The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 29, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, November 29, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS iVOL 62—NO. 216 BLYTHEVILLB, ARKANSAS (72315J 1 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29,1966 TEN CENTS 14 PAGES SANTA'S HELPERS - These children took a moment for a photograph as they put the final touches on the YMCA float for tonight's Christmas parade. Theme of the float will tie in with the YMCA membership drive which began yesterday. The parade starts 7 p.m. (Courier News Photo) Christmas Parade Will Roll Tonight Whether 10,000 persons turn out for tonight's Christmas parade — as the Chamber of Commerce hopes — or whether it's slightly less than that, young and old alike will have to ad- Dateline Nov. 29 CHICAGO (AP) —A jury of seven men and five women was selected Monday to determine whether Richard F. Speck is competent to stand trial on charges of murdering eight student nurses. Judge Herbert C. Paschen of the Circuit Court recessed the hearing until today when a panel of psychiatrists who have examined Speck was to begin testimony. • CHICAGO (AP) — The nation's traffic deaths during the extended Thanksgiving weekend reached an all-time record for the holiday of 748. The total surpassed the previous record high of 720 for a holiday set in the three-day Christmas weekend of 1965. The count of deaths in traffic acci- dcnls during the four-day Thanksgiving weekend covered a period of 102 hours, from 6 p.m. (local time) Wednesday to midnight Sunday. • CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) Five persons, including Samuel H. Sheppard, have been ordered to testify before the Cuyahoga County grand jury Friday in the unsolved murder of Sheppard's first wife, Marilyn 12 years ago. County Prosecutotr John T. Corrigan, who directed the prosecution in a murder retrial in which Sheppard was acquitted 13 days ago was asked the purpose of the special grand jury investigation. "Sheppard has been making statements and his lawyer has been making statements. That Is all I will say about it at this time," Corrigan said. PITTSBURGH (AP) - Kick- Ing and active tiny Ron! Sue Aransbn passed the first crisis in her struggle for survival today, bolstering the hopes of her parent's and doctors that at least one of Pittsburgh's quintuplets would live. The sounds of cries from the Infant declared her to be free from the respiratory difficulty which claimed the lives of her four sisters within 56 hours of their birth Saturday. mit it's going to be "cool" affair. But regardless if the temperature drops to Hie low 30s tonight or not, the 34-unit parade is intended to delight all, according to J. L. Westbrook Jr., parade chairman. At 7 p.m. Blytheville and Aransas State Police cars, with red lights flashing and sirens wailing, will lead tfie parade west on Main from Laclede. A Blytheville Air Force Base color guard, 11 bands from Arkansas and Missouri, floats from live churches, BAFB. the YMCA and a Santa Claus float will pass in review as the parade frolics its way to Seventh Street. Following is the parade order of inarch. 1. Blytheville Police and State Police cars; 2. Fire truck (or trucks); 3. Air Base Color Guard: 4. Blytheville Senior High School band; 5. Two cars of Rainbow Girls; 6. Air Base float; 7. Blytheville Junior High School band; 8. Two cars of Rainbow Girls; 9. First Assembly of God float; 10. Cooler, Mo., High School band; 11. Two cars of Rainbow Girls 12. Jaycee's float; 13. Gosnell High School band; Girls; 15. Air Base Chapel float; 16. Harrison High School band; 17. Two cars of R a i nb o w Mrs. Bailey's Rites Wednesday Mrs. Lallah Hairston, Bailey, 72, 1214 West Chickasawba, died Monday morning at Doctor's Hospital. She had been born in Conway, Ark., and had been a resident of Blytheville for two years. She resided with her daughter, Mrs. R. B. Stout. In addition to Mrs. Stout, she is survived by another daughter, Mary E. Bailey of Petersburg, Va.; Three brothers, Robert Hairston of Conway, W. M. Hairston of Dallas, and Harvey E. Hairston of Mobile, Ala.; Two sisters, Mrs. W. E. Furniss of Wynne, Ark. and Mrs. Maude H. Boen of Conway; One grandchild and one great- grandchild. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Methodist Church in Conway, burial in Conway Cemetery, Doolin Funeral Home In charge. Cobb Funeral Home Is in charge locally. Girls; 18. Rebecca Lodge float; 19. Manila High School band; 20. First Baptist Church float; 21. Girl Scouts (Marching Unit); 22. Boy Scouts (Marching Unit); 23. First Christian Church float; 24. Osceola High School band; 25. Armorel High School float; 26. Homersville Mo., Hi g h School band; 27. Senath, Mo., Junior High School band; 28. True Light Baptist Church 29. Steele, Mo., High School band; 30. YMCA float; 31. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church; 32. Portageville, Mo., High School band; 33. Horses; 34. Santa Claus float. AMD Wants $7'/2 Million Increase LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Arkansas Highway Commission, labeling as urgent the need for salary increases in the league. Fleming said cities needed increased funds in some form of state turnback until such a tax state Highway Department, jj s implemented, asked for a boost of about $7.5] Mayor Clyde Andrews of million in its budget for ihe^arianna urged that the coun- next fiscal year. The commission presented its budget recommendations to the state Legislative Council Monday, asking for $140 million in 1967-68 and $142 million in 196869. The council also heard requests for budget increases from the Arkansas Municipal League and from ttie boards of four state training schools, including one proposal that the school be integrated. "In many areas of the state, it can be safely said that because of higher salaries in other fields, highway employes now have to be drawn from the lower half of the labor market insofar as ability and desire to work are concerned," said John Harsh of Magnolia, a member of the Highway Commission. Harsh said 77 engineers had left the Highway Department in the last 60 months and that more than 50 per cent of them said they left to accept a better job offer. Harsh said the department had been able to hire only 51 engineering graduates during that period, leaving a need for additional employes. The commission's appropriation for fiscal 1965-66 was $132,- uiDiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiii BULLETIN SEOUL, Korea (AP) - Four North Korean gunboats fired on a group of South Korean fishing boats on the east coast, south of the military demarcation line today and abducted South Korean fishermen, Seoul's radio Donga reported. The broadcast said the Communist navy craft surrounded about 30 South Korean fishing boats and fired an unknown number of shells. It said the incident took place about 1 p.m. ell give the cities an additional $5 million each for police and fire departments, $3 million for streets and $2 million for other operations. The league is seeking a budget' of $22,740,000 in 1967-68 and $29,240,000 in 1968-69. It compares to the present appropriation of $15,190,000. The appropriation requests for increases at the four training s chools c ailed for an increase from $222,001 last year to $251,582 for Pine Bluff (boys); from $132,303 to $183,156 for Wrightsville (Negro boys); from $154,009 to $255,679 for Alexander (girls); and from $87,964 to $114,931 for Fargo (Negro girls). The council also heard a recommendation from Marion G. Ward of Little Rock that the schools be desegregated and placed under a master board of trustees. Ward is the board chairman lo> the school at WrightvillB. Wilson Industry Plans Expansion MIND AND BODY — Aware of the correlation between a child's health and intellectual development, educators are attempting to provide increasingly better care for their pupils. Robert Wilye, principal of the Franklin and Robinson schools, looks on as Mrs. T. A. Woodyard, school nurse, checks the vision of Izola Payne. Izola, 13 and in grade 6C, had had eye surgery performed earlier this year through the generosity of the Blytheville Lion's Club. (Courier News Photo) Fed era Aid Boosts 3 Rs Florida Foam Products Company, located in Wilson and now employing 24 persons, expects to add 100 people to its payroll within the next two years To accommodate the demand 357,880. i for people skilled in upholster- The commission is seeking a ing, the Employment Security $26.5 million in the next bienni-1Division, in co-operation with um for salaried employes in the j the federal government, will department and $19.7 million for employes paid an hourly wage. The requests are split for each of the next fiscal years but are higher than current appropriations of $9.6 million for regular salaries and $6.9 hourly employes. The Arkansas million for Municipal League must have authority to levy a sales tax to remove them from a financial crisis, begin a trade class hi this field, possibly starting as early as January. Fifty persons from throughout the county will be selected for training. The company, which manufac tures decorative pillows and benches, now occupies 13,000 square feet of plant, which it plans to expand to 30,000 square feet. It has been in Wilson about said William Fleming of the I one-and-one-half years. The trainees will be selected on an equal - opportunity basis and will be chosen from throughout the county by t h e Blytheville office of BSD. Classes will be held in the Wilson area, and officials are seeking a suitable building. The course will last 12 weeks of 40 hours per week. Selection will be based primarily upon the applicant's desire to work, interest and manual skill. The applicant must be at least 17 years old and need not have a high school education. Applicants will be trained to upholster furniture frames on assembly lines. Training will consist of attaching spring or strap assembly, placing pad- See INDUSTRY on Page 3 By G. J. Drott Staff Writer Federal assistance is mainly responsible for a significant increase in school attendance over last year, according to L. D. Harris, director of instruction for Blytheville schools. Harris, has climbed from 5,492 the first two months of 1965 to 5,725 the same period this year, an increase of 233. "The grand total is stager- ing," says Harris. "Approximately 1,500 children are being fed, 2,405 cases are being handled by the social workers, and over 3,000 check-ups or referrals have been administered by the Health nurse." The increase in attendance, adds Harris, entitles the school to receive additional state funds According to T. A. Woodyard, director of federal programs, 49,297 free lunches were served to children fro Sept. 12 to Oct. 20, at a total cost of $16,680.27. Superintendent J. K. Williams has made school at- tendance mandatory for receipt of federal aid. If a child is absent more than five days without excuse, he is dropped from the program. Social workers have made 988 attendance calls, 687 social calls and administered 174 referral cases since February. More than 300 children have received donated clothing, while federal funds have bought 107 pairs of shoes and clothing (mostly coats) for 65 children. Seventy- seven drop-out cases have been handled and in many instances the child returned to school. Dental treatment was provid- See AID on Page 3 ELLETT LAWRENCE RITES TODAY Ellett Lawrence, brother of Mrs. Hiram Wylie, died Monday at Greenwood, Miss. A resident of Greenwood, he was 72. Services and burial will be today at Greenwood. Witty Chief Parries Reporter By TUCKER STEINMETZ Pine Bluff Commercial Staff Written for Associated Press PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP)— At the age of 130, Chief Paleface still trudges along the highways on his annual 3,000- mile land patrol. He's the lone survivor of the Cherokee Free Nation. Those are the verbal credentials presented by a grizzly old gentleman who granted a strange interview a few days ago beside Highway 65 south of Dumas. The dialogue was strange because the man with the Santa Clause face framed by a tan- gled mass of Buffalo Bill hair proved as adept at evasive banter as are the politicians whom he cursed repeatedly. His answers showed little relationship to the questions put to him. Chief Paleface was the only name he would give. Here's how the conversation went: Reporter: "How does it feel to be 130?" "I can't say. I don't know how it's supposed to feel. This is the first time I've been it. Do you know how it would feel to be 70?" Reporter: "What are you do- iiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiininiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiini (Editor's Note: You see them. trudging alongside America's highways — old men, most of them with heavy packs on their backs. Where do they come from? Where are they going? Why are they traveling? Sometimes, even after you talk to one of them, you can't be sure, as Tucker Steinmetz of the Pine Bluff Commercial found out recently when he stopped beside U. S. 65 to interview one of them. Ing here?" "I'm on land patrol. I make 3,000 miles a year in seven states." (He refused to list the states claiming that really it was a 11 Indian territory anyway, and not states.) Reporter: "What do you do on land patrol?" "You know, you young fellows don't know what it is to be free. You go out here and drive a tractor all day and get enough money to buy a little food and maybe a bottle of whiskey once in a while. You don't know how to farm." Reporter: "Were you a farmer?" "You young fellows can't even re-seed a crop, can you? Of course, I'd have to read some and brush up, but I reckon as how I'm about the best farmer that ever hit the soil." Reporter: "What is land patrol?" "The Homestead Act says you can only raise what you need for yourself and your family. Going out and selling stuff you raise on your homestead is a violation. But none of you politicians can read English." Reporter: "Oh?" "No, this is Indian territory. Given to the Indians in 1812 by treaty. Then your politicans See CHIEF on Page 3 Quick-Thinking Saves Two LAST OF THE , , way 65 south of Pine . — Chief Paleface rests beside High- Bluff, Commendation for saving the lives of a civilian pilot and his nine-year-old daughter, as well as saving a Cessna aircraft valued at $10,350, was recently awarded two air traffic controllers at Blytheville Air Force base. The two, S.Sgts. George S. Pace and William R. Fuhr, were cited by Headquarters Air Force Communication Service for the "save," the second to be awarded the squadron this year. The earlier incident took place in February and resulted in the recovery of a T-33 aircraft, valued at $122,811}, and Its two pilots. The later incident occurred Aug. 12 when the civilian plane pilot contacted the control tow- er and reported he was lost In i arrived within about 10 miles of the area because of low-level I the field. Sergeant Fuhr took steps to permit the craft to de- thunderstorms and did not know his distance from the field or position. * * * Encumbered by the pilot's lack of instrument flying experience, Air Force controllers cleared the Blytheville area of all other craft to lessen Sie risk of collision. Sergent Pace directed the craft to fly varied headings for some time to ensure positive identification. The craft was on visual flight from Evansville, Ind., to Athens, Tex., with a scheduled refueling stop at Blytheville. Sergeant Fuhr relieved Ser- \geant Pace when the aircraft scend during straight flight, When about one-and-one-half miles from the field, the plane came within sight of the run- Nixon Gets Nod in Poll WASHINGTON (AP) - A poll of delegate and alternates to the 1964 Republican National Convention shows a preference for Richard M. Nixon as the party's 1968 presidential nominee, says Washington Events." the conservative weekly "Human way, and was then able to land successfully. Sergeant Pace is a native of Flat Rock, N.C., and lives on base with his wife Frances and Wieir three children. Sergeant Fuhr is originally from Baltimore and lives on Base with his wife Fran and their son. Weather Forecast Clear to partly cloudy through Wednesday. A little warmer this afternoon, 'onight and Wednesday. High this afternoon 50 to 56. Lows tonight 26 to 32. High Wednesday 60 to 66. Outlook foi Thursday, partly cloudy and turning colder. •aiiKMaBiiiiHiiiiiiiaariiiiiiiiiiiiaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit

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