The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 3, 1967 · Page 3
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, February 3, 1967
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Blythevllle (Ark.) Courier News — Friday, February S, 1967 — Page flv* NOT SO HOT - Blytheville's year old incinerator is not so hot, both literally and figuratively. Not only is the facility plagued with breakdowns, but it is not as efficient as city fathers had hoped. (Courier News Photo) Trash Is City Threat (Continued from Page One) city dump. McAdams said the present city administration is not putting out poison for the rats. * * • * The rat problem — recently described as a health hazard to the community by Edwards — and the apparent inability of the incinerator to function as well as had been hoped, has given rise to doubts concerning the incinerator. McAdams said only 30 to 50 percent of the tin cans and glass products put into the incinerator are disposed of. Actually, according to Kenneth Tyler, co-owner of the firm that built the structure, "It doesn't burn up the cans and glass. AH it does is make them more collapsible." Tyler said a gas-fed device- would have been more efficient but that they are extremely expensive. Blytheville spent $75,987.74 or, the incinerator and its perimeter streets plus $25,000 for the 19 acres on which it is located, Malin said. An item worth note is that Tyler's firm has built only one city incinerator — Blythe- viile's. "We built two others (incinerators) but they were for cotton gins. One was for Harold Ohlendorf in Osceola and the other was in Marvel, Ark.," Tyler said. * * * Whether or not the city will take steps to remedy their all too real problem, persons living as far from the dump as the south city limits are forced to take some sort of action to kill the rats. One woman, whose brick home is about a mile from the dump, said, "At night you can see the rats running across the road. They even climb up the outside walls of our house." Professional exterminators have been called in by the citizens. A spokesman for Superior Termite Pest Control, Inc., said .that in the past three months, "our calls to treat for rats Jn that area have picked up about 20 percent. We make trips out there every week. "We have a rat problem all over town and if something isn't done pretty soon it's going to be a major problem," John Lutes said. . He said there are basically three breeding grounds for the -rats. One, that is serving to populate the southern section of the city, is the dump. Another "rat nest" is at the northeast corner of the Walker Park race track, he said. The third breeding ground is within the city limits a short distance , from South Highway 61, he said. While Dr. Joe Beasley, administrator of the Mississippi County Health Unit, argues the rats will not migrate to the city because of the distance, Lutes contends they will. "They might not make it In one trip. There will be stopping places along the way which they will infest, but two miles isn't too far for them to trav- , el," according to Lutes, tending credence to Lutes contention the the city may soon have a major rat problem on its hands is a publication writ-, ten by D. Leroy Gray, Extension Service fish and wildlife, specialist, and distributed at the county agent's office. It says: "The Norway (rat) attains sexual maturity in three to -five months and has a life span of about one-and-one- half years. A female will average four to seven litters per year with the average of six to eight per litter." * * * A thriving rat population is not the only problem created by an inefficient incinerator and a much used city dump. "The dump? The city's got a dump from here (south city limits) all the way to the dump. It's this whole road (South Ruddle Road)," one man scoffed. "They (the city) have little old shallow side boards on their trucks and yet they pile 'ern high with trash. Then when they hit this gravel road and the (1-55) overpass all kinds of trash blows off and they don't make any attempt to any of it up," he said. pick Another man added, "They make us farmers cover our cotton when we're taking it to the gin. And they make Bush (Canning Co.) cover their loads, but the city doesn't have to. Something ought to be done. "If I was to dump some of that trash in front of the mayor's store I'd be fined. But they can dump it all over my front yard and nothing happens." And still another resident of South Ruddle Road said, ."In fact, this morning (Jan. 30) a city truck passed with a load of trash from the incinerator and the trash was still on fire. You could actually see the flames." His neighbor chimed in. "One time a city truck was going by and it actually caught on fire. They dumped it out in the road right at the overpass and just drove off and left. it. "The other neighbor women and I got out and yelled at them when they came back, 'Pick it up! Pick it up!' They Bnue disposing of wet garbage at the dump? "Wet garbage from the city is supposed to be disposed of in the incinerator. "Not having investigated the problem I can't say for certain that wet garbage has been dumped there, but I really don't doubt but that it has," Little said. The same sort of sentiments are echoed by Councilman Jim England, chairman of the Coun cil's Health and Sanitation Committee. "Right now we haven't any plans. The rats are really bad out there and we've got to do something about the incinerator. I understand there is some work that has to be done on it," he said. * * * Prior to December, 1963, West Memphis had a city dump —• and thus a rat — problem. What happened in '63? Mayor R. E. Eden said $84,000 was spent hiring Industrial Blowpipe of Memphis to build an incinerator. It is similar to the Blytheville incinerator in that it is a draft-type facility. It is quite dissimilar because it leaves only "about 10 percent residue." "It doesn't burn up the cans but they're so badly charred they are easily collapsible and it melts the glass. "All our wet garbage and swill go into the incinerator. The residue we have left we haul off and use as land fill. Somebody always has a ditch or a low place they want filled." Eden said. What has happened to the city dump? "It has been completely abandoned," Eden said. It was the success of the West Memphis incinerator — which' was visited by members of Blytheville City Council — that inspired the bond issue used to finance this city's incinerator. * * * With a serious rat problem existing especially in the southern section of the city, Blytheville's problem is compounded by the proposed Urban Renewal finally did." The burning debris may well project for that area, have come from the incinera- To wit: When and if UR de- tor, as it is cleaned out every other day. The leftovers are hauled to the city dump, according to McAdams. * * + What is the present city administration planning to combat the problem? After 31 days of grappling with "a hundred other .problems," nothing concrete, according to Mayor Tom A. Little Jr. "I just haven't had time to deal with it but I would like to see a plan implemented not only for the dump, but for the entire city and especially the business district to exterminate the rats," Little said. Any plans of completely abandoning the dump can be forgotten, according to the may or. "It can't be abandoned. In fact we need more room. "We're always going to have glass and cans from the incinerator. At 100 percent efficiency there will still be about 35 percent refuse left and we need someplace to put it," he said. Does the city intend to con- stroys substandard dwellings currently housing rats fiiere, where will the creatures go? It is not unreasonable to think they will scurry north into the center of town. A UR plan also has been discussed that would update ttiat section. If the business area's substandard dwellings go, it is conceivable the rats will again be forced north. If no solid plans for exterminating rats emerge in the coming months, the city may be looking for a 20th Century Pied Piper. Some Peach MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) Miami Beach police have been told: "Watch out for the woman in the peach nightie." She may be something new in local burglary circles. Albert Kenwood of Detroit woke up in his hotel room Thursday and saw the woman crouching over his overnight bag. He chased her into the hall but she got away — with $180 and credit cards. Violent Weather Replaced by Cold By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Violent weather practically disappeared from the national scene today, but freezing rain and snow ended the unseasonable warmth in the East. Routed by a cold front the mercury in New York City plunged from Thursday's higii of 58 degrees to an early morning 31 degrees. The 58-degree mark was a record for Feb. 2, erasing the previous high of 55 set in 1933. Pedestrians in New York City slipped off their hats and coats Thursday to enjoy ttie unusual warmth, but late in the day the readings started to fall. Snow, freezing rain and rain doused New York City as winds increased. Today's highs were expected to be in the upper 20s. * * * The Weather Bureau said ttiat the storm pattern had shifted north of the border to bring a needed respite to most of the nation. Chicago and most of Kie Midwest — still digging out from last week's snow storm — welcomed the news. In Upstate New York temperatures were in the mid-20s with some new snow. There was up to 6 inches in far northeastern New York and the mountain areas. The storm (Jiat dumped about 8 inches of snow on New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine and lesser amounts elsewhere was expected to taper off during the night. But colder weather and gusty winds were expected today. Snow, hail and rain doused Connecticut Thursday night. Some areas recorded 1 to 3 inches of snow. Small-craft warnings were up on Long Island Sound. * + * A cold front moved across Maryland Thursday and abruptly ended the unseasonable warm weather. The snow flurries mostly were mixed with rain, but Garnett County got inches of snow. The temperature climbed to 60 degrees in Philadelphia Thursday to tie a record set in 1933. The mercury then dropped sharply and some snow fell by nightfall. The early morning reading today was 31 degrees. Light snow fell in much of Pennsylvania Thursday. Snow flurries lingered around the Great Lakes and central Appalachians. OBITUARY • Mrs. Colwell Mrs. Ader Colwell, 78, a resident of Steele for (he past 36 years, died yesterday. She was born in Arkadelphia and was a member of the Methodist Church. She leaves four sons, Kelly Caldwell of Luxora, Ivrey Caldwel! of Osceola, Carmie Caldwell of Pocahontas, and Horace Cadwell of Walnut Ridge; Two daughters, Grady Johnson of Steele and Mrs. E. J. Northcutt of Blytheville; One brother, Herman Francis of Longview, Tex.; One sister, Lula Warren of Hot Springs; Nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services will be from Howard Funeral Home chapel, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Rev. Charles Miller officiating. Burial will be in Number Eight cemetery. WJ010 Friday evening 6:30 WHAT'S NEW Beyond the Arctic Circle. Lapland, land of the reindeer. 7:00 ALL ABOARD The Whole Tooth and Nothing but the Tooth. Preschoolers learn about the dentist. 7:30 CHANNEL 10 TRAVELS European Tapestry. Visits to some of the continent's larger countries. 8:00 KOLTANOWSKI ON CHESS Carlos Torre: The Fallen Eagle. The methods of a champion. 8:30 N.E.T. PLAYHOUSE The Play of Daniel. A med ieval music drama with the New York Pro Musica. 9:40 ENGINEERS WEEK Special. A preview of National Engineers' Week, Feb. 19-26. Daily Record Weather U. S. Weather Bureau Agricultural service Reiser. Ark. Cloudiness persisted in the state during the night as warm air overlying cold air at the surface has trapped substantial moisture. High pressure is the dominating theme and will govern Arkansas weather the next few days. Cloudy skies will persist this morning but a slow clearing trend will come in from the west to east this afternoon and tonight. A fine day is in vision for Saturday with sunny skies and warming temperatures. Temperatures yesterday afternoon hovered near the freezing mark in extreme northwest Arkansas and generally in the 40s elsewhere. Cloudiness kept temperatures from falling appreciably and the early morning minimums were in the upper 20s and low 30s in the north and in the mid 30s and low 40s in the south. The five-day outlook, 6 a.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. next Thursday, calls for temperatures to average four to eight degrees above normal with warming trend beginning Saturday. Normal highs 48 to 57. Normal lows 27 to 37. No precipitation of consequence expected through the middle of next week. Yesterday's high—88 Overnight low—31 Precipitation previous * hours (to 1 a.m. today)—none Precipitation Jan. 1 t date—2:04 Sunset today—5:31 Sunrise tomorrow—6:56 This Date A Yeu A(O Yesterday's high—35 Overnight low—20 Precipitation Jan. 1 to Hate—7;2« [Linoleum, first smooth - surfaced floor covering to be widely used, was introduced about I860, according to the Encyclo- paedia Britannica. Fifty-five per cent of the approximately 130 million telephones in the world are in the United States, according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Markets Open Hies Low Last Chicago Wheat Mar. 164% 164'/s 163% 164% May 168 168Mt 166% 167V4 July 165V4 165% 163V4 163% Chicago Soybeans Mar. 291 291% 290% 290% May 287% 288% 287% 287 Nov. 281 281 280% 281 New York Stocks Texas GS , 121% Chrysler 36% RCA 49% AT&T 57'/8 Dow ..- 707s Xerox 241% Pan Amer 60% Ford • 47i/8 Westinghouse WA U. S. Steele 44 Curtis Pub 12% Comsat 52 American Motors -.. 8% Sears 53 Parke Davis 29 Gen. Elect 89% Beth. Steel 35 Reynolds Tob • 40% Standard NJ 65% Holiday Inn 44% Ark-La 40 Ark-Mo • 13& Divco-Wayne 31% ARS Schedule The counselors for the Arkansas Rehabilitation Service in Mississippi County, James L, Beard and Don Carter, announced the following schedule of visits for the month of February: Beard will be at th« Luxora City Hall Feb. 13 and 20 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; at the Manila Health Unit Feb. 16 and 23 from 9 to 11 a.m.; at the Leachville Neighborhood Service Center the same day from 1 to 4 p.m. Carter will visit the Missis- slppi County Department of Public Welfare in Osceola Feb. 9,16, and 23 from 9:30 to 12 a.m. Beard's office is at 301-B North First St., Blytheville. Navy Grounds Antarctic Pilot WASHINGTON (AP) - Veteran pilot Max Conrad's plan to fly his light plane across the Antarctic have been stymied by (he Navy, which says it couldn't adequately help him If he encountered trouble. Conrad had planned to start lis journey last Monday from Washington in a twin-engine Piper Aztec. He spent several days here following the Navy's refusal to permit the flight, then returned to Lock Haven, Pa., tome base for the plane. * * * The Navy's action caused con: usion among people involved in the project in New Zealand and other points along the planned route. They had assumed Monday that Conrad had begun the flight that day. When he failed to arrive at checkpoints along the way, some of the people expressed fear he had been lost. This led to reports from New Zealand and elsewhere that Conrad already was in the Antarctic. Friends said Conrad had completed all details for the flight, which was to have marked the first time a light plane had girdled the world from pole-to-pole. * * * But the Navy blocked his take-off after receiving a letter from the admiral commanding Navy operations in the Antarctic. The letter said severe weather conditions and limited search and rescue facilities made it impossible for the Navy to permit the flight. Whiz Kid Tries For Science Talent Hunt By GEORGE ESPER NEW YORK (AP) - Frank Wilczek, at 15, is a quiet scholar who prefers astrophysics to dates. He's one of 40 finalists in the annual Westinghouse Scientific Talent Search. While most teen-agers are having fun on the weekends, Frank is engrossed in astrophysics, mathematics and philosophy. He relaxes by listening to classical records, his favorite pastime. "Once in a while I go to an occasional party," he says. "I'm tied up every Saturday taking courses in mathematics and astrophysics in Columbia University's science honors program.". Frank will be 16 years old on May 15 and a few weeks later will be graduated, from Martin Van Buren High School in Queens. He is graduating at such a young age because he skipped the third and eighth grades. "I hope to attend the University of Chicago and study mathematics and physics," he says. "They both are interesting rather than both being related." While being a long-!iair record collector, Frank doesn't wear his hair long like many young people. "It's silly," he says, "and it's silly to object I'm completely indifferent." The mod style of dress, he says, is "Horrible. A fad they're trying to put over." Frank is 5 feet IVt inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. His tal- |ent search project that will take him into the finals in Washington in March was an attempt to relate semigroups and groups in the field of algebra. "I .got really involved ia mathematics," he says, "due to a certain teacher I bad in my sophomore year. He got me very interested in it. I really don't know how I picked philosophy up." Frank says he spends one or two hours on his school work at home each night. "I do things independently," he says. "I read on my own ia mathematics and philosophy. I take up topics I'm interested in." His father, Frank J. Wilczek, is in the electronics field, in research and development. Frank has one brother, 10. Philosophizing about his. generation of teen-agers, Frank says "juvenile delinquents are amoral. They are a very small number." "In general," he adds, "you can't specify this high school generation as better or worse than any other. The generalization of such a large number of people, I don't think can be valid. "I think it's excellent that students are finally speaking up on things that concern them, things like the free speech movement. I think it was a very good effort. When it turned to filthy speech, I lost my sympathy for it, but I think the original goals and efforts were fine." Ky Promises To Speed Elections By HUGH A. MULLIGAN Ap Special Correspondent SAIGON, South Vietnam (AP) — Premier Nguyen Cao Ky.said today he will speed up South Vietnam's presidential elections. He also said he regards corruption in government as a major problem in this country. Ky said in an interview he planned to speed the elections so that they will be held within ;hree months of the adoption of South Vietnam's constitution which is being written by a constituent assembly and is scheduled to be finished March 27. Ky said he is going to invite 1,000 reporters from around the world to witness iSie elections. He added if U.N. Secretary- General U Thant "wants to come, he can come too." The premier said it is important "to have a clean and honest election to give the future presi- VIET CONG (Continued from Page One) called Ho Chi Minh Trail. "We are now engaged in a six-month effort to defoliate large parts of Viet Cong sanctuaries." Both O'Connell and Secretary of the Air Force Harold Brown said airpower had been effec- ive in slowing the infiltration of roops and supplies from North o South Vietnam. "We have a wide variety of programs designed to take the light away from the enemy," irown said, referring to use of darkness and jungle cover for errorist and supply activities. The secretary said, "We are working on night target acquisi- ;ion, testing various methods of illumination." Censored testimony of the two Air Force leaders at a closed hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Defense Appropriations subcommittee, made available outside, defended the restricted and limited bombing in North Vietnam dent true prestige." Ky, 36, indicated that a new land-reform program would be initiated under which 200,000 to 300,000 Vietnamese families would receive land which formerly belonged to absentee French oiwiers. He estimated that it would take two American infantry divisions — 30,000 men — to clear the Mekong Delta of the Viet Cong. One U. S. division, the 9th, is currently moving into the delta. Ky said he thinks that Hanoi is increasing its peace feelers Because it doesn't want to deal with a democratically elected government and for that reason wants to speed up the elections. * » * "They are more afraid, of an elected government than they are of our military effort," he said. "They know that a civilian elected government means that South Vietnam has a stable, stronger and official government with all the prestige and support from the population. On corruption, the premier said that Generals Cao Van Vien, chief of the joint general staff, and Nguyen Van Vy, chief of the armed forces joint staff ivere making a systematic investigation into conditions in all : our military corps areas. "In the last 19 months, "Ky laid, "we have eliminated many bad people. We have made irogress but we must keep at it. We must not only eliminate the corrupt commanders but bring justice to tile good ones who have been victims of the system." Needs Educating On Full-Service Banking FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Dakota National Bank of Fargo hat some advice for the man who robbed the bank's southside branch. "We highly disapprove of and discourage further anonymous borrowing," said the bank in an advertisement in the Fargo Forum Thursday. "Somehow, you must have the wrong idea aboul full-service banking." Th gunman who robbed the bank of nearly $600 is still a large. Pollution May Wipe Out Man LOS ANGELES (AP) — A meteorologist warns that air pollution could wipe out mankind by the year 2064. Dr. Morris Neiburger of the University of California said Thursday "pollution is not only a national problem but has become International in scope." He called for an all-out effort to lave international pollution treaties. 'What will happen," he asked, "if the 800 million Chinese decide in the near future they all want to drive cars and what's more, are able to do it?" He said that polluted air from the United States is "cleaned up" as it circles the globe."But if air is to receive pollutants everywhere it travels," Neiburger said, "it will soon intensify the problem." Services By FUNERAL HOME

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