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Arlington Morning News (Newspaper) - June 9, 1999, Arlington, Texas FORMER UTA STAR GREGORY QUALIFIES FOR OPEN PAGE 1B Own Newspaper Arlington Texas Wednesday June 9 1999 1999 Arlington Morning News 2 Sections 25 cents Granddad recalls loving caring boy wanted to be preacher too By Ben Staff Writer of the Arlington Morning News FORT WORTH The Rev Alfred Ray McGowan his face puffy and his eyes red from grieving says he prays for answers in the death of his grandson Childers I believe someone did it and that is the bottom the Rev McGowan said in his first media interview since body was found Thursday in Fosdic Lake at Oakland Lake Park about five miles north of the church the boys grand father pastors You never know what people will do I would like to see whoever did this brought to jus Family members said the Arlington elementary student idol his grandfather and wanted to follow in his foot steps and become a preacher The Rev McGowan pastor of Greater Missionary Church of God hi Christ will eulogize during his funeral at 1 Saturday at the Fort Worth church 5000 Eastland St An eastside preacher for 32 years the Rev McGowan said he cant blame Arlington or Fort Worth Arlington Morning News Bantu The Rev Alfred McGowans grandson Childers helped him build the East Fort Worth church in which he preaches was found dead last Thursday after being reported missing Abduction alert wont change Boys parents still critical of police police for their investigations into his grandsons case Other family members have criticized police for not activating a child abduction alert when was reported missing June 1 In a slow reflective manner the Rev McGowan said he has avoided Please see Grandfather on Page By Nancy Calaway Staff Writer of the Arlington Morning News Amber Plan organizers said Tuesday they dont anticipate changes to the child abduction alert despite criticism that it should have been activated to locate a miss ing Arlington boy later found dead Arlington police have said they did not issue the alert when old Childers was reported missing from his southwest Arlington home June 1 because they suspected he ran away after an argument with his parents His body Editorial was found two days later in an East Fort Worth lake The unfortunate circumstances of last week havent brought any new rounds of conversation about changing the Amber said Steve Mace a member of the task force formed by the Association of Radio Managers to oversee the alert family members believe the Police Department erred in its decision not to activate the plan named for Amber Hagerman a 9yearold slain in 1996 Please see Officials on Page STELLAR SUPPORT Dallas Stars fan Jamie Scott center high fives her friend Susie Hill right at Fridays Front Row Grill at The Ballpark in Arlington while Arlington Morning News Mull Houston Julie Evans left watches the Stars score the first goal of the opening game of the National Hockey League finals against the Buffalo Sabres By Kelly D Patterson Staff Writer of the Arlington Morning News Queens famous anthem We Will Rock You echoed through Restaurant on Tuesday Fans superstitious about their beloved Dallas Stars proudly wore replica jerseys that hadnt been washed in days Debates raged between friends about how many games it would take the Stars to capture the coveted Stanley Cup It wasnt Reunion Arena where Fans flock to local bars to cheer Stars in run at title eventually the Stars lost in overtime the Buffalo Sabres 32 But the excite ment about the Stars chance to win the coveted Stanley Cup profession al hockeys top prize was evident in several Arlington sports bars Stephanie Bolesta and Eric and Emily Glover showed up at in North Arlington at 5 two hours before the Stars and Sabres took to the ice They wanted to make sure they sat close to the restaurants big screen television Its a lesson they learned after following the Stars in the play offs If we dont come here to watch the game they said Mr Glover an Arlington resident We cant change our On Tuesday Mr Glover and his wife sported Stars jerseys his a replica of Derian Hatchers and hers a replica of Jere Ms Bolesta wore a Stars None of their shirts had been washed since last week when the Stars took the best of seven series from the Colorado Avalanche to advance to the finals I rub fabric softener on Mrs Glover said of how she counters the probable odor the jersey has acquired Please see Fans on Page Chase to build off 120 Call center project will bring jobs to city By Herb Booth Staff Writer of the Arlington Morning News Chase Bank announced Tuesday it would build a million call center along the Interstate 20 corridor The center will employ about people An Arlington Chamber of Commerce report estimates the project will generate a million annual econom ic impact The Chase Arlington National Consumer Services Call Center is scheduled to open in September 2000 on a 20 acre tract at the southeast corner of 120 and New York Avenue The new center will bring Chases total employment in Arlington to said David Jackson chair man and chief executive officer of Chase Bank of Texas Arlington operations It will offer the latest in technolo gy and workforce City Manager Chuck Kiefer said the center helps the entire area economically David Sampson president and chief executive officer of the Arlington chamber went further than that Were seeing a strong cluster economy along 120 It all started with Aetna when they consolidated their western opera tions here Then there was AmeriCredit Providian and now he said referring to other call centers Mr Jackson said the the banks two New York City call centers would remain open but that some workers will be moving down here Were not planning to close any offices but like any business were always looking for ways of doing Mr Jackson said there were several reasons why a Texas site was chosen for the center one being its a state Arlington was selected over other cities because of the availability of land the accessibility to major highways and the the citys willingness to tie several incentive packages together He said Chase is a strong financial ser vices leader and that it is the strongest commercial lender in the country Another reason Chase chose Arlington for the project Mr Jackson said is that 70 percent of the 32 million retail customers are outside New York Please see Chase on Page SA Amount of federal funding for questionable By Kevin J Shay Staff Writer of the Arlington Morning News The amount of federal funding for main mode of public transit is still uncertain for next year which could create some budget problems officials said Tuesday Im confident we will receive some federal funding next year but maybe not as much as this said City Council member Wayne Ogle a mem ber of the groups Special Transit Committee If the federal funding for goes down that will create a budgetary impact for the which we will have to deal Since Arlington started the door van and taxi service for the elder ly and people with disabilities in 1981 the federal government has funded about 50 percent of the program The city state and riders pick up the rest of the tab For 199899 the city is paying about of the programs million total budget said Wilma Smith assis tant director of transportation In 1997 98 the city covered about of the million budget she said There was a allotment from the with an option to take out the full amount the first year which was what we Ms Smith said Thats why our portion this year was a little Please see on Page INSIDE Classifieds Lottery 2A Obituaries 2A Opinions Sports IB Stocks TV movies Historical Society tours the Texas Motor Speedway 83197 00025 Council split on road improvements Mosque members say city should pay for changes to median By Rani Cher Monson Staff Writer of the Arlington Morning News A goodwill gesture to waive for roadway improvements near an Arlington mosque has divided City Council members Some council members suggested reducing or eliminating the cost to create a break in the median along Center Street for the Islamic Society of America Other council members said any discount would set an unfair precedent and force the city to forgo collection of similar fees in the future At my church we hid to pay for council pember Judy Rupay said I can sit here and think of five other churches that have had to pay Rupay for similar things Thats a prob Some members of the mosque delivered impassioned pleas Tuesday saying they should be treated differently than other reli organizations and nonprofit groups that in the past have been responsible for paying for similar road improvements They said the city is responsible for dividing the median on Center Street because of safety con cerns The median is being con after several years of plan ning The safety need justifies the opening and we are the fastest growing community in the mosque board member Kassem said referring to the Islamic religion The only issue is the safety issue We are not asking for an he said The city should pay for this because it is a safety haz Please toe Council on Page T
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