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Arlington Morning News (Newspaper) - August 13, 1999, Arlington, Texas CARRIE COLE TIED FOR SEVENTH AT COLLEGIATE PLAYERS TOUR PAGE 1B Own Newspaper Arlington Texas Friday August 13 1999 R 1999 Mem 3 Sections 15 cents CAN YOU DIGIT In Fridays sports section team capsules on 66 area volleyball teams including an look into District and District are on display in the Arlington Morning News 1999 Volleyball Special Section The section also features the 1999 allarea first and second teams and preseason predictions by some familiar faces youll see this season inducting Brandon George Tracy Schuttz Jack Dunaway and Cameron Maun see Pages ALSO IN SPORTS Martin volleyball setter position up for Arlington High volleyball season Martin volleyball season Board approves pollution program Arlington Morning News By Kevin J Shay Staff Writer of the Arlington Morning News Last week air ozone levels in the area reached an high On Thursday a regional trans board approved a program that officials predict will lower the level of pollution and raise the price of gasoline but not for several years This will have the greatest impact at reducing vehicle emis sions than any other program we Proposal could mean higher gas prices Michael Morris transportation director for the North Central Texas Council of Governments said dur ing a meeting of the Regional Transportation Council in Arlington The program proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency includes reducing sulfur in gaso line and is expected to be phased in by 2004 said David Bary EPA spokesman for the southwest region It will probably come with a slight increase in cost to consumers he said Were unsure about the exact cost impact right now but it is rea sonable to think that refineries will pass on any increased costs to con Mr Bary said Mr Bary said details of the pro gram which is opposed by the oil industry are still being ironed out A final proposal by the EPA is not expected to be issued until the end of the year Refineries in some parts of the country are expected to phase it in before 2004 he said Sulfur interferes with auto equipment Mr Bary said Having less sulfur in gasoline will allow catalytic converters to react more efficiently and burn gasoline A slight rise in gas prices to reduce ozone levels will be worth while said Arlington City Council member Pat Remington who filled in for the citys RTC representative Mayor Pro Tem Dottie Lynn Please see Pollution on Page STARTING SCHOOL WITH A SPLASH I 11 f rt V v Vi A i 1 n i 1 r I V hi 5 i ir Arlington Morning News J Mark Kegans Nichols Junior High students get a refreshing shower courtesy of the day of school Schools in Arlington organized activities welcom Arlington Fire Department Thursday during a party celebrating the first ing students back from summer vacation All high schools get distance learning By Julie Elliott Staff Writer of the Arlington Morning News Arlington High School sophomore Ashley Bock was surprised to walk into her German class Thursday and meet some of her classmates on four television monitors I had no idea this was a distance learning class so I kept checking my schedule to see if I was in the right Ashley said Thursday Maybe I wont have to ask as many questions because there will be more This year distance learning program has spread to all five high schools The program allows teachers to conduct classes at two or more schools simultaneously Among the courses offered are accounting German I Latin French world geography advanced place ment Spanish and statistics The program was expanded through a Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund grant the district received Since last fall Bowie Lamar and Martin high schools have come online We can connect to all the schools with distance learning through the Regional Service said Jim Wren the districts director of telecommunications We can even connect to other districts with this And as more colleges come online we hope to see our students get dual cred it by taking Each distance learning classroom is loaded with TV monitors and cam eras eight Macintosh computers laser discs videocassette recorders and Smart Boards which cameras automatically zoom in on when a teacher writes on them The whole package is worth about Please see Distance on Page activities welcome students back to campuses By Julie Elliott Staff Writer of the Arlington For students at Nichols Junior High School the first day of classes on Thursday seemed more like a party Campus officials Mayor Elzie Odom and dozens of Arlington police officers and firefight ers hosted a celebration on the pre tense of a fire drill Students were treated to hot dogs rainbowcolored Popsicles and music dur ing the event on the North Arlington schools football field I thought it would be like a regular day at said Somi Kim an When we came out we saw the fire trucks and music Then we all thought Wow Oh my The teachers try to do everything for us and take care of The Nichols celebration was among many spe cial efforts to kick off the school year right despite an increased student population officials said According to a head count students were in classes on Thursday Last year students attended the first day of school a figure officials believe was underreported More students are probably on the way said dis spokeswoman Charlene Robertson Some kids are still vacationing and we dont have the names of all the kids who registered today entered into the system On Monday well have a better feel for the Officials expect between to new stu dents this year Last year enrollment peaked at students in September While some teachers said they devoted Thursday to getting students readjusted to learn ing others jumped right into their lesson plans And at most secondary schools the day involved mundane tasks such as registering Please see Administrators on Page The camera and monitor above Arlington High School German teacher Susan West help connect her class to Sam Houston High School on Thursday through distance learning system Arlington Morning News J Mark Officials bike across city to find best routes By Ben Staff Writer of the Arlington Morning News Work was pretty grueling Thursday for Darrell Westmore land It started off with a brisk bicycle ride through north central Arlington Mr Westmoreland a municipal senior transportation planner was among 13 people who trekked through Arlington streets in search of potential routes for the citys Comprehensive Bikeway Plan After his morning trip he seemed We got a little bit of exercise in Mr Westmoreland said We noticed the heat more and more as the morning wore on Around 11 I ran out of water and in North Arlington the hills became a bit of a Thursdays excursion was the last of two missions this week The group departed City Hall about Thursday and returned three hours later The tour included downtown Arlington and the University of Texas at Arlington area The North Central Texas Council of Governments is distrib uting more than million in fed eral funding to construct a region al network of bikeways and pedes trian walkways over the next six years Please see Report on Page WEEKEND INSIDE Area traffic Classifieds Free Advice Lottery 2A Movies Obituaries 2A 6C Opinions Sports Stocks Being seen Local artist Anton work was selected for a tribute to Salvador Dali See Page 1C OPINIONS Origins Advocates of an Arlington museum that would house Smithsonian artifacts seem to have regained their footing and are approaching the revi project wisely See Page 7 A IB TV listings 6C Weather Weekend Gardener 83197 000251 Woman indicted in attack on three girls By Ben Staff of the Arlington Morning News FORT WORTH A Tarrant County grand jury has indicted a woman for assaulting three Arlington girls last April Cynthia Ann Jones is charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weap to a child A trial date has not been set The attack occurred April 6 after Ms Jones and a girl began arguing near an apart ment building in the 1500 block of Drive police said The girls back was wounded during the incident police and hospital reports show The three victims were neigh bors who lived in the area and a dispute developed between them and the said Officer Dee Anderson a police spokesman They said she came out to them with a telephone and knife and struck one of the females with the phone and got on top of Officer Anderson said a second girl attempted to pull Ms Jones off her friend Ms Jones was in custody at the Tarrant County Jail Thursday in lieu of bail She could not be reached for comment Thursday Her attorney Bryan Buchanan said his client is a responsible Please see Woman on Page
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