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Blytheville Courier News (Newspaper) - May 30, 1990, Blytheville, Arkansas News 35 t copyright 1990 t Seming All the communities of Mississippi Arkansas 72315, 501-763-4461 a Park newspaper volume 96, no. 15 18 pages 3 sections wednesday May 30, 1990 by the associated press partly Cloudy tonight with thunderstorms Likely North and scattered thunderstorms elsewhere All decreasing after mid no Tiff Olmi huf onh a Rosmor ten Irskay with a slight Chance of thundershowers. Low tonight in the 60s. High thursday in the 80s. Sunset today 8 15p.m. Sunrise thursday 5 57a.m.agri Outlook by the associated press rainfall through thursday generally one half Inch or less with isolated heavier amounts. Drying potential will be moderate. Evaporation will l e near .25 of an Inch thursday. Lowest relative humidity will be 45 to 55 percent. Seven to 10 hours of Sunshine thursday. Light Dew will dry around 9 . Some vegetation May be wet from rainfall. Gosnell schools will dismiss one hour Early thursday May 31 for the summer breast. The Arkmo Delta chapter of the National wild Turkey federation will meet thursday May 31 at 7 . At the Mississippi county Library. All Turkey Hunters and other interested persons in the area Are invited to attend. The Flat Lake Extension Home makers club will hold a Yard Sale saturday june 2 at 112 e. Missouri near Walker Park in Blytheville. The Sale will Benefit the club s various programs and will be held from 7 . To 1 . A number of items will be available for Sale including baked goods plants quilts and other items. It will be cancelled in Case of rain. Grand opening Celebration of the Lifeblood Blytheville neighbourhood Center located at 320 n. 6th Street in the Plaza shopping Center will be saturday june 2 from 10 . To 5 . A ribbon cutting has been set for 10 . And the Public is encouraged to attend. Dud Cason american legion Post 24 meets every monday at 8 . At the legion hut on North second Street. Continued on page3 River summary Little Rock a Here Are today s River Levels with flood stage 7 . Stage 24-hour change and 24-hour rainfall Memphis 34,30.2, do 1, Helena 44. A is. Chg missing City i7,35,4, up li-2, missing Greenville 48,4� a up0,2, missing Vicksburg,43, 41 1, upo.4, missing inside classified 8,9 comics Page 7 4 Market 10 10 5.6 women s 2courier news a 501-763-4461 or. Kennett Poff placed a rental and for his 3 bedroom House in the courier news classifieds amp rented within 3 Days Cau 763-3575 3becncmltu 330 a month Quot a i no at amp says he s not disappointed Over primary loss although the race Tor the United states Congress did not end in Mike Gibson s favor Gibson said he was not disappointed. Quot we ran a Good race Quot he said in a phone interview this morning. Quot we re proud and holding our head Quot i m not disappointed with the race. We ran a Good race and fought Quot we said we were going in with our head High Quot Gibson added. Quot we have t Een honest and we Haven t veered from although Gibson did not carry Mississippi county he did carry Osceola his Hometown and onetime residence of congressman Bill Alexander. Gibson carried Cleburne Cross Crittenden Independence st. Francis and Sharp counties while Alexander carried 18 of the 24 counties in the District. Alexander s strongest showing came in the Delta counties including Mississippi and Craighead counties. Quot i really Haven t had a Chance to Analyse the figures Quot Gibson said. Quot i understand we carried the City of Osceola which is our Hometown. It looked like it was pretty even throughout the District. There s not one particular Region that made the difference. It was a varied area so you could t say the Delta made a Alexander s total was 69,269, or 54 percent of the votes. Gibson had 58,898 or 46 percent. Quot i want to congratulate or Alexander Quot Gibson said Quot As i said before i will support the democratic ticket in the upcoming Quot i appreciate All the support we got out of Mississippi county Quot he Kemp facing facts a United states congressional candidate Mike Gibson looks Over some results with John Dresback at Gibson s Campaign Headquarters in Osceola tuesday night Gibson lost the race to incumbent Bill Alexander by a margin of eight percent 69,269 to 58,898, added Quot we be been humbled by the friends we be made during this race. They re the ones that made the Quot it s a Good organization and i want to take this time to express said. Alexander defeats Tough challenger to win 12th term Little Rock a rep. Bill Alexander d-ark., said today his Victory Over challenger Mike Gibson of Osceola in the 1st District was Quot a landslide compared to what i was up Quot i had a landslide and he had a mud slide Quot Alexander said Early today in a Telephone interview from the Holiday inn at Jones Boro where supporters gathered to celebrate the congressman s nomination. Alexander 57, seeking a 12th term faces Republican challenger Terry Hayes in the november general election. With 703 of 738 precincts reported unofficial returns showed the 22-year Veteran congressman had tallied 69,269 votes or 54 percent. Gibson had 58,898 votes or 46 percent. Quot it played out about the Way we expected Quot Alexander said. Quot i was really elated with the Delta Alexander carried 17 of the districts 24 counties including Craighead Mississippi and most other counties in the Delta traditionally his stronghold. Gibson carried Cleburne Cross Independence st. Francis and Sharp counties and led in Crittenden county. Alexander said he was t surprised by the losses in Cross and st. Francis counties Quot persistent unemployment Breeds discontent Quot he said Quot i lost both Cross and st Francis counties and it was because of unemployment and local conditions it did t have anything to do with Congress Quot the Campaign renewed his beliefs in his values Alexander said Quot i m going to stick with them Quot he said Quot my Faith is renewed Quot he was the Only Arkansas congressman with an opponent in tuesday s primary. Unchallenged in their party primaries were rep. Beryl Anthony d-ark., who represents the 4th District in Southern Arkansas and John Paul Ham me Schmidt r-ark., of the 3rd District in Northwestern Arkansas. Both face challengers in the november general election. Freshman state rep. Jim Keet a Little Rock and Democrat Ray Thornton will do Battle this fall for the 2nd District seat that three term rep. Tommy Robinson vacated to seek the governor s office. Sen. David Pryor seeking a third six year term will face Independent Betty White of Little Rock in november. Gosnell Board approves pay hikes for teachers miss co follows trend As demo incumbents rack up victories my thanks to them Quot Gibson also indicated that another race May be included in his future plans. Quot Well i la never Sav never Quot he by Deb Cooper in staff writer Alviti Tville a a steady Stream of Mississippi county voters went to the polls yesterday to decide the political future of candidates appearing on both the democratic and Republican ballots in the 1990 primary election. In some of the most hotly contested races in recent years voters in most cases gave a resounding vote of Confidence to incumbents heading into the november general election. With most of the precincts reporting unofficial winners in the races have been declared. The election results Are expected to be certified later this week. The democrats facing five challengers in the race for governor incumbent Bill Clinton carried the county with 7,812 votes. Others in order were Tom Mcrae 4,880 Cyrus Young 299 Jerry Tolliver 215 0.0. Wilson 125 and Joe Holmes 107. For lieutenant governor Jim Guy Tucker who was challenged by six other candidates earned 3,800 votes in the county. The other finishers were Hamp Roy 2,361 Milt Earnhart 537 Darrell Glascock 337 Perrin Jones 267 Otis Kirkland 172 and Larry Buffington 112. Bill Mccuen won the race for Secretary of state with 5,821 votes countywide Bobby Ilover was the closest contender with 1,714, followed by Bruce Murphy with 901 and Ray Cooper with 735, in a very close race for the first congressional District seat incumbent Bill Alexander got 5,675 votes to Mike Gibson s 5,027, incumbent Wayne Wagner received 2,728 votes while his challenger Rickey Austin got 803 votes in the District 23 House of representatives race. District 3� mouse of representatives race had Emmanuel Lofton receiving 1,192 votes Lon Nie Middlebrook with 1,247 and ted Cage with 778. Lofton and Middlebrook will face each other in a Runoff. Judith Rogers received 5,044 votes and Robert Brown 4,135 votes in the race for supreme court court position 7. Bill Ross received 6,297 votes Samuel Turner 2,386 votes and David Goodson 1,980 votes in the race for circuit chancery court District 2, division i juvenile judge with 7,307 votes Ralph Wilson led the circuit chancery court District 2, division 2 Juve Nile judge race As opponent a Ary Day Garland received 2,718 votes. Neither Winner had been determined by press time. Incumbent Joe Gurley earned 7,625 votes in the county judge race while challenger Oliver cop Pedge got 3,479 votes. In the race for county sheriff incumbent Howard Carney earned the nomination with 6,336 votes while Bill Crowell had 5,133. The republicans within the county. Republican gubernatorial candidate Tommy Robinson got 81 votes while opponent Sheffield Nelson got 73 votes. Nelson went on to win the nomination statewide. In the lieutenant governor s race Ralph Forbes earned 83 votes while Kenneth Harris got 34 votes and Robert Breaux got 19, Secretary of state candidate Bill Kerr received 80 votes and Clial Lenger Jim Parsons 66 votes. Asa Hutchinson garnered 107 votes in the attorney general l Ace and Warren Carpenter got 39 votes. Alexander picked up steam in the final weeks of the race campaigning with Fervour in the Fertile but economically depressed Mississippi Delta. He touted his efforts in Congress on behalf of the Little Guy taking credit for an estimated $100 million in Federal Aid to the District for projects ranging from Rural water systems to Airport improvements and Industrial Parks. Gibson a political newcomer with Strong business backing crisscrossed the District for nearly a year criticizing the incumbent for what Gibson said was ineffectiveness in Congress. Gibson noted Alexander had never chaired or co chaired any major congressional committee Gibson also blasted Alexander s vote for a hefty congressional pay raise and chided the incumbent for getting a majority of his Campaign contributions from out of state political action committees. Alexander claimed that Rich landowners in his native Mississippi county and big Oil companies bankrolled Gibson s Campaign. Murphy Oil corp. Of i Dorado in particular worked for his defeat Alexander claimed because of his Strong support of Grain based ethanol As an alternative fuel. Anima null i often Lonnie Clinton Nelson Alexander win supreme court race close Fitle Rock a gov. Bill Clinton will face one of his appointees Sheffield Nelson in the nov 6 general election. The fourth term governor captured a solid majority in the democratic primary and the former Utility executive used a record gop turnout to his advantage. . Rep Bill Alexander Defeated democratic challenger Mike Gibson by a 54-46 margin and will face Republican Terry Hayes in the general election. In the Only contested state supreme court race democrats Judith Rogers and Robert l. Quot Bob Quot Brown were 436 votes apart this morning with 97 percent of the precincts reporting unofficial results. Their Campaign was one of the most hotly contested races on either ballot. A dozen Senate seats and 30 House seats were contested in the primaries tuesday but the Campaign Between Pine Bluff Sens. Knox Nelson and Jay Bradford Drew the most attention Bradford an ally of gov. Bill Clinton beat Nelson a Veteran regarded continued on Page i0> Gosnell a employees with the Gosnell school District will be getting pay hikes soon following action taken at monday s meeting of the Gosnell school Board. Board members decided to in of Roap the a from $159 to $260 a on the base amount on the salary schedule for certified employees. The idea behind the pay increase is to ensure that Veteran teachers earn a larger percentage of the raise said one school official. For example with the pay increase a teacher with 10 years in the District can expect about a $1,000 per year increase. A teacher with 20 years experience with the District would get an annual increase of about $2,000, said the official. The Board also voted to give the District s non certified employees a five percent pay raise and administration employees will get an eight percent raise. In addition the Gosnell school District will be receiving additional Impact Aid Money this year. It was decided the Money would be distributed to teachers in the form of additional salary Money. This year approximately $600 will be distributed to the teachers said the official. In other business the Board adopted both the student handbook and the personnel handbook to be used during the next school year. Two personnel positions were filled during the school Board meeting. Kurt zen Ruffinen was hired to teach physical education half time at Dell elementary and half time at Gosnell Junior High school. Mike Julian was hired As the Gosnell Junior High school boys basketball coach. I casting a vote poll workers at the Gosnell Community Center reported a Quot pretty Good Quot turnout of voters for the 1990 primary election. More than 24,000 registered to vote in the primary but Early indications were that less than half the registered voters participated in the election

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