Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on December 19, 1977 · Page 1
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Hope, Arkansas
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Monday, December 19, 1977
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^P"I! v CIXTTR P.O. "ox -o-oo Pallas, Texas Our Daily Bread Sliced Thin By The EdJtor Alex H. Washburn Hospital report— and thanks for 'get well'cards To the scores of Hope and Hempstead county citizens who -sent messages during October and November when I was In Doctors Hospital, Dallas, a humble Thank You. It was a close call for your editor. The low moment was when the next-to-last of a score or X-ray sessions showed what the surgeons said appeared to be either a tumor or any old scar on the liver. They recommended exploratory surgery, and I went along with their decision, knowing very well what they found might be inoperable. Imagine my relief on coming out of surgery to see Pod Rogers, who stood by during the whole Dallas ordeal, holding up a big gall-stone and giving me the O.K. sign. For it was the gall bladder and not the liver. This is twice that Doctors Hospital in Dallas has saved my bacon. They bailed me out of a perforated stomach ulcer that struck me in the Texas city In 1973, and now this gall-stone crisis. Medicine is at best a tough profession. It no sooner finds a cure for some disease but the disease assumes a dozen variations, each requiring its own special medication. And then there are some imponderables like cancer, where medicine can't define it let along produce a cure. Excellence is the general rule for American hospitals and doctors. The advantages found in big medical centers like Dallas and Houston are the wide experience and high reputations of their surgeons. And you must-still reckon with an element of luck. Surgeons put a patient through specific tests of his body's stamnia before attempting an operation. Things like your blood pressure, making sure your blood coagulates normally, and whether or not your system is allergic to certain standard medicines. As you go through these tests you finally realize there is only so much help a doctor or surgeon can give—it's up to your body to respond normally. Medicine calls this response of the patient "Point X"—if his system is pushed beyond "X" the surgeon is helpless. Hospitals and surgeons are expensive. What happens to people without either savings or medical insurance who are suddenly faced with major illness? Their fate is sealed. Obviously there is need for a national compulsory medical- care program, but it won't be a federal give-away—the individual is going to have to come up with part of the cost; otherwise the program would be bankrupt before it got off the ground. I admire the foresight of my late partner, C.E. Palmer, who back in 1929, long before Social Security and Medicare, advised me to take out group insurance for hospitalization and surgery on Star Publishing Co's em- ployes. We did so, with Aetna Life & Casualty—an insurance program that not only exists today but also covers the em- ployes' families. The cost of this program is approximately $1,000 a month—and worth every penny of it. IO . 1 in U. S. broiler production, and Hempstead the No. 5 county. Hope Hemps tt*d C«mt> Home of UM Bowfe J Knllf Star For Period VOL. 7!)—NO. 56 Member of the Associated Press Newspnprr Enterprise Ass'n. Features 4,560 Ar. V/311/76 4,502 HOPE. ARKANSAS MONDAY. DKCKMBKH 19 Av. not pnld rlrntlntlon S months ending Sept. 30, ft77—4560 As mod with Audit Rurran of ("Irruptions, subject to audit. PRICE I5c Farmers protest continues rarmers protest continues TT *. 1 LR warehouses picketed H °P e P ollce hunt TTLEROCK(AP)-Strik- cific sites. „___,_ A . - _,., . . . -m^ ~ _^4 1 11 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - ing Arkansas farmers established picket lines early today at most major grocery store warehouses in the Little Rock area. The farmers carried signs and many of them drove their tractors to the picket sites. An estimated 120 farmers from the Scott, England and Pine Bluff areas picketed the Kroger and IGA warehouses at North Little Rock. Another 100 to 200 farmers were at warehouses in Little Rock. North Little Rock Police Chief Bill Younts visited the Kroger warehouse site this morning and spoke with the farmere. Strike leaders had said Sunday the pickets would go up today at various locations around the state, including Little Rock, but would not disclose the spe- cific sites. "I'm not going to say what we're going to picket, but if you're in Little Rock you'll see them," said Harold Wells of the American Agriculture movement's strike headquarters at McGehee. Benton Taylor of Sparkman, state coordinator for the strike which started Wednesday, said again Sunday that some members of the Teamsters union had said they would not cross the farmers' picket lines. A.H. Pickering of Little Rock, president and business manager for the 6,000-member Teamsters Local 878, has said Teamsters probably would not recognize a strike by fanners because the farmers are not a legitimate labor organization. Pickering could not be reached for comment Sunday. Wells said Teamsters in Georgia were honoring farmer picket lines there. "I guess we'll know tomorrow" whether the Teamsters will honor the picket lines in Arkansas, Wells said. Meanwhile, C.H. Overbay of Paragould, a farmer and strike organizer, said Saturday farmers would probably begin picketing some grain terminals and other agricultural facilities in northeast Arkansas today. Overbay said farmers picketed the Bunge Corp. grain te- rinal at Huffman in Mississippi County east of Blytheville on Friday, but the picketing was discontinued Saturday. Farmers turned back a number of trucks carrying soybeans to the terminal. Overbay said terminal manager Jim Nance told him the terminal would allow fanners with grain scheduled for December deliver to postpone delivery until after the first of the year. According to Overbay, Nance said the company was taking the action because it did not want to alienate farmers supporting the strike. Nance would not confirm or deny the report. Bunge district manager Jack Stockett of Osceola also would not confirm or deny the report. Both said they had been instructed not to comment on the matter. Farmers have been picketing grain terminals in Missouri since the strike started and were planning to begin picketing dairies, bakeries and grocery stores soon, Overbay said. Some Arkansas farmers have participated in the Missouri picketing. news stand robber Local hospital presents service pins to 12 By BILLY BURTON Star Staff Writer Hope police continued their search Monday morning for the lone gunman who reportedly robbed Jack's News Stand in downtown Hope Sun day night of "several hundred dollars" and left the sole clerk taped to n pole In the rear of the storp. According to sketchy police reports, a black male entered the store nnd, brandishing a gun, demanded the money from clerk James Moore. After receiving the undisclosed figure, reportedly some "several hundred dollars," the gunman taped Moore's hands togetherandhlm ton pole in the back of the store. It was reported that the store SERVICE PINS were presented by the Hempstead County Memorial Hospital to these 12 persons, each who have twenty or more years service with the 22-year-old hospital. Together, more than 250 years of service is represented by the above-pictured group. According to hospital administrator Don Abbott, 10 and 15-year service pins will be Six trapped victims die XT A nr-nrt^r » •—• m . . . —Hope (Ark.) Star photo by Billy Burton given out later in the year. From left, pictured are Annie Sue Andres Lucille Moore, Eunice Garrett, Roxie Lawrence Wilma Rnnkpr Laura Sanders Ruhv i? ™.h«,, n ,- ,-,. ' cher, Lula Smith, Jetlie Duller? P ' ' Pln ' Tyus All were honored with « hospital Friday morning. NASHVILLE, Term. (AP) — Rescuers worked for two hours to free a 46-year-old woman and five teenagers from their wrecked car Sunday night, but five of the victims died in the crash and the sixth died this morning. Police said the auto emerged from a side road and crashed into a tractor-trailer truck south-bound on Clarksville Highway north of the city. Police said the car lodged under the trailer and was dragged about 100 yards. The truck driver, Richard E. Floyd, 50, told officers he did not apply the brakes imme- diately because he thought the car had glanced off his rigm Floyd, a driver for Glister- Mary Lee Corp., Chester, m., was not injured. Police said Eva P. Rogers, 46, Reginald Jackson, 16, Roberta Louise Stone, 17, Edward L. Roper, 15, Saundel L. Jackson, 14, all were dead when pulled from the wreckage. A spokesman for General Hospital said Regina Jackson, 16, died this morning from injuries sustained in the accident. All six were from Nashville. Patricia Cole of Chapmansboro, Tenn., was driving north on the Clarksville high- way when the accident happened "The car appeared as if it was going pretty fast," she said. "It went through the stop sign and crashed into the side of the truck." Another woman at the scene was screaming and crying. Asked whether she was acquainted with the victims she said, "It's my first cousin, Regina and she just left the house." Asked the same question a few moments later by another person, she said, "I hate people who ask things like that. I spit on people who ask questions like that." And she spat on the questioner. A young man arrived at the wreck, was told his girlfriend was involved and had to be restrained from running to the car. "Damn! Damn! Please don't tefl me that," he said. "I want my woman. All I want is my woman." The wreck occurred barely 24 hours after a Greyhound bus slid from an interstate highway into a rock wall, killing three persons and Injuring more than 30 othera. Weather ARKANSAS: Sunny and warm today, becoming partly cloudy, windy and colder tonight and Tuesday. .^^ luiugiu aim iuesuay. license Insulation: home owners may have to wait .TTTI V? RAPW I'Atn * Where's the wreck? Only one accident, and a minor one at that, was reported to the Hope Police Department over the wet weekend locally. At 8:40 p.m. Saturday, Officers Bill Martin and Kenny Rowe investigated an accident at the intersection of West Pond and North Hervey Streets, involving vehicles driven by Robert W. Helmick, 18, of Hope, and Paul Matthew Colohan, 21, of Rockville, Md. No injuries were reported and minor damage resulted Helmut was charged with driving on a suspended driving license. LITTLE ROCK (AP) Homeowners in Arkansas who want to insulate their homes to save energy and cut down on fuel bills may have to wait awhile. The demand for insulation materials has created an apparently drastic shortage in the supply, although it also has created a host of new manufacturers, especially in the central part of the state. Les Hall, assistant manager of Hammerschmidt Lumber Co. in Harrison, says all types of insulation materials are hard to get. "We've been out for about a month. Every day people come in looking for it. We haven't got it," Hall said. The best thing he can do is tell customers to come back in January or February, he said. Judy Mack, secretary for Capitol Drywall and Insulation in North Uttle Rock, said the shortage apparently is not peculiar to Arkansas. "People from out of state come in begging for it," she said. She said the manufacturer which supplies the material to her business notified retailers about six months ago that there would be a shortage, and that each retailer would be allocated a certain amount of insulation material to sell. L. K. Rogers, an insulator in the Fayetteville area, said the shortage is hurting his business. He believes rural areas will feel the shortage more than urban areas, because he believes larger cities in the nation will be getting top-priority attention from the manufacturers. J. J. Banks of Springdale has been in the insulation business for 15 years. He said the problem is that new residential and industrial construction has put a heavy burden on insulation supplies, because more insulation is being used in new buildings than was used in the past. Banks said the homeowner who wants to add insulation to an existing home will be hurt the most. Hall also said most of the increase in demand has been coming from individual home- owners rather than from construction companies. One of the major suppliers of home insulation materials in Arkansas is Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp. of Toledo, Ohio, Stan Collins, director of corporate information, said it may be several years before the supply can catch up with the "sudden and unprecedented demand." He said manufacturers of all types of insulating materials are adding capacity to their plants. "But it's hard to project when the supply will meet the demand. It depends a great deal on new construction, which is hard to predict," he said. Collins said the material will be tight on a short-term basis, meaning the next two or three years. He agreed that much of the demand is from homeowners who are adding insulation to existing homes, rather than from construction companies. He said a study made by his company of the market for all types of home insulation in the nation since 1973 has found: (Continued on Page Two) was entered by the robber at about 8:30^:43 p.m. The clerk apparently stayed bound for about 30 minutes, as the Hope police's radio log book does not report a call on the Incident until 9:10 p.m. The gun, which was not Identified, Is believed to be a pistol. It is not known whether the man fled on foot or In a car, nor In what direction he was traveling when he left, Ward said. The investigating officer In the Incident was Gene Wright. According to the description given police by Moore, the man sought Is about 6'1" tall, slender build, was was wearing a blue cientm jacket and pants. He was clean shaven, and wore a blue toboggan-type hat. Moore was to be further questioned by the police Monday morning. Moore refused to comment on the matter when contacted by the Star Monday morning. Another employee of the store, referred by Moore, said the black gunman walked in the store as a customer, before approaching the cleric for the money. Moore was apparently the only person in the store at the time of the Incident. No other details were released by the News Stand, located at the corner of Main and Division Streets, for the Police Department. Syria, Saudi score Begin peace proposal By The Associated Press Syria and Saudi Arabia denounced Israeli Prime Minister Menahem Begln's peace proposals today, saying they would perpetuate Israeli occupation of Arab land, which the Saudis called "a dagger In the heart of the Arab nation." The Egyptian-Israeli peace conference resumed In Cairo, meanwhile, and spokesmen for the two countries reported "markedprogress." But the negotiators seemed to be awaiting major decisions by heads of state, particularly at the upcoming meeting between Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. The official radio of Saudi Arabia, an important financial backer of Egypt and the other Arab "confrontation" states bordering Israel, said there is no justification for optimism "as long us Israeli occupation of Arab territory and Jerusalem continues." "This occupation to a dagger stuck in the heart of the Arab nation ... the dagger must be removed through Arab unity and cooperation," It said. Syria's official radio said the Begin plan "actually Is designed to retain Israeli occupation of the West Bank of Jordan and the Gaza Strip." It also blasted the proposals for not allowing for the creation of a Palestinian state. In Beirut, Lebanon, opponents of Sadat's peace overtures to Israel apparently tried to blow up the Egyptian Embassy. Police said an embassy guard spotted a 13-pound dynamite bomb near the entrance to the building, and police experts defused it 45 minutes before it was set to explode. Begin's proposals, which also have been denounced by the Palestine Liberation Organization, would provide civil autonomy for the Palestinian Arabs of the West Bank and Gaza but would continue Israeli military occupation there and Israeli control of Jerusalem. Begin presented the plan to President Carter in weekend talks In Washington, and U.S. officials said afterward the proposals put the Mideast "on the road to peace." Egyptian officials say they are awaiting a report on the plan from Carter. A statement by a "high authority" said Egypt believes the first step must be total Israeli withdrawal from war-won Arab lands, a step Israel appears unlikely to take. Dan" Pattir, the Israeli spokesman at the Cairo talks, refused to say whether the Begin plan would be Introduced at that conference. But he and Egyptian spokesman Morsel Saad el-Din, at their first joint news conference, said progress had been made at today's meeting. Floods in East By The Associated Pros Urban flooding, scattered power outages and slippery roads have socked the East, with lighter weather patterns drifting over the Western part of the nation today. Flash flood watches were up in Washington, D.C., parts of Maryland and Delaware, with travelers advisories issued for the mountains of Pennsylvania and areas of New York, on the inside CITY S|l|IS<:i(||||{|(S: If you full .., receive your Star olcithc phone 777-1W 11 between fi nnd (, : ,'JO p.m., Salur- mi)h liclHccn ;i:;H) and I p.m.. nnd 11 currier Mill deliver VMII- |»u|tcr. I'lciiM? do mil cull before the lime lUlcd. Three white teen-agers are being held in connection with fires that broke out within minutes of each other and gutfed four block churches Sunday in rural east Georgia. Story on page 14. Chanting 'death to the kidnapers,' 50,000 Greek Cypriots jammed freedom Square in downtown Nicosia today to demonstrate support for President Spyros Kyprianou following the release of his son by right wing extremists. Story on page 5. Index Obituaries 2 Women's News 3 Dear Abby 3 Sports 4 Comics a Movies U Features 12&13 DAYS TO CHRISTMAS

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