The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 8, 1967 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, May 8, 1967
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 64—NO. 44 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) MONDAY, MAY 8,1967 14 PAGES TIN CINTS Dateline Industrial Election Tommorrow Construction by June Within 30 anonymous, days Blytheville's muiti - million WASHINGTON (AP) - .Pros- 1 dollar in d u stry is expected to pects for congressional action ] start cons t r uction on its build' this year on President Johnson's' proposal to expand East-West trade are dismal, Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield said today. Indicating he had discussed the matter with the White House, Mansfield said in an interview he thinks President Johnson is willing ot have his proposal explored in hearings this session and await possible later action on it. • INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) —Former President Harry S Truman marks his 83rd birthday anniversary today without farfare. Truman's close friends whc have sponsored an annual luncheon on his birthday for many years will observe the event despite the fact the former president, to conserve his strength, declined to occupy the guest chair sire to take care of his healtti firstt" He hasn't been at his office in the Truman Library since last July 30 and he has made virtually no public appearances in the last year. WASHINGTON (AP) Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 76—a rather frequent but notably snap- type of hospital patient — is said to be resting comfortably with what appears to be a gastrointestinal ailment. The five-star general, hospitalized for five other major illnesses including two heart attacks and two major surgical operations since 1955, entered Walter Reed Army Hospital about midnight Saturday after an ambulance ride from his home in Gettysburg, Pa> TOKYO (AP) - Wall newspapers in Peking say growing strife has killed or injured hundreds of persons in Red China's western provinces, including 200 supporters of Rao Tse- tung drowned when anti-Maoists rammed their boat. Machine-gun fire killed two Red Guard members, a man and a woman, and grenades injured hundreds of other persons Saturday in Chengtu, 950 miles southwest of Peking, said wall posters reported by Japanese correspondents in the Chinese capital. LITTLE ROCK (AP)-There is no type of graft or corruption that doesn't exist in the Arkansas penitentiary, Asst. State Prison Supt. Thomas 0. Murton said Saturday. Murton told the Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers in a meeting here that the situation existed because convicts control the prison. He said this was the only way the prison could be run, however, because of the lack of personnel. HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) The Department of Defense is planning a National Guard realignment that will eliminate 15 combat divisions, the National Guard Association of Arkansas was told at its one-day meeting here Saturday. Maj. Gen. Charles N. Wilson, adjutant general of the Arkansas guard, said in.his annual report to the association that there had been no official announcement of the realignment, but that it was expected soon. He said he would discuss it later in the month with the National Guard Bureau in Washington. WASHINGTON (AP) Charges of election illegalities and threats to form a renegade rival organization were renewed today in the wake of Gladys O'DonnelPs election as president of the National Federation of Republican Women. Defeated candidate Phyyllis Schlafly of Alton, 111., who says she didn't want to let her backers down, appealed the election to GOP National Chairman Ray Bliss. ing at the Chamber of Commerce industrial park. Tomorrow voters are expected to pass a $1.5 million Act 9 bond issue to finance the plant's relocation. An Act 9 bond issue requires no local taxation. The bonds are marketable because of the industry's fiscal reputation. The building in which the industry will be to be owned by the city. The bonds will be retired with the rentals the industry pays on the buildings. The plant here will do business on a nationwide basis and manufactures office supplies. Chamber of Commerce officials have not been authorized to announce the name of the firm. James Vannoy, executive vice-president of the Chamber, said the Chamber will have a . . "Gas and electricity already are available on the site and as soon as the company's engineers decide where on the prop- erty the building will be located a railroad spur will be installed and a sewer lagoon will be constructed," he said. The firm's general manager (Vannoy would not release his name) was in Blytheville today (o meet with city officials. The firm will build a 125,000 square foot building on 15 acres in the industrial park located on Highway 18 one-half mile east of Interstate 55. Toler Buchanan, in charge of publicizing tomorrow's election said no opposition is expected in tomorrow's vote, "But we'd like to see a large turnout. Therefore, we have contacted Actor Accused Of Murdering Wife HOLLYWOOD (AP) - Theodore Hekt, 61, a motion picture actor during the 1940s, was jailed on suspicion of murder after the death of his wife Jean, 45, in a hospital Sunday. Police said friends of the couple found Mrs, Hekt suffering from multiple bruises and possible contusions. A few hours later, she died. The couple had been married 21 years. Mrs. Hekt had been a dancer. Hekt was a cousin of Ben Hecht, the late author. all the civic clubs in the city to ask them to have their members get out and vote. Also about 40 Jaycettes have been conducting a telephone campaign since Friday to encourage people to vote," he said. * * • Polling places open tomorrow at 8 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. Following is a list of the polling places for the election: Ward 1-A, Robinson Implement Company at 500 East Main; Ward 1-B, Wade Furniture Warehouse at 515 East Main; Ward 1-C, Hensley Super Market at 605 South Ruddle Road; Ward 2-A, the Jaycee Clubroom at 309 North Second; Ward 2-B, the YMCA building at 300 South Second; Ward 3-A, Carlock Pontiac at Fifth and Walnut Streets; Ward 3-B, Blytheville Water Company at 415 West Main; Ward 4-A, Missco Implement Company at 800 South Division; Ward 5-A, Mississippi County Lumber Company at 1807 West Main; Ward 5-B, MFA Service Station at 500 South 21st St.; Ward 5-C, Doyles Service Station at 2113 West Rose. Absentee ballots may be obtained at the office of the registrar of voters in the courthouse. ON THE DRAWING BOARD— Above is one plan which Is being studied for the development of Blytheville's industrial site on East Highway 18. First two industries to locate on the site possibly will occupy lots A and E. However, Chamber of Commerce officials say several site changes are due to be made in this preliminary plan. Site is bounded on north by East Highway 18. PEACE PROBE COLLAPSE REVEALED EDITOR'S NOTE — Renewed U. S. aerial forays into the Hanoi area last month after a prolonged lapse followed the collapse of another sometimes mysterious, sometimes seemingly hopeful peace probe in Vietnam. An AP reporter discloses the details for the first time in the following dispatch. By JOHN M. HIGHTOWER AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) - For more Kian four momths, from mid-December to late April, President Johnson held U. S. bombers away from the North Vietnamese capital of Hanoi in an effort to find out whether President Ho Chi Minh would open secret peace talks or take steps to scale down the war. North Vietnam was informed of what Johnson was doing and was invited to respond. The story of what happened, beginning last November with a Polish maneuver, now can be told as it is known in official Washington. It has been pieced together in a weeks-long check of various sources. It can-be. told now because the episode is closed, although officials believe some of the work done may contribute eventually to peace in Vietnam. Through Polish and other diplomatic channels word was sent to Hanoi last December that if Hanoi would take some parallel step to de-escalate the fighting, the United States would be prepared to make other moves. Hanoi, campaigning to halt all .bombing of North Vietnam, never accepted the offer. The gambit thus failed and two weeks ago U. S. bombers struck again inside the previously forbidden Hanoi circle — 10 nautical miles from the center of the city. The last previous time the bombs exploded so close to Hanoi's center, their blows fell in the midst of a peace probe Initiated by Poland. Polish diplomats claimed that that bombing, Dec. 13-14, wrecked one of the most hopeful approaches to peace in the recent history of the war. U. S. officials refute the claim, but can't be sure. Out of that failure, however, arose ttie four-month Hanoi bornb limitation. Events began with Januz Lewandowski, a Polish diplomat on the International Control Commission in Vietnam. Late last November Lewandowski went to Hanoi and spent 10 days talking with diplomats and North Vietnamese officials. When he returned to Saigon about Dec. 1, he met secretly with U.S. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge in the Italian Embassy. Lewandowski told Lodge he See PEACE on Page 3 By GEORGE MCARTHUR SAIGON (AP) — Some 1,200 North Vietnamese hammered at a U.S. Marine camp for three hours today before pulling back and leaving 179 Communist dead strewn over a battle- scarred hillside. Charging beneath a mortar barrage and behind spewing flamethrowers, the men of the North Vietnamese 324B Division smashed into a perimeter defended by U.S. Marines, small detachments of U.S. Navy Seabees, Army 'Special Forces men and South Vietnamese militia- WIND BLOWN—This huge tree was uprooted by a tornado at Tomato (near the Mississippi River) Saturday night about 10. Several homes were damaged but there were no Injuries. Damage was confined to a small area on which stood three houses and an implement shed. (Courier News Photo) Flags Are Flying for 'V-E Day' Flags are flying in downtown Blytheville because it's V.E. Day. That abberviation stands for 'Victory in Europe Day" and is in observance of the Germans' surrendering during World War Two. According to the World Almanac, "Cr-nan Armies began surrendering May 4, 1945. Unconditional s u r r e n d e r was signed May 7 designating cessation of operations May 9 at 12:01 a.m. (May 8, 6:01 p.m.)." N. Viets Attack Marines 19-Year-Old Killed; Two Hurt in Hayti HAYTI — One man was killed and two others injured as a result of a gunfight at a Hayti night-spot late yesterday. The deceased was identified as James E. Brooks, about 19, of Hayti. His brother, Sylvester Brooks, about 20, was wounded in the left hip and is reported in satisfactory condition at Pern iscot County Memorial Hospital in Hayti. J. D. Snow, 44, owner of the Speed Queen Night Club, where the incident occurred, was shot in the right arm and was reported in good condition at the Pemiscot County jail, where he was confined pending completion of the investigation. According to the Pemiscot County sheriffs office, the incident occurred about 10:45 last night at the culb, located west of Hayti on the Braggadocio road. Authorities have no further information on the shooting* at present. No charges have been (lied. men. Unofficial reports from the battlefield said 35 Marines were killed and 89 wounded. The South Vietnamese lost 14 dead and 16 wounded while the Special Forces and the Seabees each had five wounded. The attack on the new camp near Con Thien, two miles below the demilitarized zone, began with a 200-round mortar barrage at 3 a.m. Coordinated with it were mortar attacks on three other Marine positions below the border zone which wounded at least eight marines. L. Gen. Lewis W. Walt commander of the 75,000 Marines in Vietnam, had a narrow escape at Con Thien. An enemy 60mm mortar round exploded 15 feet from him as he was inspecting i the field after the battle. Walt was not hurt, but his operations officer, Col. James Barrett, got a jaw injury from a shell fragment, and Walt's aide, Capt. Bill Lee of Arcadia, Calif., suffered a concussion. The attacking North Vietnam- Y STILL SEEKS A NEW CHIEF Blytheville's YMCA once more is looking for a new administrative head. Earlier, the Y had announced that Jim Gautier of Fort Worth was taking over the job. However, Gautier has informed the Y that he will remain in Fort Worth. Y Secretary J. P. Garrott is due to retire shortly. Body Is Found The body of P. A. Watkins Jr., 30, who drowned Thursday afternoon at Wolf Bayou about 11 miles north of Hayti, was recovered at 11:35 Saturday morning near the scene. After being recovered, the body was removed by Osburn Funeral Home of Hayti. ese charged under cover of their mortars and flamethrowers to lay bamboo poles filled with dynamite across the camp's barbed-wire defenses and blow open attack paths. Smashing through these breaches, the Reds got inside the perimeter at two points, hurling grenades and satchel charges. The hill at first was held by a company of about 200 Marines, with a small U. S. Navy Seabee detachment, a team of U. S. Special Forces soldiers and a force of South Vietnamese militiamen. As the fight continued, Marine reinforcements charged up. Associated Press correspondent Robert Ohman reported the hill was a scene of carnage and destruction. Three tanks were damaged, two halftracks and two trucks burned out and three mounted 40m cannon torn up by rocket fire. South Vietnamese headquarters said its militiamen suffered "moderate" casualties. The attackers failed to reach more than 20 bulldozers the Seabees are using to clear a seven- mile strip below the demilitarized zone as a barrier to North Vietnamese infiltration. Bodies of the North Vietnamese attackers were strewn inside the perimeter and on the barbed wire around the camp. One Marine squad on an ambush patrol killed 32 as they were retreating from the area. Although the main Communist Patrolmen ot School Another two members of the city police department have left for the Arkansas Law Enforcement Academy at Mount Petit Jean, bringing to six the number of Blytheville officers who have been sent for training. Patrolmen Floydel Haley and W. M. Heard left yesterday for the Academy, and an te return May 20th. force retreated about dawn, Red mortar fire and sporadic contacts continued for some hours. The Con Thien camp was one of four attacked in what is kn wn as "Leatherneck See VIET NAM on Page 2 $80,000 Bond Vote Planned LEACHILLE - Pending voter approval of an $80,000 Act 9 industrial bond, the Florafax Corporation of Leachville anticipates beginning plant expansion sometime in June or July. The election is scheduled ;for June 20, and the $80,000 at issue wil Ibe an addition to the present $120,000 in bonds authorized in 1963 when the present plant was constructed. The bonds are to be for 20 years and Leachville city officials say they will not involve a tax increase. ' : The existing plant covers approximately 16,000 square feet of floor space and employs;M persons. Expansion plans call for the addition of some 15,000 square feet of floor space, new equipment and the hiring of;10 or 12 more workers, according to Kenneth Short, major stockholder. Construction is expected to take about four months, "ihe said. : • Florafaxs was evolved from the National Florist Directory! begun in 1955. In 1962 the present facility was built at Lea'phi ville and two years later -ix- panded to its current size. ;> i iiiiiiiiiimiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiii Weather forecast-^ Clear to partly cloudy tonight and Tuesday. Not much change in temperature through Tuesday,. except cooler tonight Low tonight 38-46 north and-4i- 56 south. ize i :«! \

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