair and is brought back every year :or file opening night. On Wednesday night, the Wil- ourn Brothers of Nashville's irand Ole Opry will bring their show to the grandstand. * * * In addition to the Wilburns, he show will feature Harold Morrison, Don Helm, Marcy and Margie Gates and others. This event also begins at p.m. Thursday night at 7 p.m., the rock and roll band contest will begin. Last year, although postponed one night because of rain, this show packed the grandstand. About a dozen area big beat bands are expected to compete [or cash prizes in the affair and once gain several thousand youngsters are expected to be on hand. Friday night's grandstand pro Thomas David New, both 19, ture — or limit debate — in the | died Saturday when their car liguid fillibuster which has kept | smashed through a bridge rail- the bill from officially coming before the Senate. • CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) —The National Aeronautics and Space Administration plans Tuesday to launch Surveyor 2 toward a soft landing in the center of the moon's visible face to explore a potential manned landing spot. An Atlas-Centaur rocket is to boost the 2,204-pound spacecraft skyward during a 43-minute favorable period starting at 7:46 ,a.m. EOT. • MARION, Ind. (AP) - The giant meteor that exploded over the Midwest apparently vaporized before it struck a farm field near here. Experts hunted through a soybean field all day Sunday without finding any trace of the meteorite particles and concluded they probably never would. • BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) The Secret Service says a track- down of a counterfeiting operation that spanned the continent has ended in the arrest of a man In a parked car near this city's nightclub section and the find- ing and plunged into the Saline River about five miles west of Benton. The bodies were recovered. * * * C. L. Campbell, 65, of Little Rock died in a Pine Bluff hospital Saturday of injuries he received earlier in the day when his car collided with a truck five miles north of Whitehall on U.S. 65. State Police said Ronald Jolley, 19, of Memphis was killed Saturday when his car went out of control on U.S. 70 just east of Forrest City and struck a bridge railing. Janetta Moore, about 17, of Pine Bluff was killed Saturday night in a two-car collision near Pine Bluff Road. on the Dollarway ing of $435,000 in bogus bills in a lonnel, Service Center Council Meets The executive council of the BlytheviHe Neighborhood Service Centers will be tonight at 7:30 at Franklin School. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the ocation of the centers and hiring center per- hpDUt To. public fcinvtttd to *Uod gram begins at 7:30 and will star the Dixie Echoes, a gospel song group from Pensacola, GOP Office Opens Here Rockefeller - Britt headquar- lers at 421 W. Main here will be officially opened at 3 p.m Friday, according to Mrs. Bill Foster, Republican state committeewoman. Jerry Thomasson, Republican candidate for attorney-general, and Maurice (Footsie) Britt, the party's candidate for lieutenant-governor, will be on hand 'or the opening. Mrs. Ann Jo Buckley, secre- ;ary for the local Rockefeller- Britt organization, will be in charge. Johnson Rites Tuesday Smith Johnson, merchant of Steele, died yesterday at Chickasawba Hospital. He was 54. Born in Obion Co., Tenn., Mr. Johnson was a resident here for most of his life. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion. He belonged to the Methodist Church. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Luella Johnson of Steele; His mother, Mrs. J.H. Johnson of Yarbro; A daughter, Mrs. Jesse Coal ter of Blytheville; Four sisters, Mrs. Harris Britton and Mrs. J.W. Rayder, both of Blythefille, Mrs. Acie Bunch of Rockford, 111., and Mrs. Mike Webster of Dearborn, Mich.; Five brothers, Leonard, Johnson and Cecil Johnson, ol Blytheville, Ed Johnson of Richmond, Cal., and Earl Johnson of Chicago; And one grandchild. Services will be held tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. at Cobb Funeral Home chapel, with Rev. James Barton in charge. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Charles Wise, Charles Coaltcr, Jerry Franklin, Fred Swindle, Jake Hilitttd u4 Burjr, Brown, Fla., which is being brought lere with the cooperation of the Mississippi County Singing Convention. A local gospel group — the Ross Sisters — will also be on the program Friday night. Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Trent Wood and Tiny will; bring their Loony Zoo show from Memphis television. Sunday at 2 p.m.,. the fair ends with quarter horse racing. NOT A GUNSIGHT, the circular plastic device held by model Pat Gulliver is for biting, not sighting. It's the built-in holder for a newly introduced cigarette, $FW, with an air-flltration system cited in a recent report by a New York state research facility as scoring highest among nine brands tested in reducing tar and nicotine in smoke. Theater On Move Casting director Tom Miller calls "extraordinary" last week's turnout of 25 people for the first work, session of "You Can't Take It With You." The Moss Hart play will be the first full-scale production of the Blytheville Very Little Theatre. After several weeks' rehearsals, it will be performed later in the fall, Miller said. "We expected only about 12 people for that first session, so we're delighted to have had so many," he said. Next session will be at 7:30 Tuesday night at City Hall Auditorium. Miller says help is needed in the way of stage hands and set people, and "we also need anybody with talent in any of the arts," he aded. He promised, "We'll find some thing for everybody to do." wo recently publicized letters ave been vigorously denied by tate Prison Supt. 0. E. Bishop. In letters to a Pine Bluff at- orney and the Arkansas Ga- ette, the 44 inmates said, imong other things, that they were victims of brutality, fed ood "fit for hogs," overworked md overcrowded. "We deny all that stuff," iishop said in an interview Sunday. He said everyone on the pris- >n farm—prisoners, trustys and Bishop himself-eats the same ood, because all food comes rom within the confines of the arm. "I have a menu if anyone would care to come down and heck it," Bishop said. As for overcrowding, Bishop admitted that it existed, but aid he had anready brought up he matter with Gov. Orval i'aubus. The barracks are designed to mid 150-175 men, Bishop said, mt the average is about 175200 men per barracks. The prisoners had said 200-230 men were in each barracks. * * * The letter to the Gazette reportedly had been smuggled out of the prison. The second letter,-to Goerge Howard, past president of the state National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, like the first, bore mark. YDC's Meet Tomorrow Mississippi County Young Democrats Club meets tomorrow night at 7:30 at Burdette School. Top item on the agenda will be plans for setting up 'campaign headquarters. A speaker for the meeting will be named tonight, YDC officials said. Woman Dies In Accident Florence Darnell, 66, of Caruthersville was killed at 12:30 p.m. yesterday in a two-car collision on Highway 84 just east of Highway 61. She was a passenger in a car driven by Virgie Darnell, 31, of Blytheville. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol the accident occurred when a 1966 Pontiac driven by Tommy McCoy, 19, of Caruthersville pulled out of a driveway into the path of the Darnell whiclt, _^ McCoy and three passengers in his auto were hospitalized in Pemiscot Memorial Hospital at Hayti. McCoy received facial cuts Robert Hawlett, 16, has a leg injury, Linalle Ballard, 20, has internal injuries and Mike Tillman, 17, received severe facial cuts and a back injury. The Patrol said there were six other auto accidents in the Hayti vicinity. There were eith er minor or no injuries result- |lng, tin Patrol Mid. y THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Charges made by 44 convicts t Cummins Prison Farm in wish out of the prison. "Why, we even notarize their writs they send to the courts asking for their release," Bishop said. * * * Asked if any type of repre- cussion ever occurred after a prisoner had filed a writ asking tor his release, Bishop said it :iad not. Bishop also denied the prisoners' charge about being worked six days a week, 12 hours a day. "We've never worked them that hard," he said. "They don't usually go out until six or seven in the morning' and are in before dark." He said after the harvest is over, prisoners usually come in much earlier than that. "T: The letter to the Gazette "de nied that a recent strike had been called because of the iise of the strap for punishment.."; "We never believed it had," Bishop said. '; * * * The strike by about 200 coil- victs was broken up after three days by State Police using tear gas and firing shots over theu" heads. "They probably got the ideS to strike from outside," Bishop said, and indicated that maybe television news accounts had put the idea in the prisoners' heads. "As far as I know," Bishop said, "everything is squared away here and at Tucker." •'/.. Orval Plans For Future a Pine Bluff post- Bishop said it was a violation of prison rules to smuggle let- firs out and that the prison would probably start checking visitors a little closer. But he said he planned no retribution against the 44 convicts. "After, all, they want their side of the story to be heard," Bishop said. Bishop said prisoners could mail pratically anything they By SY RAMSEY KENTUCKY DAM VILLAGE, Ky. (AP)—The focus of racial tension at the Southern Governors' Conference no longer 'is Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus, who once triggered a national crisis on integration. And that's the way the governor says he likes it. After six terms Faubus, 56, is attending his 12th—and he indicates last-Southern Governors' Conference. "This is a kind of sentimental journey," he said in an interview. "There's no pressure. I can relax. I don't have to watch every word I say." But Faubus still is willing to dispense racial advice to anyone who asks for it—and his attitude remains basically unchanged since the stormy days of 1957 when he ordered out the Arkansas National Guard and blocked integration temporarily at Little Rock's Central High School. At a news conference Sunday, he sounded his views. Racial integration breeds nothing but trouble and the federal government should let states handle their own affairs. Later, at his plush cabin in PAGEANT ENTRY—Donna Allen, 19, of Trenton, Tenn., will be an entry in the October 6 Queen of the National Cotton Picking contest at Ely- theville High School auditorium. Miss Allen was selected as Miss Trenton 19S6, and second alternate to Miss Tennessee Universe 1966. She is a freshman at Lambuth College, the woods near Kentucky Lake, Faubus reminisced. "I have no regrets about what I did nine years ago," he said. "I kept the confidence of the people and avoided bloodshed'. "After all," he said, "we haven't had any -riots, looting, property damage—not a window broken yet. And look at Watts and those other places." He said a governor faced with civil rights troubles must first keep the confidence of responsible people in both factions. .."Yet, if the radicals decide to concentrate on your state or city, you're going to have riots and there's nothing you can do," Faubus said. "Arkansas has been fortunate so far in that we haven't become a target." "All I want to do in the remaining few months is finish out my term with the least controversy," he said. He said he is going home to the Ozarks where he is building new home at Huntsville, to write his memoirs. "If I keep going on—a plane crash, a stroke, a car accident— and I wouldn't get to do my writing," he said. C. of C. Looks For Replacement Dr. Joh W. Hard has been named chairman of a Chamber of Comerce appointment committee to find a replacement for Chamber Executive Vice- president Jada M. McGuire, who will take a similar post in Joplin, Mo., in mid-October. Other members of Hard's committee include W. J. Pollard, John Watson, Max Logan, George Hub bard, Jr., Torn Sylvester and R. D. Hughes, Jr. Hard said this morning after the group's first meeting that several men are being considered for the post. "We hope to find someone capable of filling Mr. McGuire's shoes by December 1 at the latest," Hard said. The Dec. 1 date marks the official beginning of the ne w Bushes Grow Best Roses was Judged best in the Grandi- Allen Bush had what his wife modestly described as, "A very good day," at the second annual Dixie Rose Show at Memphis during the weekend. When the rose petals had settled Bush counted six trophies for his rose growing efforts. Two major and two regular trophies were in his corner. The major trophies were "Queen of the Show," won by a Mr. Lincoln variety, and a trophy for the most horticultural points. Other trophies included: best rose in the dark red section; best in the medium red section and best in the white rose division. These three were judged best in the hybrid tea section, A r«d Jobb &. Araitroof IOM flora section. Having the top three roses in the show also merited a gold certificate from the American Rose Growers Association. Weather Forecast Partly cloudy to cloudy and mild this afternoon and early tonight, with a chance of a few showers oust portion. Clear, to partly cloudy and a little cooler late Tuesday. High today 70 to 78. Lows tonight 50 to 58. High Tuesday 70 to 75. Twenty percent probability of rain today and tonight. Outlook Wednesday partly cloudy and mild.

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