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Port Arthur News (Newspaper) - December 12, 1999, Port Arthur, Texas Sunday classified. Brides. Editorial. Movies. Nation. Obituaries. 5d state. .4a world. Local elections a amp a president Ray Bowen told alumni engineers and the general Public he a would bet the Bonfire tradition will continue indians Png will go to state 4a championship after beating Schertz Clemens 16-13 in Semi final action at Kyle Field i sunday december 12,1999 $1.00 better Deal on horizon for Home county housing finance corp. Gives tips on financing Wilson Sale talks still on by Ryan slight port Arthur news staff writer contrary to last week the condition of the port Arthur school Board s negotiations with Lamar state College port Arthur concerning the possible Sale of Woodrow Wilson Middle school has upgraded from critical to something closer to stable. The port Arthur Independent school District Board of trustees will hold two meetings this week to address the matter starting with a joint workshop with the citizens task Force to discuss options for relocating students at 6 . Monday at Stilwell technical Center. A special meeting will follow afterwards to consider approving a report from the boards Lamar dialogue committee abolishing the committee and appointing All Board members to dialogue with Lamar. Committee members Are Board Secretary Bobby Feemster and trustees Julia Samuels and Thomasene Thomas. The Rev. Tim Dammon chair of the task Force that has been researching school closings and consolidations said the group will present the Board with suggested scenarios for relocating Wilson students. A i Hope it will give the Board members More information on what the task Force looked at to reach the recommendation a he said. Dammon said he is pleased that the Board chose to hold meetings to at least consider the Issue. See Wilson Page 2a Holly pay goal $15, Mai total to Date $5,093.30 today a donors breast cancer support group $13 in memory of Granson Brandon Deleon by or. And mrs. Iqnacio Deleon $30 . Jordan $25 merry Christmas from the employees of Marine fueling service inc $500 today a amount $568 Platinum club members donating $1,000 or More Rudolf Lambert american legion Post no. 7 in memory of deceased members. Holly Day and her lit to i e Bear Jingle Are seeking donations for the Holiday fund drive co sponsored by the port Arthur news the rotary clubs of port Arthur Groves North port Arthur port Neches and Nederland and the retail merchants association. Donations will be accepted throughout the Holiday season. All proceeds Are equally divided Between the salvation army the United Board of missions and the hospitality Center of Southeast Texas. Names of All donors of $1 or More will be printed in the port Arthur news on a regular basis. Contributions May be mailed to Holly Day fund do retail merchants association 3830 pm 365, port Arthur Texas 77642. By Alana d. Cook port Arthur news staff writer some first time Home buyers in Jefferson county May be unaware of a program that allows them to obtain a better Deal on a Home. One such program is the Jefferson county housing finance corporation which shows Consumers tips on fixed rate mortgage financing of 6.99 percent and Down payment and closing Cost assistance equal to 3 percent of the loan amount. By Royal m. Hopper Iii port Arthur news staff writer the numbers and problems of the homeless in the port Arthur area closely reflect those of the nation according to a report issued last week. The department of housing and Urban development and the Texas homeless network contributed to the Survey released wednesday. A a. Most people who become homeless have suffered hardships a including physical and sexual abuse childhood trauma this program is funded through the issuance of tax exempt mortgage Revenue Bonds the Jefferson county housing finance corporation is making available for Homes purchased in Jefferson county. Loan options include a $2,100 closing Cost assistance and a 30-year fixed interest rate mortgage of 6.99 percent on a $70,000 loan. Steve Fitzgibbons City manager of port Arthur said that several factors have added to the poverty a poor education disability and disease a but Are successful in escaping homelessness when they get help from Federal and other programs a the report states. According to the report 68 percent of the homeless Are male and 32 percent female 43 percent Are Black while 38 percent Are White 15 percent hispanic 3 percent american Indian and i percent Are other races. Homeless people Are also among the poorest in the nation with Many reporting monthly in increase in Homes being built in the area the since the Money from the Bond program became available in june of 1998. So How is it financed attorney Jeff Brannick said the program is not funded by any tax dollars. According to Brannick the state got an allocation and divvied it up according to the need in a Given geographic area population sizes income Levels and other factors. The state then comes of $348 a month prior to becoming homeless and 40 percent reported they had gone without food one or More Days in the previous 30 Days because they could not afford food. This compared with 3 percent of other poor americans. The majority of homeless people Are among the least educated in the nation with 38 percent having less than a High school education compared to 18 percent in the general . Population. The homeless situation in port Arthur is much the same As it is nationally Accord allocated Money to the Bond program and the program issued $10 million in Bonds which were underwritten by Fannie Mae and some brokers. The housing finance corp. Then issues the Bonds and As the Bonds Are sold the Money from the Sale funds the mortgages which Are used to Purchase Homes and in turn Back financiers. A it is wonderful for the area because it provides a source of Low interest rate financing with ing to the Texas homeless network. However local providers of services to the homeless often face special difficulties in meeting the needs of those needing their help. A needs Gap assessment prepared by the Texas homeless network outlines the differences Between the needs of homeless people and the ability of port Arthur area providers to meet them. The report surveyed four of the primary providers of services to the homeless in the port Arthur area port cities Rescue missions United Board of mis buyers out injuring our area financially because local lenders have an Opportunity to participate a Brannick said. A it is great because it helps first Home buyers get enough together for the Down payment a he said. A in addition those with Good credit that done to have enough Down payment can receive $9,000 to $12,000 in Down payment and closing Cost assistance a he said. A for people that Are at or below 80 percent median income there is an additional $7,500 see Homes Page 2a Sions Community care prayer outreach and the hospitality Center. A Federal Money is allocated according to numbers of people who need assistance. In other words it goes where the people Are a Kenneth Hill executive director of port cities Rescue Mission said about problems in counting the numbers of homeless and homeless families. According to Hill past census and surveys have proved inadequate tools for getting a proper count of the number of homeless people in see homeless Page 2a Zaharias top female of Century the associated press coming wednesday wednesdays a conflict Resolution Tab is a project of newspapers in education. In addition to our Normal full production this Issue will be delivered to about 10,000 students and their teachers in grades four through eight. Pori Ari Bur i la if news Vilf the two babes ruled the Century. Larger than life in their own Day their deeds and legends enduring the passage of time babe Ruth and his namesake babe Didrikson Zaharias a port Arthur native prevailed As the top Man and woman in the associated press i of athletes of the Century poll released saturday. Michael Jordan Jim Thorpe Muhammad a Wayne Gretzky and Jim Brown filled the next five spots behind Ruth. Martina Navratilova Jackie Joyner Kersee and Billie Jean King finished far Back of Didrikson who ranked no. 9 among All athletes. Children of the first Quarter of the Century when ballplayers did no to hit homers and Little girls did no to dream of sports careers the babes changed the world around them As they transformed themselves into nearly mythic heroes. George Herman a a babes Ruth roared louder than All others in the roaring �?T20s, Liv ing audaciously a backs lapping pal to everyone. He delivered Zaharias every Day at the Ballpark even after Boozy nights of debauchery doffing his Camel hair coat for Yankee pinstripes and swinging from the heels hovering or striking out. Rooters Savoured his triumphs enemies revealed in his failures. A i hit big or i miss big a he once boasted. A i like to live As big As i he started out As an Ace Pitcher and finished As the Sultan of swat the greatest player in the history of Amer Icay a pastime. Along the Way he exuded All the excess of his Giddy gluttonous Era guzzling Beer and stuffing his face with hot dogs one moment hitting the Ball farther than anyone else the next. Ruth stepped Forward like a giant to lift the spirits of americans trying to forget about world War i. It was the a Golden age a the Days when Jack Dempsey red Grange and big Bill Tilden loomed Large Over the landscape and Lucky Lindy cruised the skies. None of them was As beloved As the babe. A truth Ian joined the language As an adjective for huge appetites and prodigious feats and the babe came to be seen As a kind of a Bat wielding Paul Bunyan with a touch of Santa Claus bringing kids of All Ages the gift of sheer Joy. See Zaharias Page 2a Cid Bra w r Sli pm amp Mpa homeless numbers in line with nation stats subscription or delivery questions Call 983-3311. A 1999, All rights reserved sea of purple rushes to state Png indians fans watched team stand and deliver by Royal m. Hopper Iii port Arthur news staff news writer College station if fan loyalty and dedication were All it took to win football games the port Neches Groves indians would won the super bowl several times already. In the class 5a state finals against Odessa permian in 1975 and the one against Plano in 1977, both surpassed 40,000 in total attendance. There is a certain kind insanity which seems to grip football fans in port Neches and Groves when their team makes it to the playoffs. They will follow them anywhere and cheer them on no matter what. If the sea of purple and White Clad fans that filled Kyle Field saturday was any judge the new indians fans seemed no less dedicated. There was easily twice As Many fans on the indians East Side of the stadium As there was on the Side of the Clemens buffaloes Side the indians opponents in this game. See state Page 2a port Arthur news staff photo by Brian Vincent Png High school Junior tackle Michael Thibodeaux celebrates by dumping water from the team cooler onto head football coach Matt Burnett As the final seconds tick off the clock in the indians 16-13 win Over Schertz Clemens saturday night in College station

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