Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on December 22, 1977 · Page 1
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Hope, Arkansas
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Thursday, December 22, 1977
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MIC-^HV (T.VITS XXX 11 a?, Texas ~S2"; OurDaily Bread Sliced Thin By The Editor AlexH. Washburn Old Newspaper faces seen at Christmas-time It was last Friday, Dec. 16, that one of the office staff told me I was wanted at the counter by a man named Grover Zinn. The name clicked instantly. It was Grover Zinn whom I named managing editor of the El Dorado Daily News when departing for Hope in 1929 to consolidate the local newspapers into Hope Star. And there he was, Grover Zinn, a big man, still straight and tall at 84, and with his usual welcoming grin. Of course the scene carried us both back to the days of our youth. Grover was a fine newspaperman, but he disliked the tension of making up the front page never knowing how it was going to turn out until Just before press- time. To me, that was the name of the game—but not for Grover. After about a year of it Zinn quit the Daily News to enter the postal service. He has been retired for some years, and with him on the trip to Hope last week was another El Dorado postal retiree, John M. Brown. And the following memo from Sam G. Harris, 66, long-time staffer of the Arkansas Gazette—I first met him during my five-months stint as state editor of the Gazette in 1929 on a leave of absence from El Dorado in 1925: I'm sure you'll be pleased to hear that I'm hanging 'em up on January 30, 1978. (Voluntarily, too.) For old times sake, please stay in touch. My address will be 4801 Lafayette St. LR, 72205. (Change it on your mailing list.) The past 55 years, not counting the battles of Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Leyte Gulf, and Jaluit, have been fun. Newspapering still is the highest calling I can think of for anybody—young or old. I'd appreciate your continued concern for all the nice people here at the Gazette, especially those who've been assuming my varied assignments from the past 12 years. I have no idea what I'm going to get into after March 1 but for the first three or four weeks after I cover this old Underwood (manual, of course) I'm just going to sit, stare at the wall and swing my foot (the gimpy one). AufWeidersehen SAM Carter talks of changes for farmers PLAINS, Ga.(AP) — President Carter, facing the prospect of a demostration by striking farmers in his hometown, acknowledges that crops in some states are a "disaster" but says he has started policy changes to give farmers "a decent break." However, Carter says he cannot guarantee farmers a profit. The president began his first (Continued on Page Two) Arkansas ts INO. 1 in U. S. broiier production, and Hempstead the No. 5 county. Hope Kempt teed Coonty | Home at the Bowie Knife Star All-Tim For l't>riod 4,560 t.Ar. <>/:t( 4,502 Y'p»| -n vn <w !•> p Member of the Associated Press VVM,. K ,^... _ li: ,ages Newspsper Enterprise AJS'D. Feature* HOPE. ARKANSAS TfH HSI) VY HFrKMHKH r> 1077 Av -" p «P aldf l"-«'«<lonS months entfnR Sept. 30, ftf7-45« L___^:_'.. t^"»'-K 22. <977 AS filed with Audit Bureau of Ort-u^Uons, subject to audit. PRICK I5c Four-way stop signs near HHS Motorists traveling in the area of Hope High School are urged by Hope Police Chief Harvey Fullerton to take note of the new Fourway stop signs at the intersection of Shover St. and Edgewood St. The signs were put up Wednesday. Formerly, Shover was a through street, Fullerton said. He added the signs were put up as he felt it was a "dangerous" intersection. Warning signs urging motorists approaching the intersection to be cautious will be put up in the near future. Harry C. Whitworth dies at 80 Harry C. Whitworth, 80, died Wednesday enroute to Little Rock. He was pronounced dead on arrival at a Malvern hospital, the victim of an apparent heart attack. He was a retired railroad man, a Mason and Shriner, and was deacon at the First Christian Church for more than 50 years. Survivors include his wife, Mary McLemore Whitworth of Hope; two daughters, Mrs. Jack Ambrose of El Dorado, Mrs. Frank B. Kirk of Norman, Okla.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Herndon chapel with the Rev. Lawrence Reece officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens under the direction of Herndon Funeral Home. Five cars involved in 2 accidents Five cars were involved in two minor accidents Wednesday in Hope, but no personal injuries were reported to Hope police. At 12:55 p.m., a three-car accident involving all local residents, was reported to the Hope police. The accident occurred at the intersection of Third and South Main Streets. Connie Louise Walton, 18, was charged with following too closely by Officer Tom Hale, after her vehicle apparently struck one driven by Tyra Ann Spencer, 16, stopped in a line of traffic, and knocked it into a car driven by Thomas G. McRoy, 37, also stopped. At 5:25 p.m., Miss Valeska McRoy, 54, was pulling into a parking space at the Village Shopping Center when her vehicle collided with one driven by Catherine E. Young, 20, who was pulling out of a space. Minor damage 'was reported to the McRoy vehicle. Officer John Willie Cooks investigated the incident and filed no charges. on the inside The United States and other customers of the international oil cartel are being spared a price increase, perhaps for the next six months, because the members of the Organhatlon of Petroleum Exporting Countries are producing more than they can sell. Story on page 7. CITY SUBSCRIBERS: If you fail to reeeive your Star please phone 777-88-11 between 6 and 6:30 p.m., Satur-, days belween 3:30 «n«| 4 p.m., and a earner will deliver your paper. Please do not eall before (lie time listed. Obituaries 2 Women's News 3 Dear Abby 3 Sports 4 Features 5 Classified 6 & 7 Comics 8 1978 Chamber officers Installed Silo blast kills five —Hope (Ark.) Star photo by Billy Burton CHAMBER OF COMMERCE officers for the 1978 year include president Kenneth Paddie with Grccninfi- EUis Insurance, shown at right. The officers were recently installed at the Chamber Office.'located on E st rh 1 w'V P n- \ 6 r otf ; cersjare ' from »eft, treasurer Richard McDowell, Second Vice President Charles Walker, First Vice President Bob Willis, and Executive Vice-PresidenI and Secretary, Bobby Barton funeral held today Christmas becomes season of tragedy for two Hope families By BHXY BURTON Star Staff Writer Tuesday, the last day of school and the beginning of Christmas holidays for Hope High School students, meant fun, frolic and excited anticipation for most of the school's students. For one, it meant death. Joe Barton, 18, a Hope High senior, died at 1:50 a.m. Wednesday in a Texarkana hospital emergency room. Five hours earlier, the car in which he was riding was struck by an east-bound through freight at the Walnut Street crossing in Hope. This morning, Joe was buried. A former schoolmate of Joe's and currently a freshman at Harding College, Charles G. Jester Jr., was the driver of the auto. He lay in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit of Texarkana's Wadley Hospital Thursday morning. He was officially listed in serious condition. The Barton funeral was at 10:30 a.m. in the First Baptist Church with Dr. Richard Stiltner officiating. Burial was in Memory Gardens, under the direction of Herndon Funeral Home. A member of First Baptist Church, Joe was active in G.C.E., a program which allowed him to be employed in the afternoons at Young Chevrolet He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Barton, and had one brother, John, attending Hope High, and another brother, Jim, and a sister, Betty, both at- tending college in Ruston, La. His maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jessie Little of Strong, and his paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Barton of Fordyce. Jester was listed in serious condition in the Surgical ICU at. Wadley Wednesday morning, but was taken into a private room around noon Wednesday. That night, about 8:30, according to a hospital spokesman, he was returned to the ICU. According to police reports, the Jester vehicle was travelling south on Walnut in Hope, when the east-bound Missouri-Pacific train hit the auto on the passenger side. The only witnesses talked to by police Tuesday evening were train personnel, and they stated the crossing gates were down at the time of the incident. When contacted for a statement Thursday morning, the superintendent of the Arkansas Missouri-Pacific lines said a statement concerning the incident would not be made from his office, since there may be possible legal action forthcoming. Superintendent Cole Oehler did state, "The vehicle failed to stop, and there were appropriate warning devices. I do not know why the vehicle failed to stop.." Sgt. James Pur tie, with the Hope Police, is continuing his investigation into the matter. No charges have yet been filed. It was mentioned that possibly another witness, also believed to be with the railroad, would be questioned today. NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A thundering explosion ripped through a storage sHo of the Continental Grain Co. In suburban Westwego today, killing at least five persona, injuring at least 11 others and leaving about 20 persons missing, Sheriff Al Cronvich said, Cronvichsaid five bodies had been recovered from the burning grain elevator and its adjacent offices, where government inspectors worked. At least 11 persona were hospitalized, most with burns. A Coast Guard helicopter, maneuvering through boiling clouds of dense black smoke, rescued one man from the roof of the building. At least two of the injured were taken by helicopter to nearby hospitals. Others were picked up by ambulances. Cause of the blast was not known. The dust-filled air Inside the cylindrical grain elevator is extremely volatile. The explosion rocked the small town of Westwego and showered the area with grain dust and heavy debris. Across the Mississippi River at New Orleans' Audubon Park Zoo, animals cried and roared hysterically, The smoke poured from a gaping hole ripped in the concrete wall of the grain elevator. The silo was one of several alt- ting end-to-end In a cluster at the company, but the fire and explosion appeared confined to one elevator. The facility slta on the bank of the river. Fire boats joined the Weatwego volunteer fire department and equipment from nearby areas. Ambulances ringed the place and Coast Guard helicopters hovered over the elevators. West Jefferson Hospital reported seven persons admitted, moat of them suffering from burns. Ochsner Medical Foundation had four — one of them Jefferson Pariah deputy James L Johnson, who suffered a broken ankle at the scene. Conditions of the burn victims were not known. "It sounded like something fell on top of the building," said NlkJd Glaub, 21, who was working in an office of a nearby jun- kynard. "The whole building shook and the lights went out for a second or two. One of the men from or yard said he heard a big boom and he looked over at the grain elevator, and he said it went up all In smoke and the elevator wasn't even standing any more." John Allender, deputy director of the Audubon Park too, said the animal cages were showered with debris after the explosion. "It^ almost looked like a mushroom cloud and there was quite a bit of debris falling when we got out of the office" The peacocks were screaming and yelling and flying. Most of the animals were terribly upset." Comments on river bridge to be heard The bridge over the Red River on Highway 67 at Fulton was closed in April, 1977, due to the failure of Pier No. l, which resulted in a severe sagging of the main span. As a result of this closure, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is conducting a study to determine the need for repairing or replacing the bridge. Representatives of the Department will be in the public library at Fulton on Wednesday, January 11, 1978, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. to solicit comments from local citizens concerning this matter. All interested parties living in the area (Hempstead or Miller County) are encouraged to come in at any time during these hours and give their comments. Hostages beat gunman to death Early afternoon fire guts Mini-Mart DAYS TO CHRISTMAS SUBIC BAY, Philippines (AP) — Enraged by a Filipino gunman's threat to burn a pregnant woman, male hostages beat to death the man who held them captive for 48 hours inside a small bank building on the U.S. Naval Base at Subic Bay, a Navy spokesman said. Lt. Cmdr. Michael Sherman, the base public affairs officer, said Navy officers negotiating with the gunman by telephone told him today: "If you're not going to give us any hostages, we will not give you any food." "I think this angered the gunman, and he threatened to burn a young pregnant woman," Sherman said. "The male hostages jumped in at that time, and we heard shots and Corrections, Clarifications The photographs showing the winners of the Hope Outdoor Christmas decorating Contest on page 1 of Wednesday's Hope 'Star were'mistakenly transposed. As the pictures appeared in the paper, the Ross home is at left, while the Huff home is shown at right. screams. The next thing we knew, people started running out of the bank." U.S. Marines rushed into the white frame building, found the gunman unconscious and took him to the base hospital. Sherman said he died of a massive skull fracture two hours later. The 14 hostages were being questioned by Philippine authorities, Sherman said. He reported that the only ones injured were the bank manager, Nicomedes Villaluz, who had lacerations of the scalp, and a man who was bitten on an arm. All the hostages were Filipinos, Sherman reported. He said nine were employes of the bank, four were auditors and one was a businessman. 4 The officer said he didn't think the man, who had not yet been identified, regained consciousness. Although the bank is just inside the main gate of the base SO miles northwest of Manila, it is operated by the Prudential Bank and Trust Co. for the benefit of Filipinos employed on the base, and no U.S. Navy funds are deposited there. American personnel use it chiefly to exchange dollars for pesos, and the vault was be(Continued on Page Two) —Hope (Ark.) Star photo by Billy Burton icn, i^ UTS M1NI - MAHT — A fire of as yet undetermined origin gutted the Hope Mini-Mart, located at ibth and South Mam, just across from Hope High School, Thursday afternoon. Two pumper trucks were called to the scene at the 12:15 p.m. reported fire. As of press-time today, firemen the building of burning materials. More details will appear in Friday's Star were still working to clear

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