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Clinton: Nation's youth are behind in education Gwynn is batting king for 3rd year in a row Baseball's regular season ends Page 8 14 Monday Governor calls for national standards Page 2 VOL. 88 NO. 271 Copyright 1989 by Baxter County Newspapers, Inc. PRICE 25C A Multimedia Newspaper MOUNTAIN HOME, ARKANSAS MONDAY. OCTOBER 2.

1989 Ozark People LAND FOR SALE S( I 1 FRONTAGE ACRcAuc LOT5 "fl. 'V7 i 3 rw.Qi -435 6243 East Germans granted leave HOF, West Germany AP) Thousands of East Germans arrived to a triumphal welcome in West Germany on Sunday after their government agreed to let them flee to the West, the latest chapter in a historic exodus from an increasingly splintered Soviet Hoc. "We made it, we made it," screamed one tearful young woman after ariving in this northern Bavarian city at dawn. "We had no future there," said 34-year-old Uwe Kuester of Cottbus. About 6,000 refugees either arrived or were on their way from Czechoslovakia, border police said, and another 800 arrived from Poland.

The refugees had holed themselves up weeks ago in the West German embassies in Warsaw and Prague after they were unable to reach Hungary, a liberal Warsaw Pact nation that had opened its western border to the East Germans last month. Many of those arriving here had tears of joy running down their faces. Others cheered and clapped wildly. Race to railroad In Prague and Warsaw, East Germans who heard word of the exodus raced to railroad stations, some arriving in time to jump on board the trains. West German news reports and witnesses said more East Germans were rushing in their cars toward Czechoslovakia and at least 200 were once again filling the embassy in Prague.

Up to 100 more East Germans assembled at the West German Embassy in Warsaw on Sunday. Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher of West Germany indicated in a television interview late Sunday that West Germany was talking with East Germany about passage to the West for the new refugees. "Also in the future, we will use all our powers and possibilities to help those (seeking refuge), as we have done in the past and up until the last several hours," Genscher said in the interview with the ZDF television network. Genscher later told ARD television he hoped for a "parallel solution" for the latest East Germans at the embassy in Prague. The new arrivals follow the more than 24,000 East Germans who have fled through Hungary since Sept.

10, when the reform-minded Communist government in Budapest decided to open its border. Reluctant agreement Hard-line East Germany reluctantly agreed to the exodus and trains began shuttling refugees from Prague on late Saturday night. Trains from Poland arrived on Sunday. The East German government insisted the refugees from Prague and Warsaw had been "expelled." As part of the agreement with West Germany announced Saturday night, the East Germans had to travel in state-run trains back through their former Communist homeland as a face-saving measure for the government. Hard-line Czechoslovakia had vowed that it would not allow the refugees to leave for the West from Czechoslovakia.

Still, the action represented an embarrassing retreat for the aging leadership in East Berlin, which had severely criticized Hungary's action. The once-unthinkable exodus of East Germans reflects dramatic changes in the East bloc and a growing disunity among its member states. Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, the galvanizing force for reforms sweeping much of Eastern Europe, will visit East Berlin this week for celebrations of East Germany's 40th anniversary. His talks with East German leader Erich Honecker are expected to deal with the exodus of young people, hich has threatened the nation's already demoralized work force.

"I hope that Gorbachev, during his talks with the leaders of (East Germany) will try to convince them that political reforms are also in the interest of the German Democratic Republic," said West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, who engineered the exodus. West German embassy In Prague, police initially surrounded the West German embassy to block newly arrived East Germans from scaling a spiked fence into the muddy grounds. But the embassy later again began letting East Ger-. mans back into the embassy. Bavarian border police spokesman Klaus Pappenfuss said six trains were bringing the more than 6,000 refugees from Prague during the course of the day.

A. Doris "Darcv" Brixav dobs In front of tha Starllta Drive-In at Gasavll- Derson. The last how was Aua. 30. 1 087.

Much of the the eaulDment was S' le. Mrs. Brlxey and her late husband, Bob, showed the first film at the auctioned off and Just recently, Jrtckson Rentals purchased the screen drive-In Thursday, May 16, 1952. In 1952, admission was 41 cents per and will tear It down for scrap steel. (Photo by Chuck Zeiler) End of an era Lights go out at Starlite Drive-in lar choices for social outings in the 40s, 50s and 60s.

"There wasn't any television to speak of until later. Families and young dating single people would sometimes go roller skating and then to the drive-in, all in one night." Doris and Bob dated for two years before marrying in April 1950. Not long after their first son was born in early 1951, the Brixeys moved to Mountain Home. "Bob's family had lived in the Ozarks for generations. There is a town named 'Brixey between Gainesville and West Plains, Mo.

And Walker Road in Mountain Home is named after Bob's grandmother's family." Indeed, the Brixey family is among the oldest in Baxter County, according to Mary Ann Messick's "History of Baxter County." Doris and Bob had visited Mountain Home on their honeymoon. It was Doris' first time in the Ozarks, and she says, "The water was so clear. All the trees and mountains. I thought it was about the prettiest place I had ever seen." Wnile visiting on their honeymoon, they noticed that there was no drive-in movie theater. Bob thought it would be a good business to be in, so they originally bought 10 acres of land, and Bob built the Starlite Theater on Highway 62 Southwest in Gassville.

"Our first 'preview show was on Thursday, May 16, 1952. We had a free showing of 'Blue Grass (of That night, we only had 40 speakers installed, and we had a full house." By the next night, all 200 speakers had been installed, and the Starlite was officially opened to the public. "Admission was 41 cents per person. Cokes and popcorn were 10 cents each. Hot dogs were 15 cents.

I worked in the box office, (Sec THEATER on Tage 3) as "Darcy," Brixey. Doris Jackson was born in 1929 in Hollis, Okla. Her parents were both school teachers who were born and raised in Oklahoma. Doris says, "Dad was born two days before the (land) run in Oklahoma. It was still Indian Territory.

He would have been 100 years old this year if he were alive." Doris' family moved to Texas, and then to Oklahoma City before she was 7. She spent the rest of her school years in Oklahoma City, and then in 1948, one year after she graduated, she met a young man named Bob Brixey, who originally hailed from Arkansas. "I met him at a private party at the local roller skating rink. Our first date was a double date. We went to a drive-in theater in Oklahoma City.

We saw a Dean Martin Jerry Iiewis movie, but I don't remember which one." Doris says that roller skating and drive-in movies were two of the most popu By DAWN REITHEL Bulletin Correspondent Does anyone out there remember sneaking into a drive-in theater in the trunk of a car? Or setting up lawn chairs in the back of a pickup to watch back-to-back spaghetti westerns under the stars on a hot summer night? Or falling asleep in the back of the family station wagon while your parents ate popcorn in the front seat watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in Cinemascope and Technicol lor? There probably aren't too many readers of this column who don't have at least one memorable "Drive-In Movie Story." Most are PG, but the law of averages says there just may be a few X-rated. There is one beautiful woman right here in the North Central Arkansas Ozarks, however, who has over 36 years of drive-in movie stories in her memory banks. Her name is Doris, known to her many friends Run-off school election is scheduled Tuesday 31 percent of Americans know someone who uses cocaine or crack, survey says identified drug abuse as the nation's greatest problem overall, a level that has risen steadily in opinion polls as the issue drew increasing political and media attention. Among that majority, barely more than a third expected the problem to lessen in the next decade. And respondents split sharply on whether the best line of attack is against drug producers, dealers or users.

Majorities came together, though, in opposing some priorities of Bush's program. While most of its funds are tor law enforcement, for example, 60 percent By GARY LANGER Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) Nearly one-third of American adults know someone who uses cocaine, but most say drug abuse is not a serious problem in their own neighborhoods, a poll has found. While President Bush pursues a multibillion-dollar war on illegal drugs, saving they are "sapping our strength as a nation," iust 14 percent in the survey called the problem "very serious" where they live. Still, 61 percent in the Media General-Associated Press poll Voters in the Mountain Home School District have the opportunity to do something Tuesday they've never done, vote in a run-off school election. This is the first time in the county a runoff has been necessary following the annual school elections.

There ill be only one decision to make, whether to give the Pos. 3 seat on the Mountain Home School Board, a four-year term, to Glenn Priebe or John Boogaart. Voters in the district will be casting their ballots at the same polling place they used for the elections two weeks ago. The polls open at 8 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.

Runoffs from these elections were not required until a 1987 state law required the winning candidate to take more than 50 percent of the votes. Prior to that, a school board seat simply went to the candidate with the most votes. The change was adopted as paM of legislative action which moved school elections from March to September, clearing tl.e wav for the short-lived Super Tuesday primaries held in March, an event from which the state has dropped out. The battle for Pos. 3 on the Mountain Home School Board drew three candidates, none of which were able to win 50 percent of the vote.

So a runoff" was scheduled between the top two. Results from the Sept. 19 election showed Boogaart winning a little better than 37 percent of the total vote and Priebe taking close to 34. The incumbent candidate, Theo Rowe, won just over 29 percent. As individual districts foot the bill for school elections, Mountain Home Schools will be putting out a bit more than in past years.

While all the bills are not yet in for the Sept. 19 elections, officials report that close to $5,200 was allocated the previous year for election expenses. Baxter County Board of Education secretary Pat Smith said that among other things, districts must pay the poll workers and an 11-cent per ballot charge. A sample ballot can be found on Page 2 of today's Bulletin. said treating drug users will accomplish more than punishing them.

Moreover, a 57 percent majority said building more federal prison cells for drug offenders as Bush has proposed will fail to reduce drug abuse. Drug treatment and education were seen by far more people as effective. Despite those differences, nearly three-quarters of the 1,071 respondents were convinced that the Bush administration is making a serious effort. And two-thirds said the federal government can reduce drug abuse significantly. Respondents were split on whether Bush's $7.9 billion plan spends enough money, too little or too much.

About half wanted antidrug money taken from other programs, while a third favored raising taxes. The rest were unsure. Though taxes were not popular generally, three-quarters supported raising cigarette or alcoholic beverage taxes to pay for a bigger drug program, and seven in 10 supported a 1 percent increase in corporate income taxes. Another funding scheme had less support: By 53 43 percent, respondents opposed a 1 percent increase in personal income taxes. The poll, conducted Sept.

14-24, had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has estimated that roughly 8 million Americans have used cocaine in the past year and 1 million of them use it at least once a week. In the survey, 31 percent said they know someone who uses crxaine or its derivative, crack. About half of them, or about one-seventh of all respondents, said they know an addict. Younger people were far more likely to know a cocaine user; 48 percent of those age 18-29 said they did.

Black respondents and big-city residents also were more likely to know a cocaine user. To stop the flow of drugs into this country, eight in 10 respondents said Bush should order the military to patrol the borders for smugglers. But a minority of 43 percent said he should order military strikes against illegal drug operations in foreign countries. Inside Ann Lender. 6 Legal nolle.

Classified Twin Lakes Edition Obituaries Comic 6 Sporls Editorial Weather ..7 ,.3 2 TODAY'S WEATHER: Patchy morning fog otherwise mostly sunny with a high in the lower 80s. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph shifting to north 10 to 15. Sunrise: 7:04 a.m. Sunset 6:52 p.m. i.

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