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Texas City Sun (Newspaper) - September 24, 1995, Texas City, Texas Notre Dame ... 55 Texas.........27 Kansas.......20 Houston......13 Colorado......29 Texas A&M____21 Texas Christian 16 Vanderbilt......3 Louisiana State 52 Rice...........7 Baylor........ 14 N.C. State......0 Texas City Sun Good morning, it's Sunday, Sept. 24,1995 Serving Texas City, La Marque, Hitchcock, Santa Fe and bic Salute to Industry '95 Huge plant projects spur economy Local payrolls get boost from expansion work By CATHY GILLENTINE Assistant Managing Editor TEXAS CITY - A multitude of construction projects at Texas City's major industries have jingled coins into the pockets of many Texas City and La Marque resi- INSIDE: sss Salute to Industry ,.rss Port of Texas City leaps into futur dents and businesses. Members of the Texas City's Economic Development Corporation have certainly felt the effects. "We have been able to move ahead with projects because sales tax has exceeded our projections," said Mayor Chuck Doyle. Doyle told members of the corporation this week that a slate of projects was ahead of schedule because sales tax receipts predicted at about $3 million had exceeded expectations. "When the plant work runs down, we are going to see much reduced taxes," he added. Construction at Amoco, Sterling, Phibro Energy and Union Carbide has put trades people to work for INDUSTRY: Local plants increase production, efficienc Three special sections, 36 pages months, and increased employment on the mainland means higher profits for grocery stores, gas stations and most everyone in between. Amoco Oil, Texas City's largest employer, and its sister chemical processing plant Amoco Chemical Co. have three major projects under way. One of those is the construction of a $9 million laboratory facility which is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Another is the Amoco Aromatics Recovery Unit, which was begun in June. It is expected to be completed by the end of the year at a total estimated cost of $66.5 million. Amoco also is building a $50 million paraxylene unit. Paraxy-lene is the raw material used in the manufacture of purified terephthalic acid, the preferred raw material for polyester fibers, home textiles, tire cords and seat belts. Construction of the new paraxylene unit began in April and will likely be completed in the second quarter of 1996. At Sterling Chemicals, construction also is under way. Sterling's capital investment includes several projects with other companies. These include Sterling and British Petroleum expanding Sterling's � See INDUSTRY, Page 2A Our partner in Progress AMOCO BY AIR - Amoco Oil Co.'s Texas City refinery, the city's largest employer and Galveston County's largest taxpayer, has launched several major projects in recent years that are padding local payrolls. (Sun photo by Dwigw c Andrews) A town divided Arafat, Peres close to new pact Political problems plague community By the associated press By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS GUN BARREL CITY -' 'We shoot straight," says the official motto of Gun Barrel City. And while squabbling city; officials have yet to take it literally,' recent events in this tiny lake town of 3,500 people 50 miles southeast of Dallas sound more like a litany of big-city political skulduggery than the goings-on in. a town with more city council members than traffic lights. In the past twq weeks: Mayor Joe Agnes kicked in the door to City Administrator Allan Taylor's office and told him to clean out his desk; A judge reinstated Taylor pending a court hearing; Taylor returned to work with a phalanx of armed body guards; Taylor fired police chief Tom- � See FEUD, Page 2A TABA, Egypt - PLO chief Yasser Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres closed in on an agreement early Sunday on expanding Palestinian self-rule in the West Bank. Israel television said just after midnight that an agreement had been reached, but would not be signed until morning. Palestinian sources, however, said disagreements remained over legal questions, such as who would have jurisdiction if an Israeli driver committed a traffic violation in a Palestinian-controlled area. Also unresolved was the fate of 5,000 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. During an earlier break in negotiations, Peres was upbeat, saying most of the difficult issues had been resolved. Asked if the signing would take place before the Jewish New Year, which starts Sunday evening, Peres laughed and said, "If not, we shall postpone the New Year." Peres and Arafat have met for more than 70 arafat hours this week, negotiating the extent of Israeli troop withdrawal in the West Bank and terms for Palestinian general elections. The agreement is more than a year overdue under the schedule envisioned in the 1993 Israel-PLO peace accord. Israel handed over the Gaza Strip and West Bank town of Jericho to Palestinian control last year, and both sides are under intense pressure from Washington to reach agreement. PERES WEATHER Sunny, high in the low 80s. � INDEX Volume 83, Issue 267 Aces on bridge.........4C Ann Landers...........4C Bulletin board.........12A Classified............5-8B Crossword............4C Deaths...............6A Horoscope............4C Living...............1-4C Sports..............1-4B Weather..............2A � fWSETOPRAY Dear Father, with sunshine and rain and cool breezes to greet us, we begin each new day with a promise of good things to come. Amen Communist Party shelves Lenin, Marx By DEBORAH SEWARD Associated Press Writer MOSCOW - The Communist Party has put away Marx and Lenin. It's relying instead on the Bible and Russian war heroes as inspiration for a new political vision. Spouting a mix of the teachings of Jesus and deep reverence for Russia's past military greatness, party leader Gennady Zyuganov sounds at times like a hometown preacher and at others like a saber-rattling nationalist. This fusion of religion and nationalism, strange as it may seem coming from a lifelong Communist, appeals to many Russians who believe democracy and capitalism are unjust and who were bitterly humiliated by the Soviet collapse. Under Zyuganov's leadership, the Communist Party has risen consistently in opinion polls and stands a chance of winning the largest share of votes in December's parliamentary election. It finished second in the last vote, in 1993. A strong Communist showing in December would mirror a trend in eastern Europe, where the comrades have gained support almost everywhere following the initial democratic euphoria after the Iron Curtain fell. "The next parliament will be more on the left - from red to rose," predicts Olga Khryshtanovskaya, a sociologist. No party is expected to win an outright majority in December, but leading the voting would represent a remarkable comeback for a party that was banned for more than a year after the failed 1991 coup by Communist hard-liners. A growing number of Russians seem to have forgiven - or at least be willing to overlook - the party's brutal past, the millions of Russians sent to Siberian labor camps by Stalin. Burglars nab coins, guns By STEPHEN HADLEY Texas City Sun Reporter TEXAS CITY - A 47-year-old Texas City man returned home Friday evening to find more than $4,000 worth of coins, jewelry and handguns stolen from his residence. The man told police he believes his home, located in the 1700 block of 34th Avenue North, was burglarized between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. by three suspects ranging in age from 16 to 18. Reports state the burglars entered the home through POLICE NEWS an unlocked front door. Once inside they pilfered an antique wooden box from his bedroom that contained more than $1,000 worth of old coins and a pair of gold cuff links. They also took five handguns from a nearby closet and two men's rings. The homeowner said he believes three of his son's friends are responsible for the burglary because they knew that the front door often jams and is left unlocked. They also knew the exact locations of the coins and handguns, the man said. Police said the burglars apparently knew exactly what they wanted because the home wasn't ransacked and several valuable items such as the television and VCR were left. An investigation is continuing. Drug arrest A 19-year-old Texas City man was arrested Friday at Stingaree Stadium on a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge. Reports state a Texas City Independent School District police officer approached the suspect about 9 p.m. because the man was believed to be carrying a handgun inside the stadium. The TCISD officer frisked the man and didn't locate a weapon. The officer, however, did find a small box with five cigars in one of the suspect's pockets. While examining the cigars, the officer noticed four of them had been cut open, the. tobacco removed and marijuana stuffed in its; place. The man was arrested on the scene and* transported to the city jail. Salute to Industry is really a salute to people, Page 1C. k\ --^----;-;-"-�-~-
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