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Port Arthur News (Newspaper) - December 19, 1999, Port Arthur, Texas Classified.12c-4d brides.3e s�5 editorial.10a-11a a a mlle me Liggat 3====== natlon.8a-9a a a a state.4a-5a world.6a-7a o sunday december 19,1999 port Arthur news staff photos by Allen Pearson Kelly Germann a senior cheerleader for port Neches Groves High school top watches As time runs out on the 4a state title Hopes for the 1999 indians football team saturday night at the Houston Astrodome. Port Neches Groves fans inset show Pride in what the indians have accomplished this season with a sign thanking the team. Blit Day for parole Pride defending champs end in Gas title run 28-18 Holly Day goal $15,imm total to Date $8,934.30 today a donors Jerry a automotive service $10 Dorthell amp Roy Shotts $100 Cecil amp Elaine Balzersen $30 Laurie Ingram $20 . Taylor insurance Agency sgt $100 Huntsman corp $100 in memory of Bob Allenjr. From or. And mrs. Robert e. Allen $50 x j or. Guy amp Vin adv Frances Bouttee $50 Laura Ragan amp Grant Neal $25 today a amount $485 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 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 South to cubs 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 Tom Halliburton port Arthur news sports writer Houston a solidifying its claim As Texas High school team of the 90s, talented Stephenville proved its Worth As four time 4a state Champion. With port Neches Groves gamely stalking an upset and a Large part of the 39,102 Astrodome mob urging on the underdog indians Kendal Briles casually delivered his father Stephenville head coach Art Briles the exact Christmas present he w anted. The Junior 4a first team All state quarterback ran for three touchdowns and took the yellow jackets to their second of Back to Back state titles with Stephenville a 25th straight win a 28-18 Triumph Over the indians in the 4a division ii Texas bowl. Right when the indians thought they discovered a second half Warpath Briles consistently found paths of his own. He engineered a precision like 79-Yard, 14-play drive Midway into the third Quarter converting on third Down three of four times and applying the punch which Png could never overcome. Briles rushed for 84 Yards and passed for 127 Yards. The Victory capped a magical 16-0 run for a team ranked no. I in the state from w ire to wire. The win May have been the last of head coach Art Briles 12-year reign As Stephenville a Mentor. Texas tech officials reportedly have contacted Briles about an assistant coaches position. Briles has so far declined to comment on the matter. Briles hoisted the state championship trophy after his innovative offence scored once in each Quarter and gained 358 total Yards. He blamed himself for not being very smart some to Days ago to agree to playing Png 14 More on the quest a fan support puts Png in the dome Page 1b a Kendal Briles earns Praise from Indian players Page 1c a Stephenville a defense keeps the tribes High powered offence under wraps Page 1c a yellow jackets impressed with Indian crowd but no intimidated Page 1c 3 2 in the Astrodome. A i Kinda thought i Wasny to real smart to Ever agree in Advance to play in the Astrodome like this because we did no to know about Png and the great fan support it had a Stephenville a coach said. A but we used the crowd As a motivating tool to our players. That a Why in a so proud of our players because they came in Here and took on the Challenge. They be had everyone a Best shot All loaded with As Many As six division i College prospects the jackets decided to make Png try to win the game on the ground. They were determined to prevent Png quarterback Dustin Long 13 of 38 for 157 Yards three interceptions and one touchdown from beating them through the air. The key for Stephenville in Png head coach Matt burnetts mind was its Superior athletic ability especially with its lightning fast quarterback and the smothering defense. A i thought their quarterback Kendal Briles was the key to the Deal a Burnett said. A every time see indians Page 2a six Day standoff at Louisiana jail Over inmates want to go Back to Cuba St. Martinville la. Apr the cuban inmates who took a jail Warden and six others hostage to demand their release ended their six Day standoff saturday night with an apparent agreement to be sent Back to Cuba. A they surrendered because they Are going to Cuba a said Mercedes Villar Mother of one of the hostage takers who was outside the prison As people including the Warden were being brought out on stretchers. Officials refused to discuss the settlement. But the Fri credited is. Villar and a chaplain with being instrumental in helping to resolve the standoff. Is. Villar said she read the agreement and said Fidel Castro had agreed to take the five cubans and one from the Bahamas despite Cuba having no agreement with the United states for such a Transfer. The six inmates have been holding Warden Todd Louviers female guard Jolie Sonnier and five female prisoners at knife Point. The uprising began monday when inmates being held for deportation by the immigration and naturalization service armed themselves with homemade knives and took the Warden and three guards hostage while being escorted to an exercise area. One guard was released after about six hours. A second was released thursday night. Two cuban hostage takers surrendered late thursday and the others somehow lost control of the jail command Post with its switches for the facility a electric locks. It was not Clear How they ended up in the adjacent wardens office a cramped space with no bathroom w Here they were holed up for the last two Days. The inmates holding the hostages were demanding to be released and sent to another country. Although they have completed their . Sentences the cubans were being held indefinitely in a state of limbo. The . Government wont release see cubans Page 2a paid a a Prek program gets $2 million boost trustees approve audit and on time by Ryan slight port Arthur news staff writer port Arthur Independent school District received a Grant of More than $2 million this month to expand its prekindergarten programs. Grants coordinator Kyle Mence told paid trustees last week the additional funds could accommodate 150 More students this Spring. The anticipated enrolment increase would boost the amount of Grant funds for other programs he added. Quot there is no reason Why paid cannot have the Best Prek program in the state within one to two years a he said. The Grant will free up extra Money for the District to use in other areas such As electrical needs Mence said. He Hopes to discuss a budget Amend ment that would indicate How to spend the savings with the boards finance committee. The Prek Grant was one of several Grants totalling More than $2.3 million that paid has received this month. Grants for the 1999-2000 school year total about $2.7 million so far. Other december Grants include a $79,730 accelerated Reading instruction initiative and investment capital fund Grants Worth $180,000 for de Queen Franklin Sam Houston and Washington elementary schools. A before the school year is Over each Campus will have internet technology. We will be Well ahead of our technology plan a Mence said. Trustees also approved paid a a annual audit which chief financial officer Lori Meyer said should be sent to the Texas education Agency this week. A the audit met my expectations and probably exceeded the auditors expectations because we got it in on time a she said. The audit listed seven findings or problems found with finances that the District needs to address. Audits for the previous two years had at least to findings. Last years audit was not sent to the Tea until the Spring. Areas cited include general Ledger maintenance and transfers of funds Meyer said. She is considering hiring an accountant to oversee Ledger maintenance. School officials expressed pleasure with the improvement made with the budget. A i thank All of our different departments for the work they did in reducing the deficit budget that was approved to the tune of $4.5 million for the 1998-99 school year a superintendent Glenn Smith said. A the fact that we reduced that Over $4 million a the deficit part of it alone a and ended up with our fund balance Only dropping about $46,000,1 was very proud of their hard work and their Sac in other business human resources director Ronny Harris said paid a a insurance provider Fara has agreed to reinstate life insurance at no Cost to the employees. Fara officials recently discovered that life insurance had not been provided for employees and corrected the situation. An employee asked trustees to reconsider having Fara provide insurance within 90 Days letting employees decide whether they w ant Fara or Blue Cross Blue shield. She said the action would take the pressure off trustees to make a decision that is personal to employees. The school Board honoured Lincoln High school student Kurtis Lewis last week for his heroic actions that rescued a classmate from harm. When freshman dutchess Mckinley started choking one Day in the school cafeteria Lewis performed the Heimlich Man Euver on her. Sri lankan president injured in bomb blast Colombo sri Lanka apr sri lankan president Chandrika Kun mar Tunga was slightly injured saturday after an Assassin detonated explosives strapped to his body at an election rally in downtown Colombo. The blast occurred As the presidents guards dragged away the suicide bomber. Fourteen people were killed including a top police officer in charge of her Security and 110 others were injured. Minutes later another bomb exploded at an election rally of the opposition United National party killing at least seven people and injuring 40 others police said. Police arrested 15 people in an overnight swoop a police source said. A right now they Are All suspects we will do our investigation and then decide whether to free them or hold them for More questioning a said a senior police official speaking on condition of anonymity. The bomb that injured mrs. Kun mar Tunga came As she was about to get into her car outside Colombo a town Hall after addressing a rally of her Peoples Alliance party ahead of tuesdays presidential race. A she is Hurt but she is out of danger a government minister Batty Weer Akoon told the associated press. A her face was hit by the blast but she is Okay the president was admitted to a private Hospital immediately after the blast. Doctors operated to remove shrapnel from her face according to Hemasiri Fernando the presidents Secretary. She also reportedly sustained an Eye injury. The blast at the rally of the main opposition party at Jaela 9 Miles North of Colombo also a it As set off by a suicide bomber police said. The presidents main rival Rani Wickremesing he was not present at that rally. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blasts but suspicion fell on the separatist tamil Tiger rebels who Are fighting for a Homeland and Are opposed to mrs. Kun mar Tunga. In the past suicide rebel bombers see blasts Page 2a India sri Lanka buy of Bengal guff of murmur i bomb blast injures sri lankan president and others is o Colombo 50 pm a subscription or delivery questions Call 983-3311. A 1999, All rights reserved

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