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   Blytheville Courier News (Newspaper) - November 11, 1977, Blytheville, Arkansas                                 Today...  ...around the Globe  AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Authorities said today that two men wounded in a shootout with Amsterdam police were West German terrorists sought in the kidnapping and murder of industrialist Hanns-Martin Schleyer. The federal Criminal Office in Weisbaden, West Germany, said police sent to Amsterdam used fingerprints to identify Christoph Wackernagel, 26, a one-time actor. He and a man Dutch authorities believe to be former economics student Rolf Clemens Wagner, 33, were arrested after a gun battle Thursday ni^ht v.'ith « policc stiiuCGUt tcurn. Arnsicrduin r^rosccutor A.N. Messchaert said Wagner's identification was "almost certain," but some doubt remained betause the men carried forged papers.  fage 5  ...in the Nation  Gaslights Going Out?  WASHINGTON (AP) - The decorative outdoor gaslight may be on the way out. A congressional conference committee is considering banning such gaslights — between two and four million of them around the country — and the House already has proposed getting rid of them. OpponenUs of the gaslights claim they are wasting energy and their elimination could save as  much as 73 billion cubic feet of gas per year.  Page 9  Geese Move Out  CHICAGO (AP) — Millions of mallards, Canada geese and other waterfowl have begun their annual migration south to wintering areas in Mexico, Florida and along the Gulf Coast, a wildlife conservation group says.  Dick Wentz, a spokesman for Ducks Unlimited, said the birds began leaving Canada's prairie provinces in unusually large numbers during a sudden cold snap this week. En route south, the waterfowl will pass through the central portion of the nation along two well-established routes, Wentz said.  One is the Central Flyway, including the states of Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado.  The other is the Mississippi Flyway, including the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Arkansas.  Until Wednesday, Wentz said, Canada had been having an unusually warm fall, causing many waterfowl to remain in the North and delaying the start of the migration.  But when a cold front moved through Wednesday, lakes and pot holes began to freeze, driving the birds south in a larger and more concentrated group than usual, he said.  Old Skeleton  PINE BLUFF (AP)-Jefferson County authorities say the skeletal remains found at a construction site about a mile southwest of the Pine Bluff city limits in July may be 100 years  old or older.  Page 6  1 J  /VEWS  BLYTHEVILLE, ARK. 72315  VOL.83-NO.154 10 CENTS '24 PAGES 2 SECTIONS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11,1977  r  III___  laiess  . . .I _ \ A / !  ^^oupie vvi  $250,000 to St. Jude  By MELISSA ROBERSON-Staff Writer  Food Goldmine?  JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A long-abandoned Alaska mine may yield a commodity almost as precious here as the gold it once produced — a year-round supply of fresh fruits and vegetables. A local corporation, Alaska Hydro Gardens, has asked the city Planning and Zoning Commission for permission to build a hydroponic farm in an decaying tunnel of the Alaska-Juneau Mine. Hydroponics is the science of growing plants in trays with the use of liquid nutrients instead of soil. Lamps substitute for the sun. The mine in I^ast Chance Basin once was the largest underground mine in the world. It produced $80 million in gold from its discovery in 1886 to its shutdown as a nonessential wartime activity in 1943. Page 4  ...in Arkansas  3 McCullough TD's  FAYETTEVILLE (AP ¡-Quarterback Lawrence McCullough passes for two touchdowns and scored another to lead Highalnd Community Junior College to a 20-17 victory over Arkansas' junior varsity squad Thursday.  Holtz Missed on Harris  LITTLE ROCK (AP)—It's too bad that Arkansas coach Lou Holtz didn't recruit offensive guard Leotis Harris.  Page 12  What type of couple, neither of whom has ever been mother or father, would leave $250,000 to benefit youngsters who would forever remain strangers to Iheir benefactors?  They were a retiring couple, according to a relative. They married relatively older than most couples, and while their marriage produced no children, children played an important role in their lives.  They derived great joy from children, the relative continued, and frequent donations were made to organizations which served the needs of the young.  However, no effort was ever made on their part to seek publicity or recognition of their generosity.  It seems publicity has sought them out in the end.  Paul B. Parham, director of communications for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, disclosed this week that the late Bancroft and Mary Honey Terry, formerly of Blytheville, had made the largest single private bequest— approximately a quarter of a million dollars—to be received by the hospital since its in  ception in 1962.  St. Jude is the only research center in the world dedicated solely to the treatment of catastrophic diseases of childhood often manifested in various forms of cancer, Parham continued.  The Terry's had made arrangements in each of their wills for the bequest to be made to St. Jude following the surviving spouse's death, according to their attorney, Graham Sudbury.  "The debated on giving the money to an orphanage, but decided on St. Jude," a relative noted.  On March 9, 1975 Mary Terry died in Florida where she and her deceased husband had moved in order to spend their retirement years, Sudbury noted.  They had been lifelong residents of Blytheville, she being the granddaughter of the city's founder, the Rev. Henry T. Blythe, Sudbury said.  Last Nov. 18 St. Jude was informed of their good fortune, Parham noted.  "We are most, most grateful." Parham added.  "If we receive a gift of more than $25,000, that is considered large," Parham emphasized.  "The first check for $100,000 was received eight or nine months ago, and a check for $150,000 was received two months ago," Parham continued.  Sudbury advised that the remainder of the bequest will be sent to the hospital by the end of the year.  In order to acknowledge the gift, St. Jude will hold a dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. next Friday according to Parham.  The dedication will coincide with a meeting of the hospital's board of directors and a visit by the national Scientific Advisory Board, both of whom will attend the ceremony.  At that time a bronze plaque  displayed in the hospital's biochemistry lab will be dedicated lo the Terry's, Parham said.  According to Parham, the bequest will be earmarked for this particular lab. The lab conducts research concerning cellular functions and structures and—more important by—searches for the reasons of cell susceptibility to various forms of malignancies, Parham said.  The money will be utilized by the lab for equipment, research projects, chemicals and stipends for the researchers employed by the lab, Parham added.  Parham noted, "The findings of this lab are not patented; the knowledge is available lo everyone, thus helping children all over the world."  hi7 vfi''  Students to Be Readmitted  JONESBORO (AP)-Acting on a complaint from the NAACP, the Jonesboro School Board Thursday night said that all students who have been suspended because of excess absences will be readmitted. Page 6  Mountain Lions Increasing  LITTLE ROCK—(AP)—The mountain lion population in Arkansas is increasing, according to Game and Fish Commission Biologist Sam Barkely.  Sportsmen Are Fair Game  LITTLE ROCK (AP)—Arkansas clubs and organizations that use animals in sporting events or contests are fair game for investigation by the Pulaski County Humane Society, the society director says. p^^^ ^  ...in Missouri  Teacher Image  ST. LOUIS ( AH) — Teachers should strive for a good image if thf>v pv^l to receive consideration from legislators for their recommendations, according to state Senate President Pro-Tem Norman L. Merrell, D-Monticello.  Merrell told teachers attending a Missouri State Teachers Association convention seminar here Thursday that incidents such as teacher strikes endanger basic funding measures for schools.  His comment came in response to a question about whether the state Senate might look more kindly in 1978 than in the past on a measure to allow professional negotiations for teachers.  "Collective bargaining has never gone over in a big way with the General Assembly," Merrell said.  He noted that a new funding formula to pump an additional $52 million into state aid to education in 1977-78 was being debated in the spring when Kansas City teachers went on strike.  "They had what they thought were very valid reasons, but I had my hands full getting the $52 million while teachers were putting out that kind of image," he said.  ROUNDUP—Nov. 11  Cows' Freedom Fatal  \  Sunny and Cool  Fair and cold tonight. Sunny and cool Saturday. Lows tonight near freezing. Highs Saturday 60s.  Two cows roaming loose on Interstate 55 near the South Highway 61 junction were killed yesterday, one by a tractor-trailer and the second by an Arkansas State Trooper's bullet, Mississippi County sheriff's deputies said today.  Deputy Charlie Dye, public information officer, said Anthony Sailors, driver of the semi bound from Irving, Tex., stated that he was unable to avoid the first cow running errant on 1-55 and collided with it. The truck sustained heavy damages, he added.  A state trooper shot and killed a second cow after it was declared a traffic hazard on 1-55, Dye said.  Owner of the cows has not been determined. Dye said.  UW Tops $100,000  Blytheville United Way Campaign has topped the $100,000 mark, according to Jerry Halsell, executive secretary treasurer.  The campaign should be complete in two weeks, Halsell added.  United Way Workers are urged to turn in their cards as soon as possible, Halsell concluded.  Suit Alleges Negligence  LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Claims totaling $100,000 have been filed against the state of Arkansas charging negligence in the treatment of two young sisters in Mississippi County.  The claims were filed for Shonna Guyton, who died early this year after staying in a foster home in Osceola selected by the state Social Services Division, and for her sister, Charlotte Jackson.  The administrators charge that the foster parent was negligent in the care of the two children and that the social services division was negligent in selecting the foster parent, and negligent in supervising the care of the children.  The children were placed in the foster home in July, 1976.  No criminal charges have been filed and the case has not been taken before a grand jury.  Juvenile Charged  A 17-year-old Blytheville youth has been charged with breaking, entering and theft, stemming from the Monday burglary of Poe Reynolds rentals, 700 N. Broadway, according I to Blytheville police.  The youth was released under $500 bond to the custody of his parents and the case bound over to Juvenile Court, police said.  Taken in the burglary were a CB radio and chainsaw valued at $500, both of which have been recovered, police said.  New Step Ahead Site  I Persons interested in contacting Step Ahead for information about the program that aids children who are physically, socially, or mentally handicapped may write to Step Ahead, P. 0. Box 5014, Jonesboro, Ark. 72401, according to Addelyn Via, a Step Ahead home trainer in Mississippi County.  The address published in Wednesday's Courier News in a story about the program is the site of the old Jonesboro office.  Abandoned Youngsters  Find Home  By LARRY BINZ—Staff Writer  A Blytheville Public Works employee prepares forms for steps and a wheelchair ramp to provide easier access by pedestrians walking in the 400 block of East Main near the couplet linking Main with  Walnut. City supervisors on the project say the steps, ramp and a sidewalk in the area should be ready before month's end. (Courier New» Photo by Binz)  Jeff, 15,Lauri, 14, Howard, It, Gene, 10, and Maybell, 7, all appear to be normal, healthy, everyday youngsters from the Blytheville area, according to Mississippi County Sheriff George Ford.  However, the quintet, all members of the same family, were abandoned by their parents and now are wards of the Arkansas Sheriff's Associalion (ASA). The youngsters are being cared for at the ASA Boys and Girls Ranches at Batesville and Harrison, respectively. Ford said.  "Mississippi County's the first county to send an entire family of youngsters to the ranchc's," Ford observed.  The "ranches," so-called because of daily equestrian chores programmed for the youngsters, were instituted two years ago to provide a healthy environment for "abandoned or severely neglected children." Ford said.  Boys Ranch, located near the banks of the White River at Batesville, has accommodations for 14 boys with 11 presently housed, Ford noted.  The 40()-acre tract was purchased with the intent initially of serving homeless boys, Ford said.  The similar 4()0-acre tract at Harrison has one cottage completely renovated to house 10 girls. Ford said. There are three other cottages requiring extensive remodeling before  .1 . -11 I , i.t. , ,  mL-> M« .t.yn. ...  commodate additional girls, the sheriff pointed out. There are presently five girls at the ranch, he added.  "We hope someday to blanket the state with ranches for girls and boys to provide easier access for the different sections of the state," Ford said.  He noted that construction of a ranch in Southeast Arkansas is in the planning stages.  Ford said the concept for girls and boys ranches "has been in the minds of several law enforcement people for years in  Arkansas, but became a reality two years ago."  He said the concept was modeled after ranches instituted in Alabama and Florida which have "proven very workable."  Funding comes entirely through private donations, Ford said, and neither facility is dependent upon money appropriated "by the federal, state or local government."  The sheriff said an El Dorado lumber company donated $10,000 in building materials for construction of Boys Ranch.  "We are also receiving considerable donations of clothing and through memorials," the sheriff stated.  Ford, an ASA board member, al.so serves on the screening committee, noting an "intensive check is made before a youngster i.s accepted" by cither of the ranches.  The daily routine finds a youngster "responsible for the care of his or her own horse and saddle" and related ranch chores.  Ford said ASA prefers to accept youngsters in the 8 to 13 age bracket, but gives considerations to those somewhat younger and older.  "Our intent is to provide a healthy growing environment for a youngster who could remain with us through college." Ford commented.  Solicitation of funds can be difficult, P'ord said, noting that ASA has budgeted $40,000 per cottage to defer cost of food,  .1,:........I ..-I......„o,.^,.  V J.^ . ^„t ..  Screening of youngsters includes rejection of those with past criminal records or a history of drug use and females of bad moral character. Ford pointed out.  Noting the obvious physical and economic limitations for accepting youngsters. Ford said, "we strive to care for those youngsters who have been left totally without the ordinary things most youngsters receive and, in particular, their parents."   

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