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»AGE TWO BLYTHEVIU.E (ARK.) COURIER NEWS FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, 1954 Base, Sewers Repeat as Top Issues of Year (Continued Irom Page 1) eight years, won by a 342-vote m-rgin over John Caudill. On the sewer issue, he advocated a sewer improvement district plan to be payed for by assessment of property according to benefits gained. He also proposed thnt the mayor's job be returned to a part-time basis with pay reduced to $2,400 per year. The latter proposal was placed before the City Council at its December meeting and an ordinance to that effect was passed. •' • • MISSISSIPPI County's accidental c?eath toll in 1953 ranked high in comparison with other recent ye"vs. A total of 60 persons died accidentally in the county, with 23 traffic- fatalities topping the list of causes. Four of the traffic deaths occurred in BIytheville. The deadly hazard of kindling a stove with kerosene was a major factor in raising the fire deatr. toll to possibly an all-time high of 18. Worst tragedy occurred In March when four Negroes were burned to death and three others injured in a farmhouse fire near here which started when kerosene was used to re-kindle the dying embers in ' a stove. Eight persons died in BIytheville fires. Fourteen miscellaneous deaths in the county Included two by drowning, two by monoxide poisoning and a farm worker who was killed when struck by flying crop duster airplane. • • • WEATHER, as always in this predominantly agricultural area, held an important position in the year's news. The second severe drought In as many years had a telling effect on many Individuals in addition to Its general depressing influence on the entire economy of the area. Though most of the cotton farmers had unexpectedly large yields, late spring rains destroyed a large amount of plantings and the long-lasting drought made the soybean crop almost nonexistent. The summer's heat came early base facilities." At last reports the base were still scheduled to be an $18 million Installation, and construction was slated to begin before June 30. In the season with the temperature reaching its highest point of the year, unusually enough, in June. The peak of 105 degrees came on June 20, during a period of seven straight days that the THE SITUATION of Blytheville's ewers, as in the case of the air air base, appears to be about the same as it was at the beginning of the yrar. Numerous plans and proposals were put forth during the year but none of them culminated in any definite action toward improving the city's dilapidated sewer facilities, except in newly-created Sewer riist- it Four where a 25,000 system, including laterals, mains and a lift | station, was installed. A finance plan submitted by a Chamber of Commerce Committee and approved by the City council basr-d on the $1.11 million Black find Veatch proposals was discarded, temporarily at least, while less expensive systems were iiH'cstiRat''d. This plan called for issuing 30- year revenue bonds to pay for construction and for retiring the bonds through a use charge based on winter wp.ter consumption. A Citizens' Sewer Committee was formed and presented similar but modified sewer plan which would cose $995,000. The plan would from the program certain .section of town where the need is not great and Obituary Mahalie Holt, Joiner's Oldest Resident, Dies Services for Mrs. Mahalie Ellen Holt, who died yesterday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Roy Parsonage of Oklahoma City, Ind., will be conducted tomorrow at Joiner Methodist Church by the Rev. D. E. Stevenson. Burial will be in the Bassett Cem- etary with National Funeral Home of Memphis in charge. Mrs. Holt, 83, was the oldest resident of Joiner and suffered a stroke December, 25 while visiting her daughter. She was the oldest of five generations of her family that lived in Joiner. She was preceded in death by two soas. She is survived by seven daughters, Mrs. Veta Hayes of Joiner, Mrs. Ruf-scll Wood, of Oakland City, Ind., Mrs. Floyd Oarlock of Hayti, Mo., Mrs. Gertrude Simpson and Mrs. Rosalia D'Elia both of New Orleans, La., and Mrs. N. R. Hosey of Maxwell, Ark. NEW 'FIRST LADY' — Mrs. Dan Blodgett wife of the outgoing mayor, is shown as she presented a bouquet of roses to Mrs. E. R. Jackson, who today became the city's new "first lady" when her husband was sworn In as mayor. . (Courier News Photo) would charge only those using the new system. The City Council was asked to present this plan to the people in a special ejection. The council created a Committee to decide on' a general plan and map details for an election. , Another proposal advocated Installation of a $690,000 sewage disposal plant to solve the city's health problem of untreated sewage and present sewer districts would be assessed for installation of the plant and mains linking the districts to it. Slot Machine-Supported Towns In Idaho Face Revenue Loss By DALE NELSON Boise. Idaho f/D—Idaho's slot machine - supported communities began a new year today with a sharp—In some cases almost total —loss of revenue staring them in the face. Legislative action, confirmed by the State Supreme Court, banned the gambling devices at midnight, with the end of the year. They had been legal in corn muni ties which licensed them since 1947, The law under which they operated specified they could be licensed only in incorporated municipalities—cities and villages. As a result many areas were incorporated, getting most of their rev- IN AUGUST, the City Council J em ie from slot machine operations. An example was Garden City incorporated in 1949 on the outskirts of Boise after this community banned the slots under the local option law". Clyde. Allen, chairman of the Village Board of Garden City, said. retained a Little Rock bond firm to ct as the city's agent in legal mutters pretaining to sewage finance with a view to holding a special el- ction and floating bond issue, Final action taken in 1953 in tury mark. It also reached that point four other days in the month. During unseasonably mild July and August, the temperature went to 100 degrees only six days. MASSIVE efforts of city and Chamber of Commerce officials to lure the Air Force into BIythe- ville met alternately with success and failure as Washington officialdom wavered in Indecision. At the beginning of the year, BIytheville appeared set to get the base and word at that time indicated construction would be underway by March or April. But during, the year. Washington decided on three separate occasions to hold up building of the base, and each time, with some prodding, reversed Itself and restored the base In .Its military program. First stop order came in February shortly .after the new Republican administration took over. This order stopped practically all military construction for review. In March the go-ahead sign was given for the base and everything appeared rosy. The glow soon faded, however, when another delay wns ordereti in May pending a policy statement by the administration on the size of the Air Force buildup program. Later that month, BIytheville breathed a sigh of relief as the base just "squeezed" into the approved list. The Air Force announced that original plans had been altered and the base would be changed from a Tactical Air Command to a Strategic Air command installation. Engineers Were authorized to accept deed to the land from the city—a ceremony completed on June 11—and were told to go with the project. Engineers announced definitely that the base would be under construction by Aug. 10. HOWEVER, confusion entered the scene once again In the area of finance. The Air Force went before Congress seeking $9 million to be added to the $9 million already earmarked for the BIytheville base. The original money, it was revealed had never actually been appropriated by Congress: It had only been authorized. The confused situation was resolved in the final action-packed hours of the Congressional session with an appropriation of the »9 million for immediate use and authorization of the additional $8.8 million for use when needed. The final obstruction in the tough three-year obstacle course appeared to have been surmounted. But this view reckoned without the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Early in September, the Joint Chiefs throttled the project with an order for a third review. Design and planning wark halted indefinitely. Exasperated BIytheville officials went before Defense Secretary Charles E. Wilson to show what efforts and expenditures h»d been made seeking a solution to the sewer iroblem was the decision at the Council In November to hire Max Mehlburger, Little Rock engineer to make a new preliminary survey an effort to find an adequate plan within the city's financial •each. The survey, being conduct. place the one made by Black and Veatch In 1850 . About the only thlnfc agreed on by most in connection with the sewer issue wns that "something must be done." And even this opinion met with considerable opposition, according to a poll conducted by the Courier News in April. Plnnl tabulation of the unofficial balloting in which 323 persons voted, showed 'hat just over half (168) favored. A plan of some kind while 155 wore opposed to any improvements. Of the group favoring some kind of plan, 132 voted for the proposed bond issue plan and 36 favored some other system of financing. OTHER events producing top news stories of the year in BIy- theville included. The divorce fraud trials resulting in several convictions for perjury and forgery stemming from investigation of so-called Arkansas "quickie divorces." The sliovt and ruther stormy life of an Itinerant merchants ordinance, passed witli an emergency enabling clause in August nnd repealed at the nrxt meeting of the City Council after numerous protests by Individuals nnd organizations iu BIytheville. The Hth annual National Cotton Picking. Contest, which drew one of the largest fields in its history. And other major Chamber of Commerce activities — BIythe- ville Value Days, lauded by the U. S. Chamber of Commerce as 'one of the best;" and efforts to obtain re-routing of Highway Gl and 18 to by-pass the city. JACKSON (Continued from Page i) rich Uncle Bert." Mr. Lynch, who once served two terms as city clerk here, said "this Is an occasion where congratulations are to be extended and appreciation expressed" and creditied. the outgoing administration with doing "an honcst-to-goodness man's job." He wished Mayor Jackson "as much success as when you were mayor before" and citrd 'the work done by him during his previous ,erm in cooperating with 'he Chamber of Commerce to bring the Rlce- Stix and Duro Chrome plants here He predicted continued growth for Blylheville and said "the opportunity is ours." "I pledge my full faith and credit to make this a successful administration," he said. Following the talks, Mrs. Blodgett presented a bouquet of roses to Mrs. Jackson, her successor as the city's first lady". "There has never been a city tax here, but there will have to be." Allen said the village, with a 1950 population of 700, has laid off seven policemen in anticipation of a slim budget. This leaves three patrolmen and the chief. Askod whether he thought the village would endure, he replied, "I think we can make it all right." Robertson Smith of Weiser, executive secretary of the Idaho ! Municipal League, said some other Idaho villages garnered as much as 80 per cent of their revenue rom the machines. "But I don't think you could get nny of them to get up and talk in In favor of slot machines," he added. 'They're not a good source of revenue." Smith pointed out that some of the villages, such as Garden City, have built schools, playgrounds and sewage plants with tiie slot would continue as villages or be absorbed into nearby cities. Bids for Missco Rocd Job Asked The Arkansas Highway Coin- mission yesterday advertised for bids for graveling of five miles of selected sections of State Highway 150 between Number Nine and Huffman. This is one of nine road and Big 3 Notes Accept Soviet Dote Proposal MOSCOW. Jan. 1 My-The United States, Britain and France today delivered identical notes to the Soviet Foreign Ministry accepting Russia's proposal of Jan. 25 for the Berlin Big Four foreign ministers conference. The yvestcrn powers had proposed on Dec. 9 that the foreign ministers meet in Berlin on Jan. 4 to discuss the unification of Germany and an Austrian treaty of independence. Russia replied on Dec. 26, suggesting the conference date be fixed as Jan. 25. The Western powers have mentioned the 5:0-room Allied Control Council building in the American sector of Berlin as a site, but in the Dec. 26 note the Russians proposed that representatives of the high commissioners in Germany decide on a suitable meeting place. The text of the latest Western notes was not immediately available. While the Western powers, have] proposed th the questions of Austria and Germany ge discussed, they have left the w»y open for the Russians to bring up other questions. The Russians want a big five meeting with Red China taking part. bridge projects for which bids were advertised. Estimated total cost of the project is $1,600,000. NEW YEAR (Continued from FM* 1) the road." In Huckeiisack, N. J., police took away car, keys from tipsy patrons In bars, promising to return them later in the day. In Colorado, tireworks hailed the new year from »top 14,000-foot Pike's Peak. San Francisco'* Market street was barred to traffic as pedestrians whooped It up. Miami welcomed the new year with a mass turnout tlong Biscayne boulevard. In Michigan, the village of Memphis became a city as the old year ended, and celebrated into the small hours. Mummeri Ready In Kermit, Tex., it was the happiest New Year for Mr. and Mrs. O. L. Batchelor. They celebrated the news that their son, Claude. 22, an American POW of the Beds in Korea, had changed his mind about refusing repatriation and was turned over to the U.N. Command. With the obvious name of Happy E. Newyear, the Sleepy Eye, Minn., resident had numerous offers to appear on New York television shows. Newyear turned them all down, went to church and later had fun at a small family parly at home. Servicemen in all parts of the world had time off for special food, fun and entertainment. For the sports lovers, it was "let's not sleep too late" to see via TV the various bowl football games throughout the nation. In Philadelphia, the mummers POWs (Continued from ftf» It home to Kermit and.he beimed broadly as he read * message from her, "I want to see you as »oon ai possible," his wife Kyoko wrot«. "I am so glad you are finally com- Ing home. I love you very much." The message was relayed from Tokyo by The Associated Press. The Army said Batohelor would be treated like any other r«. turning prisoner of war" when nt gets to Japan and will have * reunion with his wife. In Kermit, Batchelor's father and mother were overjoyed. "It's the best news I have ever heard," said O. L. Batchelor, an oil well driller. The parents had spent ft sad Christmas believing their «on never would return home. Only a few days before Christmas his mother had said, "It looks like there is on hope." Young Batchelor was taken prisoner In May, 1951. He appeared in good health today. His hair was long. His blond moustache was neatly trimmed. He wore the faded blue uniform given him by the Communists. He talked with newsmen for a few minutes, then boarded a helicopter for a flight to the 12'st Evacuation Hospital in Seoul for medical checkup. He will be flown to Japan for a complete medical examination later. readied their annual New Year's Day march down historic Broad street. MISSCO (Continued Irom Page 1) the right of way with no charge. . • * "A saddle hurse of mine was about our only tangible as-set, but we undersigned the guarantee to provide the right of way. MALENKOV (Continued from Page 1) portunities to further weaken International tension in 1954. Governments, primarily the g«£jrrn- ments of the great powers, cannot but fail to heed the voices of the peoples and reckon witli their growing desire for the lasting property entirely. It was the only penny we spent for land." Mr. Buck recalled several early telephone numbers when the lute R. C. Rose installed a system in BIytheville. "Remembering those numbers is nq.fHt-of memory," he .said, "there .weren't but 22 of them in town." Shortly after 1902, he said. Mr. Rose strung a single copper wire to Memphis, providing Bylhe- ville with its first long distance service, A slave mill, utilizing Its scraps fen- fuel, Mipplind the first electric power for the city—at a rate equivalent to nbout $65 per month for one of today's average homes. DEMOCRAT (Continued from Page 1) ny political party called, ,hink of traitors." This 3nst wns nn M's charge that former (purposes and would improve the rr "~ ' ' ' ' 'economic position of the population of the world. by the city In seeking activation and quick "yes-or no" to press for » decision. Tills brought result* and was credited with bringing about the moet recent decision wnlch stated that BIytheville it "ugaln being included in Ux Air Itect rtquiremtnU lor Special Services At Half Moon The Rev. Louis Schullz, former pastor of Half Moon Assembly of God Church, will conduct special services nt the Half Moon church Sunday at 7:30 p. m. H« will be assisted by the Rev. D. Rnmbo, (\ctinp pastor. The Rev. Mr. Schullz is now located la Texas. Dcwcy's Dec. 16 speech in Ilart- "ord, Conn., In which he referred .0 Bro\vnel President Trumnn hnd promoted White in spite of nn FBI report Inking him with Soviet espiotmge. Dcwey niso snid the words Truman nnri Democrat mennt "diplomatic 'nilure, military failure, death and rngedy." Sen. Lyndon Johnson of Texas. Senate Democratic leader, had n ong conference with Knowlnnd •esierday. Thry snirt afterwards >nly that it wns "n friendly KCS- nlked nbout reshuffling committee ion," but indications were they mlividiml senators and parly assignments, a major concern of chiefs. Johnson predicted they would agree on these arrangements, and also said Eisenhower's Jan. 5 meeting with Democrats would be helpful. and shall continue to do everything toward enabaling the people to live in pence and townrcl relaxing international \cnsion nntl toward establishing normal relations between states. Q. What do you consider (lie most important stop which could bn undertaken in the interests of peace throughout the world in 1954? A. Such a step would be the conclusion of an agreement between the states under the form of which participants in the agreement would take upon themselves the and unconditional obligation not to employ atomie. hydrogen Ji ml other weapons of mass destruction. Such nn agreement would facilitate the possibility of reaching an agreement of the complete banning of atomic weapons and of the establishment of strict international control for implementing t o feb banning of employment of atomic energy for military purposes. At the same time the Soviet government would consider it necessary to reach an agreement on n considerable reduction of all other allusion to types of armaments and of armed 'orces. All this undoubtedly would decrease expenditures for military IKE (Continued from Page 1) They contended the plan will take business away from Dixie firms- textile mills, for example—and funnel It to New England and othev Northern communities with unemployment problems. The administration's headache was intensified when Republican Sen. Knowland of California—one of the men Elsenhower counts on most heavily to help steer his 1954 program through Congress—Joined ,hc Democrats In criticizing the )ollcy. Knowland Is the Senate majority tarter. On his arrival here, Flemmlng described the program as a "good, 5-Year-OId Takes Candle in Closet, Burns Clothes OSCEOLA — A five-year-old boy and his playmates started a fire which burned nil his dollies hangings in a closet and caused damage to two other rooms in the house yesterday afternoon. The fire was started when Prank Bullcv, son of Mr. «nd Mrs. Ben Butler, Jr., and his playmates took a Lighted candle into the closet that contnined all his clothes and those of his two-year-old sister, Patricia. A Negro maid called the fire department which stopped the blaze after it had burned all the clothes and damaged the kitchen and den. Mrs. Butler was at a neighbor's house when the five started. No one was injured. Nome Similarity Noted The Walter Barnes listed In yesterday's Courier as forfeiting a bond In Municipal Court on a speeding chnrnc is not Walter Barnes of Yarbro, the latter reported today. It. James C. Hagcrty, Eisenhower's press secretary, said the plan to earmark only 20 to 30 per cent of defense contracts for firms In unemployment areas still win leave lUHITfSPlE at Your Friendly BLACK & WHITE STORE Unbleached Domestic Reg. 19e yd. 6 yds. 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