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Blytheville Courier News (Newspaper) - December 05, 1977, Blytheville, Arkansas the nation charities open up Washington a prompted by recent scandals and the threat of Federal legislation National charities Are telling contributors More about what happens to their donations. Pending in Congress is a Bill sponsored by rep. Charles h. Wilson d-calif., which would require National charities to Tell what part of their donations goes for overhead and what goes to the needy or ill. Pm or lira of ,q4-nrl\r Washington a a federally funded study of new York police officers gives women and men similar patrol performance Marks but it notes that the women tended to defer decisions to male partners rather then assert themselves a report on the seven month study released sunday recommended special training to encourage male officers to accept women As on the Job equals and to encourage More assertiveness from women strike predicted Washington apr negotiations continue today on a new Coal contract with the United mine workers Union virtually sure to strike at Midnight. The chief Federal mediator in the talks says quot we be got some hard problems. We re working on Page 7building contracts have risen new York apr october contracts for future construction in Arkansas increased 22 percent Over the same month a year ago the f. W. Dodge division of Mcgraw Hill information systems co. Said. Residential construction was up 69 percent while nonresidential construction or commercial structures increased 51 percent. No building construction which includes Public works Type projects dropped 63 percent. So far this year total construction in the state increased 10 percent. Nonresidential construction was off 5 percent non building construction dropped 35 percent but residential construction was up 48 rules get revamped Washington a the i Abor department made Good today on ils Promise to rid employers and workers of nitpicking outdated and just Plain silly Job safety rules by proposing to dump More than 1,1 regulations. Page 20teachers Boycott classes Cincinnati Apas unpaid Cleveland teachers Boycott classes and Toledo s schools face another closing a lawsuit continues today that could shut schoolhouses throughout Ohio while the state wrestles with school Money go for fresh food undated apr americans still spend the biggest chunk of their food dollars for fresh unprocessed items despite the increasing availability of convenience foods. Page 3pregnancy appears doomed new York apr a pregnant woman in a coma 11 Days worsens As she develops pneumonia and internal bleeding. Doctors hold out Little Hope they can keep her alive the six weeks needed to give the 5-Monlh-Oki fetus in her womb a Chance at survival. Page 7.in Arkansas teachers express opinion Jonesboro a the executive Secretary of the Arkansas education association says Arkansas teachers consider the teaching profession in Arkansas to be in a sorry Page 4 forced Down 1 j news Blytheville Ark. 72315 vol. 83 no. 173 10 cents 30 pages monday december 5,1977 2sections chances of saving a heart attack victim Are quot greatly intensified quot if one knows the techniques of cardio pulmonary resuscitation according to Harold Webster of the Arkansas division of the american red Cross safety program. Webster shown instructing Joyce Brawley and Jerry Nail in recovery techniques using a Dummy during a recently conducted workshop at Mississippi county electric cooperative. Courier news photo by Roberson Pilot flies War relic Little Rock apr a Jonesboro Man landed his single engine air plane in thick fog sunday afternoon in the eastbound lanes of 1 iterate 40 about two Miles South of Conway. An official of the office of emergency services said Pilot Coy Mac Boyd decided to land the plane because quot he just could t Fly in the fog Hill Young of the Oes said Boyd quickly moved his plane off the Highway and Waitcel for the weather to Clear so he could come Back and take off. The fog hampered airline operations sunday at Little Rock s Adams yield. A Federal aviation administration spokesman said visibility at the Airport was one eighth of Amiley less than the Quarter mile minimum necessary for commercial aircraft operations. Commercial carriers grounded their planes until the fog lifted late make conference team Dallas apr the University of Arkansas placed seven players on the All Southwest conference football team including two members of the three Man to be investigated Star City a pros. Atty. Wayne Matthews of Pink Bluff says a Lincoln county grand jury will be empanelled to look into the shooting of two Cummins prison inmates during an alleged escape Missour Bryant to head Campaign Kansas City to. Apr Anita Bryant said sunday she plans to direct a Campaign to return prayer and Bible study to Public schools. Miss Bryant discussed the program at a news conference prior to her appearance at a religious program in Kansas City. She said details of the Campaign including a list of influential women supporters will be announced after the first of the year. The topic of miss Bryant s feud with the Gay Community also came up during the session with reporters. She said there s been too much emphasis on homosexuality. Miss Bryant said that As a Christian she loves everyone including the Gays. She said Shell concentrate now on Many other problems including abortion pornography and drug use. By a Dkl Hutson associated press writer Weiner Ark. A Tommy Wofford was too Young to be a Navy Pilot during world War ii and had to take a Back seat to All the action. Quot they weren t putting 17-Vear-Olds up front then quot says Wofford. But today Wofford has his own Pudgy Blue torpedo bomber and no Admiral tells him when or where o Fly it. Wofford works on the plane in his Back Yard and when he wants to Fly he taxis a mile Down the Highway to an Airstrip Hen from a soybean Field and lakes off. In 1974, Wofford located a surplus Navy plane that had been used after the War to fight Forest fires in Missouri and Wyoming. The plane was Only a skeletal War relic when he bought it. It took Wofford s Check Book and help from More than 20 of his fellow members of a local experimental aircraft association to rebuild in a scrounging parts from around the country. Quot i estimate i be spent a . Not counting labor quot said Wofford a 51-year-old farm implement dealer in this Northeast Arkansas Community of 700. A Oriord rained As a rear Seal gunner on the same Type aircraft but that s not the reason he picked a torpedo bomber. Quot ii was economics More than anything else quot he said. Quot my chair makers flourish despite the poor Odds of Roundup dec. 5 first Choice was the Douglas dive bomber the dauntless. There s Only one of those flying now and they built nearly of then. I wanted it worst of All but i could t afford it. Quot so i settled on a Tom and now i m kind of glad. Because out of . There s Only six flying in the original military his plane fought the Pacific War from the decks of the aircraft Carrier , York Wii. By in a special correspondent Ben s Branch Ark. A everyone knows that a factory will surely fail if it is not located near the interstate or at least on the Banks of a great waterway Ben s Branch is hardly a great waterway. Nor is big Creek which you have to Ford twice to get to Ben s Branch since big Creek flows right across the Road leading Here. The Road is hardly the interstate either Asil is made of unmistakable dirt. Even so the factory operated Here by Charles Christian and his brother in Law Jack Mccutcheon flourishes. Quot we have All the work we can handle quot Charles Christian said. Quot we re Way behind on orders Charles Christian and Jack Mccutcheon make chairs. The Way they make chairs is As old As the Hills the Ozark Hills hat surround them them Comfort and inspire them and Back in Pioneer limes gave birth to their vanishing Craft. They use no nails or screws or even glue to hold their chairs together yet they seem As durable As the Hills too. Hundreds of chairs made by Jim Nichols Charles Christian s father in Law Are still in daily use in Homes throughout the 0/arks, and so Are some of the chairs made by Jim Nichols father Jim Nichols at 73, still wanders out to his shop occasionally to make a chair just to feel worthwhile but is satisfied that Charles and Jack were Good learners and the venerable Ozark Art entrusted to him lives on. The chairs vary Little in design. They Are made of native Hardwood Oak generally or Black Walnut with ladder backs gently curved and seats Woven of Inch wide strips Cut from he inner bark of the bitter nut Hickory. The design and the male rials have satisfied the Eye and the sense of frugality of generations and continue to satisfy. Quot Uncle Jim told me he never in All his life had one of his chairs brought Back for repair quot Charles Christian said quot Well neither have we. Quot the secret is knocking the parts together. The four upright posts Are Green Wood unseasoned Wood. The rounds that hold them loge Lher Are seasoned in an oven. As the Green Wood dries it gets stouter and stouter. There s no give none at sure enough a Christian or Mccutcheon chair and even an ancient Nichols chair can support the weight of a doubting critic balancing the thing on one leg without the slightest wobble. Uliey seem to be made for lilting Back in feet on a porch rail the Best Way to witness an Ozark Sunset. Though Charles and Jack Are partners Jack tends 0 specialize in straight chairs. Liar les in to cites like iwo work in separate shops near their Homes on opposite sides of the Creek. The christians and Mccutcheons represent the entire population of Ben s Branch. At one time the Community was More populous with its own Post office. The deserted Post office became Charles s shop when he went into the chair business full time 15 years ago now he has to drive 10 Miles on that rutted dirt Road to the Hamlet of mount Judea pronounced mount Judy locally a a Grain review begins beginning today on Page four is the quot weekly Grain review quot a a compilation by Arkansas cooperative Extension service aces of Market situations through the Southeast United states. Quot information included in the review is not necessarily Selling information for Farmers but it keeps them in touch with local markets As they consider Selling quot Billy j. Reed aces spokesman said. In fat of in Mississippi county Counselor association is presenting its fifth annual career night and College fair on wednesday from 7 . To 9 30 . At Blytheville High school auditorium according to Rogers Ford of the association. Or. Helen Nunn. Professor of Home economics at Memphis state University will be the keynote speaker at the event which will feature 30 colleges and 25 careers. Career options will include those offered by the military and county businesses Ford said. State scholarship programs and financial Aid plans will also be available. Ford said. Arkansas employment Security division will also be present to give an employment Outlook for Mississippi county Ford charge due a 26-year-old Blytheville Man has been arrested for allegedly stealing a pickup truck Friday from the be. Tune Oil co. On West Highway 18, according to Blytheville police. Police Are also questioning the suspect about the oct. 22 theft of a garbage truck and the nov. 7 robbery of the Sands Motel at 357 s. Division. The truck was recovered at Memphis police noted. He is to be arraigned wednesday in Blytheville municipal court on a charge of felony theft police said. Police allege that the suspect drove a pickup through a locked Gate at tune s and was later involved in an Accident on interstate 55 near Marion Crittenden county he was returned to Blytheville saturday by Crittenden county sheriff s deputies police said.2 women charged Loretta Handy 23, and Patricia Mcalister 19. Both of Blytheville were arraigned today in Blytheville municipal court on charges of felony theft according to Blytheville police. Bond was set at $1,000 each and the two have Lieen incarcerated in Mississippi county detention Center police said. Police allege that Handy and Mcalister went into the southwestern Bell Telephone offices i22 s. 2nd Street Friday and attempted to leave with four design telephones total value $320. The women were arrested at the Bell office and the telephones were recovered police tools stolen refrigeration equipment valued at about $900 was taken saturday from a Ruddle Heights apartment according to Blytheville police. Police said Junior Parish reported the break and colder Windy t play turning colder by afternoon widely scattered showers mainly North. Windy and much colder tonight with a hard freeze North. Possible Snow flurries extreme North tonight possibly beginning late this afternoon. Partly Cloudy and cold tuesday. Highs today upper 40s to up i r 60s. Lows tonight Teeas North to Low 30s South. Highs tuesday 30s and 40s.fourshipssailed with Columbus to mail his chairs to customers Loo far away or too lacking in nerve to drive to Hen s Branch to get them. Quot we gel orders from All Over quot Charles said quot from people we Don t even know i guess word gels around quot Charles Christian is an in aging redhead of 3 1 years As honest and Down to Earl i As the chairs he makes and the shop he makes them in. It is a clustered old building Rich Wilh the smell of sawdust. Not Only Are his chairs handmade but also the tools he uses to make them a Drill bit that was the Woolli of an old Hay a quot it Lar. ,1 Ifni Inifi Wii it i vow. In fuel tank if a truck a rack for bending the boiled Wood a hand carved Hickory Mallet for knocking the a arts together atop a huge Oak stump hauled indoors quot Why Charles Wilh some modern machinery and a Crew of helpers you could expand this into a really big operation could t you quot quot the chair maker winced quot then they would t be my he said. Liy Kawahi Mill associated i Russ writer Home it api an italian ambassador s letter written in 149 1 indicates that can isto Plu r Columbus made his first voyage to America Wilh four ships rather than three As history records. Prof Marinella Bon Vini Mazzanti of in Rhino to Niver Sily says mrs Bonvini Mazzanti says the letter was written from Barcelona on March 14�, by Aru Sibale de Lennaro. The ambassador of the King of Naples it went to de Zennaro s i role or the ambassador to the duchy of Milan and the scholar said she found it in the archives of the Este family which ruled in Modena then according to history Columbus first expedition in search of a Westward water route to iii i ii Viii caramels the Nina the Pinta and the Santa Maria. But mrs Bonvini Mazzanti says de Gen Naro in telling his brother about the explorer s departure from Spain wrote quot for the entreaties of one called Columba it pleased the King that he should Rig four caramels because he said he wanted to go across the grand sea and sail a Urai Ghl Westward Long enough As to reach the Orient since the world being round he could but make a turn and find the Eastern part quot quot Bluml us returned aboard Llic Nina followed by the pin la quot said mrs by Kivini . I i year old history professor. In a Telephone interview i oin her Home in Senigaglia near i Rhino quot tie Santa Maria was wrecked on Christmas Day of m2 when Columbus left 40 men in a fort called Navidad on Llic Island of ili Spaniola. The fourth ship remained behind Wilh those in the fort quot she said there Are references iii this fourth ship being left behind in Columbus diary although the diary is never precise about the number of ships and in the report he sent to King Ferdinand s treasurer Furnin Lisbon on March 14, 1493, u Days after lie docked there on his return journey. But she said they were never inter parted with a fourth ship quot when Columbus returned to the fori on the next journey he reported the men had been killed and everything had been destroyed. Obviously the caravel also had been destroyed by the infuriated natives quot the professor said. She said the ambassador s letter was based on Columbus report from Lisbon to the Spanish Monarch and Queen Isabella. And the envoy told his Trother four limes he had read in
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