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Laurel Leader Call (Newspaper) - February 8, 1990, Laurel, Mississippi Laurel Leader Call inside judge Nixon asks for reinstatement of salary �?10-a Evans contributes to lady bobcats a 7-a California coastline threatened by Oil a 6-b weather will be wet 79th year no. 34 Laurel miss., thursday february 8, 1990 Price 30 cents education Reform Bill passes in Senate Jackson apr the Mississippi Senate passed a $382 million education Reform package that would require a a non graded first three years of elementary school. The Bill was adopted without debate wednesday night after nearly eight hours of amendments. It now goes to the House which is expected to debate its own education Reform Bill next monday. A this is not going to solve All the education problems in Mississippi but i do believe this package will help us move toward that elusive goal of educational excellence in Mississippi a said sen. Irb Benjamin of Rienzi chairman of the Senate education committee. Gov. Ray Mabus praised the Senate for a passing a significant package of education Mabus had proposed his better education for Success tomorrow a pm Best a program which he claimed would make Mississippi schools internationally competitive by the year 2001. The Senate spent nearly eight hours amending the Bill. It now goes to the House which is expected to take up its own version of the Bill next monday. Included in the Senate measure was a provision that would eliminate specified grades for the first three years of school. Students would Progress at their own rate and enter the fourth Grade when they were ready. The Bill also includes a incentives for schools. Schools could gain financial incentives to get better and the Best ones could be freed from some state regulations. A literacy programs. A dropout deterrent provisions. A health screenings for preschool children. The package also includes language to allow school districts to voluntarily consolidate but a plan to Force smaller districts and schools to merge was rejected. A your schools should be looked at based on accountability and performance a said sen. Billy thames of Mize. The proposal would have required districts with fewer than 1,200 students and schools with less than 250 students to consolidate with other districts or schools. A a we re being hard headed. We re being Short sighted by not looking at what we ought to do a sen. Ronnie Musgrove of Batesville argued in favor of the consolidation provision. But sen. Jack Gordon of Okolona said a a if the local people want to pay the Price to keep the local schools then we ought not to mandate at the state level any More than we have the Senate voted 31 -13 to remove the provision from the Bill. Included in the Bill is a provision to pay 100 percent of teacher insurance costs. A a none of the teachers we Are buying insurance for Are state employees a said sen. Kenneth Williams who arged against the provision. A what we re supposed to be doing Here today is discussing an education Bill a the Clarksdale lawmaker said. A this is a fringe Williams was one of Only three senators who voted to remove the Range from the Bill Psi the Senate shouted Down an amendment that would have reduced the requirement for a 60 percent majority for passage of school Bond issues to a simple majority. A i was surprised that i did no to see it As a part of the Best package a said sen. Alice Harden of Jackson who sponsored the amendment. A it takes a landslide to pass a Bond Issue a added sen. Doug Anderson of Jackson. Benjamin said however a i do not think the solution to our problem is As simple As reducing the vote to 50 percent Mabus said he was bothered that the Bill included a vocational education program for Junior High students and that the Senate left a workplace literacy program under the vocational education division of the state department of education. A while the Senate Bill takes giant Steps to create Opportunity for children it Heads the wrong Way in setting up a separate track that May Force children at the Early age of 12 into vocational education training for a Semi skilled jobs a Mabus said. Mabus said in a recent interview that he would not consider a Bill that included the vocational education program the a a substantial Reform package he has demanded. A this is not a vocational track but it is a vocational elective a Benjamin told the Senate. The governor wanted the workplace literacy program under the state department of economic development but the Senate rejected a move to place it there. A Mabus plan to place a family literacy program under the state department of human services was accepted. Rogue pig returns from the Road by Scott Willis staff writer say hello once again to Rhett Butler Tucker a pig who lived up to his name. Taking after his famous fictional namesake Rhett like any Good rogue would hit the Road when Given the Chance three weeks ago. Not your Normal floppy eared Pink pig Rhett is a Black african miniature pig and the pet of Shonna Tucker a senior at South Jones High school. On a sunday morning Rhett was discovered missing from his temporary Home a pen in the Back of Shonnah a aunts House in country club Hills. An All Points bulletin was immediately posted for him. Shonnah a father called the police and local radio stations and put ads in area newspapers. He feared his daughters pet would be found by someone in the mood to Tum him into Bacon. There was no word from anyone for two weeks As or. Tucker spent most of his spare time Hunting in the Woods for Rhett. Finally two weeks later there was Call. Rhett had gone just two doors Down the Street and was living the High life. The family that found him did no to know where he came from until they saw an and in the Leader Call. A i think they enjoyed keeping him a Shonna said. A they knew he was a pet right away. They kept him in a dog now that he a Back Home the easy life will continue for Rhett Shonna said. He a spoiled but pouts when he a spanked for being staff photo George Clark Shonna Tucker and her pet a Black african miniature pig named Rhett bad and he can to go indoors like he could when he was smaller. Rhett is now about nine months old and is getting More mature. Shonna said he a More relaxed now a maybe too Laid Back. A a he a a Couch potato a Shonna said. A we need to walk him and take off about 20 Shonna said he recently started a diet of just apples and pig Chow. A that a Why he a unruly children cause problems school chief says by Eloria Newell staff writer the Lack of parental discipline drugs and the Lack of guidance were described today As problems in the Laurel school system. Superintendent David Sheppard told the Laurel Jones county ministerial association this morning that the school District is now experiencing behaviour problems in its kindergarten students. A Over the past few years i have been terribly concerned that we Are getting too Many five year Olds that we can to control. That a disturb ing because when children get off to a bad Start they done to catch up a he said. A you have so Many children coming into the school system that have not received the proper nourishment support and guidance they need and they Are out of a you can to teach a child unless he sits Down and listens and that a getting to be a tremendous problem a he continued. A i have sent some five year Olds Home. And that a a first for me in a 31-year or. Sheppard said the Lack of prenatal care for children the High teenage birth rate the negative attitude of some parents and the Lack of Strong parental guidance have brought on the situation schools not Only in Laurel but elsewhere in Mississippi and the United states Are facing. A we Are not the Only school District with these problems. Its a National problem but we be just got to Deal with it a he said. A schools today Are charged with a whole lot More than Reading and writing. We Are taking care of things that need to be done by the Dewey Blackledge director of the . Watkins vocational Center said the school District is trying to obtain Federal Grants to address teenage pregnancy and related topics. A a it a going to take people working together to make a difference a or. Blackledge said. A we Are going to have to fight this problem and we can improve the situation with or. Sheppard asked the group of ministers to Pray for the school District. He said if people done to begin to address these problems the children with behave rial problems will soon drop out of school and become welfare recipients or prisoners and therefore dependent upon taxpayers support. The Rev. Jerry James who delivered the morning message and serves As the associations vice president told the group that the Walls of the nation Are Tom Down and encouraged them to take an Active part in rebuilding them. The Rev. Alpheaus Jordan said the association will sponsor a time of prayer for the problems of the area at 10 . Feb. 22 at second Baptist Church. The Rev. David Hagan the groups president said the association is also planning a tent revival in the Queensbury area. He said it will be a revival against drugs. Jackson state president adequate funding is a problem by Scott Willis staff writer state colleges and universities in Mississippi Are joining forces to overcome a Lack of funding. That a what or. James Hefner president of Jackson state University told the Laurel kiwanis club on wednesday. Or. Hefner said where schools once competed against one another for Money they Are now unified in their approach to the state legislature. A cooperation among our state supported institutions not Competition has become the order of the Day a or. Hefner said. A this cooperation has led to a unified approach to the legislature for necessary funding. Instead of each institutions efforts resulting in a scattered approach we Are collectively zeroing in on the target of inadequate or. Hefner said the states universities Are appealing to the legislature fora $105 million higher education budget he said the passage of that budget would be a step in the direction toward alleviating problems such As faculty flight. A the inability to offer competitive salaries coupled with the pre diction that hundreds of faculty within our Public institutions will retire in the next few years and replacing them will be hampered by a nationwide faculty shortage spells disaster for training the students we Are recruiting a he said. The budget would also help improve the facilities of the states jury reaches guilty verdict in Hearin kidnapping Case thursday glimpses Hattiesburg apr a bankrupt Florida attorney who prosecutors say blamed a Jackson multimillionaire for his financial woes was convicted by a Federal jury wednesday in the 1988 disappearance of the Many a wife. The jury found Newton Alfred Winn 65, guilty of one count each of conspiracy to Kidnap extortion and perjury around 6 . Wednesday after about 3 a hours of deliberation. Winn who faces sentencing april 13, sat impassively As the jurors were polled. A i think we deserve the verdict a assistant . Attorney James Tucker said. A the proof was in his closing arguments Tucker said that Winn was a a desperate Many who carried out the kidnapping conspiracy Only Days before his Law office in St. Petersburg fla., was to be shut Down. Winn was accused of conspiracy in having a Ransom letter mailed from Atlanta on aug. 11. 1988. He also was charged with extortion and lying to a Federal grand jury about his knowledge of the disappearance of Annie Laurie Hearin. No one has been charged with actually abducting the woman. Defense attorneys said the government has the wrong Man. John Collette one of winns attorneys said an Appeal is Likely. Collette said there is a a very very Good questions for the appeals court to address the conspiracy charge. When asked if he had a statement after the verdict Winn held out his hands in a questioning manner and said a what is there to say a the government claimed that Winn blamed Robert Hearin for his financial losses in school pictures of Mississippi inc., in which Hearin was a primary stockholder and former chairman. Prosecutors said the business Deal led Winn to his bankruptcy and the loss of his Law office. Found at the Hearin Home was a spattering of blood on the front door it human i that Hearin reimburse 12 people including Winn for losses they suffered in deals with school pictures of Mississippi. After the verdict was read the victims son Robert Hearin jr., said the family had been informed that the search to find mrs. Hearin was still Active. A the investigation into whatever happened to my Mother is continuing and on that basis i am pleased with the result reached today a he said. The 74-year-old mrs. Hearin Hasni to been seen since she disappeared from her Jackson Home following a Bridge party with friends. Doctors have said the woman had a health problem that required daily medication. A the had a motivation of revenge a assistant . Attorney Patricia Bennett said in closing inside classified.4-b, 5-b, 6-b Community calendar.5-a comics.9-a crossword.4-b deaths.2-a editorials.4-a people.6-a sports.7-a, 8-a to listings.10-a weather.2-a from staff and wire reports clarifications Noreen Oil does not owe the City of Laurel $60,000 for division orders of four Wells inside the City limits. Amerada Hess corp. Is the company the City will get the Money from. Noreen Oil operates the Oil Wells. Pearl River Valley Opportunity inc. Was not denied funding by the Jones county Board of supervisors As was reported in tuesdays edition of the Leader Call. The Board voted not to Honor the request of the Southern planning District for $17,875 of Addi Lional funding it said was needed to operate programs for area senior citizens. Pro is contracted by the Southern planning District to operate the programs. Ellisville adds $500 to Reward Ellisville a the town of Ellisville will add $500 to the Reward offered by Jones county for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for three shootings upon area Law enforcement officials vehicles. That action by the Ellisville Board of aldermen mayor Earnest Todd and police chief . Jenkins brings the total Reward offered to $1,500. Coaches Bond is lowered to $50,000 Prentiss a Bond has been reduced for College basketball coach George Wayne Johnson who is charged with Possession of crack cocaine. Schools which lag far behind those of other states he said. Or. Hefner said enrolments Are rising every year but salaries and facilities Are not he said Public higher education in Mississippi is a $996 million business with schools employing 25,000 workers. At a preliminary hearing wednesday Johnson a Bond was reduced from $60,000 to $50, xxx. He remained today in the Jefferson Davis county jail. Johnson 32, of Laurel who has led the basketball team of Normal and Industrial Institute in Prentiss since september 1989, was arrested Jan. 30 along with Kenny Autman 18, a student and basketball player at the Small private College. World a a a ii fifty years ago today feb. 8 194 turkish marines seize the German owned Krupp shipyard in Istanbul and the government dismisses German engineers and technicians who have been equipping submarines for Turkey s Navy f response to court ruling 3-a

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