Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on December 23, 1977 · Page 1
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Hope, Arkansas
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xxx P.O. /ox •'."•06 Pal Ia>, Texas Arkansas is No. 1 in U. S. broiler production, and Hempstead the No. 5 county. Our Daily Bread Sliced Thin By The Editor Alex H. Washbum Christmas —especially for youth As we grow older It becomes clear that Christmas was especially designed for young folks. Only youth knows the exquisite suspense of hurrying up Christmas Eve so it will turn into a magical Christmas morning. While our parents were living our family was faithful to the ritual of a close reunion at Christmas. After their passing we usually celebrated the great day with dinner and gifts for nephews and nieces at one of our sisters' houses—In years past at Baltimore and Washington, and, since the 1950s, at Sarasota, Fla. But there will be no central meeting this Christmas. One nephew and his family are back from a double tour in Germany, the lieutenant-colonel being tied up with Army matters at Aberdeen, Md. Another nephew, a captain for Delta Airlines, is settling his family in a new house in a Chicago suburb. One of our nieces, married to an FBI agent, lives in Steubenville, Ohio. These people usually gather at Sarasota for Christmas, either at the home of another niece who lives there or at one of our sisters' houses. But the sisters themselves are gone, on another bridge- playing cruise—this time in the Caribbean. So your editor won't be going to Florida this Christmas. The Star distributed a rather handsome Christmas bonus to all our employes this week, and today (Friday) we held a Christmas luncheon. The newspaper will suspend publication Monday, since Christmas actually falls on Sunday this year. We made our usual distribution of smokes and candy to our friends at all the news sources in town. And, in turn, this acknowledges Citizens National Bank's gift to our staff of a large tray of hors * d'oeuvres—assorted party crackers, meat and cheese. To all of you, from all of us at The Star, here's wishing you a merry Christmas and happy New Year. Hope Heropntew! Cmurty 2 Sections VOL. 79—NO. 60 —22 Pages Home of tft* Bowte Knife Star For 6 Mo*. ,4i Methber of the Associated Press Newspaper Enterprise Ass'n. Features 9/30/77 4,560 .At\9/. 4,502 HOPE. ARKANSAS FRIDAY, DECKMBEK 23. 1977 J ' SAN FRANCISCO (AP) For the past 26 years, Just before Christmas, a bespectacled man with a long, long memory parks his van on forlorn, seedy Sixth Street. He's Santa Claus. At least that's what Fred Pol- Itz is to the sad and hopeless souls, the walking wounded who populate the dirty alleys and doorways of the weary downtown street Uttered with empty wine bottles. A line of eager men formed this week as Politz opened his van. With smiles and nice words for all, Politz handed meat and cheese sandwiches, potato chips, salad, cookies and cigarettes into outstretched hands. "Much obliged," "Thank you, sir," "This is very nice, thank you," they said. Some patted Politz on the shoulder. He smiled at everybody, and made sure they got a little of everything being offered. He handed out 800 packages Wednesday. It is all free, and Politz pays for it himself, as he has every year since 1949. Politz used to run a liquor store here, which also stocked groceries and personal items. He sold out and left In 1969, but he comes back every year at Christmastime to show the forgotten men that someone remembers. "This is where I got my Hope dim for 4 trapped victims NEW ORLEANS (AP) Hope had all but vanished today for four men still missing In the rubble of 45 exploded grain silos. Twenty-one bodies already had been recovered and weary rescuers, Illuminated by eerie high-intensity spotlights, labored late into the night searching for the others. They were believed crushed under tons of shattered concrete and twisted steel where the two-story control building and lunchroom of the Continental Grain Co.'s elevator complex used to be. The building was flattened by flying chunks of concrete and steel from a weighing station perched atop the 130-foot silos. Ten men were taken to local hospitals, eight of them in critical condition. Two of the worst injured were grain inspectors blown out of the weighing station who fell to the ground. Federal, state and local officials began investigations into why the silos blew up Thursday morning, firing in chain rtac- tion like huge Roman candles. The initial theory blamed spontaneous combustion of the fine, on the inside Those mysterious booms high in the sky off the Atlantic Coast could be caused by exploding gas bubbling up from underwater garbage dumps, says one scientist. This is one theory. Others speculate that they are sonic booms or come from outer space. Story on page 7. A search for seven bodies scattered around the smoldering rubble of a twin-engine plane was hampered today by the heavily wooded, steep terrain. Police at Junction City, Ore., said no one survived the crash of the Aero Commander. Story on page 5. Cgyptian President Anwar Sadat conceded today that his Christmas day summit with Israeli Prime Minister Menahem Begin could be a failure. But he prayed for peace at a mosque on the banks of the Suez Canal. Israeli sources say Begin is bringing a new, secret proposal to the summit. Story on page 5. CITY SUBSCRIBERS: If you fail to'receive your Stur please phone 777-8841 between 6 mid 6:30 p.m., Saturdays between 3:30 and 4 p.m., mid u currier will deliver your paper. Please do not cull before the time listed. Obituaries 2 Women's News 3 Dear Abby 3 Sports 4 Comics 6 Classified 8 Church News 10 Television 12 DAYS TO CHRISTMAS Oakhaven displays its candles tonight The annual Luminary at Oakhaven will be shown Friday and Saturday starting at 6 p.m. and lasting about two hours. Each evening there will be about 1500 candles set in white paper sacks. Residents of Oakhaven invite the public to drive through and enjoy the Christmas beauty. Cars should enter from the east side and exit on the airport road and, for the best view, motorists should dim their lights. highly volatile powdered grain dust. The constant threat of explosion at grain elevators is so great that even telephones are specially sealed to prevent sparks. Waves of smoke seeped from the shattered silos for hours after the blast. The explosions destroyed 45 of the 73 silos which, along with the office buildings, made up the elevator complex. More than 50 men were working at the complex when the explosion came at 9:10 a.m., two hours after the shift had changed and departing workmen had picked up their, Christmas turkeys, a traditional gift from the company. Turkeys for others were stored in a warehouse which was turned into a makeshift morgue. Families of the missing men gathered along the nearby Mississippi River levee, some of them braving the biting wind for much of Thursday night. "I just hope they find him and he's alive," said one woman whose husband was missing. "First I kind of broke down, but after a while I began to brace and just hope he's alive." Bulldozers and towering cranes scraped away large hunks of debris. Occasionally, the equipment stopped and a rescuer peered into a dark hole in the rubble, looking for survivors — or, more likely, bodies. When a body was spotted, the digging continued by hand with chunks of concrete passing along a human chain. Michael Gavron, a federal grain inspector from Wilmington, Del., was standing on the deck of a ship about 200 yards from the blast. "I heard an explosion and turned around," he said. "The only thing I saw was big flames jumping up from the top of the whole elevator. "All I can say is the structure is tons and tons of reinforced concrete and steel and it was down to the ground in little bits and pieces — little rocks." The blast could be heard throughout the metropolitan area. * Where's the wreck? Two small accidents involving motor vehicles were- reported to Hope police Thursday, although no charges were filed in either Incident. At 4:25 p.m., Hope police were called out to the —30 Gulf Station where a pulpwood truck driven by Johnny Stinson, 38, of Hope, was attempting to drive under the shed to get gasoline, and the boom atop the truck struck the shed over the tanks. At 8:45 p.m., vehicles driven by Clarice Cooks, 35, of Hope, and Freddie Lee Muldrew, 25, also of Hope, collided at the intersection of North Bell and East Berry Streets. Fairly heavy damage was reported to both vehicles. No injuries were reported. start," said Politz, hooking a thumb towards the liquor store behind him. "I like to help out. It's something I do." As he talked, the men pressed forward to receive their gifts. Anyone walking by can have some. A few of the takers are working people from nearby, but most are the down- and-outers. A few oldtlmers remembered when Politz was in business here. One gent, recalling how Politz started feeding the neighborhood, handing out hundreds of packages each day, said, "This is like old times when Fred had the store." JERUSALEM (AP) — Jerusalem's hotels are jammed with Christmas pilgrims, many of them lured to the Holy Land by the blossoming of new hopes for peace. "This year's Christmas will have a special character and nature," said Micha Gidron of the Israeli Tourism Ministry. The Israeli-Egyptian peace talks "will be felt at Christmas," he added. Nearly 37,000 foreign Christians, 10 percent more than last year, are expected for Christmas. And since President Anwar Sadat's visit to Jerusalem Av net paid circulation 6 months ending Sept. 30, As filed with Audit Bureau of drcntatJons. srabjwt to audit. janun PRICK last month, bookings for next year "have been pouring in like rain," Gidron said. He predicted a 20 percent Increase next year in the 1977 record of a million visitors. About 15,000 pilgrims will be in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve for the celebrations and services in the town where Christ was born. The Rev. George Halil, a Greek Orthodox priest at the Church of the Nativity, feels there's a "good atmosphere" this year. "For the first time In 10 years there are signs of a solution to the problems of our region," he said. "This brings Christians closer to Bethlehem, and encourages Christians from the farthest corners of the earth to make an effort and come hero for Christmas," Aa in the past 10 years of Israeli rule, troops and police will patrol the hilltop town of 40,000 Christians and Moslems south of Jerusalem. Bethlehem will be sealed off to all visitors except those with special passes. Security may be tighter this year because of the opposition of militant Palestinians to Sadat's solo peace effort. Nine choirs from the United States and Europe are assembling to sing Christmas Eve in Manger Square, In front of the Church of the Nativity. The festivities begin at noon Saturday with a colorful religious procession led by Msgr Glacomo Gluseppl Beltritti, the Roman Catholic patriarch of Jerusalem. He will also celebrate the midnight Mass in the crusaders'church built atop the site where tradition says Christ was born. The 90-minute Mass will be televised live around the world. Match, fireworks may have caused Mini-Mart fire ISUPQUfUHUBfiMHBBlMMMMtfnMHMUui ~ —•— — —- . _ _ _ .. _. . —Hope (Ark.) Star photo by Billy Burton Fireman watch as smoke billows from Hope's Mini-Marl Bomb shatters airline office A match thrown into a fireworks stand by a youthful prankster Is believed to be the cause of a fire that claimed the entire inventory of the Hope Mini-Mart Thursday afternoon, a Hope Fire Department official reported Friday. The Hope Fire Department received a call on the fire at 12:10 p.m. Thursday, and two pumper trucks were dispatched to the convenience store at 16th and South Main Streets. Put) men had the blaze under control in about five minutes, but remained on the scene over an hour and a half. Minor damage was reported to the structure of the building, but store manager Roy Ray estimated all the Inventory ruined It is believed the store carries almost 115,000 In stock. About four customers and a clerk were in the store at the time the fire started. None were hurt. Ray would not comment as to whether or not the minor believed responsible in the incident was in the store at the time. Hope police are investigating the Incident, but charges are pending awaiting word of whether or not the owner of the store, Southern Arkansas Oil Co., will press charges. The Hope Fire Department also answered a call at the John David Nelson home on 515 Long St. In Hope. Minor damage was reported to the back of the house, where fire spread after starting in a trash box. MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) A powerful explosion rocked the office of a Venezuelan airline on Miami Beach's swank hotel row early today, gouging a crater in thick concrete and twisting heavy metal door frames like strands of taffy. There were no reported injuries, though chunks of twisted metal flew 72 feet across Collins Avenue where pedestrians still sauntered when the explosion hit a few minutes past midnight. "It was lucky no one got hurt — there were pedestrians on the street," said Miami Beach Patrolman Pete Matthews. Windows were shattered 400 feet away, police said. Damage was estimated at $15,000 to $20,000 by an FBI agent who declined to give his name. Nearly six hours later, a man with a heavy Spanish accent called the Miami bureau of The Associated Press and claimed reponsiblity for the blast. "The bomb that went off on Miami Beach was set by the anti-Communist commando group El Condor," the caller said. "We did it for our leader Orlando Bosch who is. being held in Venezuela. If they don't release nun by Christmas something bigger is going to happen to the Venezuelan people." Bosch, a vehement anti-Castro Cuban exile, Is being held by Venezuelan authorities in connection with the bombing of a Cubana Airlines plane that crashed off Barbados on Oct. 8, 1976, killing all 73 people aboard. El Condor and the Coordination of United Revolutionary Organizations have claimed re- sponslbllty for the crash and ester still in serious several other bombing In- cldents, including the sinking of f»nnr1itirvn a Cuban trawler in El Callao '•'UlltllllUH T'"!"!"""' ' TEXARKANA Earlier this year an explosive Jester, Jr., IB device was tossed near a Ve- ' nezuelan military plane at Miami International Airport. Anti-Castro terrorists claimed responsibility for that blast. The apparent target of today's attack was the office of Viasa, Venezuelan International Airways, situated between ticket offices of Delta and National Airlines In a complex of travel- oriented businesses. Storm dumps rain on N. California By The Associated Press The fifth major storm of the season has dropped enough rain on northern California to give key weather stations above normal readings for the date for the first time in three years of drought. More than a half-inch of rain fell Wednesday and Thursday in Oakland and Sacramento, where the 1977 total stood at 5.84 inches, compared to a normal figure of 5.74 Inches. Only 2 inches were recorded in 1976. Oakland's seasonal total rose to 6.15 inches, topping the normal of 6.11 and last year's 2.56. The showers spread Into Southern California and rain was reported throughout the area. Warm, subtropical air associ- ated with the latest storm caused rain instead of snow to fall on some of the lower slopes of the Sierra ski runa and moved the snow level up to 7.000 feet. However, state waterofficials were jubilant because the new rain increases the water content of the snow, which means more run-off to fill reservoirs in the spring. At least three deaths were attributed directly to winds from the two-day storm. A Humboldt County couple were crushed by a falling Redwood and a 74 year-old man was electrocuted by severed high-voltage lines flailing in his front yard. The state Office of Emergency Services estimated more than 15,000 Humboldt County homes and 150 business suffered wind damage and at least 20 barns were destroyed. The agency's early assessments total about 915 million In losses to private homes, businesses and agriculture and perhaps $2 million in damage to public roads and buildings in the county. Winds still were reported gusting to 44 miles an hour at Pillar Point and at San Francisco National Airport, but the weather service said high pressure was beginning to take, indicating mostly fair weather for the Christmas weekend. Meanwhile, cold air moved into the South, where temperatures dipped into the mid-208 In the northwest Florida. Tallahassee had a low of 24 degrees, Fort Myers had a reading of 35 and Miami airport recorded a 43. Light snow fell during the night in eastern Washington and through Montana, but no precipitation was reported east of the Rockies. • Most of the western rain and snow is being produced by a deep low pressure center off the Oregon coast Parts of eastern Colorado continued to have strong winds during the night. Gusts up to 72 miles an hour were recorded at Lafayette, while winds at Boulder were clocked at 70 miles an hour. The coldest temperatures in the country early today were recorded in northeastern North Dakota, Charles of Hope, remained listed in serious condition in the Wadley Hospital Surgical Intensive Care Unit here Friday morning, suffering from Injuries received in a Tuesday night auto-train wreck In Hope. The hospital reported no change In Jester's condition, who has been in the hospital since early Wednesday morning. He was taken out of intensive care for a period Thursday, but complications Thursday night sent him back to the unit. Jester was the driver of an auto struck by an east-bound Missouri Pacific freight at the Walnut St. Crossing. The passenger in the car, Joe Barton, was killed in the accident. Police continue their investigation of the accident. No charges have yet been filed. Notice: No Star Monday The Hope Star will not be published Monday, Dec. 26 , because of the Christmas holiday. The newspaper observes three holidays « year-July 4, Thanksgiving, w»d Christmas.

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