The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 18, 1967 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, March 18, 1967
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 6S-NQ. X BLYTHEVTLIA ARKANSAS (72815X SATURDAY, MARCH 18. MOT 10 PAGES TIN CENTS Dateline March 18 SAIGON (AP) - South Vietnam's draft constitution received final approval from the Constituent Assembly today in time for Prime Ministerg Nuyen Cao Ky to carry it to Guam Sunday and show it to President Johnson. The draft constitution, which provides for the election of a civilian government later this year, was approved by all of the assemblymen present at the final session — 102 of the 117 members. VOTAW, Tex. (AP) — Workmen rescued two-year-old Theresa Fregia, safe but sobbing, at 2:25 a.m. today after she had been trapped for nine hours 28 feet underground in an abaiv doned well. The child was lifted to safety by Ransom Bill, a rescue worker from Houston who de- secnded into a freshly dug parallel shaft drilled by a gaint drilling rig. A cheer went up from sereval hundred men who had workec for hours. NEW YORK (AP) - Sen Robert F. Kennedy says he looks forward to campaigning tor President Johnson in 1968 Kennedy, asked by newsmen Friday about reports of his strained relationship with the President, described Johnson as "an outstanding president." "I have great admiration for what the President has done here In the United States and in our relationships with countries overseas," said the New York Democrat. "I think it's natura that there should be some dif ferences. ' BIMIN1, Bahamas (AP) — Adam Clayton Powell has can celed his plan to go to New Yor Sunday, but he says reluctanc to trigger civil commotion, not fear of arrest, led him to remain in voluntarily exile. "I want to go back but not it it means violence and bloodshed, and my people tell me it would mean violence and bloodshed," Powell told newsmen Friday. • SAIGON (AP) — Two American planes were downed and a Navy destroyer was hit by Communist coastal gunfire off North Vietnam Friday as the war in both North and South Vietnam assumed new intensity, the U.S. military command reported today. The destroyer Stoddard took a waterline as she patrolled along the southern end of North Vietnam 25 miles northwest of Dong Hoi. There were no casualties, a spokesman said, and the ship continued "fully operational." Board Meets Chickasawba District Chapter ef American Red Cross has its monthly board meeting Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the chapter offices on North Second. WR Lashes Out At Bond System YOUR HOSTS WILL BE ... - Blytheville Senior High will welcome some 350 representatives from schools throughout the state when the Arkansas Association of Student Councils meets here April 6 through 8. Officially representing Blytheville High School will be, seated, Jerry Fletcher, council presi- denta nd Mrs. Lloyd Stickmon, student council sponsor. Standing are, from left, Susie Robinson, council secretary; Dolores Edwards, treasurer;, and Richard Connell, vice-president. (Courier News Photo) OEO Official Likes What He Sees Here A ranking official of the national Office of Economic Opportunity toured Mississippi County yesterday and generally liked -what he saw. Theodore Berry of Washington included Mississippi County en a visit to the South. "I was told that I had to see the Mississippi County program ... it has been described as one of the most promising in the state," he told County Judge A. A. Banks, State Sen. J. Lee Bearden, County OEO Director Gary Jumper and others at a luncheon at Holiday Inn preceding his tour of Neighborhood Service Centers over the county. At the end of the day, he said the overall picture looks good. He encouraged the county staff to continue to work for involvement of people in t h e NSC efforts and to continue to stress educational programs. Accompanying him on the visit to NSC's in Blytheville, Osceola, Number Nine and Wilson were Mrs. Helen Nunn, county NSC director, and mem- Soles Aid Crippled As part of the Easter Seal campaign to raise money for the Arkansas Association for the Crippled, approximately 25 volunteers, including Boy Scouts will be offering for sale 2,000 packages sf "brown - and- serve" rolls. The volunteers will be working throughout the day down town and at the Plaza Shopping Center. The rolls will be given in exchange for any donation. bers of the county OEO staff. Dr. Earl Evans, state director of OEO training programs, was with Berry when he arrived in Jlytheville. Bearden told Berry that there's the man who has done more for OEO than any other man in the state," indicating Ivans. Jumper reported to Berry that the Neighborhood Service Centers "channel virtually every OEO program we have — family planning, Headstart and timber cutting, for instance." Jumper cited the timber cutting project (which was developed to provide constructive labor for unemployed heads of families as "one of the best we've had." 'Not only did it give these men work, but it helped the drainage effort in the county." In response to a query about a Mississippi County family planning program under OEO, Berry said he thought chances of its development good. + * * Berry expressed interest In creation of consumer education programs at the Service Centers. At 'the Blytheville West Side Center, he saw: An adult clothing construction program; A senior citizen who had received a $600 Social Security check (in back payments) after eliigbility had been established by NSC personnel. At Blytheville's East Side Center, Berry was briefed on a volunteer teacher program, j clothing construction, consumer education and a quilting proj- At Number Nine, he was told of adult education and re medial education for elemen tary students. At Osceola, he saw evidence See OEO on Page 5 BHS Students Score High Blytheville High S c h o o scored highly in recent statewide competitions held in Lilt Rock in connection witti the an nual awards conventions of th Arkansas units of Vocationa and Industrial Clubs of Americ and the Distributive Educatio Clubs of America. Carter Berry, senior, wo first place in machinery skil and scored highest on the e] animations. The machine sho class as a unit won sec on place in the display category. Malcolm Park, senior, wo second place in DECA's jod af plication contest and Sandr Roberts, senior, won ftird plac in the machine shop sweethea: competition. J. K. Williams, superintendent of education and a member ef the state Distributive Education Advisory Council, was commended by DECA for his contributions to its programs. Joe Musick, BHS machine shop instructor, accompanied six of his students to the conventions while Charles Abel, distributive education co - ordina- jtor, went along with 19 of his students. LITTLE ROCK (AP)- Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller said Friday night that he planned to call a special session of the legislature next year to give the General Assembly an opportunity to act on recommendations of several study commissions. "These reports will enable the special session to enact into law a historic program of progress," Rockefeller said. Rockefeller said in a televised address that three of the most important measures still pending are the new Depart- personnel division of the new mental efficiency study commission. "Quite frankly, if these measures are not enacted into law there is not much we can do to bring modern business practices to our state government," Rockefeller said as he touched on a variety o! topics in the address which was carried over several stations. The governor hinted that he would fight for regulations that would require competitive bidding on municipal and school bonds, answered criticism on his veto of a bill that would have removed the tolls from the Helena bridge and answered critics who say he is not giving education enough attention in his proposed budget. Rockefeller indicate he would bypass the legislature, if necessary, to gain bidding on bonds. The Senate has defeated a bill requiring competitive bidding for municipal and school bonds, but Rockefeller did not say what methods were available outside of the legislature. "If the facts convince you that the people are entitled to a lot more for their tax dollars —as I'm certain they will — then together we will work to find a solution, even if the legislature won't help us," he said. "Virtually all the states have such laws," he said, "and in my judgment the fact that we do not costs our school districts and cities millions of dollars each year." He said he had given every consideration to an immediate reduction of tolls on the Mississippi River bridge at Helena and "no later than this week I received excellent assurances that there will be a substantial reduction in the toll structure." Rockefeller said in answer to his critics that 64 per cent of the general revenues were earmarked for educational pdur- poses in the current fiscal year. He said this percentage under his recommendation will jump to 67 per cent of the total in the last year of the coming biennium. The governor said much already had been accomplished by the legislature, but said that pending administration legislation must be enacted if "we are to achieve our program." Miller Legion Plans Birthday The 48th anniversary of the American Legion will be celebrated locally by Blytheville Post No. 24 and the Ladies' Auxiliary with festivities to be held 7 p.m. Monday at the Legion Hut. Highlight of the program will be a cake-cutting ceremony by Post Commander Kenneth Mullens and the president of the Auxiliary. Principal speaker will be T. W. (Tom) Miller, a Jonesboro real estate and insurance executive, commander of the American Legion Department of Arkansas. Paul Hughes will be master o[ ceremonies and the past post commanders will be introduced by R. B. (S'keets) Stout. Ark-Mo Power Ponders Merger Arkansas - Missouri Power Company and Missouri Utilities Co., announced last night that the two companies have named committees to study the feasibility of consolidation. Missouri Utilities' primary service areas include those geographic locales in which Senath, Hbrnersvlle, Charleston, Sikes- ton, Cape Girardeau and Columbia are located. Ark-Mo serves more than 100 Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri communities. Charles Czeschin, president of Ark-Mo, and Ray W. Call, president of Missouri Utilities, i n making the announcement of the merger study, pointed out that he study probably will be in process for several month!! before any conclusions will be : reached. | Missouri Untilities is headquartered in Cape Girardeau. Most of its service area it contengent to Ark-Mo's, a factor which evidently led to consideration of consolidation. Shaw to Stand Trial By BEN THOMAS NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) A three- judge panel ruled in a preliminary hearing Friday that wealthy retired business leader Clay L. Shaw should become the first man to stand trial concerning the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In ordering the trial for Shaw on a charge of conspiracy to murder the president, Judge Bernard J. Bagert said at the conclusion of the four-day hearing, "This court finds sufficient evidence has been presented to establish probable cause that a crime has been committed." The ruling came on Shaw's 54th birthday. The decision was a first-round victory for gun-toting Jim Garrison, this town's 6-foot-6 district attorney. Garrison startled the world a month ago with a statement that he had "solved" the Kennedy assassination, would make arrests, and would obtain convictions. Garrison, unorthodox and controversial in his five years as dstrict attorney, took an unusual step in asking for the preliminary hearng — a tactic usually resorted to by defense lawyers. The next step: "I will file a bill of information," Garrison drawled to newsmen shortly after the panel announced its unanimous decision. He would not say when the action would be taken. Arraignment and trial came afterward. No dates were set. "The district attorney selects the date and time a person will be tried," said Judge Bagert, who had asked two of his fellow Criminal District Court judges to sit with him at the prelmi- nary hearing because of its importance. "The state has six years to prove this case," said defense attorney William Wegmann, in his impassioned plea to the court to throw out the charges. After the decision, Bill Gurvich, chief investigator for Gar- rigon's office, told newsmen: "We won. If we had needed more goods we would have brought them in." Perry Raymond Russo, 25, was Garrison's star witness. Russo, a Baton'Rouge insurance salesman, told the court he was present in the New Orleans apartment of David W. Ferrie ir mid-September 1963 and heard Lee Harvey Oswald, Shaw and Ferrie plotting to assassinate Kennedy. The plan, Russo testified, in- See OSWALD on Page 5 LBJ Off for Guam Today PACIFIC PARLEY By FRANK CORMIER WASHINGTON (AP) - President Johnson embarks tonight on his second trans-Pacific journey in five months — striving once more to emphasize his dedication to the works of peace In Vietnam. High administration officials Insisted they expect no major military decisions to emerge from Johnson's two days of talks in Guam - about 8,250 miles from Washington. They said the big question Instead would be how to advance the political, social and economic development of sections of South Vietnam wrested from Communist control. There has been considerable speculation that Johnson might use the occasion of his Guam visit to elevate Gen. William C. Westmoreland to full commander of all American forces in Southeast Asia. But officials laid they do not expect such a development. They also said they don't think Westmoreland would •jboott this Kcasion to <sk for more troops. But they said that was a matter for the general ta decide. The White House said Johnson hoped to take off on his 18-hour, one-stop flight to Guam around midnight after spending all day and evening courting the nation's governors. Perhaps for security reasons, there was no word on whether Johnson's big jet would make a refueling stop in Alaska or Hawaii. Moreover, nothing was being said here about where Johnson would be quartered on Guam, which is little more than an American military bastion. They're Cold, Hungry' An Inflow of seasonal workers and cold weather has put new burdens on Mississippi County Union Mission. "Many of these new families are not eligible immediately for welfare assstance," Mission Supt. Paul Kirkindall commented regarding the new arrivals. 'Right now there is little work for these people." Kirkindall speculated that unskilled field workers, who have never done well, may find the going even more difficult this year. "It seems there is very little outside work for people who have no technical training," bs said. Right now, Kirkindall said, the Mission's greatest needs are for children's clothing, furniture and cash. "We also have an urgent need for two wheelchairs ... in fact it is so urgent that we will buy these chairs if we have to and if we can afford it," he said. "And while I'm talking," he said by telephone, "I can count 20 children out here waiting for shoes. These people are cold and hungry..." Donations may be sent to the Mission, PO Box 1161, Blythe- vilto. The President will meet with top American civilian and military leaders based in Vietnam and with Premier Nguyen Cao Ky and many of the other generals making up the military junta that holds power in Saigon. Secretary of State Dean Rusk and Secretary »f Defense Robert S. McNamara also will be on hand. Any polcy decisions announced after the session, officials here indicated, likely would deal with changes In the Vietnam "pacification" effort — the attempt to claim ground from the Communists and make a start toward enlisting the interest of the inhabitants in elemental democracy. One official said the Guam meeting has taken on special importance because of the impending replacement of Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge by Ellsworth Bunker, 72-year old diplomatic trouble-shooter. The top Civilian leadership in Saigon on the American side will be reshuffled in the weeks See JOHNSON M P«l« I . PHILIPPINES . -. * ?* '•* ' fQ ? •- •••-'•-•'••,.'...., <* PacJr ; KEY FIGURES — In President Johnson's party for the Vietnam strategy conference on Guam with Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge and U.S. military commander Gen. William C. Westmoreland are Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and Wall W. Rostow, chief presidential assistant an national security affairs. The meeting is tin President's third Pacific journey In little over a year. In February 1%6 he met with South Vietnamese Premier Ky in Honolulu. Last October's summit conference in Manila brought him together with heads of all six allies involved in the Vietnamese struggle. Guam, an American Pacific bastion since the Spanish-American war, is the home base of B52 bombers that have been the heavyweight mainstays of the air war against North Vietnam.

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