New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, January 18, 1984 : Front Page

Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung January 18, 1984

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 18, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas flierop lex, Inc.    Comp.: flitch bomble P.O. £** 45*36 dalles,    7J?*5 Way, Boatner file for GSD re-election “The race is on,” Comal ISD Business Manager Hugo Nowotny said Tuesday night. “I’ve got two David’s who want to be on the school board again.” David Way and David Boatner filed for three “at-large” positions up for grabs in the April 7 election in-between the regular and executive session of Tuesday night’s board meeting. Both men have been on the CISD board three years. “I think the district has accomplished a lot in that time frame.    Some    of    the    ac complishments are in place, but a lot of the progress is still in the planning stage,” Boatner said Wednesday. “I’d like to see the planning implemented, and be a part of that process.” Both men have been on the CISD board three    years.    “I    think    the district has accomplished a lot in that time frame.    Some    of    the    ac- Willhelm gets raise, contract extension See cisd, Page ISA David Boatner David Way By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer Comal ISD trustees Tuesday gave Supt. Edgar Willhelm his biggest vote of confidence since he took the job in April, 1982. David Boatner did the honors. “I make the motion we extend Dr. Willhelm’s contract two years, and raise his present salary $4,000 above base.” The vote was unanimous. Boatner’s recommendation came out of a two-and- a-half hour executive session. He called it “Willhelm’s annual formal evaluation” Wednesday, and said the board made the move ‘ because we feel he is heading the district in the direction we want.” Willhelm’s current contract would have expired in July I, 1985. The board's action Tuesday night extended that contract to July 1,1987. “We gave him the same period of contract that we hired him on — three years,” Boatner said Wed- See WILLHELM. Page ICA New J-UJ- Braunfels New Braunfels. Texas Volume 93 —No. 13 Hgpald-Zeitung WEDNESDAY January 18,1984 25 Cents 34 Pages —3 Sections (usps 377-aeot Terrorists kill college official BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — Two gunmen shot the president of American University of Beirut today near his campus office, killing him with a bullet through the head, authorities said. About four hours after the assassination of Malcolm Kerr, 52, a Beirut-born American, an anonymous telephone caller told the Beirut office of Agence France-Presse, the French news agency, that “Jihad Island,” or Islamic Holy War, was responsible for the shooting. Speaking in Arabic, the caller said Kerr was “a victim of the American military presence in Lebanon,” according to the news agency. The caller also claimed the group was behind the abduction by gunmen on Tuesday of the Saudi consul in Beirut, and said the kidnapped diplomat “is being tried according to Islamic law and we will soon throw out his body.” Islamic Holy War also claimed responsibility for the Oct. 23 suicide truck-bombings that killed 241 Amencan and 58 French troops of the multinational force in Beirut. Kerr had replaced David S. Dodge, the acting president, who was kidnapped in July 1982. Dodge was held by pro-Iranian extremists in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley and in Iran for a year before being released after Syrian leaders intervened. A university statement about three hours after the assassination said two gunmen fired and Kerr was hit by two bullets. It said the two attackers “managed to escape.” “The president was taken to the hospital at the university’s medical center but his life could not be saved and he was pronounced dead by the hospital,” the statement said. State radio quoted Dr. Ahmed Harati, a Lebanese Speaking in Arabic, the caller said Kerr was “a victim of the American military presence in Lebanon,” according to the news agency. coroner who examined the corpse, as saying Kerr was killed by one 7.15mm pistol bullet that pierced his head at the right temple and exited just above the left ear. The caller to Agence France-Presse also said: “We also vow that not a single American or Frenchman will remain on this soil. We will take no different course and shall not waver.” A university source, who asked to be unnamed, said Kerr’s secretary and others in the building did not hear the shot but rushed to the scene after hearing Kerr’s books, briefcase and umbrella hit the floor. Earlier, a university professor, Delwin Roy, of Atlanta, said "one individual” shot Kerr as he was getting out of Ute elevator to go into his office An initial radio report said a lone gunman fired a bullet into Kerr’s head from a silencer-equipped pistol. University sources said the attack occurred on the third floor of College Hall, one floor above Kerr’s office, as the president headed for a meeting of deans. Lebanese army troops and police sealed off all See MIDEAST, Page ISA Texas Ranger Ray Martinez (foreground), Sheriff's investigator Rudy Rubio (left), deputy Milton Willman (right) and game warden Bob Wolford comb a grassy area of Whispering Hills subdivision Tuesday afternoon. The remains of a woman, identified Tuesday as Pamela Sue Pace of San Antonio, were found here last week, and in vestigators hope for any new clues which would tell them how she died Related photos. Pages 2.16ANBISD board OKs sketches of school projectsBy DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer New Braunfels ISD trustees looked at and approved preliminary sketches for additions to two schools during Tuesday’s meeting. Herb Crume of Jensen & Associates presented sketches of additions to be made to New Braunfels Middle School and New Braunfels High School. These are part of the district’s first building phase, which includes a new elementary school. "We’re trying to do the student-phase first,” NBISD Superintendent Charles Bradberry told the trustees. He said the district plans to have the schools open by the sununer of 1985, or otherwise, the current schools could become overcrowded. The middle school plans call for two changes — a new fine arts building and a remodeled cafeteria. Crume estimated the two projects’ cost to be near $1,006,000, which is below the budgeted funds of $1,007,000. “There is some extensive renovations (planned), but we’re not discussing that tonight,” Crume said. When completed, the cafeteria will seat 456 students instead of the present 306, and will be 18,017 square feet. A new serving area, snack bar area and eating area will be built. “The exterior will be very much like it was, except we won’t expose the concrete beam that's exposed now,*’ Crume explained. The 17,246 square foot fine arts building will be constructed in the center area of a circular bus drive, and will include four classrooms, band hall, practice area, mechanical room, two offices, two art classrooms, storage, choral music room, speech and drama room and stage. The new building will be white brick, which Crume called a “higher grade material. “It has a very residential appearance to it,” the architect explained The high school will have a new auditonum-stage-cafeteria area The presently used cafeteria, stage and kitchen will be remodeled into a gym, weight room and locker room Crume said the cost for these projects may run over budget. The budgeted amount is $1,863,500 while Crume estimated the cost may be nearer to $1,919,000, which doesn’t include furnishings. However, school officials hope to cut down the cost by transferring as much of the present kitchen equipment to the new facility. The addition, which will be on the side of the building closest to the football field, will be off the main corridor. The sloping-floored auditorium-cafetena area will have room for 904 chairs or IOO round tables which could seat six The cafeteria also will include trash compactors in two places for paper goods and a scattered serving area. The addition will house a speech and drama area, dressing rooms and three general classrooms Fourteen classrooms can be added in the future next to the addition. "It should be very functional,” Bradberry said. The current cafeteria will be made into an auxiliary gym with a poiyeurcthane resilient floor. The kitchen will become a locker room area with 182 lockers. The stage will be railed off and will be made into a w eight room Guarantee prompts CISD to approve plan from Power Masters Energy matters on the Comal ISD school board agenda generated lots of action Tuesday night. Trustees asked Power Masters to proceed with bid package propagations on a proposal to make (SSP more energy efficient after a representative of the company made •noffqf they couldn’t refuse. "Our warranty is there will be no negative cash flow to the district,” Stanley Campbell said. “If your lease-purchase price isn’t paid by your servings, we’ll write a check for the inference ” Total cost of the firm’s proposal, which has been on the CISD agenda off and on for months, has been estimated at $394,500. Campbell said the ClSD’s first year lease-purchase {Nice would be $120,000 with a first year savings on energy costs of $203,000. “That’s a strong selling point,’’ trustee David Boatner said. Trustee David Way liked the warranty, too, but asked if Supt. Edgar WUlhelm would have CISD attorney Ixinme Churm look into its legal merits. Campbell said engineers for Power Masters produce bid packages at no extra cost, and that bid preparation is not an action of committal. “Improved efficiency is 60 percent of what we do,” he added. “The other 40 percent is ’turn something off.’ But we’re looking at building design waste, not management waste in this district.” Trustees also approved the purchase of four used buses from Lamar Consolidated ISD for $7,400. Willhelm said these buses would alleviate complications caused by the loss (rf two buses due to recent accidents. The used buses were evaluated by Harvey Pape, director of special services for CISD, and his mechanics, who both gave them “well above average” ratings. “We’re also trying to add more power steering, automatic transmission vehicles for our women drivers," Pape said. Hie board also approved the purchase of a special education bus. Inside Today’s    Weather The temperature at 1:30 a.m. had dipped below the freezing point, as Comal County woke up to a chilly, blustery day. Skies are expected to stay cloudy all day, with north winds blowing 20 to 30 miles per hour and gusty. Wind advisories are out for Canyon Lake. The clouds and the wind are both expected to decrease tonight, with winds down to 13-20 mph, bat the low temperature will be near 20 degrees. Thursday will be less cloudy and slightly wanner, with a high near 40. Sunset today Is predicted at 3:57 p.m., and sunrise Thursday at 7 ;3I a.m. Upset Again Florida shut off Kentucky’s inside game, and wound up handing the No. 3-ranked Wildcats their second straight lopsided loss in Southeastern Conference play. Sports, Page 10A. CLASSIFIED.....................6-8C COMICS..................  2C CROSSWORD..................... 2C DEAR ABBY.......  2B DEATHS................  BA ENTERTAINMENT..................9B HOROSCOPE......................BA KALEIDOSCOPE  ............14B OPINIONS   ......................4A SPORTS......................10-12A Si OCKS..........  ISA TV LISTINGS............... 2C WEATHER..................-......BA Room tax By DYANNE FRY Staff writer New Braunfels’ motel and resort owners will meet Thursday night to discuss the city’s room-occupancy tax, and decide whether they need to organize for a better say as to how that tax is spent The meeting, set for 7 p m. at Guadalupe Outpost, seems to have been organized in response to rumors of a possible increase in the four-percent tax As fat as the Herald Zeitung has been able to determine, the story is nothing more than a rumor. Bob Henry, whose family owns l.anda Resort and the Schlitterbahn, got the ball rolling with a letter to Hotel owners to meet to discuss increase other lodging spots in town In the letter. Henry stated that he had talked with a City Council member who said there was "a move afoot” to increase the room lax to seven percent. This, added to the three-percent state room tax, would mean New Braunfels visitors would be paying IO percent extra on the cost of every room they rent “When asked who proposed and supported the increase, (the council member! replied the hotel-motel people.* That came as somewhat of a surprise to me,” Henry’s letter continued The city manager and three council members told See HENRY, Page ICA Suicide ruling said due on general SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The medical examiner’s office tentatively has decided that a two-star general found bound and hanged at Fort Sam Houston took his own life, The Associated Press has learned A note pinned to the body of Army Reserve Maj. Gen. Robert G. Ownby said he had been executed, but "all the evidence at this point indicates suicide,” a source who asked not to be identified said Tuesday. Ownby, 48, was found early Jan. ll dangling from a second-story landing in the headquarters for the 90th U.S. Army Reserve Command, which he headed His hands had been bound behind his hack with a military web belt. A typewritten note said the general had been killed for "climes by the U S Army against the people af the world,” but Pentagon officials said the message could have been only a diversion An official ruling on the cause of death is expected later this week, perhaps Thursday, from Bexar County Medical Exanuner Dr. Vincent DtMato DiMaio said he was waiting for test results from the FBI's forensics lab in Washington before announcing his official ruling. FBI agent Pat Cowley would not disclose if his agency’s probe into the general’s death had uncovered any motive for suicide or murder    "*■ “We’re still interviewing and conducting our investigation,” he said Grim search ;

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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: January 18, 1984

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