Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on December 31, 1977 · Page 5
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Saturday. December 31. 1977 HOPf: i AUK ST\H Five Death of Sen. McClellan ended era of political power By I-INDEL HUTSON Associated Press WHter I.mi.F. ROCK <AP> - It -A.-,:•• perhaps fitting that at his last news conference Sen. John !.. MrCieilan to<>k tune to remi- ni?co on his half century of p-.iblir service. He .stood before a battery of microphones and created a Hurry of publicity by announcing he would not seek re-election in 1977. He also stopped ;ind remembered. He pointed to the numerous investigations he had conducted, his efforts at developing the Arkansas River, the presidents he had served under, the dedication of family and friends. "The season for my retirement is at hand," said McClellan, and, despite political scraps, he said he would leave Washington "with malice in my heart towards no one, hut with charity for all." One week later, on Nov. 28, the 81-year-old McClellan was found dead in his .sleep at his west Little Rock apartment. The death of McClellan was voted the No. 1 story of 1977 by Arkansas newspaper and broadcast members of The Association Press. The death ended an era in which Arkansas became accustomed to the benefits of Washington's seniority system. Washington seniority is like a tree - it takes years to develop and, when it is gone, there is a void. McClellan, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, was the last of Arkansas' trio of major committee chairmen. Former Rep. Wilbur D. Mills, who chaired the House Ways and Means Committee, retired at the end of 1975 and Sen. J.W. Fulbright, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was defeated for re-election by Dale Bumpers in 1974. Between them, they had accumulated a century of seniority which allowed Arkansas — although 32nd in population and next to last on the per capita income scale — to be a congressional heavyweight. The McClellan death received 16 first-place votes and 278 total points in the balloting by AP members. The point totals were based on 10 points for a first- place vote through one point for a tenth-place vote. Trie No, 2 story, which got 12 first-place ballots and 266 total points, was the Logan County murder case in which a Corps of Engineer park ranger and a Magazine town marshal were killed. The other top 10 stories, in order of ranking, were Gov. David Pryor's Arkansas Plan. Arkansas football coach I/m HolU' first season, court cases stemming from the serving of liquor in private clubs of dry counties. Also, the controvesy involving Circuit Judge Henry B. Moans of Malvern, arson cases at Jonesboro, the discovery of sterility in some Dow Chemical Co. workers at Magnolia. Pryor's appointment of the first black man to the state Supreme Court, and the basketball fortunes of coach Eddie Sutton of the University of Arkansas. McClellan was reared on a south Arkansas farm where he picked cotton as a boy and, in "113. became a lawyer at the "ge of 17 after studying law books at home. He became a prosecutor, then a congressman and, in 1935, was elected to the U.S. Senate. At the time of his death, he was second in seniority in the Senate. Gov. David Pryor later appointed Kaneaster Hodges Jr., a Newport attorney and political unknown, to serve the remaining 13 months of McClellan's term. Hodges had worked for McClellan when the senator's 1972 re-election bid was challenged by Pryor. Later, Hodges worked for Pryor. Blue Mountain Lake, with its picnic, camping and boating facilities scattered among the rolling hills of the Ozarks, is just south of Mount Magazine, the state's highest peak. The lake is a favorite of summer vacationers trying to get away from it all. It would be easy to spend several days in the thick woods and winding trails of Logan and Yell counties and see no one. The placid environment was shattered when, on the morning of June 30, two persons were found by sheriff's deputies locked in the bullet-riddled trunk of a car. One of the men, town mar- shall Marvin Ritchie of Magazine, was dead and the other man was wounded. A Corps of Engineers Park Ranger, Opal James of nearby Havana, was missing. James' body was found in the deep woods of the lake region the next day — miles from the car in which Ritchie's body was located. FBI officials said the death of James was an execution-style slaying. It was, they said, part of an multi-state crime spree that involved two missing Louisiana fishermen and a dead taxi driver in Oklahoma City. After an extensive manhunt, Paul Ruiz, 27, and Earl Van Denton, 29, were arrested July 8 at Portland, Ore., and charged with capital murder in the deaths of Ritchie and James. After an extradition fight, the two Oklahoma prison escapees were returned to Booneville, the I/igan County seat. Their trial is scheduled for early 1978. "The Arkansas Plan" was the name Gov. David Pryor picked for the package of legislation he said would give local governments more of the power they said wanted. The plan would have cut the state income tax, phased the state out of the business of sending money to local governments, and increased local government tax powers to take care of their own needs subject to ratification by the citizens. When it was introduced in October 1976, Pryor's package created an uproar among organizations of county and city officials and school teachers, In general, the plan was soundly rejected by the legislature, despite several compromise attempts by Pryor. Lou Holtz, who was hired late last year to succeed Frank Broyles, guided the Arkansas Razorback football team to a 10-1 season and a trip to Miami's Orange Bowl. The Hogs had been picked in the preseason polls to finish in the middle of the final Southwest Conference standings. Holtz left the New York Jets' top coaching spot to take the Arkansas job. Arkansas went 5-5-1 in 1976 and lost three of its best offensive linemen. Holtz turned the team around and lost only to top-ranked Texas, 13-9, on Oct. 15. "The writers were right," said Holtz. "They picked us to finish sixth and we did — sixth in the country." The Razorbacks had only three close games — the loss to Texas, a 26-20 victory over Texas A&M in College Station and a 17-14 victory over Texas Tech in Lubbock. On July 18, the state Supreme Court voted 4-3 that private clubs in dry counties could continue to serve mixed drinks. The court, ruling on a technicality, tossed out an earlier decision by Circuit Judge Tom F. Digby of Pulaski County. He had said all mixed drink permits the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board had issued to private clubs under the 1969 mixed drink law were illegal. Digby's decision came in a suit filed by 11 Harrison residents because of a permit issued to a private club at the Holiday Inn there. It was the fourth private club licensed by the ABC in Boone County. Digby said Act 132 of 1969 didn't amend the local option law, which is Initiated Act 1 of 1942. The judge said Act 132 didn't get the two-thirds vote in the state Senate that's required to amend an initiated act. Judge Henry B. Means of Malvern, who had been a circuit judge about 18 years, caused a stir in November 1976 with his handling of five drug case defendants. Means freed one of the men who pleaded innocent and gave only fines an probation to four who pleaded guility. The prosecutor complained and Means cited him for contempt of court. Under pressure from some constituents, state Rep, Bill Clark introduced a resolution in the 1977 legislature to start proceedings aimed at removing Means from the bench. The legislature referred it to a committee which functions when the General Assembly is not in session. After the legislative session ended, the committee conducted several hearings and eventually concluded that Means had committed "gross indiscretions" by allegedly violating rules against judges engaging in a plea bargaining process and against judges engaging in the practice of law as attorneys. At least 18 arson-related fires occurred in downtown Jonesboro in a six-week period beginning March 20. Damage from the fires was estimated at more than $1.5 million. The largest of the fires occurred April 28 at the Barton Lumber Co., just off Main Street. The blaze leveled a three-story building and caused about $1 million in damage. The fire was so intense it melted fire hoses and firemen's gloves. On March 20, two residential hotels, one of which was destroyed and the other damaged, five businesses and a vacant house — all in the downtown area — burned. On March 22, five other downtown businesses were hit by fire. Damage estimates for those 13 fires exceeded $500,000. In early December, Henry Sam Cooper, 27, of Jonesboro was arrested and charged with arson in connection with some of the blazes. Authorities say they still believe some of the fires were started by more than one person. Tests in August among 86 workers at Dow Chemical Co.'s Magnolia plant showed low or zero sperm counts in 47 men who were exposed to the pesticide DBCP. DBCP, or dibromochloropro- * * © 9 * NOTICE!! Village Shopping Center will be closed Monday, January 2nd. In order that our employees may enjoy New Years, with their families. West's will be open at 9:30, Tuesday, Jan. 3rd continuing their "30th ANNUAL "WHITE SALE." Sale ends Sat., Jan. 7th, so you still have time to take advantage of this BIG ANNUAL EVENT. Use our easy Lay-A-Way Plan where a small deposit holds your selection. West's new store hours effective Jan. 3rd will be 9:30 AM until 5:30 PM daily Monday through Saturday. THANK YOU ALWAYS, for shopping West's and a HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR to you and your family. pane. is a fumigant used to control pests that attack root crops. Dow said followup tests on some of the men in November snowed thnt five who had produced no sperm in August produced significant amounts and two others whose sperm counts had been low in August produced normal amounts. A Dow announcement quoted Dr. Benjamin Holder of the company's medical department as snying the November results were "preliminary tabulations. It is our interpretation that these data indicate initial reversal of effects which will continue." After Pryor had twice named Elsijane T. Roy to the state Supreme Court, making her the first woman on the high court, she was chosen for a federal judgeship. In her place, the governor — again showing his knack for surprise — named George Howard Jr., 35, of Pine Bluff, a former state NAACP chief, as the first black on the Supreme Court. Howard took office Dec. 5 in place of Mrs. Roy, As an appointee, Howard cannot run for a full term in the same position he holds, but presumably could run for election to another position. Howard has said he has given no thought to the possibility of doing that, but he did not rule it out. Eddie Sutton took the Arkansas Razorback basketball team to its best season in the school's history — 28-2. The hogs won the conference championship in March and held a No. ft ranking nationally. Arkansas lost the first round of the NCAA tournament to Wake Forest and slipped to No. 18. In preseason polls this season, the Hogs were ranked seventh. The last week in December 1977, Arkansas moved up to No. 3. Last season, the Porkers became the first team in Southwest Conference history to go 16-0 in the league. In 1956, Southern Methodist went unde- feated in the loop, but there were onH sevrn teams in tho lea urn' then. The Rnrorhflcks also were the first S\W tenrn since the SMI' team of U1J6 to be rnnked in the top 10. For his work, .Sutton was named the SWC Coach of the Year and (he national (.\\i\ch of the Year by the I'.S. Hnskrtball V'riters Avocation The other 10 top stories of the year, in order of ranking, were the birth of Siamese twins in the estate: constitutional cond vention legislation; the trial of John Klliot (iruzen; death penalty cases; The resignation of Little Rock Police Chief Gale Week* the appointment of his sor. Walter "Sonny" Simpson; the shooting death of a Texarkana policeman; the appointment of Miss Roy; the evacuation of Berryville following a fertilizer plant fire; utility rate hikes, and overcrowding at the state's prisons. The Nashville Sound By JOE HOWARDS Associated Press Writer NASHVIU.K. Tenn. (,\V) - Abovit fiO radio stations across the country will air a 10-hour documentary this weekend commemorating the 25th anniversary of the death of country music legend Hank Williams. The special, "Hank Williams ... The Man," is designed for airing on New Year's Day because Williams died Jan, 1, 1953. The documentary includes songs by Williams and interviews with country music celebrities who knew him. "This documentary is the first definitive Hank Williams story," said Jerry Adams, president of Nashville-based Good Vibrations, Inc., which produced and marketed the special. Celebrities Interviewed include Roy Acuff, Chet Atkins, Ernest Tubb, Wesley Hose, Floyd Cramer, Webb Pierce and the Duke of Paducah. Also interviewed are Taft Skipper, Williams' cousin, and Jerry Rivers and Don Helms, two of Williams' band members. Williams died of heart failure in a cab in Oak Hill, W.Va., en New Crop • Papcnhell PECANS lltn hired itntl Su\r RED RIVER PLANTATION Fulton, Ark. 501-896-2225 Titkr!l\\>.l;7 TiiUi'tlltlM'f hi Itlui', lui M Iclt \ follow sij;ns, route to Canton, Ohio. Some of his best-known songs were "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Lovesick Blues," "Kawliga" and "I'm So lonesome I Could Cry." The documentary Is narrated and was researched and written by singer-songwriter Jim Owen of Nashville, who recently developed a one-man stage show, "An Evening With Hank Williams." Owen said the show clears up a misconception about Williams' drinking. "He was not drunk all the time," Owen said. "He would go months without a drink. But when he was drinking, he was 'till the way.'" The man drlvlns the cab when Williams died, Charlie Carr of Montgomery, Ala., agreed to an Interview on the subject for the first time in 24 years. "Charlie said Hank had been drinking whiskey and beer but not much of either one," Owen said. The documentary also discloses that Williams had flown to Cnnton the dny he died but was unable to land because of Ice. So he flew back to Knox- vllle, Tenn., and took the cab, Owen, who wrote "1/oulslana Woman, Mississippi Man" for Conwny Twltty and lx>retta Lynn, said he thinks the documentary will become n tradition on country music radio stations on New Year's Day, the way football Is on television. A total of 129 million Americans were licensed to drive motor vehicles In 1975. The national leader was California, with 1H.5 million licensed drivers. New York had 8.8 million and Texas 7,5 million holders of driver's licenses. itt=o=CE3ttfctt=CESt=a=a=» Will Be Open Sunday & Monday January 1st 4 2nd SPECIAL 99 1818 E. Third Hope, Ark. 8 PC CHICKEN Reg. 3." Z* Come Eat With Us And Enjoy BiaeJceyed Peas CHICKEN COUNTRY 1818 East 3rd 777-2212 st^»t=0=it=<Cattataoe=aa£a[eateitaK; Tuesday, January 3rd Reese's Meat & Fish House 902 West Third-( Adjacent to Russell's Curb Mkt.) 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