The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 14, 1967 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, February 14, 1967
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 279 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315)' TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1967 12 PAGES TEN CENTS Viet Peace Hopes Sink By SPENCER DAVIS WASHINGTON (AP) - Vietnam peace prospects appeared at their lowest point in two months today as U. S. bombing of North Vietnam resumed and weeks of optimistic speculation ended. U. S. officials said peace efforts had receded to their pre- Christmas position. President Johnson, in announcing the resumption of bombing late Monday, said he no other response has yet come from Hanoi." Johnson earlier had indicated determination to resume the air war in the absence of any North Vietnamese easing of military activity. But the North Vietnamese insisted on a halt in U. S. bombing and withdrawal of troops before peace talks could get started. North Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minn made this clear in had hoped the cease-fire during j a reply to^Pope^Paul's appeal the lunar new year "might lead''" ~~ '" ""'"""* to some abatement of hostilities and to moves toward peace." for an early settlement of the conflict. Ho wrote, "The U. S. imperi- But he said the North Viet- j alists must put an end to their namese had used the pause "for major re-supply efforts of their troops in South Vietnam." Johnson apparently referred te Sunday night's meeting in London between Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin and British Prime Minister Harold Wilson when he said: "Despite our efforts and those of third parties, See VIET NAM on Page 2 TO ROLL AGAIN?-In the past decade city bus service has had an unprofitable history. This bus is one of four operated from 1960 to 1964 by Elmer Stone. High operating costs and poor public support were responsible for abandoning the service, Stone said. (Courier News Photo) WR Budget For '67-69 $ 415 Million LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller proposed a $415.7 million budget for the 1967-69 biennium Monday, & figure $8 million above his pre- 1ft PASADENA, Calif. (AP) America's Lunar' Orbiter 3 — locked in eliptical orbit around the moon — snaps its first .pictures Wednesday of possible astronaut landing spots. The pictures — to be taken at a low angle to reveal how the surface should look to arriving astronauts — will be taken with the 850-pound spacecraft's twin- lens camera system, then radioed to earth. The shiny craft was launched from Cape Kennedy, Fla., Feb. 3, and is in an orbit around the moon ranging from 34 miles ot 1,146 miles above the surface. The 12 sites to be photographed were selected as the areas where American astronauts may land before 1970. • SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - A radio station's promotion stunt put broadcasters waist-deep in valentines today. Station WYND recently offered to sponsor a St. Valentine's Day dance for the area school turning in the most valentines. Operations manager Guy Crumpley said the total received was close to nine million, based on honor-system counts by studentslugging bales of the billets-doux to the station. "We'd have to rent a warehouse if the contest didn't end tonight," .Crumpley said in his paper-choked studio. Paper Work Stalls City Buses (Editor's Note: A reader recently purchased a home some distance from his place of work. He did so, thinking that, by this time, a city transit system would be in operation. Recently, his wife wrote Herb Wight, custodian of the It Beats Me column, and asked whatever happened to the city's proposed transit system. Wight talked (by telephone) to federal men in Washington and interviewed local officials. What follows details the status of the city's still-pending transit system.) muring about a city transit system. As 1966 entered its twilight, confident predictions were heard of six, 19-passenger buses swishing along Blytheville streets by November. November has come and gone and official silence concerning the buses reigned supreme. Questions put to responsible city officials were met with vague replies about "red tape." The silence was broken last Wednesday, Feb. 8, when this newspaper contacted Robert H. McManus of Washington, D.C. McManus is director of the project development division of Urban Transportation and is in charge of shepherding the city's application f o r $100,783.92 By Herb Wight Managing Editor Nearly a year has passed since city fathers began mur- application lor $IUU,YO,>.M sam. „„„„,„„„„„, „,,,,„,,,,,,,„,,,,,,,,«,,,,,,,,,«,,«,,,,,,,,•«,,» ii-i i m ••D^^ through federal channels. There are basically two reasons why no action has been taken on the application for nearly five months, according to McManus. "On Oct. 24, 1966, we sent (then) Mayor Jimmie Edwards a letter stating that our attorney advisor had raised the question of the legality of an Arkansas municipality owning a transit system. "We will require one of three things to clear the matter up. The most simple would be an opinion from the attorney general, or a test case before the State Supreme Court or enabling legislation," McManus said. Although McManus said his office had not yet received Arkansas' attorney general's opinion, city files contain a copy of a letter dated Oct. 27 requesting the required opinion from then - Attorney General Bruce Bennett. Since not only city but also state administrations have changed hands since Jan. 1, 1967, Blytheville residents probably will never know why the attorney general's office delayed rendering its opinion. Mayor Tom A. Little Jr., interviewed Friday morning, said, "I think we'll have to have an opinion from the attorney general but we still will have See CITY on Page 2 vious recommendation and four er cent higher than the state's nticipated $359.4 million in evenue. Rockefeller told a joint ses- ion of the House and Senate lat the inflated budget would e possible because of surplus evenues from a state withhold- ng tax "windfall" in 1966. The governor said the wind- all came about because all of ie 1965 income taxes and iree-fourths of the 1966 in- ome taxes were collected dur- state Mao's Wife Climbs Power Ladder 25 Army Men Under Mao's Fire By JOHN RODERICK | battalion opened fire on a TOKYO (AP) — Wall posters in Peking indicated today that a weeping purge of Red China's leading military men is under way in Mao Tse-tung's drive to weed out supporters of President Liu Shao-chi. They also reported a big step up the power ladder by Mao's wife. A correspondent of the Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun said 25 top military men have come under fire as followers of the bourgeois, reactionary line. Wall posters put up by the postal and telegraph worker Jhinese army company and was repulsed. It said Soviet soldiers were captured but later re- eased. If true, this would be the first mown exchange of shots he- ween the two Communist pow- :r since the Maoist purge bee <an last August. Mao recently was reported to have ordered an alert all along China's border with the Soviet Union. Among the military leaders ncluded in the wholesale indictment were Vice Defense Minis- said that Mao's aggressive third w I wife, Chiang Ching, has been MARSHALL, Mo. (AP)-A re-j named chairman of a new comport of a Kentucky hen that lays green eggs with normal insides has drawn a couple of so-what from Missouri rais responses ers. Mrs. Reuben Smith of Blue Lick, Mo.,, near Marshall, reported Monday she has a little black hen that lays blue eggs, also edible. Mrs. Leonard Lewis of Independence, Mo., near Kansas City, said she has a black hen that also lays green eggs. • SAIGON, South Vietnam (AP) — American fighter-bombers pounded railroad lines and other | supply routes in North Vietnam today and U.S. Navy ships attacked shipping along the North Vietnamese coast as U.S. forces resumed war operations north of the demilitarized zone. NEW YORK (AP)-"What's My Line?" the second oldest program on television, will be dropped from the schedule of the Columbia Broadcasting System next fall, the New York Times said today. A spokesman for CBS said only that the schedule is still being made up. The Times said "What's My Line?" will probably be replaced by a Western. The panel show has been on mittee formed to press Mao's purge in central party and government organization . Her new importance was underlined by the fact that Premier Chou En-lai, who .night have been expected to head sudi » committee, has been named to serve on it as Mrs. Mao's adviser. Another wall poster reported a clash between Soviet and Red Chinese troops on an unspecified date on the Manchurian border. The report said a Soviet the air since Only the Ed February 1950. Sullivan Show, \jiny •»*• — «_ ,, which went on the air 17 months earlier, 'a older. Joiner Bank Hit Again JOINER - A break-in at the First National Bank in Joiner is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in co-operation with the Mississippi County Sheriff's Office. According to Sheriff William Berryman, the person or persons who entered the building were unable to penetrate the vault and did not get anything from their efforts. Berryman added that this was the second recent unsuccessful burglary attempt at the bank. He said authorities could not be sure whether or not the same persons made both attempts. ter Hsiao Ching-kuang, air force commander Wu Fan-hsien, navy deputy commander Li Tso-peng, Ulanfu, commander of the Inner Mongolian military district, and Wang En-mao, commander of the Sinkiang military district. Veteran Marshals Ho Lung and Lo Ju-ching were criticized again as enemies of Mao. Ho has been vice chairman of the Communist party Military Commission. Lo was fired from his post as chief of the army general staff. Wang En-mao is reported to have dug in in Sinkiang for prolonged resistance to Mao. Ulan- fu is said to have been behind opposition to Mao in Inner Mongolia last month. The wall posters also accused these military leaders of following the bourgeois reactionary line: Hsu Kuang-ta, commander of armored car units; Wang Shang-jung,, commander of the Strategic Department of the Defense Ministry; Liu Chih- chien, deputy director of the General Political Department of the People's Liberation Army; Sukarno Ouster Countdown On By T. JEFF WILLIAMS JAKARTA (AP) - On of army strongman Gen. Suharto's op deputies indicated today hat a showdown in the struggle to force President Sukarno to retire may be imminent. Maj. Gen. Alamsjah said an answer to new military proposals to end the power struggle may be forthcoming tonight. "There will be no more missions, no more talks," he declared. "The decision has been taken. We are just waiting for he answer." Military leaders and Cabinet ministers have repeatedly urged Sukarno in recent weeks to step down before he is dragged down. The president has shown no sign of complying and gave every indication at a palace reception today that he would remain in Jakarta to continue his fight to hold the presidency. Gen. Abdul Harls Nasution, the chairman of Congress, in a broadcast statement Monday night accused the president of being a Comunismt sympathizer and knowing In advance of the attempted Red coup Oct. 1,1965. Nasution's statement, read over Radio Jakarta, was in answer to a challenge from Su- karno to the general to explain his own actions at the time of the attempted coup. Nasution was then defense and security minister The general charged that shortly before the coup, Communist party Chairman D.N. Aidit attempted to swing army Brig. Gen. R.H. Sugandhi over to the Communist side by telling him of the plans. "All this is known by Sukar- no," Nasution quoted Aidit as saying. Aidit was killed during the bloody suppression of Com- Support Heart Fund Various Blytheville restaurants will cooperate with the Heart Fund campaign tomorrow when they donate proceeds of coffee sales to the fund. Listed as cooperating restaurants are Arcadia, Moultrie Court, Rustic Inn, Dixie Pig, Drummer Boy, Cotton Bowl, Holiday Inn, Villa and the Razorback. munists after the coup. Sugandhi then informed Su- karno of the plot, Nasution continued, and he said Sukarno replied: "Don't follow this Communist phobia. Don't you know the generals are hopeless?" Nasution also charged that Sukarno chose to go to the Communist headquarters on the day of the revolt rather than to the army. Six top army generals were slain by Communist assassination squads on the morning of the coup attempt. Nasution escaped by climbing over the wall behind his house. Nasution's statement was «n of the strongest attacks against the president by a top government official since the cam paign opened to force him out of power. The accusations are expected to be followed up when Congress meets early next month to conduct a full investigation of Su- karno's connection with the coup attempt. Sukarno has persistently refused to give an account or an explanation of his See SUKARNO on Page Z and vice chairmen of the Na- ional Defense Industry Committee of the Military Commission Chao Erh-lu, Teng Han-tao and Yuan Cheng-Jung. Bloody fighting between Maoists and pro-Liu forces was reported in widely eparated areas of the mainland, Moscow radio said Monday. A Japanese- language broadcast said the fighting broke out in Hupeh and Hunan provinces in central Chi na, Kwangtung in the southeast Heilungkiang and in the hintsr land of Tibet and Inner Mongolia. It claimed that Maoist Red Guards have arrested Saifudin secretary of the Sinkiang Re jional Committee, and Chang Kuo-hua, conqueror and mili- ;ary commander of Tibet. If true this means that two of he most powerful figures ir Jhina's Far West have ranged hemselves against Mao. Chang ed Chinese armies into Tibet in :951, became the first secretary of the party committee and a deputy for Tibet. Saifudin is an Uighur, born in Sinkiang, who wielded greal nfluence among that Turkic .ribe. He was vice commander of the Sinkiang military district whose chief was Wvang En-mao also reported an anti-Maoist. Moscow radio quoted a form- ir Uighur official of the Chinese Communist party as saying 100 to 150 trucks loaded with Mao supporters were sent into Sinki- ang every day during the past year. Water Association Members Named At the first annual meetini of the Gosnell Water Associate held Monday, the following members were elected to the board of directors: J W Crawford, president Norman Shields, vice - presi dent; Huey Hudgings, secretarj treasurer; Walter Maxwell an Andy Beville, members Outgoing members of th board were Gene C h 1 p m a n Richard Gilmore, Winston Li tie and Charles Stromire ng 1966, the year the withholding tax system went nto effect. "These surpluses appear iroughout the various general evenue accounts," Rockefeller aid. "Now I propose to use them) to help finance this Genral Assembly for the next bi- nnium." Rockefeller noted that surplus unds had not been figured in revious budgets, but said that lis plan was fiscally sound be- ause there had been no wind- all before 1966 to "balloon hem" to their present sizes. "There were also a reason or holding on to these relative- y small surplus balances in the ast," Rockefeller said. "Be- ore the withhoding law went nto effect, the great bulk of ach year's tax collections fell in the last half of each fiscal 'ear. "Since it was necessary to op- rate the state government for he first half of each fiscal year without adequate tax receipts, t was prudent to maintain bal- nces to carry .on during the dry' months. Now, with the withholding tax system, our revenues are collected and received on a much more current and uniform basis than before. Therefore, the need for even the •elatively smaller surpluses has )een considerably reduced." Rockefeller recommended expenditures of $199.2 million during fiscal 1967-68, and $216.5 mil- ion during fiscal 1968-69. He es- imated anticipated general revenues at $175.5 million the first year and $183.9 million the second year. 'These excesses are within reason on a two-year budget irojection basis, and our budgetary control processes will ake care of the possibility of deficits," Rockefeller said. The governor emphasized his belief that four per cent was the maximum overage allowable, however, and warned the legislature that if it went beyond this, it also would have to approve a tax increase to keep the state out of a fiscal "straitjacket." Rockefeller said he would be opposed to any tax increase. "Personally, I feel that such action would be detrimental to the economy as a whole," he said, adding that he felt just as strongly that this was not the See ROCKEFELLER on Page 2 Dr. Dillow Resigns Post Dr Myron Dillow, pastor »f the Trinity Baptist Church at 918 East Main since June of 1965, has announced his resignation to become pastor of the First Baptist Church at Harrisburg, 111 The Trinity Baptist has been Dr Dillows first full-time pastorate since graduation from the seminary During his term, the church has gained 89 mem bers A committee has been named to seek a replacement for Dr Dillow Carl Mies' Sister Dies Mrs. Powell Juhl,. sister of Carl Nies of Blytheville, died Monday morning at a Springfield, 111., hospital. She was 87, Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Petersburg, 111., Christian Church. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. In addition to her brother she leaves a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Mounce of McComb, 111.; And two grandchildren. Osceola Firm To Expand By Ann Valentino Staff Writer OSCEOLA — March 20 city .•esidents will vote on a $90,000 Act 9 bond issue to finance expansion of the E. R. Moore "ompany. The company presently em- ,)lyes "about 150 persons and we hope to add about 25 more," iccording to A. W. Marler, general manager. Marler said present floor pace of the plant is 30,000 square feet and the expansion ihould increase the space to iO,000 square feet. "We are a little different than improvement program came up or discussion and Stephens and Corporation of Little Rock was -etained as fiscal agent for the jroject. According to Mayor Charles Wiygul, construction should be;in March 12. No action was taken on in- tailing traffic lights at several tf the city's problem intersec- ions and the YMCA withdrew ts request for city assistance n meeting its proposed $23,000 967 budget. companies in that own the building. strictly rent from the city. "So, I don't know when construction will begin, if the bond issue is passed. Of course I'd like to be in the new quarters right now," he said. The company manufactures girl's school uniforms and choir robes. The decision came during the two-hour meeting of the City Council last night. The Council meets again Feb. 27. In other action, the Council let a contract to James T. Booker to begin immediate construction ot a city dog pound When the pound is completed a dog catcher will be hired. The city's $1.5 million sewer Weather Forecast Partly cloudy this afternoon with increasing cloudiness tonight and mostly cloudy Wednesday with scattered showers and a few thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon. Windy and warm this afternoon and tonight. Continued windy Wednesday with little change in temperatures. Highs this afternoon and Wednesday 66 to 74. Lows tonight in the Ms. Probability of rain 30 percent Wednesday afternoon increasing Wednesday night. Outlook for Wednesday night and Thursday, scattered thunderstorms Wednesday night ending early Thursday. Turning cooler Wednesday night and colder Thursday. iiiiiiiiiiiniiiiininnniiniiniiiiiiiiinniiiniiniiniiiiinHininiir

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