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Del Rio News Herald (Newspaper) - December 18, 1999, Del Rio, Texas 2ADel Rio News-Herald Saturday, December 18, 1999 Courtesy photo jNorth Heights Ele-Jmentary held a ¡parental ' migrant ¡workshop Dec. 8, ^addressing school «safety. Door prizes iwere raffled off to Jthree parents. Forty ^parents attended ¡the session. Courtesy photo Kindergarten eleves brighten Christmas at Garfield Elementary. Pictured, from left, back row, are assistant principal R.M. Flores, J. Hernandez, K. Smith, V. Guerrero, S. Dominguez, B. Bernard and Principal M. Gonzalez-Ruiz; front: S. Santil-lan, E. Barrera, I. Castellanos, V. Muñoz and A. Garcia. Deaths Baltasar Torres Deadline for Around Town items is 4 p.m. the previous day for Tuesday through Saturday and 6 p.m. Triday for Sunday and Monday editions. Tor more information call Gus Garcia at 775-1551, Ext 200. 9 .Community Health Scr-vij:cs, 203 Avr. P, will hold a llaliclay Adopt a-'l'hon betiiiiiiin^ D^c. 20 arid etidinti Dec. 30. AÍI aiiimal.s are hall priee. Vaccina ti(Jns and spayinji or nenlerinj:» aix' still required. • Project NINO has moved its aijnual event to the Our Didy of Guadalupe Gymnasium !rom 10 a.jn. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 2.^). » • ’Just a reminder that VFW Post 8552 members and auxil-iajy are waitinji, on their Christmas baskets. Members are ai^'ked not to forget the program. < • ¡The American Red Cross is ollering a babysitter’s training. Wednesday, Dec. 29 and Thurs d^y, Dec. 30. On Wednesday, the class is from 6:30 to 9:30 |).m. aCid Thursday from 8:30 to 4:30. l.earn how to be a good babysit te¿". The course is desigiu'd for a$es 11 15. Must attend both VVicdnesday and Thursday. I'he {'(Jst of the course is $30. Call the ARC offiee at 775-8626 or 2^8-5125 to sign up. A list of trtiined baby sitters is kept in tlje Red Cross offiee. A Spanish«tt4il^l course will be held by thr^^Att^-ican Red Cross. An institfiWr will come from out ol town to instriu't this class. A one-day ('lass that teaehes how to help anyone ages 9 and older with clioking, brji'athing or cardiac' cmcrgciu'V Participants who pass one writt<*n quiz and skil ( hecks will h(‘ issiu'd an adult CPR and First Aid ('crtiluates. 'I'his IS a four hour course. Cost is $20. Call 775 8626 or 298 5125 to isgn up for the class. I.imit is 25 students. • Amistad National Recreation Area prc'sents, "Evening Programs Under the Stars," today , 7:30 [).m. at (Governors Landing Amphitheater. UT Austin Cave Biologist, Ms. Jean "Creature" Ki'('j('a will tell us how catfish and other critters have adapted to lif{' in the dark in "Cave Crea lures." Program is FRlvlC Call 775 7491 lor more info. • * Free Guided Bird Walk today at 8 a.m.. meet at Amistad NRA headquarters on HWY 90. From there we will carpool to the Rio Grande area below Amistad Dam. Bring drinking water. UMJto'ulíirs,' and bird books. Wtar sturdv shoes. Por more info Wtar sturdv shoci ('aff/’7b 7491. The Del Rio Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 1701 Kings Way. is celebrating the birth of Christ with a Christmas Pageant today for all the children in Del Rio. The Pageant begins at 6 p.m., everyone is weU'oiiK'. • Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: ICveryone is invited the service at 7 p.m. at Del Rio Bible Chiinh. 201 Spring Street. Come cclebrat(‘ Jesus! • Join the Christmas Cheer with Miss Bonnie’s Dance A(?ad-emy. 'I'hey will have several per-formaiu'es this week, including Friday at the F\iul F\>ag Theater at 7:;io p.m. and Saturday at the Mall at 11:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Admission is free to all shows. • The Cactus Twirlers Square Dance Club will meet I'riday, Dee. 31. This will be tlie gala New Years ICve Dance with Wayne Morvant of Abilene call ing. All area square dancers are invited to these events. The Val Verde County Rural Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring a benefit raffle of a Guided Elk Hunt. Drawing is today at 2 p.m. in Plaza del Sol Mall. P'or more information or tickets, call 774 7640. • Casa de la Cultura/A Project of PJ Comit(^ Cultural del Pueblo Inc. invite you to the 6th annual “Pastorela, Bailes y Cantos" on Sunday, Dec. 19, at the Paul Poag Theater at 4 p.m. with special guest violinist Valerie Ryals and friends. Free admission. Made possible by a grant from tlie Texas Commission on the Arts, Val Verde Community P'oLindation, H-E-B. The Bank and Trust, the City of Del F^o, Val Verde County, Ramada-Fnn Del Rio and PTicnds of the Casa. Call 774-8742. • The DRHS CLASS OF 1980 is planning its 20th reunion for June 9 11, 2000. Please contact Rosie Maldonado Perez, 775-5187:    Cindy Jankowski Cardenas, 775-1781: or Gina Watkins Martinez, 775 5594 for more information. Today in Hi,story By The Associated Press • Today is Saturday, Dec. 18, l)ie 352nd day of 1999. There arc 1-3 days left in the year. : Today’s Highlight: ' On Dec. 18, 1944, in a pair of ridings, the Supreme Court ifpheld the wartime relocation of jCapanese-Americans, but also !^id undeniably loyal Americans ol' Japanese ancestry could not Ije detained. * On tins date: ¡ In 1787, New Jersey became the third state to ratify tlie U.S. (Jonstilution. < In 1865, the 13th Amendment % to (he Constitution, abolishing slavery, was dei lared in effect. In 1892, Tchaikovsky’s "The Nutcracker Suite” publicly premiered 111 St. F\*tersburg, Russia. In 1915, President Wilson, widowed the year liefore, married Fvdith Bolling Galt at her Wash ington Fionie. In 1940, Adolf Hitler signed a secret direc'tive ordering preparations for a Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. Operation ”Bar-liarossa” was launched in June 1941. In 1956, Japan was admitted to the United Nations. In 1969, Britain’s Parliament abolislK'd the death penalty for murder. In 1971, the Reverend Je.sse Jack.son announced in Chicago the founding of Operation PUSH (FVople United to Save Humani-i.v)- In 1972, the United States began its heaviest bombing of, North Vietnam at that time during the Vietnam War. 'Hic bombardment ended 12 days later. Ten years ago; Robert E. Robinson, an attorney and alder man in Savannah, Ga., was killed by a mail bomb similar to a device that had claimed the life of a federal Judge in Alabama two DEL UK) NEWS-IIEHALD Serving the community since 1929 jOE.SANMKíDKL Publisher-General Manager 775-1551, Kxt. 245 I’he Del Rio News Herald is published Monday ihiough h'riday aflenunuis and .Salur 1 day and .Sunday mornings 5 The newspaper's address is I'O Hox 420.197 or 220.S Bedell Ave , Del Rio, Texas } 7X842 4 4 ,1 .! .Second class postage will be paid at Del Rio, Texas tlSI’.S 15I7(K) HI.STMA.STLR Send ÍJjhJcss change lo Del Rio News-Herald, I’O Btrx 420.197, Del Rio, Texas 78842. Home IK'livcry: One month $8. six monlhs $48. one year, $96 --i-j- 775-1551 • 774-SELL (Classifieds) • 775-NEWS( SOUND-OFF!) Mail delivery: I’ayments are due prior to the start of delivery. One month, $10; three months $10; one year. $120 Payments may be mailed to Box. 420397, Del Rio, Texas 78842. .Sutulay (only) Mailout $6 a month Por missed copies or to start or stop newspa-pel, call 775-1551 Monday through Friday: 5-7 pm; Saturday and Sunday; 8:30-10:30 am . ADVKRl’ISINt; - Retail Janie .Sharp, Ext. 250; (’LA.SSIUKI) ADS - Karla or Dariela at 774-.SELL NEW.S/Cn V DESK Rosa Delgado, Ext 230 or SODNIXIFF! - 775-NEWS SPORTS ■ Bill Jewell, Ext 223 ('IRniLA'I'ION: Rolando Montalvo, ext 235 BUSINESS - Amanda Aguirre, Ext. 242 PRE.SSROOM/COMMERCIAL PRINTING - Ext 231 PRINTIN<i/ rYPESETI’IN(;-Brigido Cardenas, Ext 2.16 MAILROOM • Juan Jimene/. Ext. 232 Baltasar Torres. 24, of San Antonio, formerly of Del Rio, passed away Saturday. Dec. 11. 1999, in San Antonio due to a car accident. He was born Nov. 29, 1975 in Sterling. 111. Survivors are his daughter, Veronica Torres and son. Alexander Torres, both of Fayetteville, Ark. He is also survived by his parents: Angela Estrada Torres and Jose M. Torres of Del Rio, brothers: Jose M. Torres, Jr. Pantaleon Torres and Juan Antonio Torres and wife Mellissa, all of San Antonio, maternal grandparents: Jose Luz and Rosa Estrada of Sterling. 111., ex-wife: Sherilynn Torres of Fayetteville Ark. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins from Del Rio. Illinois and Zaragoza, Mexico. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents. Pantaleon and Bernandma Torres. Torres graduated from San Felipe Del Rio High School on May 28, 1993. He was working for Diamond Shamrock in San Antonio at the time of his death. Memorial Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Armando Guerrero. MNM officiating. Funeral arrangements are with G.W. Cox Memorial Funeral Home, 114 Fletcher Drive, 775-2000. Sheriff assails newspaper, reporter in news conference about 1976 AWOL days earlier. Walter Ixroy Moody Junior was later convicted of both bombings, and is on Alabama’s death row. Five years ago: Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter arrived in Bosnia-Herzegovina on a private mission to seek an end to 32 months of war. One year ago: I'he House debated articles of impeachment against President Clinton. U.S. and British forces blasted Iraq with a third day of airstrikes. South Carolina carried out the nation’s 500th execution since capital punishment resumed in 1977. FORT WORTH (AP) — Tarrant County Sheriff David Williams admitted going AWOL as a 22-year-old military policeman in 1976, but spent more than half of a news eonference Friday to attack The Dallas Morning News and a reporter for making the incident known. The sheriff called it "advocacy tabloid journalism,” said he is concerned about how the Morning News obtained documents that he considered private and was particularly upset that a reporter called his ex-wife, telling her "he was with the people who wanted to get the sheriff out of office.” The Dallas Morning News denied the claim. "Accusations that our reporters are politically motivated and that one reporter told Mr. Williams’ ex-wife that he was working with the sheriffs opponents are preposterous,” said Gilbert Bailón, viee president and executive editor of the Morning News. “We strongly defend the integrity of our reporters and their news-gathering. The sheriff has not attacked the accuracy of I'he Dallas Morning News stories, which were based on government files that were directly obtained from the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. The facts were gathered through standard open records requests.” The newspaper’s article on Thursday reported that although Williams touted his military police experience when he first ran for office seven years ago, his military career ended shortly after he went absent without leave in 1976 and was labeled a deserter. “Over 20 years ago. 1 made mistakes and I learned from those mistakes.” Williams said at the news conference, saying he feels the article was aimed at derailing his bid for a third term of office. But he said he will continue his bid for re-election, and said he will not lose the election over this. “Wliat you have done here is wrong and despicable,” Williams said. The Morning News said Williams declined comment for their story in Thursday’s editions. The sheriff continued throughout the day Thursday to comment on the story. Williams said he got an honorable discharge from the Army. He showed about a dozen documents, including letters of commendation, letters of appreciation and efficiency reports that described his military conduet and services as excellent and outstanding. Williams said he went AWOL in a desperate attempt to reeon-cile with his wife and small child. "It was an aberration in judgment on my part that 1 will always regret,” he said. He said in late 1975, while he was on vacation and trying to patch up his marriage, the Army called him back to Fort Sill, ^ Okla., early. He returned to the ^ base, but began requesting some of the 72 days of leave he had ., accumulated, to pursue the reconciliation, he said. His requests were repeatedly denied, he said, “And one day, I finally felt the burden and I told the sergeant, ’1 quit’ and walked ¡ out.” Williams called it a “personal and spiritual crossroads” in his life. He declined to say where he ’ was for the five weeks in ques- ' tion, when he was listed first as AWOL, and then as a deserter. "There are parts that I don’t remember where 1 was at,” he ’ said. “I was drinking pretty heavily in those days. That probably was not an element that contributed to sound judgment,” Williams said. The news conference was originally scheduled for mid-day, got bumped to 3 p.m., then for 4 p.m., and didn’t actually start until shortly after 4:30 p.m. It got off to a rocky start. When the sheriff walked in, everyone had set up their microphones on the podium. Williams said, “You’re going to have to move all your equipment” to make room on the podium for his material. Someone respondeed, “We won’t be able to hear you,” and . the sheriff responded, “Then we won’t have a press conference." The reporters moved their , microphones off the podium, placed them on the table next to the podium, and the news conference began. Williams, undaunted by a slew of opponents and a poll showing his support dwindling, threw his hat into the ring in October for another term. At least seven candidates are campaigning or considering running against Williams in the Republican primary. Three Democrats are considering the race as well. When he announced for re election, Williams listed only $100 in donations, while two others had nearly $50,000 apiece. The sheriff made headlines when he fired three top deputies upon taking office, only to rehire them later. He also has tussled with county commissioners over his acquisition of militaiy surplus helicopters, the purchase of sport utility vehicles for his department and differences over the department’s budget. He sued commissioners over control of his budget, but ultimately dropped the lawsuit. Nonetheless, he blames them for his employees’ low salaries and has asked the state attorney general for a legal opinion on how much authority the commission-^ ers have over a sheriff.    ¡ Prayer issue will be on GOP primary ballot AUSTIN (AP) — Prayer will get mixed in with politics on the Texas Republican primary ballot. State party officials have voted to place a non-binding referendum on the GOP ballot next March that asks voters, “Shall student initiated prayer be allowed at school sporting event?” The referendum responds to recent court rulings banning student led-prayer before football games and gives Texans a chance to express their “outrage,” said Susan Weddington, Republican state chair. ‘This is an issue that goes to the very heart of the rights and freedoms of Texas students guaranteed in the United State Constitution,” Ms. Weddington said. “We cannot allow an out-ofcontrol, activist judiciary to sac rifice our freedoms at the altar of' politically correct, modern dayj liberalism."    ' State election laws allow polit-¡ ical parties to put non-binding questions on their primary bal-‘ lots. The Texas primary will be conducted March 14. The Republican state executive committee approved placing the Texas Religious Freedom Referendum on the ballot earlier this month, GOP spokesman Robert Black §iaid Friday. Although there have been few, if any, over the last decade. Black said, such referendums are used to gauge opposition and support on an issue. The religious referendum will be the last item on the ballot. “By placing this referendum See PRAYER, P.

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