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April 27, 1986

The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 1

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Sesquictntemial ronm Nvols IKU, IMHI. Paptofam MORE THAN 70,000 READERS EVERY DAY Volume 64, No. 151 Telephone Number: 422-1302 Sunday, April 27, 19t» Baytown, Trx«» 77520 SO OnU Per Copy Bay to wn trustees to hear report By LINNEA SCHLOBOHM Reports on teacher recruiting and education at the high school level will head the agenda when Baytown school trustees meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the school administration board room. Representatives of the recruiting team, Associate Superintendent Don Treuhardt, Director of Personnel Billy Dornburg and Bowie Elementary School Assistant Principal Brenda Pickens will report on their recruiting experiences. Superintendent Bill Kennedy said the district will be seeking to employ approximately 100 people. He added that although there is a teacher shortage, the district's efforts will ensure the employment of quality people. The report is also expected to focus on the district's efforts to recruit minorities. Robert E. Lee High School Principal Henry Armstrong will present the high school educa- (See BAYTOWN, Page 9-A) DON'T FORGET WASHINGTON (AP) — Daylight-saving time returns to America early Sunday. Officially, the switch occurs at 2 a.m. local time Sunday, although most people will simply change their clocks before retiring. Pearce Street Journal - Upward mobility Business note: The USA will perfect a super- jet that will fly from Washington to Tokyo in two and one-half hours. The price will be $82 million. The Japanese will copy It for sale at (23,400. -FH AROUND TOWN BUSTER McALISTER shares vegetables from his garden with family and friends . . . Lonnie Saylor surprised to see his picture in a newspaper . . . June Repp plans a slumber party for her daughter's birthday. Jesse Horton, 10, enjoys an outing with his aunt . . . Mike Ryan joins the Baytown Fire Department ... James Fullbright outfishes his father, Frank Fullbright. Winnie Bailey and her daughter Lovella, 6, enjoy a trip to the circus ... Mike Anders brings samples of a finished product to a meeting . . . Larry Borel is glad everything is under control. BAYTOWKOKMCMPtAKf UASKMRSMVISHM LARRY HAYNES, left, manager of the elastomers division at Exxon's Baytown Chemical Plant, and Terry Taylor, manager of the polypropylene division at the plant, display a few of the products made from substances manufactured at the Baytown plant. The two men presented a program at Friday's Baytown Chamber of Commerce luncheon. (Sun staff photo by Angle Bracey) City discusses straightening of Texas Avenue Exxon gives presentation Manager describes uses of chemical products By DONNA PURDY Chewing gum, drinking straws, and baby diapers are just some of •'the' j goods:made from products produced at Exxon's Baytown Chemical Plant, Keith Fulton, plant manager, told the Baytown Chamber of Commerce Friday. Larry Haynes, manager of the elastomers division at the chemical plant, explained that Butyl, a type of man-made rubber produced by using two chemicals and a catalyst process, contains qualities natural rubber does not. Vistanex, which is produced with one chemical and a catalyst process, also possesses uniques qualities that makes it more useable to man. They not only hold air, are tough and flexible, but these two elastomers do not bounce. Products made from the rubber substances made at the chemical plant are varied. Gloves for industrial work made from Butyl are chemical resistant. Wire insulation ana gaskets for "automobiles are also made from Butyl. Vistanex too provides products that are essential to today's technology. Bags for the storage of blood are able to be frozen because of Vistanex. Adhesives and chewing gum are also made from Vistanex. Polypropylene is another product made at the chemical plant, Terry Taylor, manager of the polypropylene division, said. It is produced and sold in two forms, grandular and pellets, Taylor said. Poylpropylene is the fastest- growing plastic on the market, he said. The use of it in automobiles has reduced almost 700 pounds in the weight of parts otherwise made of metai, Taylor said. Car batteries are one example of its use. Hinges made with polypropylene were a breakthrough in product packaging and are used on containers such as shampoo bottles. Drinking straws, toothbrushes and transparent package wrapping are also made of polypropylene. Non-woven polypropylene is used in industrial and agricultural packing, as well as for carpet backing, Taylor said. Thirty-five-million pounds of non-woven polypropylene is used in the production of disposable diapers. The polypropylene lines the inside of the diaper and is the revolutionary material keeps babies dry. The polypropylene allows the wetness to be absorbed to the layer underneath it, and it is then trapped there by the lining. Taylor explained. Medical materials like surgical gowns and syringes arc (See EXXON, Page9-A) By BRUCEGUYNN City Councilman Fred Philips wants the city to look into the possibility of straightening the four-block section of Texas Avenue known as "The Snake." At Thursday's Baytown City Council meeting, Philips asked that an item be placed on the next council agenda to discuss this matter Philips noted the winding sec- lion of Texas Avenue between Commerce and Pruetl is considered lo be a safety hazard. He also said some merchants feel straightening the road would create more parking space and attract more customers to !he downtown area. Philips also noted the straightening of Texas Avenue is one of the items in the Downtown Action Committee's uight-poinl plan for revilaliiing the old cen tral business area. Pat Mahan of the Downtown Action Committee unveiled the plan at the March 27 council meeting. One item suggested straightening Texas Avenue and making it a one-way street with angle parking City Manager Fritz Lanham said right now there is no estimate of the cost of straightening Texas Avenue. But Lanham said an estimate will be prepared before the next regular council meeting. "The Snake" came into ex- Istance about 10 years ago at the request of a group of downtown merchants The group saw a serpentine thoroughfare as a unique way of attracting customers to the dying downtown area In Denison — a working-class community of 25.000 about 70 miles north of Dallas — development of a winding road In the downtown area led to a revitalization of the old central business section Cost of a similar project m Baytown was mope than $65,000. The city contributed more than 545.000 for street and sidewalk improvements while the merchants' group secured a loan to pay for the remainder of the project. Despite initial high hopes, "The Snake" failed to spark a revitalizatlon of the Texas Avenue area. Federal policies blamed for Texas farmers" woes AMAR1LLO ( AP) - A special assistant to President Reagan cautioned Texans not lo depend on the federal government for aid during the slump in energy prices, but use self-help instead Merlin Breaux, Reagan's assistant on economic affairs, said talk of a possible lax increase to make up state budget shortfalls from oil-generated revenues should be replaced by talk of a tax cut, which would spur economic recovery faster. "The federal government is not going to be your savior," Breaux told the West Texas Chamber of Commerce meeting on Friday. "The savior Is locked up. in my opinion, In this great ; See FEDERAL, Page »-A) Pffieials dispute deadly force beliefs Sequent question: 'If .1 shoot a burglar, do I have to pull him inside my house?' r By LOUISE SHAW that people have the right to Penal Coda allows cttlaens to deadly force to protect bis pro- protect their Hves. "ose deadly force" to stop party or that of aomeone else (if . ... _ - • . _ "" a perasB eomea at you weald becrtmhials, that person has requested pro*•**"* "f-JX?* w **«p»« > ««»*1'«» *•«•»» HW»ea said the qaaaUen tecttoo) from ^^ threaten- gwi. It ts Ma a Btaknea said tte Q^satlon tectioo) from anon, bursary, •a," moat fraqmnUy asked by robbery, aggravated robbery, poo- ftMBBaa IK "If I shoet a then at aaajrt or ulmhssl *** **&** l "«*• to P*B M» MlBehlafaCBaaM. tamKmrJmmr' UTIIBH TalfBi IMI nil tninr SIPVCLAMirUD Classified 3-7-D Comics S-A Crossword Puzzle 6-A Dimension 1-2-B Entertainment 6-B Editorial I-A Fire News 2-A Movie Theaters 7-B Obituaries 4-C Police Beat 2-A Religion 8-to-C School Menus io-A Sports i-3-C Weather 4-C Youth Booth 7-C WEATHER PARTLY CLOUDY sties are forecast for Saturday night with a low in the mid- 80s. Baytonlans can expect more of the same Sunday with party cloudy skies and a high in the m/cMOs. The low temperature during the 24-hour period from 8 a.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday was 99 degrees; the high temperature waa

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