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April 29, 1986

The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 1

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City awards interim ambulance service contract •yBKUCIOUYNN After several week* of indecision, Baytown City Council Monday unanimously agreed to award a six-month contract to Medic-l of PaaadtAfeferin- terim emergency medical service, "I think at this time we have brought out the fact our only concern was to provide the citizens of Baytown with better ambulance service," said City Councilman Fred Philips, who is a member of the city's am- bulaacecoomttta*. "The committee did not care who provided it," Philip* said. Medic-l will begin providing emergency medical service Thursday. The city's contract with Baytown Ambulance Service ends Wednesday. Bsytown Ambulance has provided emergency medical service to Baytown for 19 years. For several weeks, Baytown City Council hag been discussing Improving emergency medkal atrvie*. After preparlaf specifications, Ctty Couacfl advertised for bids for permanent emergency medical service. But on March 27, councilmen rejected all bids because they felt the proposals were too high and agreed to advertise for an Interim ambulance contractor. However, on April 10, councilmen rejected all bids for Interim service after hearing pleas from several citizens to rttata Baytown *i* Service. At its matting last week, City Council was expected to approve a three-month extension of its contract with Baytown Ambulance Service. Instead, councilmen agreed to hold a special meeting Monday to reconsider the option of awarding a contract for Interim emergency medical service. Some citizens have Interpreted the council's actions as being directed against Baytown Ambulance Service, which didn't submit bids for permanent or interim emergency medical service. However, David Hawkins of Lee College, a member of the ambulance committee, said, "We are merely trying to upgrade the system from basic life support to advanced life support." Under the terms of the new contract, the city will pay Medic-l a supplement of fis.t* for si* m««t»». Baytown AmNHanee §• >tnya contract provide* tor • ttMs* •toAa^y ciftv f^^h^^L^^Bh^^hA MasHc-i, the tow bMder lor the Interim contract, will charge a baae rate of MO par trip tor each patiant. According to a chart, prapared by city officials, the new contract providea tor batter equipment and more highly trained personnel. The new contractor will pro- (9aeCITY,Pag«*.A) SESQ IK'Ifi-t'lMli Volume 64, No. 153 Hiring new teachers a challenge for district By LINNEA SCHLOBOHM Baytown school officials, seeking to employ approximately 100 new teachers for the 1986-87 school year, are discovering that the much talked about teacher shortage is a reality. Assistant Superintendent Barry Nettles, along with Associate Superintendent Don Treuhardt, Director of Personnel Billy Dornburg and Bowie Elementary School Assistant Principal Brenda Pickens, reported to Baytown school trustees Monday that recruiting competition is high and there has been a significant decline in the number of applicants the district is able to interview during recruiting trips to universities both in and out of Texas. Nettles said that there are predictions of a shortage across the state of between 4,000 and 5,000 teachers. While he feels those figures are high, Nettles said the shortage is still a "major problem." He said that whereas in the past the district would spend two or three days at a major university, available applicants can now be interviewed by one person in one day. Dornburg reported that at eight major universities in Texas the number of interviews declined from 100 last year to 84 this year, a decrease of 17 percent. Nettles also reported that a decreasing number of minorities are entering education, which in turn is affecting this district's ef- (See DISTRICT, Page 9-A) Pearce Street Journal - His heritage We can stand criticism as well as the next one. We can't buy criticism that Gov. Mark White is against education. Mark's late mom was a longtime teacher. With that heritage, there's no way Mark can go against his own blood. -FH AROUND TOWN DEBBIE CARLISLE fills in the blanks . . . Shirley Chandler introduces old friends to new friends . . . Sarah Futrell enjoys a brisk early morning walk . . . Margaret Merchant cheerful as ; always. Ambrose Rios is getting results . . . David Osgood keeps up with an old friend . . . Bill Boyett says yes and no ... Rocky Roquemore reminds some teammates about who the coach is. Robert Holmes purchases extra copies . . . Glenn Bishop enjoys a holiday . . , Manuel Escomrias fills in for someone. Telephone Numberi 422-8302 Paptoton MORE THAN 70,000 READERS EVERY DAY &i .^ : '--o- Tuesday. April 29, 1986 Baytown, Trx... /7520 25(>nl, iVrCopy SUPER ROSES GINNY KENT of 2207 Wright Blvd. shows off her gigantic homegrown roses. Rosarians are enjoying a good year for their pampered plants because of the warm, dry weather-. R«s«*>are popular in Baytown because of the large variety and because they will bloom here nearly year- round. Later on in the season, however, gardeners will resume their normal fight with black spot and bugs that make growing roses a challenge; (Sun staff photo by Angle Bracey) Soviets ask how to fight reactor fire 'Mind Flight' gets top rating REL school literary magazine given first-place award The 1985 edition of "Mind Flight," the Robert E. Lee High School literary magazine, has been awarded a first-place rating in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's annual contest for the second year in a row. Editor-in-chief of "Mind Flight" is Rhonda Rogers. Assistant editors are Zainam Ilahi, Jimmy Poepsel and David Thomas. Sponsor of the literary magazine, now in its sixth year of publication, is Anne Sullivan. Mrs. Sullivan said judges were "very impressed with "Mind Flight," terming It "very sophisticated in terms of both form and content." She said judges also called the magazine "innovative and original" and commented on the amount of variety it contained. "Many voices are represented and the magazine becomes more than a literary experience; it becomes a human experience — vital, vivid significant," judges said. Mrs. Sullivan said judges told the staff, "Your poetry is the strength of your magazine. (See REL, Page 9-A) JOANNA SEAMANS Joanna Seamans appointed to board Gov. Mark White has appointed former Baytonian Joanna McCormick Seamans to the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners. The nine-member board establishes Texas' standards for the nursing profession and for nursing education. Mrs. Seamans, a registered nurse, is assistant director of the Baptist Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in San Antonio. Daughter of Roy McCormick (See SEAMANS, Pa«e »-A) MOSCOW (API - The Soviets appealed for advice from at least two countries in fighting a fire at its Chernobyl nuclear power plant where a disastrous accident may still be spewing radioactivity into the atmosphere Tuesday See related story, Page 9-A The Soviets Tuesday called the accident a disaster and said victims were receiving aid. A Foreign Ministry spokesman warned that travel to Kiev. GO miles south of the plant, might be dangerous, but there was no confirmed word on deaths or injuries. Experts and officials in the United States said the disaster was almost certainly a fuel meltdown that caused fatalities, and noted that radioactivity released in the accident also could pose a long-term health risk in the area. The official news agency Tass first reported the accident Monday in a four-sentence dispatch saying one of the plant's atomic reactors was damaged and measures were being taken to "eliminate the consequences." It did not say how serious the accident was or when it occurred. Abnormally high radiation levels were first detected Sunday in Finland and also reported In Denmark and Sweden, more than 750 miles northwest of the plant Classified 5-7-B Comics 6-A Crossword Puzzle 6-A Dimension 7-A Editorial 4-A Markets 8-A Movie Theaters 4-B Obituaries 3-A Police Beat 2-A School Menus 10-A Sports 1-3-B Television Log 4-B Weather 8-A WEATHER CLOUDY SKIES with a 20- percent chance of showers is forecast for Baytown Tuesday night with a low near 70 degrees. Wednesday's forecast calls for m uch of the same with a 90- percent chance of showers or possibly thundershowers with a high In the mid-Ms. In the 24-hour period ending at 8 a.m. Tuesday, the recorded low was 66, the high was 90, with .41 of an inch of rainfall. A brief broadcast over Radio Moscow was the first information Tuesday from the Soviets. "A government commission has been set up to Investigate what caused the accident .. and efforts are being applied to eliminate the consequences of the accident and lo help Ihe victims." "The disaster was the first one at Soviet nuclear power plants tn more than :H) years." the broadcast said "Drastic measures are being carried out to guarantee the power reactors' reliability and safety." An official of a West German atomic energy lobbying group said Tuesday the Soviet Embassy in Bonn asked for advice on how to fight fire in a nuclear power plant. "Thai must be the worst {accident) that has ever happened In the peaceful use of nuclear energy," Manfred Petroll. of the West German Atomic Forum, told The Associated Press. In Stockholm. Frigyes Reisch, a reactor inspector at Sweden's State Nuclear Power Inspection Board, disclosed that Soviet officials have sought Swedish advice on how "to combat a fire in a nuclear plant." Asked if the request meant there had been a core meltdown, Reisch said in a radio interview: "Yes. one could b« certain of that already yesterday." A meltdown can occur when the heat In a reactor core builds (SeeSOVIETS, Pag»»-A) Sylvan Beach contract signed La Porte council OK's new lease By JOHN RIGG LA PORTE — Sylvan Beach got a new hold on life Monday when La Porte City Council approved a 40-year lease between the city and Harris County. The agreement allows La Porte to lease the land from the county for use as a public park for $5,746 per year. However, since the city agreed to spend $229,853 on refurbishing the hurricane-damaged pavilion and property, La Porte will in effect pay no money to the county. City Manager Jack Owen said that the city's first consideration would be to rebuild the pavilion. Built In 1956. the building fell into disuse after Hurricane Alicia damaged it in 1983. The pavilion had often been used to host activities by civic-oriented groups. Stan Sherwood, director of La Porte's parks and recreation department, said the pavilion is "structurally sound." He predicted that the 16.000-square- foot building could be restored to its "pre-Allcia" condition after Index of Leading Indicators up 0.5 percent WASHINGTON (AP) - The government said Tuesday Its main forecasting gauge of future economic activity posted another strong gain in March as the economy continued to send signals of a coming rebound in growth. The Commerce Department said Us Index of Leading Indicators roae 0.5 percent last month, following an even more robust 0.9 percent February increase. The February performance was revised up from an originally reported 0.7 percent advance. The biggest economic factor pushing the index up was the surge In stock prices during March, a month when the stock market soared to record heights. With the latest advance, the tenth In a row without a decline, the leading index now stands at 176.8 percent of Us 1967 base. The strong gains in the past two months have given analysts hope that the economy will rebound substantially in the se- cond half of this year loUowM two years of sluggish growth. They baae this hope on « Mtef that a dramatic plunge in oil prices, the lowest interest rates of this decade and a BUS**! dollar will all contribute to stronger growth in tfce U S economy. The government reputed two weeks ago that the ec«Mmy, SB measured by the gross »*»frrnai product, waa mpaadlajf at asi annual rate of 3.3 perco* t»1 first three months ei the yea* six to eight months of construction. Rebuilding the parking 1< will also be tackled, he said. fl The agreement states that La* Porte must begin work on the 1 park within 180 days and be finished by the end of 20 months. "This Is an opportunity to tura Sylvan Beach into a money making proposition, with 1» creasing improvements over tat years." said Councilman El Matuszak. "It's a great edifice ' to this town, and it should ae (SM LA PORTE,

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