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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, April 28, 1967
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO. 36 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 1967 14 PAGES TEN CENTS Dateline April 28 On Page 14 Senator Dodd plans to fight censure and says he will run again. American Motors sells a profitable subsidiary to gain solvency. Governor Wallace says he is not a racist states' rights. but defender of WASHINGTON (AP) - Gen. William C. Westmoreland told Congress today the only strategy that can defeat the Communist enemy in Vietnam "is one of unrelenting military, politic and psychological pressure his hole structure —at all '.e\ els." This appeared a call for creased escalation, possibly in eluding broadened bombing North Vietnam and commi ment of more U.S. troops to ba tie Communist forces in Sout Vietnam. In an unprecedented persona report to Congress by a wa commander, Westmoreland described U.S. forces as "unbeata We" and said they have bee successful in destroying Com munist main force units. He said, "I can assure yo here and now" that the Commu nist stratagem called " war o national liberation" will not sue ceed in Vietnam. SAIGON (AP) — Communis forces in South Vietnam's em battled northern sector pourei artillery, mortar and rocket fir on US. and Vietnamese govern ment troops overnight in some of the heaviest enemy shellini of the war. The U. S. command said 1 American Marines were kite and 180 Marines and seven Army artillerymen wen wounded in four attacks. CAPE KENNEDY, Fia <AP; — Development problems wil delay the first unmanned tesl flights of the Saturn 5 moon rocket and a lunar-landing vehicle until the last half of this year, the space agency says. Both launches previously were scheduled to occur before the end of June. The 360-foot-tall Saturn 5 is the type of rocket America plans to use to send three Apollo astronauts into orbit around the moon. The moon-landing craft, called a Lunar Module, is to carry two of the Apollo crew from there to the moon's surface. Super Snoops Orbited Osceola OK's SPA Power Contract By mid-summer, Osceola's administration hopes to'be able to provide a considerable re duction in retail electrical pow er rates for residents. At a recent called meeting o the city council, the grou] agreed to what Mayor Charlie Wiygul termed a more "work able" contract with the South west Power Administration, a government - affiliated agency The new contract, said Wiy gul, pending approval from the U.S. Department of the Interior, will permit the city to take power from SPA by Nov. 22 or before, when the present contract with Arkansas Power and Light expires. What the council approved was an amendment to an agreement reached with SPA some two years ago. The amendment provides that SPA will supply electricity to Osceola city limits, using existing AP&L or Ar- By JIM STROTHMAN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) — Flying with acrobatic precision, a powerful Titan 3 rocket :oday successfully orbited three scientific satellites and two ro- x)t sentries to police against violations of the nuclear test >an treaty. "Everything looks very ;ood," an Air Force spokesman •eported at 9:21 a.m. after all five satellites sprung free from the booster's last stage. The five-in-one shot, grounded one week by pesky p roblems, blasted off at 5:01 a.m. after a perfect countdown. Two strap- on motors licked the early- morning darkness with twin tongues of flame as the Titan 3 shot skyward from Cape Kennedy.. The rocket's last stage, with payloads attached, first darted into a medium-altitude orbit as planned, then re-ignited more than four hours later to kick the payload into a cigar-shaped path ranging from 5,300 to 69,000 miles above the earth — nearly one-third the distnce to the moon. The mighty Air Force rocket — similar to the type that will someday launch astronauts aboard the Defense Department's Manned Orbiting Laboratory — licked the early morning darkness with brilliant plumes of flame from two strap- on booster motors. "Everything looks good. It's on time and on the line," an Air ?orce spokesman said as the !20-million payload raced toward its target in space. Fifteen minutes after liftoff, >roject officials reported the jooster's last stage with pay- oads attached rocketed into an POLITICAL MACHINE—Yesterday's election of Blytheville High School student council officers for the next term possibly marks the first actual use of a voting machine within the county. A total of 561 students voted yesterday, and the. results were in within minutes after balloting closed. .The winners were Aubrey Bell, junior, president; Billy Gann, sophomore, vice-president; Delores Edwards, junior, secretary. A run-off is scheduled today between Vivian McAdoo and Deborah Gilbert, both sophomores, for the office of treasurer. The machine was furnished by the Mississippi County Young Republicans. (Courier News Photo) Vo-Tech Confab Opens At least 25 guidance counselors from throughout northeast Arkansas are expected to attend a symposium on vocational education scheduled to begin 10:30 a.m. today at the Cotton Boll Vocational Technical School (Vo-Tech) at Burdette. At 11 a.m., Leroy Pennington, state supervisor of guidance counselors, will address the group on the theme "Who Should Consider Vocational Ed- ucation?" Following Pennington's talk, James Sellers of the Blytheville Employment Security office will speak on the labor market and job opportunities for students of vocational education. At noon, the assembly will pause for lunch, and at about 1 p.m., they will be taken on a tour of the Vo-Tech installation. Adjournment is scheduled for 2 p.m. Purpose of the meeting is to attempt to bolster interest in vocational education in the northeast Arkansas area. According to J. W. Rapert, assistant director and manager of public relations at Vo-Tech, as of this morning, about 25 of the 60 counselors invited had responded saying they would attend. However, he added, a greater turn-out is anticipated. Champs Lawyers Say.... Ali Will Never Go to Jail kansas-Misouri ny lines. Power Compa- For aout two years, the city has been attempting to get clearance to construct Us own power lines to connect with SPA at Jonesboro. However, said Wiygul, such plans have been put aside indefinitely, although it is still hoped that in the future either the city or federal government will erect the lines. Wiygul said a study would have to be conducted to determine how much of a rate adjustment could be made. , initial medium- altitude orbit a Janned. About 9:15 a.m., th ast stage was to re-ignite tc iropel the satellites toward the i9,000-mile height — nearly one third of the distance ot the moon. Two nuclear-detection satel ites, called Velas, were packec aboard the Titan 3 to spot nu- lear blasts in earth's atmos phere and deep space, perhaps as far away as Mars. The new Vela are improve versions of six similar satellites orbited previously to help police the limited test ban treaty signed in 1963 by the United States, the Soviet Union and more than 100 other nations. The- pact prohibits nuclear ests in the atmosphere, under water or in space but allows underground detonations such as one conducted Thursday at the Atomic Energy Commission's Nevada Test Site. About 22 hours after separating from the Titan 3's last See SPACE on Page 3 Donors Needed Blood donors are urgently needed for Billy Miller, a patient in Methodist Hospital in Memphis. Donors may call his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clair Miller, at PO 3-3262 or PO 34122. Poverty Get New HAYTI - The directors of the Bootheel's poverty organization, Delta Area Economic 3pportunity Corporation (DA- 50C), last week received a ver- jal slap on the wrist from the regional Office of Economic Op- jortunity (OEO). DAEOC officials have been in- tructed to grant a new hear- ng to Lloyd Phillips of Hayti nd William Graves of Portage- rille — both of whom were fired y the board March 13. The order for the new hear- t ng came from Don Thomason, egional OEO director in Kanas City. , In a letter to the beard, - Tiomasoo said Phillips and o i By WILL GRIMSLEY 5 AP Sports Writer > HOUSTON, Tex. (AP)-"Th champ will never go to jail attorneys for Casius Clay insi ted today as they prepared continue the legal battle fo the heavyweight champion gainst the government's mi tary draft. "We plan to refile our su immediately after Clay refuse induction," said Quinnan Hoc ges of Houston, one of Clay two atorneys. "It may be long drawn-out procedure, bu it's one we're confident we': win." "We're sure of a final victory," added Hayden Covington o New York. "Muhammad wil never be put behind bars." The heavyweight champion known as Muhammad Ali to hi Black Muslim brothers, report today at the Customs Hous here for induction into the mill tary service. He emphasized that he wouli go through the physical and mental tests but would ball when asked to take one step for ward, the symbol of entering the service. "I will go to jail first— I wil die for my religion," Clay said The champion lost a final effort Thursday to avoid crimina action resulting from his refusa to serve— an action punishable Pair To Hearing Graves, "were not afforded due jrocess of law in accordance with the requirements of OEO and of the provisions contained n the Personnel Guidelines of DAEOC in that they, were not afforded a proper hearing." He said that five days before he new hearing the DAEOC >oard will have to provide Philips and Graves a written state- nent detailing the charges igainst them to give the two nen time to prepare a defense. He also stipulated that the wo cannot be discharged until proper hearing is held and hey are, therefore, entitled to ull pay — including back pay - until a final decision is ren- ered. by a $10,000 fine, five years ir prison, or both. Prison term are the normal procedure. Clay's attorneys sought i temporary restraining order ir U.S. District Court but Judgt Allen B. Hannay held he had nt reason to tie the government', hands. Clay's attorney later appealed the decision to Judge John B. Brown of the 5th Circui Court of Appeals but Brown re jected the appeal early today. "We drafted the motion late iust in order to exhaust every egal means," said Covington. "We personally took the motion ;o Judge Brown. He read it anc wrote out a rejection in long- land." Most Like By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Arkansas will "lose" an hour of time early Sunday morning lat they won't regain until Oct. 0, but they'll have a chance o enjoy an extra hour of sun- ight in the interim. The state will go on Daylight aving Time with 46 other states t 2 a.m. Sunday. That means lat when clocks strike 2 a.m. unday they must be advanced hour so they will show 3 .m. The Rev. Richard Johnson of ill Dorado warns Arkansans, owever, to set their clocks Saturday night and use extreme aution with the direction they ove the hands. "If the clocks aren't adjust- d Saturday night there will be 'orshipers arriving for church linking it's time for Sunday hool," he said. "And if they get confused and et the clock back an hour in- ead of forward they'll get lere in time to watch the cus- dian turn out the lights." This will be Arkansas' first perience on DST, or fast me, although Mammoth ring on the Missouri border lowed the lead of neighbor- g Thayer, Mo,, and went to ylight time last year. A poll at Mammoth Spring, i The champion s 1A draft stat 5 us had been upheld prevoiusly in a federal court at Louisvile i Ky., and the U.S. Appeals Cour i in Cincinnati. The U.S. Supreme > Court twice refused to review the case. Attorneys for the champion have filed a 67-page lawsuii challenging the structure of the entire Selective Service System. They contend Clay was discriminated against because of the unpopularity of the Black Muslim religion and that he wasn't given a fair deal by Texas draft boards without Negro representation. This will form the basis of the new suit plus the supplemental argument that Clay, having Will DST part of a statewide survey by The Associated Press, showed that residents there favored DST about 10 to- 1. Apparently a large number of other Arkansans don't mind switching from Central Standard Time to DST. The DST period will end Oct. 30, when the nation will turn its clocks back an hour. "I think DST will be beneficial to those who work in the word-a-day world," said Jerry Molleston, president of the Newport Chamber of Commerce. "They will have more time to spend at leisure activities and to spend at home. Personally, See DST on Page 3 Office to Open Blytheville will be the home of the northeast regional office of Paramount Life Insurance Co. Announcement of the opening )f the office was made today jy Rosco Crafton and Russell tfosley. The office here will serve eight Northeast Arkansas coun- ies. Ed Held of Little Rock is pres- dent of the company and W. G. Roberts, Jr., also of Little Rock s executive vice president. i failed to enter the service, has exhausted all his administrative recourses, opening the door for new legal action. Clay seeks exemption as a Black Muslim minister. U.S. Atty Morton Susman, whose job will be to file criminal action against Clay once he has refused induction, admitted weeks and months before he can that the proceedings might take get an indictment. "Cassius will be free to keep on fighting and preaching," Susman said. Clay, wearing a continental- cut blue suit, appeared on the witness stand for more than an lour in his own behalf Thursday. Speaking calmly and seriously, he told of his conversion to the Islam faith and his sincerity in it. "I have already lost some $5 million because of my religious beliefs and they say I'll lose $10 million more," he said. "People don't think I am serious. I assure you I am." He said he resented the fact that he would be treated as a criminal. "I'm not a criminal, I've nev- ;r been in jail," he said. "I am me of 750 million Muslims. We lon't believe in war unless it is a holy war ordered by Allah." Life Sentence For Coppolino By DON NORTH .cannot stand." NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Dr. | Bailey said Coppolino can Carl Coppolino was convicted of never be tried for first degree second degree murder today in the drug murder of his wife, Carmela, and sentenced to life imprisonment. Defense attorney F. Lee Bailey moved immediately for a new trial. His motion to continue Coppolino's $15,000 bail pend- ng an appeal was denied and Soppolino was ordered to be taken to the state enitentiary. Coppolino sat expressionless with his head in his hands as the murder in this case again. By virtue of premeditation, he said, a poisoning case could sult in the conviction of first degree murder. ."" ." Bailey said the verdict showed compromise. \. The judge denied Bailey's. ; mq- tion to continue Coppolino's $15,000 bail pending an appeal which must be filed within 15 days. ,, ^ "This is a sick man," said verdict was delivered at 9:25 Sailey, "you have a highly a.m. after less than four hours of deliberation. Mary Coppolino, the wealthy divorcee he married after Carmela's death, also sat expressionless in a front row seat just behind her husband at the defense table. Conviction of second degree murder carries a penalty of 20 years to life in prison. "We (he jury find Carl Coppolino guilty of murder in the second degree and so say we all," the jury said. "I thought, or hoped, that we were running ahead throughout the trial," said prosecutor Frank Schaub. Schaub's young assistant, William Strode, said he was not surprised because he thought the state had built a strong case and "this was a serious jury that was on top of the testimony all the way." After the jury foreman, 48- year-old Harry Miller of Naples, delivered the verdict and it was read by the court clerk, Circuit Judge Lynn Silvertooth sent the spectators out of the smali, hot courtroom. Then he delivers sentence of life imprisonment. The 34-year-old doctor, natti] dressed in a black suit an white shirt, was marched unde ;uard out a side door of th courtroom to a jail cell on th same floor. He was not hanc cuffed. The defeat was a stunning on or Bailey, the dynamic, 3, ear-old Boston defender wh prang into national prominenc when he gained a, new trial tha "reed Dr. Sam Sheppard. The judge ordered Coppolin aken into custody immediate! nd delivered to the state pen entiary at Raiford. Bailey vij rously protested the verdict a nvalid and illegal and movei lat Coppolino be discharged. "This is obviously the sort o barge where the verdict mus e maximum or nothing," sail ailey. "There is no in between rom the allegation of poisoning the second degree conviction doubtful case. Incarceration will be wasted." Coppolino, looking gaunt and shocked, conferred briefly with Bailey and then shook his head when asked if he had anything to say before sentence was passed. The jury went back to its deliberations at 9:08 a.m. after an overnight recess in guarded quarters. Silvertooth had summoned the panel of 12 men from the jury room at 10:20 p.m. Thursday night and asked if they were close enough to a verdict to continue deliverations. "•••• BRITT TO SPEAK AT LUNCHEON Lieut. Gov. Maurice (Foot- sie) Britt will be guest speaker at the May 3 Reserve Officers Association luncheon. The luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. at the Byltheville Air Force Base Officers' Club. Silver Lining In Cotton Cloud? Bill Perkins, the personable representative of the National Cotton Council, was in town yesterday and again he preached a gospel of hope for the cotton producer. It may be difficult for even creased market. Most of it is going to acrylic fibers." Perkins believes cotton can and will move into this growing market. He said the reasons this should happen are several: the pros of cotton sales, such 1. The aforementioned ex- as Perkins, to remain optimistic in the face of the mounting problems which have beset the ?rand old crop on which the area's economy was built. However, yesterday, in speaking to members of Blytheville's Rotary Club, Perkins documented the reasons for his opti- lism. "Fiber consumption Is going up ... at a rate of about a million bales a year," he said. "Unfortunately, cotton is not getting its share of the in- panding fiber market. 2. Cotton's inherent qualities, which make it better .-• more comfortable. 3. The resources which will be and are being used in cotton's behalf in regard to research. 4. The industry's support of its research and promotion programs; and 5. The new funds which will be made available through the $1 a bale plan of funding re- See COTTON OD Page I Mrs. R.B. Stout, Educator, Dies Suddenly Here Mrs. Martha Bailey Stout, assistant principal at Blytneviili Junior High School, died suddenly this morning at her homa at 1214 Chickasawba. A native of Conway, Ark., she had made her home here for the past 27 years. She a!so taught ninth - grade English at Blytheville Junior High. She was a member of First Methodist Church and was active in school and educational affairs. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, honorary teachers society, and, while a student at Southwestern in Memphis, belonged to Delta Delta Delta sorority, which she later served as state alumni president. Mrs. Stout held life memberships in the PTA and Girl Scout organizations. Mrs. Stout leaves her husband, Russell B. Stout; One daughter, Mrs. R. R. Jayroe, Jr., Norman, Okla.'L^ A sister, Mrs. Mary E. Baiiey Petersburg, Va.; i :; -' And one granddaughter. Services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock n the First Methodist Churcj. Rev. Virgil Keeley, past*, will officiate. He will be : assisted by Rev. John R. Symbnds ormer rector of St. Stephen's piscopal Church. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Cobb Funeral Home n charge. •••-'•' Pallbearers will be Graham 'artlow, Robert Brachier, T. A, Woodyard, C. C. Dulaney, E. " Harris and J. K. Williams, A Cinch to Win TABIONA, Utah (AP) :; 'here's no doubt that Brad. Horin will reign as king of the abipna High School junior rom Saturday. There are only our students in the junior class — and the other three are girls. iii'ii'iiii'i'iBi'iiiiaiii'ii'iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiniiii Weather Forecast - f Sunny and pleasant this after* oon. Increasing cloudiness.Jp- igh.t Considerable cloudiness; aturday with scattered showers 3d thundershowers. Warmer to- ight and Saturday. Highs tthis 'ternoon 68 to 74. Lows tonight 0 to 54. Highs Saturday in th« Os. Probability of rain 10 per, ent tonight and 30 percent Sat-' rday. Outlook Sunday, decre** g cloudiness and turning cool, r with chance of ihoweri in doming. *;* IHIIMUIIIIM^

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