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aptofam MORE THAN 70,009 READERS EVERY DAY Volume 64, No. 152 Telephone Number: 422-U02 Monday, April 29, 1966 Baytown district sets registration Baytown school officials are attempting to contact the parents of children who will be entering the district for the first time in either the 4-year-old program, kindergarten or the first grade. Parents or guardians of children in those categories are urged to attend a pre- registration and informational meeting at 9:30 a.m. May 8 at the elementary school in their attendance zone. Those who do not know which school to attend should contact the office of Director of Elementary Education Jenairie Alexander, 428-2553, Ext. 210, for more information. Children eligible for the 4- year-old program are those who will be 4 years old on or before Sept. l and who are unable to speak and comprehend English or whose family income, according to standards set by the State Board of Education,*is at or below subsistence level. ' To determine income eligibility the district applies the formula used to qualify students for free or reduced-price lunches under the national school lunch program. Children entering kindergarten for the first time must be 5 years old on or before Sept. l and those entering first grade must be 6 years old by that date. Ms. Alexander said that at the meeting, school officials will provide parents with information on school entrance requirements and students will be pre-registered for the 1986-87 school year. She said parents may bring birth and immunization records to the meeting to the appropriate school at registration time. FACING UP TO FUN FIVE-YEAR-old Llndsey Hooks, daughter of Dan and Margaret Hooks of Baytown, has her face painted by Lena Janja, a Chevron employee, during Chevron Family Day festivities at the Cedar Bayou Plant Saturday. Approximately 2,500 people attended the annual event. Employees and their families of Chevron and Brown & Root Maintenance were invited to join in the fun which included a barbecue, carnival rides and a sports tournament. See related photos, page 7-B. (Sun staff photo by Angie Bracey) City 01 ^icials to meet with bond rating firms Texas inmates wait word Supreme court to rule on jury selection practice HUNTSVILLE (AP) - Texas prison inmates, including eight scheduled to be executed in May, are awaiting a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the practice of exluding jurors who oppose the death penalty. The ruling is expected to come in late June or early July, Attorney General Jim Mattox said. If the highest court maintains the status quo, it could open the floodgates for the 230 Texas death row inmates. Weekly executions would be likely, Mattox predicted. Texas has executed a dozen inmates by lethal injection since the state resumed the death penalty in-1982. Scheduled executions in May include Johnny Ray Penry, 29, of Livingston, on May 7 and Robert Streetman, 25, of Silsbee, May 8. Harvey Earvin, 28, of Lufkin, is scheduled to die May 14, while Jay Kelly Pinkerton of Amarillo faces his fourth execution date on May 15. In addition, Danny Dean Thomas, 30, of Vidor has a May 20 death date, while Jose Guzman, 22, a Salvadoran national, is scheduled to die May 23. Others with execution dates (See SUPREME, Page 9-A) By BRUCE GUYNN Baytown city officials will travel to New York City this week as a preliminary step toward the sale 'of 56,350,000 in general obligation bonds * to finance capital improvements. Making the trip to New York will be Mayor Emmett Hutto and Councilman Roy Fuller, City Manager Fritz Lanham and Finance Director Ken Mitchell and Frank Ildebrando and Larry Catuzzi of Underwood Neuhaus and Co., bond consultants for the city. Lanham said the Baytown delegation will arrive in New York late Tuesday and will meet with representatives of Standard and Poors and Moodys Wednesday. These two firms assign a credit rating to the city as a guide to potential buyers of the bonds. Baytown currently has an AA rating, just one mark below the highest rating — AAA. Lanham said the meetings with the two bond rating firms will last about two hours. During these sessions, city officials will be asked numerous questions concerning the economy of the Baytown area, Lanham said. Because of a recent upswing in unemployment, Lanham acknowledged there is a possibility the city could lose its AA rating. But Lanham said city officials will try to convince representatives of Moodys and Standard and Poors that the economy in this area is healthy and the city deserves to retain its current rating. The bonds are scheduled to be sold on May 13. At its meeting Thursday, Baytown City Council decided to sell $6,350,000 instead of $9,990,000 in general obligation bonds. The decision was based on the speculation that there probably won't be any federal tax reform. Baytown officials were initially concerned that tax reform would adversely affect the city's ability to sell the bonds. City officials felt it was a good idea to sell all the remaining bonds before the tax reform went into effect Lanham said it would save the city money to sell a smaller issue now. The remaining $3,640,000 in bonds will be sold in about two years. The decision to postpone the sale of part of the bonds "will not cause any significant delay in projects that are planned," said Lanham. Projects to be funded with the $6,350,000 bonds include $3,965,000 for sewer system improvements, $1,160,000 for drainage improvements, $450,000 for a fire station, $475,000 for parks and $300,000 for water system improvements. The remaining $3,640,000 in bonds will be used for the following projects: $1,620,000 for drainage improvements; $1,140,000 for upgrading streets and two $440,000 allocations for water system improvements and parks. Deadline nears for absentee voting in primary elections Tuesday is the deadline for voting absentee in the Democratic and Republican party primaries. A spokeswoman for the Harris County Clerk's Office said absentee voting is a little higher than usual. A total of 4,335 absentee votes had been cast through Sunday, including 304 in Baytown. Absentee voting started April 14. Baytown voters may cast absentee ballots at Harris Coun- Pearce Street Journal - - Fuelish notion Misconception of the year: An unemployed Texas oil man driving north in his Rolls Royce to look for another job. -FH AROUND TOWN TEXORA SATTERWHITE'S granddaughter, Davalyn Redford, is a Southern Belle at the University of Texas this year. She's the daughter of former Baytonian Martha Kay Frazier Redford. Sue Gesford seen in a pretty new car . . . Fred Hall lends a helping hand . . . Erma McBride very good at guessing games. Tisha Aguilar takes a message . . . Joyce Ann Blasingame shops for a special occasion . . . Ted and Monte G'Sell look forward to a trip to Germany this summer . . . Dr. Tony Traylor believes in coming to the office on Friday prepared for the weekend. Kathy Norris stops by to say hello . . . Brenda Contella has a hard time getting a group together . . . Bobby Bonds appreciates a picture. ty Courthouse Annex, 701 W. Baker Road, or at the central polling place at San Jacinto and Commerce in downtown Houston. Hours for absentee voting are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 3 is the regular voting day for the primaries. In key races, Precinct 2 Commissioner Jim Fonteno. who represents the Baytown area, will face two challengers in the Democratic Primary. Fonteno, 59, of Northshore will be opposed by Pasadena City Councilman Don Harrison, 46, and Ron Gersteman, 52, of Baytown. The winner of the Democratic Primary race for Precinct 2 commissioner will face no Republican opposition in the November general election. Fonteno has served on Harris County Commissioners Court for the past 11 years. U.S. Rep. Jack Fields, 34, of Humble is unopposed in the Republican Primary. He has been U.S. representative for the Baytown area since 1981. In the Democratic Primary, Harley Schlanger, 36, of Houston will vie against Blaine Mann, 32, of Spring for the nomination for District 8 U.S. representative. Schlanger, a consultant, is a member of Lyndon LaRouche's National Democratic Policy Committee, while Mann is a construction service salesman. District 128 State Rep. Tony Polumbo, D-Northshore, and District 129 State Rep. Ed Watson, D-Deer Park, are unopposed in the primary and will face no GOP opposition in the fall. In the race for District 127 state representative, Richard Bianchi, 33, a Kingwood attorney; Dan Shelley, 36, a Crosby lawyer; and George Turner, 60, an insurance agent from Humble, are seeking the Republican nomination. Peres says Jordan talks reopening No Democrats filed for this position. Incumbent Republican Ed Emmett is seeking a position on the Texas Railroad Commission. District 6 State Sen. Gene Green, D-Houston, is unopposed in the primary and faces no Republican opposition in the fall. Green, 38, was elected state senator last year after Lindon Williams resigned to become (See ABSENTEE, Page 9-A) TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Prime Minister Shimon Peres says Israel and Jordan have opened a channel of communication through quiet diplomacy that could lead to a renewal of the stalled peace process. Jordan's King Hussein said in mid-February he could not continue preliminary contacts with Israel after he broke his year-old agreement with the Palestine Liberation Organization on a joint negotiating strategy. But Peres said there were new possibilities for negotiations with Jordan -after Hussein's break with PLO chief Yasser Arafat, whom Peres called "the greatest obstacle to peace." Peres spoke Sunday in an interview with Israel Television. . "What is visible is a clear and unequivocal rift between King Hussein and Arafat, which everyone sees. This is the first time that an important Arab leader has said Arafat is impossible, he is not a partner," he said. Peres said that despite the stalemate brought on by the break between Hussein and Arafat, a line of communication had opened between Israel and Jordan. "At this stage it is of quiet diplomacy, at this stage it is more of understanding than of agreement — but here too, very interesting things have happened," Peres said. He did not elaborate about what contacts were taking place. But the daily Hadashot newspaper reported on Friday that Peres met with King Hussein of Jordan in person during a two-day visit to France last week. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Richard Murphy also shuttled between Jerusalem and Arab capitals earlier this month to try to revive peace efforts. Peres has agreed to an international forum which would be the overall framework for peace negotiations, but has remained vague about the precise role of the conference. He has indicated that the real bargaining must be done between Israel and a joint Jordanian-Palestinian delegation that may not include the PLO. Jordan broke the partnership with the PLO because it refused to accept United Nations resolutions that recognize Israel's existence. However, Jordan (See PERES, Page 9-A) Support for Aquino stressed after Reagan visit HONOLULU (AP) — The United States is stressing its support for the fledgling Philippines government of President Corazon Aquino following President Reagan's courtesy call to Ferdinand Marcos in which the deposed leader reportedly pleaded for help in getting his old job back. Reagan and his wife, Nancy, meanwhile, took a walk on the beach and stopped for a rare chat with some strangers before leaving Hawaii Monday for a 14- hour flight across the Pacific to the Indonesian resort island of Bali. White House efforts to gloss over human rights problems in Indonesia were set back by the Suharto government's determined refusal to permit two Australian journalists accompanying Reagan to cover the U.S. president's visit. President Suharto has banned the Australian news media from his country following publication of an article in a Sidney newspaper comparing Suharto's family to that of Marcos. And U.S. efforts to exempt members of the traveling White House press corps were only partly successful. The reporters, Jim Middleton and Richard Palfreyman, both employees of the Australian Broadcasting Corp., said they had decided to leave the press entourage in Honolulu and go on to Tokyo, where they will rejoin the presidential group for next week's economic summit. When Reagan, in Honolulu for a rest stop on his way to the Far East, telephoned the exiled Marcos to pass along personal good wishes, Marcos indicated he would like Reagan's support for a return to power, a senior U.S. official said. The source, speaking on condition he not be identified, told The Associated Press that Reagan (See U.S., Pa«e »-A) Classified ............ 7-9-B Comics ................ 6-A Crossword Puzzle ...... 6-A Dimension ............. 7-A Editorial .............. 4-A Markets ............... 5-B Movie Theaters ........ 4-B Obituaries ............. s-B Police Beat ............ 2-A School Menus ......... io-A Sports ............... 1-3-B Television Log ......... 6-B Weather ............... s-A WEATHER PARTLY CLOUDY and warm weather with a low in the middle to upper 60s is forecast for Baytown Monday night. Tuesday's forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and warmer temperatures with a high in the mid-SOs. In the 24- hour period ending ft 8 a.m. Monday, the recorded low was 66, the high was 90, with .41 inches of rainfall. , SUV CLASSIFIED

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