The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 4, 1967 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, March 4, 1967
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 295 BLYTHEVE-LE, ARKANSAS (72815): SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 1967 10 PAGES TEN CENTS WR WON'T SIGN GAMBLING BILL Headstart Rules Eased "We can't operate a countywide Headstart program from this office and we don't want to," County Office of Economic Opportunity Director Gary Jumper said this morning. Jumper said he plans to appear before the Osceola school board on Tuesday night and explain new guidelines for the Headstart program which he hopes they will find to t h e ir liking. "I recently made a trip to regional headquarters in Austin, Tex. There, I secured approval of a new administrative system for Headstart. Frankly, I think it puts much more control in the hands of the local school officials and I think our schools are going to like the arrangement. I certainly hope so," Jumper said. Osceola's school officials this week indicated they would not participate in Headstart this summer because tiiey would not Dateline March 4 SAIGON (AP) - A U.S. Air Force F4C Phantom jet was downed over- North Vietnam Friday night and its two crewmen are missing, a U.S. military spokesman announced today. The plane was the 477th reported lost over the north. • RANGOON, Burma (AP) In a meeting arranged with help from Soviet and French ambassadors, a mission from Hanoi has given U Thant North Vietnam's terms for starting peace talks, diplomatic sources say. The U.N. secretary-general confirmed today that he had met in Rangoon this week with a top North Vietnamese representative but declined to give any details. BIMINI, Bahamas (AP) — Adam Clayton Powell meets today with his attorneys to discuss the legal moves he will take in efforts to regain his seat in the House of Representatives. NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) — Dist. Atty.-Jim Garrison was reported today seeking a possible connection between Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, and a group of men involved in a 1963 FBI raid on a munitions cache in Lacombe, La. . The report came after Dante Marochini, 42, the fourth man subpoenaed in Garrison's probe of an alleged assassination plot, spent 90 minutes in the district attorney's office late Friday. HONG KONG (AP) - Travelers from southeast Red China forced into labor gangs and army and police units are increasing pressure against peasants in an attempt to get farm operations under way before the spring planting season. With seeding less than three weeks away, there is increasing evidence of official concern over the effects on agricultural production brought on by Chairman Mao Tse-tung's purge. BONN, Germany (AP) — Top British and West German scientific experts are near agreement, a diplomatic source said today, on a system of policing the projected treaty to halt the spread of nuclear weapons. The issue was threshed out at a meeting today of Gerhard Stoltenberg, West German minister for scientific research and Sir Solly Ziickcrman, chief scientific adviser to the British (Cabinet, ' have enough freedom in n ning the program. Jumper thinks the new guidelines will overcome much of this objection. * * * i Generally, Jumper is encouraged about Headstart (a pro- igram which seeks to prepare disadvantaged pre - first - graders fo rtheir first year in school) in Mississippi County. "Leachville, Manila, Dell and Blytheville's plans all seem to je pretty firm. Blytheville may lave three Headstart centers. The Luxora school board is very interested in the program ; Keiser has heard of the new guidelines and is now studying the possibilities of having a Headstart program and I'm hopeful that they will," Jumper said. "We're not trying to interfere with anyone's school. Our big job is to see that the hundreds of children who need the train ing, dental care and other examinations get in the program. That's our job, as I see it: bringing this program to the most children so they'll be ready to enter tile first grade in the fall." As many as 800 children in the county may be involved in Headstart this summer. Christmas Seal Drive Nets $11000 The 1966 Mississippi County Christmas Seal campaign fell short of its $12,000 goal but was still a few dollars above 1965 collections. A total of $11,059.85 was collected. Twenty-three communities were canvassed and 10,330 letters seeking contributions were mailed during the campaign. A list of contributing communities and monies received follows: Armorel, $97.50; Barfield, $35; Bassett, $47; Blytheville Air Force Base, $477; Blytheville Business, $1,683; Blytheville, $4,212.14; Bondsville, $52.50; Burdette, $79; Dell, $223.50; Driver, $125; Dyess, $56; Frenchman's Bayou, $32; Hightower, $69; Huffman, $77; Joiner, ,$233.05; Keiser, $222; Leachville, $474.75; Lost Cane, $5-1; Luxora, $298.50; Manila, $438.91; Osceola, $1,480; Victoria, $72; West Ridge, $82; Whitton, $94; Wilson, $345; Those communities exceeding their previous year's contributions were Blythevilles, Burdette, Driver, Frenchman's Bayou, Hightower, Joiner, Victoria and West Ridge. HEAD OF THE CLASS—After being honored yesterday noon by the Blytheville Insurance Exchange, Fire Chief Roy Head returned the favor by entertaining the group with stories 01 his 46 years with the department. The Exchange gave Head an engrvaed plaque commending him for me operation of his department. Present for the luncheon at the Drummer Boy restaurant were members of the city administration and fire department, including Mayor Tom A. Little Jr., and former mayor Toler Buchanan and other members of the Exchange. (Courier News Photo) f By ROBERT L. SHAW LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Legalized gambling for Hot Springs, Ark., approved Friday by the Arkansas House, faces another defeat at the hands of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller like that it suffered from the voters in 1964. Several hours after the Senate bill to allow gambling at private clubs, cleared the house 52-43, Rockefeller issued a statement saying he would not sign the measure "under any circumstances." He did not say he would veto it. He said he thought voters would want to "immediately let your legislators know how you feel about this question." His statement was interpreted as a move to mobilize public opinion against the measure and give the legislature an opportunity to recall it. "Under present circumstances," the governor said, "the Senate could recall the bill. I hope that it will." The governor noted that voters overwhelmingly defeated a proposed constitutional amendment in 1964 that would have OBU President Condemns Bill ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP)- 'assage of the bill to legalize jambling in Garland County irought a critical reply from 3r. Ralph Phelps, president o£ Ouachita Baptist University Friday. Dr. Phelps, who led a fight against a gambling amendment n 1964, said Friday it was "incredible" that the legislature las passed such legislation. "It is incredible that the General Assembly has voted substantially what the people of Ar- <ansas overwhelmingly defeated in 1964," Dr. Phelps said. legalized Springs. gambling at Hot The bill, approved 18-16 by the Senate Thursday, creates a five- member state crime commis- 2 More Incidents Add to Toll Wraps on Lang Vei Probe By JOHN T. WHEELER SAIGON (AP) - The U. S. Command disclosed today that six Vietnamese civilians were killed and 26. wounded in accidental shellings by American artillery of a village and a group of river sampans. Announcement of the two incidents came as U.S. authorities clamped tight secrecy over the bombing by "unidentified aircraft" of Lang Vei village near the Laotian border Thursday, blame. group of five sampans. One person was killed, two wounded and one sampan destroyed, the announcement said. The persons later were determined to be "friendly." The U.S. Command is still investigating the bombing of Lang Vei village. Military spokesmen said they were unable to comment on why it was taking so long to determine' whether American aircraft were to South Vietnamese authorities said 95 civilians were killed and about 200 , wounded in that bombing. The U.S. command listed 83 killed. All three incidents are being investigated. Both of the latest reported incidents took place in the thickly populated Mekong Delta region south of Saigon. The first occurred Wednesday in Dinh Tuong Province when a U.S. artillery unit accidentally sent 11 howitzer shells into Trung Luong village 30 miles southwest of Saigon, killing five civilians, wounding 24 and destroying 24 houses, the announcement said. No explanation was given for the delay in the report. * * * The second took place Friday about 75 miles northeast of Saigon when an air observer requested and received clearance by the South Vietnamese army to call in artillery fire on a Electrical Inspectors Electrify Couple MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) "We're electrical inspectors." That introduction Friday led to the end of the life savings of Sig Johnson and his sister, Effie, who live a mile west of Wingo, Ky. Two men gained entrance to the home on the pretext of making an "electrical inspection," Johnson said. One man engaged the Johnsons in conversation while his partner roamed through the house. After the two left, the Johnson's told police $5,100 was About 150 of the more seriously injured villagers were hospi- Trawler Captain Arraigned Today JUNEAU, Alaska (AP),- The master of a Soviet fishing vessel seized by the Coast Guard in the United States waters is scheduled to be arraigned in Kodiak, Alaska, Sunday on charges of violating U.S. territorial fishing rights. U.S. Atty. Richard McVeigh of Anchorage said the unidentified Soviet skipper would be flown to Kodiak from San Point, where his ship was taken Friday under Coast Guard escort. At least four Soviet crewmen are expected to appear with him at the arraignment. The C".' 1 Guard cutter Storls seized the Soviet vessel Thursday while making a routine fisheries patrol in U.S. waters 40 miles southwest of Chignik on the south side of the Alaska Peninsula. Don Phillips, skipper of a Kodiak-based fishing boat, said he passed through a Soviet fleet in the area Monday night and that an estimated 22 vessels were "well inside the three-mile matt," ._* talized and Americans flew In blankets, food and clothing to survivors. If the attack was an error 6y American pilots, it was the worst such mistake of the .war. If it was made by Communist planes, it would mark their first such strike into South Vietnam. The previous high toll in an accidental bombing was in August 1966 when U.S. planes killed 63 civilians and wounded 83 during an attack in the Mekong Delta. Lang Vei is a village of about Grain Surplus Siphoned Off 2,000 population a mile from the border of Laos, an area controlled by Communists, and 15 miles below the demilitarized zone between North and South Vietnam. * * * Photographs made at Lang Vei following fte attack showed few large bomb craters. But massive devastation of shacks, irees and underbrush indicates ;hat antipersonnel weapons of ;he type used by the United States in North and South Vietnam and Laos were involved. The U.S. weapons leave almost total devastation over an area the size of three football fields :or each cluster used. Under stringent orders laid down by the U.S. Command in the past, air strikes are sup- Dosed to be carefully monitored, as are the targets of each plane. By OVID A. MARTIN WASHINGTON (AP) - Most of the nation's grain warehouses — bulging in recent years with surplus wheat and other grains, that depressed farm incomes and cost taxpayers heavily for storage fees — are empty now. Increasing foreign demands 'ave the United States a chance ;o siphon off its once enormous grain surplus. But the government still is keeping enough surplus grain on hand to meet the possible calamity of drought or other natural phenomena that could drive production of grains below American needs. The reduction of grain surpluses along with government crop production controls hasn't kept the United States from maintaining its position as the world's No. 1 grain exporter. That's because the nation still produces far more ttian it normally needs to meet domestic needs. The over-production either is exported or stored to stave off possible future shortages here at home. The decline in wheat sur- luses particularly has been sharp. Even with government limitations on production, stocks accumulated during the 1950s and by 1961 extra supplies climbed to a record 1.4 billion bushels — enough to supply American food needs for nearly three years. By the time this year's wheat crop is harvested, these stocks are expected to have fallen to 400 million bushels. This is slightly less than ttie amount some farm officials say is needed as a safe reserve. The grain drain started in 1961 with an increase in world demand for wheat. Many countries, including the Soviet Union and needy underdeveloped nations, turned to this country for wheat. As a result, exports which had been averaging less than half a billion bushels annually jumped to 856 million in 1963 and to a record 867 million last year. Present indications are that exports of wheat this year may dip to around 745 million bushels. This still would be far above the 1959-63 average of 678 million and would top Canada, the world's No. 2 wheat exporter, by close to 150 million bushels. It's possible this year's wheat crop will be a record-breaking 1.6 billion bushels. A crop of this size would permit increased exports during the coming year and also restore domestic reserves. The previous record wheat crop was 1.46 billion bushels in 1958. Rumors Squelched Rumors of an arrest in connection with the fatal shooting of Ronnie Riggs Sunday night were squelched this morning by Sheriff William Berryman. Berryman said intensive investigation and interrogation bai liUdowd DO. tvidenci ft foul play and that his office Is convinced the shooting occurred much as originally described. For all practical purposes, the sheriff added, pending significant new evidence, the investigation may be considered closed. Allison sion that could license and reg-j ulate gambling in up to four pri-' vate clubs in Garland County — one for each 15,000 persons in the county where Hot Springs is the seat. The state would receive eight per cent of the gross receipts. " Rep. Ray S. Smith of Hot Springs likened the gambling clubs to a country club in which admission would be by member ship or invitation. "No one will be able to just walk in," he said. Gambling has flourished off and on for almost 100 years in the resort city about 50 miles southwest of Little Rock and by early 1964 had become what the Justice Department described as the largest illicit gambling operation in the nation. Then, former Gov. Orval E. Faubus shut down the casinos that were operating openly. Gambling supporters say the city's economy hasn't been the same since Faubus' crackdown, which reduced it to a small scale operation in private clubs. "If you say Hot Springs has to Ive like your community, then you say Hot Springs has to die Decause it can't," Smith told the House. "I see no reason to give Hot Springs the right to have this cancer growing in the vitals of Shis state," said Rep. Paul Meers of Little Rock. "We are not trying to change people's habits," Smith said. "You can't legislate morals . .. If the people want to gamble they are going to gamble." The state would receive eight per cent of the gross receipts. Smith urged the House to give legal gambling a try until the 1969 legislative session, when he said the measure could be repealed. Reps. Andrew Schug of Para gould and Allan Dishongh ol Little Rock supported the measure, they said, because Garland County residents had shown by their 3 to 1 approval of the 1964 proposed amendment that they aproved of. legalization. Rep. James Dawson of Conway said, however, that the eft tire state would be affected by legalization. Meers proposed a "sporting proposition"—vote down the bill with the understanding it would be brought up next Tuesday for reconsideration to give him time to distribute to members of the legislature copies of the book "The Green Felt Jungle," which details, the effects of gambling in Nevada. Meers said he had bought the book and was having them flown in. He urged the legisla tors to make up their minds after reading their copy. The vote on the measure was one more than needed for passage. Supporters had some tense moments, however, when Dawson called for a "sounding of the ballot" to recheck each representative's vote. The vote was sustained. The House then adopted the clincher motion, but failed to adopt the emergency clause. Rep. S. D. Hasley of Arkadelphia objected that he votec "no" on the bill, but the machine roll call showed him voting "yes." Speaker Sterling R. Cockrili Jr. of Little Rock ruled against him. 'George Ford Jr. and Council- Rockefeller, in a statement is-; man Bob McHaney, chairman sued through an aide, said he jot the Council Police Commit- was disappointed at the haste i tee, Hodge will receive for the Battle For DST Changes Underway By CARL B. LEUBSDORF WASHINGTON (AP) - The law requiring all states to observe daylight saving time goes into effect April 1, but 18 House members are fighting a last- ditch battle to win exemptions. They have introduced bills to alter, in various ways, the law putting all of the nation's clocks one hour ahead of regular time from the last Sunday in April ta the last Sunday in October ev ery year. But there seems little prospect for action on any of the proposals by April 1. The House Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over such legislation, has no hearings scheduled. Under the new law, any state may exempt itself from daylight saving time, but only if it exempts the entire state. None has acted so far, the Interstate Commerce Commission reports. The law poses special problems for 12 states which are in more than one time zone. In Michigan, for example, the Upper and Lower peninsulas are in different time zones but have managed to stay on the same time by keeping the Upper Peninsula on Central Day, See BATTLE on Page 5 Lt. Hodge Retires Lt. Fred Hodge, a veteran of 18 years with the Blytheville Police Department, was retired effective Feb. 28 as a result of blindness in one of his eyes. Hodge joined the department Feb. 24, 1949 and was crew commander at the time of his retirement. The lieutenant's disability dates to the summer of 1965, when he was struck by lightning causing severe injuries to his eyes, finally resulting in total loss of vision in his left eye. According to Police Chief Easter Seal Head Named Ed Allison has been named permanent Easter Seal campaign chairman for North Mis sissippi County and will be responsible for fund raising and the distribution of money to those in need of medical care. Allison has appointed Steve Salmon campaign director for Blytheville. A goal of $3,000 has been set for North Mississippi County. A bread sale and Lily Day sale are among activities being planned in connection with the fund drive. Purpose of the Easter Seal program is to assist those who are not eligible for aid from any other agency. Allison has asked the co-operation of physicians in submitting the names of deserving individuals who may t* belped, by jtbe program. with Which the legislature passed the bill. He reiterated the stand he took in 1964 and 1966 saying he could not support gambling on moral grounds. "I have not changed," he said. "I will not sign SB391 under any circumstances and I believe you, the people, want your representatives and senators to reconsider their actions the aide said the governor preferred "not to go" beyond the statement "until the House and Senate have had a chance to reconsider it." Rockefeller was not available for amplification or to answer a direct question on whether he will veto the bill. rest of his life disability compensation of one-half his salary at the time of retirement. Lt. Dick Burns, formerly in charge of the accident investigation unit, has been promoted to crew commander, replacing Hodge. 007 Library Card GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) James Bond of Greenville received his library card this week from Shephard Memorial Library. The last ikft digit* w«<t PiW, VLT Auditions Blytheville's Very Little Theatre has auditions for its next production in the municipal courtroom (second floor) of City Hall tomorrow. All interested in the theater are invited to attend the meeting (2 p.m. until 5 p.m.). Weather Forecast Cloudy to partly cloudy through Sunday with widely scattered light showers tonight and Sunday. Little change in temperatures. High Sunday 66-74. Low tonight 46-54. iinililllllilmniiiiiiiiiiiiiiHimniiiimii n

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