The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 30, 1967 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, January 30, 1967
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 266 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72815) MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 1967 TEN CENTS 14 PAGES Dateline JAN 30 6AIUON, South Vietnam (AP) — U. S. B52 bombers staged their closest raid to Saigon of the Vieanam war today. Simultaneously, 3,200 more American infantrymen arrived in the country to join the growing U.S. force in the Mekong Delta. The B52s unloaded their explosives on a base camp of the Viet Cong's 165A regiment 16 miles west-southwest of Saigon. The strike was two miles closer to the capital than any previous raid by the bombers and shook windows in Saigon. ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) The fire that killed three astronauts in the Apollo space capsule Friday was the latest in a series of blazes that have erupted during the training exercises, a University of Rochester scientist says. The earlier fires, Dr. Wallace 0. Fenn told reporters, occurred Jn decompression chambers that were large enough for the astronauts to escape to safety. Fenn said he recalled one incident about two years ago but was unable to pinoint the dates of that or the others. NEW YORK (AP) — Clark Kerr, fired as president of the University of California, is quoted in this week's issue of Newsweek magazine as saying the move to oust him began late last year and that Gov. Ronald Reagan's role in his dismissal was "very substantial." Newsweek quoted Kerr as saying in an interview: "There was a strong suggestion from a close supporter of Gov. Reagan that I resign prior to Jan. 1. And the governor privately met with some of the regents the week before the action was taken." • WASHINGTON (AP) - Presi dent Johnson sends to Congress today a special message calling for an expanded attack againsl air pollution. It is expected to expand upon Johnson's State of the Union declaration that "we should vastly expand the fight for clean air with a total attack on pollution at its source" including establishment of "regional air- sheds" throughout the country. OUTSTANDING YOUNG MAN - Jimmy Branscum (left), a 36-year-old businessman, receives the top honor at the Jaycec Awards JCs Give Awards Jimmy Branscum, a 36-year- old businessman, was named Outstanding Young Man of the Year at the Annual Awards Banquet of the Blytheville Jaycees held Saturday night at the JC clubroom. Mayor Tom A. Little Jr. was featured speaker and guests included Col. Benjamin DeHaan, commander of Blytheville Air Force Base and Rev. Eugene Hall, pastor of the Lake Street Methodist Church. The Outstanding Young Educator Award went to Gary Taylor, while Charles R. Haynes was selected Outstanding Young Farmer. Harry A. (Hank) Haines, editor of the Courier News, received a Special Service Award for past assistance to the Jaycees. Clyde W. Kapp, manager of the Blytheville Water Company, was selected Outstanding Boss of the Year. Chosen outstanding First Year Jaycee was Wayne Sanders, while Ted Johnston, Buell Carter, Bob White, Don Morris and Sonny Corder were named Jaycee Key Men. About 60 persons were present for the banquet, which was under the direction of Jimmy Austin. A social was held after the presentations. Banquet Saturday from Jim Tompkins, 1965's winner. (Courier News Photo) Maoists Claim Rebels Encircled By JOHN RODERICK TOKYO (AP) — Units of Red China's army loyal to Mao Tse- tung claim to have "completely surrounded rebel army units" in rebellious Sinkiang in the far west Japanese reports said today. The claim of Maoist gains in Sinkiang published in Peking Wall posters coincided with other reports that shooting was continuing in the vast autonomous region bordering the Soviet Union. Local army units were said to have defied Premier Chou En-lai's orders to the armed forces to side with Mao in his struggle against President Liu Shao-chi and his followers. Nationalist China's official Central Daily News in Taipei suggested that the Sovets might enter the China strife on behalf of anti-Mao generals. It said the Sinkiang commander Gen. Wang En-mao had warned Mao against trying to use the nuclear installations there as a threat to his enemies. China's five atomic explosions took place in Sinkiang. Aura of Gloom Lifts from Mayor EDUCATOR-Gary Taylor, an instructor at Blytheville High School, receives the Jaycee award as Outstanding Young Educator of 1966. (Courier News Photo) By G. J. Drott Staff Writer Tom Little has changed. In less than a month the transformation of the public personality of the man who will be leading the city for the next four years has become marked enough to warrant some interpolation into its meaning. At his first public appearanc as mayor, Jan. 4 at a meeting of the Kiwanis Club Little was painfully tense, and, if not a prophet of doom, at least a delineator of a gloomy status quo. The city's financial squeeze had oppressed him, and he was facing a difficult budget compounded, he said, by inadequate funds. But although the same man, years cotton would no longer be addressed the Jaycee Awards | grown in the county. The dom- Banquet Saturday night, it was I inant crops, he added, will be Astronauts to Be Buried Tuesday By JIM STROTHMAN star Tex. near the Manned CAPE KENNEDY Fla. (AP) — With heroes' honors the remains of America's three Apollo Spacecraft Center three astronauts flew gleaming jets out of a setting sun. They left a vacant I astronauts go toward their I slot in their formation to honor burial sites today as the nation their fellow astronaut. Similar memorial services were planned today for Grissom and White. " With military escorts flag- At Cape Kennedy the '12-man draped coffins containing Air board of inquiry continued prob- Force Lt. Cols. Virgil I. Gris-1 ing the tragedy looking at pho- mourns and investigators search to answer the torturing question: "How did it happen?" som and Edward H. White II and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Roger B. Chaffee depart in the same plane about 10:30 a.m. EST from a Cape Kennedy landing strip. A brief ceremony is planned at the airfield located less than four miles from the launch pad where the spacemen died Friday in a ball of flame that flashed through their moonship. After a flight of about one hour the Air Force jet carrying their remains lands at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington. From there the bodies of Grissom and Chaffee go to Arlington National Cemetery where three other U.S. astronauts killed in plane crashes are also buried. The two Apollo 1 pilots will be buried there Tuesday with heroes' honors Grissom at 9 a.m. and Chaffee at 1 p.m. White's body will be taken to a Highland Falls N.Y. funeral home to await burial at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Paying tribute to a fallen eomrade during memorial services for Ohaffce Sunday, at Web- tographs taken of the cockpit interviewing witnesses and studying data. All tha tremains inside Apollo I is a gutted, charred mess of burnt-out wires and scattered debris an eyewitness said. George Alexander a writer for Aviation Week magazine who represented all news media when the space agency permitted one reporter to inspect the moonship Sunday said the inside of Apollo 1 looked "like the cockpit of an aircraft in World War II that took a direct hit." Slate-gray deposit covered the panels and dials were unrecognizable he said. The couches on which the astronauts were lying were destroyed. A badly charred flight plan rested between Grissom's and White's positions. Outside the worst damage appeared to be in a panel located adjacent to where electrical wires from the ground fed Apollo 1's power systems during the fatal test. The panel ii located at the right of the spacecraft door approximately over Chaf- See ASTRONAUTS on Page 14 not the same personality or attitudes. The nervous quaver of the voice was still evident, but greatly subdued. Little is patiently beginning to enjoy the spotlight, and the defensive caution of his first days in office is giving way to exuberance and even aggressiveness. Saturday's address was not concerned with administrative difficulties but rather with hopeful programs for the future. Like most public figures, Little seems to be more and more aware of posterity's evaluation of him, and he does not want it said of his administration that all he did was shuffle papers and make excuses. He obviously hopes to achieve much during his term. He confidently predicted that a new library building would be under construction within the next 12 months. The library is part of Little's cultural program, the nucleus of which is a junior college. The cultural program, on the other hand, is part of the mayor's scheme for luring more industry into the area. Little told the Jaycees and guests that within 12 to 15 TOP FARMER — Charles R. Haynes receives the Jaycee award as Outstanding Young Farmer of 1966 from Carl Ledbetter, last year's winner. (Courier News Photo) Back on Wire SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Karl Wallendo, 62, the patriarch of "The Great Wallendas," will come out of retirement briefly to resume 40 years of high-wire walking, he said Sunday in Sarasota, Fla. wheat and soybeans. He is apprehensive that increased farm mechanization will accelerate unemployment, hence his concern with industry. Little this week is to appoint a committee to study the fea- sability of a junior college, but he made it clear that he very much wants the group to give him all-ahead. Apparently, in Little's mind the college and industry are bound together. For one thing, industry is concerned with cultural facilities for its employes who will relocate. Secondly, industry is demanding always more in education to get the better jobs. And finally, said Little, the absence of higher educational opportunities i s causing Blytheville to lose many of its more talented peo pie to other cities. As a further improvement in the climate for living, Little proposed the city provide a municipal golf course for its residents. Everyone, he said, cannot belong to the Blytheville Country Club, and even if this were possible, .the course could not accomodate so many persons. Absence of a municipal couse is forcing many to go to Manila and Kennett for golf, he added. Little comended the library board for its accomplishments in spite of its limited resources. He concluded his address with a plea for public support and cbpoeration in bringing about his programs. More than 100 persons were eported killed last week in Sinkiang. Wall posters said Sun- lay that 12 of 68 persons treated n an army hospital had also died. Kyodo news agency told of posters saying that the situa- ion in Shibhotze focus of the rouble last week still was fluid in Saturday. The clashes were >aid to have involved the Aug. 1 ield army loyal to Liu and the jro-Mao "2nd motorized battal- on." Truce negotiations were suspended Friday the wall re- iorts said. The pro-Mao troops demanded hat both sides turn in their arms that "murderers" be urned over and prisoners released. Members of the Aug. 1 field army vanished after this and had not returned for talks the papers said. Reports from Peking told of other moves at home and abroad by Mao to shore up his offensive against President Liu. One of them could backfire. It was the cancellation of holidays for China's 2G.5-million workers during the Lunar New Year beginning Feb. 9. Peking Radio suggested the cancellation was ordered to forestall efforts to get the worker's to extend the holiday indefinitely. The workers have already staged anti-Mao walkouts strikes and sabotage across the nation. The order to stay on the job could trigger more since v Year's is traditionally the most important and sometimes he only holiday for working Chinese. Mao's second long step to secure his power was to create a new administration for Peking — the Chinese capital — made up of loyal peasants workers military men students and businessmen. His third was to order Red Chinese students abroad to return home presumably to inject [resh young blood into his campaign against Liu. Evidence that the students are already on the move — brawling and protesting as they go — appeared in reports from several world capitals. No reason was given for calling them back and their number- was not specified. Japanese correspondents said wall posters reported the Communist party central committee made the decision Jan. 17. ' 'Those who got into the news appeared committed to Mao't philosophy. Chinese demonstrating at the Soviet Embassy in Baghdad battled with a group of Soviets and five students and the Baghdad correspondent of the New China News Agency were reported injured. On Jan. 10 Soviet police roughed up Chinese students returning home from Europe who demonstrated in Red Square in Moscow. In Osceola City Fathers Boost Own Pay OSCEOLA — One of the first official acts of Osceola's new administration was to vote itself a hefty pay raise. Mayor Charles Wiygul explained the increase as a compensation for the greater workload he and the council must bear. Wiygul's salary was boosted from $150 monthly to $300 while that of the six coun- County Vote System Probed By G. J. Drott Staff Writer Hopes of improving the county's balloting system led to a meeting Saturday among the mayors of Blytheville and Osceola and the county chairmen of the Republican and Democratic parties, along with attorney Graham Sudbury. Blytheville Mayor Tom A. Little Jr. and Osceola Mayor Charles Wiygul met With Mississippi County Republican Chairman Sam Larimpre and Democratic Chairman'Bill Wunderlich and Sudbury to explore methods of hastening the counting of returns, the present arrangement being apt to bog down after a heavy vote, as it did in the Nov. 8 general elec- ' tion. Wunderlich proposed, and the others concurred, that 400 voters was a reasonable maximum the officials of a precinct could handle during an election. However, in the Nov. 8 election, of Blytheville's 12 precincts, 3-A had 747 votes, 2-B had 582, 4-A had 602 and 1-B, 478. These four are the problem precincts in terms of numbers of votes cast, In Osceola last election, Ward 1, totalled 539 votes, Ward 2 had 812, and Ward 3, 786. * * * Thus far, two proposals have been offered as solutions to the problem. The Republic would like to have voting machines installed in precincts where needed, and they suggest in certain cases it would be practical to combine two or more smaller precincts into one large enough to justify the use of the devices. The two current obstacles to the Republican plan are the cost of the machines ($1,700 each) and the fact that it would be necessary to wait until the elections of 1968 to submit the proposal for voter approval. The Democrats suggest splitting the larger precincts as a means of expediting balloting. However, this plan also has important obstacles, that is, legality, voter impatience and mechanics. * * « The county election cornmi- *ion has the authority to arrange the precincts as it sees fit, but there are questions as to how far that authority extends. If, for example, the comis- sion decides to split 3-A into two precincts, 3-A and 3-C, can the county clerk merely transfer the names of the voters affected onto the rolls of 3-C, or will it be necessary for voters in the new precinct to re-register? The five were uncertain on this point and decided to refer the matter to the state attorney general for clarification. Little said he would have serious doubts about sub-dividing if re- registration were necessary. Any such dividings would certainly create some clogging in election machinery. Many voters would probably go to the familiar polling site, only to have to be referred to another location. Even many who were aware that a change had been made would be uncertain where to vote. Some concern was voiced at Saturday's meeting that precinct changes would adversely influence voter participation at the next election. Mechanics are another part of the division problems. Wunderlich mentioned the present See COUNTY on Page 14 Osceola Scout Drive Begins OSCEOLA — A breakfast meeting will get Osceola's Boy Scout camp development drive started tomorrow morning. Guy Newcomb is general chairman of the Osceola project which will raise funds for a new summer camp for the East ern Arkansas Boy Scout Council. A 7 a.m. breakfast meeting n Masonic Hall will open t h e comunity gifts division, which s being directed by Lowell Winston, Jr., and Lionel Silverfield. The major gifts division gets under way with a 9:30 a.m. meeting in Masonic Hall. Newcomb is heading this division. Then, at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, the special gifts division has its opening session under the direction of Winston. This latter meeting will be held in the board room of Planters Bank in Osceola. cilmen went from $50 to $150. The council has also voted to allow live broadcasts of its meetings over KOSE-FM in Osceola. Meetings are the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Wiygul has attempted to streamline his administration by combining the previous administration's 14 committees in- o six each with an alderman n charge. Regarding the city salaries Wiygul said that of the city at- orney was increased to $250 as was that of the city clerk while the treasurer now receives ?200 monthly. All increments were effective Jan. 1. Repeated attempts this morn- ng to contact Wiygul relative ;o the pay hikes for the city attorney clerk and treasurer were fruitless. City Clerk E. H. Stevens said he had no knowl- :dge of what previous salaries were. He has been clerk for a number of years. However an authoritative source in Osceola said the three city employes each received $100 per month making their wy increases more than substantial. Apollo Fire Damage CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) —An inspection of Apollo 1 has shown that damage to the moonship was extensive inside and out. The intense flash of fire that killed Astronauts Virgil 1. Grissom, Edward H. White D and Roger B. Chaffee made the inside of the spaceship "look like the cockpit of an aircraft in World War II that took a direct hit," said George Alexander, aerospace writer for Aviation Week magazine. Good Guys Get Camouflage BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) Beverly's good guys are switching from white hats to blue hats so they'll have less trouble catching bad guys. Police Chief Edward Aucone said Sunday that, although he prefers white hats, he agreed'to the change after his men said the white hats made them "good targets" and prevented them from catching burglars. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniHiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiii Weather Forecast . Partly cloudy through Tuesday. Warmer this afternoon and tonight with little change in temperatures Tuesday. Highs this afternoon 64 to 74. Lows tonight 42 to 50. High Tuesday 68 to 74. Outlook for Wednesday partly cloudy and a little cooler. jiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiwniiiiw

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