The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 26, 1967 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, January 26, 1967
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS 62—NO. 263 BLYTOEVILLB, ARKANSAS (72815)] THURSDAY, JANUARY 26,1967 TEN CENTS 14 PAGES LOOKING UP - The Mississippi County Young Republicans found considerably more interest in Osceola regarding their voting machine project than was shown in Blytheville. About 30 of Osceola's Negro voters turned out to see the device demonstrated. The YRs intend to leave the machine in Osceola for several days, then move it to another community in the county. The group plans to display the machine in different communities until 1968 elections. (Courier News Photo) Britt to Speak At Chamber Fete For the first time in its history the Blytheville Chamber of Commerce will have a state Republican official as the principal speaker for its annual banquet. Dateline JAN 26 SAIGON, South Vietnam (AP) «— Premier Nguyen Cao Ky completed his tour of New Zealand and Australia today and flew home to an emergency meeting of the ruling military junta on South Vietnam's murky political situation. His visit to New Zealand ended with more jeers from demonstrators ringing in his ears, but the tour was generally considered a success in both the countries he visited. • OKLAHOMA (AP) - Severe thunderstorms, acompanied by hail and high winds, roared through northeastern Oklahoma early today, leaving considerably damage in their wake. The turbulence was part of a widespread storm in the southern Plains In parts of Kansas blizzard conditions made streets and highways treahcerous. • LONDON (AP) — Sen. Robert F. Kennedy arrived in London today for three days of talks on European problems the prospects of a nuclear test ban agreement and other issues with British lawmakers. "The United States is naturally very much interested in the many changes that have taken place in Europe and will continue to take place," Kennedy said. Dan Burge's Mother Dies Mrs. H. G. Burge, mother of Dan Burge, Blytheville attorney, died suddenly Saturday morning at Lane Nursing Home in Caraway, Ark. She was 74 and a native of Nettleton, Ark. Services were Monday from Nettleton Baptist Church, Rev. Ray and Rev. Henry Applegate officiating. 'H She also leaves four other sons, Jack Burge of Fayetteville; Neal Burge stationtd with the U.S. Air Force in England, M. S. Burge of Hemet, Calif, and Roy Gipson of San Antonio, Tex.; Two daughters, Mrs. Guy Osment Jr. of Jonesboro, and Mrs. Floyd V. Cox of Blanco, N.M.; One sisler, Mrs. Opal Davis of Magnolia, Ark.; And one brother, Earl Brad- lord of Sulphur Rock, Ark. Lt. Gov. Maurice L. (Foot- sie) Britt has accepted the chamber's invitation to speak at the group's Feb. 17, 7 p.m. banquet at the Blytheville Country Club. Britt was the star end on the 1940 Razorback football team and an honorary Ail-American. After a stint with the Detroit Lions, he entered World War Two. He came out of the war minus his right arm and the possessor of the nation's three highest combat awards — the first man so honored in Army history. Other speakers at the ban quet will be outgoing Chamber president, Dan Burge and 1967 president, Dr. John Hard. R.E.L. Wilson III of Wilson will introduce Britt. The event's master of ceremonies has not been announced. Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce at Britt Leachville Students Score Two Leachville High School students - including a star athlete — have been named to appointments to United States service academies. The appointments were released today by Congressman E. C. (Took) Gathings. Thomas D. Robins, an outstanding basketball player, was named as the principal nominee for an appointment to the Air Force Academy. Wyatt Kim Weinberg, also of Leachville, was named a second alternate to the U.S. Military Academy. Harry Jacob Singer of Palestine, Ark., is the principal nominee for the Military Academy. Rocky Has Son NEW YORK (AP) - Mrs. Nelson A. Rockefeller, wife of the governor of New York, gave birth today to a sixpound, two- ounce baby boy at Lying-in Hospital. Both Mrs. Rockefeller and son were reported doing well. $4 per person and will be sold on a "first-come-first-served" basis, according to James (Red) Vannoy, Chamber executive vice president. Junior College Boosted A junior college for Blytheville finally got past the talking stage with the announcement of a Chamber of Comerce committee and a promised mayor- appointed committee to work jointly to compile a feasibility study of the facility. J'. K. Williams, Alltn Bush and Pete Thompson form the Chamber committee, according to James (Red) Vannoy, Cham ber executive vice - president. Mayor Tom A. Little Jr. said he plans to announce his five- man committee before the February City Council meeting. 'One member will be from the City Council and the others will just be good citizens," he said. Vannoy said the Chamber has procured a booklet from the state Comission on Coordination of Higher Education for the establishment of a junior college. "The booklet outlines 20 basic steps that must be taken to obtain the college. From a preliminary reading it appears we would be able to meet the requirements. "Also, some facts and figures have been secured from Mississippi County Supervisor of Schools John Roden, which will enable the committee to start functioning immediately," Vannoy said. He qualified his term immediately" as dependent upon the committee announcement by Little. "We can't do a thing until the mayor's committee is announced. Otherwise if we struck out on our own we would have an unbalanced effort," he said. Cuban Gunboat Sunk in Battle MEXICO CHY (AP) - A Cuban military boat has been seriously damaged and apparently sunk in a battle with a Cuban exile vessel near the Bay of Matanzas off northwest Cuba, a spokesman for two exile groups claimed Wednesday night. Patricio Sanchez, a representative in Mexico of the "Second Escambray Front" and 'Alfa 66," Identified the Cuban boat as a "Chinese-made PI" McNAMARA: VC RUNNING OUT OF VOLUNTEERS By SEYMOUR M. HERSH WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara says the war in Vietnam is nearing a significant turning point; The Viet Cong apparently are running out of volunteers in South Vietnam and may be forced to rely more on the North for future fighting men. "We believe that any net increase (in enemy troops) during 1967 will have to come from North Vietnam" the defense chief told senators in testimony released Wednesday night. "The local supply of manpower is growing more limited with each succeeding year." McNamara said the allied war efforts were so successful last year that "during the last half of 1966, the Viet Cong appear to have lost about as many men as they were able to infiltrate from North Vietnam and recruit in South Vietnam." * * * This amerged as a highlight of a lengthy position paper McNamara gave congressmen Monday shortly before he began tes- timony on the administration's request for a $12.3-billion supplemental appropriation to help finance the war through June. He finished testifying Wednes- day before the Senate Armed Forces Committee and the Defense ' Appropriations subcommittee meeting jointly. In other key developments: Hanoi Nestles In New Safety Zone By SEYMOUR M. HERSH WASHINGTON (AP) - Informed sources report the Johnson administration has barred American pilots from flying within five miles of the center of Hanoi. Informants said Wednesday the new restrictions apparently were issued in response to the widely published reports of civilian bombing casualties stemming from U.S. attacks in North Vietnam. The new orders, drawn up within the past week by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, amount to a near-total ban on all U.S. bomber flights over Hanoi and its immediate suburbs. t'nder the new restrictions, sources said, pilots will be permitted to fly within five miles of the city only if the overflight occurs during air-to-air combat with enemy fighters. "That means if somebody's shooting at you, you can shoot back," one source said. The restrictions are "a result of everything that's gone into the press," another source said. "It shows we're taking into con- See HANOI on Page 9 Washington sources revealed that the Johnson administration has barred all U.S., bombing flights within Five miles of the center of Hanoi. Secretary of State Dean Rusk told a gathering of ambassadors to Washington he hopes that "during the year 1967 we shall see peace in Southeast Asia." * * * The Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced that Harrison E. Salisbury, a New York Times assistant managing editor who recently returned from Hanoi, will testify at hearings next week. . The Canadian Press reported that the United States has refused a Canadian request not to use Canadian-purchased arms in the Vietnam war. In his summing up, McNamara reiterated tfoat the Viet Cong no longer are capable of a military victory. He said tha key to ultimate victory, however, lies in the government's pacification program. He also noted again that the U.S. buildup in Vietnam will slow this year. $170 Teacher Bonus Bill Up By ROBERT L. SHAW Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Arkansas legislature moved Wednesday to give teachers a "bonus" of $160 to $170 and the protection of a tenure law. Administration bills following up on Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller's inaugural call for a careful approach to constitutional revision also reached the legislature. The House passed, a bill distributing $2,790,000 in accumu- lated school funds to the teachers, who would share the money equally. The funds accumulated because of a technicality in the 1965 appropriation law that prevented their distribution last year. Rep. Sherman Williams of Little Rock, author of the bill, said he thought equal distribution was the best method ol passing out the funds, although some representatives said they wished it could be done on a formula basis in order to re- Little Expands On Teen Tippling "I'm not pointing the finger at hundreds of fine Blytfeville High School youngsters I'm just saying we have a problem here in the high school age group," Mayor Tom A. Little, Jr., told the Courier News this morning. Little said he felt as if his remarks quoted before the an- Scout Drive Chairmen Named Mississippi County appointments to chairmanships of the Boy Scout Development Fund have been completed, according (o Charles Czeschin, county chairman. At present the fund has received pledges of $201,470 toward the minimum goal of $350,000. County chairmanships are as follows: Leachville - Atherton Heit, major chairman; Darrell Blocker, special chaiman; Wayne Taylor, community chairman. Manila - Dr. Eugene Shaneyfelt, major chairman; Lewis Rownsend and Bill Borowski, special chairmen; Woody Townsend and Wayne Shedd, community chairmen. Osceola - Guy Newcomb, major chairman; Dick Forester, special chairman; Lowell Winston and Lionel Silverfield, community chairmen. Luxora - John Gregory, overall chairman. Wilson - Jerry Hayes, overall chairman. Previously the appointment »f Toler Buchanan as Blytheville chairman had been announced. nual Blytheville YMCA meeting sounded "like I was talking about only Blytheville High School and this teen-age drinking problem." Actually, Little said today, "I made reference to the 'high school age group,' and I did it intentionally because we have reason to believe that teenagers from high schools in ths surrounding area are finding it too easy at times to purchase liquor and beer here." Speaking at the YMCA night, Little said teen - aged drinking is "getting out of hand." He promised action wherever under-age persons are found purchasing intoxicating beverages. "I'm not backing down from any of tiie statements I made. We do have a problem and I don't want to see Blytheville be the source of intoxicants for young people ... but in my talk, [ made reference to the entire age group, not just those who are in Blytheville High School," Ltitle said. Little said the police investigation into teen-age drinking habits is "progressng." He would not elaborate, however, on what the investigation has uncovered. Christmas Seal Drive Fell Short of Goal The Mississippi County Tuberculosis Christmas S e a.l campaign attained $10,735.35 of its $12,000 goal this year. Of 10,330 letters mailed out, 2,617 were returned with contributions. Blytheville, Burdette, Driver, Frenchman Bayou, Hightowcr, Joiner, Victoria and West Ridge exceeded Hieir collections for last year. Contributions this year fell be low those of last year which totalled $11,027,50. _ __ , duce some inequities that exist in the distribution of regular funds under the present school aid formula. Rep. Jack S. Oakes of Augusta said a pro-rate distribution would compound existing inequities, but said he would vote for the measure because he wants the teachers to have the money. The bill passed by a vote of 98-0. Duplicate bills were introduced in the Senate and House providing that a teacher with a tenure of three years may be dismissed only because of immorality, unprofessional conduct, insubordination, failure to follow reasonable written regulations, physical or mental disability, inefficiency or incom- petency. Teachers would have the right to a review by the school board and appeal of the board decision to circuit court. Sen. Ben Allen of Little Rock and Rep. Virgil Butler of Batesville introduced bills creating a 30-member Constitutional Revision Study Commission that would meet 30 days after the measure becomes effective and report its findings no later than next Jan. 1. The commission would recommend changes in the constitution and the procedure for making them if it found constitutional revision was needed. Rockefeller said in his inaugural address that a study should precede any call for a constitutional convention. Several measures, however, have seen introduced calling for a constitutional convention. The House passed a bill after lengthy debate requiring trading stamps to be printed showing their redeemable cash value and permitting the stamps to Circuit Court Charges Filed Charges of grand larceny have been filed in the criminal division of Circuit Court against Roger Mashburn. He is accused of stealing $40 'rom Earl Hawkins on Oct. 16. Bond has been set at $500. Wyvon Hbrnburg has been charged with forgery and uttering and for burglary and grand arceny. He is accused of burglarizing Home Gin, Inc. Dec. 1, 1966. In the civil division of the court a suit has been filed against Blytheville Mobile Home Sales, Inc. by N a m c o Corporation of Massachusetts. Namco is suing for $828 and costs for repayment of an alleged debt - be redeemed for cash as well as merchandise. Rep. Herb Rule of Little Rock said the bill by Rep. Bernice Kizer of Fort Smith was an example of "legislative overkill," although he throught the stamps were a nuisance. He asked Mrs. Kizer, who said she didn't think her bill would cost trading stamp companies very much for the extra printing and bookkeeping, whether the measure would have the effect of abolishing trading stamps. "It doesn't spell it out in this bill," said Mrs. Kizer. CofC Announced Tht Blytheville Chamber of Commerce has announced its comittee chairmanships for this year and has begun to plan for various promotional trips throughout the country. Chamber members are asked to vote in a poll being taken to determine which city they would most like to visit this year. Trips to Washington, Chicago and Houston have been proposed, but members are free to vote for other cities if they choose. The national convention of Chambers of Com erce is being held in Washington this year. If the mebers elect instead to go to Chicago they will meet with industrial prospects of that city and talk with them of building in Blytheville. Some 100 industrialists would be invited to meet with C of C members. Should the members decide to go to Houston, they will tour the space center and talk with businessmen of that city as well. * * * This year's comittee chairmanships follow: Agriculture - Bob Lee Smith Air Force liaison - Dr. D. E. Newberry Airport - Graham Partlow Congressional action -Bill Wyatt Executive luncheons - E. M. (Buddy) Terry Highways and streets • Bruce Ritchey Industrial development - Max Logan. Industrial relations - Alex S. Hill Memberships - Dan Burge Properties - Max Logan Retail merchants - James Martin. Washington trip - Bill Wun- dcrlich. The Senate has a bill pending that abolishes trading stamps. The Senate voted to decide this afternoon on 13 of Rockefeller's appointments to state boards and commissions. Confirmation of the appointments reportedly has been delayed because of opposition to the selection of John Haley of Little Rock to the state Penitentiary Commission, Joe Brooks of Jonesboro to the board of directors of Arkansas State College at Jonesboro and Miss Anne Payton of West Memphis to the board of the Girls Training School at Alexander. The Senate also made. some minor amendments in Allen's "freedom of information" bill, including a provision to permit persons denied access to public records to file a complaint in the circuit court of their dis- strict rather than in Pulaski Circuit Court. Rep. John Miller of Melbourne sought to bring up a concurrent resolution asking Rockefeller to use his authority to enforce the state's gambling laws in Hot Springs and Gar- See TEACHER on Page 9 Registration For Adult Classes Tonight Registration for the second semester of adult night school will be held at 7 tonight at Blytheville High School, at which time first classes for the session will begin. Classes in English and mathematics will be held each Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. A course in typing will also be offered if 10 or more persons enroll for the class. To Play for Dimes A bridge and canasta benefit to raise funds for the March of Dimes is being sponsored by the Blytheville American Legion Auxiliary. Prizes will be awarded for both high and low scores. The competition is to be held Friday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Legion Hut. Admission is one dollar per person and players are to bring their own cards. See picture on Page Nine. Weather Forecast Showers and scattered thunderstorms ending early tonight with a chance of a few thunderstorms being locally severe. Considerable cloudiness tonight and partly cloudy Friday, Colder tonight and Friday. Low tonight 26-34. High Friday 36-41.

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