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Odessa American (Newspaper) - May 27, 2007, Odessa, Texas Minimum wage Will workers in the Basin notice the BUSINESS Sf iii in power Craddick fends off attempts by rebel members PAGE 4B SUNDAY Permian seniors graduate Speaker challenges class to work hard JOSHUA AMERICAN Permian High School graduates Tony Gamble from right and Shaquay Gant line up for their class procession Saturday evening into Ratliff Stadium for the schools commencement ceremony There was a moment of silence during the ceremony to honor fallen Army Staff Sgt Kristopher Allan Higdon who graduated from the school in 1999 BY ELAINE MARSILIO Shaquay Gant wished his mom could see him now a Permian High School graduate Gants mother Angeline Guyton died in 2002 of natural causes and his sister Shinika Guyton stepped hi to raise him The two moved to Houston and then back to Odessa where Gant joined the Permian football team as a freshman in 2003 I tried to get my life together from he said I tried to get it up and up and Gant was one of 578 Permian graduates to walk the stage at Ratliff Stadium on Saturday evening in front of about attendees Despite his moms death Gant said she still offers him guidance I always thought at times about dropping out but I would always think what would she he said noting he plans to attend West Texas University to study pre med With a ceremony focused around a theme of Challenging oneself and succeeding in life graduates also reflected on a fellow Panther who accomplished those things until the moment he died Permian principal Bruce Davis led a moment of silence for Kristopher Allan Higdon a 1999 Permian graduate who died Tuesday when an improvised explo sive device detonated near his unit in Taji Iraq according to a Department of Defense release During his speech Rep George E Buddy West ROdessa chal lenged the graduates to reach for their dreams and never give up Be willing to work hard for what you he said This is your beginning your future is now in your ON THE NET Permian High School SCHOOL HONORS SPECIAL SECTION Check out and awards received by students across West Texas QUICK HITS A memorial to remember Odessans will have several opportunities Monday to commemorate those who gave their lives in defense of the country At 9 the annual Memorial Ride to Remember begins at the Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans Memorial near Midland International Airport The event includes a service at the Permian Basin memorial and a motorcycle caravan to the Big Spring Vietnam Memorial A little later the Commemorative Air Force will serve a hot dog and hamburger lunch before its annual Memorial Day commemoration The noon ceremony will include a flag ceremony and patriotic music by Sun Country Gentlemen At Midlander Courtney Clark will speak about experiences during World War II In the evening the American Legion will mark Memorial Day at at the Ector County Cemetery on South Dixie Boulevard Air Force Col Anne E Sobota senior military assistant in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force in the Pentagon will be the keynote speaker OH THE Town hall meeting Texas Democratic Party Chair Boyd Richie is scheduled to headline a Democratic town hall meeting Thursday The 90minute meeting will start at 6 at the University of Texas of the Permian Basins Center for Energy and Economic Diversification Richie is a lifelong Democrat and has served as the chairman of the Texas Democrats since April 2006 He has also been a District Attorney for the 90th Judicial District in Graham and is the County Attorney for Young County For information call 512 4789800 or email email@example.com ON THE NET FROM STAFF REPORTS BOYD RICHIE TEXAS DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIR Tough on TRUANCY Photo top left a boy wrings his hands while speaking with a paralegal prior to going before the judge recently in truancy court at the Municipal Court JOSHUA SCHEIDE ODESSA JOSHUA AMERICAN Ector County Independent School District officer Jeff Daniels from right serves a summons for truancy charges to Rosa Huerta and her daughter Alejandra Huerta recently at the Huerta residence Even though Alejandra told Daniels she missed school that day because ofa problem with her eye he still served her summons for previous unexused absences ON THE NET ectorcounty Municipal court www Students learn consequences of skipping school BY ELAINE MARSILIO firstname.lastname@example.org Jenifer Johnson said shes learned her lesson about skipping school She didnt learn it when her mom Mindi Daniels disconnected her personal phone took away her big screen TV and grounded her Instead she kept right on cutting class It just made me the 15yearold OHS sophomore said She did learn her lesson however when her Tuesday evening court date with Municipal Court Assistant Judge Dennis Jones frightened her into class after being truant for more than 20 days this school year I was scared at the beginning that he was going to take me to Jenifer said after Jones handed down the court order Jones required the 10th grader to complete about 23 hours of community service by June 22 and also have her teachers sign a form each day for 30 consecutive days saying Jenifer was in class And that order still has to be followed when classes resume after summer Jenifer one of more than 80 students and parents to go before the court since it reopened in April said she knew of the court but didnt JOSHUA AMERICAN Judge Dennis Jones right addresses a boy facing truancy charges recently in Jones courtroom think she would ever be summoned Its almost like she was saying I dare you Do it Daniels said noting Jenifers been misbehaving since she was hi eighth grade In addition to the help with getting Jenifer in class Daniels also got a gift of her own Charges against her were dropped TIUAHCY INTERVENTION Scott Randolph lead social worker for Ector County Independent School Districts Student Assistance Services said truancy doesnt happen overnight it builds up over tune Randolph who works with elementary school parents said he filed about See TRUANCY Page 6A MORE INSIDE Mow does the Truancy Court work How much does it cost to operate o WEATHER FITCEDOM Mostly cloudy Winds south at 1015 mph PAQE6C HOLIDAY CLOSINGS In observance of Memorial Day There will be no EZ Rider bus service Monday Memorial Pay and the II Rider office will lie closed that day Buses will resume regular service on Tuesday Also closed Monday will be all Ector County offices all Odessa city offices UTPB ECISD and OC most banks the Postal Service and The Odessa American business office J Jt JSV V f ONLINE POLL We want to know Are you making sacrifices to cope with recordhigh gasoline prices and if so what are they Vote online at and email comments to email@example.com INDEX BRIDALS 78D BUSINESSHI CLASSIFIED 1F pFARABBY 6F DEATHS 23B i IFF S TIMES 10 MOVIES OPINION SPORTS SB
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