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Arlington Morning News (Newspaper) - June 4, 1999, Arlington, Texas 2 MORE UTA PLAYERS SELECTED IN MAJOR LEAGUE DRAFT PAGE 1B ns Own Newspaper Arlington Texas Friday June 4 1999 3 Sections 25 cents Dallas Stan fan John Mid he will definitely watch all of the teams playoff game Friday against the Colorado Avalanche The Stars lose every time he misses the beginning of a game he said Arlington Morning News Brad toper Fans filling seats on Dallas Stars playoff bandwagon By Kelly D Patterson Staff Writer of the Arlington Morning News Aaron Mobley has a theory about why the Dallas Stars hockey team has lost three of its last six games in the Western Conference Finals He didnt carry his special towel John also has a theory He didnt catch the beginning of the games the Stars lost Every time I miss the beginning of the first period they have Mr said With a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals on the line for the Stars dont expect either Arlington man to ignore his sports superstition Theyre both determined to see the team make it to the championship round after Friday nights game against the Colorado Avalanche at Reunion Arena If the Stars win Mr plans to cover the windows of his dark green Camaro with shoe polish something hed never do for any other team With the Stars in the playoffs excitement for hockey has increased in Texas Thats surprising for a state that was introduced to the sport on a professional level only six years ago Throughout the area fans have left no question about their support Small car flags with the Stars logo have nearly surpassed the Jack in the Box restaurants antenna balls as some of the most popular car ornaments The flags were a promotion with Dr Pepper and local grocery stores More than flags were available and most grocers have sold out of them Mr Mobley and Mr both have Stars flags decorating their Please see Fans on Page Body found may be missing boy Family wanted child abduction alert issued By Nancy Calaway Staff Writer of the Arlington Morning News The family of an Arlington boy possibly found dead Thursday police for failing to activate an abduction alert when the family reported him missing They can do the Amber alert for everyone else but in this case they didnt Thats not said an emotionally distraught Prince Judie reacting to the possibility that the unidentified body of a boy found in an East Fort Worth lake might be her great nephew Childers Its possible this all could have been prevented Thats the purpose of the alert If you use it for one you can use it for Arlington police defended their decision not to activate the alert plan that broadcasts confirmed reports of child abductions to local radio and television stations across North Texas Department spokesman Dee Anderson said police didnt activate the plan named after Amber Hagerman a slain Arlington girl because they believed left home voluntarily the day after an argument with his parents The public has really embraced the plan and it is looked at as some kind of magic bullet that will stop child abductions but we need to stay focused on what the guidelines Officer Anderson said There is a test There has to be a strong belief that a child was abducted and that the child is believed to be in serious bodily danger Neither of those circum stances were present at the time we talked with the family about his dis Some neighbors of the insist police failed to take disappearance seriously and acti vate the Amber Plan because the boy is Had been white they said police wouldnt have hesitated to activate the Amber Plan Parents upset over discovery By Nancy Calaway Staff Writer of the Arlington Morning News A young boys body believed to be that of a missing Arlington old was found Thursday morning at an East Fort Worth lake police said An autopsy and dental records will be used to determine whether the body is that of Childers family members said the boys parents James and Ronnette Childers were distraught by news of the bodys ery The parents are very very torn said Prince Judie This is very hard on them It would be hard on anyone to go through this Childers Ronnette Childers center the mother of Childers is comforted by family members and friends after hear Arlington Morning News Tom Fox ing of the possible death of her son A young boys body matching the description of was found Thursday morning I think the police did a poor hell with this one It could have been handled differently if he was nt said Van Davis the nextdoor neighbor Theres talk about Opal Jennings a white Saginaw girl still on TV and shes been missing for months But is gone for two days and they dont give a damn He is still a missing child and now his family has got to live the rest of their lives with this Thats Police disputed the racism allega tions We dont consider race when working on any Officer Anderson said I dont think I was even notified of this boys race before I went out there Race plays no part in our Police scaled back their tion into the disappearance of on Tuesday On Thursday the unidentified body of an African American boy was discovered par submerged in the Oakland Lake Parks lake at about by a man collecting aluminum cans The boys clothing resembled those worn by the day he disappeared As anxious Childers family mem bers await the autopsy results from the Tarrant County medical exam iners office which could identify the dead boy their worries about the missing increasingly are turning to anger Ronnette Childers mother said police had a moral obligation to immediately activate the Amber Plan for her son I wanted that Amber alert done because people would have heard it on the radio in their cars and maybe Please see Police on Page We all believe in the Lord and without him I dont think any of us could get through Police said the body was badly decomposed but clothing on the body is similar to items worn by when he disappeared Tuesday There has been no positive iden on the body found in Fort said Officer Dee Anderson of the Arlington Police Department Lt Ric Clark a spokesman for the Fort Worth police said there are similarities between the body and He said there were no vis ible signs of trauma on the body which may have been in the water one to three days There were no obvious signs of injury but then again there was some decomposition so it would be hard to he said It likely will be Friday before the Please see Body on Page Longtime area educator Lillian Miller dies at 93 By Melissa Borden Special Contributor to the Arlington Morning News Lillian Waldrip Miller a longtime educator for whom an Arlington elementary school is named died Thursday of complications from a stroke and a heart attack She was 93 A funeral will be at 11 Saturday at First Baptist Church of Arlington Visitation will be from 6 to 8 Friday at Arlington Funeral Home Burial will be at Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington Mrs Miller taught at South Davis Elementary School for 11 of her 30 years in education She also taught at John A Kooken and Maxie Speer elementary schools in Arlington as well as schools in Pantego and Everman In 1981 Arlington Independent School District officials named an elementary campus at 6401 W Pleasant Ridge Road in honor of Mrs Miller The family grieves when one of our own passes said district spokeswoman Charlene Robertson Lillian Miller had a long history with the district dating all the way back to the old Pantego school With her passing some of that history is lost Born March IS 1906 in Wise County Texas Mrs Miller graduat ed from Diamond Hill High School in Fort Worth She earned her bach elors degree from Texas Wesleyan College now Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth She received her masters degree from North Texas State Teachers College in Denton now the University of North Texas Mrs Millers dedication to teach ing lasted long after her retirement in the early 1980s said Miller Elementary principal Floyd Sanders For years she was seen almost Please see Services oa Page INSIDE Area traffic 2A Classifieds Lottery 2A Movies Obituaries 2A Opinions Sports IB Stocks TV listings Weather 2A WEEKEND Some of To Kill a Mockingbird remains unfortunately current 83 197 00025 ARLINGTON SCHOOL BOARD On Thursday night Arlington trustees voted to establish a Turning Point alternative elementary school The board also appointed 30 new members of tpe Citizens Budget Review Committee For more details see the Arlington Morning News Web site Arlington Morning Hem At least revelers expected at Scottish fest Annual event runs today through Sunday By Lori Price Staff Writer of the Arlington Morning News You might call the Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games a flour ishing contradiction of terms On one hand the festi val that celebrates Scottish history and tradition has become largest cultural event It has attracted more than people for the last two years an attendance deemed suc in the festival industry But only onethird of the festival revelers is actually from Arlington organizers say We have people come from every state of the union and three states over but there are still people from right here who dont said Ray McDonald founder and executive director of the nonprofit festival Schedule organization Its similar to people in New York City who dont go to the Statue of he said More than people some from as far away as Scotland and New Zealand are expected to attend this years festival It runs Friday through Sunday at the University of Texas at Maverick Stadium Mr McDonald said the event draws a of people from various ethnic backgrounds and interests That kind of attendance is something he and organizers have always tried to promote he added Every year weve tried to con vince people that this is not just for Scottish Mr McDonald said This is for everybody and Arlington people need to take advantage of it Plove fee on Puge I1
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