Texas City Sun, December 11, 1997

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December 11, 1997

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Texas City Sun (Newspaper) - December 11, 1997, Texas City, Texas Thursday Dirty water State begins initiative to reduce pollution in lakes and streams/2 Complete road to the Texas Bowl coverage for TC and LM/8 Top coach Texas City's Rusty Dowling awarded by Houston ToucltdownClub/8 Dec. 11, 1997 Serving the Galveston, County mainland since 1912 50 cents i 'We Were There' here Bahrain Mark Sobhani/Texas City Sun Mainland Museum director Sandra Eggleston sits among boxes containing 2550 copies off "We Were There," a book of first-hand recollections of the Texas City Disaster. For more information, call 948-9570. By Dale Dimitri Texas City Sun TEXAS CITY - An expansive collection of stories recalled by Texas City Disaster survivors in their own words, is hot off the press and goes on sale this weekend at Mainland Museum. Only 2,500 copies of the high-quality, hard cover book, "We Were There," were printed. Of those, 1,500 were pre-sold. The 300-page books go on sale at the museum offices on Sixth Street from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. If any copies are left, they will be sold during regular museum hours after Sunday. "We Were There" costs $28 per volume. Those wanting to purchase one of the last 1,000 copies are urged to act quickly, said Ed Mabry, a volunteer who helped with the book project and with other activities associated with Texas City's spring "Rebirth Celebration" event. Mabry expects "We Were There" to sell out quickly. Due to the high production costs, there likely will not be a reprinting, he said. With the personal touch and unique experience related by each of the 800 storytellers, the book details events surrounding the ship explosions in the Texas City harbor on April 16 and 17, 1947. The disaster killed nearly 600 people and injured thousands more. "The real credit for this wonderful book must go to those survivors who, often with great emotional pain, retrieved these stories from their memories," said Meriworth Mabry, book project chairman. "It is very important that these sto- ries be collected at this time, because we are speaking of an event which happened 50 years ago," Mrs. Mabry said. "If they had not been obtained at this time and included in the book, they would soon have been lost to current and future generations." The survivors and volunteers who joined together to clean-up the wreckage, care for the victims, mourn the dead and rebuild the city now leave their memories enshrined for future generations. The preserved memories in the book were carefully edited in order to get all of them in the book, Mabry said. But the full original copies, often handwritten, of stories published in "We Were There" are being kept in archives at Mainland Museum. The preservation of these impor- BOOKS, Page 5* Northside students treated for meningitis County health officials monitoring situation By Cathy Glllentlne Texas City Sun . TEXAS CITY - Two Northside "Elementary School students have been diagnosed with viral meningitis - one as recent as a week ago, according to reports from local school and health district officials. Authorities are quick to stress that the viral form of the disease may or may not be contagious and is much less serious than other forms of meningitis. "If this were meningococcal, we would start preventive treatment for those in contact," said Dr. Ralph Morris, director of the Galveston County Health District. The cases, which occurred in the same kindergarten class, do not warrant a public health action, he added. i \ In all, Morris Baid, the county has experienced four cases this year - Wo viral cases and two pneumococcal '.meningitis cases. "We sent letters out to parents about !a month ago when the first case [ MENINGITIS, Page 3'^ Anthony Inside :Volume 85, Issue 345 j Aces on bridge..........................10 � Ann Landers...............................6 : Classified.............................11-15 Comics......................................10 Crossword.................................10 Editorial.....................................4 Obituaries...................................3 Sports......................................8-9 Stocks.........................................6 Weather......................................2 Dear Father, we thank You for all the wonderful gifts You send, the most important of which was Your Son. '. The gifts we give are in honor of His 1 name. Amen Ticket rush n . ... il FIRE DEPT. E33 -A. ' ' A Bahrnm Mark Sobhani/Texas City Sun Texas City Firefighters John Davidson, Steve Rhodes and Steve Strickhausen, from left, proudly display their tickets for Saturday's Texas City state championship football game at the Astrodome. The trio arrived at the ticket office in their large, red chariot to purchase the ducats. LM s Weddell worried about fan support By Andrew Marchand Texas City Sun LA MARQUE - You -yeah, you, Cougar fans - are not giving yourself enough recognition. You have supported a team that this Saturday can become the first in the modern era of Texas high school football (1950-present) to advance to the Texas Bowl five years in a row. You were there through the two championship losses and the two championship wins. And now you want another one that would also make history. But you have La Marque's two-time defending 4A state champion head coach, Alan Weddell, worried. Worried because he thinks that without the fans, there likely won't be a La Marque state championship game this season. Weddell thinks his team needs more fans in Corpus Weddell Christi at 2 p.m. Saturday for the Div. II State Semifinals "Without (our fans') support, we won't be in the (State Finals)" Weddell said. Thus far, tickets sales for La Marque's 5,000 seats are moving slowly. Weddell on Wednesday had to fight off an attempt by Calallen to retrieve some of those tickets for their fans. If they are not sold by Friday at noon, they are shipped back, and the seats will be bought by Wildcat fans. While there likely will be no walk-up tickets available at Buccaneer Stadium, any remaining tickets will go on sale at the stadium Saturday at 8:30 a.m. "Our fans need to buy their tickets," Weddell, in his eighth year at La Marque, said. "They need to support La Marque. With a win, we will make history." The slow ticket sales are in stark contrast to two other big games the Cougars have played this season. Fans were lined up for blocks before the regular sea-son contests between the Cougars and John Tyler, and more than 13,000 attended the annual "Battle on the Bay" contest against Texas City in October. To encourage ticket sales, LMISD officials allowed La Marque season ticket holders to buy twice their usual allotment of tickets on Tuesday. Weddell is asking you - the fans - to show the commitment you expect from players, which means total and unconditional. WORRIED, Page 5 TCfans line up for Texas Bowl ducats By T.J. Aulds Texas City Sun. TEXAS CITY - From wearing the same clothes each week to collecting game memorabilia, Stings fans have their own "superstitions" when it comes to rooting on their favorite high school football team. Diane McKay, the athletic office secretary for Texas City, has managed to keep up with nearly all of them, she says. The three-year athletic department employee has kept a detailed list of fans' unique "superstitions" as she sells game tickets at the Stingaree stadium ticket office. "For most of them, it's wearing the same clothes to each game," she said. "But there are some really bizarre ones." Mae and Frank Singletary haven't missed a Stings football game in the 16 years they've been married. They believe that the couple that goes to Stings games together, stays together. They also have another "tradition." Mae collects the programs from each game, while Frank keeps all the ticket stubs. Probably the most superstitious group of people are coaches. McKay learned that the hard way when she decided to take her research beyond the fans and asked the coaches in the office what they do to insure a Stingaree victory on the gridiron. "I had one coach tell me to sit down because he had about 30 of them," said McKay. "Coach (Pete) Gareri has the same routine every game day including what he eats, what he wears and even how he drives to the school." Another coach, who follows game day protocol, is Jeff Dicus. "Coach Dicus always wears a navy blue windsuit on game days," said McKay. "And before the La Marque game, I griped at him, but he told me the one time he wore a black windsuit, we lost." McKay said she has had some fans who've purchased their game tickets at the ticket office each week and who follow the same routine each time. "They'll lay out their money in just a certain way each and every time," she said. Stings fan Bennie Gonzalez says he has a DUCATS, Page 3 <+ ;