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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO. 13 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315)' FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 1967 14 PAGES TIN CENTS VC, GIs Locked In Fierce Combat "SOUP'S ON" — Some of the modern equipment boasted by the Blytheville Junior High School cafetorium is displayed by C. C. Dulaney, principal, and Mrs. Sandra Nail, director of food services for the school district, The facility will go into service Monday, after which students will not be permitted to leave the grounds at noon unless they are on special diets or are requested to be allowed to go home by their parents. Cost for meals will be 35 cents daily. (Courier News Photo) Beginning Monday Cafetorium Opens Campus Closes Now they have four "R's" at Blytheville Junior High School: reading, writing, arithmetic and regular meals. Beginning Monday the school campus will be closed and the Dateline March 31 WASHINGTON (AP) - Basing B52 bombers in Thailand will permit U.S. military leaders in Vietnam to call on the massive jets for more than one mission a day if need be, Pentagon sources said today. The advantages in operating out of Thailand boil down to savings in time, less wear and tear on engines and air crews, savings on tanker planes and — perhaps most important — quick reaction. newly - constructed cafetorium will begin operation. The term "closed" means a student will not be permitted to leave the school at noon unless he is on a special diet or his parents request he be allowed to eat at home. The facility will serve three lunch periods of 30 minutes each, the first beginning at 11:30 a.m. and the last at 12:30 p.m. According to Principal C. C. Dulaney "students will have an excellent selection of meals at a reasonable price and they can be served in plently of time to gt back to classes within the 30-minute period." Mrs. Sandra Nail, director of food services for the district, says the cafetorium will be one of the finest and most modern in the state, and will offer both hot lunches and sandwiches. The hot lunch will consist of the approved "Class A" combinations of meat, vegetables, salad or fruit, choice of rolls or bread, milk and dessert. Some of the items for next week's menu are beef stew, "If an American ground unit is in real serious difficulty, or an enemy force is cornered, the B52s can be called up to hit real fast," said one source. MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Lurleen Wallace confronted U.S. authorities today with threatened defiance of a new school integration order and the vow, "Whatever need be done will be done." She urged a cheering Alabama Legislature to hand down a "cease and desist" ultimatum to a three-judge federal court which said nine days ago all public schools in the state, including their faculties, must be desegregated by next September. NEW YORK (AP) - Two more well - known National Broadcasting Co. newscasters, Ray Scherer and Morgan Beatty, have joined Chet Huntley and Frank McGee in going on the air despite a strike by the American Federation of Televi iion and Radio Artists. But in Washington, State Department sources said, Secretary of State Dean Rusk will not appear on NBC's international "Meet the Press" program Sunday if the strike by the 18,000- member union is still or, against the major TV and radio networks. LONDON (AP) — Britain wrote the Torrey Canyon off as wrap iron today. The government turned its attention to the battle to drive the supertanker's oil from England's southern beaches and a campaign for international legal action to deal with repetitions of the disaster. spaghetti, hamburger steak with gravy, meat loaf and fried chicken. Only one selection will be served each day, adds Mrs. Nail. The sandwich line will begin by serving hamburger, french fries, salad, milk and ic :ream. Both the sandwich and b lunch lines will cost 35 cen daily. Ice cream will be avai able to students in the hot June [ine for an additional five cents and extra servings of mil' may also be purchased. The cafetorium is expected ' handle 300 personse very : minutes. Staff will consist ' 10 workers and a supervisor. Among some of the moder equipment installed in the fac ity are an automatic dishwas er, which will be able to was sterilize and dry 18 trays three minutes; a steam cooke which can pressure cook larg amounts of food in very sho time; A heavy - duty garbage disposal unit; large - volume storage compartments; a convection oven which will be able to process 200 hamburgers in 10 minutes; a 60-quart mixer for blending; and an exhaust system designed to remove cooking heat easily. Moreover, the entire building will be air-conditioned. Dulaney has invited all parents to visit the school and inspect the installation. Parents who prefer their children have lunch at home may call the school at POplar 2-2983. SAIGON (AP) - U.S. troops attled four hours in War Zone today against a hard-core ommunist regiment believed be protecting a divisional eadquarters, then pulled into efensive lines for the night un- er a rain of bullets, rockets nd mortar shells. Two battalions of the 1st In- antry Division — about 1,400 men _ were involved in the bat- le, five miles from the Cambo- ian frontier, against an enemy orce tentatively identified as le 70th Regiment, know as the alace guard of the Viet Cong's )th Division. In the air war the U.S. Command announced that Air Force ets led by a 44-year-old Worlc Var U ace blew out the blast urnaces of North Vietnam's showpiece Thai Nguyen steel ilant 37 miles north of Hanoi Biursday. In the savage ground action the enemy, at first believed to be the 2,500-man 271st Regiment, stopped the Americans cold. The battle started shortly aft er noon when a 32-man recon naissance platoon pushed into the' jungle from a helicopte landing zone. "The platoon leader's voice disappeared within two minute after the fighting started," As sociated Press photographe Horst Faas reported from thi scene. "Either the man or hi radio had been hit; in eithe case the vital communication link broke." 'ent after the platoon, which I as pinned down under rocket, mortar and machine-gun fire, hat company was soon pinned own as well. On the flanks, nemy snipers kept two other U.S. companies pinned down, reventing them from moving :o the rescue. While the 1st Battalion was ied up at the northern part of ion moved into the western woodline, hoping to outflank the enemy. This battalion was pinned down after pushing only 50 yards. The firing was fierce. An unconfirmed field report of American casualties was seven dead and 38 wounded. Enemy losses were estimated at 28 dead and said papers found on one enemy | naissance platoon was 50 yards .he landing zone, the 2nd Battal-| 50 to 60 others probably killed. A U.S. 1st Division source body indicated the defending unit was the 70th Regiment. After four hours of fighting, continuous American air strikes and artillery shelling, the beleaguered U.S. units set up rough perimeters for the night near the landing zone. The enemy still was in control of the battlefield. Officers believed the recon- ^ »•» Combat Deaths Up Over '66 Averages By BOB HORTON 1000 wounded in addition to 22,000 WASHINGTON (AP) - The j dead thus far ttiis year, new savagery of the Vietnam |. Military spokesmen admit the war has propelled U.S. combat i count of enemy dead is far from deaths to levels 66 per cent precise, and at best a hapha- above last year's average week [y losses. Communist fatalities zard and sometimes extrapolated estimate of bodies found on [V JUaaca. v.uiiiiiuj.u.oi' HJVM.IH»MJ ~— „••—...—«• are reported up 80 per cent. the battlefield. The wounded A study of Pentagon figures count is pure ; guesswork, shows American deaths so far this year are averaging 160 a week compared with 96 in 1966: the impact of Kie . £!:„„ 1,H thn first 12 weeks enemy's force levels. ertheless, officials believe the rough tally is useful in assessing the impact of the war on the Enemy dead the first 12 weeks of 1967 has averaged about 1,800, compared with about 1,000 last year. Communist forces are suffering even greater casualties in proportion to their strength. The military estimates the The toll of 55,000 amounts to nearly 20 per cent of the enemy's 1967 average strength of 281,000. By contrast the over-all U.S. casualties the first quarter of this year — 14,100 including 1, tiK oroKe. ine military eauiiia»» ""• »">• j-— ' ... j j A company of about 100 me Communists have sustained 33,- 916 killed and 12,184 wounded^ represent 3.5 per cent of the 1967 average strength, 404,000. If U.S. casualties continued at the same rate in relation to troop strength for the remainder of 1967, they would total for the year about 15.2 per cent of average strength. Last year's 35,000 casualties represented about 12.7 per cenl of the average U.S. troop strength during 1966. Earlier this year, Ambassador to Vietnam Henry Cabot Lodge predicted that "the percentage of American casualties will start declining." The current deadly tempo of fighting was illustrated Thursday as the military command in See DEATHS on Page 7 into what may turn out to be a massive bunker complex. Commanders said they knew of the complex from,a document captured several days ago by a unit of the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade and they were going after it Friday. The document indicated the positions may be he headquarters of the Viet Cong 9th Division. The battle is another step in he five-week-old Operation Junction City in War Zone C, centered about 60 miles northwest of Saigon. . The raid on North Vietnam's Thai Nguyen steel plant was led by Col. Robin Olds of Washing* ton, B.C., who downed 24 enemy planes in World War II and a MIG 21 nearly three months ago in the biggest air battle of the Vietnam war. The flight of Phantom jets came in low and "walked their bombs across the target," a spokesman said. It was: 3rd gral 146 It was the seventh strike against the steel plant since it was put on the target list three weeks ago. Bad weatlier has hampered all the strikes, and the Air Force enthusiastically hailed the latest for "destroying the blast furnaces." Olds, 44, husband of former movie star Ella Raines, reported that Thai Nguyen was "engulfed in smoke and dust" from his flight's thousand-pound bombs. But fee U.S. Command also See VIET NAM on Page 7 Recorders May Give Crash Clues . , . .it- :J tlT tfi,,r>A mire Purcell Cites Adult Conduct By JOHN S. LANG NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) — The recovery of a Delta jetliner's flight and voice recorders may provide clues to the cause of the crash that killed 18 persons. The recorders were found at the scene of the crash Thursday and sent to Washington for examination. Civil Aeronautics Board investigators continued probing today through bits of the airliner that crashed into a motel filled with school children. Both recorders showed fire damage, but a CAB spokesman said they appeared to be in good shape. A flight recorder transcribes such things as altitude, rate of speed, ascent, descent and direction. A voice recorder records all conversations in the cockpit. Five pilots and an inspetor or the Federal Aviation Agency ied aboard the four-engine Delta Air Lines jet as it cart- vheeled flaming into the Hilton tin motel. Twelve persons per- shed in the path of the plane. Nine high school girls from he Wisconsin farming hamlets f Juda and Monroe and a In looking at juvenile behavior problems, adults would do well to reexamine their own attitudes and conduct, Arkansas Attorney General Joe Purcell told members of BIytheville's Rotary Club yesterday. "Adults who brag about cheating the insurance company or about fudging on their income taxes in front of children should not be astounded to learn their child has cheated on an examination." Purcell said. Personal conduct is more important than most adults realize, Purcell said. "You never know what child is watching you. You may be serving as a model for any number of young people in your community." For this reason, Purcell said, adults must accept the respon- siblity for a great deal of the delinquency found in any community. Pointing up Ihe importance of the moral climate among the young, Purcell said, is the fac that SO percent of the adult criminals in federal prisons a few years ago wer« found to lave records as juvenile violators. "This means many of our criminals began their careers in crime at a young age." Purcell said that during his eight years as a municipal judge in Benton, he q u e r i e d youthful offenders about church and Sunday schoo! attendance. "Eighty-five percent of these people, who were brought into See PURCELL on Page 7 Concert Planned A concert with 150 members of the Blytheville High School choirs taking part will be presented at 7 p.m. tomorrow In the auditorium. The program is to consist ol American music and will feature a boys' quartet. Highlight of the concert will be music from the motion picture "How the West Was Won," performed in costume. Admission will be 50 cents for adults and 25 cents for students according to Mollie Autry, di rectrcss. Band Festival Is April 8 Blytheville Junior High and the Gosnell stage bands will jarticipate in the Arkansas State University Stage Band festival April 8. The festival begins at 1 p.m in Wilson Auditorium on ASU campus and will be under the direction of Thomas G. Williams assistant director of bands. Bill Usselton will judge the competition and will appear through the courtesy of Conn Corporation and Arkansas Mu sic Supply. The Blytheville band will per form at 3:45 p.m. and the Cos nell band at 5 p.m. Luxora Pre-Sehool Registration Set LUXORA - Pre-school regis tretion for youngsters entering the first grade of Luxora Ele mentary School will be April 4 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., according to Carroll D. King, principal. Parents should bring their child's birth certificate and the youngster should have been vaccinated for smallpox and had his tuberculosis sMn test. maintenance man died in the motel. "The plane sounded like the pilot was revved for a landing," recalled Bruce Stephens, 17, one of 69 pupils from Olympia Fields, 111., who came to New Orleans for their annual spring tour and were staying at the 59IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII DST April 30\ = LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas will join most of the | | states in the nation by going on daylight saving time begin- | I ning April 30, the last Sunday of the month. i S The issue was settled today when the 66th Gensral As- ^ m sembly adjourned sine die without taking action on a bill ^ t to keep the state on standard tmie. I n Congress last year passed legislation requiring all states \ | to go on daylight saving time from the last Sunday in April \ % until the last Sunday in October. ! | States not wanting saving time could retain standard ; | time providing its legislature passed legislation to do so. j iiiiniiiiiiiiiiniiiiniiuinnin •iiiiiiiiniiiiiniiiniiiinnninn iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniuiniuiniiuinui motel. "The plane started coming down lower and he revved his motors and then the plane banked," Stephens said. "It went into the railroad tracks or it would have hit the motel first. [ feel sure he must have been rying to avoid hitting the motel." Tom Grant, 17, also of Olympia Fields, said that after the explosion "everything was orange everywhere." Clyde M. Farris, a pharmaceutical salesman from Philadelphia, Pa., was burned as he fled from his room on the same tier as those occupied by the schoolgirls who died in the fire. "All the time I kept hearing explosions, and all I could think of were the high school stu- Takes 'Best in SAC "Best in Strategic Air Com-| mand" honors were recently won for the second consecutive year by the 97th Airborne Missile Maintenance Squadron of Blytheville Air Force Base. "I am almost certain ours is the only squadron in SAC to win this particular award two consecutive years," said Capt. Robert M. Saxton, squadron commander. Factors in winning the award were job performance, appearance of the facility, effective supervision and management. 5ut the single factor of greatest mportance, according to Cap- ain Saxton, was the performance of the airm e n. He also commended supervisory personnel for their efforts ;rophy is expected in the near Begin Food Coupons MANILA - Beginning May, residents of this city and Leachville will be issued food coupons, according to Dotson Collins, director of the commodity distribution and food coupon programs. Both communities requested the programs, Collins said. Persons interested in obtaining the coupons may notify the Blytheville Food Stamp office, 218 West Walnut, before May I, according to Collins. dents," he said. "I found myself waving for a minute, asking for guidance." The nine doomed girls on a senior class outing had just segun preparing for bed When, the plane crashed and — in the words of a police captain — "spouted a sea of fuel right into those rooms where those kids were staying." Eight of the girls died in the bath stalls of their rooms. The ninth teenager was knocked from the building. It was five hours before flames died down enough to allow firemen into the rooms. The unhurt students and most of the other guests at the motel fled from their rooms when the jet struck at 1 a.m. At least 11 were injured. Osceolans OK Water Rate Hike n winning the award. Official presentation cf the future. OSCEOLA - The city will get new and higher water rates April 10 since no opposition to the City Council - sponsored plan was registered at a public hearing Wednesday. Council suggested the increase to finance a bond issue for a $1.5 million sewerage improvement project this summer. The increment approximately County Could Lose Project Head Start Unless more children are enrolled in Project Head Start this year. Mississippi County is in danger of losing the federal funds that make the training possible, according to officials of the city's Neighborhood Service Centers. Head Start is » Federally- sponsored enterprise to provide a kindergarten - type atmosphere for pre-school children before they enter the first grade. Although primarily designed Head Start welcomes children from all social-economics levels Head Start classes, which are held during the regular school summer vacation, last for eight weeks. While in the program, children are given thorough physical examinations and eye glasses and dental care are provided at no charge in cases where parents cannot afford them. Children are also served a hot lunch daily at no cost. No fee is charged any child. Interested parents or guard ians may call POplsr 3-0483 during the day, or POplar 3-1546 at nights. doubles present water rates. The rates will be boosted from a present $1 for the first 2,500 gallons to $2, while the charge or each subsequent 1,000 gal- ons is increased from the current 30 cents to 50 cents. Tha rate hike is proposed for a 20- year period. City residents also will be paying a flat $1 sewer fee. To have blocked the increase, it would have been necessary to aave presented a petition at the learing representing 15 percent of the votes cast in the last election. Final reading of the ordinance will be Monday, April 10. The law requires the proposed ordinance be read in public three times at city council meetings. Weather Forecast Partly cloudy and warm this afternoon and Saturday. Windy this afternoon. Highs this afternoon and Saturday in the 60s. Lows tonight in the 60s. 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