Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on December 16, 1977 · Page 5
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Friday, December 16. 1977 ***•"'•'«» ^^^^ff^^^f +*f ll»*-^P">l Bands to present Christmas concert The Hope High School and Yerger Middle School 1 bands will present their Christmas concert/ Tuesday. Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Fair Park' coliseum. The bands will present a variety of music eluding several traditional Christmas selections. Samples of numbers to be done are "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by the junior band,] "Men of Harlech" by the high school second band,( and "Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz," a parody of the TVj commercial. The program will close with a medlej of Christmas music. There is no admission and the public is cordially^ . invited. to_attend. 1st reports come in on Xmas seal drive HOPF (AKK > STVH The Black Community Teachers urged to apply )t*CZ**AL*._tM_l "T~T~T ^ rt f\ r- r\ * -* . ^—- •*• JL JL, ^f for holiday jobless pay ByEstherHicks 777-3895 or 8674 "The Hempstead County Christmas Seal campaign is tinder way, with the first reports coming in," Mrs. Dee McMurrough of Hope, the county's Christmas Seal chairperson, announced. "Our county has raised $1,022.35 in contributions to the Arkansas Lung Association, as of November 14. Our goal for 1977 is $2,800.00." "The Lung Association needs the support of this county to reach its statewide goal of $418,000. Christmas Seal contributions are the primary means of financing programs to fight lung disease through research, education and community service." "Our donations will help finance the anti-smoking and anti-air pollution projects. In addition, persons suffering from lung diseases, such as tuberculsis, emphysema, chronic bronchitis and asthma, will benefit from Chris tmas Seal funds." "Last year our county raised $2,041.50 during the Christmas Seal campaign," the 1977 chairperson continued. "Let's do our best to top that figure this year." Persons who have not received their Christmas Seals may contact their county Christmas Seal chairperson or the Arkansas Lung Association. LET'S REFLECT The best manner of avenging ourselves is by not resembling him who has injured us.-Jane Porter Said it. CALENDAR OF EVENTS The First Quarterly Conference of the 1977-78 Conference Year will be held at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church on South Laurel Street here in Hope on Sunday December 18th. Rev. M.H. Elliott, Presiding Elder of the Gurdon District of the West Arkansas Annual Conference will preach at the 10:50 a.m. Worship Service; the business session will be held at 3:00 p.m. with the Presiding Elder presiding. OBITUARY Mrs. Thelma Stewart of McCaskill, Arkansas passed away in a Nashville hospital December 11, 1977. She is survived by her husband, Melvin Stewart; six children, Billy Porter and Nathaniel Stewart of Flint, Michigan; Johnny Frank Stewart of Chicago, Illinois; Deborah, Willie Earl, and John L. Stewart all of McCaskill; two sisters, Mrs. Mayo la Tolliver of Hope, Arkansas and Mrs. Leola Porter of Houston, Texas; five brothers, Luther, George, and Lee Elmer Ogden all of Flint, Michigan, Homer Ogden of Houston, Texas, and Herman Ogden of McCaskill; three stepsisters, Mrs. Vema Lee Henderson of Blevins, Arkansas, Mrs. Hattie Pearl Merricks of Chicago, Illinois, and Mrs. Erma Holt of St. Louis, Missouri; two step-brothers, Jett Lazon Smith and John Raymond Smith both of Los Angeles, California; nine grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 17 at 1 p.m. at the Mt. Peasant Baptist Church in McCaskill with interment in Young Cemetery under the direction of Hicks Funeral Home. Threatened slowdown in air traffic averted Neighbors heard victim's screams LOS ANGELES (AP) — Neighbors say they heard bloodcurdling screams ring out in a Hollywood apartment house where the latest victim of the Hillside Strangler apparently was lured to her death. "It was a very frightening scream ... It was definitely the worst scream I've ever heard," said one man. Two other residents also reported hearing the screams at about the time Tuesday night that Kimberly Diane Martin, a prostitute, arrived to meet a man. But no one reported the screams at the time. "I didn't pay any attention because it (the screaming) went on out in the lobby," the man told radio station KFWB on Thursday. Miss Martin, who worked for a prostitution service, was sent to the apartment after a man telephoned the service, said his wife was out of town and asked for a young, attractive model. Miss Martin's car was found in front of the apartment Wednesday morning. Her nude body was found dumped on a hillside 10 miles away. Eleven girls and young women have been found slain in similar settings over nine weeks. Police later determined the telephone call was made from a pay phone at a Hollywood library and that trie apartment where Miss Martin was to meet him was vacant. Its last tenant, also a prostitute, was evicted in August, the apartment manager said. Lois Lee, a spokeswoman for the California Association for Trollops, an organization formed to help prostitutes, said the prostitution service told her the man "sounded like ... just an ordinary guy out for a good time." Library employees described a man who used the phone Tuesday night for police, but Lt. Dan Cooke said the description was not being released. Robert Finlay DETROIT (AP) - Robert M. Finlay, 64, veteran auto journalist and editor-at-large of the trade publication Automotive News, died Thursday. Spencer King Jr. ATLANTA (AP) - Dr. Spencer B. King Jr., retired chairman of the history department at Mercer University and author of many articles for literary, historical and religious journals, died Wednesday at the age of 73. Florence Leahy LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) — Florence Leahy, widow of former Notre Dame football Coach Frank Leahy, died Wednesday. She was 64. However, an attendant at a parking lot across from the library said police had asked him if he had seen a limping man with a moustache. Four of the Strangler's victims were prostitutes, police said. WASHINGTON (AP) — Christmas holiday travelers will not have to worry about a slowdown in airline traffic after an agreement between the government and the air traffic controllers. The agreement on a new three-year contract averted a threatened slowdown by the controllers, who direct air traffic in and out of the nation's airports. Ratification of the agreement was expected to take about five weeks, union officials said. John F. Leyden, president of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, said the union reached a settlement Thursday after marathon bargaining session with the Federal Aviation Administration. If the contract had not been settled, Leyden said, he was prepared to call for a job action "on the week prior to Christmas." He said the major sections of the new agreement included provisions on transfers based on seniority, expansion of training, binding arbitration in contract disputes and improvements of various work rules. No economic issues were directly involved. —Attend Church Sunday. LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Arkansas Education Association has been urging teachers to Hie for unemployment benefits during the Christmas holidays. The Association learned Dec. 8 that federal unemployment insurance regulations made school employees eligible for benefits d up to $100 a week during the holidays. The AEA has mailed two bulletins urging teachers to apply for the benefits. Some legislators reportedly were dismayed at the unemployment eligibility for teachers because many were under the impression that they had enacted a law at the regular legislative session this year that prohibited it. AEA officials said teachers and other employees are already beginning to apply in several parts of the state. AEA Executive Secretary Kai E ricks on said all the benefits will be paid from federal funds. He emphasized that no state or school distrct money would be used. One of the AEA bulletins told teachers to apply for the benefits even if state Employement Security Division offices insisted that they did not qualify. About 1,000 teachers in Craighead and Poinsett counties have received the forms to file for the unemployment benefits during the Christmas holidays. Mrs. Sue Loucks, claims supervisor with the Employment Security Division office in Jonesboro, said the forms were given to teachers and other public school employes such as cafeteria workers, janitors and bus drivers. The Westside School Board voted Thursday night to change the school calendar to allow teachers to become eligible for the unemployment benefits. Although some of the school board members expressed reservations about doing so, the board voted unanimously to close school Jim. 6 rather than Dec. 21. In an interview with the Jonesboro Sun. Bill Walker of little Rock, a legislative lobbyist for AEA. defended the practice. "It's Just the law. The costs will be borne solely by the federal government," he said. "It's the most unprofessional thing I've ever heard of," one Craighead County superintendent said of the practice. He and several other administrators said they had told teachers that to collect unemployment benefits would be bad public relations. Trumann School Superintendent J. D. McGehee, chairman of the state ESD advisory council, said he thought It was "unethical, dastardly and ugly" for employed teachers to collect unemployment. But Walker said, "Teachers are employed on what is in essence, a daily contract. . . They're not paid for any time that they are of fm Consequently, if federal law provides for them during that tune, then we believe teachers and all other school employes should have the opportunity to apply for it. "We think that if such compensation is available, then people should know about it, and then should make their own determination. We've just alerted able." them that it's avail- Page Five Wntrr fonsnmptfon A total of 3,170 billion snllons of water --••• about eight times the average daily flow of the Mississippi River is funneled daily through the nation's water pipes, turbines and irrigation systems to meet the needs of homes, factories, farms and power plants. 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