The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 24, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, September 24, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS lei BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (7281(0! SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24,1966 TIN CINTS 10 PAGES Dateline SAIGON, South Viet Nam ; (AP) - Waves of U.S. B52 bombers raided North Viet Nam today for third timejn four days. The huge bombers, flying above the weather, struck again in the southern end of North Viet Nam just a few miles north of the demilitarized zone. The bombers hit Communist nifiltration routes, truck parks and storage depots. TOKYO (AP) — Peking's Red Guards, composed of secondary school and college students, are conducting military drills to become "really staunch and reliable reserves of the Peoples .Liberation Army," the New China News Agency said today. MIDDLETON, Mass. (AP) — Gangland guns in Greater Boston raised then- death toll to 32 as a fusillade of bullets from a speeding limousine killed two underworld figures, one a brother of an earlier gangland victim. NEW YORK (AP) - Thirteen Cosa Nostra figures, warned not to stray far after their release in $i.3-million bail, have the weekend to decide what they will tell a grand jury delving into their crime syndicate activities. OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Former Vice President Richard M. Nixon contends that at the present rate, it will take the United States five more years to end the war hi Viet Nam. He says it is up to the Republicans to show the way to shor- en the war without appeasement. MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — Vice President Hubert H. Humphery says the Johnson administration is moving "with caution and even-handed measures" to deal with inflation. • UNITED NATIOS, N. Y. (AP) — The United States refused today to give up on its latest peace proposals to North Viet Nam despite Hanoi's assertion that they were a hypocritical coverup for military escalation. WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — Multicolored clouds spread several hundred miles along the Atlantic Coast early today after a barium and copper oxide payload was ejected form a four- stage rocket. The clouds, illuminated by the sun 310 and 570 miles above earth, first appeared light green with a red tinge. Then they turned blue, forming elongated patterns that, weather permitting, could be seen for several hundred miles inland. • TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — With police admittedly without a clue in the slaying of an Arizona State University coed, the victim's bereaved parents have accepted the possibility that their daughter's killer may nev er be found. SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean Assembly today accepted the resignation of opposition lawmaker Kim Hii- han who touched off a government crisis by dumping human excrement on Premier Chung II- kwon and four Cabinet members. KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A screaming mob of 200 Congolese sacked and burned the Portuguese Embassy here today. Most of the rioters fled as police converged on the burning three-story building. Papers, passports and photos smolderd on the floor of the consular section. Two cars parked outside the embassy were burned. WASHINGTON (AP) - A former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has criticized the State Department for permitting Communist gains through its philosophy of limited war. * JOHNSON CITY, Tex. (AP) President Johnson and his family staged a hugs-and kisses reunion at the LBJ Ranch, then welcomed to the fold a young JUarin* just back from Viet foam. The political explosion continues to pop right along here. Yesterday, 14 persons here filed for the long - shunned positions of justices of the peace. Those elected will be legally entitled to perform marriage ceremonies, but, and more importantly, also will get membership THE OLD AND THE NEW - Two of the newest Republicans in Arkansas. Maurice (Footsie) Britt (left) and Jerry Thomasson, yesterday got full assurances of support from one of the oldest, Blytheville's J. S. Bell, who told the candidates, "I've been a Republican for all of my 81 years." (Courier News Photo) Candidates Help Open GOP Office By Jack Baker Staff Writer Sometimes when you switch you have to fight, too. For example, both Jerry Thomasson, Republican candidate for attorney • general, and Maurice (Footsie) Britt, the party's nominee for lieutenant governor, climbed off the donkey and onto the elephant only this year; And they made it clear during a tour of $ie Republican headquarters here yesterday that they're going to fight. But both are more concerned about the absence of a two party system in Arkansas then they are about the abstractions of party philosophy. Thomasson, who as recently as April was a Democratic candidate for state senator in Clark County, put it this wy: "You know, this state's been in a depression for a hundred years, and I'm not so sure it hasn't been because of the old one - party system more than anything else." Thomasson thinks his opponent, Joe Purcell, is a "pretty good man" (he would have preferred to run against Ole Bruce Bennett, whom Purcell beat in the Democratic primary); He calls himself "more liberal than anything else"; He says, "I'm not really running as a Republican team member. I'm running by myself;" He thinks it is an "absurdity" for candidates for the office of attorney - general to run as either Democrats or Republicans; And he has served Arkansas's Sixth District as a Democratic legislator for the last four years. Why, then, did he switch? Hope Remains For Neark It appears a group of Mississippi County citizens and the state Game and Fish Comis- sion will work to see if Lake Neark's dams may be repaired. At about the same time, GOP Legislative candidate Allison was accusing the commission of incompetency in handling the affair, Osceola Mayor Ben Butler was announcing that an engineer would assess the damage done to two of the three dams. Mayor Butler said a group of citizens in the county had met with Ray Hudson, Game and Fish Commission member and decided to inspect the dams. Yesterday Allison commented on the commission's decision lastmonth to dynamite the dam at Osceola. "I've been doing some checking and a source in the Arkansas State Planning Commission advises that federal money is available right now on a 50 - 50 matching basis. "I've also been informed that the Game and Fish Comission is aware of these funds," he said. In 1964 and 1965 state and federal funds were used to construct three dams on an old Mississippi River channel and form the lake. Allison said he feels the commission has either proved itself incompetent or is deliberately providing false information in its handling of Lake Neark. "Commission, Director (Hug) Hacker Has been quoted as saying Lake Neark was not feasible from the start and cannot be repaired. Yet U. S. engineers have reported that it is feasible and can be repaired. "If Mr. Hacker is right, then by his own statement he indicts the commission," Allison said. Last month when the commission announced that the project had not been feasible from the start, it said it would allow 30 days for any private group to take over the project. Monday Director Hacker said the lake's sponsors had 10 days before the dam would be destroyed. Allison commented on the commission's statement that the dam must be dynamited to prevent flooding. "On the other hand there is evidence of false information from the commission. Their published statement that the dam must be dynamited to prevent flooding is ridiculous since the dam does not affect the aiain flow of the river. "It seems to me that Director Hacker wants to further damage the dam to stop any further action to repair it. I don't believe we should allow a few sticks of dynamite to destroy a sorely needed recreational project in which the taxpayers have already invested over $200,000," he said. It has been estimated that at least $90,000 would be needed to repair the dam. Allison said he thinks Gov. Orval Faubus could solve the problem by matching the federal funds with funds at his disposal. "If the governor can use $20,000 to bail out a private group like the horse show, surely he could use some of his emergency fund to protect a public Investment and a needed facility," b.« said. "Well, we don't really have a Democratic Party In Arkansas- small 'd' or capital 'D' — what we've had is a group of selfish people out to rule the state for their own ends." Thomasson says he got "fed up" with Calrk County's "Democratic Party machine," even though he'd been elected twice against their opposition. * * * He cites the recent overpayment by the state Highway Department to asphalt companies as one result of one - party government. "If they hadn't felt secure against opposition, they wouldn't have dared try to run a deal like that by," Thomasson said. "They cheated the taxpayers of Arkansas out of $3% million/ Thomasson claims credit for having released the department's internal audit figures to the press last spring.) He promises to press legal action against "the guilty." He also says he will "run any crooked insurance companies who have been proliferating here, under lax supervision by the present attorney - general out of the state." Thomasson had one surprising opinion. He doesn't feel that the election of Jim Johnson would affect the state's relations with the Federal government. "He and Lyndon are both Democrats, See GOP on Page 5 K..M. LarMn. K. M. Larkin. That should suffice for the couple of tunes Larkin's name has been left out of the Courier News list of filees for City Council positions. Larkin says he is "very much in the race" for Ward 1, position L — a post also contested by tacumbent Joe Warren and Don Morris. On this last day for filing, other races are: Incumbent Jimmie Edwards and Tom Little, Jr., for mayor; Incumbent Denny Wilson and Marshall Blackard for Ward 1, losition 2; Incumbent Wade Lee and Eddie Saliba for Ward 2, position 1; Incumbent Fred Boyett and Bob White for Ward 2, position 2; Incumbent P. D. Foster and Patrick Billiard for Ward 3, po- Manila Political Pot Is Bubbling "He's gone down this morning with the petition in his hands," a friend of Manila Mayor J. B. Brown said today when asked if the mayor would file for reelection as Manila mayor. Brown, subject of a running controversy with his City Council over disposition of rental plots at Manila Municipal Airport, will be opposed by Councilman C. L. King. King was a leader of the Council faction that led a successful legal fight this year to prevent Brown from leasing 11 40-acre plots at the airport on a bid rent system. The Council made its own awards to tenants under the old cash rent system, whereby leases are secured by negotiation with the Council. These leases were unheld by Chancery Court decision in August. Others who have filed for office in Manila are: Incumbent Rose Downing, city clerk; Wayne McCullough and James Woetham, alderman, Ward 1; incumbent Milton Towles, alderman, Ward 2; incumbent J. E. McMasters and E. W. Robertson, alderman, .Ward % Women Seek Positions On Quorum Court on the County Quorum Court, which fixes the budget of county government. At least one new JP candidate was scheduled to file in Osceola this morning. She is Mrs. Mitche!! Moore, wife of City Attorney Mitchell Moore. There existed a possibility at More New Faces In City's Races sitipn 1; Bill Williams, Edwin Holstead, Robert Schwarz, Harold J. Doyle, and William Benton, in the crowded race for Ward 3, position 2, now held by retiring alderman John Meyer; Incumbent Paul Wood and Marion Gatlin for Ward 4, position 2; * * * Incumbent Byron E. Moore and Mrs. Nora Peterson for for Ward 5, position 2. Unopposed as of mid-morning were incumbent Bob McHaney, Ward 4, position 1; Jim England Ward 5, position 1; Samuel F. Norris, city treasurer; and W. L. (Bill) Malin, city clerk. Malin said petitions technically could be accepted until midnight, but, practically speaking, filing ended today at noon when the city clerk's office closed. mid - morning that others would file there. For most of recent history, the Quorum Court has been a ho- hum arrangement and interest in justice of the peace positions has dwindled. Until the flurry of filing yesterday, only two candidates had filed - Democrat E. M. Holt and Republican Charley Bancroft. * ¥ * Some Blytheville attorneys are of the opinion that Chickasawba Township (which includes Blytheville) is entitled to around 30 JP's on the court. The county's Quorum Court now has about 40 members. It could have as many as 70 or 80 under Arkansas law, which provides for one JP for each 200 electors in the last election. All of which means that unless many more names are added to. the list of JP candidates today (the filing deadline), most of the candidates who have filed will have no opposition. When news of the filing of what might be called the "independent" list of JP's hit the streets late yesterday, it report- dly prompted some hasty preparation of applications for other JP candidates. Among those filing here were the wives of several attorneys. They include Mrs. Dan Burg, Mrs. Max Harrison, Mrs. Bill Steinsiek, Mrs. Oscar Fendler, Mrs. Elbert Johnson and Mrs. Leon Burrow. Others filing include Mrs. Jerry Cohen, Mrs. Donald Stuart Mrs. George Fisher, Mrs. Nola Howard and George Wiggs, Glenn Horner and James Gardner. OEF Still Offers To Help Johnson LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Gov. Orval Faubus said Friday he was still willing to help Jim Johnson in his campaign for governor, but the governor said the extent of his help would be up to Johnson he said at a news conference as he returned to work at the capitol following a 10,000 Crowd NEA Fair in a 'Big 7 Day week at the Southern Governor's Conference. Johnson attacked Faubus' administration during the Democratic primary campaign and las said he doesn't want the jovernor's help. * * * Asked if he felt his assistance would help or hurt Johnson, Faubus replied: "He would not be harmed by accepting some help from friends of the administration (who are) not necessarily in the administration." Faubus said it was unlikely that he would call a special session of the legislature before he leaves office in January. "It was one of the best days we've ever had.. .certainly the best in the past five years or so, Northeast Arkansas District Fair Manager Raleigh Sylvester said this morning of yesterday's crowds at the fair which con- cludes tomorrow. "The midway remained open until about 1 o'clock this morning," Sylvester reported. He estimated that about 10,000 persons were on the fairgrounds during the day. Night Classes for Adults Set; Registration Tuesday Registration for adult high school classes in the Blytheville school system will be Tuesday, Sept. 27, according to L. D. Harris, director of instruction. Registration will be at 7 p.m. at the high school. "The classes will be for adults 18 or older who reached the high school level of education but did not get to graduate," Harris said. Instruction may be taken for 120 hours for students to be eligible to take the General Educational Development examination for a certificate equal to graduating from high school, Harris said. Classs will meet two nights per week from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning Sept. 29. * * * Principal Leo D. Jeffers will supervise the adult classes at Harrison High School. The in- NCPC ENTRY-Carol Trent, 17, of Blytheville, is an entry in the upcoming queen of the National Cotton Picking Contest to be staged at Blytheville High School auditorium October 6 at 7:30 p.m. Miss Trent is a senior at Blytheville High and is the duaghter of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Trent of structors are Mrs. M a 1 i n d a Payne, basic English; Mrs. Theodora Williams, social studies; and Ivory Handley, basic mathematics. Principal D. B. Meador will supervise the classes at Blytheville Senior High School. The instructors will be Miss Valerie Stewart, basic mathematics; and Gary Taylor, basic English. Meador said class of typewriting also will be taught if a minium of 18 adults sign up. Adults interested in the program are requested to report for registration at the school of their choice. "There seems to be a lot of interest in this program," Harris said. "I met with about 40 wives of airmen who are stationed at the Air Force Base Friday and all of them seemed interested in taking th program and completing their high school education. This program is open for any adult who wants to enroll, regardless of whether they live in the Blytheville School District or not." "I think we've found a style of entertainment programming which is going to help us in the future.. .and has helped already, Sylvester said. He was referring to the strong fair. Last night, the free grandstand show rang to the joy of gospel songs, including the Dixie Echoes, a nationally - known group, and a variety of local song groups. Tonight, Trent Wood brings Ms Loony;Zoo show (with clown Tiny) to the grandstand. Again, there is no admission to the grandstand. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. It is a favorite of youngsters and is seen regularly over Memphis television. The 1966 fair draws to a close tomorrow afternoon when quarter horse racing will be featured at the grandstand at 2 p.m. Church of God Gets New Pastor Rev. Warren E. Coleman is the new pastor at the Church of God, 1914 West Cherry. Reverend Coleman is married and has four children. He has held pastorates in California, South Carolina and Louisina and he nd his wife hve served as foreign missionaries in Haiti. Greece Has Strike ATHENS, Greece (AP) Greece's postal service and state hospitals came to a virtual standstill today a employe strated a 24-hour warning strike for higher pay and greater frinfit benefits. ^ffWK "l»*W«,_u , Vo-Tech Classes Set for Nov. 14 Classes at the Burdette Cotton Boll Vocational School will not start Sept. 26 as planned. Nov. 14 has now been set as opening target date. Engineers report the water and sewer systems are not completed and will not be installed until early November. Service Center Seeks Three for Employment The Neighborhood Service Center Council for Number Nine is taking application for three positions. Applicants should be from dumber Nine, 40 & , Hickman, Huffman or Armorel. Applica- :ions should be sent to Lyman Henson, Route One, Box 429, Blyfiieville. Deadline is Sept. 30. Yom Kippur Over Today NEW YORK (AP) - Yom Kippur, the most sacred Jewish •loliday, began at sundown Friday and ends at sundown today. The Day of Atonement marks he conclusion of the 10 High Holy Days that started with Etosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year 5727. Yom Kippur is devoted to fasting and prayers of repen- lance in temples and syna-- gogues. Mayor Challenges Osceola's Ben Butler Both Jimmie Edwards of Blytheville and Ben Butler of Osceola have things to worry about this year. Both mayors have opposition, Edwards from Tom Little; Butler from Charlie Wiygul. All is not gloom on the mayor- ial front, however. Both men this week received prestigious traffic safety citations, a fact which emboldened Edwards to write this cheerful letter to his fellow Incumbent: "Dear Ben: I have just received from the Arkansas Automobile Club a real fine Pedestrian Safety Citation, and was advised by Mr. Potter that you received such an honor only yesterday. J'J, Jimmli Bdxudii M»W» of Blytheville, Arkansas, do hereby challenge you, Ben But-. ler, Mayor of Osceola, Arkansas^ for the highest achievement in this division for 1966 based on the 3-A score. "May the best mayor wiri,' Sincerely yours, Jimmie Ed* wards." That last line from Edwards' letter just could have a double meaning in this election year, now couldn't it? Weather Forecast Fair and not much change In temperatures through Sunday. Highs today In She 80s. Lows tonight 46-58.

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