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Laurel Leader Call (Newspaper) - December 13, 1982, Laurel, Mississippi 71ttyiai,ha.295 Yukl mbs., monday. Dick meter a 1912 Prici 25monday residents shiveral 20-Degreeweather promotions put on Board Agenda the Laurel school Board is expected to consider changes in the districts promote Mal policies when it meets at 7 . Tuesday in the Board room of Stone Deavours school. The in opposed changes include rescinding the promotional policy for the ninth Grade. Because in it years ninth Grade students will be attending . Watkins High school a promo tibial policy for ninth Grade is no longer needed superintendent David Sheppard said. The Board is also expected to consider minor changes in the promotional policies for seventh and eighth grades Sheppard said. In other action the school Board is expected to hear a review of curriculum for ninth through 12th grades presented by Ann Kiick Gary Smyle and Dewey Blackledge Sheppard said. The Board is also expected to consider three personnel matters and bids for Frozen food canned goods janitorial supplies baseball equipment and termite treatment and to approve payment of Bills. The school Board will not meet on dec. 28, Sheppard said. Money stolen at Messiah service at least 10 persons attending a presentation of handels a a Messiah at Ellisville a first Baptist Church sunday night reported their personal belongings had been stolen the Ellisville police department reports. Police spot Esman Milton Smith said the incident is still under investigation but he said a a Good bit of Money and a terrible lot of belonging were taken from the Church while the owners were listening to a choir sing handels Christmas favorite. He said 10 to 15 people had reported articles missing and said More people were calling police today to report thefts. He said the articles were apparently taken from an unoccupied part of the Church during the 5 to 6 . Concert. One of the stolen items was reported to be a purse containing $400 in Cash. Market turns upward at noon new York apr the Stock Market turned upward today recouping some of last weeks losses. The Dow Jones average of 30 industrials off 12.60 last week Rose 1.94 to 1,020.70 by noontime. Advances held a narrow Lead Over declines among new York Stock Exchange listed issues. The government reported Friday afternoon that retail Sal Rose 2.3 percent in november for their biggest increase in six months. Some investors evidently took that As a positive portent for business through the remainder of the Holiday Selling season. But others evaluated the numbers More cautiously noting that much of the gain came from promotional Auto sales. Video game stocks under pressure in recent sessions steadied today. Warner communications Down 19% last week Rose 1 to 35%, and Mattel Down 11% last week recovered iv4 to 18. Initial nursing accreditation oked Columbus miss. A the National league for nursing has granted initial accreditation to the graduate nursing program at Mississippi University for women school officials say. James w. Strobel mud president said the leagues Board of review had voted earler this month to Grant accreditation to the University a family nurse clinician masters program the Only one of its kind in the state. Or. Annette Barrar head of the mud nursing division said the action Means All of the University a nursing programs Are nationally accredited. She said the initial accreditation of the graduate nursing program is valid for eight years. Lucedale resident Fatany injured Lucedale miss. A Kevin j. Harvey 21, of Lucedale was fatally injured about 3 . Today when his car and another collided on . 98 about 200 Yards East of Luce be police said. The Driver of the second vehicle. Or. Dayton Whites of Lucedale was admitted to Lucedale Hospital for treatment. Or. Whites was reportedly Enro Ute to the Hospital on an emergency Call when the Accident occurred. Patrol investigates Hinds supervisor Jackson miss. Apr two investigators from the state Highway patrol Start a probe today into the operations of the office headed by Hinds county supervisor pal. R. Jones. Highway patrol chief investigator Walter Tucker said sunday that the investigators will be using material supplied by the grand jury that has been looking into operations of the 3rd District office. By James r. Stanton of the Leader Call staff this mornings Low temperature of 24 degrees May have damaged some crops in the area but appears to have caused few problems with automobiles or residential plumbing. Jones county agriculture agent James minor said today the Low temperature could have caused some damage to Winter grazing crops such As wheat Rye grass and fescue. Damage to local crops could be More extensive on second and succeeding nights of below freezing temperatures. Minor said. A i am More concerned about any damage that could happen tonight than i am about the damage caused last night a he said. The weather forecast for tonight Calls for the Mercury to drop to the Low 20s. The Rains and warm weather Over the past three weeks have caused some damage to unharvested soybean crops in the area. Minor said. A at this time of the year where there is moisture ail warm temperatures the soybeans will either germinate or grow a fungus a he said. The county agent said he is attempting to obtain government assistance for 19 Farmers who have a total of 2,300 acres with soybeans affected by the recent weather. The agricultural stabilization and conservation service has asked the governors office to declare the area eligible for disaster Relief. Minor said. A a few warm Days will perk things up and we will be Back to Normal a he added. Paula Carlos of the local civil defense office reported today that local Rains Over the weekend caused Tal Lahala Creek to Rise to almost 10 feet. Mrs. Carlos had reported the Creek at 8.7 feet saturday. Flood stage on Tal Lahala Creek is 13 feet and mrs. Carlos reported the Creek level is already dropping at Sandersville. Four local plumbing companies that were contacted today reported they had received no Calls from residents with Frozen or burst pipes because of the Low temperatures. A it was not cold enough a a spokesman for Walters plumbing co. Said. A it usually has to get Down to 18 or 19 degrees with wind before pipes begin to if below freezing temperatures persist for two or three More nits a spokesman for Maulding plumbing said pipes might begin to service station operators reported few Calls about automobiles that refused to Start this morning. Joe waders Phillips 66 service station reported a a few Calls but no major problems and said most area residents had already had their Antifreeze checked before cold weather arrived in the area sunday. Barrett amp son Stanford service station reported making some anti freeze checks but Only when a customer comes in to buy gasoline. Dick and Tom service station reported no Calls about vehicles that refused to Start but a spokesman said a i imagine some cars did no to Start this lawmakers opposing tax Biu by Steven Williams of the Leader Cali Suff a House package of educational improvements and $91.5 million in new taxes met with the disapproval of All but one of this areas representatives saturday. The Bill which was passed by an 80-38 House vote saturday awaits consideration by the Senate. It includes All of gov. William Winters major educational reforms and $91.5 million in tax increases to fund them including increases in Oil and Gas Severance income tobacco insurance Premium liquor and other taxes. Taylorsville a rep. Eric Clark was the Only House member from this area to vote for the package. Jones county a three representatives a Lunsford Casey Jerry Gilbreath and p. A. Townsend a voted against it As did Waynesboro a rep. Jerry Hutto and Jasper county a rep. Johnny Stringer. Clark said today that voting for the package was a matter of a trading off the a serious problems he had with the Bill for the a lot of Good in although he a did not want to vote for More taxes a Clark said he approved the Bill because it included a teacher pay raise and upgraded school standards. A this was my Opportunity to vote for a pay raise a he said. A that was a big reason Why i voted for Clark is against the mandated Public kindergartens called for in the Bill but he said to la final version of the legislation will allow local school districts to select either kindergartens or Reading aides for the first three elementary grades. His District favors the Reading aides he said. The tax increases included in the Bill Are Small and do not cover essentials Clark said. Local legislators who voted against the package said the tax increases were the reason. A even though i still support the majority of the governors programs a said rep. Jerry Gilbreath a because the Severance tax was part of the package i had to vote against the whole Gilbreath said he objected to the fact that the Bill did not break Down the proposals into individual units that could be voted on separately. He opposed nothing in the educational package he said but a the biggest tax increase in history is More than the state can take right now. A i support All of the education package but i think not All of the package needs to be started in this bad economic climate a Gilbreath said. Townsend gave similar reasons for voting against the package. A i done to think this is the time to put in this much tax a he said. He said he opposed mandated Public kindergartens because of the Cost and said he approves of a teacher pay raise but not through a a a tremendous tax hike. Townsend said All tax matters should be handled in the regular session in january and said he favors the Senate idea of pledging a teacher pay raise at that time. A i thou tit it was unfair and contrary to the interests of the people of Jones county a said Casey. A it had some Merit and i think eventually it will work itself out especially in regard to teacher pay. A a lunch with Santa Santa pauses for a visit with 3-year-old Jason Mcmurry Center his Mother Sarah and 6-year-old Wright Griffin during lunch with Santa saturday afternoon at the Owca. The event was a fund Raiser for the Jones county cancer society and was co sponsored by the newcomers club. Staff photo Poland easing up bit Warsaw Poland a declaring poles have a the worst behind us a Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski promised to lift most martial Law restrictions by years end and hinted he will free detained Solidarity Union activists. The announcement by the polish Premier and defense minister came in a nationally televised speech sunday the eve of the first anniversary of the sweeping military crackdown that effectively crushed Solidarity suppress 16 months of social upheaval and sharply increased East West tensions. Kindergartens watched closely by James r. Stanton Oft Veleader Call Suff a tap tap tap tap go our Little hammers. Ring ring ring ring go our Little this poem about Santa a helpers is currently a favorite of the 40 students in laurels two title i kindergartens. A there is hand action that goes along with the poem that helps the children to develop their Finger and hand Muscles a teacher Gail Grubbs said. Laurels title i kindergartens Are in their second year with one class at Oak Park elementary school and one class at Nora Davis elementary school. The kindergartens Are funded through the Federal title i program which provides educational funding for those students with the greatest academic need elementary coordinator Jeannette Grantham said. School officials a Are watching closely the first Grade students who attended the title i kindergartens last year to compare their Progress with those who did not attend kindergarten a mrs. Grantham said. A we will know More about their performance near the end of the school year after we receive California achievement test scores a die said. The test will be administered in april. A Only two children from last years kindergarten classes were placed in transition classes when they entered first Grade a mrs. Grantham said. A without kindergarten they probably All wild have been in a Tran a Tion kindergarten also provides an Opportunity for earlier identification of learning disabilities and needs for special education or speech or hearing therapy she said. A the purpose of kindergarten is to a re the Chil Tan Tot first Grade a mrs. Child has to practice before being ready for the first a typical Day in laurels kindergartens begins with a study of the Calendar songs and a Story mrs. Grubbs said. There is an activity period where the children Are divided into groups of five for language math Art and another activity for 15 minutes each. The children then have snacks and a physical education period before using math and language workbooks that Are similar to those used in first Grade. A the year which has passed was a great test. We have passed it a Jaruzelski said. A we have got the worst behind the general a using the same clipped precise language with which he declared martial Law dec. 13, 1981 a said the a Basic i gorse of military Rule a will cease to function by the end of this a the extent of martial Law s relaxation will be disclosed at a meeting of the Sejm or parliament later today he said. A this will be a weighty step towards Complete lifting of martial Law a Jaruzelski said. A it is simply impossible to jump into full a i do Promise one thing a Jaruzelski declared a anarchy will not be allowed into in a reference to the Solidarity underground organization Jaruzelski said a the enemy a actions have not stopped. So we cannot afford yet to renounce All the extraordinary a no one in Poland or abroad should labor under any illusion that the current decisions will allow a further round of social and labor unrest he said. Solidarity was suspended when Jaruzelski declared martial Law. Parliament enacted a new labor Law oct. 8 that outlawed the Independent Union replacing it with smaller labor organizations under stiff government control. The martial Law chief said some measures to protect state Security and the Economy would remain in effect but did not say what those measures were. He also said officers would remain in major factories to prevent sit Down strikes. Many of the harshest martial Law restrictions have been lifted including a curfew restrictions on Telephone communication bans on Domestic travel and censorship of foreign news dispatches. A ban on Public gatherings remains and other Long Range government controls have been implemented. Without giving a timetable Jaruzelski said amnesty for interned Solidarity activists and martial Law offenders will be considered and that a internment will cease to be one shot in parking lot Here a Laurel woman was in stable but serious condition at f Orrest general Hospital late this morning after she received multiple gunshot wounds. Rhoda s. Gardner 18, of route 2, was shot in a parking area at 830 fifth St. About 8 . Today the Laurel police department reports. The shooting is believed to be the result of a Domestic quarrel Deputy police chief Paul Little said. Police have a suspect in the matter but had not taken the suspect into custody late this morning. Although police did not have a detailed description of the wounds. Little said the victim sustained gunshot wounds to the neck and stomach. Police have not recovered a weapon and do not know exactly what Type of weapon was used. Is. Gardner was transferred to Forrest general Hospital from Jones county Community Hospital. She was in surgery at 11 30 ., and a Hospital spokesman described her condition As stable but Board to discuss vacancy staff photo by Debbie Hawley William Gully 5, concentrates on his Clay sculpture Finger Muscles Are developing by the parents for Art a and their attention spans Are other activities she said. Grubbs said. A we work on Remath and pre Reading skills Eye hand coordination development of visual and auditory discrimination and teaching them to recognize and to write letters and a at the beginning of the year not Many of them knew the difference Between letters and numbers a she said a but now about half of them know their a the children have made a lot of Progress. Their Small longer a mrs. Grubbs said. A any time we can get a child to use More than one sense in an activity the child will remember the activity better a she said. A we acted out the Story of the first thanksgiving and we Are making Manger scenes with shoe boxes so they will learn that Christmas is More than gifts and a we use a lot of junk materials that have been sent a before thanksgiving we counted pieces of com and put the com into sections of egg Cartons and later we will count other items into the a Many people think All we do in kindergarten is colouring but colouring is important to help them Leara colors sizes and shapes to stay within the lines so that learning to write will be easier a she said. A there Are so Many things a after lunch the children have a rest period. A a child this age needs to rest a mrs. Grubbs said. The rest period also allows teachers and their aides to make preparations for the next Day. The children also have time for music and for learning social skills such As working together. Teachers schedule conferences with parents twice a year to review the children a Progress a and we also see the parents every Day because they Are responsible for transportation a mrs. Grubbs said. Laurel school administrators take applications for kindergarten in the Spring mrs. Grubbs said and the children Are tested by school personnel. A they must be below a certain percentile to be Elip ble for kindergarten a she said. Each class has 20 students and there is also a waiting list. A if there were no kindergarten it would take half a year before a first Grade teacher could have the children ready to learn what they should learn in first Grade a mrs. Grubbs said. The Jones county Board of supervisors will appoint a new member to the Jones county Community Hospital Board of trustees at its regular meeting a week from today Board president Morris Brown said this morning. A new member will be nominated by beat two supervisor Gene Whitley and the full Board will vote on his nomination. The Rev. D. J. Benson appointed last Mon Day to fill the expired term of Hospital Board chairman Sonny Smith announced his resignation Friday. Controversy erupted last week when Smith claimed Whitley did not reappoint him to the Board because he had failed to have Hospital personnel hired and fired at Whitley a demand. Whitley denied the charge. Benson citing the controversy removed himself from the Board Friday a for fear that my intentions be a the thought of playing politics wielding Power hurting or destroying anyone or Hin merging the Progress or operation of the Hospital is not Only deplorable but detestable As Well to me a Benson said in a prepared statement. Brown said the appointment next week a will be across the the appointment vote last week was taken while the Public and reporters were absent and there was no mention of it on the meeting Agenda. The vote was recorded in the meeting minutes Whitley could not be reached this morning to discuss possible nominees. Reagan backs off base plan inside the Leader Call Washington a president Reagan has All but formally abandoned the a dense pack Basing plan for the my missile As he fights to win congressional approval to build the first of the new nuclear weapons. White House and Pentagon officials met with Senate Republican officials to try to come up with a Compromise and head off a vote against buying the missile when the Senate takes up the defense spending Bill today. The House last week voted Down 245-176, Reagan a proposal to spend $988 million to buy five of the giant weapons. Classified. .20,21 crossword. .21 comics. .19 dear Abby. .8 deaths. .2 editorials. .4 local news. .2 markets. .2 society. .8,9 sports. 13,14, 15,16 state news .11 to schedule., .19 weather. .2 Good evening the folks who fall asleep during the Christmas party most Likely have had More than their fill of eggnog. A How about a Goodwill trip to Detroit a

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