The Marshall News Messenger from Marshall, Texas on December 3, 1995 · 1
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Marshall, Texas
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Sunday, December 3, 1995
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'er SUNDAY December 3, 1995 Vol. 119 No. 149 Wonderland today ALL LIGHTING DISPLAYS will be on, both information centers will be open, and bus and surrey rides will be operate starting at dusk. The ice skating rink is scheduled to open at 2 p.m. The Marshall News Messenger begins publication today of the Uncertain Floating Christmas Parade's clues to $100 hidden on Caddo Lake. Wonderland Monday ALL LIGHTING DISPLAYS will be on, both information .centers will be open, and bus and surrey rides will be operate starting at dusk. The ice skating rink is scheduled to open at 2 p.m. Cowboy Christmas NEW TO WONDERLAND of Lights in 1995 is the Cowboy Christmas Celebration, 7:30-11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, on Peter Whetstone Square. For $5, patrons will be served a chuck-wagon-style breakfast. There will also be demonstrations by a fjroup of Alabama-Coushatta ndians, a John Wayne look-alike, tale teller Ben Condray and cowboy poet Jess Newsome. American Indian horses will be ut through their paces, and the ast Texas Mule Riders Association will provide rides. Entertainment LIVING CHRISTMAS TREE on Peter Whetstone Square is the venue for performers four nights a week during Wonderland (performances move to Marshall Mall if rain). See Wonderland6A NEWS MESSENGER CHEER CLUB Toys and donations are needed for Harrison County foster children. For more information, call Aimee Elwood at the Marshall News Messenger, 935-7914. Current donors include: Harrison Co. Bar Assoc. Reg, Lyn & Kristin Durant Randy & Cindy Allen Hollis & Dana Morton Richard & Nancy Sipes Chuck & Theresa Jackson Pat & Shelley Neel Angel &Shelbie Futrell Bill & Betty Marsh David & Karen Quane Larry & Sue Quane John &Jean Bond Bill & Betty Nienoth Larry & Charlotte Slone Randy Langley Family . Marshall High School Bill, Janice &Melisa Childers Matt Cyndi & Morgan Cox Mike & Angie Hayes & Family Donald & Sharon Seals James & Beverly Hill First Methodist Day School -Miss LuLu's 3-year-olds Pat Rogers Jean Mathison Starla Cecola Sweetie Cole Sandi Almond Jim Algenfeld Connie Gilliam Gale Marsh Mary Livingston Mike McNeill Kelley Livingston Say Hello To' ALL LIT UP Cindy Cox of the Marshall Dance Academy ties bows on her float Saturday morning. She expected all 50 of her students some riding, some walking to be part of Saturday night's Marshall Jaycees Lighted Christmas Parade. In the same parking lot on Crockett Street, two dozen Washington Early Childhood Center parents and teachers were preparing a four-unit train float for the school's 200 children to ride. And by 10 a.m. pickup trucks lined the parade route. They provided viewing stands for their owners during the long parade. (PhotoBeii) TSTC receives Internet grant Texas State Technical College's East Texas Center at Marshall will soon have a direct link to the Internet, due to a $145,000 grant recently awarded by The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The grant to renovate the Marshall center's telecommunications line to the Internet is allocated through the NET Net (North East Texas Network) fund, part of the Hard to KATIE FAIRBANK Associated Press LUFKIN Skulking into the piney forest in the dead of night, they pick off their prey and cart it to market. Reminiscent of the cattle rustling once well-known in Texas, these thieves are taking trees. Where once only cotton was king, 58 percent of all the timber produced each year in the U.S. now comes from Southern states, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Those same Southerners who own lands graced by forests and smelling of pine needles are facing losses of $75 million each year from stolen hardwoods and Tall Southern Yellow pine, according to Bruce Miles, director of the Texas Forest Service. The practice has become so rampant that the joke in this part of East Texas is it's gotten hard to see the forest for the thieves. Rip-off artists have polished their scams because the price of logs has about doubled during the past two years and the num-, Messenger MARSHALL, TEXAS v "j i 'J ?(,(... : ....... North Texas Higher Education initiative. It was recommended by Sen. Bill Ratliff, R-Mount Pleasant. The Marshall center is one of 15 schools receiving money from the $4 million fund, which provides grants for institutional development. The money will fund Phase One of the East Texas Center's plans to provide the campus with see the Anti-theft hotline The Texas Forest Service has established the following toll-free number for the reporting of suspected timber theft: 1-800-364-3470 ber of absentee landowners has increased, said Alan Matecko, spokesman for the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas. "Where sawlogs were bringing $30 a ton, they're now bringing $60 a ton," said Rep. Billy Clemons, D-Pollok, who lost about $5,000 when unscrupulous loggers harvested more than 50 pines, some hardwoods and a few small pulp wood trees from his land. "I am a victim," he said, adding that natural disasters have added to the number of thefts. "The price of raw material has increased greatly. It's worth their effort to sneak onto somebody's 1 Medium CnatMlhl TJi --- FfR VISIT AT PAIrnClrATING PIZZA INN OUTLETS tm rp. w Ml OPcClally LlliLa . not valid with, any othek offi tax not 1 1 ODDH12 rlZZl nt J INCLUDED. LIMITED DELIVERY AREA. I K T O INt1 LONGHORNS CONFRONT AGGIES I i Internet facilities. This phase will allow the campus to share network and Internet resources between the buildings on the campus. Tm a big supporter of distance learning," Ratliff said. "In the North East Texas consortium, we have 30 higher education institutions in the area going 'to See TSTC2A forest for the thieves property and steal some logs." Many landowners are easy targets for the crooks because unlike livestock, trees aren't easily identifiable. Unethical loggers have been known to clear-cut without permission, falsify sale bills and scale readings, break contracts and jump boundaries to cut trees on neighboring land. "It's easier to get forgiveness than it is to get permission," Miles said of loggers who trespass for trees. Shelby County timber farmer W.I. Davis, who has been in the timber business for 50 years, says he lost about $3,000 worth of his best trees last year when a logger claimed he didn't know the boundary. "There's honest mistakes," Davis said, "and then there's mistakes on purpose." Miles tells a story of a case in Cass County, where a thief stole the trees from a 160-acre tract but left a stand of pines along the perimeter. That way the owner wouldn't know when she See Theft8A ij 2 4 conciude Susan Van Orden: Convicted killers, victim's family make dramatic statements in federal court. SHERYALD CURBEY News Messenger After two years of heartache, delays and a non-stop fight for justice, 16-year-old Susan Van Orden s family finally saw justice Friday for her brutal slaying. Her accused killers, K e n d r i c k Allen, 19, Tor-vos Simpson, 18, and Jermon Clark, 17, were all hand- Van Orden ed long sentences in United States District Court in Marshall. District Judge David Folsom sentenced Allen and Simpson to life plus five years in federal prison without parole. Clark was sentenced to a total of 50 years in federal prison without parole for his part in the Nov. 25, 1993 carjackingmurder of Van Orden. The three pled guilty July 28 to one count each of carjacking and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence. Prosecutors say that all three men, who were juveniles at the time, used a Winchester .22-cal-iber pistol-gripped rifle to steal a 1988 Ford Tempo from Van Orden. ' Allen, who was Van Orden's neighbor, talked the girl into giving them a ride after she got off work from the Victory Drive Whataburger around 10 a.m. Investigators say the teens abducted Van Orden and drove the vehicle to a secluded area in West Marshall where they then shot and beat the girl to death. Prosecutors say the men had planned the carjacking for days and went through with their plafB on Thanksgiving night solely for the purpose of obtaining transportation to California where they wanted to join up with a gang. "These three asked for leniency from the court, but yet they showed no leniency to Susan," John Manuel, Van Orden's uncle, See Van Orden8A i . 1-1 4 V 7 ANOTHER VICTIM State Rep. Billy Clemons, R-Pollok, kneels beside a tree stump outside his home in Angelina County. Clemons was a victim of timber theft in October 1993. An estimated 50 trees were taken from his property, leaving behind just the stumps. (PhotoAP) Large HUKKY Ot-H-.R hXIIKK. VISIT AT PARTK1TATIM. VAI ID WITH ANY OTHER INCI UW-O LIMITED DPI IVTRY page 1B Sections 28 Pages $1.00 case Marshall headstone makes way to Pearland GAIL K BEIL News Messenger Who was Mandy Daniels and how did her tombstone get to the Gulf Coast town of Pearland, Texas? She was bonwn 1872, and died in 1960. A dozen years ago, with only those clues, Pearland City Secretary Dorothy Cook set out to find the rightful resting place for a tombstone delivered to the Pearland City Hall by a policeman who found it in a ditch. Pearland is a city of about 20,000 that straddles Harris and Brazoria counties. By contacting keepers of vital statistics in Austin, Cook was able to determine that Mrs. Daniels had died and been buried in Marshall. And according to Pearland Journal reporter " Gina Gomez, Cook figured the tombstone had been returned to Harrison County. "After Mrs. Cook retired, she was elected president of the Pearland Historical Society," Gomez said. "While she was president they took an inventory of Old Settlers Cemetery and yea verily, there was Mandy Daniels' tombstone. Nobody seems to know how it got there." When the tombstone was found the second time, a member of the Pearland parks and recreation staff gave City of Marshall parks and recreation staffer Jacob Robinson a call. Robinson didn't know Daniels, but contacted Marshall Mayor Audrey Kariel, who is the immediate past-chairman of the Harrison County Historical Commission. See Daniels8A 'if .?. ,"' :WrM' - FREE m - A. 11NI CHLHUN ' PBZA INN OUTLETS I rtWH TAX NOT . AUFA, GOOD BUYS In Th Clafflds 935-7355 .-!8ljcA-j----U2g---------gaiDELIVERY 2200 Victory 938-8383.

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