Texas City Sun (Newspaper) - January 17, 1997, Texas City, Texas Clinic blast Two bombs explode near an Atlanta abortion Rockets roll Despite Houston manages to ' beat the Jan. 17, 1997 O N A I N L A N D 50 cents Council adopts resolution against civil service By Stephen Hadley Texas City Sun LA MARQUE - City Council Thursday adopted a resolution opposing a plan to grant civil service status to the city's police The certification which goes before voters calls for granting such status to La 22 police Certification would place hiring and promotions before an commission and subject the department to employment policies of the state Civil Service City leaders contend such classification will cost taxpayers thousands over the next 10 In the resolution says the could be as high as and force the city to raise taxes 1.3 cents per valuation next year and 1.5 cents per valuation in subsequent La Marque Police Officer Association President Dennis Macik says such an election is necessary because the city has cut into the department's workforce and refused to negotiate the collective bargaining the city would have negotiated our contract last we would have been at the table and wouldn't be where we are Macik don't want a tax increase for We have always been willing to sit down at the table and talk with the city officials but they have continually attacked the Councilman Danny Ray Phillips said the which was approved 4-0, shows the council is united in its opposition to the civil service council can see and I think the voters know that this is not in the best interest for the city of La Phillips Councilman James Osteen said the city is willing to negotiate with the officers but warned that it's leadership may be the believe the people at the top of the aren't acting in its best Osteen After more than a month of voters will have the final Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at La Marque High 300 Teacher education criticized Texas isn't doing enough to prepare educators By Chip Brown Associated Press AUSTIN - Texas doesn't meet national standards in preparing people to become according to a report presented to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board The report was sought by Gov. George W. Bush and will be presented to the Legislature for an eye-opening said board member Joe Krier of San got to do The report addresses several areas where the state falls short in preparing including ensuring competency to teach science and math. The report shows that in the 1995-96 school 31 percent of the state's public school teachers weren't certified in the areas they More than 25 percent of public schools in Texas had vacancies that couldn't be filled with a qualified while the is just over 15 the report Such vacancies are often filled by school districts that grant emergency teaching permits to people who haven't been certified to find that so said board member Robert Fernandez of Fort unbelievable our school districts are doing this to our have two problems right Krier on an emergency we have thousands of noncertified teachers that we are using in too many And we also have certified teachers who are in areas that are not in their primary areas of According to the 1995-96 results of tests administered by the state board that certifies many colleges with predominantly minority populations are having trouble getting graduates to pass the test required to teach secondary The University of Texas at UT at El Paso Sul Ross State University Rio Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern University all failed to have more than 70 percent pass the certification a new way to watch the game Bahrain Mark Sobhani Texas City Sun Juanita Sansom keeps a watchful eye through her living room window on her grandson Asa Sweeney who is defending against Davon Mason Thursday on Rust Street in Texas Sansom's grandson visits her after school and plays with friends who live in the area and she offers refreshments to the kids after a long she TCI returns A&E to its lineup Santa Fe to get channels again next week By Wendy Motion Texas City Sun HOUSTON - Residents of Hitchcock and Santa Fe want their And their And they mean it. In response to overwhelming outcry from mainland TCI Cablevision will return the popular cable channels The Nashville Network and Arts and Entertainment next were thousands of phone said TCI Houston Metroplex Communications Director Jill was much more far-reaching than when the Lifetime channel was Mack referring to the grumblings heard when TCI deleted the channel from Galveston's lineup last Mack explained that TNN and A&E were dropped from the cable systems of about 93,000 customers earlier this month in an attempt to shuffle channels and provide more family response to a nationwide outcry for more TCI chose to add Animal plus surveys showed us that the Discovery Channel is one of our most popular Mack According to TCI chose to drop TNN and A&E to make room for the Discovery and Animal Planet while still leaving room for local stations the to comply with local franchise Santa Bayou Tiki northwest Harris County and some areas of Houston have yet to have their cable systems rebuilt to increase channel These areas currently have 43 while the rebuilt cable system in Texas City offers 75 Mack noted that the rebuilding process is and TCI officials are currently studying new technology which may help reduce the cost of adding more Mack said a decision on expanding the channel capacity of the mainland and Houston areas will likely not be reached until the end of When restored to area cable TNN and A&E will share channel 33. will air from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and A&E will run from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. we analyzed what people were they wanted to see on A&E and NASCAR racing on airs in the evening and NASCAR airs during the Mack The change in line-up will take place between midnight Monday and 6 a.m. The Cartoon channel will be omitted from the Inside Volume 85, Issue 17 Aces on Ann Dear watch over all your children protecting them from harm and from the evil which seems to fill our Amen Morales tapped as Dickinson chief By Stephen Hadley Texas City Sun DICKINSON - Ron Morales says he knows he's got some work ahead of But that's just the way the new Dickinson Police Chief likes it. City Council on Tuesday appointed the 43-year-old Morales to take over as chief Feb. 1. The former mayor and city councilman said Wednesday he's ready to bring his extensive managerial experience to work for a department that has been without a permanent chief since Sept. 3 when the city fired former chief Ralph got a lot of the 1972 Dickinson High School plan to sit down with my two lieutenants and draw up some objectives for our We've got some really strong people here with a lot of experience and I think I can add to that with my management Morales served as a GTE administrator for 15 years before deciding to change careers and become a police He attended and graduated from College of the Mainland's police academy and was hired by Dickinson as a patrol officer three months He had previously worked for two years as an officer in in the 1970s before going to work for always had a desire to get into police Morales I decided to change careers I made the decision to give it another Morales said one of his major goals as chief will be working to eradicate drugs from the have a zero tolerance for he will work hard to crackdown on that problem as best we He also plans to help city officials in whatever way possible to facilitate construction of the department's new police Morales served as city councilman from 1987 to 1989 and as mayor from 1989 to 1991.