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Corsicana Weekly Light Newspaper Archive: May 27, 1976 - Page 1

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   Corsicana Weekly Light (Newspaper) - May 27, 1976, Corsicana, Texas                                Action line What are my chances of being struck by lightning As many storms as weve been there are probably a lot of people concerned about lightning Your chances of being struck by light ning are probably greater than you According to the National Center for Health lightning kills 150 people in the United States every year and injures another That makes the average death toll for lightning greater than for either tornadoes or It is estimated that at any given moment there are some thunderstorms in progress somewhere on the and lightning is striking the earth somewhere 100 times each Property losses due to lightning including fires that it livestock and aircraft more than million Coupled with the fact that a bolt of lightning may carry a charge of 100 million volts with magnitudes of amperes or the statistics are more shocking than many Your chances depend on where you Four out of every five human deaths or injuries from lightning occur in rural and more than 80 per cent of all accidental livestock losses are due to it would seem that there is at least one real advantage to living in the if the threat of lightning worries When will the bar code begin to rule our buying world I see it on everything from thumbtacks to turnip Its also on some of our and how will this ever be used Who assigns the codes Does the colorbar code on trucks and trains work the same way as that on sandpaper and salad dressing The Uniform Product as it is was introduced in 1974 as a way to eventually convert all grocery stores to a computerized checkout system that would eliminate the need for costly individual price It has not caught on as fast as early predictions felt it and has met with some legal challenges from consumer groups opposed to the elimination of marking prices on every item in Grocery stores stock between and items in each As could be the Retail Clerks Union opposes the and it is costly to have to mark each item Stores such as and others currently are operating test stores with the computerized equipment to try and determine how effective it is before investing large sums of money in new instead of on each would be posted on the When the checker will simply run the code square over a computer and the machine will add the price and print a description of the item on the customers That means that shoppers will have a better record of their purchase when they leave a It also means that storeowners can closely monitor could tell which items are selling fast and which are not selling at the stores and other soft ware advantages because all of that information will be instantly recorded in the When this will come to Texas depends on when grocery chains decide it is worth their There is no legislation encouraging the use of the markings it was an industry idea and the codes were decided on through meetings with manufacturers and computer The system works on the same principal as those markings on trucks and And if you find turnip greens with the code on you have also found a sharp farmer if he can can grow them that How did they build the bridge over Royal Gorge in Colorado All the guys at Chattanooga Glass would like to Construction on the tallest bridge to nowhere was begun on June Rock crushing steam and construction materials were first moved to the north and south rim construction sites where engineers had located the tower sites for the according to a spokesman for the Royal Gorge The initial project was building the concrete abutments which would serve as bases for the steel towers supporting the main suspension With the com of the concrete the fabrication of the steel towers When those were half inch steel cables were lowered from either side of the the ends spliced and the cables pulled back With this as a carry a pair of threequarter inch steel cables were pulled across the These were used as trolley cables to pull the individual wires making up the main Each of the wires in each cable was taken across the canyon one wire at a Each cable wire is anchored to a steel pin set in the solid granite of the chasm and upon completion the entire trench was filled with reinforcing steel and There are more than 100 anchor pins at the end of each Cables the work of clamping steel collars around the wire began and suspender rods were attached to support the steel girders which serve as a floor for the bridge A steel cage was built to accomodate the workmen during this phase of Crews worked from both sides and completed this phase of the work in More than tons of structural steel were used in fabrication of the Following the formal dedication on December stabilizing guy cables were added to combat occasionally gusty using 80 workers at took seven months to complete at a cost of Replacement cost today is estimated at The bridge is 18 feet and feet above the Arkansas Action Line anjwers questions of general iitteresn theGolden Questions may be addressed o the Editor Corsicana Daily Box Texas Questions should include the address and telephone number ot the but neither the name or address of the writer will be MAY 1976 School changeover work begins By RICHARD COLE Staff Writer Work has already begun on the complicated and con troversial transition involved in shifting Corsicanas middle school voted on Monday night by school Jim principal at Collins Middle and Curtis principal at Drane Middle are currently working on student a job that had been nearly conpleted for next year before the school board voted 43 to move all sixth and seventh graders to Drane and all eighth graders to Drane administrators had already completed their fall schedule work for the more than 600 students expected at that campus next and they must start from scratch on schedules for the students who will now attend classes there next AT counselors and administrators had completed work on the master schedule but were not as far along on individual student schedules as vas Questions uppermost in the minds of many students and parents have to do with the future of students elected to posts such as the band choral and other extracurricular noting that he and Jones have been working closely on the transition since the decision was said current plans are to allow all students elected to such positions to retain those OUR FEELING is that the cheerleaders at both schools who are already elected are Compton Those who are now here at Collins will serve over at and likewise for the Drane The he goes for other such like twirlers and flag bearers in the band director at said that a meeting between band students from both schools is set for Friday afternoon to explain future plans to continue both band If sufficient interest is Compton then two band and two choral sections could be scheduled to see that every student wishing to participate could do SPEAKING IN general of the Jones noted that many family procedures and con questions not apparent today will likely arise as the transition but that the attitude of his faculty is I havent had a chance to talk with all of my faculty about but they will go along with anything that is best for the and thats the main he Of the Jones noted that the plan has both ad vantages and Some who have built homes near Collins will obviously be disappointed that their child cant attend school close to Jones But there are lots of advantages to the change as COMPTON HELD a similar There are definitely some disadvantages in terms of but I dont see any educational Compton We will now be able to offer a better choice of courses to these and to better coordinate our Some of those advantages he enumerated included the combining of middle school vocational boys attending Drane can take only vocational while those at Collins can only take building Next both programs will be on the Collins allowing students to choose between THE CVAE programs in commercial cooking and commercial sewing will be housed on the same eliminating a duplication of Shooting suspect caught near Fairfield By GARY EDMONDSON City Editor FAIRFIELDDavid Glenn of Houston is being first wave of officers was Patrolman Larry McCaig of who was soon stationed at the southeast held in the Freestone County perimeter of a five square mile Jail following the Monday af search Arriving about ternoon shooting of a Highway patrolman six miles south of Long was formally charged this morning with deadly assault on a peace Bond was set at Long was apprehended at Monday at a road block on a dirt six hours after Patrolman David of Teague radioed for assistance after having been shot in the right IN CRITICAL but stable condition this morning at Navarro County Memorial routinely stopped a car northbound on 145 about His next ac cording to Freestone County Sheriff Sessions was This officers been hit by a single shot from a caliber was able to give officers a description of his assailants car though he eventually lost about four pints of Russ was shot in the right shoulder as he approached the vehicle by a man who did not get out of the The first officers responding to his call saw the assailants vehicle stalled about two miles north of the shooting scene and spotted a man running across a knoll east of the After running a check on the officers determined that Long was probably the man they were looking for and a warrant was issued by JP Whatley charging Long with deadly assault on a peace of OFFICERS FROM surrounding cities and counties converged on the scene in ad dition to most area highway patrolmen and six Texas One of those arriving with the 6 McCaig spent most of his time at the checkpoint five miles south of Fairfield High Five and a half hours McCaig arrested who had eluded bloodhounds and horse patrols of the According the hehad walked about 20 to 30 yards west past the dirt roads intersection with FM 1580 when he saw someone walking toward I told him to McCaig adding that the person then interlocked his fingers and placed his hands behind his McCAIG THEN asked the young man his name and he identified himself as David McCaig spreadeagled Long and disarmed taking a chromeplated magnum pistol and McCaig then read Long his rights and arrested McCaig said Long talked freely about having shot Russ and remarked that he had thrown his rifle into a ravine about 30 minutes McCaig Long told him that he decided there wasnt any need to keep trying to get away any after a two hour in Long signed a four page statement admitting his part in the according to Freestone County Attorney Bob Gage had joined Ranger Bob Mitchell and Highway Patrol Mitchell in questioning ACCORDING TO Long gave no reason for the The weapons carried by Long had been stolen earlier in the afternoon from a Harris County Deputy sheriff with whom Long was Gage said that Long men tioned he was heading for Prior to his Long had eluded lawmen in the search area southeast of Among those given the slip were officers in a Department of Public Safety which combed the area until Bloodhounds from the Ten nessee Colony Department of Corrections followed by lawmen on had lost Longs scent about two hours prior to his The highway patrol kept constant patrols on FM 1580 the Post Oak Road and on the dirt road that Long was walking on when he finally Long told McCaig that he had been laying in the tall grass along the road and had just watched a game warden shine his spotlight along the grass in which he was The young man had been so successful in giving officers the that the search had already been toned down when the first radio reports of his arrest were received at the MANY OF THE locallybased lawmen had gone home for a nights rest prior to the an ticipated resumption of the search this morning though the checkpoints were to have been to maintained all night as were the patrols along the As the message was being other officers began arriving at the until about half of the upwards of 200 lawmen were on hand when Long was Spirited into the jails back Long was taken immediately into the in terrogation During the Long slumped forward in his chair with his elbows on his knees and his head in his turning to the patricular questioner on each Following the Gage said he would probably reconvene the last grand jury to consider this euqipment and supply needs and allowing for better coor dination of the Compton the change will allow more flexible scheduling of academic cour so that students can take more of the courses they The idea of a middle school is to give each child an op portunity to be exposed to a wide range of activities so he will know which of these areas he might want to pursue in high school and Compton This new arrangement may be better suited to that concept because it allows us greater flexibility in providing these COMPTON NOTED that the Collins campus is already and that the alternative is a building program if we had remained the He agreed with school Mark Culwells statement to the board Monday that the two classrooms at Collins offered as an alternative to the program switch would have been a finger in the CORSICANA WEEKLY LIGHT 405 Collin Texas 75110 Phone Area Code 214 872 2551 ARTHUR KEENEY Publisher ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASE WIR ES Subscription Rates S4 per year or S3 for six months Second Class Postage Paid at 75110 Notice to the Public Any erroneous reflection upon the standing or reputation of any firm or corporation which may appear in the columns of this paper will be gladly corrected upon the notice of same being given to the editor personally at the Office of Daily Sun Results of lightning Lightning from Tuesday afternoons thun the LJT The fire alarm was turned in at derstorm caused this fire which destroyed the Sun Staff Photo by Mike Marvin Cantrell home on West Highway near Montfort Culwell explains how changes will affect schools By BOB ARMISTEAD Editor of the Sun Mark Culwell says the School Boards decision to realign the middle schools is educationally something that we needed to have The board Monday voted to make Drane School hold all the sixth and seventh grades and Collins school hold all of the eighth The decision will mean more busing for many Corsicana Culwell said Tuesday that the present and eighth grade classes at both con tributed to a devisive Drane and Collins have both developed their own image and Collins has become somewhat of a status The continuation was nothing but our own version of equal but separate Here are some questions about the matter we asked the superintendent along with his Why wasnt the matter listed specifically on the boards agenda The agenda listed opening of bids for proposed classrooms at Collins and Bowie and discuss other alter natives to alleviate overcrowded conditions in our That could very well be my fault for just not getting around to listing those I just really didnt visualize this the realignment as other than a a I can see the timing and the agenda might not have been handled in the correct Id be the last one to particularly defend the manner in which it was In it could have been handled much Will the decision involve more spending for busing There will be some additional expense but we dont an ticipate it being a big It will require the addition of maybe one What was the alternative to the CollinsDrane changes Providing two additional classrooms at But it would have been a stopgap It would probably have had to be reviewed possibly in two Do you anticipate opposition from the parents of the children involved I particularly from those who live in the district in which their children were bused to the fifth grade at Lincoln and find their children will be bused two more I know their and possibly I would react the same But there are quite a few who live practically adjacent to the schools and who support this program and How are you going to answer that criticism Im going to sympathize with But we feel like we can provide the students with a quality education and wholesome We are not uprooting the They will still be going to school with their same We will be able to improve the whole instructional program by having all the sixth and seventh graders under one We will be able to have flexibility in equalize the class and be able to more accurately phase placing them in the proper Well be able to provide a more coordinated Well all be paddling in the same stream down the same Well also be able to utilize our personnel Doesnt Drane have a bad reputation in factors such as discipline I think probably You know How are you going to improve that situation We can revise some of the rules and By removing the older influences the eighth graders were going to eliminate some The location itself provides Kids who are not in school or are suspended from school sometimes congregate By removing the eighth graders it will help us curb this If these changes help the climate at will they hurt the climate at Collins We wont have any students there but the eighth Well be able to better prepare those students for transition to high We can structure the eighth grade program for an easier and better transition Will this kill the middleschool athletic program We are going to continue to emphasize and provide a strong athletic Were going to have a strong intramural especially for the sixth and seventh and were going to encourage participation in all We could continue to have two teams in the eighth grade if the numbers justify and play two Wcv done it in the high two freshman Youre going to get conflicting opinions on Uui But it will obviously kill the competition between Collins and It will certainly do but Im not so sure that thats not Its not a wholesome sort of competition or If it stopped on the playing thats one But if it continues off the thats another a   

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