The Dublin Citizen (Dublin, Tex.), Vol. 8, No. 34, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 23, 1998 Page: 1 of 16
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26^:7 EAST vANDELL DRIVE
EL PASO, TX 79903
Volume 8, No. 34
Dublin, Texas 76446
Thursday, April 23, 1998
ly Lyndell Williams A Ed Starling
TEXAS PRESS ASSOCIATION
Trustees reluctantly award
gas service to Lone Star
AUSTIN — University of Texas
System officials see the decline in
piinority enrollment and they want
to reverse the trend.
Last week, the Austin American-
Statesman reported that UT officials
and legal experts said they want to
take steps to revive the case that
made it illegal for the university to
have a race-based admissions pol-
icy. The Hopwood case was brought
by four white students who claimed
they were denied admission to the
UT School of Law in 1992 ^because
UT officials recognize it likely
Will require another hearing in the
U.S. Supreme Court, even though
in 1996 the high court let stand a
5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling
that banned affirmative action.
They also recognize that reviving
the case may be a catalyst that
results in a positive change for the
Lany Faulkner, UT’s new pres-
ident, said that if the appeal goes
forward, it could benefit the uni-
Insurers’ Data Still Closed
Auto .insurers, in Texas don’t
have to release information that
could identify the practice known
In a case heard in Austin last
week, State District Judge Paul
Davis sided with auto insurers, de-
ciding that the number of vehicles
they cover and the rates they charge
in each of the state’s ZIP codes are
not open to the public.
B The case was brought by Bimy
Bimbaum, an advocate for low-
Bimbaum contended the infor-
mation — which is filed quarterly
with the Texas Department of In-
surance — could show that insur-
ance companies are illegally deny-
ing policies in areas where large
numbers of minorities and low-
income Texans reside.
Attorneys for State Farm suc-
cessfully argued that the informa-
tion is confidential under state law,
and that releasing it would aid com-
Ex-Prison Chief Enters Plea
Janies A. “Andy” Collins, for-
mer executive director of the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice,
pleaded not guilty to charges that
he accepted $20,000 in kickback
^ money to approve a $33 million
contract for a soy-based meat sub-
stitute fed to prisoners.
Collins entered his plea last
week in Houston to federal bribery,
money laundering, fraud and con-
Collins and Yank Barry, pres-
ident of Montreal-based VitaPro
Foods Inc. were indicted March 30.
Collins resigned Dec. 31, 1995
from his $120,000-a-year job as
chief of the Texas prison system.
If convicted of all six counts
against him, he could be sentenced
to 70 years in prison and fined $2
SA Planning GOP Bid
San Antonio is moving ahead
with efforts to attract the Repub-
lican National Convention in 2000
fey preparing a $17.4 million bid
to persuade OOP officials to select
the Alamo city.
' More than half the money — a
total of $10.4 million — would be
raised privately by a host committee
headed by former U.S. Rep. Tbm
Loeffler and financier B.J. “Red”
1b bid on the convention, the
city must agree to reserve both the
Alamodome and the San Antonio
Convention Center for 68 days. No
other events could be held at either
rite during that period.
The convention will be held July
29 to Aug. 4, 2000.
Trustees resolved the highly-
charged utilities debate - at least
in part - when they voted in
regular session Tuesday night to
award electric service for the new
high school to Erath County Elec-
tric Coop and gas to Lone Star Gas
Awarding the electric bid to
Erath County Coop rather than TU
Electric is expected to provide
savings in electricity costs but
could result in costly gas line
Although the vote was unani-
mous, it wasn’t popular with some
trustees who had expressed the
feeling that they were being black-
mailed by TU Electric which owns
Lone Star Gas.
TU Electric had offered to pro-
vide the gas lines without charge if
the school selected them to provide
electricity. If the school chose not
to use TU Electric, however, the
company said it would charge for
to be honored with
Longtime Lingleville School
principal Jerry Brock will be
honored with a banquet at 7
p.m., Saturday, May 2 in the
Brock, who has served as
school system principal for 19
years, recently announced his
retirement, effective at the end of
the school, year.
The meal will be catered by
Cook's Fish Bam at Rising Star.
Tickets are $7.50 and are avail-
able at the school or the Lin-
gleville Country Store.
the gas lines — at a cost which has
ranged in recent discussions from a
high of $70,000 to a low of about
School architect Lee Roy Hahn-
feld commented in a recent meet-
ing that it has been his experience
that gas companies usually provide
the lines without charge to schools.
Superintendent Roy Neff said he
asked TU/Lone Star representative
Danny Hodges two weeks ago to
“come back to us with a (revised)
proposal” but as of Tuesday night,
he had not done so. Hodges did not
attend the Tuesday meeting.
Some trustees suggested delaying
the gas decision but Neff pointed
out that “you have no choice”
since no one else provides gas
Neff recommended that the
board “let them have it and see
what happens. It won’t be more
In other business, the superinten-
dent told the board that Hahnfeld
is working on specs for the new
high school and that he is still
looking at soil samples from the
site on Highway 6 east of Dublin.
A special meeting is likely when
Hahnfeld has the last soil samples
so the land purchase can be final-
In other business, trustees
* approved Teague, Nall and
Perkins, Inc. of Fort Worth for
civil engineer services for the new
high school site.
* approved contracts for micro-
computer services with the Region
XI service center.
* delayed a decision, pending
more information, on a water well
for the new high school site.
* set a special meeting on May 5
for canvassing the votes from the
May 2 trustee election.
Christmas in April house
captain Troy Ashcraft
(above, with hand saw)
headed up renovation of
the Ed and Nadine Col-
baugh home while vounteer
Celinda Jurney, right,
wields a vicious paintbrush.
The home was one of five
which were renovated as
part of the one-day blitz
which attracted nearly 200
volunteers. (See story and
pictures on page 10.)
Teicduuj la ken blmom
“Children are so much like flowers. They’re ready
to bloom - they just don’t know it." (Rita Crouch)
By KARI LANTING
Twenty-two years after she took her first teaching
job, Rita Crouch has been honored by Erath County
residents as their favorite teacher.
“It was such a surprise when 1 was told I have
received the honor. I was speechless,” she admits.
“Over the years, I’ve taught so many students. I’m
proud to think that there are people whose lives I’ve
Teaching isn’t a job for Rita Crouch - it’s a
calling. And she knew, even as a child herself, that
someday she would be a teacher.
She has spent her career in Dublin schools where
she taught special education 14 years and is now a
first grade teacher. The word dedication is frequently
used when fellow teachers and students mention Mrs.
“I can remember students seeing me come out of
school at late hours or weekends and they ask me if I
sleep or live at school. There are times 1 have spent
the weekends here. But I feel strongly that if I’m not
prepared, I can’t do justice to my students.”
Rita says the reason she has been able to devote her
life to teaching is her husband, Lewis. “He always
tells me to do what I need to do — he’ll cover while
I’m away. And he does a great job of it.”
Rita and Lewis have two grown sons, Kevin and
Danny, and a daughter, Clancey. The boys were
young when Rita returned to college to get a
Masters of Education degree.
“I went to school at night and in the summers
until I finished,” she said. “1 feel lucky I’ve had a
husband like Lewis who always supported me,
whether it’s teaching or schooling. I’m always
going back to take either a college class to get
recertified or a workshop or something.
“Lewis has always done all the grocery shopping
and cooking,” Rita admits. “I do very little. And
what a great cook he is.- Great desserts and
everything. He collects cookbooks and works on the
dairy all these years like his father did and like our
sons do now. Lewis has always been a dairyman. I
helped out on the dairy too until the boys got old
enough to take my place.
“Lewis has such a big heart and loves us,” Rita
says and then laughs, “Oh, I know he might fuss
now and then, but it doesn't bother me because 1
know how he feels and fussin' is sometimes just
part of letting steam off. I never think much about it
because he is so supportive of his family.”
Rita stopped teaching just briefly with the birth of
their daughter, Clancey who is now 11. She is 13
years younger than her brother and Rita and Lewis
consider her to be a special blessing.
“Lewis said that after Clancey was bom, he went
into the restroom at the hospital, looked around to
see if he was alone, and then gave a great big yell -
See TEACHER page 3
Mindy Roberson of Dublin FFA was second high point individual in
state horse judging contests at Texas Tech last weekend. She has
a string of impressive individual scores for the season. See story,
Council okays audit which points
out non-compliance problems
The Dublin City Council unani-
mously accepted the 1997 audit in
special session Monday night after
getting a painful preview of it in
last week's regular session.
Sherilyn Svien of Boucher, Mor-
gan and Young, the city’s account-
ing firm, pointed out incidences of
noncompliance involving nepotism
and competitive bidding.
She said that minutes do not
indicate the council ever declared a
sewer line break behind the high
school an emergency which would
have been required in order to
legally bypass the bidding process.
She was interrupted by Mayor
Katherine Prater who said the mat-
ter was in litigation and should not
Ms. Svien said the council may
have violated nepotism laws in the
hiring of dispatcher Lee Ann
Mulloy, wife of Councilman David
Mulloy who resigned last fall.
Mayor Prater said that problems
areas are being eliminated and “we
will soon see a totally different
picture” at city hall.
In other business, City Manager
Corrin McGrath presented a pro-
posal for a new phone system for
the city hall/police department
complex, explaining that the cur-
rent two-line system is old and is
experiencing problems such as
crossover"conversations. The coun-
cil delayed action, pending addi-
tional cost comparisons.
The council approved on a 5-1
vote the purchase of a vehicle for
McGrath with an approximate
price tag of $11,700.
City treasurer James Maltby pre-
sented budget amendments which
he said would reallocate funds into
their proper categories while leav-
ing the bottom line of the budget
unchanged. A vote to adopt the
See AUDIT on page 9
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