The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on April 22, 1986 · Page 1
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1836.1986 C IMI »!«« ol TOM aptotan MORE THAN 70.WO READERS EVERY DAY Volume 64, No. 147 Telephone Numb«rt 423*tS02 Tuetdiy, April 22, 1M6 Baytown, Spectacular sights of San Jacinto Day 1986 Veto* BAYTONIAJNS ENJOYED monumental views of the fireworks showering the sky Monday night. Photographer Angle Bracey took this photo from Buddy Rogers' yard on South Burnet In Lakewood. Thousands of sky-scanners gathered In nearby Brownwood to see the sparks fly. Earlier Monday, the hero of San Jacinto was remembered at Beach City. A new historical marker was dedicated on Tri-City Beach Road near Houston's home site at Cedar Point. Rosemary Jennings, left, and Lynda Adkins unveiled the marker. In photo above, the war memorial was dedicated by the Baytown Klwanis Club at Bicentennial Park. Mrs. Roy Long, whose son, Harold, was killed in World War II, placed a wreath on the memorial; James Coffey, Kiwanlan, led her from the memorial after the ceremony. (Sun staff photos by Angle Bracey and Jim Kyle) Exxon USA plans cutback in work force By BRUCE GUYNN In the wake of plunging crude oil prices, Exxon USA announced plans Tuesday to reduce domestic employment com- panywlde, Including the Baytown complex. J.J, Rouse, manager of employee relations for the company, said In a statement Issued late Tuesday morning Exxon has Informed its employees ol a "special employee separation program" for most of its United States employees. The plan will involve a voluntary employee separation program to be conducted in May If the voluntary separation program "isn't sufficient to reduce the surplus 'of employees), an involuntary program will be conducted during the month of June," Rouse warned. Exxon officials didn't give any figures on the number of employees they expect to reduce. The reason cited for the cutback is "developments over the past several years and most particularly those of recent mon- ths." which have brought "radical changes to our industry ." Rouse notes in his statement that these changes include "declining demand" for petroleum products and a "drastic drop in crude oil prices." These developments have resulted in "a work force surplus In most areas of the company." Rouse noted. "Employees who are not eligible to retire, but who voluntarily separate, will receive a separation payment, based on length of service and current pay," said Rouse "Employees eligible for annuitant < retirement) under this voluntary program will receive enhanced retirement benefits," Rouse continued Those eligible for retirement include employees at least 50 years of age with 15 years of service for the company, according to the statement. Rouse said the terms of the involuntary separation program will be the- same as those of the voluntary separation program Consumer prices take another dip Baytonians take 'front row' seats Dedication, unveiling, fireworks mark San Jacinto Day By WANDA ORTON When Baylonians look back on San Jacinto Day '86. memories will be stamped with once-in- lif'etime events like the dedication of the war memorial at Bicentennial Park and the unveiling of a new historical marker in nearby Beach City for a hometown hero named Gen. Sam Houston. And a real phenomenon could be observed in Baytown on the night ol San Jacinto Day. One of Pearce Street Journal - Sure prediction Now that April 21, 1986, is behind us, we don't want to wait too long in beginning to plan the bicentennial on April 21, 2036. ' Out of this comes a certainty that there will be a different bunch a 'doin' it. --FH AROUND TOWN JOANN YORK gathers ;a"utographs for the war •memorial program . . . Perry - and Lou Britton and Joy Stephens chat with friends after ' the war memorial ceremony. ; Josh Hughes hops from one big .event to another on San Jacinto Day .. . . Paul and Billie Hinton take in the San Jacinto Bat_ tleground fireworks show from • the shores of Brownwood. - James and Monna Johnson, Monroe and Frances Pryor and ; iEdah Mae Bass look forward to the Pryor family reunion to be held this summer at a ranch . near Burnet. the biggest traffic jams in years occurred as a "Brownwood evacuation in reverse" Look place. Thousands of people drove to the subdivision to get ringside seals for the spectacular fireworks show at San Jacinto Monument just across the waterway. To people who know the territory, the proximity of Baytown shores to the battleground is no secret. From the shores of Crystal Biiy, the awesome shaft Sun wins five awards in contest So far the Texas Sesquicentennial year has been a good contest year for The Baytown Sun with five awards from the Gulf Coast Press Association to add to its collection. One of these is a first place in the special edition category. This was awarded for the Heritage Edition, printed in two parts in January 1985. The Sun also won three second places and a third place in the contest, it was announced at the annual Gulf Coast Press Association convention last weekend in Galveston. Louise Shaw placed second in news writing for her story about the Mary Stiles murder case. Judges commented that it was "well : written story anchored in a meaningful framework." Sun photographer Carrie Pryor won a second place for her picture of a helicopter at work after the Mont Belvieu explosion (See SUN, Page fr-A) looms so near that the full monument base is in view. Brownwood, the abandoned subdivision with the stormy past, was brought back to life Monday night as vehicles crowded into vacant lots and lined up bumper-to-bumper along the roads. Many people tuned into the radio program thai coordinated the music with the fireworks. What a night. And what a day it was on the hallowed ground of the San Jacinto field itself. More than 21.000 people attended an afternoon ceremony Monday led by Vice President George Bush and Gov. Mark White. Standing in the shadow of the San Jacinto monument, they bowed their heads in tribute to the heroes who fought for freedom on the same land 150 years ago. "Freedom — that was what it (See DEDICATION, Page 9-A) WASHINGTON <AP) - A record plunge in gasoiine costs last month pushed consumer prices down 04 percent, matching the February fall and the steepest back-to-back declines in more than 36 years, the government said Tuesday For the first three months of the year, consumer prices fell at an annual rate of 1.9 percent, the best quarterly performance since 1954. Prices have not fallen for two months running since 1965 and have not fallen at such a steep pace since matching 0.4 percent declines in December 19-jy and January 1950. Most of the March decline was attributed to a record 12 percent fall in gasoline prices, more than double the 5.9 percent February drop. Gasoline prices are tumbling because of the worldwide slump in oil prices Oil on the spot market is now selling for S12-$i:t per barrel, less than half the cost just six months ago Gasoline prices at the pump have already fallen well below SI per gallon for all grades in much of the country These prices, last seen in 1979. represent a 27 percent drop from the peak prices of March U»81. Economists say they expect that gasoline costs will probably posi further declines in April and May before leveling off. "We expect the consumer price decline (or April to be similar to March, j big drop with energy prices by far the biggest factor," said Donald Ratajczak. head of the economic forecasting unit at Georgia Slate University "We think consumer energy prices \viU bottom out by the end of June. We don't see them continuing to collapse." Classified 5-7- B Comics 6-A Crossword Puzzle 6-A Dimension 7-A Editorial 4-A Markets 9-A Movie Theaters 8-A Obituaries 3-A Police Beat 2-A School Menus 4-B Sports 1-3-B Television Log 8-A Weather w-A WEATHER FAIR AND mild weather with a low in the mid-50s is forecast for Baytown Tuesday night. Wednesday's forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with warmer temperatures with a high near 90. In the 24-hour period ending at 8 a.m. Tuesday, the recorded high was 85 degrees, the low was 51 degrees with no rain fail reported. Officials study problem Mosquito discovery stirs concern By DAVID MOHLMAN Discovery in Texas and Louisiana of an Asian mosquito has raised eyebrows among the nation's mosquito control officials, according to Daniel Sprenger, a Harris County mosquito official. As the American Mosquito Control Association this week holds national meetings in New Orleans, a special symposium of six to eight speakers will highlight an entire day devoted to the mosquito Aedes albopectus. "We're concerned that people aren't overly alarmed while they do know that we are concerned and are working with universities and other agencies to gather information." said Sprenger. "There's a lot of questions at this point and very few answers. "At least we know what the local situation is." Last August, the mosquito began appearing in Harris County mosquito control traps, said Sprenger, chief entomologist for Harris County. Sprenger's doctorate is In entomology, the branch of zoology that deals with insects. Sprenger said he and other county mosquito control officials, using their sources which describe North American mosquitoes, were unable to absolutely identify the new mosquito. He said the county sent samples to the U.S. National Museum and the museum in September confirmed his tentative idenlifica- <See MOSQUITO, Page *-A) March of Dimes walk-a-thon slated here An estimated 500 Baytown residents are expected to participate in the 12-mile March of Dimes walk-a-thon slated to begin at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Baytown Community Center. 2407 Market. "This year's walk will be a fun, enjoyable and worthwhile day,' 1 David Alken, WalkAmerica chairman said. "Music, provided by Eric Vaughn of Houston, and refreshments will help keep the participants' spirits high as they walk to raise money to help fight birth defects." U.S. Rep. Jack Fields is expected to be on hand, Alken said. Walkers can win prizes ranging from a WalkAmerica T-shirt to an all-expense-paid trip for two for seven days and six nights to anywhere Continental Airlines fifes in the United States, Mexico or Canada, Aiken said. Prizes are awarded according to the amount of money the walker raises. Aiken said. Monies collected will be used to prevent birth defects through research efforts, medical and community service programs and professional and public education, Aiken said. To sign up, call the March of Dimes at 796-1010. JJaptoton "un 1-OfSIH AMK MMMI.M.C. UMt-Mfa* SUV BAYSHQRE MOTORS IIM tMT Ml

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