From the Smyrna-Clayton Sun-Times, Oct. 10, 1990


From the Sun-Times
Oct. 10, 1990

Smyrna High Homecoming 1990 (photo captions)

Float winners: The Class of 1993 won Smyrna High school’s float competition for the second year in a row last Friday night. As freshmen, and now sophomores, the Class of ’93 has taken first place out of five. Their theme this year was “The Eagles have landed.”

A new queen: Last year’s homecoming queen Nika Drew had the honor of crowning the 1990 queen Lorie Hoisington during halftime ceremonies Friday night.

Eagles upset 14-12 by division rival Laurel
By Susan Biro, editor

Despite mounting a comeback drive that put another touchdown on the board with seconds to spare, the Smyrna Eagle offense couldn’t shake the damage an aggressive and quick Laurel defense had done all night long as the division rival Bulldogs handed Smyrna a 14-12 loss Friday night. The Eagles fell to 3-1 overall and 0-1 in the Southern Division.

The Eagles, who were idle the week before, had trouble offensively all night despite scoring first – late in the first quarter when David Williams ran 43 yards for a touchdown...

Smyrna didn’t put another point on the scoreboard until late in the game, when they put together a drive that resulted in Keandre Summers scoring from 1 yard out to bring the Eagles within two points of Laurel. The Eagles failed on the two-point conversion attempt to send the game into overtime....

Shaner a busy man as Clayton police chief
By John Flood

Clayton’s police chief has been busy keeping Clayton children safe, but lately his job has gone to the dogs.

Police Chief Sandy Shaner reported to the Clayton Council Monday that a Townsend man was arrested Oct. 4 for threatening Clayton school children last Tuesday.

Robert L. Casson, 50, of Townsend, allegedly shouted threats outside the Clayton Elementary between 10 and 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, according to Shaner. He was arrested Thursday and committed to the Delaware Correctional Center.

Shaner also reported that dog-at-large complaints are taking a bite out of his time. “Dog-at-large complaints are eating up all my time in the last two weeks. I’ve had an awful lot of dog complaints lately,” he said....

Pursell’s class distributes yellow ribbons locally
By Barbara Timmons, the Smyrna High School Eagle Eye

Mrs. Donna Pursell’s fourth period Honors English class is making and distributing yellow ribbons in support of American soldiers who are in Saudi Arabia. They hope to get as many members of the community involved as possible....

Student project directors Tyonne Hinson and Stacey Bunting feel very strongly about this idea. Both Hinson and Bunting are pleased with the students and the community support....

School district lowers thermostats due to higher fuel costs
By Kelly Rouke

Smyrna student may want to wear more than a t-shirt to school this winter as thermostats in all the district buildings are going to be set a little lower this year due to the rising cost of fuel.

District administrators say the lower temperature settings are not only a conservation measure but also the result of recent increases in fuel costs.

“We have to be able to pay our fuel bill and there have been some adjustments made in our budget this year so we’re lowering thermostats in all district buildings,” District Business Manager Deborah Ford said. “We also are doing this in order to conserve energy.”

According to Ford, as soon as the weather makes it necessary to turn on the heat, district buildings’ thermostats will be set to keep constant temperatures. The kindergarten, elementary, and middle schools will be kept at 68 degrees Fahrenheit; Smyrna High School and the administration building will be set at 65 degrees, Ford said....