The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 30, 1967 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, June 30, 1967
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BLYTHEVULE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 90 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72816) FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 196T 14 PAGES TIN CENTS County OEO Takes On Lengthy Agenda Again confronted with a surfeited agenda, the Mississippi County Economic Opportunity Commission met in a four-hour session last night in the third floor courtroom in Blytheville's courthouse to dispatch matters of notable urgency to the county OEO effort. Approximately 60 persons were present for the meeting, although there are only about 45 members in the MCEOC. Much of the session was concerned with the election by the board of a field representative to replace Rev. E. W. Rains, appointd director of Operation Mainstream Employment for its three month trial period, and the selection of staff members for the newly organized family planning program. However, possibly the most Intriguing segment of the meeting occurred when the board went into closed session to review the recent purge at the Westside Neighborhood Ser- vice Center. Other significant action by the commission included the fal lowing: The requirement that the assistant to the director of the Neighborhood Service Centers have two years of college, waived in the case of Dickie Joliff, present assistant, who was formerly coordinator at the Manila Neighborhood Ser. vice center. Joliff has had some college training, said Gary Jumper, county OEO director, but not a full two years. Since it was the county orga- ni?ation which had stipulated the two-year requisite, he added, it had the authority to amend the requirement if it so deemed. The resolution was passed unanomously; The resolution was passed that John Bearden, director of the county Neighborhood Youth Corps, who has been on indefinite emergency sick leave Teens and Sex Behind Hip Facade... ? Today's teen-agers have all the intimations of sophistication They know more and do more and enjoy more freedom than any group of young people in the history of western civilization. Behind this hip facade, however, are some astounding pockets of ignorance. Item: a teen-ager recently wrote a syndicated columnist and asked how long a (sic) birth control pill would protect her from an unwanted pregnancy. Hospital. "Beyond that," Olson was stating yesterday, "it seems that not many children have the advantage of reliable information as to the psychological damage which might result from sexual promiscuity." In the interest of informing adults of the problems which are faced by uninformed and misinformed children, Olson has been a prime mover in bringing an Indiana expert on "family living" to BAFB for | a series of meetings next Thurs- There are many who do not day and Friday. fully understand how venereal diseases are transmitted. * * * This is the sort of thing which has been troubling to Lt. Col. Robert Olson, commander of Blytheville Air Force Base's Mrs. Elizabeth Noland Jackson is that expert. She is executive director of the Social Health Association of Indianapolis. She's a graduate of prestig- See TEENS on Page 14 Dateline June 30 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon conceded today American bombers may have hit a Soviet ship moored nearby as they attacked Haiphong harbor oil installations. The statement from the Defense Department followed quickly on the heels of an announcement from Moscow that a "resolute protest" had been lodged over such an incident. It was the second incident this month involving U.S. planes and a Soviet ship in Haiphong harbor. UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (AP) - The U.N. General Assembly approached a showdown today on whether any call for Israeli troops to leave captured Arab lands should depend on the Arabs finally declaring peace with Israel. Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon have held that, despite their armistice agreements with Israel In 1949, the year the Jewish nation was formed by war, they remain in a state of war with her. Egypt has used this to justify keeping Israeli shipping out of the Suez Canal. SAIGON (AP) — American warplanes chopped up portions of a MIG airfield west of Hanoi and blasted two supply targets on the outskirts of Haiphong Thursday. U.S. headquarters reported pilots flew 152 mission over North Vietnam, the heaviest directed at supply facilities ringing North Vietnam's capital and its major port city. Ground fighting in the South amounted to only scattered skirmishes. NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - The once-beautiful body of buxom Jayne Mansfield, victim of a violent highway collision, lay today in the white-tiled morgue here as a quite tug-of war over her funeral developed. Matt Cimber, estranged third husband of the 34-year-old actress, rushed here after her death Thursday and said he would plan the funeral. Husband No. 2, movie muscleman Mickey Hargitay, also flew here. He went first to the bedside of their three children —injured when the car carrying Miss Mansfield rammed the rear of a big truck east of the city. Hargitay said his former wife's mother and step-father, Mr, and Mrs. Harry L. Peers of Dallas, Tex., aslo had come here about Miss Mansfield's funeral. He said it would be private but declined to elaborate. On« funeral home said: "We're waiting further word from Uit mother." without pay for several months, be relieved of his duties and Russell Mosley, presently acting director, be appointed in his place. As Jumper explained it, Bearden had been paid for all accrued sick leave, and it was against Federal OEO regulations to grant such an extended leave, even though Bearden was not being paid while inactive. Therefore, said Jumper, since it appears that Bearden's health will preclude his resuming his duties in the foreseeable future, the board was forced to rescind its action in granting the extended leave. Regarding the staffing of the county Head Start centers, Jumper told the group that the hiring policy was in violation of the county Community Action Program, which, he said, enjoined persons who serve on neighborhood OEO councils from working in Head Start projects. This restriction was with drawn by the board last night, me|ing it unnecessary for those holding positions on neighborhood OEO councils from resigning their Head Start posts. * * * For each of the three appointments considered at the meeting, a screening committee composed of Ben Butler, former mayor of Osceola; Bob Me- Kinnon of Manila; and Charles Sanders, submitted to the boan three applicants for each post tion. All voting on candidates was done by secret ballot. Sarah W. Hale was chosen over two others as acting fiek representative for three months The voting was 19, 11 and one. The job pays $500 monthly. Essentially, the field representative is responsible to the assistant county OEO director (Joliff) and works toward carrying out the total county poverty program. A minimum of a high school education is required for the post and six weeks' training is provided by OEO with refresher courses thereafter. The county OEO is also seek- ng a director for the soon-to- >egin family - planning . program. However, according to Butler, the director must be a registered nurse and no qualified applicants for the post have yet come forward. Mrs. Nancy Patterson Nunn was elected assistant family planning director over two other applicants by a vote of 12, 11 and eight. The position pays $500 monthly and requires a licensed practical nurse. Also in connection with family planning, a field - resource aide, a sort of general assistantship, was selected. Elected to this post was Betty Clay Buckingham, who won the position by a vote of 17, nine and five. * * * It was after all other business was concluded that the board went into closed session to review the internecine situation at the Westside NSC. Recently, three of the center staff, were removed by its board of directors. Each center is administered by unsalaried volunteers who are private citizens and not employed by the center or any other OEO agency. Discharged were Mrs. Zouline Procknaw, co - ordinator; Mrs. Barbara King, community aide, and Mrs. Betty Beard, clerk- typist. The county board last night upheld the dismissal of Mrs. Procknaw and designated Mrs. Charlene Kingsley as her replacement, probably assuming her duties July 1. The discharge of Mrs. King and Mrs. Beard was rescinded ast night and they were re-installed for a three-month probationary period. During the executive session, (he center's board of directors withdrew its request for the firing of Mrs. King and Mrs. Beard and asked the county group to re-instate the two. The meeting began at 8 p.m. and ended about 11:30 p.m. Nguyen Cao Ky Nguyen Van thien Duong Van Minh giiiimiiiiiiiiiiiiBiaiiiiiiBiiiffliiiiiiiiiiiiaiiiiiiiiiwmiiiiiiiiiiBiniiisiiiiiiiiuiiniiiii | There Are Better Days Ahead [ NEW YORK (AP) - Joe Ramirez, 19, drove to the court| house Thursday to fight a traffic ticket. § As the case was about to be called he realized his park§ ing meter was running out. He asked the judge for time. 1 Granted. Joe raced out and started across the street a when a policeman grabbed him for jaywalking. He gave g Joe a ticket and a long, long lecture. I So long was the lecture that a meter maid got to his car" 1 before Joe did. She gave him a ticket and ignored his plea. § When he got back to court the judge had gone to lunch. = | Joe fed Hit meter diligently until his honor returned. f j "With my luck I knew the verdict before the judge pro- \ g nounced it—'Guilty. $5 or one day in jail," " Joe said. 1 | Joe went (o pay the fine and found only $2 in his wallet. I j The clerk let him go on his promise to pay. 1 | When Joe got home to Jericho, Long Island, he found a I 1 letter. . j § "Greetings," it said, report for induction in the U.S. \ | Army July 20. | il!l!l!llll!l!ll!l!l!llll!!lll!ll!!l!l!IIIIIIIIIIIIIII!lll!U!lll!ll!llln POWER SHIFT KY, THIEU JOIN FORCES By BARRY KRAMER SAIGON (AP) - Premier Nguyen Cao Ky, who has led South Vietnam's military government for two years, withdrew from the race for the presidency today to seek the No. 2 spot on a ticket headed by Chief of State Nguyen Van Thieu. The decision came after three days of tense meetings of Kie powerful Armed Forces Council during which the competition between Ky and Thieu, who both had been running for the presidency, reached a climax. Ky has gone from being the No. 1 presidential candidate to No. 2 man on someone else's ticket, making it apparent he lost a great deal of power in fee last three days. Thieu, on the other hand, has now gained the top spot. The fact that he and Ky will no longer be competing for the 600,000 votes of the armed forces makes him virtually unbeatable. The Thieu-Ky combination also eliminates the possibility that their competition would split the military, a fear the United States has been expressing since Ky and Thieu both decided to run for president. The Thieu-Ky ticket was expected to register by midnight tonight, the registration deadline. Reports said the Armed Forces Council had heated dis- cussions of the Ky and Thieu candidacies. Sources said the council had decided to name a caretaker government to run South Vietnam while Ky and Thieu campaigned. But now that the two men are on the same ticket, it was not clear if there would still be a caretaker government. The decision to run together came aft er the decision to form a caretaker government. To add to the confusion, former Premier Duong Van Minh now in exile in Thailand, registered today for the Sept. 3 presidential election. Minh, a major general who ran South Vietnam for several months after the downfall of Ngo Dinh Diem in late 1963, was made ambassa- dor at large in 1964 after other generals turned him out of office. Minn's vice-presidential running mate, lawyer Tran Ngoa Lieng, a former minister of welfare under Ky, said Minh would return to South Vietnam Saturday or Sunday. So far, all indications are that the Armed Forces Council would not permit Minh to reenter South Vietnam. It issued a statement Thursday night saying he could not come back for security reasons. Ky is a Buddhist from North Vietnam and Thieu is a Roman Catholic from central Vietnam in a country where religion and regional differences figure im- porportantly in politics. Murton Cries Sabotage TUCKER PRISON FARM. Ark. (AP) - The first trained penologist in the Arkansas prison system says he has met with nothing but harrassment and interference" from Cummins Prison Farm officials since his appointment Feb. 13 as assistant state prison superintendent in charge of Tucker. Thomas 0. Murton, 38, a criminology professor at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale before Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller appointed him to mailed a 19-page status report his $8,000-a-year job here, to members of the state Penitentiary Board Wednesday. This institution will never progress under the continued harrassment and interference by Cummins officials," he wrote. The unceasing efforts to cause failure of our efforts here must be terminated." Murton, who said when he took the job here that he wanted it because he thought it would be intriguing and challenging," was hired after a State Police investigation revealed instances of torture, brutality, extortion and forced homosexuality. The first U pages of his status report dealt with changes in the prison's operations since he took over. He said that ths changes had been miraculous," but that they were made in spite of the administration of the Arkansas Penitentiary." Hong Kong Harbor Jet Crash Kills 24 By FORREST EDWARDS HONG KONG (AP)-A Thai 'nternational Airways Caravelle let crashed into fog-shrouded, squall-whipped Hong Kong har- »r today and it appeared 24 of 10 reported aboard perished. Airport officials said their count listed 6 known dead, 18 missing and presumed dead, and 56 survivors. Several ot the survivors were reported in ser ous to critical condition. The 73 passengers listed had warded at Tokyo, Osaka, and Taipei. Thai Airways withheld he passenger list but airport officials said there were 66 adults, six children, and a baby n arms aboard, plus seven crew members. At least H Americans were reported aboard. Revenue Office Schedule Told The Arkansas Revenue office on second floor of City Hall will be closed Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. Announcement of Hie holiday schedule wai made today by Revenue Inspector Otis Austin. The office will open for business on Wednesday, July 5. The pilot was a Dane, the other crew members Thais. Airport officials who saw the crash and passengers interviewed later said the plane appeared to be coming in for a normal landing at Hong Kong's Kai Tak Airport when it suddenly plummeted into the harbor about 250 yards from the end of the runway. The runway extends about a mile into Kowloon Bay, a part of the harbor. One airport official said a sudden, fierce rain squall may have caused the crash. He commented: "The plane appeared to be making a good approach when a very heawy rain squall suddenly hit. The plane just seemed to drop into the bay." A passenger, Dr. Stanley Spector of St. Louis, said "Everything seemed to be normal, a routine landing, and then suddenly there were three very navy bumps and water began pouring into the cabin." Part of the plane's fuselage still was above water. Divers went into the submerged section and also began searching the harbor bottom near the wreckage. The plane crashed only a few hundred yards from where a See PLANE on Page 14 Murton charged that Cummins officals, specifically state Prison Superintendent 0. E. Bishop and Cummins .Business Manager Eugene P. Nunn, had hampered his efforts by holding back funds for salaries and construction, shorting Tucker on supplies and help and delaying the repair of farm equipment. Murton listed 24 specific incidents that he said had contributed to the "intolerable situ, ation" between the two institutions. The names of either Bishop and Nunn appeared in most of them. One of the charges was that not enough men were assigned to Tucker to adequately care for the crops. In spite of repeated requests for more manpower, he said, the inmate population has dropped from its traditional level of 365 to only 255. Maintaining the farm occupies 168 inmates, Murton said, which leaves only 59 men available for work in the fields. Murton said the only time inmates had been transferred to Tucker in any great number was during the first week after his appointment, when we were deluged with 63 inmates in an obvious attempt to add to the confusion." The agricultural program here is in serious jeopardy if there is not some immediate resolution of this conflict," Murton said. If we fail in our agricultural venture, our critics will claim it is attributable to the new- Charge Filed At Steele STEELE — Charges of stealing $3,000 in cash from a home have been filed by Pemiscot County Prosecuting Attorney Joe Taylor against John Smith, 42 of Steele. The theft reportedly occurred Saturday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Smith of Steele, no relation to the other two. Jack Smith told the sheriff Saturday afternoon that the cash, which he kept hidden in a stove, had disappeared, and since the John Smiths had been visiting there that day, they were taken in for interrogation. fangled penology," he said, and not to those who wish to perpetuate the archaic system ... for their personal gain and profit." As the most recent evidence of lack of cooperation, Murton cited the refusal of Cummins officials to accept $11,000 worth of vegetables grown here for canning. The only canning equipment is at Cumins. Murton said Nunn notified him two weeks ago that there were no cans available. There were, in fact, three railroad cars of cans on tin farm (Cummins )at that time," Murton declared, and instructions had been issued to cannery personnel not to can anything for Tucker." After intervention by the gov- nery personnel not to can any- mission to ship the vegetables to Cummins, Murton said. We shipped one load Saturday and were advised that the cannery would be closed Sunday and that the beans would probably rot by Monday," he See PRISON on Page 14 Kosygin, Castro Get 'Good Results 7 By FENTON WHEELER The Soviet premier stopped HAVANA (AP) — Premier'at Paris en route to New York Alexei N. Kosygin left Cuba to-! to talk with De Gaulle. French day after talks with Prime Minister Fide! Castro and will stop over in Paris Saturday to confer with President Charles de Gaulle. Castro gave Kosygin a big sendoff with bands, and a 21- gun salute. Thousands of Cubans lined the road to the airport. This was in contrast to Kosy- gin's arrival Monday, when the ceremonies were subdued. An unofficial source said Kosygin's talks with Castro had achieved "good results" because both men reached a "plain understanding." No details of the talks were sources said Kosygin requested both meetings with the French president. Kosygin's formal talks with Castro were described by Tass as "frank"—the Soviet indication of disagreement— on Tuesday. Their unexpected Wednesday session was "in a friendly atmosphere," the official Soviet news agency reported. ?But Ihere was no indication in Cuba accounts of what was discussed or whether progress was made to narrow differences Between the two leaders on the proper Communist stance in Latin America. The feeling in Havana Is that available, although one topic j Castro is not expected to budge presumably was Castro's desire ; from nis revolutionary position, nor Kosygin from his theme of coexistence and trade with Latin-American nations. for armed revolution in Latin- American countries where the Soviet Union is trying to build influence and trade relations. Kosygin spent most of Thursday visiting Pinar del Rio Province in western Cuba, home of one of Castro's pet agricultural projects at Guane. He ended the day with a Soviet reception in Castro's honor. Kosygin arrived in Cuha Monday from New York, where he addressed the emergency session of the U.N. General Assembly on the Middle East crisis. He also met twice with President Johnson during his nine- day visit to the United States. Weather Forecast Considerable cloudinest through tonight with widely scattered thundershowers most numerous northeast portion. Chance of a few thunderstorms northeast this evening. Saturday partly cloudy with isolated thundershowers mostly east portion. Continued warm through Saturday but less humid Saturday. Low tonight 60s to low 70s. **•

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