The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 6, 1967 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, March 6, 1967
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS YOL. 63—NO. 298 BLTfTHEVILLB, ARKANSAS (72816)] MONDAY, MARCH 6, 1967 14 PAGES TEN CENTS PRESIDENT ORDERS DRAFT REVISIONS WASHINGTON (AP) - President Johnson told Congress today he will order younger men drafted first under a lottery- type system as part of an overhaul of Selective Service. His announcement of actions to come within two years — mostly without need of congressional approval — follows months of study and controversy over the nation's draft system. The President said deferments for fathers, men with essential occupations and most graduate students will be ended. But in a special draft message sent from the Texas White House, he postponed indefinitely a politically touchy decision on whether to end undergraduate student deferments. Family hardship deferments will be continued, Johnson said. He asked Congress to extend for four years the draft law expiring June 30. He made it clear that some features of the revised draft system he has in mind won't be adopted for months — perhaps not until 1969. Johnson shied away from total endorsement of recommendations made to him by a 20-member advisory commission in a report released Saturday. Although a commission majority urged an end to all student deferments, Johnson asserted that "an issue so'deeply important, with so many compelling factors on both sides, cannot be decided until its every aspect has been thoroughly explored." He did not indicate when he might make up his mind on this topic. The President also sidestepped, at least for the time being, a commission recommendation that the nation's 4,100 local draft boards be whittled down to a few hundred. He ordered a management study on that. For draft-eligible men, the big news was that months may pass before they'll find out exactly where they stand. Once the new format takes effect, however, draftees will be mostly 19-year-olds selected by lot. Young men will be most vulnerable to the draft for only one year. If they get through that year without putting on a uniform, they'll probably escape military service altogether, barring a big increase in manpower requirements. The principal action Johnson seeks from Congress is a four- year extension of the draft law. It is critically important, he said, that the nation continue to ask some of its younger men to serve in uniform. "We would be an irresponsible nation if we did not — and perhaps an extinct one," he said. Johnson said he will end deferments for graduate students except for those preparing for careers as physicians or dentists. Divinity students already are deferred by law. This means few students seeking advanced degrees will be eligible for deferment. Johnson also said youths between 17 and the minimum draft age of 18V 2 will get priority for reserve enlistment. But men 18% or older who enlist in the reserves will get deferments only if necessary to fill a specific vacancy in a reserve unit. He also asked Congress for standby authority to draft men into reserve and National Guard units which cannot maintain authorized strength, and for permanent authority to activate reservists who are not fulfilling their obligations. The two biggest changes in the draft system, however, will See DRAFT on Page 11 WR Decision Tonight Gaming Bill Reaction Fast Governor Winthrop Rockefeller tonight will tell the state what he intends to do regarding the legislative bomb which was placed on his desk last week by the Arkansas Legislature, which approved a measure legalizing a limited amount of gambling places in Hot Springs. Memphis' WMCT said this morning it has scheduled the Dateline March 6 MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) An American serviceman on leave from Vietnam was reported among 38 survivors of a Brazilian plane crash in Monrovia Sunday. Fifty-six other persons were reported killed, including an American woman passenger and five Liberians into whose home the plane crashed. • WASHINGTON (AP) - Three potential Republican presidential candidates have come down on three sides of the Vietnam war—again. Former Vice President Richard M. Nixon said Sunday as he departed for Europe that a pause in bombing of North Vietnam—or even talking about it —would prolong the war. Sen. Charles H. Percy, R-I11., however, said "I think we can take any calculated risk in order to try to bring the enemy to the conference table and negoti ate an honorable settlement." Michigan Gov. George Romney said he is going to have to determine whether outs i d e aggression or civil war sparked the conflict before he can pass on the "moral right" of the United States to fight in Viet- WASHINGTON (AP) - With only one day left before the scheduled start of an eight-year prison sentence, Teamsters Union President James R. Hoffa today makes an llth hour attempt to remain free. The head of the 1.8-million- member union must report to federal marshals here Tuesday and be transported to prison if his efforts prove futile. • .. WASHINGTON (AP) —The United States has just about completed its buildup of infantry-type forces in South Vietnam, military officials said today. They said these forces should be sufficient to neutralize Communist main force units. • NEW YORK (AP) - U.N. Secretary-General U Thant says that Hanoi is prepared to withdraw its support from the Viet Cong if the United States withdraws its support .from the Saigon government. "Peace is not yet in sight," Thant told a news conference Sunday after his return from a visit to his native Burma, where he met informally with North Vietnamese representatives. , its 6:10 p.m. Tri-State Report. Governor's taped statement for It may repeat the statement on the 10 o'clock new tonight, but those plans are not firm. The station's new department explained that it will not be able to carry the full 15-minute statement, but will select the vital elements of the tape for viewing. Rockefeller has promised he will not sign the measure. However, he has not said he will veto it. If he fails to sign it in four days it becomes law. * * * The legislative action in approving the gambling measure in a late session Friday touched off activity among Mississippi County churches. Rev. John Gearing, Mississippi County Baptist Associational missionary, this morning estimated that 80 percent of the Southern Baptist Convention churches in the county took some kind of action. This ranged, he said, from making announcements from pulpits at yesterday's services to bringing the matter before churches for action. Many of them, he reported, this morning sent telegrams or otherwise contacted their representatives in the Legislature (all of who, save Rep. L. H. Autry of Burdette, were recorded as voting for the bill to allow Garland County gambling). * * * Rev. Jessie Bruner is pastor of Dell Methodist Church and BlythevUle's. Christ Methodist Church. He's also director of Social Concerns for the Jonesboro District of Methodist Churches. In this latter capacity, he contacted "as many ministers as I could" and urged them to make their opinions on the gambling matter known to both the Governor and members of the (Legislature. "I have no way of knowing just what response I got," Bruner said this morning. "But most of the ministers were very concerned. I encouraged them to point to their laymen the need for action by the individual church members." ndustrial Park Gets Another! PLANNING AHEAD - Mayor Tom A. Little, Chamber Industrial Committee Chairman Max Logan and Chamber Executive Vice President James Vannoy this morning conferred regarding the location of a new industry on the Chamber's Industrial park. Little points to the 15-acre site which is being reserved for the new firm. (Courier News Photo) Osceola Counci Cuts Rate Hike Miss Terrell To LR Meet Miss Effie Lee Terrell, director of guidance services for the Blytheville school district, will represent Blytheville at a one- day meeting of secondary school counselors and administrators in Little Rock Friday. More than 150 are expected at the meet which will have as a theme, coordinating high school counseling with employment opportunities through federal civil service. Purpose of the meeting will be to inform the educators of civil service opportunities, standards for acceptance and application rocedures. There are now 10,000 federal civil service jobs available in Arkansas,. according to Henry E. Hudson, resident, Federal Executive Association, Littlt Rock. By Ann Valentino Staff Writer OSCEOLA - At a called meeting of the City Council last Friday a suggested ordinance calling for a water rate in- iod. Present rates are $1 for the first 2,500 gallons used and 30 cents per 1,000 gallons thereafter. New rates would jump to $2 for the first 2,500 gallons and crease, was amended and will » cents per 1,000 gallons there- be discussed at a public hearing I '* March 21, according to the office of Mayor Charlie Wiygul. The increased water rates have been proposed to finance a revenue bond issue for constructing a $1.5 million sewer project this spring. The Council voted to cut a proposed sewer fee from $2 to $1, but agreed to retain a rate hike that would increase an average water bill from $2.50 to $5.50. The increases — announced by the Council Feb. 27 — would be nearly double the present rates of the city-owned utility and would be for a 20-year per- If not contested by March 22, the rates will become effective 30 days thereafter. To effectively contest the rates, petitions must be presented representing 15 percent of the votes cast in the last election. * » * The Council action came one day after, a Kiwanis Club meeting featuring Col. Marvin R. Jacobs, representing Ellers & Reeves of Memphis, the engineering firm that in 1965 conducted a study of the city's water and sewerage systems. At the meeting four city councilmen were present. They were R. E. Prewitt, Ray Morgan, Garner Robbins and Ed Chisenhall. The councilmen were subjected to heavy questioning aboul the proposed financing. Prewitt stated that prior to the preliminary study by Ellers & Reeves the state Board of Health informed Osceola that no further sewerage system construction would be approved until the present system was upgraded. Their letter precipitated the present plan, he said. An advantage of the proposed system, according to Prewitt who is an insurance salesman, is that it would maintain a constant 50 pounds per squre inch pressure at all points. This would improve city fire protection, and would result in lowering fire insurance rates. He estimated the move could result in a 20 percent insurance premium savings. Tornado, Winds, Hail Snow Pelt State By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Two to four inches of snow, some mixed with rain and sleet, •ell on northern Arkansas this morning after a tornado, high winds, thunderstorms and hail pelted much of the state Sunday night. The early morning snow and sleet made driving conditions 'or much of northern Arkansas lazardous and forced schools in at least four counties to post- ione classes today. Eureka Springs received ;hree inches of snow this morn- ng and at least two inches had accumulated at Harrison and Gilbert. by mid-morning. Schools were closed in Boone bounty, several in Newton and Madison counties and at Conway and Mayflower in Faulkner County. The U.S. Weather Bureau at Little Rock forecast that the snow would end this evening after an accumulation of two to three inches as far south as Little Rock. One inch of snow also was reported at Batesville, one-half inch at Calico Rock, one inch at Morrilton, one inch at Mayflower, half inch at Center Ridge, half inch at Damascus, with rain and sleet at Mount Ida, Searcy and Hot Springs. The tornado and high winds did considerable damage in Little Rock and Hot Springs although officials were hampered in their efforts to determine Hie extent of damage by the adverse weather conditions this morning. The tornado dipped down on the Central City community just southwest of Hot Springs at the dinner hour, injuring fix persons, destroying four houses and causing major damage to at least 14 others. Two injuries, neither serious, were reported at Little Rock where high winds swept through much of the southwest section of the capital city damaging homes and some stores, uprooting trees and knocking down power lines. . At Morrilton, Conway County Sheriff Martin Hawkins said hail as big as golf balls pounded the city for about five minutes, leaving the ground covered two to three inches in depth. Hawkins said it was impossible to tell how mucn damage was done. Most of southern Arkansas was under a tornado watch until 5 a.m. while Langley and Athens, in southwest Arkansas, wero pelted by large hail, heavy rain and damaging winds See WEATHER on Page 1 A national concern told officials of BlythevUle's Chamber of Commerce and city government this morning that it will locate a manufacturing plant on 15 acres of the city's new industrial park. Announcement of the new industry — which will have initial employment of from 200 to 250 — was made jointly by Chamber President John Hard and Mayor Tom A. Little. Name of the new industry was not disclosed in the official announcement made this morning. However, Chamber spokesmen described it as a "multimillion dollar firm which does business on an nationwide basis." The company's strong financial position means it will be financed under Arkansas' Act 9 municipal bond plan ... this is good news locally because Act 9 involves no pledging of tax funds, since the bonds are secured only by the company's signature to a lease agreement. If an industry's fiscal status is impressive enough, the bonds are marketable. Otherwise, a city must finance under Amend- |ment 49 and pledge the full faith and credit of the city in the event the industry defaults. * * * The plant which will locate here hopes .to see its 125,000 square foot building under construction sometime in April. This means that City Council will be asked to call a special election soon for the rather routine matter of approving -the Act 9 bonds. However, the industry pointed out that it will not know what size bond issue to ask for until its engineers complete cost estimates on the new building. A spokesman for ttie industry noted that 15 acres will provide room for expansion, but made no specific mention of any expansion for the future. * * * This is the second industry to the city's new industrial park on East Highway 18 in the past month. Last month, at the Chamber's annual membership banquet, Blytheville Quality Coach Co. a new industry which will be controlled by local stockholders for the most part, revealed its plans to construct a plant on a 10-acre site. It will make a new airport limousine. Blyttieville Quality is working on building design, hopes to begin construction within 60 to 90 days and expects to employ 150 persons within three years. It will not seek a municipal bond issue. U.S. Admits To Bombing Mistake SAIGON (AP)-The U.S. military command acknowledged ;oday that two U.S. Air Force Phantom jets mistakenly bombed- the refugee-crammed village of Lang Vei last Thursday but still gave no explanation for the mistake. The raid killed at least 100 Vietnamese civilians and wounded 175 others, according to unofficial accounts from the village in the northwest corner of South Vietnam near the Lao- ian border. The U.S. Command said 83 villagers were killed, 10 were missing and 176 were injured. It vas the worst such accidental wmbing of the war. The U.S. Command said one bomb from the F4 Phantoms hit a nearby U.S. Army Special ? orces camp, causing light damage but no American casualties. The planes were identified ihrough flight schedules and iomb fragments. U.S. spokesmen had said until today the planes were believed American or South Vietnamese but had refused to rule out the possibUi- y that they wera from North Vietnam, A U.S. spokesman said he had no explanation of the attack. The Air Force presumably will apoint a board to Investigate lie raid and determine reson- sibility for it, but the spokesman said he did not know whether the board had been apointed y*t U.S. Army Capt. John J. Duf- 'y of San Diego, Calif., win saw the attack from the Special Forces camp overlooking Lang Vei, said the two jets came from the direction of Laos. The village Is 2,000 yards east of the Laotian border and 23 miles south of the demilitarized zone between North and South Vietnam. Lang Vei's population of Montagnard tribesmen had been swollen by Vietnamese seeking government protection from sporadic fighting between the allied forces and North Vietnamese regulars near the demilitarized zone. Duffy said the Montagnards have shown no animosity toward the American troops sinca the raid. Keep Cars Off Walks, Chief Says Fines of from $5 to $25 will be assessed against drivers who obstruct the sidewalks with their cars. According to Police Chief George Ford Jr., an ordinance prohibiting parking on sidewalks was passed after city administrators received numerous complaints against the prac tice. The ordinance was passed the latter part of last year, adds Ford, but in the past the police had simply given warning tickets to violators. However, an increase in the number of violations has forced the city to take more strict measures to curb the problem, he said. Four Hurt In Wreck Four residents of Milwaukee, Wis., were injured, three seriously, in a one-car accident Sunday afternoon on Interstate 55 about one-half mile north of the state line. According to Missouri State Police the accident occurred about 4:05 p.m. when a southbound 1961 Oldsmobile driven by Edward Anderson, 22, ran into heavy rain and fog and left the road, smashing against a signpost. Injured were: Anderson, who suffered lacerations of the face and forehead, a brain concussion, possible chest injuries and abrasions of the right leg; Walter Bryant, 31, who received a concussion, a broken nose and lacerations; James Edward Harris Jr., 7, who suffered a concussion; Anr Julia Ann Harris, 26 who sustained bruises of the legs. The injured were removed to Pemiscot County Memorial Hospital in Hayti for emergency treatment. Missouri authorities also report a six-car accident near Portageville about the same time. There were no serious injuries reported and no other information is available, the Patrol said. Health Care Expenditures Up WASHINGTON (AP) - The Social Security Administration reports that per capitft expenditures for health care in 1965 reached $209, up seven per cent from 1964. Weather Forecast ARKANSAS—Hazardous driving warning tonight with heavy snow north central and northeast portions. Mucli colder with snow north portions and rain changing to snow and briefly mixed with sleet south half early tonight. Snow accumulations four inches or more extreme north and northeast portions and one to three inches remainder of the state, causing hazardous driving conditions through tonight. Clearing and much colder tonight. Partly cloudy Tuesday and cold. Low tonight 20-32 south and upper teens to mid 20s north. High Tuesday in the 30s.

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