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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 3, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas JiOHerald2eitung 0 Thursday August Erin strengthens bears down on Upper Gulf Coast CAPE SAN BLAS Fla AP Hurricane Erin regaining strength from the warm waters Of the Gulf of Mexico lashed the Florida Pan fmndlc with heavy rains and blustery winds tfiis morning as it headed toward landfall in the Gulf states f Though forecasters predicted the hurricane Svould miss the western Panhandle they warned Ihe area could be whipped by intense winds At 3 winds higher than 74 mph reached 30 miles from Erins center located about 105 hiiles southeast of Pensacola in the Gulf of Jvlexico Winds between 39 mph and 74 mph fextended 115 miles from the center southeastern Louisiana site of a oncein ajcentury flood three months ago more than residents were ordered to evacuate Alabama officials opened shelters and asked for Voluntary evacuation of Dauphin Island and lowlying areas of Mobile County A tornado watch was in effect until 11 today for the Florida Panhandle where Gov Lawton Chiles declared a state of emergency A state of emergency also was declared in Louisiana forecasters expected Erin to move inland across the Mississippi or southeastern Louisiana coast later today On Wednesday Erin blew ashore with 85 mph winds shortly after 1 near Vero Beach on Floridas Atlantic Coast and roared across the state The hurricane sank two ships killed two people and knocked out power to more than 1 million people Five people were missing at sea It dwindled to a tropical storm inland then soaked up strength from the warm Gulf waters and picked up hurricaneforce winds of 75 mph again this morning In the Apalachicola area of the Panhandle only a few homes and businesses had been boarded up against the storm Im not worried about said 70yearold retiree Cecil Harrelson of Lanark Village east of Apalachicola Probably the biggest worry is the tornadoes Im glad its moving away from Many residents of the small resort commu nity of Cape San Bias a peninsula between Port St Joe and Apalachicola decided to ride out the high winds instead of needing a volun tary evacuation order Its not going to be that said Lyn Waymire Theres never a dull moment You kind of live on the edge when you live on the coast I call it Russian Ms Waymires neighbor Sonya Smith enjoyed watching Erins effects You ought to go out to the beach when the storm gets going The waves are really some she said Residents of Santa Rosa Island Perdido Key and other lowlying areas were ordered to evac uate In Franklin Gulf and Wakulla counties officials asked for voluntary evacuations Bay County asked only mobile home dwellers to leave About 300 people were in shelters late Wednesday said David Miller the countys emergency manager Officials in Okaloosa County which includes Fort Walton Beach and Destin urged mobile home residents in the coastal area to voluntar ily evacuate They asked other residents and tourists to remain in their homes hotels and condominiums but prepare to vacate ground floors in case of flooding In anticipation of strong winds Panhandle military bases evacuated about 300 aircraft to bases in Georgia Kentucky Texas North Car olina South Carolina Virginia Ohio and Mis sissippi Coast Guard officials expected this morn ing to resume their search for a 44yearold Georgia man and his 9yearold daughter who disappeared in the Gulf after leaving Port San Bias in an inflatable rubber raft with oars The search was suspended after dark Wednesday Gulf County Sheriff Frank McKeithen said neither of the rafters was wearing a life jacket Im just sick about he said A gambling ship captain and two crew mem bers went down with a vessel Wednesday in seas off Cape Canaveral on the Atlantic Coast A tugboat also sank off Georgia during the storm All five aboard were rescued Math put schools on lowperforming list AUSTIN AP State Education Commissioner Mike Moses says Texas schools deserve a grade of a high C based on new performance rankings Thats up from the previous year tut that means we still have a lot of jirrtproving to do I would be very con cerned if my fourthgrader and sev enthgrader brought home Cs this Moses said in releasing the rankings Wednesday There were 265 campuses rated lowperforming this year Thats up from 54 last year when less stringent state standards were used in judging Texas campuses But the number of schools with high ratings also increased for exam ple 245 were found to be exemplary up from 67 This year the state looked at stu still have a lot of improving to Mike Moses State education commissioner dent performance and dropout rates specifically by ethnic and economic group not just at the student body as a whole In addition the state placed schools in the lowperforming category based solely on high dropout rates said Texas Education Agency spokesman Joey Lozano Of the lowperforming campuses 120 received the rating only because of failure rates on the math section of the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills particularly by black students Moses said TAAS also includes read ing and writing Another 113 campuses received the lowest rating only because of their dropout rate he said citing in par ticular Hispanic dropouts Other campuses had a combination of problems Eight campuses have been on the lowperforming list for three years in a row in San Antonio Independent School District Wheatley Middle Ppe Middle King Middle Brackenridge Elementary and Wash ington Elementary in Wilmer Hutchins ISO KennedyCurry Junior High and in Houston ISO Attucks Middle and Jackson Middle The state also ranked its school districts each of which may contain several campuses Among 38 low performers were Houston ISD the states largest and San Antonio ISD which is in the top 10 in schooldistrict size Houston received the ranking because of its overall and Hispanic dropout rates and San Antonio because of its black and white dropout Obituaries Martha I Skelton Martha I Skelton of New Braunfels passed away Tuesday Aug at McKenna Memorial Hospital at the age of 70 She was bom Oct in Warner to Pierce Markham and Carrie Dryden Markham She married Eddie Skelton on July Mrs Skelton was a housewife and had been a resident of New Braunfels for 23 years Survivors include her husband Eddie Skelton of New Braunfels son and daughterinlaw Joe M and Li Skelton of San Antonio Texas daughter Jalma A Carey of New Braunfels and two grandchildren Ian Markham Carey and Markham Luo Skelton Funeral services will be held Fri day Aug 4 at at the Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel with Rev Fred Martin officiating Interment will fol low in the Fort Sam Houston Nation al Cemetery Visitation begins at 8 Friday and will continue until ser vice time In lieu of flowers the fam ily suggests that memorials be made to the American Lung Association of Texas FUNEKfLHOMC Evelyn Peters Trager A memorial service will be held on Aug 6 1995 at the First Baptist Church Rice Hall in New Braunfels at 3 for Evelyn Peters Trager All friends and relatives are invited to attend Texas Today Request For Recusal Leads justice To Fault Lawmakers AUSTIN AP An 8yearold I medical malpractice suit from which four Texas Supreme Court justices were asked to remove themselves for political reasons has led the court to lash out against the Legislatures inaction on judicial election reform The reform issue was debated in this years legislative session But despite I efforts led by Lt Gov Bob Bullock to change from the current system of par tisan contested elections the reform vbilidred Justice Craig Enoch took the oppor tunity in the opinion issued Tuesday to voice support for judicial election reform The vice in the Texas judicial selection system which places intoler able tensions between the process by which judges are chosen and the oblig ations they must discharge once in Enoch wrote This Court has unanimously sup ported efforts to reform judicial election in Texas It is the Texas Legislature that has failed to respond and judges in this state continue to be faced with par tisan contested election he said Dean Misses Driest Parts of Texas HARLINGEN Texas parts of Texas may be soggy from the remnants of Tropical Storm Dean but the South Texas drought remains as serious as ever Weve had some rain but it cer tainly hasnt broken the Richard Hagan top meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Brownsville said Wednesday Falcon Lake the key reservoir for die Rio Grande Valley is 42 feet below its optimum level and continues to drop Dean washed ashore east of Galve Ston early this week Wet weather in its wake was predicted for parts of northern and central Texas into the weekend the dry fields of the Valley have received only a few scattered showers ifanything Gramms Senate Fundrais ing Proceeding Slowly WASHINGTON AP A quick look at Republican Sen Phil Gramms campaign finance reports will tell you exactly where hes putting his emphasis The Texan who is running sideby side campaigns for the GOP presidential nomination and reelection to a third sixyear Senate term has raised more than million for his White House him the top fundraiser to date in either party By contrast for the first six months of the year hes raised his Senate reelection effort according to a filing this week with the Federal Elec tion Commission That boosts his Sen ate war chest to million During just the months of April May and June Gramm raised for his presidential campaign bringing his campaign coffers to nearly mil lion Archer Jumps Into Immigration Fray With Own Bill WASHINGTON AP House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Archer is entering the immigration fray introducing what he calls the toughest legislation to date addressing legal and illegal entries into the United States A plethora of bills already have been introduced this year including a sweep ing immigration reform package draft ed by a fellow Texan House immigra tion subcommittee Chairman Lamar Smith of San Antonio Smiths legislation is a good bill There are just some features that are in my bill that I think are tougher than his particularly on Archer a Republican from Houston said Wednesday Archer said his measure introduced Wednesday would cut back on exces sive legal entries and help curtail the growing numbers of illegal immigrants Immigration experts estimate that at least 4 million people are in the country illegally with another enter by Paul Rudnlck Performed by The San Marcos Players at Gordos on the Square in San Marcos on August 8 9 and 10 at Tickets are In advance or at the door NOW OPEN THCounty Veterinary Hospital FM 3009 TriCounty Parkway mile west of IH35 Convenient hours with nice dropoff pickup facilities Vaccinations Medical Dental Boarding Surgery XRay Lee R Ward MF7am9pm 26 years practice experience PH 6514236 Sat 8am2pm Schertz TX 78154 FAX 6514238 European Facials 6200615 t Youth Soccer Registration Register Today to avoid LATE FEES Call 6294700 or 6064080 Cleated Soccer Shoes 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