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   Blytheville Courier News (Newspaper) - November 10, 1977, Blytheville, Arkansas                                 Today...  ...around the Globe  $3 Million Kidnapping  VIENNA, Austria (AP) — Austrian businessman Walter Palmers, head of a chain of women's clothing stores, was kidnapped near his villa in a fashionable district of Vienna, police said today.  Police sources said Palmers was dragged from his car and forced into another vehicle during the night. A ransom letter was found in the car demanding $3 million. Apparently no political motives were involved, the sources said.  ...in the Nation  23's Must Go  WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Communications Commission is standing by a decision ordering retail dealers to take 23-channel citizens band radios off the shelves by Jan. 1.  The FCC voted 4-2 Wednesday to reject a proposed seven-month extension of the deadline.  The year-old order was issued because newer 40-channel sets were found to cause less interference with TV reception and other electronic equipment, the FCC said.  The extension request came from dealers who are stuck with thousands of 23-channel sets. Other dealers complying with the deadline opposed the extension, saying it would be unfair to them.  Comedian Hospitalized  PEORIA, 111. (AP) — Comedian Richard Pryor was reported in satisfactory condition today after being admitted to the coronary care unit of Peoria's Methodist Medical Center.  A hospital supervisor declined to comment further except to confirm that Pryor was admitted Wednesday evening. A hospital spokesman at that time turned back all queries about Pryor with a "No comment," adding that it was "by request of the patient."  The 36-year-old television and movie star formerly lived in Peoria and often returns to visit his mother and a son and former wife.  He became a television and movie star in recent years. "The Richard Pryor Show" ran several weeks at the start of the cuirent season on NBC but was canceled. Most recently he starred in the movie "Which Way is Up?" His earlier films included "Car Wash"and "SilverStreak."  Doctor Supports Diet  WASHINGTON (AP) - Dr. Robert Linn, who popularized the liquid protein "last chance" diet, says he's convinced despite government criticism that his method is the only effective treatment for obesity.  The 43-year old osteopath, whose diet book has sold two Million copies, said Wednesday he agrees with the Food and Drug Administration that people who embark on his diet should be watched closely by physicians for potentially dangerous complications.  Page 20  ...in Arkansas  Team's a Teaching Tool?  LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Southern Methodist University's football team must be a good teaching tool.  Page 14  Razorback Booting Important  FAYETTEVILLE (AP)- Arkansas coach Lou Holtz said Wednesday the kicking game will likely be a deciding factor in the Razorbacks contest Saturday against Texas A & M.  Indictment Names Doctor  LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Dr. Elbert McCracken of Stuttgart was named in an two-count indictment handed down by a federal grand jury for the Eastern District of Arkansas.  Page3  Porter Drops Out  BATESVILLE (AP) - Tim Porter, a highly recruited basketball guard form Marmaduke, was apparently dropped out of Arkansas College and returned home.  Page 15  Education Goals Defined  LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A statewide committee has gotten the simple problem out of the way by defining goals for public schools, but defining minimum competence levels in those areas is another matter. Page 2  Farmers Will Fight  MCGEHEE (AP) - Joe Cingolani of McGehee says he has been farming all his life and wants to continue, "But I'm not going to stay in it until I loose everything I've got."  Page 2  ...in Missouri  Sponsor Sought for Slavin  POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP)-Gov. Joseph Teasdale's effort to appoint consumer advocate Alberta Slavin to the moiic Service Commission continues. The governor said Wednesday night in Poplar Bluff that he'll keep searching until he finds a Senate sponsor for Mrs. Slavin's appointment. Teasdale appointed Mrs. Slavin to the Commission earlier this year, but she was forced to resign when no senator would sponsor her nomination. The governor says the Senate owes Alberta Slavin a sponsor and it owes him a public vote on her confirmation. At a public meeting in Sikeston later, Teasdale said he will work with lawmakers to solve problems of using statewide property taxes to finance schools.  Prostitution Arrests Made  POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) — More arrests reportedly are forthcoming in connection with what auhorities call a major prostitution bust in southeast Mi.ssouri. Arrests began late Tuesday night and continued early Wednesday morning. Eleven persons, including eight women, were taken into custody, poplar Bluff Police Captain Cliff Morris said more than a year of investigation had been done on the alleged prostitution operation. Felony prostitution charges were levied against seven Poplar Bluff women ranging in age from 17-to 2G-years-old. Two men were charged with accepting the earnings of a prostitute and other charges. One couple was charged with accepting the proceeds of prostitution.  Dr. Wayne Workman, chairman of the Mississippi County Community College (MCCC) board of governors, inspects a Fresnel reflecting lens capable of concentrating sunlight at a 20-1 ratio, according to  Voyage To Nowhere?  solar energy research data. The board yesterday awarded a solar cell contract to Solarex, Corp., of Rockville, Md. See story on Page 12. (Courier News Photo by Binz)  Rare Wines Unearthed  QURNA, Iraq (AP) - Thor Heyerdahi, the Viking who sailed Ihe Pacific and Atlantic on primilive craft, is about to set out on a voyage to nowhere in particular on a replica of a reed boat used by the ancient Sumerians.  His objective, he says, is to determine how far Ihe Sumerians could have gone on their boats made of marsh reeds and possibly where they did go.  Now 63, Heyerdahl says he expects this to be his last ocean expedition.  His chief navigator and radio operator, Norman Baker, a 48-  year-old construction engineer from New Rochelle, N.Y., calls the venture a "voyage of destruction" because the idea is the sail the reed craft onward until it can go no farther.  The vessel, named the Tigris, is scheduled to set sail from the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers sometime this month. Tentative plans call for launching on Friday with Ihe actual start of the voyage coming after the boat is loaded with equipment and provisions.  The boat is made of berdi reeds from the marshes of Iraq, where the Sumerians lived as long ago as 4000 B.C.  Deadly Cloud Kills Doctor  By JOHN VAN GIESON Associated Press Writer PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) -At least 1,000 people were evacuated from their homes after deadly ammonia gas seeping from a train derailment killed a doctor and critically injured his wife and two children.  The evacuation was ordered Wednesday night as the poisonous gas spread through neighborhoods here and into Santa Rosa County two miles across Escambia Bay. Twenty other persons were treated at three hospitals. The evacuees were taken to  the Bayview Community Center, the Army Reserve Armory and the Ferry Pass United Methodist Church.  Dr. John Thorshov, 38, a pathologist at West Florida Hospital, died after the gas swept over his home, about 40 yards from the tracks.  Reported in critical condition were his wife, Lloyda, 38; their daughter, Daisy, 4, and son, Gangee, 16 months.  The Thorshovs had moved to the Pensacola area in September. A "Sold" sign was still nailed to a tree in the unsodded front yard.  ALBANY, NY. (AP) A cache of rare, 191h century wine has been unearthed in the cellar of a Revolutionary-era mansion here, but an expert says it must be examined (o determine whether it is "priceless treasure or dust."  Alex McNally, international wine manager at Heublein Inc., said he was astounded when he first squeezed past (he jammed doors of the musty wine cellar of the 180-year-old Ten Brocck Mansion, now owned by Ihe Albany County Historical Association.  There he found 30 unopened cases of 20 bottles each. .Among them were such rarities as Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1875, Chateau Lafite IIWH and 1870 and Chambertin 1875.  II has not been delcrniineri who put the cache in Ihe cellar or when it was put theriv  McNally described llie cache as "the largest and most important collection of ISth centu-I ry, golden age vintages ever discovered in America."  He likened the discovery to the uncovering of King Tutankhamen's tomb in the 1920s and said the wine had great potential value.  The cache was to be shipped to Heublein's wine warehouse in East Hartford, Conn,, for further inspection. The best of Ihe collection will be offered for sale at Heublein's national auction of rare wines next May in  Atlanta. McNally said.  Proceeds from the sale will bo used to continue restoration of Ihe mansion, which was built in 1797 for Abraham Ten Bnieck. a licvolutionary War iiciieral from Albany's Dutch coninivniily.  Although Ihe historical group lias owned Ihe mansion since 19-18. association members said the donr to the wine cellar remained locked and forgotten because one of Ihe society's board members. Col. William Hannay, had resisted attempts to disturb its contents. Hannay died last November.  The cases will be opened at Heublein's East Hartford facility. and each boltle will be examined individually, McNally said.  He said that in addition to the estate name and vintage, other key factors determining the value of the wine will be color, Ihe level or fill in Ihe bottle and the condition of the cork.  Wines such as Chateau Mou-lon-Kothschild 1880. Chateau Haut-Hrion 1875 and Chateau Lafite I8(i8 — all represented in the collection - could bring hundreds of dollars a bottle if they are in good condition, he said.  "A iKittle of Lafite 18(18 in perfect condition was sold for S2,2IH)al Ihe 197« Heublein auction of rare wines." McNally said.  Clear and Warmer  Clear with freezing temperatures tonight. Sunny and warmer Friday. Highs today 40s north to 50s south Lows tonight mostly in the 20s. Highs Friday mostly in the rm.  Loud Voice Ca  By JULES I.OII AP Special Correspondent  GLASTONBURY, Conn. (AP) — John Tyler's doorbell emits a single muffled ding.  One ding is sufficient. As a noisemaker, it competes only with the whistle of doves' wings and the scolding of jays at the feeder. When the birds are silent, the prevailing sound is of  "As background noise goes up, the noise to attract attention has to gel louder," John Tyler said, softly.  "Thai's the fix our .society has got itself in. The background noise keeps going up. As one result, look what has happened to police and ambulance sirens. They can't get much louder."  If there is one thing that will cause John Tyler to raise his voice, it is noise. He doesn't like it. As an industrial engi  neer he accumulated a string of patents for devices to keep down noise, and since his retirement in 1970 he has been working fulltime battling aircraft noise,  "The technology is available now to reduce aircraft noise by half and at the same time make airplanes more fuel efficient," he said.  "Rut f^i'on if tho fir«:t npu' airplane was ordered today it would still be the year 2000 before the full impact would be fell, before the last of the noisy ones is gone. I'm afraid it's going to be noisy foi quite some time."  Meanwhile, John Tyler heads a volunteer organization called the Center for the Study of Noise in Society. Us aim is to push legislation through Con gress and hasten the arrival of those new airplanes.  The organization operates out  of his home in the woods, a home he designed himself with peace and quiet in mind "If someone wants to watch television, or run the dishwasher, it won't disturb Ihe ones who don't care to listen. It's in Ihe placement of the walls and doors."  Sure enough, a conversation with John T>!er in his living room is undisturbed. 'vVell, almost.  "Do you hear that'?" he said, interrupting himself. The distant drone of a single-engine airplane cuts through the suburban solitude.  "If you're on the flight path of an airport, even a small airport, there's no escaping the noise. As things stand now, there also is very little the victim of noise can do about it."  John Tyler knows that frustration.  "Just after I was married, in  1 J  ARK.  BLYTHEVILLE 72315  VOL. 83-NO. 153 10 CENTS 28 PAGES THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10,1977 2 SECTION  r  ROUNDUP—Nov. 10  Ì  Convict Gets 35 Years  James E. Moore, 25, of Blytheville, was found guilty yesterday of rape in Blytheville Circuit Court in a case tried for the second time, according to circuit court records.  Circuit Judge Gerald Pearson sentenced Moore to 35 years in the state Department of Corrections, records showed.  Moore was convicted for the Jan. 2,1976 , rape of a 64-year-old woman, records said.  The case was tried last year, but overturned after the state Supreme Court ruled that police made an improper search and seizure of evidence, records showed.  City Must Match Funds  Mississippi County Judge A. A. "Shug" Banks, state Department of Local Services board member, said today the $150,000 funds approved Tuesday for the City of Blytheville are provided on a 50-50 matching basis.  Banks noted that yesterday's story in Courier News did not reflect the 50-50 matching arrangement. Local Services administers Bureau of Outdoor Recreation (BOR) funds, he added.  Local Services gave approval Tuesday to a request by Blytheville Mayor Tom A. Little for $150,000 toward the purchase of Fairview Fairways, Inc., $77,424 from Local Services and $72,576, pledged from the county. Banks noted.  Banks said the county's share would come from funds already approved through BOR for a proposed Barfield park project.  Banks observed that Blytheville must secure $150,000, or whatever matching amount of funds will be necessary, to purchase Fairview which is jointly owned by James Parminter and Elbert Johnson.  County records show that Parminter and Johnson purchased the land from John Gann in September after the deadline for applying for BOR grants expired in August. Little is out of town today and could not be reached to comment on the source of the city's share of the matching money.  Prayer Breakfast Set  A community Thanksgiving prayer breakfast sponsored by Blytheville Chamber of Commerce will be held at 7 a.m. Nov. 18 at Ramada Inn, according to Paul C. Hughes, chairman.  Earl McCarroll, a member of the Chamber, will be the featured speaker, Hughes added.  The breakfast will be Dutch treat and members are urged to invite three guests each, Hughes concluded.  RS Hearing Postponed  A public hearing in Mississippi County to discuss allocation of Revenue Sharing funds has been postiwned from Monday until Nov. 21, according to Randy Thurman, administrative assistant to County Judge A.A. "Shug" Banks.  The meeting will be held 7 p.m. on the new date at Osceola Courthouse, Thurman noted.  Armistice Tribute Set  An Armistice Day program honoring Missco's war dead will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday in front of the Blytheville Courthouse, according to Billy Meharg, master of ceremonies.  The program, sponsored by Dud Cason American Legion Post 24, will include flag raising, honor guard, placement of wreaths and music provided by the East Junior High School band, Meharg said.  Chief Master Sgt. William D. (juinn, the top ranking noncommissioned officer at Blytheville Air Force Base, will be the principal speaker, Meharg said.  S For -Quiet  1935. we lived in a rural area near Williamsport, Pa. Very isolated, very quiet.  "We bought a gas refrigerator and the thing gurgled. I sent It back and they sent me a new one. It gurgled, I sent it back, and the next one gurgled, and Ihe next. Finally I threw up my hands and submitted."  However unpleasant, some  \K"lf)Ji> fi'f'i iJMj.-^r v'  in today's society and, like John Tyier and his refrigeralor, submit,  "They had already reached Ihe point where they figured there was nothing to be done about the noise. That's a sad situation."  Indeed. To you in your struggle, John Tyler, let it be shouted from the housetops, above Ihe din, loud and clear: Good luck.  Blizzard Hits The Midwest  By I'UKDERK'K STANDISIl  Associated Press Writer A howling blizzard creeping across the upper Midwest has dumped up to 10 inches of snow, stranding hundreds of motorists and closing stores, industries and schools.  The Minneapolis-SI Paul area braced for high winds and up to three inches of snow by tonight, and travelers' warnings and snow predictions were posted in Minnesota, Iowa and northwest Wisconsin.  T/ie National Weather .Service said the blizzard — the worst on record for this time of year - was moving in a north-north-esl direction at about 10 mph. The low pressure area fed by cold Canadian air has spun a cold front slicing the nation from Minnesota to Louisiana.  .John Graf, metrologist at the weather service office in Minneapolis, said "very critical" weather conditions would continue through today because of the "sluggish" system.  Bli/.zard warnings posted Wednesday remained in effect today in northwestern portions of llie stall'. Snowfall had tapered off, but gusty winds blew drifts up to six feet deep.  Most of Ihe storm's punch -with winds gusting to 65 mph --was absorbi'd Wednesday by western Miimesota, Nebraska, Iowa and the Dakotas.  The Minnesota National Ciuard set up emergency shelters Wednesday and looked fur people stranded in the hardest-(iH areas al (tic stu(c.  Hotels and motels were crowded Wednesday night.  "We've got strangers ... sharing rooms," said Roger Dohr-mann, manager of the Castaway Hotel and Restaurant in Detroit Lakes, Minn,  A motel owner in Alexandria, Minn,, reported turning away al least two dozen people, (hiardsmen then turned an armory into a dormitory for weather refugees.   

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