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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 1

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Classified............ Comics/Crossword. . . Dimension Entertainment Editorial Fire News .. . Markets Mo vie Theaters Obituaries PoliceBeat Sports Television Log . . . 4-8-B . . . :e-A ....7-A ...10-A .... 4-A ....2-A . . . .9-B . . . 8-9-A ....5-A 2-A . . . 1-2-B 3-B Paptofon MORE THAN 70,000 READERS EVERY DAY Volume 65, j>o. 251 Telephone Number: 422-8302 Friday. August 21, 1987 LONG WAY TO GO ABOUT A year from now, ichool officials expect a new Robert E. Lee High School main building will stand atop the dirt and underground plumbing that now occupies the area within the main building walls. After the roof Is finished and the main building area Is sealed In from outside weather, students are expected to return to the REL campus. School officials predict this will hap- pen by December. When they return, students will attend classes In the east and west wings of the main building, as well as in portable buildings, the boys' gymnasium, vocational agriculture classrooms, the building trades area, the weight room, handball courts, part of the home economics building and part of the Brigadier Hall. (sun staff photo by Angle Bracey) Baytown's jobless rate sinks 1.5 percent By BRUCE GUYNN Baytown's unemployment rate dropped 1.5 percent to M.I percent between June and July, according to information released by the Texas Employment Commission Friday morning. Figures show •?,588 Baytonians were unemployed out of a work force of 32.562 for an unemployment rate of 14.1 percent in July. In June. 5.032 were listed as jobless oui of a labor poo! of 32,186 for a rate of 15.5 percent. A year ago. Baytown's unemployment rate was 16 6 percent in July. The dramatic drop in Baytown's unemployment rate followed a state and area trend John Kruse. a TEC analyst, attributed part of the decline to seasonal adjustments. Unemployment generally increases in June with the influx of summer job seekers, then drops off in July as students and other seasonal workers withdraw from the labor market, Kruse noted. But Kruse added TEC officials hope the statistics also reflect an improvement in economic conditions in the stale "We hope we have bottomed out and we are climbing out of the hole." said Kruse. Listed below is employment information for other areas. Comparable figures for the previous month are in parentheses. — Houston Metropolitan Statistical Area ^including Baytown) — labor force: 1.682.200 (1.653.000); unemployed: 156.600 (172.200): percentage -.9.3*10.4). *- Harris County — labor force: 1.-482.195 " > 1.45G.229*. unemployed: 138.682 U52.120i; percentage: 9.4 U0.4V, -Chambers County — labor force: 9.667 (9,573): unemployed: 933 tl,057>; percentage: 9.7.i ll.Oi. •f- Liberty County — labor force: 23.031 "( 22,764) : unemployed: 2.908 1.3.231);' percentage: 12.6 (14.2). -Texas — labor force: 8.636.300 (8.483.100); unemployed: 753.800 (815,800); percentage: 8.7 (9.6). Me Allen-Edinburgh-Mission had the state's highest unemployment rate — 18.0 percent — svhile Bryan-College Station had the lowest — 6.2 per'• cent. Bryan's rate dropped from 6.9 percent while M c A11 e n Edinburgh-Mission's rate increased from 17.3 percent. Nationally, the unemployment rate dropped from 6.3 percent to 6.1 percent between June and Ju- Iran admits planting mines M A N A M A. Bahrain <AP) — Iran admitted planting mines in the Pernan Gulf region "to defend our coastlines" against foreign fleets as wind- whipped sand delayed a convoy of American- escorted Kuwaiti tankers heading up the waterway. The acknowledgment, made Thursday night in a Tehran Radio dispatch, was Iran's first about the mines, which the Pentagon says have damaged commercial shipping from the gulf's northern reaches to an anchorage outside its mouth. The third convoy of American warships and Kuwaiti tankers was stopped near the spot where the supertanker Bridgeton hit a mine July 24 and where concerns over mines delayed the second convoy for about 12-hours Frank Terry under indictment by Harris County grand jury A Harris County grand jury has indicted Frank Terry of Baytown on charges he failed to remit a ——• premium of T more than' $400.000 to the 1 Travelers Insurance Co. Tern', 41, a former i n- surance agent! for Travelers in I Baytown, has been charged in the 176th District Court with misapplication of fiduciary property. County prosecutors said the charges are in connection with events that occurred during late spring and early summer of 1986. They said the district at- toT^y's of (ice received the complaint in late December 1986 or early January 1987. A spokeswoman at the county's criminal records division said Friday morning the warrant for Terry remained open, meaning he hasn't been taken into custody. In addition to the district attorney's case, Travelers filed suit against Terry in federal court in March 1987, alleging he failed to remit to the company more than $500,000 in premiums he collected. At the time, Terry's lawyer, Joe Holzer called the court action a routine contract dispute and said he and his client planned to make a settlement proposal. Holzer said Terry voluntarily gave Travelers all books and records relating to his insurance business. Terry closed the business in the fall of 1986 and sold the policies he had been servicing to The First Agency of Baytown. In March of 1987. Terry drew wide media attention when he came forward with a statement that he had helped to raise S10.000 over a three-year period for payments to University of Houston football players — payments which violated NCAA rules. Terry said he gave the money to then-head football coach Bill Yeornan. WEATHER FAIR SKIES with a low temperature in the mid-TOs are forecast for Friday night. Sunny and hot weather Is predicted for Saturday with a high temperature in the upper 90s. From 8a.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Friday, a low of 76 degrees and a high of 97 were recorded. j20 25 Cents Per Copy jibert Gillette appointed to Port Commission By BRUCE GUYNN Baytown civic leader Robert L. "Bob" Gillette was selected Thursday to serve as the smaller cities' representative on the expanded Houston Port Authority Commission. A spokeswoman for the commission said Gillette, 64, a retired attorney, will be sworn in before the next meeting of the commission on, Sept. 15. A date for the I swearing-in] ceremonies hasj not been set, the spokeswoman said. Gillette was elected on the second ballot at Thursday's meeting of the Harris County Mayors' rnd Councils' Association, Mayor Emmett Hutto said. He was chosen over Arthur Kelly. 55, of La Porte and Robert Taylor. 61, of Seabrook. Kelly, who had the backing of the La Porte City Council, was eliminated in the first round of secret balloting, said Hutto and B.Don Skelton. past president of the board of the mayors' and councils' association. Gillette, who had the support of the Bavtown Citv Council, won out over Taylor in the second round after he received a majority of the vote from the representatives of the 26 member cities of the group. Hutto said he was pleased Gillette was chosen to serve on the port commission and predicted he will do "a good job representing al! of the cities" in the organization. Gillette will be the first Bayto- nian to serve on the commission since former mayor R.H. "Red" Pruett. Pruett served on the commission in the 1960s. The Texas Legislature approved legislation this year expanding the port commission from five to seven members. The mayors' and councils' association chose one of the new port commissioners while the city of Pasadena will select the other. A city spokeswoman said Friday Pasadena is still in the process of selecting its nominee. Although the entire membership of the mayors' and councils' association voted on the selection of a-port commissioner, the winning candidate had to be from one of the seven smaller cities along the Houston Ship Channel. Settlement reached in Warren lawsuit By DAVID MOHLMAN ANAHUAC — A S270 million lawsuit against Warren Petroleum Co. and Smalley's Welding Service ended out of court Thursday afternoon with "the largest cash settlement in the history of Texas," according to Baytown attorney Glenn Vickery. An order by Judge Carroll Wilborn of Chambers County's 344th District Court, where the case was being heard, prevents disclosure of the settlement amount until settlement details can be finalized. Pamela Sue Hoffman brought the lawsuit, which asked for $20 million in actual damages and S250 million in punitive damages, on behalf of herself, her three children, Susan, Kerri and Joseph, and Eola Maley, the mother of James Hoffman. James Hoffman and Rick Duncan, who worked for Smalley's Welding Service, were killed Nov. 5, 1985, in an explosion and fire at Warren Petroleum Co. in Mont Belvieu. Warren, which Is a division of Chevron USA, and Smalley's Welding Service were named as defendants in the suit. The Hoffmans, represented by Vickery-, claimed Warren was grossly negligent in directing Smalley employees to cut a Warren pipeline that contained propane at high pressure. The suit also claimed Warren violated 23 safety rules and regulations. Because minors are involved, lawyers must determine how payments to the three children will be structured, Wilborn said Friday. He said the settlement amount will be released Monday or Tuesday after settlement terms are officially recorded at the courthouse. Vickery said the largest cash settlement in Texas was for $4.7 million prior to the Hoffman case. Citing Wilborn's order, Chevron public affairs manager Art Spencer declined comment on the settlement, except to say the agreement was apparently in the best interest of both the plaintiffs and defendants. Plan suggests taking advantage of city's water resources Hetrce Street Journal - Unsettled Some people find It hard to settle down after a vacation. Others find it equally hard to settle up. ~FH Around Town VICKIE THOMPSON, Mona Bonds. Roseanne Zeglin and Linda Tuck talk with Joel Gray on Friday and Gene Hackman, Terri Garr and Burgess Meredith on Monday. Steve Herman invited to substitute . . . Biron Wilson gets suited up. ByBRUCE GUYNN A marina and the development of Goose Creek Stream proposed in the "Baytown 2000" plan are intended to take advantage of the city's largely untapped water resources. "A concentrated effort or strategy for developing the full potential of Baytown's water resources has never emerged." the plan notes. Fourth in a scries "Because of this, both commercial and recreational development of the waterfront have been minimized," according to the plan. A municipal marina would be designed "to provide water-based recreation opportunities to Baytown citizens as well as those in East Harris County, Liberty and Chambers County." The development of Goose Creek Stream, on the other hand, "will create an attractive environment for businesses and will invite people to come to the area for pleasure." Moreover, "these improvements will tie in with the proposed development of the marina and could supply the impetus for the resurgence of Texas Avenue," the plan notes. A marina at Bayland Park and the development of Goose Creek Stream are two of 10 economic revitalization projects proposed in the "Baytown 2000" plan. The Texas Parks" and Wildlife Department estimates there are 25,000 registered pleasure boats within a 25-mile radius of Baytown. According to the plan, this indicates a high level of interest in boating in the area. A spokesman for the parks department said there are 3,860 registered pleasure boats in the Baytown zip code areas. The plan estimates it will cost between 51,750.000 and $6 million to build a marina, "depending on private sector involvement and the final development plans." "It is conceivable that the city could develop the infrastructure (channel, basin, beachwater and roadways) and then enter into an agreement with a private developer to construct the marina (dock, slips, fuel station, etc.) and operate it over a defined period of years," according to the plan. The plan also suggests that Texas Parks and Wildlife Department grants could be used to pay for portions of the development. Bond funds can also be used fund the project. Plans call for the development of a marina with 563 boat slips in three phases. The marina is also expected to have a swimming pool, nature trails, picnic tables, and a recreational vehicle park along with other amenities. Engineering fees for the development of Goose Creek are expected to cost between $200,000 and $300,000. If combined with Harris County's regional drainage program, the cost is expected to be between $150,000 and $200,000. A bond issue is'proposed to^pay part of the cost. Other funding source* include federal and state grants. Development of Goose Creek would involve a number of steps, including cleaning the stream and wetlands and creating parks and public area* along its banks. 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