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Port Arthur News (Newspaper) - December 18, 1999, Port Arthur, Texas Class 4a division la Texas bowl a when saturday 4 . A where Houston Astrodome a radio Kole am 1340 a internet a television Fox sports Southwest on Cable 26. Live beginning with the Kafy Gar land 5a division la Texas bowl at noon port Arthur news Friday night experience 7 30 sunday and monday on Cable 7. A records Png 14-1. Stephenville 15-0. Png fans have shown their dedication to the indians football team in numerous ways. But few Are As noticeable As a group of students who Call themselves the a varsity fans with a creature Johnathan Snipes Jeff Lee Adam Wallace Chris Iwasko Josh Trevino Aaron Moutan Shane Durso and Beau Wilson Don purple and White paint and in other ways pour on the purple passion. A the fans paint their faces various shades of purple and White. They Wear purple and White clothes and they go to every extreme they can think of to show their love of the indians football team and to urge the crowds of fans on the Indian Side to greater Heights of mania. The creature is Beau Wilson. He is the legacy of a previous group of Indian fanatics. Beau Wilson likes to Wear a purple wig to show his love of the team. Johnathan Snipes and Josh Iwasko create slogans to paint on their clothes and to shout at the crowd. The purple and White top hat Snipes wears bears the motto a do you believe now a a no body believed in us at the beginning of the year not the press not the other teams and not the other schools but i believed and now i want every body to know it a a Snipes said. Josh Iwaskow a favorite slogan is a no matter this slogan is symbolic of the a fans Quot paid makes a phenomenal Progress on Sharp report officials say by Ryan slight port Arthur news staff writer port Arthur Independent school District has made a phenomenal Progress on its school performance review saving taxpayers nearly $2.9 million according to state comptroller officials who say the most crucial work lies ahead to move Forward the District must begin to think and act strategically and Board members must be willing to take decisive action when proposals Are brought to them stated a Progress report released to pais administrators Friday. A you have those a hot topics still facing you. It is that handful of recommendations that is hardest to Swallow but the ones that will cause the most significant Progress in the District a said Betty Ressel a representative from the comptroller s office. She praised the District for implementing 133 of the reports 145 recommendations or 92 percent of the report warranting a Grade of satisfactory. Seventy eight recommendations Are Complete and 55 Are in Progress leaving 12 not yet addressed or rejected. A clearly when we first arrived this was a District in crisis a Ressel said referring to financial troubles and facility problems. However a a in a Happy to say today that pais has moved out of a survival Model and is poised to make additional improvements to the superintendent Glenn Smith expressed pleasure with the comptrollers Progress report. See paid Page 2a poised to set new records thanks to online shoppers Doraville a. A was expecting its biggest Day of the year Friday a perhaps its biggest Day Ever a As shipping companies hustled to deliver the burgeoning number of gifts being ordered Over the internet. A any new possible record shows the Impact of a business and the booming Economy a United parcel service spokesman Norman Black said. Lawrenceville resident Brenda Jones w As just one of Many people depending on to deliver their Holiday presents. Her gifts of Beanie babies and Fine China made their second trip on on Friday thanks to the Ever expanding effects of online shopping. Mrs. Jones first had the gifts shipped to her Home from web retailers and . Then she sent them off to Florida and Tennessee via see Page 2a port Arthur news today High 65 Low 57 weather Page 10a saturday december 18,1999 50c bleeding purple a varsity fans take support to whole new level by Royal m. Hopper Iii port Arthur news staff writer saturday classified.10c-4d comics.7c editorial.9a movies.4b nation.3a-4a obituaries.4d state.5a-6a world.7a-8adisabledpresident Clinton signs a Bill allowing disabled americans to keep their government funded health coverage when they take a Jefferson rallies from 10 Points behind in third period to beat Nederland 61 -58 in District opener local City councils state rep. Allan Ritter hit with Indian fever by Royal m Hopper Iii port Arthur news staff writer the people of the Golden Triangle have picked a variety of ways to support the port Neches Groves indians in their drive to win the class 4a division la state championship and now area government officials Are getting into the act. Groves City councilman Cliff Simoneaux changed Days off w Ith a coworker at his regular place of employment. He will work Christmas Day and his co worker will work for him this weekend so he can go to the state championship game in the Houston Astrodome saturday. The co worker agreed to the Swap because she wanted to go Christmas shopping and she knew that the stores in the area would be practically empty because everybody would be at the game. A my co workers and fellow Council members could not believe it. They asked me if i was crazy for working Christmas Day when you done to have to. I said hey this is the Simoneaux said head heard that a Groves pastor with a son playing for the indians had postponed a wedding ceremony originally scheduled for saturday so he could go to title game. It has been rumoured Simoneaux said that the Groom who also is a fan May have actually egged the pastor on so he could go to the game As Well. The City councils of Groves and port Neches both issued proclamations declaring the week of dec. 12 to be a Scalp Mem indians and to take things a Little further Groves mayor Billy Job promised to answer his Telephone with the phrase a Scalp Mem indians Quot regardless if he is at Home work or City Hall. Now even state legislators Are succumbing to the passion of High school football. State rep. Allan Ritter a whose District includes part of the Png school District a made a bet with Stephenville state rep. David Lengefeld on the games outcome. Ritter wagered a Case of Boudin and a Douille sausages against a pile of brisket and ribs from the Stephenville area. The Jefferson county commissioners in fact wore purple and White at their monday meeting. Even past opponents Are getting caught up in the purple mania surrounding this game. Two decades ago port Neches Groves Independent school District superintend see fever Page 2a port Neches Groves varsity fans above Adam Wallace standing left and Johnathan Snipes cheer during last saturdays game Semi final game against Schertz Clemens at Kyle Field in College station. Carl Holzapfel owner of air cargo delivery inc. In port Neches right stands with his wife Janis and their two daughters Carli 7, and Caris 3, in front of his 1999 Chevrolet z-71 truck he had painted with a purple Over Spray protestant mask for the trip to the Houston Astrodome today. The Over Spray was donated by Vin s paint and body in Nederland and the Over Spray protestant mask was donated by Clark refining and marketing. Port Arthur new staff photos by Allen Pearson and Brian Vincent see fans Page 2a 18-year-old arrested in threat that closed Columbine High school Denver i a warning they will not tolerate terrorist threats against Columbine High school Federal officials charged an 18-year-old Florida Man with sending a computer message that prompted the school to be closed for two Days. Federal authorities arrested Michael Ian Campbell of Cape Coral fla., and charged him with using an interstate communications facility to make a threat of injury to another person. The charge carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 Fine. A a today a arrest should Send a Strong message that threats especially against our schools will not be tolerated a said Thomas Strickland . Attorney in Denver where the complaint was filed. A these types of threats Are taken very Campbell is accused of sending an internet instant message to a 16-year-old Columbine Sophomore wednesday night warning her not go to school the next Day. A i need to finish what begun and if you do i done to want your blood on my hands a it read in part. At a court hearing in Florida the aspiring actor and Community College student was ordered held without Hail until a detention hearing wednesday. Pamela Campbell 60, said her son told her he wrote the letter because a i was bored to a the did no to mean to do anything a she said through tears after the hearing. A this was a stupid stupid mistake and he knows it and they know it too a referring to the Fri whose agents made the arrest. Because of the threat classes at Columbine were cancelled thursday and Friday forcing the postponement of some final exams until after the holidays. It was the first time Tbs school was shut since classes resumed in August four months after two seniors killed 12 fellow students a teacher and themselves in an armed attack on see threat Page 2a Holly Day goal $15, Khi total to Date $8,449.30 it a today a donors Melba Duplantis in memory of Beau Duplantis $50 in Honor of my grandchildren Marche Lene Vanessa amp Garret from Margaret amp Dave Smith or $100 Matthew amp Daniel Messina $25 Heath amp Stephanie Gaspard $25 southwestern Bell pioneers $200 today a amount $400 Platinum club donors of $1,000 or More american legion Rudolph Lambert Post no. 7 Energy Holly Day and her Little Bear Jingle Are seeking donations for the Holiday fund y 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 t exas 77642. Subscription or delivery questions Call 983-3311. A 1999, All rights reserved t

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