Blytheville Courier News, October 13, 1977

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October 13, 1977

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Blytheville Courier News (Newspaper) - October 13, 1977, Blytheville, Arkansas At Gosnell Today... ... around the Globe ■ U fiNobel Medicine PrizeSTOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — The Nobel medicine prize was awarded jointly today to three Americans, one of them a woman, for discoveries concerning hormones.Dr. Roger Guillemin of the Salk Institute in San Diego, Calif., and Dr. Andrew Schally of the Veterans Administration hospital in New Orleans, La., share one half of the $145,000 prize for their discoveries on peptide hormone production of the brain.The other half was awarded to Rosalyn Yalow of the Veteran Administration hospital in the Bronx, New York City. ,, in the NationAir Bags Are Coming WASHINGTON (AP)-The refusal of Congress to intervene opens the way for mandatory air bags or other passive restraint« in all new cars by the 1984 model year.Some M.D.'s Know Less BOSTON (AP)—American doctors who earned their degrees from foreign schools know far less about medicine than those who studied in the United States or Canada, a new study says. And foreigners who studied medicine in the U.S. score higher than the foreign-educated U.S. doctors.Page 4War Widow Reminisces NEW YORK (AP)-Her officer husband was the first of his West Point class to die in Vietnam, and she was left alone to bring up their four children, but Harriet Linnell says she bears no bitterness toward the communist soldiers who killed him.Page 7Balloonists Blow It HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — Two Colorado balloonists trying to cross the Atlantic were picked up by a Canadian coast guard ship Wednesday after their balloon went down in the ocean 30 miles off Nova Scotia. The flight by Dewey Reinhard, 47, and navigator Steve Stephenson, 44, was the second unsuccessful American attempt at a balloon crossing in fivePage 5Arrest Made in Murders ELVATON, Md. (AP) - Police have arrested a 16-year-old youth and charged him with murdering three young neighbor girls. Stuart Kreiner, a junior at nearby Martin Spaulding High School, was charged with first degree murder on Wednesday, and officials said they wanted to try him as an adult. The bodies of the three children were found Monday, stabbed to death and left in a creek. The girls — one aged 10 and the others 8 — were to be buried today. ArkansasInvestment Policy Fair? LITTLE ROCK (AP)-Only time will tell, says Gov. David Pryor, whether a new investment policy for Public Service Employes Retirement System will lead to fairer treatment of bond brokers.Page 20ETV Delay Dead LITTLE ROCK (AP)—The governor's plan to have the educational television network make a delayed telecast of Little Rock TV news shows into the outer areas of the state is dead.Page 4Getting Bad Vibes LITTLE ROCK (AP)-Jack Stephens, president of the Stephens, Inc. brokerage firm at Little Rock, said Wednesday that Gov. David Pryor has had unfriendly attitudes toward the firm for some time.Page 20FEC Eyes FundFights FiresByPEGGYJOHNSON SUff Writer ; Firemen at Blytheville Air Force Base (BAFB) don't just take notice of National Fire Prevention Week...they celebrate it. They have kept the road hot between the air base and the Gosnell Public School system all this week with fire drills, a parade, training classes, and firefighting equipment displays for children kindergarten through high school. . In addition, training sessions for personnel in the various squadrons at the military installation have been conducted daily since Tuesday. A structural fire drill was conducted yesterday at 3 p.m. at the base library and another such drill was held at the base exchange this morning, a base spokesman noted. Of most interest to children at Gosnell Elementary School was the appearance of "Sparky," who has served as the BAFB Fire Department mascot all week. (Actually, the mascot, costumed as a spotted, long-tailed dog, is Airman 1. C. Francis Smith, a fireman and member of the 97th Civil Engineering Squadron.) Yesterday morning BAFB Fire Chief Clarence 0. Kyle presented a fire prevention training class for Gosnell High School and junior high school students in the junior high gymnasium. Today and tomorrow Sparky will make morning and evening visits to the prc-kindergarten class at the air base lo distribute balloons and coloring books. Today Kyle served as judge to select six winners in a Fire Prevention Poster Contest being conducted at Gosnell Elementary School, according lo Mrs. Bakkcr, art teacher. In addition to the poster contest, students in various classrooms are promoting fire prevention week with special projects, such as room decorations. In Sally Johnson's kindergarten class, for instance, students have made firemen's hats from red construction paper. To conclude Fire Prevention Week activities, an open house is planned tomorrow at the base fire station with exhibits and conducted lours, a base spokesman noted. LITTLE ROCK (AP)—What a potential candidate can do with a "survey fund" under the Federal Election Commission rules depend on how the FEC looks at the facts—if a complaint is filed.Interference Explained LITTLE ROCK (AP)—There was interference on the telephone hook-up between Little Rock, Ark. and Austin, Tex.,— a high-pitched screeching tone.Page 13 MissouriGood Crops Expected JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - If a federal agency is on the mark. Farmers in Missouri will harvest a record soybean crop. And the corn crop should be at least as good as last year's. The forecast was made Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But State Agriculture Director Jack Runyan said he's cautious, even though it looks as though Missouri farmers can expect their best crop in four years. Runyan and a specialist with the University of Missouri Extension Service, said rain in August and last month slowed the harvest.How Far? By JULES IX)H AP Special Correspondent MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (AP) -One day Charles O'Keeffe needed to see a man in Afghanistan. He got aboard a jet airplane and rode it as far as it could 80. Then he got in a little, single-engine plane and rode it as far as it could go. Then he rode a jeep for eight days, for as far as the jeep could go. Then he took a camel, then a yak. He found his man. If it's important, Charles O'Keeffe is willing to lake a little trouble getting there. That is why every morning, six days a week, sometimes seven, he gets in his car and drives 110 miles to work. At the end of a long day he drives 110 miles back home. He has to be the world champion commuter. Charles O'Keeffe is a drug Trying on his construction paper fireman's hat is Bruce Rutland, a kindergarten student at Gosnell Elementary School. According to Mrs. Sally Johnson and student teacher Pam Hale, students made hats as a classroom project to emphasize National Fire Prevention Week. (Courier News Photo by Johnson)Rough Seas Await Utility Purchase Plan? ' By LARRY BINZ—Staff Writer abuse specialist. He works in the White House, for President Carter, clearly an important job. "The drive isn't really as bad as it seems. It's private time, a chance to think things out, things I'm going to have to decide the next day." O'Keeffe said. "I also get all of my dictating done. It takes about two hours, but it isn't wasted lime." No, but it's still quite a grind. He lives in this quiet little town outside Richmond and usually leaves about six or seven in the morning after a good breakfast and a visit with the four kids. "Besides, when I worked in Washington before I tried living in an apartment and coming home on weekends. That's no way to live. I was a stranger to my family." The path to "mandating" the City of Blytheville lo purchase Arlt-Mo Power Company's Blytheville holdings could prove more difficult than simply calling for an election, a legal aide for the Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC) surmised yesterday. The attorney's observation followed an announcement by Larry Daugherty, chairman of Stop Oppressive Power Prices, a consumer organization, that the group would seek the purchase of Ark-Mo's natural gas holdings in Blytheville, rather than the entire electrical-gas operation as originally intended. The attorney, who preferred to remain anonymous, noted that the consumer group has followed the proper procedure for petitioning the city to buy a privately-owned utility firm. Stating he was not attempting to second guess how the PSC would handle the matter should the voters of Blytheville ap-nrovp the olan. the attornev said "there are a lot more matters to consider besides the people's wishes." The lawyer observed that Ark-Mo would be entitled to "just compensation" for damages should the city seek to buy only the gas distribution within the corporate limits of Blytheville. "I find it hard to believe that the PSC would allow the sale of a utility which would cut off service to those customers outside of the city," he said. He opined that the mandate would "put the burden on the city as to where it would get long-term (gas) contracts." He noted that in the early 1970s the Federal Power Commission (FPC) ordered Ark-Mo to divest itself of its natural gas holdings, with the concession of allowing the utility to recover its investment. "There are a lot of questions to be considered," he said. He cited the following: — "Will they (the City of Blytheville) be able to secure the same contract rights for the purchase of gas?" — "Will the city be able to get the gas for the same price that Ark-Mo has?" — "If one compares the distribution system to the spokes of a wheel, how will Ark-Mo be able to tie its distribution system together, if it relinquishes the Blytheville system in the middle?" — "Will the cost of paying Ark-Mo a 'just compensation' for damages and the burden of bond indebtedness on the 'front end' be too much for the city to undertake?" Stop wrapped up its petition campaign yesterday, securing approximately 1,200 signatures, according to Daugherty. Daugherty said the committee chose to modify its campaign because "after considering the complexity of this system, plus the feelings of the pulse of the majority of the citizens of Blytheville, we feel that it is more feasible at this time to divest them (Ark-Mo) of the gas alone. "We feel that this act in itself will have the effect of saying Blytheville will not tolerate continued abuse by Ark-Mo. We had many a senior citizen attend our pancake breakfast. And the theme of all of them was 'I sure hope that this is not all in vain because if it is no one will dare lo stand up lo Ark-Mo again for many years to come," Daugherty .said. In making the announcement about the consumer group's change in plans, Daugherty said the petitions will be presented Tuesday night to Blytheville City Council. Daugherty said the petitioners will initially inform the council that it wants it lo "feel the pulse of the people" for 30 days. During that time, the consumer group also wants the council to inform Ark-Mo of its goal lo purchase the gas company, Daugherty said. "We will want to meet again, either at a special cily council tiieeting or at its regular November meeting, lo listen to questions they (the mayor and council) might have about our mandate," Daugherty .said. Daugherty said organizers of Ihe drive will ineot publicly in December to "respond to the council's questions." Daugherty said the petition will call for Ihe Cily Council to pursue a feasibility study relative lo the purchase of the gas company. "We reserve Ihe right to approve or disapprove of the company conducting the feasibility study," Daugherty said.DietPil D--Cw^J uui I i-y By LARRY MARC.ASAK Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - If a federal agency has its way, overweight Americans may find some of the pills they depend on to lose weight in short supply. The Food and Drug Administration wants to curb production of amphetamines, the habit-forming "pep pills" that it says do little to curb hungry 1 J /V£iVS I BLYTHEVILLE, ARK. 72315 VOL. 83 - NO. 130 10 CENTS ^ PAGES THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13,1977 2SECTI0NSROUNDUP—Oct. 13Shooting Death Probed Blytheville police are investigating a shooting last night which claimed the life of Carl Neal, 17, of Blytheville, according to Police Chief Robbie Cox. Cox said Neal died during surgery shortly after 11 p.m. at Chickasawba Hospital from a gunshot wound in the chest. Neal was shot once by a Blytheville merchant who told policemen he had fired three times after finding an intruder inside his North Broadway business shortly before 10 p.m. Cox said. On arriving at the address. Cox said, police found Neal lying wounded on the floor. A hammer was recovered at the scene and further investigation by officers found that a glass front door at the business had been shattered, Cox stated. Cox said the office of Pros. Atty. David Burnett and Dr. Merrill J. Osborne, the county coroner, are assisting in the investigation.Airport Poet OK'd Blytheville City Council passed a resolution today in a called session authorizing Mayor Tom A. Little to sign a contract for the Municipal Airport extension project, Little said. S. J. Cohen Co. of Blytheville was awarded the $283,000 contract recently to extend the existing runway to a total of 5,000 feet, Little noted. The mayor noted that the resolution was "a matter of formality" but necessary to allow Cohen to commerce work. "We need to get this work done now before bad weather, or the airport runway might have to be closed next year," Little said. The city received funds for the airport project from the Federal Aviation Administration, Little noted.Comporee Scheduled Mississippi District Fall Camporee for Boy Scouts will be held Friday through Sunday in a meadow adjoining Shawnee Village Farm near Joiner, according to Floyd White, Scout field executive. Registration will begin at 4 p.m. Friday with activities concluding at noon Sunday, White said. Ten or 12 troops from the area are expected to attend. White added. There will becampfires Friday and Saturday nights, and each troop will be expected to have one or two stunts for each camp-fire, White continued. In addition, various field events will be held which will include knot tying, triangle bandage tying, a compass course and campfire and water boil race. White said. Explorer Scouts are welcome and Cub Scouts may attend Saturday campfire at 8 p.m.. White concluded.Fa/r ond Cool Fair and not as cool tonight. Mostly fair and mild Friday. Low tonight lower 40s. High Friday upper 60s to mid 7()s. The extended outlook calls for a chance of rain mainly in the southeast Saturday, ending Sunday and turning colder statewide Continued cold Monday. Lows in the 4()s and highs near 70 Saturday, Lows lowering into the upper liOs and low 40s. and highs in the lower fiOs Sunday and Monday,Arklo Gos 'We're in Good Shape' appetites, "We intend lo make them less available at the drug store for use in obesity control," FDA spokesman Jack Walden said Wednesday. "Our ho()e is they won't be available at the drug store for that purpose at all." As part of its effort, the FDA has asked the Justice Department to use its authority to curb production. By IJNDKL IIITSON Associated I'ress Writer LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Gas pilot lights are flickering on across Arkansas as autumn's first cool temperatures chase away the remains of summer. Those flames will not be snuffed out this winter because of a lack of natural gas, predicts Sheffield Nelson, president of Arkansas-Louisiana Gas Co, "I know of no gas company that's in better shape to face this winter than Arkla," said Nelson, whose firm serves 75 per cent of all natural gas users in Arkansas, V>r ((If 111 iiiuv'ii 'liflU-i shape than we were last year and we had no curtailments of human needs customers then." The severe winter of 1976 caused shortages of natural gas in much of the nation and there are worries of more supply problems if this winter is as harsh. But Nelson says Arkla curtailed no homes, hospital or other "human needs" customers a year ago and "we can handle even a tougher winter (this year) than we had last vear and I believe that was supposed to be Ihe coldest winter in a half century, or something like that," During 13 of Ihe coldest days lasi year, Arkla cut off gas supplies lo some commercial customers who had no alternate fuel sources, forcing those firms lo shut down until the weather eased, "This year, with our additional supplies — and we will have 15f) million cubic feet a day for peak days this year that we didn'l have last winter — I'm hopeful that we won't have to curtail those customers at all, cither." he said. Nelson says his optimism • I,., :--------1 serve storage capabilities of the Arkla facility at Ada, OMa., which last year was operating al only half capacity. "The Ada facility will be able to produce 200 mcf a day into our system for the 20 coldest days, where last winter it could produce only 100 mcf. That makes a difference. "Also, we have arranged to purchase 75 mcf per day for the months of January and February. Last year, we were only able to purchase 40 mcf per day from other supplien." ;