Port Aransas South Jetty (Port Aransas, Tex.), Vol. 18, No. 40, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 6, 1988 Page: 1 of 14
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Roll the dice!
Casino Night to benefit kids
The soft whirring and clicking of
cards being shuffled will fill the
Civic Center Saturday night, Oct. 8,
as the second annual Casino Night
benefit for children’s causes gets
on sale at
The 1988 Marlin yearbook for
Port Aransas High School is on sale
and an autographing party has
Cost per book is $17.50.
Students may purchase year-
books from members of the Marlin
staff. Parents of graduates may pur-
chase copies at the high school
The Student Council and Marlin
staff will host an autographing
party during seventh period tomor-
row Friday, Oct. 14). The party will
be in the high school auditorium.
“The Marlin staff is especially
proud of this 1988 production and
wants to thank again the busin-
esses of Port Aransas for their sup-
port," yearbook sponsor Myrl Bish-
A limited number of tickets are
still available for $10 per person at
the Chamber of Commerce for the
event sponsored by the Port Aran-
sas Lioness Club.
Advance purchase of tickets is
advised since the event is expected
to top its debut in 1987 which was a
Highlighting the event will be the
giving away of three nights in the
10th floor penthouse suite at the
Aransas Princess Condominium.
The suite features three bedrooms
and a jacuzzi. Valued at $090, the
three day getaway was donated by
Bill Bridges .Jr., vice president of
sales for Bosson Real Estate Co. of
Aspen, CO, representatives of the
A few new twists this year have
increased the interest. Now on tap
is a prize for the best’island Outfit”
to be determined by a secret panel
of judges. Attire is strict ly “island
casual”, and now there’s a prize in
store just for being yourself! Chair-
man Lee Swank encouraged every-
one to “get your surf shirts, sarongs,
muu-muus and slaps — ‘shades’ are
Since this year’s affair is offering
a full service cash bar serving
mixed drinks, wine, wine coolers
and even “bubbly”, no bottles will be
allowed in the door, Lions Club
President and head bartender Geo-
rge Swank said.
A sure bet
Auction items are displayed by Lionesses, from left, Pat
Nichols, Rebecca Castel! and Shirley Barr as they prepare
for the second annual Casino Night to benefit children’s
charities. See story for more on the night of gambling for
fun and a good cause. (Staff photo by Murray Judson)
Gamblers should be sure to haye
on the large stub of their tickets in
order to be allowed to play at the
gaming tables, Pit Boss Kenney
“Fast Shuffle” Scales said.
The other portion of the ticket
may win its owner a door prize, Mrs.
The “Funny Money” auction is
expected to be a big hit. Gamblers
may use their winnings to buy deep
sea fishing trips, bay boat rentals,
local art work, hand crafted Victo-
rian Doll Housesfa return from last
year’s hit item), and an auto-
graphed copy of the video of “Texas
Chainsaw Massacre”, the cult hor-
ror film written by Kim Henkel of
Shirley Barr, auction chairman,
said local businesses have been
even more generous than last year.
“This year’s auction is going to be
hard to beat,” she said.
Anyone wanting to donate to the
auction maybring items to the Civic
Center Friday, Oct. 7, from 6 to 7:30
E.W. Frank will be auctioneer
The ever-popular Chicken Drop
will make a return to the event
where it debuted last year. “If
you’ve never had the experience,
you have to see it to believe it!” Mrs.
Gamblers and spectators may en-
joy muni hies including turkey legs,
u-peol urn shrimp, sausage on a
bun; baked goods, snacks and pop-
corn, all on sale from local non-
Doors will open on the festive
night at 6 p.m. and the dice will roll
1 at 6.30 p.m.
For the behind-the scenes work-
ers, a Friday night set up crew will
go to work at 6 p.m. and “dirty deal-
ers” will get in a practice session at
6:30 p.m. Friday.
Decorating committee members
may show up at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Saturday to lend a hand.
All workers and food booth oper-
ators must be ready to go at 5:45
This year’s dedicated “dirty deal-
ers” will be:
Carolyn “Big Momma” Scales,
Marie “Diamond Lil” Stiewig, Ter-
essa “Mama Mia” Ousley, Judy “Lilt-
ing Lyle" Lyle, Tom “Fix It” Sima nek,
Dale “Bugsy” Bietendorf, Glenn
“Lite Handed” Shaw, anil Alona
“Slow Draw” Norton.
Also, Rex “Slim Pickens” Mullo-
ney, Grace “Slick” Gilluly, Kim “Okie
Dokie” McPherson, Barbara “Hit-It-
Again” Thomson, Yancy “Ace in Da-
I lole” Gillespie and Lynn “CPR” Gilles-
And, Queta “Sure Bet” Farmen,
Ginny ‘Split ’em” Kinney, Marene
“Hot Shot” Staackmann, Butch
‘Wheeler Dealer” Ousley, Mike
“Easy Money” Hall, Mike “Maui
wiiwic McKinnis, and i»ienn ueta
Also, Glenn “Snake Eyes” Martin,
Gordon Betting It” Beck, Melvin
"PLay the Line” Littleton, Doug “
.ion i ni i/un:en, raui uoume up
Dirk, Ronnie “Black Powder” Revell,
Catherine “The Angler” Tichy and
Ed “Cool Cash” Tichy.
Proceeds will go to the Lions’
camp ioi crippieu cnimren in i\er-
rville, scholarships for local needy
children, emergency needs in the
community and other Lioness Club
** Whistleblower9 suit filed by-
fired elementary library aide
By Mary Judson
Attorneys for Cameron Pratt, a
former elementary-middle school
library aide in the Port Aransas
school system, have filed a “whis-
tleblower” law suit in her behalf.
The suit was filed Tuesday, Sept.
27, in the 200th Judicial District
Court of Travis County.
The suit alleges that Mrs. Pratt
was “fired shortly after she com-
plained about physical abuse from
her principal, Jim Littlefield,” said
Phil Durst of Richards, Wiseman
and Durst, an Austin legal firm.
Durst said that Mrs. Pratt was
told, in effect, to "forget about it"
after two executive sessions of the
Durst contends that Mrs. Pratt
was branded a “trouble-maker” and
that when the spring school term
was over, “they fired her soley be-
cause she spoke out.”
“We’re suing under the Texas
Whistleblower’s statute which says
you can’t be fired for reporting in
good faith wrongful or illegal con-
duct," Durst said.
The suit also alleges that Mrs.
Pratt’s right to free speech was vio-
lated as was her right to express a
Durst said the suit asks that Mrs.
Pratt be reinstated with no further
discrimination; that she receive
back pay a*-' we!! *>«» pmotionnl stress
damages for "past and future men-
tal suffering” totalling $100,000;
and that she be awarded $100,000
in punitive damages.
School Board President Georgia
Neblett said the suit “does not come
as a surprise."
“Anyonecan file a suit about any-
thing, but everyone is innocent un-
til proven guilty. I have a personal
concern with the public perception
of guilt simply because a law suit
has been filed,” Mrs. Neblett said.
While the school district’s attor-
ney, William Keas, was notifed of
the suit Thursday, Sept. 29, school
board members only learned of it,
Tuesday, Oct. 4. Trustees have been
in San Antonio attending a state
convention of school board trus-
tees and school administrators.
In late July, the South Jetty rer.
ported that one aide’s position had
been eliminated as trustees began
the budget process. The position
had been eliminated after the regu-
lar June meeting of the trustees.
Mrs. Neblett, during a subsequent
budget hearing, said that the work
at the elementary library would be
done by “other people” and gave
assurances that “the needs of the
students will be met”. Just how they
would be met, she said was still
Superintendent, Dr. Dale Pitts,
told the South Jetty that when he
began his duties here in late June
that a decision to eliminate the
aide’s positon “was a concensus of
opinion” between the board of trus-
tees and administration.
At that time Pitts was planning to
meet with the elementary princi-
pal, Jim Littlefield, and the middle
school principal, Chris Page, to de-
termine how the library would be
Administration solved the prob-
lem of how the library would be
staffed in late August when a long
time aid for elementary physical
education, Aggie Arnold, was trans-
ferred to library aid at the elem-
entary-middle school. Mrs. Arnold’s
former position has not been filled
and will not be filled “at this point,”
The suit names the school dis-
trict and school trustees, both cur-
rent and those on the board at the
time of the firing, and Littlefield.
Current board members are, be-
sides Mrs. Neblett, Charlie Zahn,
Wavell Milligan-Brown, Teressa Ous-
ley, Glenn Belcher, DeLana Little-
ton and Paul Mon-
tagna. Former trustees are Skipper
Lister and Jim Sherrill.
When / grow'up.,.
Cassie Matthews, 4, daughter of Paul and Mary jo Matthews of Port Aransas, tries on a
firefighter’s helmet during a field trip to the Port Aransas Fire Department last week.
Cassie, who may now want to be a firefighter when she grows up, was accompanied by
other members of her pre-kindergarten class, teacher Sandra Bales and aide Carlene
Gallemore. For a photographic review of the trip, see Page 9. (Staff photo by Murray
Clean up month
Garden Club sets October events
A well known l rio— October, (Jean-
up and the Port Aransas Garden
Club —- is back in town.
The sixth annual October Clea-
nup Month sponsored by the Pori
Aransas Club “promises to be the
most successful in the trio’s his
tory," Garden Club President Sally
During the city-wide event, Gar-
den Club members encourage resi-
dents to clean up their yards and
make a special effort to get rid of no
longer usable or unsightly items,
Mrs. Jones said.
The month of October is used to
emphasize the club’s interest in lit-
ter contraol and beautification of
Port Aransas. “And although there
is a city brush pick-up service thro-
ughout the year, we choose this
month to give particular attention
to using the service, Mrs. Jones said.
For residents who want to get rid
of recyelables, the Port Aransas
Clean Team (PACT) Recycling Cen-
ter is open on the Family Center
IGA parking lot. Hours are 9 a.m. to
3 p.m. Thursday through Monday.
The center accepts newspapers, al-
uminum cans, gi&ss, plastic, batter-
ies and copper. A portion of the
proceeds goes to the PACT, or out-
right donations may be made to
Sat urday, Oct. 22, has been des-
ignated Cleanup Day with a full
schedule of planned activities. Head-
quarters for these events will be the
Civic Center. Prizes, including three
cash awards, will be given to win-
ning participants. Further details
be be publicized later.
Other activities during Cleanup
Month include a poster contest co-
ordinated by Mrs. Judy Cole among
second and third grade students at
H . G . Olsen E1eme n t a r y
School. The winner will be choen
and recognized Wednesay, Oct. 12.
All the posters will be displayed
around Port Aransas during the
“Year round residents and vis-
itors alike are commenting favora-
bly on how good Port Aransas is
looking these days. The Garden
Club is proud to play a part in these
efforts,” Mrs. Jones said.
Getting to know you...
New superintendent of Port Aransas schools, Dr. Dale Pitts,
in the foreground at right, says “hello” to parents and
teachers attending a reception in his honor following an
Open House at the school Thursday, Sept. 29. Pitts says he
was excited about coming to Port Aransas and is even more
excited about it now that he is here. He invited parents and
schooi patron* to keep the lines of communication open
between them and the school district and urged them to
voice their suggestions and concerns. (Staff photo by Mur-
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