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   Blytheville Courier News (Newspaper) - December 17, 1977, Blytheville, Arkansas                                 Today...  ...around the Globe  Oil Tankers Spill Cargo  PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) - Two American-owned supertankers that collided and burst into flames off South Africa's southeast coast were taken under tow early today, port authorities here reported. "It's all under control," said Wally Shaw, the assistant port captain. "We were very, very lucky. We have been fortunate enough to avoid one hell of a big disaster." The collision in fog Friday morning of the 330,954-ton Venoil and its sister ship, the 330,869-ton Venpet threatened the worst pollution disaster in maritime history.  Victim Released  VIENNA, Austria (AP) — Liselotte Boehm, 42-year-old wife of Austria's "Textile King," was freed unharmed eariy today by kidnappers who held her since Monday. A police officer said her husband paid more than $1.2 million in ransom. Mrs. Boehm returned home in a taxi. As she stepped out of the car, she told a reporter, "1 have been well, and now, excuse me please" and went inside.  Her husband Leopold, a 55-year-old textile magnate, arrived in his own car about 30 minutes later. He said he handed over a "very high" ransom to the kidnappers Friday night, but would not say how much.  Kidnappers Extend Deadline  NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) - President Spyros Kyprianou declared today he was prepared to sacrifice his kidnapped 19-year-old son Achilleas but not his nation. In an emotional speech before 2,000 high school students supporting him, the 45-year-old Kyprianou declared: "I hope Achilleas will be among us soon. I know nothing of his present fate. I am ready to sacrifice my son, but never my country." The kidnappers reportedly have extended their deadline to today. But a newspaper has reported unless their demand for release of political offenders is met Achilleas, kidnapped Wednesday, will be beheaded.  Page 2  ...in the Nation  Church Sponsors 'Bullfight'  SAN FRANCISCO (AP)-Three matadors will be armed with capes and courage but no swords as they enter the ring in the Cow Palace today to take part in a church-sponsored bloodless bullfight. Humane societies are protesting the fight, saying it constitutes exploitation of animals.  Page 2  GM Case Near Settlement  DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Corp. reportedly is on the verge of making a multimillion dollar settlement with state prosecutors from across the nation in GM's celebrated "Chevymobile" engine switch case.  There are "some problems to be worked out" but GM lawyers and attorneys general from Illinois, Michigan and Ohio hope to be in federal court on the matter Monday, according to Illinois Attorney General William Scott.  Scott, the first of at least 24 state prosecutors to sue GM, said Friday that no agreement between the states and GM has been signed. But he said GM and Illinois officials will hold a news conference Monday in Chicago.  The proposed settlement is said to call for cash payments of $200 each to about 100,000 persons who bought Oldsmobiles, Pontiacs and Buicks equipped with Chevrolet engines. GM also would grant special three-year warranties on the cars.  Skeletal Remains Identified  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Skeletal remains found near the Spahn movie ranch in Chatsworth have been identified as those of former movie stunt man Donald "Shorty" Shea, who the Charles Manson clan was convicted of murdering in 1969.  Manson, 43, and followers Bruce Davis, 24, and Steve Grogan were convicted of Shea's murder in separate 1971 and 1972 (rials even though the body could not be found.  James Kono, assistant chief of the county coroner's investigation division, said Friday it appeared Shea, who acted as the ranch's foreman and who tried to have Manson evicted, had been stabbed to death.  The position of the body when unearthed Thursday indicated that Shea may not have been decapitated, as clan members had suggested shortly after his disappearance in 1%9.  During Manson's trial, the prosecution said Manson had Shea, 36, killed because he feared the foreman knew of the murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others and would go to authorities.  CorneHa Seeks Alimony  MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Cornelia Wallace, described by her attorneys as penniless, is seeking temporary alimony from her estranged husband. Gov. George C. Wallace, until their divorce proceedings are completed.  A petition asking for an immediate temporary support hearing was filed in circuit court Friday on behalf of Mrs. Wallace.  The petition said Mrs. Wallace has not received from her husband "any money on which to live or any transportation or other basic necessities of life as required by law and common decency" since she moved out of the executive mansion Sept. 6.  The 38-year-old mother of two "has no money for Christmas," the petition added.  ...in Arkansas  Director 'Misinterpreted' Rules  JONESBORO — Cmdr. Larry Hamilton, director of the U.S. Navy's Regional Office of Information, says he misinterpreted regulations and has Iwcked out of using tax money to finance a buffet for a private press organization.  Coaches May Get Bonus  LITTLE ROCK-Doing a bit of violence to its rules, Uie Legislative Council urged Friday that IjOU Holtz and the members of his Arkansas Razorbacks coaching staff be given a bonus.  ...in Missouri  Campus Housing Costs Rise  COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The cost of on-campus housing is going up at three campuses of the University of Missouri.  The Board of Curators made the decision Friday at a meeting in Columbia. Dormitory and married student housing will rise up 15 percent in Columbia, 19 percent in Kansas City and 16 percent in Rolla.  The higher rates take effect at the beginning of the summer session for dormitory housing and the price of married housing in Columbia goes up next August.  Action Line  Taking It All Off  Fans Parental Fire  "My daughter was one of several students in a fifth-grade class at Central Elementary subjected Thiir'^dcy an embarrassing search for a missing $10 bill. Is this sort of thing a part of Blytheville School Board policy?"  Action Line discussed the incident with two mothers of daughters in the class at Central.  Action Line was told the search stemmed from a $10 bill which the student owner reported missing from her purse left unattended in a room at the school.  According to the mothers who talked with Action Line, their daughters related that they and fellow female students were taken into a girls restroom by two women teachers. There the girls allegedly were forced to undress and were searched for the missing $10 bill.  Male students were taken into a boys restroom and searched by Principal Oscar Ford, Ford acknowledged, but the boys were not ordered to undress, he said.  Ford said he is unaware of what methods were employed to .search the girls "because I wasn't in there."  Ford would not identify the two women teachers who searched the girls.  School Superintendent L. D. "Buck" Harris called the incident of thievery "routine," noting that it is not uncommon for students to report the loss of valuables. As such, he noted, it was a matter left to Ford as principal to resolve.  If the girls were ordered to strip and were searched as  alleged, Harris conceded that some of the children involved were probably "embarrassed."  Harris said after learning of the search, "We tried to contact those parents and assure them we don't intend to embarrass kids and so we think we've got it worked out."  Harris advised that such searches are not a part of regular school board policy. "It was an extreme thing that we regret very much. Actually a mass search does very little good any way. Mr. Ford has contacted the parents and tried to get them assured that they don't intend to embarrass anybody."  The superintendent said he would rather there be no news account, because it is a "routine thing" and that the schools do not "report all thefts."  Mason Day, school board president, said he had been advised of the incident. He said Harris had discussed the matter with Ford.  "It's unfortunate the way it came up," Day commented. "I,'m not sure what would have been the best way to handle the situation."  Day said he would work to see that "this type of thing does not come up in the future quite this way." ^  "Action Line, my stepdaughter, Peggy Sue Pierce (of Blylheville) has been missing since Oct. 21. We have reason to believe that she has been kidnapped, Is the sheriff's office working to find her?"  Action Line spoke this week with William Pierce, the girl's stepfather.  He stated that Peggy Sue, 16. was last seen accompanied by Herbert Temple, an uncle, and they were in a blue 1959 Chrysler bearing Alabama license BDE-245 which he said has expired.  "They are probably in some other kind of car now," Pierce stated.  Deputy Sheriff Charles Dye, the sheriff's department public information officer, said "Mr. Pierce initially called our department on Oct. 21 to report a missing person (Peggy Sue). On Oct. 25, he called back to report that he believed his stepdaughter had been kidnapped."  Dye related an account given Pierce by a neighbor who lived on Lone Oak road west of Blytheville. The neighbor said that on the night of Oct. 21 he heard what sounded like a girl screaming. Her cries appeared to come from a blue car, the neighbor told Pierce. The neighbor jumped into his auto and he gave "chase after a blue car" unsuccessfully, Dye related.  On Oct. 25 Pierce reported the neighbor's account to deputies and at that lime "we prepared a warrant for the arrest of one Herbert Temple," Dye said.  Dye said the information compiled was relayed by teletype to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) at Washington D.C.  NCIC serves as a tracing service to locate the whereabouts of missing persons who may have been the victims of violent crimes, Dye pointed out.  To date, no information has  been received from the NCIC pertinent to the investigation. Dye said.  During routine checks of persons stopped by law enforcement officers, Herbert Temple may be found. Dye said.  Early in November, Deputy Pros, attorney Leon Burrow filed a request with the U. S. District Attorney's office at Little Rock, authorizing Teniples's arrest for "unlawful flight to avoid prosecution," Dye noted.  Complete information, including physical descriptions of the girl and Temple, are on file at the Jonesboro F"BI office headed by agent Ed Cunningham. Dye said.  Dye said during his investigation he learned the William Pierce family moved to Ulythevllk' from Montgomery, .iMa., early In October and that Temple had lived with them In Alabama.  Dye surmised that Temple came to Blytheville and left with "both Peggy Sue and her l!)-year-()ld brother, Mike."  Because Pierce reported thai Temple possibly was seen in Newport and Indianapolis, Dye said he contacted sheriff's departments in both places.  Pierce Informed Action Line that he had contacted Dr. John Marshall, pastor of Gosnell First Baptist Church, for assistance.  Marshall told Action Line that he Is in sympathy with the Pierce family but that "we (at the church) can only pray for the safety and well being of Peggy Sue and hope for her return."  Tractorcade's Message:  AAissco Farmers Ca 11 For'Fair' Prices  By LARKY BINZ-Slaff Writer  About 150 Mississippi County farmers wedged their tractors yesterday afternoon into two parking lots next to the Blytheville Courthouse to hear their spokesman call "not for a handoul" but for federal legislation providing for a "fair and adequate" price for farm commodities.  Speaking from the balcony of the courthouse to several hundred supporters below, Billy Crosskno, the protest group's chairman, said today's farmer is the "least paid" for his investment of any business in the nation.  Crosskno said the group is in support of the American Agriculture Movement because farmers should "get a better price for the commodities they  Crosskno said his group is not calling for Mississippi County  farmers to go on strike "to the extent of the National Farmers Strike" because Missco farmers must plant at least a percentage of their crops next spring to make a "reasonable" profit.  "We are not planning to picket any local merchants or any local implement places where we do business," Crosskno said.  Crosskno said Missco farmers are not being told when or whether or not to plant their crops, but are being encouraged to "hold on to" their crops and not to sign any futures contracts until they "absolutely need to" to make their crop.  "Farmers today must have an adequate farm bill with decent support prices to assure us that we are going to at least get our Investment back and make a fair and reasonable  profit," Crosskno commented.  "Not one government loan price in our present farm bill will even get our cost of production back," Crosskno observed. "This, we the farmers of today must work to change."  Crosskno said farmers are growing "tired" of going to their local implement dealer, chemical dealer or any other supplier and being told there is a shortage of equipment or that there will be another price increase in the next 30 to (>() days.  "We are not saying they (dealers) are to blame for these price increases but unless we the American farmer get a price Increase for our products we can no longer compote with rising costs and slay in business." Crosskno stated.  Stressing that farmers do not  1 J  /VEWS  I  r  blytheville, ark.  /23 15  VOL. 83-NO. 184 10CENTS IH PAGES SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17,1977  ROUNDUP—Dec. 17  J 1  want to be "subsidized," Crosskno said farmers need a cost of living increase because thcysliare the "burden of rising costs and inflalli)n just as every other American does."  TliP "tractorcade" began at Producers' Ciin located about four miles south of Blytheville on South Highway (11 and moved up Main Street to North .Second .'uui back down Walnut  Police Chief Hobble Cox said there were "no accidents, or any particular problems, except for a lot of traffic" from aboul 2 p.m. Id :1::>I) p.m.  S e e r a 1 Blytheville policemen. Ark;insas state troopers and Mississippi County deputies and Sheriff Cieorge l'"ord |)rovlded escorts for the "tractorcade" and directed farm vehicles onto the northeast parking lot on Walnut Street and the lot on the iiorthside of the courthouse.  President Taps Smith  Frank G. Smith, president of Ark-Mo Power Co. In Blytheville, Is one of 5 Arkansans chosen by President Jimmy Carter to participate in a White House Conference on balanced national growth and economic stability. Gov. David Pryor said yesterday.  Pryor said the Arkansas delegates are among 500 Americans who have been invited from every state and territory to come to Washington, D. C , Jan. 29 through Feb. 2,1978 for the purpose of submitting ideas and recommendations relative to future U. S. economic development.  "This conference is an important opportunity for citizens' organizations, public Interest groups, labor and business representatives, and sUite and local officials to recommend ways in which my administration can work towards balanced economic growth and development in the years ahead," stated President Carter In his announcement of the conference Aug. 4.  Mission: Beds, Sheets  Beds, sheets and mattresses have become the top needs for the Mississippi County Union Mission, according to Supt. Paul Kirkindall.  "Due to several fires recently, we need all the bedding we can get," Kirkindall said.  Arson Suspected  Suspected arson left minor damage last night to the Vivian Branscum residence on Jno. C. McHaney Drive, according to Blytheville Fire Capt. Stan Jackson.  The house was unoccupied at the time of Uie fire. The home was vocated when a fire heavily damaged the home three weeks ago, Jackson noted.  A rear door which had been nailed shul was o[>ened to gain entry, Jackson observed. Last night's fire was contained to a maltress, Jackson said.  Mud Storm Sweeps Area  LITTLE ROCK (AP) — It rained across most of Arkansas Friday night, but many Arkansans awoke today and headed for the car wash.  The reason was a thin layer of brown mud on mosi everything. The mud was left behind by a storm system which kickwl off thunderstorms with hail and high winds.  Fair and Colder  Partly cloudy with a chance of rain norlh and sunny south today. Windy and cool with some dust south tixiay. Fair and cokler lonlght. Sunny and cool Sunday Highs today and Sunday 50s north to 60s south. Lows tonight 20s north to :i()s south.  Growers Picketing  Elevators  Farmers crowded the county courthouse lawn at Blytheville yesterday to hear Billy Crosskno, a Missco producer, call for federal legislation providing for a "fair" rate of return on farmers' investment. Ap  proximately L'iO tractors were driven through downtown Blytheville by growers protesting price disparity. (Courier New» Photo by Binz)  A group of farmers calling themselves the "llayti Strike Committee" set up picket lines yesterday at liunge Corporation's grain elevator east of Huffman pledging to remain there until "we are relieved by farmers In Arkansas"  Bill Buck of Hayti, committee chairman, said some :iO(l farmers from Ihe Missouri Bootheel have pledged their support of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM) seeking "KKJ percent parity."  Picket lines have been set up "at ii7 grain elevators" stretching from Huffman to East Prairie, Mo.. Buck said Corporations being picketed include Bunge, MFA. Continental and Cargill, Buck reported.  "We even have picketers at Dyersburg," Buck added.  Buck emptiasized that the group is rallying "not only for our own families, but for the future of our kids and their kids."  The movement has mushroomed "like a grass fire" since Ilaytl area farmers gathered Nov. 25 to formulate their plans. Buck asserts.  Kansas wheat and corn farmers spoke at that Nov. 25 rally, relating how the AAM has "snowballed" In the Midwestern state of Colorado,  .\'ehrask;i atid K;itisas. lii/ck pointed out.  Buck said the giiiup Is advising larniers "with grain stored not todcllvei' their goods until their contracts calls for them to "  Hiinge iifflclals have expressed a iiiutual concern for llielr cause, urging farmers not tocoititnil themselves to further futures contracts, Buck said.  Sam Duncay of Hayti a member of the strike committee, said he was virtually "broke now" and that he had the option of either "taking my equity "ut of my farm and machinery" and putting it into some other intfrest-bearlng investmenl or "lose it all."  Duncan said he is willing to continue farming provided "too percent parity" is achieved prior 1(1 tlu' spring season,  A "tractorcade," similar to Ihe one staged yesterday in Blytheville. was held Wednesday "throughout every town in Pemiscot County," Buck said. About 10(1 tractors and pickups participated In the parade, he said.  The Hayti Strike Conunlttee has set up headquarters in a rented building at the junction of Highways H4 and 61 just outside of Hayti. Buck reported.   

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