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PAGE 10A - The Malakoff News - Wednesday, October 31, 2001 WW2 Vets Provocative actions Continued fkom page 1A Gov. Mark Perry on Memorial Day. That law authorizes school districts to award diplomas to honorably discharged veterans who left school prior to gradu- ation during an 1 l-year period after 1940 and before 1951. Sybil Norris, MISD assistant to the superintendent, will co- ordinate the requests..The pro- gram is open to living veterans and to families of deceased vet- erans acting on their behalf. Those applying must submit an application along with the veteran's discharge form to the school where the vet was en- rolled. Those with questions are asked to contact Mrs. Norris at (903) 489-1417 or write her c/ o Malakoff ISD, 813 E. Royall Blvd., Malakoff, TX 75148. Also on Veterans Day, the entrance to Star Harbor will once more be decorated with a flag display honoring veterans. People are urged to drive by the display, which has flags of the fifty states and flags honoring each of the military services. The first 200 people to drive by will be given a copy of the poem "That Ragged Old Flag" by C.A. Smith. ContinuedJom page 1A Becky Morse, who resigned her city job in late July after a year's employment claimed in the 3992nd Judicial District Court suit that Bothwell had pur- sued her for most of her em- ployment. She said in the suit that Bothwell wanted to have sex with her when she was pregnant. And among the nu- merous act cited was the charge that Bothwell stripped naked and sat atop a copy ma- chine in city hall to reinforce his demand that she show him her tattoo. In the answer, the city's out- side lawyer, Lance Vincent said that, while denying the conten- tions' in Morse's suit, "any in- appropriate conduct, remark actions... "attributed to Bothman "...were initiated by and solely engaged in by" Morse. Its principal defense is that the city is protected by several stat- utes from being held account- able for any employee's actions and the claims against the city The Knights of Columbus of Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church will have a Chili Supper Saturday, November 10th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the church Parish Hall. Donations are appreciated or you may buy tickets for $5.00 each. All proceeds will go to the Meals on Wheels program. For more information call 887-3337. should "be dismissed "in their entirety" and defense costs re- covered from the Plaintiff. The legal pleading did not specifi- cally call for dismissal of the charges against Bothwell, only arguing that if anything hap- pened as alleged, the city couldn't be sued. As is customary in such fil- ings,, the city's lawyer, who is employed by the state's Munici- pal League, pointed out alleged flaws in the plaihtiff's petition, called "exceptions", the most puzzling of which appeared to be a claim that the plaintiff's lawyer, Jeff Weinstein of Ath= ens, had cited sections of the Texas Labor Code that didn't exist.. The "...defendants are dumbfounded by Plaintiff's phantom statutory citations ",the defendant's pleading said.. Weinstein's office declined to comment, but it was apparent that a response and possible modification in the original pa- pers was in the works.. An at- torney not connected with the case said the defense filing was relatively normal in such cases. The next step in the controversy will likely be a hearing on the exceptions filed by Log Cabin's lawyer. Jp to 36 7 Venture Van #/),18169 .............. $7,988 '94 Ford F-150 X-Cab XLT #A29609 .... 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ContinuedJom page 1A of ad valorem tax values to de- termine the quality of education that would be available to a stu- dent." In other words there should be fair distribution of funds, but we should not be tied to the property tax as our fiscal lifeline. The question of future public school funding becomes a test of the nation's sense of patri- otic renewal because the dis- bursement of state funds has almost always been part of an "us vs them" mentality between communities and between eth- nic and economic groups.. That kind of thinking appears to have been somewhat abated by the Twin Towers horror. But will the "new unity" withstand the heat of Texas' "politics as usual"? The people interviewed for this story said it was too early to tell how deep those feelings run. Superintendent Rose said the tragedy that has unfolded before the nation's TV viewers is largely a matter of national defense concern and patriotic fervor, in addition to religion. "Schools always felt pressure from the courts in terms.., of prayers and activities...not to sponsor one religion over an- other". Now, he says, "We have prayers at football games without any of the reactions of the past." State representative Clyde Alexander (D- Athens) believes the real question is "whether we have the political will tO make the tough decisions nec- essary ..." to create a chal- lenge-proof system for state funding of education. 'T m not optimistic", he says. Alexander points to past failures of all at- tempts to pacify the various in- terest groups. The biggest po- tential source of money avail- able for education wduld be a state income tax. But that went down to defeat the last time it was put on a ballot. Alexander points to the $14 Billion in tax exemptions that the Legisla- ture could reduce, diverting funds to education. But, he was quick to point out, "Each has a powerful lobby backing it." The political lineups have al- ready started developing around the issue. Lt. Governor Bill Ratliff and the House Speaker have appointed a joint committee co-chaired by two Republican lawmakers to con- duct hearings around the state seeking some fresh legislative initiatives. The Joint Select Committee on Public School Finance has been charged to "once again .... thoroughly re- examine the way Texas pays for public education and look at alternatives that will meet constitutional muster,'' said Ratliff when he recently named the committee. From his perspective, Rep- resentative Alexander says "I think public school funding is going to be the most important issue to face Texas in the next five to ten years." {Part 2 of this series, Malakoff and the tides of his- tory, will appear next week.) County Judge home Continuedjom page 1A His wife said the surgery took That's the final dater for filing a long time but that doctors en- to run for Smith's seat. West countered no critical problems, said that his preference, which His convalescence is expected he-says-is -shared-by- othr ................... to put him largely out of com- mission until year's end when he will leave office. He re- signed as head of the Commissioner's Court a year early due to his persistent health problems. Members of the court will name his replace- ment probably after January 2nd according to 4th District Commissioner Jerry West. Commissioners, is to name someone to fill out the one year term who has no intention to run for the full four year term in the General Election in No- vember 2002. Smith's sons, who run Smith's Lumber yard in Ath- ens, went to Dallas to return the judge to his home for con- valescence. Full Service Professional Drycleaning & Laundry 310 W. Main. 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